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United States (US)
The US remains the world’s leading destination for international students. The USA has the world’s largest international student population, with over 800,000 students choosing to broaden their education and life experience in the United States. Nearly 4% of all students enrolled in higher-level education in the USA are international students, and the numbers are growing
The most popular states for international study in the US are California, New York and Texas, and the most popular subjects were business and management, engineering, mathematics and computer science according to the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors report
A Unique Higher Education System
U.S. universities and colleges may differ from those in your home country in several ways. For one thing, small class sizes are very common. There may be as few as 10 to 20 students in a class, giving you the personal attention you need in order to succeed. While in class, students are encouraged and expected to contribute to the discussion. Professors meet with students in their offices or even share coffee or meals with them. The close relationship between students and faculty serves to motivate students and fosters a personal approach to the curriculum. Studying in the U.S. gives you the opportunity to gain a mentor in your given career field, an invaluable resource.
Benefits of study in USA
The United States is the premiere destination for international students from all over the world. The main advantages of higher education in the USA are as follows:
- World class learning institutions
- Academic Excellence
- Supporting industries, training and research
- Variety of Educational Opportunities
- Support Services for International Students
- Global Education and Long-Term Career Prospects
- Campus Life Experience
Employment as student
Many students hold on-campus jobs, and work opportunities are nearly always available. Most jobs pay about $7.25 per hour and entail work in a laboratory or in food service. In general terms, students are permitted to work on campus 20 hours per week during the fall and spring semester and 40 hours per week during school breaks when classes are not in session.
Admission & visa process
Applying for admission and visa you must have to go through a number of steps.
ASCOM counsellors will help you in making application for the university of your choice and you will provide us all documents required for the admission. The university will notify you if you have been selected to study for the particular course or not. Once you have met all conditions of admission letter we will arrange I-20 from university. I-20 is a final acceptance letter that is required for visa application.
Required Documents for admission
- All Academic transcripts and degrees
- Copy of passport/visa (if available)
- Bank statement (some universities may require at t0he time of admission)
- Certificate of English proficiency (IELTS/TOEFL)
- Personal Statement
- 2-3 Recommendation letters
- Experience letter (all previous work experiences)
- V (it must include all details of work and education)
- GMAT/GRE (some universities may not require it
- Research proposal (for PhD and Research students only)
- Portfolio (for Art and Architecture students only)
Before applying for a visa, all student visa applicants are required to be accepted and approved by their university or programme. Once accepted, educational institutions will provide each applicant the necessary approval documentation to be submitted when applying for a student visa.
This is the most common type of student visa. If you wish to engage in academic studies in the United States at an approved school, such as an accredited U.S. college or university, private secondary school, or approved English language programme then you need an F-1 visa. You will also need an F-1 visa if your course of study is more than 18 hours a week.
If you plan engage in non-academic or vocational study or training at a U.S. institution then you need an M-1 visa.
Professional advice and guidance by ASCOM Education counsellors
Our experienced ASCOM Education counselor will be able to provide advice and guidance throughout the USA student visa application process. If you have any questions about student visas to enter the USA, contact us today.
If you are visiting us for your Free Consultation, use above checklist to ensure you bring along all your documents so we can make the most of your appointment.
Universities and Colleges
The large number and variety of universities in the US means you can be pretty confident of finding a suitable institution in your preferred setting. And if you don’t get it right the first time, moving between universities in the US is not uncommon, without losing any previous academic credit or having to start over.
Depending on your subject and study level, you might need to take an admissions test, such as the SAT at undergraduate level or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) at graduate level.
Undergraduate degrees at US universities typically take four years to complete. The first part of the degree is usually spent studying a wide range of subjects – some required and some electives – after which students choose the subject or subjects on which they want to focus – known as “major(s)”. the graduate degree takes at least 2 years to complete in USA.
The academic year in the US is usually split into two semesters, with the fall (autumn) semester beginning in mid to late August and ending in December, while the spring term runs from January to May.
How to Apply
How to Apply
Applications for USA universities are accepted 4-6 months before the class start dates. ASCOM counselors will help you in arranging your admission letter, I-20 from university, interview preparation for admission and visa application.
Whether you plan to pursue a short-term or full degree programme in the United States, you have to consider the following 'Five Steps to U.S. Study'.
Step 1: Research Your Options
ASCOM helps in finding the programme options available and how to identify an institution that best fits your needs.
Step 2: Finance your Studies
You would need to fund your studies and the tuition cost depends on the university you will select.
Step 3: Complete Your Application
ASCOM counsellors will help you in course selection, documents arrangement and providing complete information of requirements to apply for your programme. We arrange your admission letter and acceptance letter from the university.
Step 4: Apply for Your Student Visa
ASCOM expert counsellors will help you making the visa application. Giving updated information on its requirements. You will be prepared for the interview, both for admission and visa, professionally.
Step 5: Prepare for Your Departure
Pre-departure information including gathering documents for arrival and immigration compliance are provided before you depart for your studies.
The school calendar usually begins in August or September and continues through May or June. The majority of new students begin in autumn, so it is a good idea for international students to also begin their U.S. university studies at this time. There is a lot of excitement at the beginning of the school year and students form many great friendships during this time, as they are all adjusting to a new phase of academic life. Additionally, many courses are designed for students to take them in sequence, starting in autumn and continuing through the year.
The academic year at many schools is composed of two terms called “semesters.” (Some schools use a three-term calendar known as the “trimester” system.) Still, others further divide the year into the quarter system of four terms, including an optional summer session. Basically, if you exclude the summer session, the academic year is either comprised of two semesters or three quarter terms.
ASCOM offers help for selecting the best courses and institutes according to the student's interest and capability. Our team of expert counselors offers assistance in gaining admission to top notch universities of USA. Other services provided include:
- Selection of course and university
- Arranging admission
- Offer acceptance (1-20 Letter)
- Mock interviews for admission and visa
- Visa processing
- Pre-departure guidance
- US Department of Education (http://ed.gov/)
- Education in the USA-Information (http://usinfo.state.gov/usa/infousa/educ/educate.htm)