The United States of America (USA) hosts the most number of international students in the world. Quality education, unique curriculum, multicultural environment, and abundant opportunities are just a few of the reasons why many International students want to study in the US. The USA is the top choice for Indian students who wish to study abroad. The country not only promises excellent quality of education but also far better career prospects for many students.

Many Indians decide to study in the USA to avoid intense competition in India for top colleges. Even average students in India can find their way into good US universities and earn a good salary on US soil. The United States university system is renowned for its student experience as well as the quality of its programs and ground-breaking research.

The US universities are equally welcoming of Indian students. Top US universities have a dedicated office for international students to ensure that international students are comfortable and find it easy to adjust to their new surroundings. These offices are often also kept in charge of arranging events to attract Indian students.

Top 5 reasons why studying in the US could be the best decision of your life:
  • Academic excellence
  • Flexible education system
  • Excellent support system for international students
  • Cultural diversity
  • Lively and vibrant campus life

VISA requirements:

  • Student Visas F M - For academic and vocational studies.
  • Exchange Visitor Visa J - For participation in an approved exchange program.
  • Visitor Visa B

To enter the United States to attend: You need the following
visa category:
University or college

High School
Private elementary school
Another academic institution, including a language training program
Vocational or other recognized nonacademic institution, other than a language training program

You must first apply and be accepted by a U.S. institution that is certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). Once accepted, you will receive a Form I-20 from the institution's international student office, which is a paper record of your information in the database called the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

You will need the following documentation for your visa application:
  • A valid passport that is valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the U.S. (unless exempt by country specific agreements)
  • Acceptance at a SEVP approved school and your Form I-20
  • Application fee payment for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System
  • Non-immigrant visa application and the Form DS-160 confirmation page
  • One or two photographs in the requested format

Additional documentation may also be required:
  • Academic preparation documents such as transcripts, diplomas, degrees or certificates
  • Evidence that you have sufficient funds to maintain your living expenses throughout the period of your stay in the U.S. This may include: bank statements, a financial undertaking by a sponsor to cover your accommodation and living costs or a scholarship program
  • Evidence that you will leave the U.S. once you have completed your course of study. This can be in the form of an air ticket out of the U.S. to your home country.

You may also have to appear for a personal interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate.

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