Why study in the USA

The USA is one of the most coveted study destinations of the world with a plethora of universities that offer globally reputed degrees in all fields of study. The nation offers favorable living conditions, an excellent education system, advanced research programs, a lively living environment and exceptional career options to international students.

The world’s most popular international student destination

More international students study in the USA than in any other country in the world – at the moment, there are more than 750,000. Let’s look at some of the reasons why.

Highest-ranked universities in the world

The USA has an established, high-quality tertiary education system. The USA boasts an impressive seven out of the world’s top 10 universities according to the 2013/2014 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. In fact, 76 of the top 200 universities are based in the USA.

First Class Education

Universities in the USA offer top-notch research oriented and practical education in very well equipped institutes. The staff at the universities offers full cooperation and intensive support to international students.

Globally Recognized Degrees

A degree obtained from a university of USA is recognized worldwide. Graduates from the USA are highly sought after owing to the exemplary global reputation of the American education system.

Multicultural Classrooms

With a classroom full of students belonging to different parts of the world, students gain better international exposure, understand the industrial aspects in a more appropriate manner and even build strong bonds with fellow batch mates.

Campus life

Living on campus in the USA can offer you the opportunity to enrich your educational experience and meet new friends. Or you may choose to live off campus. USA universities offer a wide choice of academic, cultural and athletic activities. Your university may also have a variety of sporting teams in addition to fraternities and regional or ethnic clubs.

Friendly Atmosphere

Being a friendly nation, international students are welcomed with open arms by the American universities. Campuses are very well developed with advanced research labs, equipped classrooms and state-of-the-art facilities for students. Life on campus offers a wide variety of sports and leisure facilities, thus making living in the USA easy and enjoyable.

Academic achievement in the USA is measured by GPA (Grade Point Average) scores. 

Master's degree applicants may need GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores. If you apply through Study Group, you do not need to take the ACT (American College Testing) or SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) exams.

IMPORTANT: The information on this page is intended as a guide only. Each university will assess your complete application and make an offer based on your entire profile.

What are the entry requirements for a Bachelor's degree in the USA or Canada?

  • Successful completion of the international equivalent of US/Canadian secondary education (Year 12)
  • Diploma or acceptable certification of graduation from High School in your home country
  • English language ability between TOEFL iBT 68 and 80 for direct entry (no official TOEFL score needed for some programs) - see English language requirements
  • Proven academic achievement demonstrating your ability to succeed in university-level studies

What are the entry requirements for a Master’s degree in the USA?

  • International equivalent of a North American four-year Bachelor's degree program from an accredited university
  • If you have a three-year Bachelor's degree or diploma, you can complete a qualifying Pre-Master's program first
  • Official transcripts for all colleges/universities attended
  • English language ability between TOEFL iBT 79 and 95 for direct entry (an official TOEFL score may not be required for ESL and Pre-Master's programs) - see English language requirements
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resumé for MBA programs
  • Plus specific requirements for individual courses

What is GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)?

Find out more, at mba.com/global/the-gmat-exam.aspx

What is the GRE (Graduate Record Examination)?

Find out more, at ets.org/gre/

United States has always been considered as the “land of opportunities”. Being one of the leading nations with a strong economic structure, the nation offers an array of job opportunities to international students in all fields of work.

There is also a plethora of internship programs available that can be taken up by the international students. That not only helps them understand the intricacies of the preferred industry but also lets them earn an income while working part-time.

Owing to skills shortage across various sectors in the American market, international students with skills are in demand and those who are willing to settle in America have the option to apply under a Skilled Worker Visa and permanently work and reside in the country. Graduates are in high demand in the USA, especially in the field of healthcare, film production, real estate, retail sector, agriculture, engineering and computers & information technology.

In the USA there are options to work part-time on campus during your first year of study. You can also explore opportunities for sponsorship following your studies. International students in the USA can work in a job on campus up to 20 hours a week. Many students find that their time is better spent taking internships or practical training, which allows them to work for university credit in a job in a related field. Nearly every university, even those not located in big cities, has employees dedicated to helping students secure internships. All USA universities also offer extra-curricular activities that provide real-world job experience.

Another option that appeals to many students is to broaden their study experience through semester or summer-long study abroad and exchange programs, offered by most universities as well as outside study abroad providers. Following graduation, students on an F-1 visa can apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT), which allows them to work in their chosen field for 12-24 months after completing their studies.

