The land of dreams and opportunities, the U.S. offers high-quality educational options for students from around the globe. Be it for the quality of education or the career prospects after graduation, the U.S. has monopolized the attention of most all study abroad aspirants. Let’s take a closer look at the world’s most preferred country for higher education. Nearly 600,000 students from all over the world studied in the United States last year at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. It goes without saying that America offers very high quality post-secondary education. There are more than 4,000 public and private colleges, universities, and community colleges in the United States, including over 600 public four-year colleges and universities and over 1,650 private four-year colleges and universities. These traditional institutions enroll nearly 15 million students. In addition, over 6,000 non-collegiate post-secondary institutions offer specialized vocational and technical training. Home to diverse ethnicities, highest number of top ranked universities, and picturesque landscapes, the USA is truly a land of opportunities. Choosing to study in the USA offers you the wonderful avenue of growing academically, culturally and socially.

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  • Full country name: United States of America (USA)
  • Capital: Washington, D.C.
  • Total Area: 9,630,000 sq km
  • Official Language: Language: English (official), Spanish (other),
  • Native American languages (other)
  • Official Currency: US Dollar (US$)
  • Religion: Protestant (56%), Roman Catholic (28%), Jewish (2%), Muslim (1%)
  • Time Zone: GMT/UTC plus one hour
  • Country Dialing Code: +1
  • Major Cities: New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Orlando, Chicago, New Orleans, Miami, Washington DC, Houston, Seattle
  • Popular States: Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Virginia
  • Engineering US courses.
  • Computer Science and Information Technology US courses.
  • Business Analytics and Data Science US courses.
  • Pharmacy US courses.
  • Business US courses.
  • List of colleges around the US.


The costs of studying in USA depend on the institution, course and the level of study you choose. Majority of the US Institutions doesn’t ask International students to deposit tuition fees in advance to receive Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status). Depending on the course there may be additional costs such as books and materials, access to institution facilities and insurance, all of which is mentioned on your i-20 form.

Tuition fees for the US institutions generally are in the ranges given below:

  • Undergraduate at state colleges – $9900 to $26000 per year
  • Undergraduate at private colleges – $16000 to $35000 per year
  • Undergraduate at community colleges – $7500 to $15000 per year
  • Graduate school and Doctoral studies – $20000 to $42000 per year

Please note that Medical (MBBS & MD), Veterinary and Dental studies and Masters of Business Administration(MBA) can be expensive in the United States. Please refer to the website of such institutions directly for more details.


Living costs in USA depend heavily on the region you are going to and also on whether you are living on or off campus.

On an average, an international student spends approximately US $ 10000 to $ 15,000 per year in the living expenses. In metropolitan cities and areas like New York, Houston, Boston, Los Angeles, Dallas and San Francisco etc. the living expenses can go up to $ 20,000 to $ 28,000 annually. But if the students want to study and live in suburban area then the livings expenses and go down to $ 8000 to $ 12,000 per year.

The US Government offers three different student visa types:

S.No. Types of student visa Description
1 F-1 Student Visa to study at an accredited US college or university or to study English at an English language institute
2 J Exchange Visa for participation in an exchange program, including high school and university study
3 M Student Visa for non-academic or vocational study or training in the USA an overview of the qualifications available in the US:

Qualification Duration Description
Associate degree 2 years Job oriented programs that allow a graduate to launch a career, it is also equivalent to first two years of a 4-year bachelor’s degree
Bachelor’s degree 3 – 4 years Undergraduate degree that includes core courses, major, minor and elective. The four years are known as Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior.
Master’s degree (Professional) 1 to 3 years Leads students from first degree to particular profession; duration depends on field of study
Master’s degree (Academic) 2 years Generally awarded in traditional disciplines of humanities, arts, and science; may lead students to doctoral programs
Doctorate or PhD 5 to 8 years Completed under the supervision of faculty advisor, PhD is awarded on completion of dissertation and successful defence before a panel of faculty members

Apply for University to Admission:

  • University/College Application form
  • Academic documents till date
  • SOP( Why USA, Why this University, Why this course, Future career plan)
  • IELTS/TOEFL Score for all level admission
  • Recommendation Letter
  • Work Experience (If any) | CV | Training Certificated
    IELTS/ TOEFL/ PTE/ SAT- Undergraduate Admission
  • GMAT, GRE admission for Master degree
  • Affidavit of Support
  • Bank Certificate A LEVEL Bank (One Year Tuition Fees and
  • Living Expense) 30-40 Lakhs
  • Offer Letter

Then fill up the form and Apply for i-20

What is the I-20?

The I-20 is a multi-purpose document issued by a government approved, U.S. educational institution certifying that (1) a student has been admitted to a full-time study program and (2) that the student has demonstrated sufficient financial resources to stay in the U.S.

After I-20

I-901 Fee (SEVIS Fee $350) Then Print out this Payment confirmation Form for Further use.

Then fill up DS 160 form is an online non-immigrant visa application form filled by students to apply for their F1 (student) visa. After you have completed the DS-160, you must take these next steps below:

  • Print and keep the DS-160 barcode page.
  • Pay the visa application processing fee ($160)
  • Schedule a visa interview appointment.

What is SEVIS?

SEVIS stands for Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. It is a nationwide, internet-based system that the U.S. government uses to maintain accurate and current information on non-immigrant students (F and M visa), exchange visitors (J visa), and their dependents (F-2, M-2, and J-2). When your initial I-20 is printed out, it comes with a barcode and a unique SEVIS ID number. This SEVIS ID should stay with you for as long as you study continuously in the U.S. even if you change your major or transfer to a new school. You must pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee, which is a one-time fee for each program in which the student or exchange visitor participates.

Application Deadline: Every US institution has its own specific deadline but normally to be the safer side students should apply at least 8 months prior to the commencement of course.

Living cost: Living cost in USA is approximately USD 12,000-USD 15000 per year, depending on the city. Students are allow to work 20 hrs per week to maintain their living expenses.

As per the application process of universities in the USA, a student needs to have the following basic documents to procure a US student visa.

  • A valid passport
  • A valid I-20 (Acceptance Letter)
  • Payment of Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)
  • Non – immigration visa application and Form DS-160
  • Photographs as requested
  • All academic documents (Grade 10 to latest)

  • Face to Face interview with visa counselor for visa decision

F1 Student Visa

Most International Students will need to obtain an F-1 student visa and the process will be as below:

  • Apply to the university of your choice through online or paper application
  • Pay an application fee between $25 to $100.
  • Bank Balance Certificate
  • Receive an I-20
  • DS-160
  • Pay for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)
  • Schedule a date for visa interview | Appointment at American Embassy Nepal
  • Give a visa interview at the US embassy.
  • Decision
  • Departure