The cost of education in the USA varies between the states and the institutions.
Average tuition fees per year range from $15,000 to $60,000 (Private Institutions) and $10,000 to $20,000 (State Institutions).
Living expenses per year $10,000 - $16,000.
Accommodation will typically range from $3,000 to $8,000 per year.
US universities have4 intakes
Major intake is the Fall intake, but most of the universities are open for Spring and few of them for summer & winter intake too.
Bachelor (Undergraduate) : Minimum academic requirement: 10+2 with 50%, TOEFL-iBT 61-80 or IELTS 5.5 - 6.0 bands and SAT.
Master of Science Engineering (Graduate) : Minimum academic requirement: 10+2+4 with 50%, TOEFL-iBT 61-80 or IELTS 6.0 - 6.5 bands and GRE score of 300 (Note: Some Universities allow 12+3).
MBA : Minimum academic requirement: 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 & TOEFL-iBT 61-80 or IELTS 6.0 - 6.5 bands and GMAT score between 320 and 600.
Students have to apply online both for Bachelors as well as Masters and each University has a different fee.
Sealed & stamped 10th, 11th and 12th Official Transcripts from school.
2 letter of Recommendations from school teachers.
Statement of Purpose.
work Experience letter (if the candidate has any work experience).
Statement of Purpose.
Essays, if required by the University.
Student visa process
Step 1: Attend a counseling session
Step 2: Register with us
Step 3: Apply for admission
Step 4: Institute issues the i-20
Step 5: Pay the sevis fee online
Step 6: Payment of visa fee
Step 7: Complete the ds 160 for online
Step 8: Book a visa interview
Step 9: Undertake an interview with embassy
Step 10: Visa outcome
Step 11: Travel Services
Optional Practical Training (OPT)
OPT is meant to give an opportunity for students to work in their field of study. It is typically given for 12 months for all degree holders, with an option to extend for 17 months for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Degree holders.
There are two types of OPT called pre-completion OPT and post completion OPT.
Pre-completion OPT is something that can be utilized by students to work in their area of study before the graduation.
Whereas, post-completion OPT is to work in their area of study after graduation. If the student chose to use pre-completion OPT, the respective amount of time is deducted from 12 months OPT time period.
You can work part time up to 20 hours on pre-completion OPT, when school is in session and you are enrolled full time and full time during summer breaks. If you choose to use pre-completion OPT, you will lose that amount of time from the overall 12 months OPT. It will be 1 months for 2 months of part time OPT (fall and spring terms) and 1 month for 1 month of full time OPT (summer terms).
Pre Completion OPT (Before complete study / before graduation)
Post Completion OPT (After complete study / after graduation)
OPT apply only 90 days before completion of program & no later than 60 days after complete your program.
OPT Filing Fees is approx $380 - $490 pay to US government.
Documents required to apply OPT: (I-765 form, Previous i-20, previous OPT-CPT copy, passport, photos, check etc).
US government take 2-3 month process.
When ISS recommended we received it within 30 days.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a program that temporarily allows international students with an F-1 visa to gain practical experience directly related to their major through employment, paid or unpaid internships, or cooperative (co-op) education. It must be part of an established curriculum. CPT must be completed before graduating. In addition, CPT can be part-time (20 hours or less a week) or full time (20 hours or more a week). Although, if you work full-time for 12 months in CPT, you will lose your eligibility for OPT.