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Location: The United States of America also known as the USA is located in Central North America between Canada and Mexico. It’s the 3rd largest country in the world consisting of 50 states and 1 Federal District Washington DC which is the Capital of USA. 2 of its states do not share any boundary with the country. The USA also has many territories in the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. 

Capital:The capital of the USA is Washington DC which is its Federal District.

Major Cities: New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Boston,San Francisco and Denver.

Language Spoken:  English/Spanish

Climate: Being a Hugh country, the USA is the home for a wide variety of climate. It generally has a continental climate with cold winters and hot summers. The western Bay area and Florida are exceptions with tropical summers and cooler winters.

Economy: The Economy of the USA is highly developed making it the world’s largest economy and the second-largest for Purchasing Power Parity. The NASDAQ and NYSE are the world’s largest stock markets.

GDP: 20.54 Lakh Crores USD

Currency: USA Dollar ($)

Government:

The Federal Government of USA is the national government composed of 3 District Branches – Legislative, executive, and judicial whose powers are vested by the US Constitution in the congress, the President, and the Federal Courts respectively.  The powers of these branches are further defined by the acts of Congress. The USA government is based on the principles of Federalism and Republicanism.

Area:9.834 Million KM²

Distance from India:13,568 Kilometers

Population:32.82 Crores

Time Zones:  There are 9 time zones by law in the USA.

Eastern Time: UTC -4.00

Central Time: UTC – 5.00

Mountain Time: UTC – 6.00

Pacific Time: UTC – 7.00

Hawaii Time: UTC – 10.00

Alaskan Time: UTC – 8.00

  • The USA is one of the World’s largest and the best education systems, with programs across all disciplines. All the qualifications awarded by the USA universities are recognized throughout the world for its academic excellence.

  • The USA offers great educational choices and research universities that are dedicated to higher education and research.

  • It is the world leader in Technology Innovation.

  • It is the home for the most prestigious IVY League universities

  • The USA is one of the top destinations for international students also for its cultural experience. Its multicultural environment helps them to build relationships with people from around the world.

  • Many universities give an option to take up internships to kickstart the student’s professional career. The internships during the college help them to gain Hands-on Experience which will further help them to gain employment post their graduation.

  • The USA offers good financial assistance and scholarships for international students

Tradition and Culture: Though the USA culture is of Western origin it is also influenced by a multicultural spirit like the Native American, African, Asian, Pacific Island, and Latin American. Over a period of time the USA has developed its own social and cultural characteristics.  Due to this large scale migration of people from diverse countries to the USA, they have an ethnically and racially diverse culture.

Food: Being one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world, it has developed its distinct flavors. American cuisine is greatly influenced by  Europeans and native Americans.   The Hamburger and Apple Pie are the most popular.  Not only can we find any food from any culture, but we also find a fusion of their culinary traditions.

Safety: the USA is one of the most friendly and safe countries with high standards of living.  Universities are focused on maintaining round the clock security for their students. The USA universities are also ranked as among the best in the world for implementing effective safety measures on campus.

Health:The American healthcare system is one of the best in the world.  Most of the campuses in the USA offer general medicals facilities and also have resident doctors. The cost of on-campus medicals services is not that high. All the students need to have an approved Health Insurance during their study period in the US.

Transport:

Air:

Due to its vast area, people usually travel by air within States as well as to other states. All the cities are well connected by Airplane.

Rail:

Rail network was one of the most widely used once and was an important part of the nation’s transport network. All the cities and towns are well connected by rails and students are issued travel cards which come with many attractive discounts.

Bus:

Busses are the most common mode of transport when traveling within the city or to the neighboring city if they have no provision for self-transport like cars.  All the smaller and bigger towns are well connected by Busses.  Busses are also used for intracity transport. Students can avail good discounts on their bus passes.

Car:

This is one of the most common ways and the most widely used mode of transport in the US. With the large road network, traveling by car has become one of the best modes of transport with in the city as well as other places.

Metro:

The USA has one of the largest metro systems in the world. At this time it can be found in 25 of the USA 50 states.  The subway systems provide 24/7 service to all. This is one of the most widely used ways to transport in bigger cities like Chicago, NJ, NY, and Philadelphia.

Bachelor’s Degrees will cost a minimum of 18,000 $ to maximum 45, 000 $ per annum

Masters Degrees will cost a minimum of 16, 000$ per annum to a maximum of 55, 000 $

Living expenses for international students mostly vary based on the university location. Bigger cities like Boston, NY, NJ, Los Angeles, San Francisco, etc are expensive compared to smaller cities.

