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Education in the United States is provided by both public and private schools.
Public education is universally available, with control and funding coming from the state, local, and federal government. Public school curricula, funding, teaching, employment, and other policies are set through locally elected school boards, who have jurisdiction over individual school districts. State governments set educational standards and mandate standardized tests for public school systems.
Private schools are generally free to determine their own curriculum and staffing policies, with voluntary accreditation available through independent regional accreditation authorities.
Higher education, also referred to as post-secondary education which includes; Bachelor’s Degree (BA or BS), Masters Degree (MA, MS and MBA) and Doctorate Degree (PhD).

Why USA

  • Globally recognized degrees
  • 17 out of 20 top universities in the world are in USA
  • Nearly 8.2 lacs international students
  • 4000+ institutions
  • High research and lab work
  • Technology driven studies
  • Impressive Infrastructure
  • Easy transfer of courses/ institutions
  • Financial Support
  • One year Optional Practical Training (OPT)/ Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is available for students after program completion

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Undergraduate Studies

In United States of America the Undergraduates refer to those who are applying for Bachelors Degree or Associate Degree.
Bachelor’s Degree: It consists of 4-years of education leading to a Bachelors of Arts (B.A.), a Bachelors of Science (B.Sc.) or Bachelors of Fine Arts (B.FA.) and other related degrees.
Associate Degree: It is a 2-years degree offered by community colleges, junior colleges, bachelor’s degree colleges and universities. In the United States, and some areas of Canada, an associate degree is often equivalent to the first two years of a four-year college or university degree. A student who completes a two-year program can earn an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or an Associate of Science (A.S.). They may also have the option to use the credits from the associate degree toward a bachelor’s degree.

Top Universities

Admission Requirements

    • Overall profile of the student (academic background, test scores and other details as mentioned in the application)
    • Diversity in the application

English Proficiency Requirements
The students from non-native English speaking countries are required to show their English proficiency skills. For this they are required to appear for the English Proficiency tests commonly accepted in all the countries.

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • TOEFLiBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language – Internet Based Test)
  • TOEFLPBT (Test of English as a Foreing Language – Paper Based Test).
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
  • Academic Version
  • Gerneral Training Version

Test Requirements
SAT
It is a standardized test widely used for the college admissions in the United States, Singapore, Canada and many other places. SAT is administered by College Board. SAT is conducted 6 times in a year namely, January, May, June, October, November and December in India.

SAT Subject Test
It is 20 multiple choice standardized tests administered by College Board on individual subjects which usually improves the student’s credentials for the admission in the United States.Students select the subject based on the admission requirements of the universities.

Subjects for the SAT Subject Test
ACT (originally an abbreviation of American College Testing)
It is a standardized test for college admissions in the United States. It is a career planning tool that assesses students’ academic readiness for college. This test can be taken in place of SAT for the admission in the United States.
The ACT consists of four multiple-choice tests: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science. The student can opt for ACT + Writing test also as Writing is optional.

Advance Placement (AP)
It is administered by College Board. It is usually considered by US and Canadian universities for the placements and course credits for the students.
Scoring: AP tests are scored on a 1 to 5 scale as follows:

    • Extremely well qualified
    • Well qualified
    • Qualified
    • Possibly qualified
    • No recommendation

AP Courses: There are around 38 subjects divided into following 7 heads

  1. AP Capstone
  2. Arts
  3. English
  4. History and Social Science
  5. Maths and Computer Science
  6. Sciences
  7. World Languages and Cultures
  • English
Literure
  • History
US History
World History
  • Mathematics
Mathematics Level 1
Mathematics Level 2
  • Science
Biology
Physics
Chemistry
  • Languages
Chinese with listening
French
French with listening
German
German with listening
Italian
Japanese with listening
Korean with listening
Latin
Modern Hebrew
Spanish
Spanish with listening

Application Process

Step 1 Choice of Program
Step 2 Selecting universities after checking the admission requirements
Step 3 Preparing academic and financial documents for the application and the online application essays
Step 4 Online Application submission with other supporting documents
Step 5 Admission Decison from the Universties
Step 6 Finalizing the university
Step 7 Receiving I-20

Expenses & Grants / Aids

International Undergraduate Expenses in the United States (without any Financial Aid)

  • United States Undergraduate Expenses (4 – years Bachelors Degree/2-years Associate Degree)
  • Living Expenses : USD 15000 – 30000 pa depending on the state
  • Tuition Expenses : USD 15000 – 30000 pa varies as per the university.

