STUDY IN AMERICA
Understanding Higher Education in the USA
In the United States, higher education can take the form of a university, college, technical school, vocational school, or professional school. There are over 3100 accredited colleges and universities in America. Getting admission in the right school is the major hurdle that most students must face in pursuing a degree program in America. It takes careful planning, research and counseling. First a word about language, Americans generally use the words "college", "university" and "school" interchangeably, particularly in speech.
Admission requirements differ greatly from one institution to another. All schools, however, require students to submit official transcripts of courses and grades taken in high school and other post-secondary institutions and a formal application. Smaller schools require letters of recommendation. Most schools will require submission of standardized tests such as the TOEFL, and SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), GRE (Graduate Record Exam), GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test), etc. Most of these tests are presented by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, New Jersey. It is very important to begin the admission process early because in many cases application deadlines are far in advance of the start of the semester (sometimes as many as twelve months). Students also need to allow time for scheduling any standardized tests needed for admission and then having the results of these tests sent to schools. Each college or university establishes its own unique policies regarding admissions.
FOUR LEVELS OF EDUCATION
A.A./A.S. DEGREE OR ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE
Two-year degree given by a two-year community or junior college. It is possible to transfer from a two-year college to a four-year college for completing Bachelor's degree.
Given after four years of study at an undergraduate college or university. This degree usually includes 60 credits of general education courses (Sociology, Psychology, History, Philosophy, etc;) plus 60 credits of specialization in the major. There are many types of Bachelor degrees- B.S.M.E. (Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering), B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts), etc.
Requires one to three years of study after obtaining the Bachelor's degree. Time required is dependent on the field of study. There are several types of Master's degrees: M.A. (Master of Arts), M.S. (Master of Science), M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration), M.Ed (Master of Education) A Master's degree requires the writing of a thesis and /or the taking of comprehensive exams.
PH.D. (DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY) OR ED.D.(DOCTOR OF EDUCATION) DEGREE
Usually requires 3 additional years of study after obtaining the Master's degree. It requires original research to be conducted and written up in the form of a dissertation and the defense of that research orally.
A highly skilled counselor will take the time to understand your needs, academic background and career goals.
FIND COUNTRY, UNIVERSITY AND COURSE
Based on your personal preferences, academic qualifications and financial parameters, our counselors will help you narrow down your options to best suit your education needs.
All US institutions require students from India to demonstrate English proficiency through IELTS or TOEFL. Some programs also require additional standardized test scores from GRE, GMAT, SAT. Our trainers are all qualified and certified to help you prepare to find success in these test.
GATHER ACADEMIC AND FINANCIAL DOCS
Based on the necessary documents required for each university, our counselors will collect your documents and verify them. These documents will be sent along with your application for processing by the university.
SUBMIT THE APPLICATION
Once all documents are collected, we will begin the process of sending them for evaluation by the university. With our centralized application system and CRM, the process of application submission is streamlined to minimize human error and speed up the process.
APPLY FOR VISA
After you have been admitted to a university, we begin the process of submitting your application for visa processing. All students applying for a student visa to the US must appear for an in-person interview. Our expert visa counselors will help you be better prepared for the interview.
The last step in your journey to study in the United States is the pre-departure orientation. We will you will to prepare for your travels and understand next steps once you arrive at the university.
HOME-BASED ENGLISH TESTS
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The TOEFL iBT® Home Edition is a safe and convenient option for students who prefer to take their test at home rather than at a test center. The test is taken on your own computer at home and monitored by a human proctor online through ProctorU. Available 24 hours a day, 4 days a week, this test has appointments as early as 24 hours after you register.
Applying for a Student Visa?
WORK OPTIONS FOR STUDENTS IN US
Understanding US Employment Rules for F1 Students
Most international students in the United States hold an F-1 visa, which is the U.S. non-immigrant student visa. F-1 students are allowed to work in the United States, but only under certain conditions and in accordance with complex guidelines and restrictions issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).
Generally, all employment is contingent on remaining within the terms and restrictions of your F-1 visa. There are several categories of employment during the term of your stay as an F-1 student in the United States. On-campus employment is the most freely available, and then there are four categories of off-campus employment: optional practical training (OPT), curricular practical training (CPT), severe economic hardship, and approved international organizations.
About USA Education
About Entrance Test
• www.gre.org (for GRE)
• www.mba.com (for GMAT)
• www.collegeboard.com [for SAT]
• www.toefl.org [for TOEFL]
• www.ielts.org [for IELTS]
About Scholarships / Assistantships / Student Loans
About Student Visa & Immigration
• www.newdelhi.usembassy.gov/ [New Delhi Embassy]
• www.chennai.usconsulate.gov/ [Chennai Consulate]
• www.immigration-usa.com/students.html [Immigration Issues]
• www.indianembassy.org/ [Indian Embassy in USA]
• www.mumbai.usconsulate.gov [Mumbai Consulate]
• www.kolkata.usconsulate.gov [Kolkata Consulate]
• www.fmjfee.com [Sevis Fee]
• www.vfs-usa.co.in [booking of visa dates]
About Housing & Part Time Jobs
• www.ihpshomestays.com/ [Housing]
• www.groovejob.com/jobs/search/ [Part-Time Jobs]
• www.summerjobs.com/ [Part-Time Jobs]
• www.employmentguide.com/ [Part-Time Jobs]
• www.garamchai.com [General Info]
• www.offcampus.osu.edu/default.asp [Housing]