The USA tops the list of study abroad destinations. When you plan to study overseas, the superlative decision of most of the Indian students would be the USA. Whether you are planning to pursue your undergrad or MS, the USA is the first choice for Indian students. Reason – the American education system is flexible, versatile and offers umpteen courses to international students.
Dreaming of studying in the US is one thing, but fulfilling the dream requires proper planning and strategy. If you are also planning to study in the USA, below is the complete guide that can help you win a seat in your favorite American college.
IN THIS BLOG:
1. Start with Exploration
2. Test Preparation
3. Application Process
4. Post Application Process
5. Financials & Student Visa
Start with Exploration:
The first step in your pursuit of studying abroad is shortlisting the colleges and courses. You need to identify the course you want to pursue and research which colleges in the USA have those courses. You should select at least 10 colleges that you want to apply. Also, research about the course necessities, deadline, admission criteria, and similar.
Note: As shortlisting the college and course is time-consuming, it is better to start the interaction one year ahead of the time.
To study in US universities, you need to clear standardized tests. The tests include GRE/GMAT/SAT/TOEFL/IELTS – you can take the test based on the course requirement; like if you are planning to go for MS in the US universities, you must embrace GRE.
These tests evaluate your skills and score you based on your performance. All the colleges in the USA value these scores while shortlisting any student. Thus, it is better to prepare well & score well on these tests.
Note: The GMAT/GRE scores are valid for 5 years, and TOEFL/IELTS scores are valid for 3 years.
Have you taken the GMAT before?
Once you have shortlisted your course and college & have your test scores in hand, next comes the application process. Here you need to begin preparing your application documents – SOPs, LORs, Essays & expositions. As these documents help the admission committee evaluate your profile and character, it is important to spend quality time on these documents to ensure that these help you stand apart from the rest.
Note: Your application documents should highlight your personality and how keen you are to take the course of choice.
Post Application Process:
Between November and April is the time when you will begin hearing back from the colleges. Be quick in your responses to the colleges. Several colleges in the US undertake interviews (online through video conferencing). These interviews are conducted to know more about your personality and how perfect a fit you are for their college.
Note: If you get an admit from more than one college, consider the cutoff time when imparting to the college about your choice.
Financials & Student Visa:
As you have your acknowledgment letter, now is the time to sort your finances. Check for suitable scholarships to study in the USA and apply. You can also finance your education in the USA through an education loan. There are several national & international banks that offer education loans.
Along with finances, another important thing is to apply for a student visa. Check the student visa requirements & update the required documents.
Note: Give mock visa interviews to increase your chances of getting a visa.
Have you taken the GMAT before?
If you think that with all the documents in place & a student visa in hand, you are all set to fly to the USA for studying, you are so wrong – there is much more left! Whether you are an Indian student or not, you would need to sort your accommodation, insurance, bank accounts, and similar to avoid trouble in the foreign country.
Note: It is better to sort all your important things like accommodation, insurance, etc., before you depart.
We hope this Study in USA Guide for Indian Students has been helpful to you. However, if this guide was not able to answer any of your questions related to studying in the USA, reach out to our consultant. Visit our nearest center or call us.
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