General Student Visa

USA

USA Student Visa

The United States of America is widely considered one of the best countries in the world to study for international students.

It boasts a highly developed and diverse education system that offers a broad range of programs and degrees at some of the most prestigious universities and colleges in the world. From the Ivy League institutions to the large public universities, the US has something to offer everyone. Additionally, the country’s commitment to research and innovation provides students with access to cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art facilities. Furthermore, the US has a vibrant and diverse culture, with international students being able to experience a wide range of cultural activities and events. All of these factors make the US a top choice for students seeking a world-class education and a unique cultural experience.

Types of Student Visas

There are three types of student visas available for international students who wish to study in the United States

F-1 Student Visa

Students who intend to enroll in a full-time academic program or English language program at a U.S. college or university are eligible for this visa. Students must have been admitted to a U.S. educational institution, provide evidence of financial assistance, and establish that they intend to return to their home country once their studies are through in order to be eligible for an F-1 visa.

J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa

Students who are taking part in an exchange programe sponsored by the American government, a global organization, or a private organization are eligible for this visa. Students who intend to finish their degree in their native country after spending a semester or year studying abroad frequently apply for the J-1 visa.

M-1 Vocational Student Visa

This visa is for students who plan to attend a vocational or technical school in the United States. The M-1 visa is specifically for students who will be pursuing non-academic or vocational studies, such as training in a skilled trade.

Annual Intakes

Universities in the USA have a variety of intake periods for international students. The most common intakes are:

01

Fall Intake

 This is the primary intake for most universities in the USA, and it starts in August or September. International students are required to apply and submit their applications by the end of the previous year, usually by December or January. The fall intake offers the most options for courses and is the most competitive.

02

Spring Intake

This intake starts in January or February and is the second most popular intake period. The application deadline for this intake is usually in October or November of the previous year.

03

Summer Intake

The summer intake is the least common intake period, and it starts in May or June. Only a few universities offer this intake, and the application deadline is usually in March or April.

Documents Required

There are various student visa categories for the USA, each with its own requirements. The necessary paperwork for each type of student visa is listed below with explanations:

F-1 Visa:

The most popular sort of student visa for academic study in the USA is the F-1 visa. When applying for an F-1 visa, the following papers must be submitted:

  • Form I-20: This is proof that the student has been accepted to the educational institution. It defines the anticipated course of study and verifies the student’s acceptance and enrollment in the school. In order to apply for an F-1 visa, the student needs to have a current Form I-20.
  • Fee receipt for SEVIS: Students and exchange visitors are tracked electronically by SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) while they are in the US. To use the system, students must pay a charge, and they must provide the receipt with their visa application.
  • Receipt for payment of the visa application fee: This is evidence that the applicant has paid the fee necessary to apply for a visa.
  • Passport: The applicant’s passport must be valid for at least six months past the time they plan to spend in the US.
  • Pictures: Two passport-sized pictures must be submitted.
  • Academic transcripts and diplomas: These records show the applicant’s qualifications and accomplishments in the classroom.

J-1 Visa:

J-1 visas are available to students taking part in exchange programs. The following papers must be submitted in order to apply for a J-1 visa:

  • Form DS-2019: This is comparable to the F-1 visa’s Form I-20. It is distributed by the sponsoring company running the exchange programs.
  • Fee receipt for SEVIS: A SEVIS fee receipt is necessary, just like for the F-1 visa
  • Receipt for payment of the visa application fee: This is evidence that the applicant has paid the fee necessary to apply for a visa.
  • Passport: The applicant’s passport must be valid for at least six months past the time they plan to spend in the US.
  • Pictures: Two passport-sized pictures must be submitted.
  • Academic transcripts and diplomas: These records show the applicant’s qualifications and accomplishments in the classroom
  • .Proof of financial support: The applicant must show that they have the means to pay for their costs associated with the exchange program.

