USA

USA

The land of dreams, the place of opportunities, a nation of promise and the world's most talked about nation offers high quality education; of course, it will be a dream fulfillment, of cutting edge quality, of mega bucks and of life as you want it to be.

Whatever magic that is heard about the U.S is true. And getting a degree there is probably the most fruitful and reputable way of living the great American dream. If planned the right way, it is affordable too.

The United State of America has been the first choice of all overseas education aspirants. Be it for the quality of education or the after-study career prospects, the USA has monopolized the attention of all the study abroad aspirants.

Let's have a closer look at the world's most preferred country.

FAST FACTS USA

Nearly 600,000 students from all over the world studied in the United States last year for both undergraduate and graduate levels. It goes without saying that, America offers very high quality post-secondary education. There are more than 4,000 public and private colleges, universities, and community colleges in the United States, including over 600 public four-year colleges and universities and over 1,650 private four-year colleges and universities. These traditional institutions enroll nearly 15 million students. 6,250+ non-collegiate post secondary institutions offer specialized vocational and technical training.

Polity

The United States is the longest-surviving constitutional republic with the oldest written constitution in the world. Its government operates as a representative democracy through a congressional system under a set of powers specified by its Constitution. There are three levels of government: federal, state, and local. Officials at all three levels are either elected by voters in a secret ballot or appointed by other elected officials.

Technology

The United States is an influential country in scientific and technological research and the production of innovative technological products. During World War II, the U.S. was the first to develop the atomic bomb, ushering in the atomic age. During the beginning of the Cold War, the U.S. began successes in space science and technology, leading to a space race, which led to rapid advances in rocketry, weaponry, material science, computers, and many other areas, culminating the first visit of a man to the moon, when Neil Armstrong stepped off of Apollo 11 in July 1969.

In the sciences, the United States has a large share of Nobel Prizes, especially in the fields of physiology and medicine. The National Institutes of Health, a focal point for biomedical research in the United States, has contributed to the completion of the Human Genome Project. The main governmental organization for aviation and space research is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Major corporations, such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin, also play an important role.

Economy

World's most affluent economy, the USA's economic history has its roots in the marginally successful colonial economies that progressed to largest industrial nation in the world by the turn of the 20th Century. In a way, it is not an exaggeration to say that the US economy decides entire economy of the globe.

Health

Compared to other developed countries, the health level in the United States is ranked low (72nd) by WHO and infant mortality rate is high (5 per 1,000); only Latvia's is higher at 6 per 1,000. Obesity is also a public health problem, which is estimated to cost tens of billions of dollars every year.

Society and Culture

Known for its welcoming and embracing culture, the US is home to many, many immigrants. From youngsters who step into the US to professionals who leave behind their homes to fulfill their realistic or unrealistic dreams, the US is the desired destination of a huge world populace. Now that you plan to go to the US, with studying, you must try to become a working member of the community and the culture. Rich and varied in its many colors and flavors, the US hasn't lost its own unique culture and lifestyle. It rather welcomes students from across the world to become a part of its plethora of activities and new opportunities. Now that you plan to go to the US, with studying, you must try to become a working member of the community and the culture.

City Life

Known for its welcoming and embracing culture, the US is home to many, many immigrants. From youngsters who step into the US to professionals who leave behind their homes to fulfill their realistic or unrealistic dreams, the US is the desired destination of a huge world populace.

City transport

The road network in the US is well developed and well maintained. For those who of you who drive, the roads will be a smooth ride and those that don't want to drive or simply can't, you can easily avail of the bus service, which may facilitate you with a students' discount. The available options for moving around are:

Bicycles: Since campuses of universities cover very large areas, students find a bicycle an easy way to commute.

Buses: Bus services all over the US are affordable and accessible.

Trains and Subways :These are the most frequent used modes of transportation.

Taxis: Easily accessible Taxis run all over UK and can be found especially at bus terminals and airports

Plane:The US is provided with accessible and affordable domestic flights.

Money and Banks

The basic unit of exchange in the United States is the dollar ($), which is divided into 100 cents (?).There are four denominations of commonly used coins: 1 cent, 5 cents, 10 cents, and 25 cents. A one-cent coin is a penny, a five-cent coin is a nickel, a ten-cent coin is a dime, and a 25-cent coin is a quarter. U.S. paper money (often called bills: for example, a "one-dollar bill") comes in single-bill denominations of one dollar ($1.00), two dollars ($2.00, but these are rare), five dollars ($5.00), ten dollars ($10.00), twenty dollars ($20.00), fifty dollars ($50.00), and one hundred dollars ($100.00). You will immediately notice that, unlike in most other countries, U.S. bills of are all the same size and all the same color. They are differentiated from each other by the number value and with the portrait of a different U.S. historical figure on each denomination. Almost all American banks now offer banking privileges 24 hours a day through "Automatic Teller Machines" or ATMs. When you open an account at a bank, you will be issued a bankcard and a personal identification number (PIN). You will be able to use this card in your bank's ATM to access your account and make transactions henceforth.

