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Study In USA | An Ultimate Guide for Students – 2020

The USA is one of the biggest education hubs in the world. Home to several top universities in the world, the USA is the most preferred choice by international students. The number of international students in the USA keeps rising every year as more and more people wish to get a degree from the top universities in the world.

The students who wish to go for study abroad programs in the USA can apply for a student visa. The USA is an exceptionally amazing country for quality education, the cost of education is however very expensive. The cost of living is affordable and students enjoy several student benefits quota. International students in the USA are allowed a few hours of part-time jobs per week while studying.  

10 Best Universities to Study in the USA for Indian students

1. Harvard University 

Harvard University is the oldest and most famous institution in the world. It is considered as one of the best universities. It is a dram University of millions of people from all over the world. Getting admission to Harvard University is in itself a big achievement.

Harvard University offers a scholarship to deserving and qualified international students. Currently, there are 36,000 students enrolled in Harvard and has one of the highest numbers of foreign students in the US for any university.

Top courses at Harvard’s University 

MBA 
  • Tuition fee: INR 55 lakh (for the first academic year) 
  • Eligibility: GMAT and GRE
  • Duration: 2 years 
Bachelor’s of Arts in Computer Sciences
  • Tuition fee: INR 37 Lakh (for the first academic year)
  • Eligibility: SAT score
  • Duration: 4 years
Master of Science in Data Science
  • Tuition fee: INR 1.5 Lakh (for the first academic year)
  • Eligibility: GRE, IELTS (6.5)
  • Duration: 1.5 years

Harvard is a private university and is beautifully built over 5457 acres of land. The University is located in Massachusetts, Cambridge.

2. Stanford University

Stanford University comes among the top US universities list. The university is located in San Francisco on 8,810 acres of land. Stanford has around 16,000 students enrolled in various graduate and postgraduate programs. 24% of these are International students. Stanford University has 2246 faculty members majority of whom are postdoctoral scholars. It has more than 90 fields of undergraduate courses and more than 65 postgraduate courses.

Top courses at Stanford University

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Tuition fee: INR 41 Lakh (for the first academic year)
  • Eligibility: 4 years
  • Duration: TOEFL and SAT
Master of Business Administration
  • Tuition fee: 2 years
  • Eligibility: INR 56 Lakh (for the first academic year)
  • Duration: GMAT and GRE
Bachelor of Arts in Economics
  • Tuition fee: INR 41 lakh (for the first academic year)
  • Eligibility: TOEFL and SAT
  • Duration: 4 years

Stanford University has millions of alumni in different parts of the world. These alumni have done remarkable work in different fields.

3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

MIT is another top university based in the US, located in Cambridge. MIT is a private research institute which is considered one of the bests in the world. It has more than 1,067 faculty members and an additional 78 leaders in different major fields such as science, engineering, economics.

In 2019 MIT student enrollment reached 11,000 out of which 3,000 were international students in undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

Top courses in MIT

Bachelors of Computer Science and Engineering
  • Tuition fee: INR 41 Lakh (for the first academic year)
  • Eligibility: TOEFL 90, SAT accepted
  • Duration: 4 years
MBA
  • Tuition fee: INR 58 Lakh (for the first academic year)
  • Eligibility: GMAT and GRE
  • Duration: 2 years
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Tuition fee: INR 41 Lakh (for the first academic year)
  • Eligibility: GRE and IELTS 7
  • Duration: 1.5 to 2 years

Massachusetts Institute of Technology provides the best education in the USA. MIT has a very high employment percentage for its undergraduate and graduate students.

4. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Located in Pasadena, California’s suburb, the California Institute of Technology is a private university. It is considered one of the world’s leading private institutions. Caltech is built over 124 acres and has 7 buildings including residential building for students. on-campus accommodation is provided with meals and other amenities. Caltech is known for its athletic teams and interested students can participate in various sports such as football, volleyball, tennis, basketball. 

Top courses in Caltech

Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics 
  • Tuition fee: INR 39 lakh (for the first academic year)
  • Eligibility: TOEFL and SAT
  • Duration: 4 years
Masters of Science in Aeronautics 
  • Tuition fee: INR 36 Lakh
  • Eligibility: GRE and IELTS
  • Duration: 1 year
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Tuition fee: INR 39 Lakh
  • Eligibility: TOEFL and SAT
  • Duration: 4 years

Caltech has more than 3,000 faculties and several notable alumni. 

