Study in United States of America

USA, the country which has experimented with democracy for more than 200 years is strong economically as well as culturally today with the base being the immigrants

Global Edge:

The United States has more institutions of higher education than any other country, but despite the numbers it is the quality of education provided by these academic bodies which is acknowledged worldwide. The teaching forces of these institutions are leading authorities in their respective fields. The quality of the research program along with the resources available and the faculty ensures that the institutions have high standards.

Choice:

More than 4000 institutions offer undergraduate, masters and doctorate degrees in many different specializations. The USA education system has strong academic & social environment which fosters both academic, professional and personal development of individuals.

Financial Assistance

The education definitely falls in the category of value for your money. USA education is the best investment for the future. A wide spectrum of tuition fees, accommodation options & financial help from the institutions in the form of scholarships, fee waivers, aid etc makes USA education affordable.

Technology & Research:

USA is known for its latest technologies and advancement which gives the student a very good chance to make his/her future in these fields. USA has always been a hub of inventions. Students therefore have first hand knowledge about cutting edge technologies coupled with excellent research opportunities.

Flexibility:

The USA education system is flexible in terms of choice of courses within a college or university. During the course of study, a student can transfer from one course/stream to another or one institution to another. This aspect of the USA education system makes it distinct from other countries.

Affordable:

International students from all over the world choose to study in the USA because an American education is the best preparation for their future. It becomes all the more within your means with financial aid, scholarships and assistantships on hand. At the same time students are allowed to work 20hr/week during their course and 40hr/week during vacation which helps them to earn and learn.

Top Ranking Institution:

Amongst the top ranking colleges world-wide, majority of them are in USA. These colleges and universities rank high in world rankings because of their infrastructure, technological advancement and top quality of education provided by them.

Professional Approach:

The best approach of the USA education system, is that it allows one to learn and earn. This not only gives one, a thorough knowledge of the subjects, but also teaches one to have a practical & professional approach. It gives better growth prospects worldwide.

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How To Apply

Admission Process - United States

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Studying in the US can involve the following

Step 1: Test
Step 2: University Selection
Step 3: Editing Essays and Personal Statement
Step 4: Financial Documents
Step 5: Scholarship Application
Step 6: Sending Applications
Step 7: Liaising with Universities and Securing Admission
Step 8: Final Decision

Think about which courses you are interested in, and if they will lead into your chosen career. Carefully research courses, institutions and their locations. Consider the areas of specialisation offered through different courses, and which specialisations will best suit your intended career path. Once you have decided on the best course, you need to find out which education providers offer it, and which provider best suits your requirements. You might like to consider the size of the campus, the available facilities and the support services available to international students.

Step 1: Test

Appearing for your tests like GMAT / GRE / SAT / TOEFL / IELTS. You must know which test is applicable for you and should appear for it timely

How We Help

  • We conduct coaching for you (Quick Info.: GMAT training can take 2 to 3 months; prepare for GMAT accordingly)
  • We assist in registering you for the test dates
  • We provide mock tests (if required)
  • To know which test to appear for, please visit to our office and meet the counsellor.

Step 2: University Selection

Selection of right course at the right Universities is the key since US has over 4000 Institutions and every application costs money (like a. application fees which can be between $ 50 to $ 150 in most cases, b. courier charges (of sending your application documents to each University)

How We Help

  • We identify the correct mix (course + universities) and thus your scores go to the correct US Institutions (you save money)
  • We match your profile with the entry requirements of the Universities in the USA, getting you closer to securing admissions invariably. We check scholarship opportunities for you in the US Schools and you know that's helpful. Other factors that you list are also considered like location (like you may wish to go only to the East Coast or only in California or New York or you have a relative living in New Jersey), your budget, scholarship availability, academic scores in Pakistan, perceived test score (like GMAT, TOEFL, etc.), your work experience (if any), rankings and much more. We counsel you for programs at all study levels (Associate Degrees, Bachelors, MBA, MS, PhD, Internship Courses)

All in all, for the same process that you are going to perhaps do, we save as much money as possible for you while simultaneously ensuring that you apply to right Institutions

Our selection of Universities for you also include some of the dream study options in the US generally in the Top Ranked Universities or Institute of Technology

Step 3: Editing Essays and Personal Statement

US Schools often will have topical essays as a requirement especially for undergraduate studies and MBA. Many MS (Masters) courses in the USA also have this as a requirement. If not, at least a Personal Statement (popularly known as SOP) is compulsory. To add, remember scholarship essays are very important too and can get you better value for your studies

How We Help

  • We help you with editing each essay and / or personal statement.
  • Our services also extend to assisting you with scholarship essays.
  • We provide samples of recommendation letters that your referees may wish to review before giving you a reference letter. We provide correct samples of essays, personal statement so that your work becomes easier.
  • And mind you, if we feel that your work on essay or SOP has not been great, we will ask you to even scrap it and make a new one with our help (if needed).