Food

In regard to the multinational culture in America, the cuisine is also as varied and as multicultural. You will find anything you want to eat in the big cities of America. But for those of you who love experimenting with their food, America is the place to be in. Being the huge place that it is, each region of America will have its own distinct taste to whet your appetite. From relaxing at their regular fast food outlets and coffee shops to a formal five course meal at plush restaurants, Americans are very fond of eating out.

Miscellaneous

If you have a valid Driver's License from your own country you can drive with that in the US but it would be very helpful to get an International Driving Permit from the authorities in your country as it stands as a kind of your verification card. If you want to drive or learn to drive in the US you would be required to apply for a Learner's Permit.

Cellular phones are widely available in the United States, and most mobile phones purchased in other countries will not work in the United States. If you wish to have a cellular phone, it is best to get one after you arrive. At most U.S. colleges and universities, you will be assigned, upon request, a free e-mail address. In some cases, Internet services are also free. Generally, U.S. colleges and universities have several computer rooms where you can check your e-mail, use the

Internet, or use various software programs.

Unlike other places where people shop daily, people in the US generally shop over weekends and that too from supermarkets. You will find that a distinct difference from India will be that the prices at shops will be fixed, no bargaining here!

USA Geography

Before you understand and adopt the lifestyle of US, it is important to know the various parts that make up the United States. The United States is the world's third largest country by land area, after Russia and Canada. It is bounded by the North Atlantic Ocean to the east, the North Pacific Ocean to the west, Mexico to the south, and Canada to the north. The US is huge and divided into fifty states; for easier study it is split into six regions:

  • The Northeast A region comprising Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, the Northeast is a pot house of diverse cultures and renowned for its prestigious universities.
  • The Middle Atlantic Made up of New York , New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington, DC and Maryland, the Middle Atlantic, is the most illustrated region of the US, as it boasts of being home to the biggest city of the world, New York and also the capital city Washington, DC. Once known for shipping companies, now the Middle Atlantic is famous for being the corporate center of the finance, communications, and pharmaceuticals industries.
  • The South A delight for tourists and people who want to take life easy, that is, just relax, the South is home to the very hospitable Southerner, who will welcome you in his midst in a temperate climate. The regions that make up the South are Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida,
  • The Midwest Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, parts of Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Nebraska, and eastern Colorado build up the Midwest. The most fertile land, the Midwest covers the largest area of the US. It is well known for being the center of old traditions, values, and customs.
  • The Southwest The Southwest is an area most untouched by immigrants and outsiders. Well known for its Grand Canyon and the casino city of Las Vegas, it comprises of western Texas, parts of Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada.
  • The West Contrary to the people of the Midwest, Westerners are more open and less traditional. This region is the centre of the most diverse and multi-colored cultures. It is made up of western Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, California, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii.

Indian community

The Indian population in the US has recorded a phenomenal growth of 105.87 per cent in the past decade, the highest among all Asian origin groups, according to the US Census Bureau. The Association of Indians in America (AIA) is the oldest national association of Asian Indians in America, founded August 20, 1967. Cultural events of all kinds are very common. You can catch up with the Indian film industry live shows, or musical shows. All festivals are celebrated in the Indian communities. One can also catch up with Indian television channels. You could check out varied Indian communities on internet, as well. You'll be amazed to see that a little India exists even in the midst of USA.

STUDY IN USA

  • America is a melting pot of cultural history.
  • USA is the largest, most technologically and powerful economy in the World.
  • Unemployment rate is very low at 4%.
  • Its literacy rate is 97%

Education

USA boasts of one of the best education systems as far as higher education is concerned. No wonder it is the favorite amongst international students, especially Indians. The U.S. educational system is very different from its Indian counterpart. U.S.A. has more than 3,300 accredited colleges and Universities, which offer a wide range of graduate and undergraduate programs.

Some Salient Features

  • Wide choice of Universities and Colleges and variety of interesting courses to apply.
  • Extremely flexible education system and high quality of education.
  • Affordable education.
  • Part time employment possibilities with on-campus jobs. Earn while you learn.
  • Financial Assistance in the form of scholarships and assistantships.

Geography & Climate

USA is country that enjoys a cool climate almost round the year. The USA shares its borders with Mexico in the south and Canada to the north. To the west is the Pacific Ocean, to the south - the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, to the east - the Atlantic Ocean. The geography of the USA is hugely diverse ranging from glacier and tundra to sub-tropical forest and desert, vast plains and lofty mountain ranges.

Currency

The official currency of USA is Dollar ($).
1 $ = Rs.62 /- (Approx. as on March. 2014).

