Why study in the United States of America?
Affordable: Students are allowed to work 20 hours/week during their course and 40hours/week during vacation which helps them to earn and learn. USA has thousands of accredited colleges and universities renowned for quality, numerous programs of study, and flexibility to change fields of study and schools.
Professional Approach: The best approach of the USA education system is that it allows one to learn and earn. This not only gives one, a thorough knowledge of the subjects, but also teaches one to have a practical & professional approach. It gives better growth prospects worldwide. The Optional Practical Training (OPT) allows you to work up to 12 months in the middle of your education. Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is an employment option available to F-1 students where the practical training employment is considered to be an integral part of the curriculum or academic program. According to the immigration regulations, this employment may be an internship, cooperative education job, a practicum, or any other work experience that is either required for your degree.
Job Search: The ideal time to start looking for a job is at the end of the second last semester. This gives you 4-5 months in which you could find a prospective employer in your specific field. Apart from the job profile and salary, Indian students should make sure that the employer will file an H1 B petition for them. Most government departments and many well-known companies do not do this.
US Institution features:
- The latest technologies, institutions and equipment.
- Distinguished faculty.
- Practical training, internships and assitantships.
- World class learning, research and development.
- Accreditation systems that ensure academic institutions maintain high standards.
There are over 7,000 educational institutions in the United States 2000 award Bachelor’s degrees while 1100 award both undergraduate (Bachelors) and Graduate (Master’s or Doctoral Degrees).
- The US education system offers an unrivaled choice of institutions, academic and social environments, degree and non-degree programs and courses of study.
- More than 1100 undergraduate institutions and over 1700 graduate and professional degree programs.
- Dual, combined or special undergraduate majors, flexible interdisciplinary programs.
- English language schools and programs.
- Accredited short term professional and vocational training.
- Fellowships, residencies & post doctoral studies.
- Accredited distance education programs.
- Institutions of all sizes, shapes and locations.
- An array of programs to meet students varied needs and goals.
- A wide range of tuition fees and living costs.
- Value as an investment in your future, US education offers excellent value for money.
Education beyond the classroom
Studying in the US offers a wealth of experience outside the classroom. An understanding of Americans and their culture, a chance to share your own culture, improved English language skills and friendship with students from the US and around the world. Exciting opportunities await when you choose to study in the United States.
Courses & Degrees in the United States of America (USA)
You can choose to study any program in the United States. Masters degrees are usually for two years but a few schools have one year programs too.
Popular programs include:
- Business Administration
- International Business Studies
- Computer Science
- Public Health
Talk to a Y-Axis consultant for details on the program you wish to pursue.
Eligibility for Masters Degrees
A bachelor’s degree – 16 years of education is required, some schools will accept 15 years also.
GRE / GMAT – Some schools will accept your application without these tests.
TOEFL / IELTS – Some schools will accept your application without these tests.
Work Experience – Students with prior work experience are given preference in good business schools.
United States colleges and universities require that all their applicants take one or more standardized tests. These tests include the GRE (Graduate Record Examination), and GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test). Additionally, applicants who are not Americans are required to also take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Most standardized tests are designed to measure a student’s skills, rather than a student’s amount of knowledge. The questions in these tests evaluate your ability to solve problems, not your knowledge of facts (such as important historical dates, or parts of the human anatomy.
The function of standardized tests is to give colleges a way to evaluate all their applicants on an equal level. Comparison of grades received in courses or on exams is not always enough because different schools have different academic standards. An admissions counselor at a university has no way of determining how challenging the business or economics course you took was. By comparing your score on a standardized test to the score of another student who took the same standardized test, the counselor has a better idea of how the two of you compare.
International graduate students applying for an arts or science program will be required to take the TOEFL / IELTS and usually, the GRE. Graduate students applying for a business program will be required to take the TOEFL or in some cases the IELTS and usually, the GMAT. Find out directly from the schools to which you would like to apply what tests are required.
Some schools will accept you even without any of these tests and will grant you an I-20 based on your prior education & work experience alone. However, visa officers may ask you for your test scores as it proves your seriousness about studying in the United States.
A brief description of each of these standardized tests is given below.
In most parts of the world, the TOEFL is a computer-based test. In some areas, paper-based testing is also available. Paper-based tests are administered on predetermined dates; computer-based tests can be taken on an appointment basis. The test consists of mostly multiple-choice questions. An essay question is to be answered.
The computer-based test contains four sections:
To find out more about the TOEFL test, including how to register, where to take the test and how to obtain preparation materials, visit www.toefl.org. We strongly recommend that you have some sort of experience with a TOEFL test preparation program before you sit for the TOEFL exam.
IELTS is the International English Language Testing System which tests English proficiency across the globe. Conducting 1.4 million tests globally, IELTS is the world’s most popular English testing system.
