Study in USA-

Study in the USA

The United States is definitely a place of opportunity, with its numerous ethnicities, the largest number of top-ranked colleges to study abroad, and beautiful scenery. Choosing to study in the United States provides you with a fantastic opportunity to develop intellectually, culturally, and socially.

The United States of America has been a global leader in the field of education and boasts of a lion’s share of top-ranked universities according to all major international rankings. Few countries offer as many high-ranked universities and noble laureate academia, as the USA does. As a matter of fact, nearly 50 of the top 200 universities in the world are based in the USA.

Universities to study in the USA are also credited for innumerable patents and ground-breaking innovations, offering a chance to study and compete with some of the finest minds in the respective fields. 

The flexibility of applying to different fields of study and a wide variety of Research-Centric Science and Technology Courses are the distinguishing features because of which aspirants strive to get admission in the USA.

Intakes in the USA

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

*Intakes vary basis the institution and your program. Please speak with your Unibays counselor for more information.

US Student visa requirements 

The US offers three different student visa types to study overseas:

S No.Types of student visaDescription
1F-1 Student Visato study at an accredited US college or university or to study English at an English language institute
2J Exchange Visafor participation in an exchange program, including high school and university study
3M Student Visafor non-academic or vocational study or training in the US

*For detailed information, please visit the US Government’s Department of State website.

Documents required for a US student visa

  • Acceptance letter from a SEVP approved school and your Form I-20
  • SEVIS application fee payment
  • Non-immigrant visa application and the Form DS-160 confirmation page
  • Valid passport valid for at least six months beyond your duration of stay in the US to study abroad (unless excluded by country specific accords)
  • Your photo as well as your phone number

 Additional documents required might include:

  • Documents related to academic preparation, such as transcripts, diplomas, degrees, or certificates
  • Proof that you have enough money to cover your living expenses in the United States for the duration of your stay to study in the USA. This might involve the following:
    1. Statements from the bank
    2. A sponsor's financial commitment to pay your lodging and living expenses.
    3. Establish a scholarship programme
  • Proof that you will leave the United States after your studies are over.

An interview at the US embassy or consulate might be required.

F-1 Student visa

There are three major steps to apply for F-1 student visa:

Step 1SEVIS fee and I-20 form collectionOnce you pay the SEVIS fee, you are given an I-20 form from your new school or college. 
Step 2VISA fee and form collectionPay your visa fee at the designated bank and collect the visa form. 
Step 3VISA interviewSchedule a visa interview with the US embassy in your country. 

P.S: You can move to the US only 30 days before the start date of your program.

Visa fee

As an applicant from outside the United States, you will be charged a cost of US$160 to apply for a visa to study in the USA.

On F and M visa applications, there is now a US$350 SEVIS charge, and on most J visa applications, there is a US$220 SEVIS charge, which covers the expense of the computer system that records your stay in the US (SEVIS).

  • US educational institutions require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 band. 
  • Make sure your visa remains valid

The cost to study in the US

SchoolTuition fees in USD (indicative)
English language studies$700 to $2,000 a month
Community colleges$6,000 to $20,000 per year
bachelor’s 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

Other expenses include:

1.  Accommodation costs

•Housing costs in the United States vary by area and range from $6,000 to $14,000 per year to study abroad.

2. Living expenses

ExpensesAverage yearly cost*
Books and Stationery$500- $1000
Travelling$500- $1200
Clothes and footwear$500
Miscellaneous expenses$2000

*Note: All costs indicative and vary from region to region

3.  Health support and insurance

4. Transportation. 

5. Taxes



 Scholarships to study in the US

  • Fulbright- Nehru Fellowships
  • Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program
  • #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship
  • IEFA
  • AAUW International Fellowships

 Education system in the USA

According to the QS World Ranking 2019, the United States has 33 of the top 100 institutions, a dynamic campus life, dynamic teaching method, and many of job chances, making it the most popular choice among Indian students.

Study levels in the US

  • Elementary school
  • Middle school/Junior high school
  • High school
  • Higher education

Qualifications available in the US:

Associate degree2 years
Bachelor's degree3 - 4 years
Master's degree (Professional)1 to 3 years
Master's degree (Academic)2 years
Doctorate or PhD5 to 8 years

Types of institutions

  • Colleges
  • Universities

There are mainly two types of universities in the US:

  • Public universities: State universities, maintained by the state government
  • Private universities: Can be profit and not-for-profit; supported by tuition fee and donations.

Universities are further categorised into:

  • Ivy League
  • Public Ivies
  • Liberal Arts Philosophy
  • Specialist institutions
  • Research Intensive Institutions
  • Land Grant Colleges and Universities

Fee structure

The cost of tuition is determined depending on the program you pursue and the institution you attend to study in the USA. Study MBBS and engineering courses are likely to be more costly. Study MBA programmes, like those in most other nations, are very costly. The annual tuition price might be anything from US$ 10,000 and US$55,000.

Why study in the USA?

1. Excellence in the academic field

2. Flexible education system

3. Excellent support structure

4. Cultural variety

5. Vibrant campus life




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