5. Princeton University

Princeton University was established in the year 1746 and is the 4th oldest university in the USA. The University is located in New York, USA and is privately owned. Princeton University has wide varieties of subjects to choose from. Some of Princeton’s most popular fields of studies are social sciences, Natural Sciences, engineering, history, psychology.

Top Courses in Princeton University

Master in Finance
  • Tuition fee: INR 37 Lakh (for the first academic year)
  • Eligibility: GMAT and GRE
  • Duration: 2 years
BSE Computer Science
  • Tuition fee: INR 39 Lakh (for the first academic year)
  • Eligibility: IELTS and TOEFL
  • Duration: 4 years
Master of Science in Engineering Computer Science
  • Tuition fee: INR 37 Lakh (for the first academic year)
  • Eligibility: GRE and IELTS 7
  • Duration: 2 years

Princeton University has a long list of notable alumni. Michelle Obama, the former first lady of the United States of America is one remarkable alumnus of Princeton.

6. Yale University 

Yale is a private Ivy League research institute. It was established in the year 1701 and has emerged as one of the best universities in the United States. Yale was the first university in the USA to award Doctor of Philosophy degree. In 2018, 20% of the total students enrolled in Yale were international students. 

Yale University offers more than 2000 courses to choose from. The quality of education is extremely good and the employment percentage is high. 

Top Courses at Yale University 

MBA
  • Tuition fee: INR 54 Lakh (for a first academic year) 
  • Eligibility: GMAT and GRE 
  • Duration: 2 years 
MS in Computer Science 
  • Tuition fee: INR 32 Lakh 
  • Eligibility: GRE and IELTS 
  • Duration: 1.5 to 2 years 
Master of Laws (LL. M.) 
  • Tuition fee: INR 49 lakh 
  • Eligibility: TOEFL 
  • Duration: 1 year

Yale provides scholarship programs for deserving and qualified students in different fields such as engineering, computer and science.

7. The University of Chicago 

The University of Chicago is situated in Illinois and was established in the year 1890. It is a private research institute and is considered one of the top research institutes in the USA. The university campus is built across 217 acres of land. 

The University enrols around 16,000 students each year. 25% of the students are international belonging to various parts of the world. 

Top courses at The University of Chicago 

Full-time MBA
  • Tuition fee: INR 54 lakh (for first academic years) 
  • Eligibility: GMAT and GRE
  • Duration: 21 Months 
Master of Science in Analytics 
  • Tuition fee: INR 31.5 Lakh (for the first academic year) 
  • Eligibility: IELTS 7 and TOEFL 107
  • Duration: 1.5 years 
Master of Science in Computer Science 
  • Tuition fee: 41 Lakh 
  • Eligibility: GRE and IELTS 7 
  • Duration: 9 months 

The University has many remarkable centres, laboratories and departments such as the centre of Middle Eastern studies, Argonne National Laboratory.

8. University of California, Berkeley Campus 

The University of California, situated in Berkeley was established in the year 1868. It has two theme colours blue and gold which have their significance. The Blue colour represents the ‘Yale graduates’ who belong to the founding member’s list and the Gold colour represents the Golden State of California.

The University of California, Berkeley was the first research institute of California. 

The University enrols around 43,000 students each year, most of which are the undergraduates. 

Top course at the University of California

Full-time MBA
  • Tuition fee: INR 44 Lakh (for the first academic year) 
  • Eligibility: GMAT and GRE 
  • Duration: 2 years 
M. Eng. in Electrical engineering and Computer Science 
  • Tuition fee: INR 37 lakh 
  • Eligibility: GRE and IELTS 7 
  • Duration: 1 year
Master of Public Health 
  • Tuition fee: INR 24 Lakh 
  • Eligibility: GRE and IELTS 7 
  • Duration: 2 years 

The University has several notable alumni including Nobel Prize Winners, Oscar-winning actor, Novelist and Journalists.

9. Columbia University

Columbia University is a private research university. It is the fifth oldest institute in the USA, established in the year 1754. In the early days, the university was called King’s College. The university hosts a large number of international students each year. It also provides scholarship to for Engineering programs and MBA course.  

Top courses at Columbia University 

MS in Computer Science 
  • Tuition fee: INR 25 lakh (for the first academic year) 
  • Eligibility: GRE and IELTS 
  • Duration: 1.5 to 2 years 
MBA 
  • Tuition fee: INR 54 lakh (for the first academic year) 
  • Eligibility: GMAT and GRE 
  • Duration: 2 years 
MS in Financial Engineering
  • Tuition fee: INR 57 Lakh 
  • Eligibility: GMAT and GRE 
  • Duration: 1 year

Columbia University has several notable alumni who have made many contributions to society in different sectors. Barrack Obama and Theodore Roosevelt, the former Presidents of the United States of America are alumni of Columbia University.  