Some companies may even sponsor students for a H1-B Temporary Worker Visa, allowing them to continue living in the USA as long as they work for that company. Most USA institutions have a career services department staffed with professionals focused on helping students with their résumé, teaching job interview skills, and helping them find job opportunities.

There are three main visa types that students can opt for to study in a US university. These are as follows:-

  • F-1 Student Visa: Academic Study - F-1 is the most common type of student visa issued to international students who wish to undertake academic studies in the USA. With an F1 visa, international students can undertake part-time, on-campus employment (20 hours per week while regular semester studies and 40 hours per week during vacations). In addition to this, students can work on optional practical training (OPT) for up to one year once they have completed their academic study.
  • J-1 Student Visa: Exchange Visitor Visa - A J-1 Student Visa is issued to students who wish to undertake practical training which is not available in their native nation to complete their academic program. A J-1 student status gives similar employment options as that given to the F-1 visa, with same restrictions, subject to a permission granted by the exchange visitor program sponsor.
  • M-1 Student Visa: Non-Academic Study - M-1 Student Visa is issued to those who wish to attend a non-academic or vocational school in the USA. With a M-1 visa, students cannot take up work during the course of their study period.

Steps for applying for a USA student visa

The visa application process starts with the receipt of an I-20. The I-20 confirms a student’s acceptance and enrolment at a university or other educational institution.

  1. Pay the SEVIS fee (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System)
  2. Pay the visa fee at the nominated bank
  3. Complete the visa application form
  4. Book a visa interview appointment
  5. Attend your visa interview
  6. Your passport is returned to you by courier

More information is available here:

http://www.educationusa.info/5_steps_to_study/

While the United States remains the most sought after destination for education for international students, the cost of education in the USA varies from one state to another, the type of university chosen and the course of study.

Universities in USA are majorly divided into two categories - Public/State institutions and Private institutions. The education cost at a Public/State institution is comparatively lower than that of a Private institution. There are a number of scholarships offered by the USA government, states as well as the Private universities to international students that helps them save a great amount on their study expense at US universities. Tuition will be the most expensive component of your educational costs. The price of tuition can range from $10,000 to $55,000 (USD) per year.

Most campuses offer a meal plan for students to allow dining in the on-campus facilities. These plans are offered at many different levels to accommodate individual budgets. Most campuses also require students to pay for medical insurance to allow them to utilize on-campus medical facilities for check-ups, basic testing and prescriptions for common illnesses (for example, head cold, fever, etc). This insurance typically runs under $1,000 per year.

Accommodation costs will depend on personal preferences and the city you reside in. For example, staying on campus will usually cost you more than staying off campus. Undergraduate (bachelor degree) students in some universities may be required to stay on campus for the first year which may considerably increase the cost of living. Whether you decide to stay alone or live with friends will also affect your costs.

Accommodation will typically range from $3,000 to $8,000 per year. If you decide to rent an apartment, remember that extra costs such as electricity, phone line, furniture, and travel costs to and from the university are your responsibility.

Other costs to budget for are fees for student activities, which amount to a few hundred dollars per year and reference books, which can cost between $500 and $1,500 per year.


The MacDuffie School is a co-educational college preparatory school for grades 6 – 12 offering a challenging academic curriculum as well as leadership opportunities and a wide range of extracurricular programs in the arts, athletics, and community service.

  • Nationally-ranked Math Team (#13 in US in 2017)
  • One of only three MA private independent schools with a competitive eSports team (League of Legends)
  • Students may conduct research alongside professors at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst in their Polymer Lab
  • Our girls' soccer program has won three of the last four New England Championships and just had a girl sign to play at Dartmouth College
  • Our boys' basketball program has sent players to Division I universities such as Kentucky, Villanova, Nebraska, Wake Forest, UConn, Univ. of Rhode Island, and UMass.
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Scholarship
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$ 22535.00
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$ 1000.00
Living Expenses

NEASC accreditation

Chartered in 1832, St. Timothy's School is a private boarding and day school for girls in grades 9 through 12, located in Stevenson, Maryland. St. Timothy's offers the world-renowned International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (DP) for grades 11 and 12, and Middle Years Program (MYP) for grades 9 and 10.