IELTS tests are held in over 500 centres with tests up to four times a month. IELTS respects international diversity and is fair to anyone who appears in the test, regardless of nationality. You can choose from two types of IELTS test: Academic or General Training, depending on whether you want to study, work or migrate. Both modules are made up of four parts : Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. IELTS results are graded on the unique IELTS 9-band scale. To help you prepare, IELTS provides test samples and Official (official) IELTS practice materials. The test covers the full range of ability from non-United States to expert United States. You are not limited to how many times you can appear in the test. For more details on IELTS visit www.ielts.org
The GRE test evaluates your mathematical and verbal abilities. It is designed to measure your reasoning skills, rather than your knowledge of any specific subject matter. Subject matter testing is done with the GRE subject tests. These tests should be taken by students who have a bachelor’s degree (or very extensive training) in that subject. They cover eight different subject areas: (1) biochemistry, cell and molecular biology; (2) biology; (3) chemistry; (4) computer science; (5) literature in English; (6) mathematics; (7) physics; (8) psychology. The GRE also offers a writing assessment test that asks more challenging questions than the general test. It measures your critical and analytic thinking skills. It is usually optional, so you should check with the schools to which you are applying to find out if it is required. The general test and the writing assessment are both computer-based, while the subject tests are paper-based. To find out more about the GRE tests, including how to register, where to take the tests and how to obtain preparation materials, visit www.gre.org
The GMAT is designed to assess your mathematical, verbal and analytic writing skills. Again, it measures your ability to apply knowledge, rather than the amount of knowledge you have. It is a computer-based test and contains both multiple-choice and essay questions. For more information on the GMAT, including how to register and prepare for the test, visit www.mba.com
Entry dates & Admission deadlines
Entry dates vary with each school but a general guideline is below.
- Fall – August
- Winter – December
- Spring – February
It is recommended to apply 1 year in advance and no later than 3 months if you have all your test scores in order. Please keep 2-4 weeks for visa approval.
Talk to a Y-Axis consultant about our General Admission Package – guaranteed I-20!
The cost of study in the United States varies from USD$5,000 to USD$30,000 per year. It all depends on the university you choose to study in. Financial aid is available in the form of scholarships & teaching assistant positions.
The cost of living depends on location. For example, states like Washington, California and areas around New York are costly. Costs can be brought down by living in a shared accommodation with other students.
UNITED STATES student visa application fee is currently USD$140.00
It depends where you fly from & how early you book your ticket. A typical air ticket from Asia will be around $750 to $1000.
Proof of funds for visa
You will be required to show that you can pay for your tuition & living expenses while you are in the United States.
United States student visa
Student applicants who have been accepted and have an I-20 can apply for an F1 visa or M1 visa.
F-1 or student visa: This visa is the most common for those who wish to engage in academic studies in the United States.
M-1 or student visa: This visa is for those who will be engaged in non-academic or vocational study or training at an institution in the U.S.
To apply for a visa, you need to fill the application forms, pay the Service Fee & provide all relevant documents including proof of financial support.
Talk to a Y-Axis consultant about our student visa services which include assistance with your application, documentation advice & review & a mock interview.
Working on your student visa
Foreign students can work for 20 hrs per week and 40 hrs per week during summer. The hourly pay for on campus job ranges from USD$5.15 to USD$15 per hour.
Curricular Practical Training: It is defined as employment that is part of your curriculum. You are permitted to work full time while you are studying. Y-Axis Work Study Programs are CPT related and you will be permitted to work full time while on a student visa.
Spouses and/or unmarried children under the age of 21 may accompany or join the principal visa holder in the United States for the duration of his/her stay. Spouses and dependents may not work in the United States. If seeking employment, the appropriate work visa will be required.
After you Graduate
Your student visa provides the bridge to institutions that can get you working legally in the United States. The school or university you are attending often provides employment opportunities on and off campus. American companies may also sponsor international students to work in the United States.
Optional Practical Training:
After you graduate, you are permitted to work in the USA for 1 year. Before this expires you are required to get an H-1B visa.
Top Popular Universities in USA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
University of California, Berkeley
California Institute of Technology
University of Chicago
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Pennsylvania
University of California, San Diego
University of Washington
The Johns Hopkins University
University of California, San Francisco
University of Wisconsin – Madison
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
New York University
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Washington University in St. Louis
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of California, Santa Barbara
The University of Texas at Austin
University of Maryland, College Park
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of California, Irvine
University of Southern California
University of California, Davis
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Pennsylvania State University – University Park
Carnegie Mellon University
Purdue University – West Lafayette
University of Pittsburgh
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey – New Brunswick
The Ohio State University – Columbus
University of Florida
University of Arizona
Arizona State University – Tempe
University of Utah
Indiana University Bloomington
University of Rochester
Texas A&M University – College Station
Michigan State University
Case Western Reserve University
Baylor College of Medicine
Georgia Institute of Technology
Mayo Medical School
The University of Georgia
University of California, Riverside
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Delaware
University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Iowa
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Massachusetts Medical School – Worcester
University of Virginia
Colorado State University
George Mason University
Iowa State University
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
North Carolina State University – Raleigh
Oregon Health and Science University
Oregon State University
State University of New York at Stony Brook
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Maryland, Baltimore
University of Miami
University of Nebraska – Lincoln
University of Tennessee – Knoxville
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Florida State University
Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
State University of New York at Buffalo
The George Washington University
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
The University of Connecticut – Storrs
The University of New Mexico – Albuquerque
Thomas Jefferson University
University of Central Florida
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado at Denver
University of Houston
University of Kansas – Lawrence
University of Kentucky
University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey
University of Missouri – Columbia
University of Notre Dame
University of Oregon
University of South Carolina – Columbia
University of South Florida
Washington State University – Pullman
Brigham Young University
City University of New York City College
Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis
Kansas State University
Medical University of South Carolina
Saint Louis University
San Diego State University
State University of New York at Albany
State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn
The University of Montana – Missoula
The University of Texas at Dallas
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
University of Alaska – Fairbanks
University of Nebraska Medical Center
University of New Hampshire – Durham
University of Oklahoma – Norman
University of Rhode Island
University of Vermont
Wake Forest University
Wayne State University
Kent State University
Medical College of Wisconsin
Montana State University – Bozeman
Southern Methodist University
Texas Tech University
The University of Texas at San Antonio
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
University of Louisville
University of Wyoming