10. University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania is also known as Penn University. It is a private Ivy League research college and was established in the year 1740. It is situated in Philadelphia and is considered as one of the oldest institutions in the United States. The campus is built over 299 acres. The University has 4 undergraduate schools that offer 99 courses in various field of studies. 

University of Pennsylvania top courses: 

Master of Business Administration
  • Tuition fee: INR 60 Lakh (for the first academic year) 
  • Eligibility: GMAT and GRE 
  • Duration: 20 months  
Master of Science in Engineering in Computer & Information Science
  • Tuition fee: INR 26 Lakh (for the first academic year) 
  • Eligibility: GRE and IELTS 
  • Duration: 2 years 
BS in Economics (Behavioural Economics) 
  • Tuition fee: INR 40 Lakh (for the first academic year) 
  • Eligibility: IELTS and TOEFL 
  • Duration: 4 years 

The University of Pennsylvania is the best Business School in postgraduate in the United States.

Eligibility & Requirements for Universities in the USA 

If you wish to study in America, you should know about the eligibility and basic requirements needed. 

  • Proof of 12 years of education
  • Certification of English proficiency (TOEFL score) 
  • Proof of Financial support 

Besides, you will have to sit for an examination usually the SAT or GRE.

Cost of Education in the USA

The cost of education in the USA is expensive. Different universities have different tuition fees, which also depend on the type, of course, you are applying for. Several universities offer scholarship programs to eligible and deserving students. Study in America along with the cost of living is overall expensive. 

School Tuition fees in USD (indicative)
English language studies $700 to $2,000 a month
Community colleges $6,000 to $20,000 per year
Undergraduate Bachelor Degree $20,000 to $40,000 per year
Graduate programs $20,000 to $45,000 per year
Doctoral degree $28,000 to $55,000 per year


Living Expenses in USA

Expenses Average yearly cost*
Books and Stationery $500- $1000
Travelling $500- $1200
Food $2500
Clothes and footwear $500
Miscellaneous expenses $2000

Higher education in the USA

Millions of people from all over the world pursue their higher studies in the USA. The world-class education, all kinds of facilities, quality of life and endless opportunities attracts young students from every corner of the world. After scoring the required minimum SAT and TOEFL score, students can apply to the University of their choice. 

Final words 

The USA has several best universities in the world. The cost of education is expensive but the quality of education and the opportunities you will get after obtaining a degree from a US-based university will make up for the huge amount you will be spending. If you want to choose a country where you can get the best education and also live your best life, then the USA would be a perfect choice.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much study gap is acceptable in the USA?

Usually, a study gap of 1 year is accepted by most universities. Although depending on the reason and the course, an acceptable study gap can be more than a year. While applying for a university, the applicant must provide proof of their study gap. If you took a year gap due to medical reasons, you will have to provide medical proof. Similarly, if you were doing an internship or a job, you will have to provide proof of that as well.

How much does it cost to study MS in the USA?

Study in the USA for international students can be expensive depending on the college. On average, the first-year tuition fee for masters is around 17 lakh and if you include the living expense, the amount goes somewhere around lakh. But, you can apply for scholarships and if you are qualified enough you can get some percentage off your tuition fee. There are around 266 colleges of masters in the USA that offer scholarship programs to International students.  You can also apply to colleges that have cheaper tuition fee but provide good education.

How to get a scholarship to study in the USA?

In the USA international students can apply for scholarships but getting a scholarship to a university in the USA is not as easy and depends entirely on the institution. You can apply for a government based scholarship programs and if you are eligible you might get one. The major scholarship that international students apply for is the one offered by their university. Since there is a tough competition for scholarships as they are awarded to only limited students, your application must be unique. There are no specific criteria to be eligible but usually, these scholarships go to students who are from a financially weaker background, have an excellent academic profile and have previous work experience.

What is the best college in the USA?

Stanford University has been ranked as the best college in the USA. It was established in the year 1857 and since then has established a reputation of providing the best quality of education. Stanford has produced numerous notable alumni who have done remarkable works. Stanford University is known for its law, medical, humanities and sciences course. It excels in providing several other courses and programs. Stanford is preferred by United States students as well as international students.

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