Why U.S?

  • Renowned to be the World’s #1 destination for international students
  • Largest economy in world, and one of the most technologically advanced
  • It has the privilege of having some of the highest-quality educational institutions in the world
  • Wide range of options for higher education
  • Third-largest country in world in terms of size and population

Location and Geography

The United States of America borders Canada to the north, Mexico to the south, the North Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the North Pacific Ocean to the west. The U.S. is the world’s third-largest country in size and population. It is one of the most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations. The U.S. consists of 50 states (48 continental plus Alaska and Hawaii), a federal district, Washington D.C., and small territories in the Pacific and Caribbean.

Climate

The U.S. includes most of the climate types from the tropical atmosphere of Hawaii and Florida to the semi-arid in the Great Plains west of the Mississippi river; arid in the Mojave Desert to the snow – capped Rocky Mountains, not to mention the cold Arctic climate of Alaska.

Education System

The American higher education system is administratively managed at three levels: primary (generally ages 5–11 or 5–12), secondary (generally ages 12–18), and post-secondary or tertiary (generally ages 18 and up). Students are required to remain in school until the age of 16. Ninety-nine percent of the U.S. population is literate.

Specific Information for International Students

The U.S. has the world’s largest population of international students which is roughly 600,000. The US Universities are very strict entry requirements which ensure that only students of high quality enter the country for the purpose of education. Like every other country, the US also require students to show that they have enough financial capacity to support themselves during their period of higher education and also demonstrate that they have strong reasons to come back to their home country upon finishing education there.

US Visa Application Procedure

International students pursuing degree programmes have to apply for an F-1 (non-immigrant) or student visa. After being accepted to study at an authorized institution, the school will issue a SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) I-20 form, which is an important document required to apply for the F-1 visa. International students must have Medical Insurance to cover accident, illness, medical evacuation, or return of remains in case of death. They must be able to support themselves financially during their stay for which the documents confirming the same are to be submitted along the F1 Visa application. After filling up the Student Visa Application form, one will need to submit the same at the Department of State at an U.S embassy or consulate for an F-1 (student) visa. The appropriate visa fee has to be paid and an interview to be scheduled with an Entry Clearance Officer who will issue the student visa once he finds the application to be satisfactory.

Employment & Stay back Options

An international student on an F1 Visa is permitted to work part-time on-campus limited to 20 hours per week but not off-campus during the first year of study. The education institution shall grant permission for off campus work after the first year of study. The DHS/ICE may grant permission for off-campus employment after the first year in cases of demonstrated economic hardship.

F1 students are also eligible for 12 months of optional practical training. Students in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics fields may be eligible for up to 29 months of optional practical training. J1 students are eligible for 18 months of academic training (three years if completing a doctoral degree).

Related Links for more information:

http://www.state.gov U.S. Department of State
http://www.dhs.gov U.S. Department of Homeland Security
http://www.ice.gov U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
http://www.cbp.gov U.S. Customs and Border Protection
http://www.ice.gov/sevis Student and Exchange Visitor Programmes
http://www.educationusa.state.gov Guide to U.S. higher education
http://iienetwork.org Institute of international education for education professionals
http://www.abroadplanet.com International Students Portal
http://profiles.studyusa.com Study in the U.S.
http://www.airc-education.org American Independent Recruitment Council
http://educationusa.state.gov Higher education in the U.S.
http://museumca.org/usa Museums in the U.S.
http://www.publiclibraries.com Public libraries of the U.S
http://www.usahistory.info History of the U.S.
http://www.state.gov U.S. Department of State
http://www.ed.gov Department of Education
http://www.usa.gov Government information for the U.S.