Study in USA

Study in USA
  • USA
  • Washington
  • 9,857,306 km2
  • English
  • 323.1 million
  • $(USD)
  • New York
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Why Study in USA

American colleges are still the number one choice for international students and have the highest number of world ranked universities. Studying in the USA gives you the chance to expand your career options, explore a huge and diverse nation, and learn from internationally-renowned teachers and researchers at US colleges and Graduate schools.

The choice of universities in the USA is the largest in the world. An American college is usually smaller and offers only undergraduate degrees, while a university also offers graduate degrees. In each US university or college you will find schools (or faculties) that specialise in a subject area like Business. No matter what and where you want to study, there is a course that is right for you.

For many of the 500,000 international students who study in USA each year, the freedom to choose and change subjects and schools is also big advantage. You can begin your studies in a smaller US college, complete a two-year associate degree, and then transfer to a larger USA university for further study.

Types of Programs

The U.S. educational system is very different from its Indian counterpart. U.S.A. has more than 3,300 accredited colleges and universities, which offer a wide range of graduate and undergraduate programs.

Undergraduate programs (Bachelor degree) : This is the first level of post-secondary education that begins after 12 years of primary and secondary schooling. It includes at least 4 years of education and earns a bachelor’s degree (Most Indian graduation courses are of 3 years duration). There are also two-year programs which earn an Associate degree. A student who has an associate degree has to study further for a minimum of 2 years to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Graduate Programs (Master’s & Doctorate degree) : This is the same as post-graduate education in India. It usually involves one year or more of education depending on the subject or course, and earns a master’s or doctoral degree like MBA, MS or PhD. Admission to a graduate program usually requires a minimum of 16 years of formal education. That is, 12 years of primary and secondary schooling and further 4 years of college education.

Types of Institutions

There is no central ministry of education in the U.S. and each institution can determine its own programs and admission standards. There are private as well as state funded colleges.

Universities are academic institutions that include one or more undergraduate colleges, as well as any number of graduate and professional schools, i.e. schools offering study for a single profession such as law.

Four year colleges are undergraduate institutions offering academic programs leading to a bachelor’s degree. Community colleges or junior colleges are undergraduate institutions offering upto two years of academic instruction beyond secondary school at a relatively low cost. These offer certificate programs that last for a few months to a year as well as associate degrees.

Institutes of technology or polytechnic institutes offer specialized programs in sciences and engineering, in addition to basic sciences, humanities and the social sciences, at both the graduate and undergraduate levels


Accreditation is a process by which universities and their programs are recognized for maintaining a certain level of performance and quality. Accreditation is usually done by non-governmental agencies called accreditation bodies. There are two types of accreditation : regional & professional.

Regional bodies ascertain whether colleges and universities as a whole meet certain standards of educational quality.

In addition, certain professional accrediting bodies evaluate the quality of education in specific fields like Business, Law etc.

Importance of Accreditation

  • Ensures that universities meet minimum standards.
  • Only national and international form of evaluation for US universities.
  • Ensures that universities meet minimum standards.
  • Only national and international form of evaluation for US universities.
  • Increases the recognition of degree by employers and schools.
  • Helps in case the student wishes a transfer to another university.

To check out the list of accredited US universities, go to

NOTE : Nepal government recognizes only accredited U.S. universities

It is advisable to apply to only accredited universities.


US universities offer two main semester intakes :

Fall Semester (September/October):

This is the main intake and almost all programs are offered at this times. More financial aid is also available for this semester and as funds are allocated for the entire year during this time.

Spring Semester (January/February):

This is the mid-year intake. There is limited financial assistance available for this semester as most universities allocate funds to projects in the Fall semester.

Some universities also have a summer intake around July.

Education Cost

US Universities fall under two major categories: public (state supported), and private (independent) institutions. International students’ tuition expenses at state schools are based on non-resident costs, which are still usually less expensive than those of private universities. It’s important to note that the cost of a program in a US school does not necessarily affect its quality. A brief idea can be got from the following table.

University TypeAverage Tuition Fees (annual in U.S. Dollars)
Private Institutions (High Cost) $ 35,000
Private Institutions (Low Cost) $ 18,000
State Institutions (High Cost) $ 25,000
State Institutions (Low Cost) $ 12,000

The tuition fee is different for different universities and varies widely with courses. It can vary from as low as $ 10000 a year for state universities to as much as $ 35000 per annum for some private universities. For more specific details, please contact the universities.

