The Great American Dream !

If there was a country post world wars, where aspirations met opportunities in all forms, it has to be the United State of America popularly known as the USA. Founded by immigrants of Western Europe in 15th century, the country has witnessed as avalanche of immigration of people, culture, values and most importantly ideas from all over the world in the last few centuries, and has made the country a boiling pot of innovation in science, technology, business and education. America has offered opportunity to everyone with a dream and willingness to struggle to achieve whatever they want: be it the case of India’s Indra Nooyi becoming the CEO of Pepsi co. or Obama, the son of Kenyan immigrant becoming the president of the most powerful country in the world.

A federal republic constituting of 50 states, USA today stands tall in the world as a harbinger of democracy and a symbol of meritocracy in every sphere of life including nurturing of world class institutions providing learning opportunities hundreds of thousands of international students. In terms of number, USA is the undisputed top destinations for students interested in studying abroad.

USA Profile

Poulation: 325.7 Million (2017)

President: Donald Trump

Official Languages : None At Federal Level

Government: Federation, Presidential System ,Liberal Democracy,Constitutional  Republic, Federal Republic

Capital: Washington D.C

Largest City : New York

Area:9.834 Million Km2

Major Religion: Christianity

Life Expectancy :78.74 years (2015)

GDP Per capita: 57,466,79 USD (2016)

Gross domestic Product :18.57 Trillion USD (2016)

International Dialing Code : +1

Cost of Studying in the USA

While the United States remains the most sought after destination for education for international students, the cost of education in the USA varies from one state to another, the type of university chosen and the course of study.

Universities in USA are majorly divided into two categories- Public/state institutions or private institutions. The education cost at a Public/state institution is comparatively lower than that of a Private institution. There are number of scholarships offered by the USA government, states as well as the Private universities to international students that helps them save a great amount on their study expenses at US universities. Tuition will be the most expensive component of your educational costs. The price of tuition can range from $10000 to $55000 (USD) per year.

Most campuses offer a meal plan for students to allow dining in the on-campus facilities. These plans are offered at many different levels to accommodate individual budgets. Most campuses also requires students to pay for medical insurance to allow them to utilize on-campus medical facilities for check-ups, medical testing and prescriptions for common illnesses (for example, head cold, fever, etc). This insurance typically runs under $1000 per year.

Accommodation costs will depend upon personal preferences and the city you reside in. For example, staying on campus will usually cost you more than staying off campus. Undergraduate (bachelor degree) students in some universities may be required to stay on campus for the first year which may considerably increase the cost of living. Whether you decide to live alone or live with friends will also affect your costs.

Other costs to budget for are fees for students activities, which amount to few hundred dollars per year and reference books, which can cost between $500 and $1500 per year.

Education System in the USA

Tertiary education is typically divided into:

  • Associates degrees
  • Undergraduates (bachelor) degrees
  • Graduate education ( master’s and PhDs/doctorates

USA universities place great significance on diversity meaning classes will consist of students of different ages, religions and countries of origin. This provides a stimulating and rich learning environment that encourages cross-cultural understanding and networking. Most classes will contain no more than 20 students and professors will take the time to get to know students and their strengths and will usually be willing to spend time outside of class to offer further support.

There is also a very active life on USA campuses, with many clubs and organizations. Students can join to meet other students with similar interests and to help further career opportunities.

More information is available here:   educationusa.info/5_steps_to_study/

Visa requirements for the USA

Applying for visas is often seen as complicated, but Parkview education consultancy  trained counselors are expert in guiding students through the application process. There are three main visa types that students can opt for to study in US university. These  are as follows:

  • F-1 Student Visa: Academic Study-F-1 is the most common type of student visa issued to international students who wish to undertake academic studies in the USA. With an F1 visa, international students can undertake part-time, on-campus employment (20 hours per week while regular semester studies and 40 hours per week during vacations). In addition to this, students can work on optional practical training (OPT)for up to one year once they have completed their academic study.
  • J-1 Student Visa: A J-1 Student Visa is issued to students who wish to undertake practical training which is not available in their native nation to complete their academic program. A J-1 student status gives similar employment option as that given to F-1 visa, with same restrictions, subject to a permission granted by the exchange visitor program sponsor.
  • M-1 student Visa: Non-Academic Study – M-1 student visa is issued to those who wish to attend the non-academic or vocational school in the USA. With a M-1 Visa, students cannot take up work during the course of their study period.

Steps for applying for a USA student visa

The visa application process starts with the receipt of an I-20. The I-20 confirms a student’s acceptance and enrollment at a university or other educational institution.

  1. Pay the SEVIS fee (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System)
  2. Pay the visa fee at the nominated bank
  3. Complete the visa application form
  4. Attend your visa interview
  5. Your passport is returned to you by courier

Remember, your personal Parkview Education  Consultancy Counselor will help you from start to finish, providing assistance in organizing documents, completing the forms, and preparing you for the interview with the visa officer at the USA Embassy.