Grants / Aids

There are two types of Financial Grants offered to Undergraduate Students.
Financial Aid

  • Need Based / Need Blind Fianancial Aid : Based on the financial stability of the student’s family
  • Merit Based Financial Aid : Based on the overall profile of the student (academic, extra curricular activities, SAT scores, SAT Subject test scores, TOEFL / IELTS

Scholarship

Student aid is awarded as grants and scholarships, low-interest, government-subsidized loans, and education tax benefits.

Parameters taken into consideration while giving any kinds of grants to an International Student

  1. Academic excellence of the student
  2. Extra Curricular Activities of the student
  3. SAT and SAT Subject tests scores
  4. TOEFL/IELTS scores
  5. AP Scores (if taken)
  6. The overall application and the essays
  7. Financial status of the student

Master & PhD Studies

(Masters and Doctoral Degree – MS/MA/MPH/MFA/MBA/PhD)
In United States of America the Graduates refer to those who are applying for Masters Degree or Doctoral Degree. A Masters degree is an academic degree granted to an individual who have completed education demonstrating a mastery of a specific field of education or area of professional practice.

Graduate Studies can be categorized as under:

Masters of Science: It consists of 2-years of education leading to a Master of Arts (M.A.), a Master of Science (M.Sc. / M.S.) or Masters of Fine Arts (M.FA.) and other related degrees.

Doctor of Philosophy: It is a 3+ years of studying leading to a PhD degree. The Ph.D. degree is the highest academic degree awarded by universities in most fields of education. American students typically undergo a series of three phases in the course of their work toward the Ph.D. degree. The first phase consists of coursework in the student’s field of education and requires one to three years to complete. This often is followed by a preliminary, a comprehensive examination, or a series of cumulative examinations where the emphasis is on breadth rather than depth of knowledge. Another two to eight years are usually required for the composition of a substantial and original contribution to human knowledge in the form of a written dissertation, which in the social sciences and humanities typically ranges from 50 to 450 pages.

Top Universities

Admission Requirements

The students who have completed their Bachelors degree and would like to continue their higher education in USA usually apply for Masters Degree. Some students who have already completed their Masters in their home country or any other country also apply for second Masters in USA or PhD degree to enhance their skills and understanding of the field of education they chose.

Students usually go to USA for Masters Degree / PhD Degree as USA’s studies are research oriented and they also give practical and international exposure to the student. Moreover, the US Universities gives the flexibility to specialize in 2-3 research areas as per the interest of the students and the options available in the universities.

Eligibility Criterion for admission in Masters and PhD Program

  • The academic background of the student
  • His objective for further studies
  • Research / Professional experience of the student in his area of field
  • His GRE / GRE Subject Tests / TOEFL / IELTS Scores

English Proficiency Requirements
The students from non-native English speaking countries are required to show their English proficiency skills. For this they are required to appear for the English Proficiency tests commonly accepted in all the countries.

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • TOEFLiBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language – Internet Based Test)
  • TOEFLPBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language – Paper Based Test)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
  • Academic Version
  • General Training Version

Test Requirements
For the admissions in the Masters of Science program in USA the following tests are expected to be taken and students are expected to show their excellent performance in these tests. These tests give universities a common platform to judge the applicant’s analytical and verbal skills.

Admissions into Masters of Science Program
• Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)
The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is a standardized test for the admissions in USA at the graduate level. It is a test that measures the mathematical, verbal and the analytical writing skills of the test takers. It is created and administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS). It is usually conducted all over the year. For more information you can visit www.ets.org
Why GRE is important? It gives US Universities a common platform to judge all the applicants aptitude and thinking skills. It is one of the major parameter on the basis of which universities admission decisions are taken.

Graduate Record Examinations – Subject Tests (GRE Subject Tests)
This test is taken to measure the student’s knowledge of a particular field of education. It is also administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS). This test enhances the student’s chances of admission and scholarship. There are total seven subjects offered by ETS for the students.
Why GRE Subject Test is important? The Subject Tests can help you stand out from other applicants by emphasizing your knowledge and skill level in a specific area. It increases your chances of getting admission and scholarship.

GRE subject tests can be taken on any of the following disciplines:

  1. Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
  2. Biology
  3. Chemistry
  4. Literature in English
  5. Mathematics
  6. Physics
  7. Psychology

Note: The GRE Computer Science Test was discontinued following the April 2013 administration. Scores will continue to be reportable for five years.

