Study In USA

Why Study in the US?

The US hosts more international students than any other country in the world, a number fast approaching 600,000. International students from every continent in the world choose to study in the US because they believe that a US education would afford them the best preparation for their future. They leave homes, families and friends in order to pursue their dreams of an education in the US.

Education system in the USA

There are three types of institutions in the USA:

1. Universities – Normally, universities in the USA offer a range of graduate programmes, including doctoral programmes.There are two types of universities in the USA – public and private. 

Public universities are funded by the US state government. These universities are often rooted to their local communities, thus making themselves dynamic and vibrant. State/public universities have a variety of courses on offer and the tuition fees at public universities are lesser when compared with private universities.

On the other hand, private universities are run by student tuition fees, research outcome, donations and other funding sources. These universities are not owned by any government body. 

2. Community colleges – Community colleges in the USA are small community-based two-year colleges that offer vocational and certificate programmes to students. Class sizes in community colleges are relatively small. International students can choose such colleges to opt for any bridge programmes or enhance specific skills before taking it to the next level.

3. Liberal arts colleges – Liberal arts colleges in the USA emphasize on providing undergraduate degrees in liberal arts and sciences. These colleges could be either private or public institutions. Compared with a usual vocational or technical or professional degree, a liberal arts degree lasts for four years of full-time study.

Study Options :

Biotechnology, computer science and electronics are some of the most popular courses in the USA. Other specialised postgraduate courses in streams like medicine, cosmetic surgery, para-psychology, diabetes and genetics are also popular.

Academic pattern

Some of the US institutes have three academic years/admission cycles for students. But mostly admissions happen during fall and spring semesters. The curriculum comprises short- or mid-term assessments for students, with assignments to complete. The overall performance of students is based not on the final exams, but on how they perform in each assessment.

Standardized Tests

The standardized tests that are generally mandatory in US universities are:

  • Test for English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – an English language test required of all non-native English speakers.
  • General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) – test to measure abilities for admission to all non-business programs (after graduation )
  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). – mandatory for almost all Business programs (eg. MBA/MS (Business related majors like Finance).
  • Scholastic Admission Test (SAT) – For admission to degree courses (after +2)