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The United States at a glance

The United States has been the first preference for most international students. The country hosts more international students than any other in the world. It is because students believe the US education would help them prepare best for their future. The United States has the most exciting, rewarding and comprehensive array of study options.

The choice of Universities is quite staggering; huge and incredibly diverse. Universities such as Harvard University, Stanford University, MIT, Yale University, Cornell University, and Johns Hopkins University are popular everywhere. These universities welcome students from other countries.

Be its world-class infrastructure, eminent faculty members, groundbreaking research opportunities and a possible dream career in some of the world’s top companies, the US has plenty to offer. US institutions constantly rank very high in world rankings. This is one of the main reasons to study in the US. The United States has one of the world’s best and most flexible academic systems with over 4,500 institutions. Students can change universities after 2 years of study in the US.

International students play an important role in the U.S. education system and the economy. They contribute directly to the local economies through their spending and employment. During the 2019-2020 academic year, over 10 lakh international students have contributed around $38 billion to the United State’s economy. Imperial Pathways is helping Indian students to study in the United States through our unique and personalized “Student counseling program”.

When to Apply: At least 6 months before the course commencement date.

Tuition Fees: $10k to $50k per year

Food and Living Cost: $5L to $11K per year

Scholarship: Available

Course Duration: UG – 4 years, PG – 2 Years

Part-Time Job: 20 hours on campus. Students can work full-time during vacation.

Post-Study Work: Depending on the program it varies.

Scholarship in the USA

Studying in the USA is quite expensive. But this can be made affordable with proper planning. The abundance of scholarships is available to help international students to sail through the academic journey smoothly. Scholarships are assessed based on academic merit, financial need, or extracurricular contribution. Many universities offer scholarships. However, the scholarship options for international students who wish to study in the US for free are limited.

Financial aid can come from state governments, or the institution you attend. Some universities help their international students to find student loans. When an international student maintains a high-Grade Point Average (GPA), many US universities and colleges offer scholarships, assistantships, or fellowships. We have every detail of the scholarships and procedures to get it for you. Reach us.

University Scholarships: Most universities offer financial aid for international students in some form.

Financial scholarships: The majority of them are only available to American residents, but some universities award needs-based scholarships to international students.

Merit Scholarships: Students with excellent records in academics, sports, cultural activities, & community services may enhance scholarship prospects.

Country-based Scholarships: These scholarships are aimed at students from developing countries, in particular.

Like Government-funded Scholarships, Private company-funded grants and many more scholarships are available for International students.

USA University Admission and Visa Process

To study in the United States as an Indian student, you need to obtain a US Student Visa. There are three student visa options for International students in the United States: F-1 student visa, J-1 student visa, and M-1 student visa. Most universities require international students to have an F-1 student visa for academic studies. In case you want to attend “work or study-based study-based exchange and visitor programs” in the United States, you need to apply for a J-1 student visa. As an international student, you need to first get accepted to an accredited US college or university before you apply for a student visa. If you are unsure about which university or degree program is right for you or if you need application processing assistance, an expert
guide from Imperial Pathways can help you.

  • Free one-to-one counseling on available university options and tips on choosing the right university.
  • Submission of required documents.
  • Attestation of the documents by the institution / foreign ministry.
  • CV & Letter of Reference.
  • Bank documents.
  • Visa Application.
  • Visa interview
  • Transfer of 1st semester’s tuition fees to the University.

The f-1 student visa is the most popular type of student visa in the United States. The F-1 student visa process starts after your application to a US institution is accepted. As an international student, you must complete your studies by the expiration date on your I-20 form. This means that you must earn your degree before the expiration date.

With an F-1 visa, you may be eligible to apply for Optional Practical Training (or OPT visa), which can enable you to gain work experience in the United States. OPT must be directly related to the academic program in which you enroll. Reach us to know more about the OPT eligibility details.

J1 Visa is known as the Exchange Visitor visa. This visa is required to attend “work or study-based exchange visitor programs” designated by the Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

An M-1 student visa allows international students who want to attend non-academic or vocational studies such as cooking classes, cosmetology-related courses, or any other technical courses. M-1 student visa holders are allowed to work full-time in practical training only after the completion of the program.

After Graduation, What’s Next?

