- Capital: Washington, D.C.
- Currency: United States Dollar
- Language: English
- Major Cities: New York city, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston
- Major Intake: January, August, September, October, November
The United States of America is the world’s 3rd or 4th largest country by total area. The extremely diverse geography, climate, and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world’s 17 mega diverse countries. One of the most attractive features of the U.S. higher education system is the flexibility it provides through the number and diversity of institution types it encompasses. More than 4,500 accredited institutions make up U.S. higher education in the United States.
Famous Places to Visit:
- Grand Canyon
- Walt Disney World
- Statue of Liberty
- Yellowstone National park
- Times Square
Why Study in USA:
- Research and Training Opportunities: U.S. universities offer research and training opportunities to international students at the graduate level.
- Career Opportunities: Due to the varied insight into different fields of study offered by universities of USA, it broadens the scope of the career path that the student chooses.
- Help and support to International students: It is challenging for international students to adhere or get accustomed to the new student life in an international university. However, most US universities provide good guidance and support to all students whether it is related to accommodation, visa status, career opportunities, etc.
Cost of Education for International Students:
- Bachelor’s Degree - 15,000$to 30,000$/per annum
- Master’s Degree - 20,000$ to 30,000$/ per annum
Other Expenses for International Students:
- Average living cost - 10,000$ to 12,000$ per annum
- Transportation cost - 50$ to 100$ per month
Popular Courses in USA:
- BA or BS in Biology
- BS in Chemistry
- BS in Mathematics
- Environmental Science
- MS in Information Technology Management
- MA in Sports Management
- MS in Orthotics and Prosthetics
Levels of Study
- Bachelor degree program- 3 to 4 years
- Master degree program- 2 years
List of Universities/College:
- Concordia University
- Point Park University
- Virginia Wesleyan University
- Stratford University
- Mississippi College
- California State University
- Berkeley College
- Texas Wesleyan University
Types of Employment available to F‐1 Students while studying or after studies
- on Campus Employment :
- You must maintain valid F-1 status
- You can work up to 20 hours per week while school is in session
- You can work full time on campus during holidays and vacation periods
- Curricular Practical Training (CPT):
- Provides opportunity to gain actual employment experience
- “An integral part of an established curriculum”.
- Defined as “alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum which is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school."
- To be eligible for CPT, student must have completed 9 months in lawful status and currently be in F‐1 status.
- CPT can be full time (20 hours week) or part time (20 hours or less per week).
- Optional Practical Training (OPT):
- Available to students who are lawfully enrolled on a full – time basis &have completed at least 1 full academic year.
- Employment must be directly related to the students major
- 12/29 months of OPT available after each degree level completion.
- OPT for F‐1 students can occur under 4 circumstances:
- During annual vacation & other times when school is not in session (if the student is eligible, and intends to register for the next term or session);
- While school is in session provided OPT does not exceed 20 hours a week;
- Full‐time after completion of all course requirements for the degree (excluding thesis or the equivalent).
- Full‐time after completion of a program. The first 3 circumstances are referred as “pre‐completion” OPT while the 4th circumstance is called “post‐completion” OPT.