Study in USA
The USA is one of the most famous destination among international students. Every year, USA receives thousands and thousands of applications for all kinds of programmes, be it undergraduate, MBA, master’s and PhD. No wonder, the USA has the world’s largest international student population.
Nearly 5% of all students enrolled in higher-level education in the USA are international students.
Please check out some of the topmost colleges and universities in the USA. Let’s start!
Ivy League Universities
The eight Ivy League universities are:
University of Pennsylvania
Non-Ivy League Universities
So, do you think this is it? Are the Ivy League universities the only top universities in the USA? If you think “yes”, then you are wrong. The USA boasts of more than 3000 universities and there are hundreds of universities (not Ivy League) which are equally or more reputed and qualitative. Here are a few of them:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
California Institute of Technology (CalTech)
University of Chicago
University of California, Berkeley
Carnegie Mellon University
New York University
Some of the top B-schools (both Ivy League and non-Ivy League) are:
University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) – Ivy League
North-western University (Kellogg)
University of Chicago (Booth)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)
Harvard University – Ivy League
University of California–Berkeley (Haas)
Columbia University – Ivy League
Yale University – Ivy League
New York University (Stern)
Why Study in USA?
High Quality and World-Renowned Institutions
As per the U.S. News & World Report, 48 of the top 100 Global Universities are in the United States. The USA provides an upgraded education that extends a competitive advantage in various aspects of career enhancement. The US is home to Ivy League and other top non-Ivy League institutions in the world.
The greatest advantage of studying in the USA is the education flexibility allowing students to choose a major after exploring different options, combine various majors and minors, get a ‘double major’ and also customise the program according to their needs and career interests.
Wide Range of Programs
Did you know that a student majoring in STEM courses could also opt for humanities in US universities? Yes, almost all US universities provide flexibility to choose from a wide range of subjects, equipping students with interdisciplinary know-how according to their interests.
Research and Innovation
The academic programs in the US train students with the skill-set to understand and contribute to the landscape of research and innovation. Did you know that technological innovations such as 3D printing and bionic prostheses are developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) graduates, also contributing to glorious numbers of 89 Nobel Laureates, 58 National Medal of Science Winners and 48 MacArthur Fellows?
STEM OPT and Internship Opportunities
With an emphasis on professional learning and advancement, US universities provide internship prospects to students to kick-start their career while completing their university education. Also, students pursuing a STEM course can avail a 24-month STEM OPT (Optional Practical Training) extension to gain practical work experience in the US, thus totalling to 36 months of STEM OPT.
Research & Teaching Assistantship
Higher studies in the USA grant the scope for various teaching and research assistantship opportunities for international graduate students seeking financial aid during their college education.
Support System for Students
From providing assistance with Visa issues, English-language skills, financial aid, health services and other resources, US universities show exemplary leadership among other universities worldwide.
Higher Employability Rate
56 US universities appear in the Global University Employability Ranking 2019 (Times Higher Education). Career Development Centres, annual fairs, alumni and networking events are dedicated to helping students land their desired jobs.
Student engagement groups in college campuses like fraternities, sororities, sports teams etc. create a warm space for international students to make friends, study, innovate, volunteer and party.
See the World and Worldviews
The opportunity of travelling across different states in the USA, experiencing varied cultures, food, art, architecture etc. introduces students to different worldviews further developing the sense of ‘Home and the World’.
Admission Season and Timeline
Application Start Dates
The university application portals open about 9-10 months before the actual session. Since the Fall intake begins in late August/early September, applications for it start around September of the previous year
Submission of Application
University deadlines for the Fall intake fall between December-February. The deadline dates and types could differ from university to university, course to course.
Most of the admission decisions are announced between March and May.
Apply for Visa
For the Fall intake, it is best to apply between March and May
Academic Session Begins
There are two sessions in US universities: Fall Intake and Spring Intake. The Fall Intake is the primary/major intake. It starts from early September to December. The Spring intake starts from January till May. Please note that not all universities offer the Spring intake.