Study in USA


Location : The country is situated mostly in central North America, where its forty-eight contiguous states and Washington, D.C., the capital district, lie between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, bordered by Canada to the north and Mexico to the south

Area : 9,631,418 sq km

Population : Approx. 9809000

Main States / Major cities : New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, San Diego, Detroit, Dallas, Phoenix, San Antonio

Industries :Often called ‘the land of opportunities and hope’, ‘technological foundry’, and ‘the land of adventure’, United States of America needs no formal introduction. Offering best career options in diverse fields like Information Technology, Aeronautics, Engineering and Technology, Health care and pharmaceutical industry. The climatic and geographic variations, the cultural diversity, the commitment and dedication to the development of new technologies, a flourishing and strong economy with a liberalized education system make USA an ideal country for international students.

Climate : The climate of USA varies as one moves from one zone to another due to the vast landscape. Generally the western and southern half of the USA has an overall warmer weather, as compared to the eastern and northern half. Eastern/Northern half is cold in winters accompanied by snowfall, and has pleasant summers. Whereas the Western/Southern part has hot summers and comparatively tolerable winters.

American culture is like a salad bowl in which the immigrants’ individual differences retain their flavour while still contributing to the whole. In short, the country has welcomed people from all over the world and assimilated different cultures while giving space and liberty to each culture to retain its identity. This cultural diversity is seen in the different faiths practiced and followed in USA , the different dialects and languages spoken across the continent and the different music traditions that have flourished there.

The United States is a federal union of 50 states, with the District of Columbia as the seat of the federal government. The Constitution outlines the structure of the national government and specifies its powers and activities, and defines the relationship between the national government and individual state governments. Power is shared between the national and state (local) governments. Within each state are counties, townships, cities and villages, each of which has its own elective government. Governmental power and functions in the United States rest in three branches of government: the legislative, judicial, and executive. In this system of a”separation of powers” each branch operates

Why USA ?

The United States is the premiere destination for international students from all over the world. The main advantages of higher education in USA are as follows:

World class learning institutions

United States has more institutions of higher learning than any other country in the world. More importantly than that, however, is the quality of these academic bodies. Most American colleges and universities offer top-notch education programs with highly qualified teaching staff.

The research at many of these universities is cutting-edge and often published in journals worldwide. Many of the professors at these schools are leading authorities in their field.

The list of world-class learning institutions in USA is endless and include, but are not limited to: Stanford University, Harvard, Yale, Cornell, California Institute of Technology, UC Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, MIT, John Hopkins, Northwestern University, etc.

Endless study choices:

One of the best things about studying in USA is the vast number of academic options offered to students.

Since USA is such a large country with vast resources, almost every field of study is available in the country. One can study everything from Russian history to nuclear physics. That is why so many foreigners choose to obtain their training in USA. If you can perceive it, you can probably find some place in America to study it.

Worldwide recognition

A degree or certificate from a college or university is useless if it is not recognized by employers, other institutions or field authorities. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance to ensure that the degree from the school you choose is recognized in the place you plan to use it in. Fortunately, colleges and universities in America are given professional accreditation by different governing bodies.

These schools have to earn their accreditation by meeting certain criteria, helping ensure a quality education, as well as a degree or certificate that is recognized. Most schools in USA are accredited, though we strongly suggest that you thoroughly find out what each school’s accreditation is before deciding. There are thousands of US schools that offer credentials recognized in almost every corner of the world.

Supporting industries, training & research

Because of the vast wealth of resources in America, the opportunities for practical training related to your field of study are vast. Most college and universities have established affiliations with employers and researchers in different fields of study, thereby creating an avenue for students to obtain hands-on and invaluable experience.

Many universities even require that students obtain practical training in order to graduate. In many cases, these opportunities are not available any where else in the world.

People and culture

America is a melting pot of people from all over the world. One will find most Americans to be very hospitable, friendly, kind, generous and accepting of foreigners. Of course, there are a few exceptions, as in any country, but these are not the norm. In general, the people are funny, gregarious, innovative, and eager to learn. These are traits that many international students adopt and take home with them.


Regardless of what degree a student chooses to pursue in school, he or she will have to use computers and other technologies in order to succeed. Many universities incorporate the latest technology into their curriculum, encouraging students to obtain proficiency before they go out into the workplace. Specialized technology, such as the newest medical equipment in medical schools, allows each student to maximize their true potential and gain experience that is marketable in the real world.


Since USA school system utilizes credit units and often accommodates working students, most schools offer academic programs that are flexible in nature. This means that, very often, one can choose when to attend classes, how many classes to enroll in each semester or quarter, what elective or optional classes to take, etc. An American education is very conforming to each student’s needs.

Campus experience:

It has been said that the friends and experience obtained during campus life are worth as much as the education itself. Many make friends that last lifetimes. The lessons learned my co-existing and living with others from all over the world are priceless.