Step 4: Financial Documents

You need to gather the correct financial documents (may include bank statement, bank balance certificate, solvency certificate) while applying to US Schools. They need to check if you have adequate finances to join them and live in the US. Generally, the liquid and other assets you must show through appropriate documentation should be equivalent to your total cost of studying in the US (tuition + living) for the total course duration.

How We Help

  • We understand your financial position and recommend to get the required documents only (again reducing time, money and efforts for you).
  • We guide you on how you could present your financial standing and how much should you show to make your application, a safe bet.
  • We provide relevant samples of financial documents so that you could get yours easily.

Step 5: Scholarship Application

USA has been generous in providing scholarships to deserving students. Rather, should we say that most students who apply to the right US Colleges and Universities will secure some kind of scholarship, or bursaries, or even financial aid. Ensure that you are aware of any scholarship and funding announcements.

How We Help

  • Our information resource keeps in touch with scholarship news and opportunities for students. We enjoy informing you!
  • We help you with making out scholarship application (if required by the US Institute) and/or editing essay that the US University would have asked for. There is always a word limit within with such essays must be written. These essays have to crisp, to the point and most importantly, should be submitted timely. We are these to assist.

Step 6: Sending Applications

Making out online or paper applications and sending the correct documents is the key if the University should have any intention of giving you admissions. Remember, US Universities have deadlines and documentation must reach the admissions office timely.

How We Help

  • We make you do the online applications with us or help you filling out application forms at our office (in most cases).
  • We check your documents and then recheck it before they are dispatched.
  • We track your applications if they have been received at the Universities.

Step 7: Liaising with Universities and Securing Admission

You must track the progress of your applications. Many Universities email you about some requirements and the chances are you would not check your emails. Stay alert!

How We Help

  • We liaise with the Universities on the receipt of applications and follow up on your admission decisions.
  • However good someone is, some Universities always have additional requirements and/or require you sending another recommendation letter, etc. We are always there to track and assist you in speeding up the process of studying overseas.
  • Many a times we have even assisted Universities in making decision on students� application because we feel you stood a very good chance of admissions (if at all they have overlooked some information, as we think) or you deserve some scholarships.

Step 8: Final Decision

Once you have collected your I20s from the Universities you have applied to, its time to make the final decision. Sometimes these decisions have to be taken even when you are awaiting a reply from some Institution. You must make this timely.

How We Help

  • During the process, we obviously keep interacting with you and we are aware of the number of admission offers you have. We sit with you to finalize your University.
  • We keep a track of when its best to take this decision because there are so many things still pending for instance your visa process, booking accommodation, flights and more.
  • Our information resource is apt to assist you making the correct choice.

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Types of Education

What Can I Study?

You can choose from thousands of courses in science and technology, computing and business, art and design, social sciences, the humanities and many others. The broad range and flexible approach of the USA education system means that you're free to choose exactly what you want to study.

Associate Degree:
Bachelors Degree:
Masters Degree:
Doctorate

Associate Degree:

It is an academic degree awarded by the community colleges, junior colleges, business colleges and some bachelor's degree upon completion of a course of study Usually for two years (60 Credits). In the USA , an associate degree is equivalent to the first two years of a four year college or university Bachelors degree. It is The lowest in hierarchy of post secondary academic degrees offered in USA.

Bachelors Degree:

The duration of the bachelors course is 4 years. Students who have completed a part of their undergraduate degree and want to go to the USA, can apply as a transfer Student. There are two types of bachelors degree: B.A or B.S. Some universities in the USA offer either of the degrees in all fields and at times both the degrees in some field. Students need to appear for SAT & TOEFL/IELTS exams for admission.

Masters Degree:

The duration of master's courses may range from a year to two depending on the university & your area of specialization. The binding requisite for Masters is the 16 year of education criteria. Students with Bachelors in Engineering are qualified whereas the students with B.Com, B.Sc, and B.A need to complete at least one year of Masters, post graduate diploma is also accepted by some specific institutions for specific programs.While 16 years of education is the major criteria, few universities do accept students with 3 years Bachelors degree fo certain Master prorgams. Exams required are GMAT for management related subjects / GRE for arts, science or any other subjects and TOEFL/ IELTS exams for admission.

