William McKinley famously said “The mission of United States is that of benevolent assimilation”.  The United States of America, or the USA, has always been a melting pot of people belonging to different races, religions and ethnicities. The USA’s status as a developed nation is hugely because of these hard working people who have their roots all over the world and chose to settle in the USA.  Indians prefer to migrate to New Jersey, Bay area, Chicago and Greater New York Area in the USA.

Courses and Exams

The students aim for getting admission in both- undergraduate as well as post graduate courses in the USA in all walks of life, be it science, commerce or humanities. Some of the exams that the students have to appear for, depending on their choice of course, are SAT, TOEFL or IELTS, GRE and GMAT. Students need to clear class 12th (with 60% marks) for UG admission and bachelors (with 50% marks) for PG admission. Some universities accept the TOEFL score and some other universities accept IELTS score. The students need to have a minimum score of 6.5 in IELTS and a minimum score of 78 in TOEFL.

Education and Living Cost

The tuition fees and cost of studying in the USA varies substantially from one place to another across different cities, colleges and universities. The cost of studying in USA can vary from $5,000 to $50,000 for one year. The cost of living in the USA and the expenses for day-to-day activities usually lie between $8,000 and $12,000 for one year. Though most of the colleges provide on-campus accommodation, the students prefer to live off-campus because it usually cheaper than living on-campus.

Part-time Jobs

Indian students who go to the USA usually work a part-time job to earn some extra money and to get familiar with their surroundings. A part time job helps the students meet people who live in the USA and interact with them, this helps them learn more about the culture of the country they are living in. Some of the easy to find on campus jobs are Library Monitor, Teaching Assistant, Tour Guide, Peer Tutor, Academic Department Assistant, Campus Tech Support, Production Assistant, University Book Store Assistant, Babysitter and Barista. The students can work for only 20 hours per week as per the visa guidelines for working part-time jobs.

Availability of Finances

A student needs to show a decent amount of money in their account and also have funds required for living the USA for one year. It is always a good idea to show at least 1.5 times the total cost on your i20 form. An I-20 form is the document issued to the student after he/she has been accepted by a school in the U.S. This document is important because the student will need it to get his/her student visa and enter the United States.

Jobs and Post Study work-permit & Permanent Residency

An F1 student is generally entitled up to one year of post-completion practical training. Authorization for this type of practical training may be granted for a maximum of 12 months and starts once the student has graduated or completed their course of study. For students studying STEM courses (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) a new rule allows a 24 month extension that means they can continue to stay in US for three years after finishing their course of study.

Best wished for your dream career in USA