Cost of Education & Living

The cost of education in USA is between $10000-17000for Undergraduate Courses and between $11000-19000 for Post-Graduate Courses. The cost of living is approximately $7000-12000 per year, this covers all the living expenses; including accommodation, food, travel, books, clothes and entertainment.

Major Cities

New York, N.Y., California, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco.

COURSES IN USA

USA boasts of one of the best education systems as far as higher education is concerned. No wonder it is the favorite amongst international students, especially Indians. The U.S. educational system is very different from its Indian counterpart. U.S.A. has more than 3,300 accredited colleges and Universities, which offer a wide range of graduate and undergraduate programs.

Types of Programs and Qualifications

  • School
  • Foundation
  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate
  • English as a Foreign Language
  • MBA

COLLEGES IN USA

  • University of Massachusetts - Lowell(Navitas) - Lowell, Massachusetts
  • University of Massachusetts - Boston(Navitas) - Boston, Massachusetts
  • University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth(Navitas) - Dartmouth, Massachusetts
  • University of New Hampshire(Navitas) - Durham, New Hampshire
  • Florida Atlantic University(Navitas) - Boca Raton, Florida
  • University of Bridgeport - Bridgeport, CT
  • Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi - Corpus Christi, TX
  • Edmonds Community College - Seattle, Washington
  • Johnson & Wales University - Providence, Rhode Islands
  • Bay State College - Boston, Massachusetts
  • San Mateo Community College - San Francisco, California
  • Plymouth State University - Plymouth, New Hampshire
  • San Jose State University - One Washington Square San José
  • University of Charleston , South Carolina - Charleston, South Carolina
  • Westcliff University - Campus Dr, Irvine, CA
  • Western Illinois University - Macomb, IL Illinois
  • City University of Seattle - St, Seattle, WA
  • Dowling College Manhattan - Oakdale, NEW YORK
  • The Culinary Institute of America -Hyde Park, New York
  • Moraine Valley Community College - Palos Hills, Illinois
  • ASA College Miami - North Miami Beach, FL
  • ASA College New York (Manhattan) - Broadway, New York, NY
  • ASA College New York(Brooklyn) - Willoughby St, Brooklyn, NY
  • Alliant International University : San Diego Campus ,Fresno Campus,Irvine Campus,Los Angeles Campus,Sacramento Campus,San Francisco Campus,San Francisco Law School - Fremont Ave, Alhambra, CA
  • Arkansas State University - Jonesboro , Arkansas
  • North Seattle College - Seattle, Washington
  • South Seattle College - Seattle, Washington
  • Seattle Central College - Seattle, Washington
  • University of New Heavan - West Haven, CT
  • Dowling College, Oakdale, New York

FAQ'S USA

What is the transfer student concept?

A transfer option is to complete at least 2 years of the Bachelors / Diploma program in any country and then apply for a transfer to the University that a student wants to attend in USA. The years waived off in your transfer status will depend on the courses covered in India and the grades for the same. It is rare that one can get exact transfer of credits.

Should I apply only to Top Ten Universities?

The acceptance ratio of top ten Universities is only 1% - 4%. Therefore, in order to improve your chances of admission, you should also apply to other Universities that offer good programs. Also the entry requirements are extremely stringent for such institutions. One must always remember that Ranking can be world wide, region based and even subject based. If one is looking for a ranked university, search should be subject based.

I have completed 15 years of education in India. Can I get admission for MBA directly in USA?

Most American Universities require 16 years of education for admission into an MBA or any other Graduate program. It is therefore advisable to complete M.Com / M.A. or at least one year of any Masers Degree before talking admission in an American University. Some top ranked Universities can take you with 15yrs. of education with 2-3 years of relevant work experience. SRI Consultants however has a list of those institutions that would enroll students after 15 years of education directly.

Can I get Financial assistance?

Yes definitely, but getting financial assistance in the first semester is extremely competitive and you need to have an extremely good academics and test score to be qualified. There are number of good cases where we helped students to secure full financial assistants. If you have an outstanding academic background and test scores, SRI Consultants Counselors will try their best to get you financial aid.

What about shifting school once I get there?

Once you are in the US, you are governed by the USCIS rule. According to this rule, you cannot change the school before completing one semester at the school. It is advisable that you make your choice carefully to avoid problems at a letter date.

Is only TOEFL applicable for USA, can a student also take IELTS?

Yes, a student can take IELTS instead of TOEFL. As 1500 Universities have started accepting IELTS. these universities being the top ones.

What is the ideal time to start applying to Universities, and what are the different start dates?

Generally, the students need to apply for USA one year in advance. This specifically would be an advantage to those students looking out for scholarships. Most commonly available start dates are in the Fall Session (August/September) and the Spring session (January/ February).

Can I work while Studying?

Students are allowed at work 20 hours a week on-campus during the term and full-time during the vacation period.