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Here’s a comprehensive guide for all International students who want to study in the USA

Study in USA

Home to diverse ethnicities, highest number of top-ranked universities, and picturesque landscapes, the USA is truly a land of opportunities. Choosing to study in the USA offers you a wonderful avenue for growing academically, culturally, and socially.

Know all about the intakes available in the USA

Fall TermFrom August to December
Spring TermFrom January to April
Summer TermFrom May to August

Student visa requirements for the US

He US Government offers three different student visa types:

Types of student visa


F-1 Student Visa

to study at an accredited US college or university or to study English at an English language institute


J Exchange Visa

for participation in an exchange program, including high school and university study


M Student Visa

for non-academic or vocational study or training in the US

How much will it cost to study in the US?

Tuition fees in USD (indicative)

English language studies

$700 to $2,000 a month

Community colleges

$6,000 to $20,000 per year

bachelor degree

$20,000 to $40,000 per year

Graduate programs

$20,000 to $45,000 per year

Doctoral degree

$28,000 to $55,000 per year

Top Courses to Study in the US


Business Development








Information Technology (IT)


Health and Medicine




Biological and life Sciences


Environmental Science

Education system in the USA

Let’s find out how the American education system works

Home to the maximum number of international students, the US provides a diverse range of courses for all study levels. Here’s a rundown on the education system of the US.

Study levels in the US

  1. Elementary school
  2. Middle school/Junior high school
  3. High school
  4. Higher education

Here's an overview of the qualifications available in the US:


Associate degree

2 years

Job oriented programs that allow a graduate to launch a career, it is also equivalent to first two years of a 4-year bachelor’s degree

Bachelor’s degree

3 – 4 years

Undergraduate degree that includes core courses, major, minor and elective. The four years are known as Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior.

Master’s degree (Professional)

1 to 3 years

Leads students from first degree to particular profession; duration depends on field of study

Master’s degree (Academic)

2 years

Generally awarded in traditional disciplines of humanities, arts, and science; may lead students to doctoral programs

Doctorate or PhD

5 to 8 years

Completed under the supervision of faculty advisor, PhD is awarded on completion of dissertation and successful defence before a panel of faculty members

Types of institutions

There are various types of institutions in the US that provide quality education. These can be categorised into:


Smaller than the universities, colleges generally provide undergraduate degrees. Community colleges, an affordable study option in the US, offer two-year associate degrees after which you can continue your studies in the university for another two years to gain an undergraduate degree.


Offer research-based masters, doctoral and post-doctoral degrees. There are mainly two types of universities in the US:

Public universities: Mostly state universities, established and run by the state government

Private universities: A mix of profit and not-for-profit supported by tuition fee and donations; approximately 20% of students attend private universities

Universities may further be categorised into:

Type of university


Ivy League

Ivy League, which is actually a sports conference of eight private colleges in the Northeast includes some of the oldest American institutions. These are perceived to be some of the most esteemed places to study and therefore extremely competitive for admissions.

Public Ivies

Group of over 30 state-funded or public universities in the US. Although this is not an official classification of universities, these universities have earned their reputation and are considered prestigious and academically rigorous. Education costs are slightly lower than the Ivy League universities.

 Liberal Arts Philosophy

This philosophy promotes a well-rounded academic education that develops the overall thought process of students. The courses begin with a wide variety of courses in humanities, languages, arts and the social sciences before specialising in a particular field. The primary focus for faculty is on undergraduate teaching rather than research, with a small student population and high student to faculty ratio.

Specialist institutions

universities and institutes that specialise in providing degrees in a certain field such a degrees in music, visual and applied arts, etc.

Land Grant Colleges and Universities

Large, publicly-funded universities

Research Intensive Institutions

Universities offering the highest level of research and are a good starting point for students seeking doctoral degree.

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