Student Guide to the United States of America (USA)


Student Guide to the United States of America (USA)



Everything you need to know before studying in the US - education system, visa requirement and process, Indians living in US, post-study options and more



Why study in the USA?


Being a diverse country, the United States is the safest place for students, particularly from India, and there is no need for any fear of racism. So in that sense, the US is a safe country for Indian students. If you have decided to study in the US, your choice of destination country needs no validation as the US is considered the best study abroad destination.

 Not to justify your choice but to further strengthen your decision, we at have compiled a few reasons why considering the US as your study abroad destination is a wise decision. Although the reasons to consider a country may differ widely among students, there are a few standout features which make every place different than others. Below are a few of the reasons why going to the US to study might be a really good decision.


Programs to fit your needs

The US offers a very diverse range of higher education options compared to any other country in the world. With such wide options for learning opportunities, no matter what your ability or ambitions are, there will be some perfect course for you. Many of the universities customize a few of their courses for international students as well.

Flexibility
In America, it is very common to change university after two years of study during undergraduate courses within the same faculty. Most institutions accept credits from other universities to the same course. So you are not required to complete all four years of study in the same college to finish your degree. This flexibility gives you the opportunity to transfer your credits to a higher ranked institution, given if you have good enough grades

You Can Extend Your Reach and Network
This applies not just to the US, but to any study abroad destination country. Networking is an important part of every career and finding the right connections leads them to further heights in their career. Those who have international living or work experience and are multilingual will have a huge advantage over other people in the job market. At American universities, the chances of you coming across well-known names in the industry are very high. That will be crucial once you have hands-on field experience.

Diversity and Variety
You can study at a large public university or college or if you prefer a smaller community, you may choose a small private university. People in the US also vary among each other a lot. Along with American citizens, you will come across diverse cultures like Mexicans, Asians along with Indians. There is a strong Indian community in the US. Essentially, the USA is a multiracial society that is still absorbing new immigrants, which makes it a continuous melting pot of communities and cultures; an experience which will enrich your understanding of the world.

How to study in the USA from India?

Study in the USA for Indian Students
In 2019, Indians were the top-recipient of the high-skilled H-1B visas and were also the second-largest community of international students staying in US. The US government records claim that immigrants from India are better educated, more likely to have strong English language skills, arrive on employment-based visas, and are less likely to live below the poverty line than the overall immigrant population. Many Indians work in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. Almost one-third of all Indian immigrants reside in just two states: California and New Jersey. More than one-quarter of all Indian immigrants live in three major metropolitan areas: New York, Chicago, and San Jose.

The education system in the USA
US Education system – Many students who are going to pursue their higher studies in the US must be surprised to know that the US has no educational system. The Federal government can influence education only by the funding it offers, but this is limited. Unlike CBSE board examinations in India, there is no national high school graduation examination. There are, however, state graduation examinations, and students must pass these. At the higher education level, students have a wide range of options when they choose a college or university. Although there are agencies that attempt to rank American colleges and universities, the concept of “fit” is also important. The GPA* of admitted students is important, but majors offered, location, the number of students enrolled, and campus culture are all factors influencing a prospective student’s decision. Some colleges and universities are publicly funded, while others are privately supported.

GPA means grade point average. It is the average of all grades received.

Popular student destinations: The top universities in the US are Princeton University, Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University and Stanford University.

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