The USA student visa is known as the F1 visa (for Long Term studies) or M1/J1 visa(vocations studies or exchange programs).

Before applying for a visa, the student needs to have an I-20 from a recognized US university and an active SEVIS number.

The student visa is issued over a face of face interview at the USA counselor office in their country.

Any student with a valid I-20 can schedule their interview at their local counselor’s office.  The visa process typically takes 2 days with the Biometric appointment on the 1st day and the main visa interview on the 2nd day.  Most of the decisions are taken on the spot, however, few cases which need further information can take anything between 1 week to 1 month.

Although the F1 study permit is given for 5 years the student will need to maintain their SEVIS status to keep their visa valid.

Housing Options:

On-Campus: Living on campus a very good way for you to become a part of the community. On campus, accommodation is usually in the form of Dorms, or Apartment style facilities with single or shared bedrooms and common kitchen and dining areas.

Off Campus Shared Apartments:Most Indian students prefer to live off campus in rented apartments/condos along with other international students. Off campus accommodation is a cheaper option then on-campus.  Many universities offer guidance to students in finding off-campus housing.

Restricted items to bring to The USA:

Cultural Artifacts

Defense Articles

Dog and Cat Fur

Firearms

Fish and Wildlife

Food Products (Raw or cooked)

Fruits and Vegetables

Medication without a doctor prescription

Pets

Soil

Orientation Week:

All institutions conduct an orientation for incoming students to ease their transition to the institute. During the orientation, students get to meet other international students and become familiar with the campus facilities and services. The orientation week will also help students to meet their academic counselors and register for classes.

Opening a Bank Account: To open an American Bank Account, the student will need his passport copy with a valid visa and the I-94 card issued at the port of entry. Accounts can be opened online or by visiting a bank branch. The universities will normally assist students in account opening and other formalities during the orientation week.

Being the world leader in proving quality education, the USA does offer job opportunities to students.

Any student with a valid F1 visa has the option to take up on-campus part-time work up to 20 hours a week duringyears of study. Universities provide options to work in the form of Teaching Assistantships/Research Assistantships.

Many students opt for internships and practical training which will prepare them to face the employers.

After 9 months of study in the USA, students have an option to take up OPT  (off-campus work placement). To get an OPT approval the student need to secure employment option in a field directly related to his field of study.  OPT is permitted for up to 12 months in total.

For students who have a work placement training as a part of their programs have an option to take up CPT (Curricular Placement Training) to work off-campus full time. The CPT Job offer must be in the major of study. Any student who takes up the CPT for 12months or more is not eligible to take up the OPT option.

OPT can be taken up before or after completing the program that the student is enrolled for.

Certain students who receive their degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)may be eligible for an additional OPT period of 24 months.  The student can contact their University DSO to opt and apply for their CPT/OPT options.

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  1. LIST OF FEW POPULAR UNIVERSITIES AMONGST INDIANS IN USA:

     

    Alabama

    • Auburn University

    • The University of Alabama System

    • Alabama A & M University System

    • University of South Alabama

    Arkansas

    • Arkansas State University

    • Arkansas Tech University

    • University of Arkansas System

    • Southern Arkansas University

    Arizona

    • Arizona State University

    • Northern Arizona University

    • University of Arizona

     

    California

    • University of California System

    • California State University System

    • University of Southern California

    • Chapman University

    • Claremont Graduate University

    • Golden Gate University

    • Hult Business School

    • National University

    Colorado

    • University of Colorado System

    • Colorado State University System

    • Colorado Technical University

    • University of Denver

    • Colorado School of Mines

    Connecticut

    • University of Connecticut

    • Yale University

    • University of Bridgeport

    • University of New Haven

    • Fairfield University

    • Central Connecticut State University

     

    Districts of Columbia

    • American University

    • George Washington University

    • Georgetown University

    Florida

    • University of Florida

    • Florida State University

    • University of South Florida

    • University of Central Florida

    • Florida A & M University

    Georgia

    • University of Georgia System

    • Georgia Tech

    • Georgia State University

    • Columbus state University

    • Kennesaw State University

    Iowa

    • University of Iowa

    • Iowa State University

    • University of Northern Iowa

     

    Idaho

    • University of Idaho

    • Boise State University

     