Global focus:

More and more often, American colleges and universities are focusing on the global aspects of each subject, better preparing students with a worldwide view of their field. No longer can students merely focus on certain geographic areas when obtaining their academic training. Most US learning institutions have recognized this and offer a more comprehensive and global curriculum to meet these new trends.

Education System

USA stands unique in its education system. There is not national educational system or curriculum. The federal governments does not regulate or operate schools in the country.

Each of the 50 states has its own Department of Education, which sets guidelines for the schools of that state. Public colleges and universities receive funding from student tuition and from the state government in which they are located.

Most of the control of American schools is in the hands of each local school district. Each school district is governed by a school board, a small committee of people elected by the local community. The school board sets general policies for the school district. Student do not pay tuition from grades 1-12.


Organization includes information on how education in the United States is governed, including the roles of the different levels of authority in our federal system, the role of national associations, and the ways by which standards and quality are monitored.

  • Public University
  • Private University
  • Community Colleges

1) Each state in the United States maintains its own public university system, which is always non-profit.

Public universities

These are schools offering bachelors degree options are operated by a state government and are financed by public funds.

They are also called state universities and sometimes have the word “State” in their names (for example, San Diego State University).

The tuition charged by these schools is typically much lower for students who are residents of the state where the school is located.

Public universities offer bachelor’s degrees and some offer master’s and PhD degrees, too.International students will pay higher tuition because they and their parents have not contributed to the taxes that help finance the schools. The bachelors or master degree programs offered at public universities vary per school and are popular with international students.

Most areas also have private institutions, which may be for-profit or non-profit. Unlike many other nations, there are no public universities at the national level.

Private universities

These are schools that are operated by private individuals and are financed by private funds. These schools are not controlled by any government agency and also offer many bachelors degree options. Tuition fees at private schools is normally much higher than at public schools because of the lack of financial support from the government.

In private universities both, the American as well as International student pays at par

Obtaining a bachelor’s degree at a private university or college is what many international students choose.

Community Colleges

Lower status educational institutions include community colleges.

These are primarily two-year education public institutions, which individual states usually require to accept all local residents who seek admission, and offer associate’s degree or vocational certificate programs.

Many community colleges have relationships with four-year education state universities and colleges or even private universities that enable their students to transfer to these universities for a four-year degree after completing a two-year program at the community college.

The US education system requires that students complete 12 years of primary and secondary education prior to attending university or college.

Graduate school

Students who have obtained a bachelor’s degree can continue their education by pursuing a master degree. This is usually a two-year degree that is highly specialized in a specific field. Students are sometimes admitted to a master’s degree program only if they have a bachelor’s degree in a closely related field.

The institutions accept at least four years but not more than five years of full-time college-level coursework. Some of institutions have started accepting students with three year degree.

Most colleges and universities follow either a quarter-based calendar system or a semester-based calendar system. In a quarter system, the academic year is divided into three sessions called quarters. Each quarter lasts about 12 weeks. There is usually an additional quarter in the summer, where registration is optional. Foreign students are not required to attend courses in the summer to maintain their status. In a semester system, the academic year is divided into two sessions called semesters. Each semester lasts 16 weeks. Again, there may be an optional session during the summer.

Students who have registered for at least 12 units in a session (either a quarter or semester) are said to be “full-time” students. International students must maintain a “full-time course load” in order to maintain their visa status.

Application Procedure

It is wise to start the process of application for admission prior to 18 months of the preferred intake to get into the top universities and to avail scholarships.

Action Plan :

Meet one of our expert counselors in any of the Planet Education office near you. Get the best advise for your course & university options. Also, avail the opportunity to be assisted for the best websites suggested by our counselors, for wide research while selecting your USA colleges or universities. Read through college reference guides and visit college websites. Start preparing for the your GMAT/SAT/GRE/TOEFL/IELTS. You can refer to our website for coaching. Your result of the application of admission will mainly depend on your GMAT/SAT/GRE/TOEFL/IELTS. scores alongwith equal weightage of academic performance.

Continue to work hard at your subjects at the college/University. Good grades in the courses you are taking now will count heavily in the admissions decisions.

How to select institutions/ schools for admission ?

Our counselors will help with the course and university options as per your preference and eligibility criteria of the institutions.

You should short list the institutions for admission :

(a) one /two institutions that you really like, but may be too difficult to get into;

(b) two applications to the institution, that you also like and which you think will accept you;

(c) one or two applications to the institutions which may not be your favorites, but you are quite sure will accept you.

Documentations you need to prepare :

1. Resume

2. Statement of Purpose

3. Recommendation Letters

4. WES evaluation report ( requirement for some of the universities)

5. Transcripts

6. Marksheets (10th,12th, Bachelors, Masters)

7. Leaving/Passing/First attempt certificates

8. Degree Certificate OR Provisional Degree Certificate

9. Bank Letter

10. Financial Affidavit

11. GRE/GMAT/SAT Score Card

12. TOEFL/IELTS Scores

13. Passport copy

14. Extra curricular activity certificates

Note: The standardized test scores (GRE, GMAT, SAT and TOEFL) are to be reported directly through the respective boards. Online reporting is compulsory.

