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USA AT A GLANCE

The United States is a liberal democracy with a federal political structure comprising 50 states and the District of Columbia. The federal government is characterized by a separation of the powers of the executive from the legislative and judicial functions. The constituent states have significant powers of self-government.

ECONOMY

The United States is Australia’s most important economic partner country (when goods, services and investment are combined). In 2011, it was our third largest two-way trading partner in goods and services with two-way goods and services trade worth $54 billion. The United States is also our largest two-way investment partner, with two-way investment stock reaching almost a $1 trillion in December 2011.

TOURISM

The United States is a major destination for foreign visitors , 1,246,091 foreigners visiting the United States in 2011.

CULTURE

American culture, from Indigenous art to American films, continues to stimulate the interest of people. The annual G’Day USA program showcases all American things from trade and investment, food and wine, film, arts, fashion, lifestyle, to Indigenous culture and tourism. In 2012, the 19-day G’Day USA program involved over 30 events across eight cities and generated extensive media coverage. This exposure helps to promote USA as a trade and investment partner, encourages and facilitates cooperation between other countries and the United States .

EDUCATION

A growing number of American actors are taking on starring and award-winning roles on movies and television screens. American creativity and expertise is being harnessed behind the scenes in areas such as cinematography and special effects. The cultural scene across the United States is enriched by dancers, musicians, authors and artists.

USA has 40 Universities in under World Top 100. More over 6 of the Top 10 Universities in the world are also in United States.

USA has different type of educational institutes.

Community Colleges: Impart higher education and lower level degree education, certificates & diplomas & associates degree.

Public Universities:  All levels of degree with different fields of study are offered. Public colleges are easy for students to pay. There are many notable Public universities.

Private Universities: Private Institutions run without the control of Government entity. Tuition fees of these institutions is higher but the beneficiary part is that tuition fees is same for both International & domestic students.

Technical institutes: This institute emphasizes concentrating on engineering & science they are known for their research & graduate programs. Undergraduates that are admitted to this university should have incredibly strong backgrounds in math & sciences.

USA has three intakes in a year:

  • Spring ( Some Programmes available
  • Summer ( Few Programmes available )
  • Fall ( All Programmes available )

UNIVERSITIES WE PROMOTE:

  • Northwest Missouri State University
  • University of Findlay
  • Hawaii Pacific University
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • University of Bridgeport
  • Drury University
  • Newman University
  • TROY University
  • South-East Missouri State University
  • North Western Polytechnic university
  • Kansas state university
  • Into Oregon state university
  • New York institute of technology
  • Letourneau University
  • Southern New Hampshire university
  • Kent state university

Entry Criteria’s for Masters Programs

  • US requires 16 years of education (12+4).
  • A good GRE and TOEFL (English exam for International students) Score.
  • GMAT for MBA & all other management courses.
  • Very few US Universities accept 15 years of education i.e. 3 years of bachelors degree for admissions into Masters for Computer Science & MBA courses & in other programs through Pathway programs.
  • Admissions without GRE/GMAT scores possible.
  •  The average TOEFL/ IELTS scores : 79/80 & IELTS 6.5 Band. However there are some institutions that accept a lower score than this. Many universities also offer ELP (English language program) to make up for lower TOEFL/IELTS scores. This comes at an extra cost.
  • A low TOEFL/IELTS score also diminishes chance of visa success.
  • Exam fees : GRE $190, TOEFL $165, GMAT $ 250.
  •  US universities consider the academics but besides academics, GRE, TOEFL scores are also taken into consideration. Other factors that are looked into are the extra activities that the student has been involved in, the research that the student has done in his particular subject. His documents such as Resume, Letters of recommendation & Statement of Purpose are also very crucial & have to be drafted very effectively.
  •  A high number of backlogs has an adverse effect on the student’s profile,especially if the backlogs are in the latter years of the graduation.

Entry Criteria’s for Undergraduate Programs

  • US requires 12 years of education and a good SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) and TOEFL .Website for SAT is www.collegeboard.com & ETS website is
  • www.ets.org for added information on TOEFL.
  • Bachelors in US is of four years.
  • Universities are lenient with admissions at UG level & also, scholarships are given out more easily.
  • dmissions without a SAT score are possible. Even some good ranked universities which are quite strict with admissions at the Masters level, offeradmission without SAT.
  • However, SAT is required for Scholarships.
  • SAT (known as SAT I) is out of 2400. A good score would be 1800+ to get intoa top ranked university. Besides SAT I, top ranked universities also require SATsubject tests. Minimum of two subject tests are required to be given.For Engineering programs, students need to give any two of the 3 subjecttests: Advanced Maths, Physics, Chemistry. For BBA, students need to giveMaths &English.
  • SAT is a paper based test, consists of writing, critical reading & Maths. It is conducted 6 times a year in the months of Jan, May, June, Oct, Nov & Dec.
  • Usually the TOEFL/IELTS requirement at the undergraduate level is lower than the Masters.To get admission into:Top 50 Universities, students require academics 80+%, SAT I (1800‐2400),SAT II (700/800 in each subject test), TOEFL 90+/IELTS 7.0
  • Top 51‐100 Universities, students require academics 65%, SAT I, TOEFL 80/IELTS6.5
  • For average colleges, students require academics 55%, TOEFL 60/IELTS5.5.
  • Exam fees : SAT $99, TOEFL $165.
  • Other factors that are looked into are the extra activities that the student hasbeen involved in, the research that the student has done in his particularsubject. His documents such as Resume, Letters of recommendation & Essaysare also very crucial & have to be drafted very effectively.
  • It is advised to students who have done their diplomas to get their credentials evaluated ( can be through WES www.wes.org), since there are high chances that the student might get some transfer credits, thus saving himthe cost, time & effort of repeatedly studying the subjects that he has alreadydone.
  • For students who wish to do medical studies in US, they have to do a BS in Biology with Pre Med courses & after that they have to do MCAT there & getadmissions in the Medical graduate program. MCAT is very competitive.