    Illinois

    • University of Chicago System

    • Chicago State University

    • Eastern Illinois University

    • Western Illinois University

    • Southern Illinois University

    • Northern Illinois University

    • Governors State University

    • Bradley University

    Indiana

    • Indiana State University

    • Indiana Institute of Tech

    • Indiana University system

    • Purdue University

    • University of Indianapolis

    • University of Notre Dame

    • Valparaiso University

    Kansas

    • University of Kansas

    • Wichita State University

    • Kansas State University

    • Fort Hays State University

    Kentucky

    • University Kentucky

    • Kentucky State University

    • Northern Kentucky University

    • Eastern Kentucky University

    • Murray State University

    • University of Louisville

    Louisiana

    • Louisiana state University system

    • Louisiana Tech University

    • University of Louisiana System

    • University of New Orleans

    Massachusetts

    • University of Massachusetts system

    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

    • Harvard University

    • Tufts University

    • Suffolk University

    • Boston University

    • Worcester Polytechnic University

    Maryland

    • University of Maryland System

    • University of Baltimore

    • Frostburg State University

    • John Hopkins University

     

    Maine

    • University of Maine System

    • University of New England

    • University of Southern Maine

     

    Michigan

    • University of Michigan System

    • Michigan State University

    • Michigan Tech University

    • Lawrence Tech University

    • Eastern Michigan University

    • Wayne state University

    • Eastern Michigan University

    • Northern Michigan University

    Minnesota

    • University of Minnesota System

    • Minnesota State University System

    • St Cloud State University

    • St Thomas University Minnesota

    Missouri

    • University of Missouri System

    • Missouri University of Science and Technology

    • Northwest Missouri State University

    • University of Central Missouri

    Mississippi

    • University of Mississippi

    • Mississippi State University

    • University of Southern Mississippi

     

    Montana

    • University of Montana System

    • Montana State University System

     

    North Carolina

    • University of North Carolina System

    • North Carolina State University

    • Appalachian State University

    • East Carolina State University

     

    North Dakota

    • University of North Dakota

    • North Dakota State University

     

    Nebraska

    • University of Nebraska System

    • Concordia University

    • Bellevue University

    New Hampshire

    • University of New Hampshire system

    • Dartmouth College

    • Southern New Hampshire University

    New Jersey

    • Princeton University

    • Rutgers University

    • New Jersey Institute of Technology

    • Stevens Institute of Technology

    • Fairleigh Dickinson University

    • Monmouth University

     

    Nevada

    • University of Nevada system

    • University of Reno

     

    New York

    • State University of NY system

    • City University of NY System

    • NYU Poly

    • Columbia University

    • Cornell University

    • Long Island University

    • New York Institute of Technology

    • Pace University

    • Adelphi University

    Ohio

    • Ohio State University

    • Ohio University Athens

    • University of Cincinnati

    • Wright State University

    • Kent State University

    • Cleveland State University

    • University of Dayton

    Oklahoma

    • University of Oklahoma

    • Oklahoma State University

    • University of Central Oklahoma

    Oregon

    • Oregon State University

    • Portland State University

    • University of Oregon

    • University of Portland

    Pennsylvania

    • Carnegie Mellon University

    • Penn State University

    • Drexel University

    • University of Pennsylvania

    • Villanova University

    • The University of Sciences

    • Pittsburg State University

    Rhode Island

    • Brown University

    • University of Rhode Island

    • Johnson & Wales University

    South Carolina

    • University of South Carolina system

    • Clemson University

    • South Carolina State University

    South Dakota

    • University of South Dakota

    • South Dakota State University

    • Dakota State University

    • University of Sioux Falls

     

    Tennessee

    • University of Tennessee System

    • Vanderbilt University

    • University of Memphis

    • Middle Tennessee State University

    • East Tennessee State University

    • Tennessee Technical University

    Texas

    • University of Texas System

    • University of Houston System

    • Texas A & M University System

    • Texas Tech University

    • University of North Texas

    • Southern Methodist University

    • Rice University

    Utah

    • University of Utah

    • Utah State University

    Vermont

    • University of Vermont

           Virginia

    • University of Virginia System

    • Virginia Tech University

    • George Mason University

    • James Madison University

    • Old Dominion University

    • Virginia State University

     

    Washington

    • University of Washington System

    • Washington State University System

    • Western Washington University

    • Eastern Washington University

    • Central Washington University

    • City University of Seattle

    Wisconsin

    • University of Wisconsin System

    • Concordia University Wisconsin

     

    West Virginia

    • University of West Virginia

    • West Virginia State University

    • Marshall University

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    Wyoming

    • University of Wyoming

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