Doctorate:

Commonly known as PhD. Duration of the same may range from 3 years to 5 years. Students can take admission for a PhD only after completion of their master's degree. PhD students need to submit a research proposal as well have to appear for GRE/GMAT & TOEFL/IELTS exams for admissions.

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Entry Requirements

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You need to fullfill following requirements.

  • Undergraduate: 10+2
  • Graduate:16 years of education required (10+2+4)
  • Some institutions accept 15 years education into their Bridge /Masters Programme
  • Good & strong academic background
  • Good scores in entrance exams like SAT, TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, IELTS etc
  • Strong recommendation letters
  • To the point Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement, essays & resumes
  • Certificates of achievement & extra -curricular activity participation
  • Strong financial background or good grades to get a scholarship

Documents Required

  • Covering Letter
  • Application Fees
  • Application Form
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Essays
  • Resume
  • Recomendation Letters
  • Transcripts
  • Mark sheets & Certificates
  • Bank Statement
  • Affidavit of Financial Statements
  • Test Score Report

Intakes

US universities have4 intakes

  • Spring: January/February
  • Fall: August/September
  • Summer: April/May
  • Winter: December
  • Major intake is the Fall intake, but most of the universities are open for Spring and few of them for summer & winter intake too. However all subjects commence in Fall and only some in Winter and Summer intake.

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    Study Cost

    The cost of education in USA varies from state to state, type of university and course of study. Universities in US are divided into two categories: Public/ State Institutions and Private Institutions. Depending upon in which university you are studying at.

    Tuition fees

    In the USA, tuition fee largely depends on whether you plan to study at a Public or Private Institution.

    Your institution will provide you with information on how and when to pay your tuition fees.

    Estimated tuition fee (per year):

    Private Institution $15000 to $30000 per year
    Public Institution $10000 to $20000 per year
    Community College $8000 to $12000 per year

    Living Expenses

    Estimated Living Cost:

    $10000 to $12000 (per year). An average of $700 to $1000 per month should be considered as safe This includes your accommodation (room and board), travel, food, some books, some clothing and may be some entertainment expense too.

    Books and study materials will cost $500 to $1000 approximately per academic year

    Travel costswithin the US will be between $300 and $700 approximately

    Room and Board will cost between $3000 and $7500 approximately per year. Allow an additional $1000 to $2000 for vacation periods when the dormitory might be closed

    OffCampus If you will be living off campus, the cost of renting an apartment will be between $300 and $600 a month, but could be much higher contingent on the location of the school. Meals should cost about $2500 a year, assuming that you do not fancy too many outings

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    Student Visas

    Most non-U.S. citizens who wish to study in the United States will seek an F-1 (non-immigrant) student visa, but there are other visa types that are sometimes authorized for those who study in the U.S. Here is a short description of the different visa types that involve study:

    F-1, or Student Visa This visa is the most common for those who wish to engage in academic studies in the United States. It is for people who want to study at an accredited U.S. college or university or to study English at a university or intensive English language institute.
    J-1, or Exchange Visitor This visa is for people who will be participating in an exchange visitor program in the U.S. The "J" visa is for educational and cultural exchange programs.
    M-1, or Student Visa This visa is for those who will be engaged in non-academic or vocational study or training at an institution in the U.S.

    Applying for a Visa – Key Points to Keep in Mind

    In order to apply for a visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate, you must first have a SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System)-generated document (either an I-20 or DS-2019) issued by a U.S. college or university or Department of State-designated sponsor organization. You will be required to submit this form when you apply for a visa. The U.S. academic institution or program sponsor will provide you with the appropriate SEVIS-generated form only when you have been academically admitted to the institution or accepted as a participant in an exchange program. The institution or program sponsor will also send you additional information about applying for the appropriate visa, as well as other guidance about beginning your academic program in the United States.

    Applying for a Visa

    • Pay the SEVIS fee
    • pay the visa processing fee
    • make an appointment for the visa interview
    • visa-qualifying document
      • I-20 or DS-2019
      • Financial Statements
      • proof of payment of the SEVIS and visa fees
      • completed visa application form

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    Scholarships

    The Scholarships in USA & the financial aid-fee waivers that are awarded to International Students are merit / need based. A candidate with strong academics, good performance on standardized exams & extra curricular achievements would be eligible for scholarship awards or any financial assistance. To benefit from these opportunities, one has to make sure to send all the required documents by particular deadlines. In addition to this, the presentation of the application package is also important because one is judged by the image one projects. There are various types of Scholarships.

