USA, the Land of The Big Apple, the American Dream and dazzling tall skyscrapers conjures up images of a country that is always on the move towards progress, especially the very large International Students Community that can be found in many Colleges and Universities in all the States of USA.
USA has one of the world’s best education system offering a broad range of graduate and undergraduate programs to International Students being admitted all through the year with different intakes. The teaching methodology is flexible and bears global perspective in delivering courses. Thus, students graduating from US Colleges and Universities fetch highly lucrative jobs worried commanding high salaries, benefits, benefits and privileges.
The easy-to- adapt work environment accommodates people from different cultures, ideologies and working styles. Thus, as an International Student, studying and working in the USA helps them gain a global perspective, carving out brilliancy career pathways for life.
A strong belief that a US educational qualification promises a bright career and future ahead in life
US Colleges and Schools consistently rank high in world rankings
Academic Excellence featuring some of the world’s best Universities with outstanding Programs being offered at the Undergraduate level in traditional as well as professional disciplines.
Students have a first-hand opportunity and experience of working with some of the finest minds in their chosen field of study
A large variety of educational opportunities to chose from Programs based on broad educational principles, practical, employment-related skills, arts, social sciences or technical fields.
The USA leads with Cutting Edge Technology in education as well – making the best possible equipment and resources available to their students. Even in other fields apart from science or engineering, student’s have opportunities to become skilled in using the latest technology to conduct research, as well as obtain and process information.
Students get an opportunity to be connected with researchers, teachers and experts in their fields from all over the world.
Many graduate programs offer training and teaching opportunities that enable students to become teaching assistants to undergraduates and/or research assistants on special projects exploring different aspects of your field of study.
International Students are some of the most valued teachers and researchers in US universities because they bring new skills and ideas to the classroom and library or laboratory.
Flexibility to tailor your coursework to fit your specific academic goals, needs and interests
Most of the universities financially support International Students either in the form of providing teaching or research assistantships
Impact of getting a global education is reflected in the demand that employers place in recruiting Graduates educated in the USA
Campus Life Experience for International Students not only broadens their educational experience, but also springs up many cultural opportunities as well.
United States currency is based on a decimal system, with one dollar ($1 or $1.00) equal to one hundred cents. Coin currency is used for amounts less than one dollar; the most common coins and their equivalencies follow:
It may take a few days to get used to the new currency. You will learn, for example, that $1 is a reasonable price for a can of cola out of a vending machine; two dollars for the same item is expensive. Five dollars for a pizza is inexpensive, while twelve dollars is expensive! Paper currency, all printed in green and white, is most often circulated in the amounts of $1, $5, $10, $20, $50 or $100. The slang term for a dollar bill is a “buck,” so $50 may be referred to as “fifty bucks.”
Do not advisable to carry large amounts of cash around with you
There are other options such as credit cards, traveller’s checks or bank cards (also called debit cards), which are all valid forms for making payments or purchases anywhere in the USA
You may want to open a checking account with a bank on or near your campus within a few days of your arrival in the USA. campus. The bank representative may ask you for your Social Security Number. If you do not have one, fill out an IRS Form W-8, which the bank can supply. Once you get your Social Security Number, you may directly deposit traveller’s checks for free in most cases, or arrange for a wire transfer from your home bank for a fee of about $35. Typically, you may make an unlimited number of additional deposits or withdrawals thereafter. Be sure to always have sufficient funds in your account to cover all outstanding checks; if you “overdraw,” the bank may impose expensive fees.
Don’t be ‘shocked’ by the “Culture Shock” – Just learn to adapt as fast as you can!
Most probably you will see things you have never seen before, hear things you have never heard before, go places you have never gone before, meet other students from countries you never knew existed before – it’s OK! All you need to do is just keep your ‘shock’ level as low as possible. Keeping in touch with family and friends back home is a good idea, but make sure you don’t feel home sick all the time. Other forms of support to help you overcome the shock will come from new friends, an academic advisor or psychological counseling centers.
Some American schools offer accommodations for International Students on-campus, or near the school’s classrooms, libraries and other facilities.
“Dormitories” (buildings with many rooms for sleeping and living), often come with two or three people (of the same gender) per room. Dormitory residents typically share large bathrooms which include showers and toilets.
Many first-year students prefer to live in on-campus dormitories because they are convenient to both academic and social activities.