The Subject Tests are given at paper-delivered test centers worldwide three times a year in:

  • September
  • October
  • April

Application procedure for masters and PhD candidates are little different. Below is the detailed information for both of them.

Masters of Science
Step 1  Right choice of Program
Step 2  Selecting the university after checking the admissions requirements of the university
Step 3  Arranging all the academic and financial documents required at the time of application
Step 4  Online application submission with all the supporting documents
Step 5  Admission decisions from the universities
Step 6  Finalizing the university
Step 7  Receiving I-20

Doctor of Philosophy
Step 1  Right choice of Program
Step 2  Selecting the university after checking the admissions requirements of the university
Step 3  Networking with the faculty members of the university
Step 4  After looking at the replies of the universities finalizing the universities
Step 5  Arranging all the academic and financial documents required at the time of application
Step 6  Online application submission with all the supporting documents
Step 7  Admission decisions from the universities
Step 8  Finalizing the university
Step 9  Receiving I-20

Expenses & Scholarships

International Graduate Expenses in the United States(without any Financial Aid)

  • United States Graduate Expenses(2 Years – Masters Degree)
  • Living Expenses : USD 15,000-30,000 pa depending on the state
  • Tuition Expenses : USD 15,000-30,000 pa varies as per the university

Grants / Aids
US Universities offer following grants / aids to the International Student:

Financial Aid

  • Tuition Fee Waiver – off
  • Full Waive off (100% Tuition fees is waived off)
  • Partially Waived off (some percentage of the Tuition fees is waived off)
  • Parameters considered while offering Financial Aid
  • Overall profile of the Student
  • Usually Merit Based

Scholarship

  • University Scholarship
  • Research Assistantship – Assistantship in which the student is required to complete a research on behalf of the resaercher and they receive stipend thereafter
  • Teaching Assistantship – Assistantship in which the student is required to take lectures for the juniors and they receive stipend in return.
  • External Scholarship

Offered by some Government and Non-Government organizations for the higher education of Indian Students but they have their own terms and conditions.
Offered by the University either at the time of the admission or after the completion of the first semester.

Masters of Business Administration

This is a two years education in Business related subjects. The core courses in an MBA program introduce the various areas of business such as accounting, finance, marketing, human resources and operations management.

Top Universities

Admission Requirements

The students who have completed their Bachelors in Commerce or related, Engineering or Technical fields usually apply for Masters of Business Administration degree and Masters in any Business related field.

US Universities give them practical and international exposure that helps them in long run to set up their own business or to manage their business or work.

Eligibility Criterion for admission in Masters of Business Administration or related fields

    • The academic background of the student
    • His objective for further studies
    • Professional Experience
    • His GMAT / TOEFL / IELTS Scores

English Proficiency Requirements
The students from non-native English speaking countries are required to show their English proficiency skills. For this they are required to appear for the English Proficiency tests commonly accepted in all the countries.

    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
    • TOEFLiBT (Internet Based Test)
    • TOEFLPBT (Paper Based Test)
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
    • Academic Version
    • Gerneral Training Version

Test Requirements
For the admissions in the Masters of Business Administration or related programs in USA the following tests are expected to be taken and students are expected to show their excellent performance in these tests. These tests give universities a common platform to judge the applicant’s analytical and verbal skills.

Admissions into Masters of Business Administration Program
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
It is a computer adaptive test which access the examinee’s analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal and reading skills for being admitted into a graduate management programs such as MBA, MS Finance / Business / Economics etc. For more information visit https://www.mba.org/
Why GMAT is important?
It gives US Universities a common platform to judge all the applicants aptitude and thinking skills. It is one of the major parameter on the basis of which universities admission decisions are taken.

Application Process

Step 1  Right choice of Program
Step 2  Selecting the university after checking the admissions requireemnts of the university
Step 3  Arranging all the academic and financial documents required at the time of application
Step 4  Online application aubmission with all the supporting documents
Step 5  Admission decisions from the universities
Step 6  Finalizing the university
Step 7  Receiving I-20

Expenses & Scholarships

International MBA Expenses in the United States (without any Financial Aid)

  • United States MBA Expenses(2 Years – Masters Degree)
  • Living Expenses : USD 15,000-30,000 pa depending on the state
  • Tuition Expenses : USD 15,000-30,000 pa varies as per the university

Financial Aid
Financial Aid is offered on competitive basis. For more details please visit the scholarship page of university’s website.