Documents required for applying to US University

  • Application – Online/Paper Base.
  • Financial Documents – Bank Balance Certificate & Affidavit of Support.
  • Photo copy of Academic Documents duly attested by College Principal or Gazette Officer:10th Mark sheet & Certificate.12th Mark sheet & Certificate.Bachelor Degree Certificate & Individual Mark Sheet, annual or semester wise With backlog if any.Masters Degree Certificate & Individual Mark Sheet, annual or semester wise with Backlogs if any
  • Photo copy of Passport – Identity & Address details.
  • Statement of Purpose & Resume.
  • 3 sets of Letter of Recommendations in sealed envelope.
  • 2 sets of University Transcripts of Bachelor & Masters for each university.
  • Photocopy of Standardized Exam – GRE & TOEFL Score Report Card
  • Certificates of extra-curricular activities (State-level and National level)
  • All Photo copy has to be in A-4 size duly attested.

COST OF LIVING IN USA

The United States of America is a home to the maximum number of top Universities in the world such as Massachusetts of Technology, Harvard and the biggest hub of international students from overseasAccommodation, food and utility are the major aspects apart from tuition fees and insurance when it comes to figure out the cost of living in USA.  A normal study abroad health insurance at Harvard may cost around $3,432 (Two terms -Full Year Plan).

Cost of living expenses for international students in USA may vary according to city and region and also the lifestyle a student opts for

Here are the approximate living expenses for international students in USA – 

  • Housing – $12,006
  • Meals – $4,776
  • Other living expenses – $2,000

Of course this list is not comprehensive, but will give you a starting point to work out what things will cost and the cost of living for the USA.

USA Government
Masters.

Deadline: varies, Feb-Oct 2017
Study in: USA
Course starts: AY 2018-2019

Brief description:

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables graduate students, young professionals and artists from abroad to study and conduct research in the United States at U.S. universities or other academic institutions.

Host Institution(s):

USA Universities and Academic Institutions.

Field(s) of Study:

Fulbright encourages applications from all fields, including interdisciplinary ones.

Number of Awards:

Approximately 4,000 foreign students receive Fulbright scholarships each year.

Target group:

International students from 155 countries around the world.

Scholarship value/duration:

Generally, the grant funds tuition, airfare, a living stipend, and health insurance, etc. The Fulbright program provides funding for the duration of the study.
See the official website and country specific websites for the complete list of scholarship benefits.

Eligibility:

Program eligibility and selection procedures vary widely by country. Please see the country specific websites to find information about the Fulbright Program in your home country, including eligibility requirements and application guidelines.

Application instructions:

All Foreign Student Program applications are processed by bi-national Fulbright Commissions/Foundations or U.S. Embassies. Therefore, foreign students must apply through the Fulbright Commission/Foundation or U.S. Embassy in their home countries. Deadline varies per country but is around February to October annually.

USA Government
Non-degree.

Deadline:
Study in: USA
Program starts: January – September

Brief description:

The Humphrey Fellowship Program is for experienced professionals interested in strengthening their leadership skills through a mutual exchange of knowledge and understanding about issues of common concern in the U.S. and Fellows’ home countries.

Host Institution(s):

Fellows are placed at one of the participation USA universities. Fellows are not able to choose which university they will attend. Rather, they are assigned in diverse groups of 7-15 to the most appropriate host institution based on their area of interest and professional field.

Level/Field of study:

As a non-degree program, the Fellowship offers valuable opportunities for professional development through selected university courses, attending conferences, networking, and practical work experiences.
The eligible program fields are:

  • Agricultural & Rural Development.
  • Economic communications’ /journalism.
  • Education Administration, Planning & Policy.
  • Finance & Banking.
  • Higher education Administration.
  • HIV/AIDS policy & prevention.
  • Human Resource Management.
  • Policy & Prevention.
  • Human & Resource Management.
  • Law & Human rights.
  • Natural resource, Environmental policy, & climate change.
  • Public Health Policy & Management.
  • Public Policy Analysis & Public Administration.
  • Substance Abuse Education, Treatment & Prevention.
  • Teaching of English as a Foreign Language.
  • Technology Policy &Management.
  • Trafficking in Persons Policy & Prevention.
  • Urban & Regional Planning.

Number of Awards:

Approximately 200 Fellowships are awarded annually.

Scholarship value/inclusions:

The Fellowship provides for:-

  • Payment of tuition of and fees at the assigned host university.
  • Preacademic English language training if required,
  • A maintenance (living) allowance, including a onetime setting in allowance;
  • Accident & sickness allowance
  • Accident & sickness coverage.
  • A one time computer subsidiary;
  • Air travel (international travel to & from the US for the program & domestic travel to required program events)
  • A professional development allowance for professional activities, such as field trips, professional visits & conferences.

Eligibility:

The application must have:-

  • An undergraduate (first university degree)
  • A minimum of five years of full time, professional experience.
  • Limited or no prior experience in the United States.
  • Demonstrated leadership in the United States.
  • English language eligibility.
  • Please contact the U.S. Embassy, Public Affairs Section or Fulbright Commission in your country of residence to learn about possible specific program requirements (link found below).

Application instructions:

Application deadlines vary by country but falls around May to September each year. The nominating U.S. Embassy or Binational Fulbright Commission will advise you of its internal deadline for receiving applications. Embassies and Commissions must submit their nominations to the Institute of International Education office in Washington, DC by 1 October.