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

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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.  Located 1.5 hours from Boston and 2 hours from New York City, the school is within 30 minutes of ten major colleges and universities.  Strong in math and science, the school offers a wide range of AP and Honors level courses.  

  • 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.
Student Size
Acceptance rate
$ 55450.00
Average Tuition
$ 8650.00
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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
Our Ranking
Student Size
Acceptance rate
$ 50000.00
Average Tuition
$ 1000.00
Living Expenses


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
Our Ranking
Student Size
Acceptance rate
$ 49900.00
Average Tuition
$ 2000.00
Living Expenses

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

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