Another advantage is that it is not likely that you will not need a car to commute to campus. On-campus accommodations also offer close proximity to the cafeteria and other eating establishments.
Often, the office coordinates activities to help students find a compatible roommate to share expenses
They also provide information about the local neighbourhoods, including popular restaurants, shopping areas, parks and recreation, and public transportation.
Ask new friends and other students if they have any suggestions for a good apartment.
Check classified advertisements in the local newspaper (Sundays usually have more apartment listings than other days of the week
The USA offers one of the most advanced transportation systems in the world. You have a fabulous choice of Buses (such as Greyhound for long-distance travel), Trains (Amtrak), Subways, and Taxis. However, for commuting to your campus, riding a bicycle is not a bad idea. It’s convenient, reliable and keeps you fit and healthy because you get to exercise yourself a bit every day. Just remember to keep your bicycle locked wherever you park it.
Scholarships and funding
As well as financial aid programmes, reduced tuition fees for students from certain countries and regional exchange programmes, there are also lots of other ways for international students to receive help to finance their studies in the USA.
These are awards given to new students whose relatives are alumni of the university.
Depending on where you’re from, the visa requirements for study in the USA can vary. However, all international students must apply for a visa in order to study in the USA regardless of their county or origin.
As you will need to apply to two separate government agencies to arrange your visa (the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security), it’s worth doing some research into what you might require well in advance of when you want to travel.
You can find detailed information on the requirement and how to apply for your visa on the U.S. Department of State website.
Some evidence you will need to provide includes:
The fee charged for your student visa is dependant upon your country of origin, you can check for the latest update on visa fees here.
International Students can take up On-Campus jobs. They are allowed to work 20 hrs per week during semester (on-campus). On campus jobs may include teaching assistantship or research assistantship where a student is paid on an average $8 to $10 per hour thus student earns approximately $ 500-$ 1000 per month or can get a waiver in tuition fees. With this, a student can also do internship in the related field which may be paid.
The student is allowed to work for 40 hrs per week. On completion of the course, student is allowed to work for 1year popularly known as OPT (optional practical training). Students with certain degrees are allowed to work for 29 months. On completion of their OPT; the student can later apply for work on a H1 B visa (Work Permit Visa).
The USA Work Study Program provides an excellent opportunity to International Students or a Professional/Fresher to work full-time on a regular salary during their course of study, which entitles them to earn an internationally recognized and respected Masters Degree in the USA. For Professionals engaged in sectors such as Information Technology, Management and Healthcare, it’s a great opportunity to acquire multiple skills, besides achieving success succeed within their respective chosen professional fields.
This is also a very easy way to gain entry into the USA, as the possibility of getting the USA Work Study Program is very high. Unlike other Visas, there is no mandatory requirement of a job offer to be eligible. The F1 (US Student) Visa is issued for a 5 year period with opportunity and choice to study in prime business hubs in the USA such as California, Florida, Kentucky, and Arizona.
As an International Student, you should have a proven and excellent command of English language (GRE/GMAT/TOEFL/IELTS though recommended is not a mandatory requirement). You should have completed at least a 15 or 16 year Bachelors Degree and possess a 2 years work experience, which will work towards your advantage in terms of securing your F1 Visa with high success. You should be willing to study for at least part of your time in the USA. Besides, you should have sufficient funds to support yourself for the first 3 months in the USA. These funds are approximately estimated at $12000 and may vary depending on your lifestyle. Additionally, a Bank Statement from your sponsor is also required showing at least $15,000 as funds in your Sponsor’s Account.
The sheer innovation of the Program along with a highly appealing and effective Curricular Practical Training Module being good starters, form an integral part of the course. I-20 granted by the University shows that the program requires the candidates to work in order to complete their Degree.
As a F1 (US Student Visa) Visa holder, you can also work Full-Time as you pursue your Us Master’s Degree Program. Adequate Job Assistance will be provided once you reach the USA, so that you may be able to select your own type of job. It’s quite common to find out that in most case, candidates are able to secure a job find a job within the 1st month of arrival in the USA.
As an International Student, you can convert your F1 Visa to H-1 Visa anytime you may wish to. You don’t have to exit the USA or go back to your home country to convert your Visa. It’s that simple! Healthcare professionals also find that this facility works best to their advantage as it provides them a head-start in terms of their industrial training.
The minimum process time for obtaining your F1 Visa is 4-6 weeks from the date of submission of completed documents of your I-20 Form.