    Scholarships to the deserving

    Scholarships & Financial aid fee waivers are awarded to international students on the basis of academic merit and the need of it.All awards will be at the discretion of the Scholarship Commitee of that institution. Candidate with strong academics, good performance on standardized exams & extra curricular achievementswould be elgible for scholarship awards & financial assistance.

    In addition to this the university considers all aspects of the application so the presentation of the application package is also important because one is judged by the image one projects.

    Some Universities offer special Scholarship/Fee Waiver/Aid to Campus Connections students. Ask your counsellor for the current list in various countries.

    Fellowship/ Scholarship

    This is usually offered on the student's ability, competence & performance

    Graduate Assistantship

    Generally it may involve a teaching or research assistantship. Student who receive aid, do so in the form of assistantship i.e. cash stipend or a tuition fee waiver or reduced tuition fee.

    Sports Scholarship

    Though seldom offered to international students, athletic or sports scholarships are available in a wide range to outstanding and talented athletes.

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    Accommodation

    Accommodation options which may be available to you

    While in the United States, you will want to do more than just study. You will have many opportunities to discover more about the country through daily contact with Americans, by exploring all that your area has to offer, and by taking some time to travel to other corners of the United States. You will have to deal with such matters as banking, shopping, postal and telephone services, automobiles and traffic laws, tipping customs, and so on. This section gives practical information to help you become familiar with the services, conveniences, opportunities, and ways of daily life in the United States. If you are traveling to the United States with your family, it also provides information to help you help them settle in your new home.

    Campus Housing

    Almost all U.S. colleges and universities provide their students with the option to live in residence halls or dormitories (also called "dorms"). These are usually for single students, not for married couples or families, and are situated on or close to the campus. It is a great place to meet U.S. students and make new friends rapidly. Dormitory rooms are equipped with basic furniture, and many dormitories in the United States also have a cafeteria. In some dorms there may be a kitchen for those who would rather cook for themselves. Dormitories usually have common rooms where students can get together to watch television, play games, or simply be with friends. Supervisors, often called "residence advisers" or "resident directors," often live in dormitories to keep an eye on safety and cleanliness and to make sure the rules are observed. Most of the time, these residence advisers are students themselves, employed by the university. The residence adviser can also be a great source of information and support throughout the academic year.

    Accommodation available to you is likely to include some or all of the following types:

    1: Coed residence halls
    2: Single-sex residence halls
    3: University apartments
    4: Fraternity and sorority houses
    5: Married student housing
    6: Finding Housing
    7: Difference Between Halls & Shared House

    Coed residence halls

    Coed dormitories have both men and women living in the same building. For some international students, this might be a new and very different concept, but it works very well on U.S. campuses. However, male and female students do not share rooms. Sometimes men and women live on different floors or in separate suites, which are small apartments that contain several sleeping rooms, a common living area, and one or two bathrooms.

    Single-sex residence halls

    These dormitories are for those who prefer to live in an all-male or all-female environment. Universities may set aside a residence or at least part of a residence building that houses women and men separately.

    University apartments

    Some universities operate apartment houses on campus. Apartments are always in high demand. Usually priority is given to upper-level undergraduate and graduate students and to students who are married.

    Fraternity and sorority houses

    Fraternities (for men) and sororities (for women) are close-knit social organizations of undergraduate men and women who live in a house operated by the organization. Fraternity and sorority houses may be either on- or off-campus. There is emphasis on social activity in fraternities and sororities. New members are chosen through various means during a period called "rush week." Rush week is often held the week before classes begin. Living in a fraternity or sorority house may be restricted to upper-level students.

    Married student housing

    At some universities certain apartments or houses are owned and operated by the university exclusively for married students and families. Usually, only a limited number of units are available. These houses and apartments are usually furnished. The demand for these units is very high. Married students should inquire as early as possible about the availability of these houses or apartments.

    Finding Housing

    One of the most important things you will have to take care of before you start your studies in the United States is finding a place to live. This is an important decision since it will be one of your biggest expenses and will affect your personal and academic adjustment. Everyone is happiest and most productive in surroundings that are comfortable to them.

    Temporary Accommodations

    You may arrive at your school in advance of the date when you can move into your permanent housing, or you may need to look for housing. There are a number of choices when temporary, overnight accommodations are required. The most expensive are hotels and motels, but some "budget" motel chains can be quite reasonable. Other options include the local YMCA or YWCA, youth hostels, and international houses. At some schools, university residences may be available, or you may be able to stay with a local family or current student. It is always best to check with the international student adviser in advance for information on overnight housing options.

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