The American education system is one of the top education systems in the world. There are over 4,300 universities and other higher education providers in the USA. 352 US schools are featured in the recently released QS World University Rankings. The state with the most schools featured is New York, followed by California.
These colleges and universities range from beauty schools to private Ivy League research universities. Through the unique curriculum, the education system not only emphasizes on majors but also on ‘liberal arts’. Some of the renowned universities in the US include
- Harvard University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- Columbia University
- Princeton University
- Stanford University
- University of Pennsylvania
- Cornell University
- Dartmouth, California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
- Purdue University
- Georgia Tech
- Johns Hopkins University etc.
Most common intakes are in Fall i.e. August/September and Spring i.e. January. The subject area is far more important in the rankings than the overall national ranking of the institution. Universities in the USA ensure a wide exposure to their students, not just with respect to academics but with their ideas, interactions, extra-curricular activities, social life etc. Education through advanced technology with research opportunities, modern practices, and in-depth conceptual understanding definitely work in the student’s favour. Universities often have large sports teams and plenty of campus-based activities to be enjoyed.
Engineering, Math and Computer Science, Business and Management, Social Sciences, Fine and Applied Arts, Healthcare are some of the popular programs. The degree options available are Master’s with Thesis, Non-Thesis Master’s, Professional Master’s, Doctorate i.e. PhD. There are a couple of practical training options as well.
Universities in USA offer need-based and merit-based scholarships. Some of them are
- Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowship
- Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation Scholarship
- Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation
- K. C. Mahindra Education Trust
- Global Study Awards
- American Association of University Women International Fellowship
These financial aids can be partial or fully paid, depending on the criteria, course and the institution. However, there exist deadlines for applications. Every scholarship has its eligibility criteria. While in some, a mere application may suffice, you may have to fulfil several other conditions for others. Generally, there is more financial aid available to students who are applying for graduate study rather than undergraduate study in the US. Most of the financial aid comes directly from the colleges and universities.
The Fulbright Program offers full scholarships in USA for international students who want to pursue a Master’s. The scholarships can also be awarded for PhD or non-degree postgraduate studies. The grant covers tuition fee, textbooks, airfare, a living stipend, and health insurance.
Studies in the U.S. universities are focused on practical aspects of the subject which, on a broader view makes the students all-rounded. Extensive job opportunities are available to them. The key industries are Business, Finance and Economics, Computer Science & Information Technology, Engineering, Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing, Healthcare.
The USA is the no.1 research and development Centre in the world. It has devoted the largest amount of human and financial resources to the research and development department. It is also known for its ability to adopt new technologies quite fast. This happens with the latest research resources available in the country. Staying abroad for a long time between resourceful people creates a wide network of friends from college and the workplace.
These connections may become useful in the future for professional goals or for building an international business. In this era of globalization, many companies think that international staff can be a keystone of a company’s ability to succeed in the global market that never stops. If the company has a subsidiary or an office in your home country, much different from the culture of the United States, the company is likely to hire you in order to manage it.
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- GRE/GMAT score report
- Complete Application
- Transcripts + Degree
- Recommendation Letters
- Additional program-specific requirements
Summarizing, though the visa process is a bit complex, the education is worth it. USA, being a first world nation, has tremendous job opportunities and a great lifestyle. Many of the topmost universities in the world are located here. Variety of programs and multi-ethnic exposure are some of the other highlights. Tourist destinations like Grand Canyon, Disney World, National History Museum along with other historically and culturally important places and many hiking destinations are well preserved.