Living Expenses

The approximate annual living expenses are about $10,000, which includes accommodation as well as other daily expenses. However, the expenses are different for different people depending on the lifestyles and this is just a rough idea. The main expenses can be split up as.

Rent $ 400 per month
(you can live alone with that amount in a place like Auburn or share an apartment with 6 people in NY)
Groceries $ 100 per month
Utilities $ 100 per month
Phone $ 100 per month
Sundry $ 200 per month

Best course to study in USA

TOP 10 Sought-After courses in USA

  • Engineering
  • MBA
  • PHD
  • IT and allied fields
  • Sports, Sports Management
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Physiotherapy
  • Hospitality

Document Required

  • Passport
  • IELTS Results
  • Recommendation Letters
  • Photographs
  • 10th, 12th and all College Mark sheets
  • Transcript
  • School Leaving Certificate
  • Degree Certificate
  • Bank Statement Certificate
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose(SOP)


  • A Separate Set of Documents is required for each University as mentioned above.
  • The Name of the student should be written in the same manner on all the above documents as mentioned in the passport.
  • The Passport should be valid for minimum Six months at the time of applying for Visa.
  • The sponsor at the time of Application should be the same as the one who will Show the required funds at the time of Visa because the I-20 will clearly mention the details of the sponsor and this cannot be changed at the time of Visa. Preferably, Parents should be the sponsors.

Scholarship Programs in USA

Merit based scholarships

These are the types of scholarships which first come to mind when we think about college scholarships. Merit scholarships are given based on the student's excellence. There are many types of merit scholarships, including:

  • Academic Scholarships: These scholarships can be funded by the college or university, or by private organizations. They go to students who have excellent grades and/or SAT or ACT scores.
  • Average Academic Performance Scholarships: These types of scholarships factor in more than just your grades and standardized test scores. They look at your overall performance as a student, such as whether you did extracurricular activities or contributed to any community service.
  • Sports Scholarships: NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA regulate Athletic scholarships . They are fiercely competitive and there are many rules about how the students receive sports scholarships. However, this is one of the best options for international student athletes who want to study in the United States.

Need-Based Scholarships

Namely, these scholarships are given to students based on their financial need. Unfortunately, many needs-based scholarships are only available to US residents. However, some universities and colleges do give out needs-based scholarships to international students. You will have to look at the institution's website to see what they offer foreign students.

School-Specific Individual Scholarships for International Students

Actually, many colleges and universities in the United States have scholarships available for students who meet specific requirements. For example, some students may receive individual scholarships because they wish to pursue a particular area of study like engineering. In most of the cases, private donations from alumni cover these scholarships.

Country-Based Scholarships

Many colleges and universities offer scholarships to students from certain countries, particularly those living in developing countries. There are also many private institutions which give scholarships to students from these countries.

Government-Funded Scholarships

The United States government offers many scholarship programs, but only a few of them are available to international students. The two big ones are:

  • Fulbright Foreign Student Program: This is for graduate students and artists who want to study in the United States for at least one year. It is open to all fields except medicine.
  • Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program: This scholarship isn't for a degree, but rather for professionals who want to do academic study in the United States for at least 10 months.

Privately-Funded Scholarships

Sometimes private organizations or donors fund scholarships for international students. Most of these have strict eligibility requirements, such as:

  • From a developing country
  • Mainly For women
  • For minorities
  • Helping for specific areas of study

Am I eligible for a scholarship?

Eligibility for a scholarship depends entirely on the scholarship; there is no general rule of thumb on whether you are eligible for a financial award. Some scholarships require students to have a certain TOEFL/IELTS or SAT/GRE/GMAT score; some ask that you are from a certain country; some ask for you to have a certain grade point average.

Finally, remember, a scholarship isn't going to land in your lap. If you want to get the most amount of scholarship money for studying in the United States, it is up to you to take the initiative. Research your options and apply for all of the scholarships you are eligible for. Most importantly, start early! The earlier you start searching for a scholarship, the more time you will have to apply and ensure you meet all eligibility requirements.