M-1 Visa:

Students attending vocational or technical schools are eligible for the M-1 visa. When applying for an M-1 visa, the following papers must be submitted:

  • Form I-20M-N: Although it is tailored primarily for vocational or technical schools, this is comparable to the Form I-20 for F-1 visas
  • Fee receipt for SEVIS: A SEVIS fee receipt is necessary, much like for the F-1 and J-1 visas.
  • Receipt for payment of the visa application fee: This is evidence that the applicant has paid the fee necessary to apply for a visa.
  • Passport: The applicant’s passport must be valid for at least six months past the time they plan to spend in the US.
  • Pictures: Two passport-sized pictures must be submitted.
  • Academic transcripts and diplomas: These records show the applicant’s qualifications and accomplishments in the classroom.
  • Proof of financial support: The applicant must show they have the means to pay their tuition and living expenses while attending the technical or vocational school.

Average tuition fees

In the United States, tuition fees for international students vary greatly depending on the institution and degree level. Here is some detailed information about the average tuition fees for international students in the USA at different degree levels:

Undergraduate Degree

The average tuition fee for international students pursuing an undergraduate degree in the United States is around $25,000 to $35,000 per year. However, this varies depending on the institution, location, and program of study. For example, some of the top Ivy League schools charge as much as $50,000 to $60,000 per year, while state universities and community colleges charge relatively less.

Postgraduate Degree

The average tuition fee for international students pursuing a postgraduate degree is around $30,000 to $40,000 per year. This also varies depending on the institution, and program of study. For a postgraduate program in business or engineering at a top-ranked private institution such as Harvard or Stanford could cost as much as $70,000 per year. Meanwhile, a public university may charge significantly less.

Doctoral Degree

The average tuition fee for international students pursuing a doctoral degree in the United States is around $30,000 to $40,000 per year. However, this can vary greatly depending on the institution and program of study. For example, some of the most prestigious doctoral programs such as those in medicine or law can cost upwards of $100,000 per year, while other programs may cost significantly less.

Top USA universities to study for international students

QS World University Rankings 2023

Here are the top 20 USA universities, along with their international QS ranking, number of international students, fees, and top courses

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

World Rankings: 1
Top subjects: Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics
International students: 4,530
Fees: Undergraduate tuition and fees: $54,720 Postgraduate tuition and fees: $57,210

Stanford University

World Rankings: 3
Top subjects: Computer Science, Business, Engineering
International students: 4,417
Fees: Undergraduate tuition and fees: $56,169 Postgraduate tuition and fees: $53,529/

Harvard University

World Rankings: 5
Top subjects: Law, Business, Medicine
International students: 6,766
Fees: Undergraduate tuition and fees: $54,002 Postgraduate tuition and fees: $48,008

California Institute of Technology

International rating: 6
Top subjects: Engineering, Physics, Mathematics
International students: 1,047
Fees: Undergraduate tuition and fees: $55,233 Postgraduate tuition and fees: $52,233

University of Chicago

International rating: 10
Top subjects: Economics, Law, Business
International students: 3,258
Fees: Undergraduate tuition and fees: $61,548 Postgraduate tuition and fees: $61,548

University of Pennsylvania

International rating: 13
Top subjects: Business, Law, Medicine
International students: 9,168
Fees: Undergraduate tuition and fees: $60,042 Postgraduate tuition and fees: $41,340 – $63,838

Princeton University

International rating: 16
Top subjects:Mathematics, Computer Science, Economics
International students: 2,566
Fees: Undergraduate tuition and fees: $52,800 Postgraduate tuition and fees: $53,770

Yale University

International rating: 18
Top subjects: Law, Business, Medicine, Mathematics
International students: 2,953
Fees: Undergraduate tuition and fees: $59,950 Postgraduate tuition and fees: $43,300 – $55,500

Cornell University

International rating: 20
Top subjects: Engineering, Business, Computer Science
International students: 7,592
Fees: Undergraduate tuition and fees: $59,282 Postgraduate tuition and fees: $30,890 – $57,222

 

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