F-1 visa holders have the option to choose OPT (Optional Practical Training). OPT can be completed before graduation or after. Just keep in mind that you are only eligible for 12 months of practical training. Students who are studying (STEM) science, technology, engineering, or mathematics-related courses may be eligible for a STEM OPT extension, which allows them to stay and work in the US for 24 months after graduationk. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

OPT post-graduation requires that:

  • OPT work must be full-time; which is 40 hours a week.
  • OPT must be completed within 14 months after degree completion.
  • Applications for post-completion OPT must be received by USCIS before finishing your degree.

Students who receive an OPT extension may also choose to apply for an H-1B visa.

Set a goal of working with two to three mentors before you reach your final year of university, who can guide you in your professional career. Maintaining and nurturing good relationships with mentors will prove useful when you apply for your work extension visa in the US. Career fairs also provide a variety of work opportunities and give you the chance to network with professionals from various backgrounds.

Rank in USA Top Universities in USA QS World University Rankings 2023 THE World Rankings 2023
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 1 5
2 Stanford University 3 3
3 Harvard University 5 2
4 California Institute of Technology (Caltech) 6 6
5 University of Chicago 10 13
6 University of Pennsylvania 13 14
7 Princeton University 16 7
8 Yale University 18 9
9 Cornell University 20 20
10 Columbia University 22 11
11 Johns Hopkins University 24 15
12 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 25 23
13 University of California, Berkeley (UCB) 27 8
14 Northwestern University 32 26
15 New York University (NYU) 39 24
16 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) 44 21
17 Duke University 50 25
18 Carnegie Mellon University 52 28
19 University of California, San Diego (UCSD) 53 32
20 Brown University 63 61
21 University of Texas at Austin 72 50
22 University of Washington 80 26
23 University of Wisconsin-Madison 83 81
24 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 85 48
25 Georgia Institute of Technology 88 38
26 Pennsylvania State University 93 14
27 Rice University 100 147
28 University of California, Davis 102 63
29 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 102 69
30 Boston University 108 71
31 Washington University in St. Louis 118 57
32 Purdue University 129 127
33 University of Southern California 134 65
34 The Ohio State University 140 112
35 University of Rochester 147 154
36 University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) 149 64
37 Emory University 155 82
38 Michigan State University 159 106
39 Texas A&M University 164 181
40 University of Maryland, College Park 164 104
41 Case Western Reserve University 176 134
42 University of Pittsburgh 181 144
43 University of Minnesota Twin Cities 185 101
44 University of Florida 188 151
45 Vanderbilt University 199 98
46 Dartmouth College 205 123
47 Arizona State University 219 156
48 University of California, Irvine 235 95
49 University of Notre Dame 243 201-250
50 Yeshiva University 246
51 University of Massachusetts Amherst 253 191
52 University of Virginia 253 156
53 The University of Arizona 262 180
54 Rutgers University–New Brunswick 267 201-250
55 Georgetown University 281 136
56 University of Miami 296 194
57 North Carolina State University 312 351-400
58 Tufts University 312 151
59 University of Colorado Boulder 317 148
60 University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) 317 251-300
61 Indiana University Bloomington 339 170
62 University of Connecticut 350 401-500
63 George Washington University 362 201-250
64 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 363 251-300
65 University of Kansas 369 401-500
66 University of California, Santa Cruz 375 192
67 University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 380 251-300
68 Northeastern University 388 168
69 University of Utah 392 251-300
70 Colorado State University 408 301-350
71 Stony Brook University, 416 301-350
72 University at Buffalo SUNY 425 301-350
73 University of Colorado, Denver 428 301-350
74 Wake Forest University 438 351-400
75 Illinois Institute of Technology 443 401-500
76 Washington State University 443 351-400
77 University of California, Riverside 453 251-300
78 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 461 601-800
79 University of Alaska Fairbanks 467 401-500
80 University of Iowa 467 301-350
81 Tulane University 471 351-400
82 Iowa State University 481 401-500
83 Brandeis University 497 301-350
84 Colorado School of Mines 501-510 401-500
85 Missouri University of Science and Technology 501-510 501-600
86 Swarthmore College 501-510
87 Florida State University 511-520 301-350
88 University of Missouri, Columbia 511-520
89 The New School 521-530 801-1000
90 University of Texas Dallas 521-530 351-400
91 Boston College 561-570 251-300
92 University of Delaware 581-590 351-400
93 University of Massachusetts Boston 581-590
94 Lehigh University 591-600 601-800
95 Oregon State University 601-650
96 Saint Louis University 601-650 301-350
97 The University of Georgia 601-650 601-800
98 The University of Tennessee, Knoxville 601-650 301-350
99 University of South Florida 601-650 201-250
100 Wayne State University 601-650 501-600