  • All-Girls School
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program
  • International Influence
  • Good campus facilities
  • Diversity campus
Yes
Scholarship
270
Student Size
1
Programs
0%
Acceptance rate
Private
Type
$ 50000.00
Average Tuition
$ 1000.00
Living Expenses

Accredited 

For nearly 100 years, St. Margaret's School has been a place for girls to learn, grow, and thrive in all aspects of life.

We offer day, five-day boarding and boarding programs for girls in grades 8–12 and a postgraduate year. Girls gain strong academic skills here, develop leadership ability, and build character to prepare them to be successful on whatever path they take. Grounded in Episcopal values, we provide a welcoming, inclusive experience for girls from across the country and around the world, including girls with autism who are capable of studying at grade level and plan to go to college.

 

We believe in the power of all girls, value your uniqueness and respect your views. At St. Margaret's, you will belong to a close community full of opportunities that promote competence and build confidence to help you overcome challenges, try new things, and become your personal best.

  • Great Campus
  • Athletics
  • International Program
  • Leadership
  • Clubs
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1
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$ 49900.00
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$ 2000.00
Living Expenses

Accreditation: St. Margaret's is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools.

Saint John's Prep is an independent IB and college preparatory school guided by Benedictine values. Students in grades 6-12 from diverse backgrounds immerse themselves in a learning environment surrounded by the natural beauty of our pristine woods and lakes shared with Saint John's University. Saint John's Prep is a place that is truly beyond ordinary.

  • We offer a variety of options to earn college credit through the IB diploma programme and offerings at Saint John's University.
  • 25% of our student body are international students representing 11 different countries.
  • We have a comprehensive international student program with full-time, dedicated staff to assist with all aspects of life on-campus.
  • Our students consistently score significantly higher than the national average on the ACT and SAT.
  • Guided by our Benedictine values, our students learn how to think globally and analyze the world around them while also being mindful of how their differences with others can enrich the community they live in.
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Our Ranking
Yes
Scholarship
164
Student Size
1
Programs
90%
Acceptance rate
Private
Type
$ 22999.00
Average Tuition
$ 23246.00
Living Expenses

ISACS - Independent Schools Association of the Central States, Ranked #1 Boarding School in Minnesota by Niche.com

Saint Stanislaus is one of the largest Catholic, college-preparatory boarding schools for boys in the United States. For the past 163 years, our school has been helping students maximize their potential. We know that parents want the best for their children, and we share their concern. Providing a structured environment where our students’ curiosity, creativeness and need for information are constantly stimulated, helps St. Stanislaus graduates become well-prepared for any future that comes their way.

  • St. Stanislaus has a student body of 380 boys from the 7th through the 12th grades.
  • 99% of our seniors will go on to study at the college level
  • The 53 seniors in the Class of 2017 received $16.9 million in academic, athletic and leadership scholarships.
  • St. Stanislaus has had four National Merit Finalists in the last four years.
  • In the last three years, our varsity football, soccer, baseball, basketball and sailing teams won their respective State Championship titles.
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Our Ranking
Yes
Scholarship
385
Student Size
0
Programs
65%
Acceptance rate
Private
Type
$ 53000.00
Average Tuition
$ 0.00
Living Expenses

Saint Stanislaus is accredited by AdvancED and is a charter member of the Mississippi High School Activities Association. Saint Stanislaus holds membership in the Catholic Boarding Schools Association, the National Catholic Educational Association, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Tennessee Tech University has over 60 undergraduate majors and 30 graduate programs including: Engineering, Business, Agriculture and Education.

  • Low-cost of living
  • Scholarships available
  • Accelerated programs
  • Big campus with a small-town feel
  • Strategically located
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Our Ranking
Yes
Scholarship
11600
Student Size
105
Programs
95%
Acceptance rate
Public
Type
$ 23498.00
Average Tuition
$ 9416.00
Living Expenses
  1. Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
  2. American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS), ABET - formerly Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.
  3. American Chemical Society (ACS)
  4. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
  5. Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
  6. Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  7. Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  8. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  9. National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
  10. National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

Who We Are

We’re dreamers, thinkers, makers and doers, a small university dedicated to achieving big things.

Mission Statement

MSOE is the university of choice for those seeking an inclusive community of experiential learners driven to solve the complex challenges of today and tomorrow.