Entrance Tests – SAT, TOEFL or IELTS are required for admissions

  • Identify two or three teachers or other people whom you know well and ask them to write recommendation letters for you.
  • For undergraduate applicants the best references are teachers and your school principal.
  • Graduate students should obtain letters from their teachers or professionals in their field whom they have worked with and who can speak specifically about their academic potential and relevant accomplishments.
  • Ask the schools you have attended to start preparing your transcripts. These are official school documents that show the courses you have studied and the grades you have received in those courses.
  • If your previous TOEFL, SAT, or GRE scores were not satisfactory, register for the test again.
  • Please note carefully the deadlines of each institutions you are opting for. Remember to allow time for delays in the mail.
  • Ask your schools to prepare certified copies of your academic transcripts to each of the institutions where you are applying.
  • Ask your teachers to write their letters of recommendation for you and give sealed envelopes with the stamp.
  • Undergraduate students should write their application essay. This essay is an important part of the application. It should reflect who you are and what you feel is important. Try not to repeat information you have provided in other parts of the application, but instead work to make the essay unique and personal.
  • Graduate students should write their statement of purpose if the schools have indicated that they require one. This is an important part of the application. You should show in your statement how your education so far has created a foundation for your goals, and how your proposed coursework in the US will help you achieve those goals. You should be as specific as possible about your research interests and past accomplishments.
  • Make photocopies of the applications and begin to fill in the required information on the copies. You will later transfer the information to the originals. · Take our counselors help to fill up the applications online or physical – as required by the institutions.
  • You need to get the bank letters before sending the application. Our counselors will guide you with the exact format and required funds to be shown in your bank account.
  • Complete your essays and application forms, including the financial aid application forms, using the originals. We will send/submit the complete applications to your preferred institutions.

Our counselors will update you with the status of your applications regularly. You will start hearing decisions from the schools. At times, they might ask for resubmission of the documents if required.

Let our counselors know of your decision about the decision of the acceptance of offer. We can request the institution to send us the I-20 form.

Studying & Living


Visa Process

There are many types of visas, divided into two groups:


Immigrant Visas.

A nonimmigrant visa is basically a short- term visa for a temporary stay———————

Student Visa ( F1) falls in this category.

A nonimmigrant visa covers tourists, business people, students, or specialty workers who wish to stay for a particular period of time in the United States to accomplish specific purposes.

According to U.S. visa laws and regulations, most nonimmigrant visa applicants must demonstrate to the consular officer that they have strong ties to their country of residence and must show that they intend to depart the United States after their temporary visit.


Most international students who wish to study in the United States will seek an F-1 (non-immigrant) student visa, but there are other visa types that are sometimes authorized for those who study in the U. S. ————————————-

F-1 or Student Visa:

This visa is the most common for those who wish to engage in academic studies in the United States . It is for people who want to study at an accredited U.S. college or university or to study English at a university or intensive English language institute.

M-1 or Student Visa :

This visa is for those who will be engaged in non-academic or vocational study or training, such as associate or diploma courses, at any institution in the U.S. they are normally issued for short term program of study.

J-1 or Exchange Visitor:

This visa is for people who will be participating in an exchange visitor program in the U.S. The “J” visa is for educational and cultural exchange programs.

How To Apply For The US Student VISA :

- Make an appointment to visit US embassy.

- You need to make an appointment, over the Internet .

- Visa Application fees( F1 category — $160 ) are non refundable and must be paid before the appointment through HDFC Banks.

- Pay the SEVIS fees($200) online.

- Get all your academic and financial documentation ready.

- you will need —–

  • A valid passport
  • Documents to support the application reason for travel and financial status
  • Proof of payment of fees
  • Interview letter
  • Original I-20

Useful Tips For US Visa Interview :
- You need to strategically prepare convincing points as per the concerns of the visa officer.

- One need to practice the list of questions which are frequently asked by US visa officer. You can practice answering the interview questions with your friends taking demo interviews until you gain confidence to face the interview questions.

- Be confident at the time of interview. There should be no sign of nervousness when you enter for interview.

- Don’t be late for the interview , reach there half an hour early before the scheduled time.

- You need to greet the officer with confident smile and Good Morning as you enter the interview room.

- You need to answer loud and clear in front of visa officer.Your answer need to be confident and there should be no hesitations or pauses while you answer any unfamiliar question as well.

- If you don’t understand what visa officer asked you, there should be no hesitation asking the same question again.

- You need to enter the interview room with all the documents arranged in order as visa officer is performing his duty. Don’t even expect him to be hostile on you.

- You need to tell anything irrelevant if not asked by interviewer. Don’t even try to be over smart in front of US visa consulate officer.

The High Commission must be given assurance on the following issues:

  • One is going for serious academics
  • Proficiency in English
  • Sufficient Finance
  • Intention of return


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