About USA

The United States of America is the world’s 3rd or 4th largest country by total area. The extremely diverse geography, climate, and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world’s 17 mega diverse countries. One of the most attractive features of the U.S. higher education system is the flexibility it provides through the number and diversity of institution types it encompasses. More than 4,500 accredited institutions make up U.S. higher education in the United States.

Why Study in USA

    • Research and Training Opportunities: U.S. universities offer research and training opportunities to international students at the graduate level.
    • Career Opportunities: Due to the varied insight into different fields of study offered by universities of USA, it broadens the scope of the career path that the student chooses.
    • Help and support to International students: It is challenging for international students to adhere or get accustomed to the new student life in an international university. However, most US universities provide good guidance and support to all students whether it is related to accommodation, visa status, career opportunities, etc.
    Cost of Education for International Students:
    • Bachelor’s Degree – 15,000$to 30,000$/per annum
    • Master’s Degree – 20,000$ to 30,000$/ per annum
    Other Expenses for International Students:
    • Average living cost – 10,000$ to 12,000$ per annum
    • Transportation cost – 50$ to 100$ per month
    Popular Courses in USA:
    • BA or BS in Biology
    • BS in Chemistry
    • BS in Mathematics
    • Environmental Science
    • MS in Information Technology Management
    • MA in Sports Management
    • MS in Orthotics and Prosthetics
    Levels of Study
    • Bachelor degree program- 3 to 4 years
    • Master degree program- 2 years
    List of Universities/College:
    • Concordia University
    • Point Park University
    • Virginia Wesleyan University
    • Stratford University
    • Mississippi College
    • California State University
    • Berkeley College
    • Texas Wesleyan University
    Job Opportunities:

    Types of Employment available to F‐1 Students while studying or after studies

    1. On Campus Employment :
      • You must maintain valid F-1 status
      • You can work up to 20 hours per week while school is in session
      • You can work full time on campus during holidays and vacation periods
    2. Off Campus Employment through :
      • Curricular Practical Training (CPT):
        • Provides opportunity to gain actual employment experience
        • “An integral part of an established curriculum”.
        • Defined as “alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum which is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school.”
        • To be eligible for CPT, student must have completed 9 months in lawful status and currently be in F‐1 status.
        • CPT can be full time (20 hours week) or part time (20 hours or less per week).
      • Optional Practical Training (OPT):
        • Available to students who are lawfully enrolled on a full – time basis &have completed at least 1 full academic year.
        • Employment must be directly related to the students major
        • 12/29 months of OPT available after each degree level completion.
        • OPT for F‐1 students can occur under 4 circumstances:
          • During annual vacation & other times when school is not in session (if the student is eligible, and intends to register for the next term or session);
          • While school is in session provided OPT does not exceed 20 hours a week;
          • Full‐time after completion of all course requirements for the degree (excluding thesis or the equivalent).
          • Full‐time after completion of a program. The first 3 circumstances are referred as “pre‐completion” OPT while the 4th circumstance is called “post‐completion” OPT.
      • STEM Certified degrees:Students who are pursuing STEM certified degrees (Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) qualify for an additional 24 months extension for OPT.


Most frequent questions and answers

To begin studying as an international student, there are a range of entry requirements you may have to meet.

The academic requirements (including evidence of English language skills) you need to study will vary depending on the level of education you want to study. Universities and schools can have different entry requirements, so read the course information on their websites carefully.

The costs associated with studying at university or school overseas vary greatly. It depends on the nature of the program, the length of your stay, the distance you travel and the kind of lifestyle you want when you get there.

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  • When deciding what and where to study, start by thinking about your academic interests and your career goals.
  • Take some time to research specific courses, subjects and options for internships or work placements.
  • Look at the campus location, rankings, the amount of time you would like to spend away from home and the total cost of studying and living overseas.
  • Studying overseas is about more than just the course. Think about what kind of lifestyle you prefer – do you want to be in a cosmopolitan city, or a quiet country town? Would you prefer to choose a city where there are other students from your nationality? Do you want to be close to the beach? Do you want to live on campus?If you would like to explore the option of staying in the country to work after your studies you will need to find out about the migration policies in place and also be aware that these government policies can change at any time.

Your career prospects will benefit hugely from your experience of studying, living and socialising overseas. It’s your opportunity to develop a wealth of new skills, perspectives and stronger English language skills and seek work experience from the sort of employers you’d like to work for.

  • Working while you study can help complement your study and living experience. If you pursue a course at degree level or above you may be permitted to work while on an international student visa.

  • Before you undertake any paid work, you need to make sure that your visa allows it. The opportunity for students to work part-time during their studies varies from country to country.Many universities have a dedicated job centre on-campus for students that advertise job opportunities to help students develop skills. The university careers service is also a useful source of information.

We recommend you begin your application process at least a year in advance to give enough time for your applications to be processed and to prepare for your time overseas.