Vision Statement

MSOE will set the standard for preparing leaders to solve the diverse technical challenges of the 21st century.

Our Values

Six values are at the core of our campus culture:

  • Collaboration – We value working together across boundaries.
  • Excellence – We value the pursuit and achievement of excellence.
  • Inclusion – We value authentic engagement with diverse people, beliefs and ideas.
  • Innovation – We value creativity and new ideas for lifelong service, discovery and growth.
  • Integrity – We value doing the right thing in a reliable way.
  • Stewardship – We value the responsible use of our resources.
  • Personal Attention From Expert Professors: Don’t expect giant lecture halls or teaching assistants (we don’t have either). Instead, experienced professors — with an average of seven years of industry experience — teach every class and lab. With an average class of just 21 students and lab size of 11 students, you’ll get plenty of personal attention.
  • Real-World Experience Most universities talk about hands-on work, but few can match the hundreds of hours of laboratory experience you’ll get as a student at MSOE. In fact, we have more labs on our campus than classrooms — and they’re all available to undergraduates.
  • Direct Admission If you’ve moved to a new country to study, you want to make sure you get into your preferred program. Unlike some universities that make you wait until sophomore year to apply to the school or department of your choice, we offer direct admission so you can start your major right away.
  • Top-Ranked Programs MSOE’s undergraduate engineering programs have been ranked 10th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. MSOE is also highly ranked by Forbes, Business Insider, Princeton Review, PayScale Inc. and others.
  • Graduate Outcomes Rates Few universities can beat our average job placement rate of 95 percent — not to mention graduates’ average starting salary of $60,738.
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Our Ranking
Yes
Scholarship
2775
Student Size
27
Programs
70%
Acceptance rate
Private
Type
$ 41000.00
Average Tuition
$ 10000.00
Living Expenses

The two major types of accreditation agencies in the United States are regional associations and professional associations. These associations are independent of the government, and are comprised of respected educators and professionals. Teams of specialists from associations visit colleges and universities regularly to evaluate and report on their quality.  Milwaukee School of Engineering is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, (800) 621-7440, (www.ncahlc.org). 

The following MSOE programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABEThttp://www.abet.org

  • Architectural Engineering (BS)
  • Biomedical Engineering (BS)
  • BioMolecular Engineering (BS)
  • Computer Engineering (BS)
  • Electrical Engineering (BS)
  • Engineering (BSE)
  • Industrial Engineering (BS)
  • Mechanical Engineering (BS)
  • Software Engineering (BS)

The baccalaureate program in nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

The baccalaureate program in construction management is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE)

Students come to MSOE because of its focus on laboratory experience and career practice, expert faculty dedicated to student learning, its small college feeling within a vibrant downtown neighborhood, extremely high placement rates for graduates and the success of its alumni. Choosing a college is an individual decision that should be made by students and families based on the student’s individual needs. Here are some of the recognitions MSOE has received:

U.S. News & World Report (2018)

  • 10th Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs overall in the U.S.
  • 6th Best Electrical Engineering Program in the U.S.
  • 7th Best Mechanical Engineering Program in the U.S.
  • 11th Best University in the Midwest
  • 11th Best Value School in the Midwest
  • Best Foreign Student Factor in the Midwest

Forbes

Business Insider

  • Named MSOE one of America’s Smartest Colleges in 2015 based on brainpower, as reflected by the students’ average standardized test scores.
  • Reported MSOE is among the top 50 colleges and universities in the nation where students earn the highest salaries according to a study done by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

Money Magazine

Princeton Review

PayScale Inc.

Brookings Institute

College Choice

Diversity in Action

Military Friendly® School (2017)

Military Advanced Education & Transition

SmartAsset

Wall Street Journal

Washington Monthly

Westcliff University’s mission is to educate, inspire, and empower students from around the world to acquire the competencies to excel personally and professionally through innovative, high-quality distance and campus programs.

  • Affordable Tuition
  • Attractive location
  • ESL pathway program
  • CPT/OPT internships
  • Scholarships
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Our Ranking
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Scholarship
1400
Student Size
13
Programs
95%
Acceptance rate
Private
Type
$ 11000.00
Average Tuition
$ 16000.00
Living Expenses

WASC, DEAC, CHEA

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