Education in USA
- Research Excellence
USA has an excellent research facility which is evident from large number of Nobel laureates. Research is funded by government and private firms.
- Academic Excellence
A lot of research is carried out in universities by department heads and professors. This way there will be direct flow of knowledge from professors to students and students will get a chance to work on live projects.
TA/RA/GA are three kinds of assistantships. This is given based on student’s credentials and his academic background and his/her interest’s levels are also considered. These assistantship programs, apart from having an advantage of earning money/fee waiver have another advantage: improved communication with the professors, which will help a student in skill development by interacting with best of the minds in their streams.
- Optional Practical Training
Optional Practical Training – OPT is an employment option for graduate students, it gives an opportunity for students to do on field work. Duration of OPT can range from 11 to 29 months depending upon the course.
- Curricular Practical Training
An option for students to work as intern or any other type of working plan for graduate students with a employer.
- Credit Hours
Credit hours; Number of hours of instruction that are scheduled per week USA education system needs 36 credits to pass a course. There are also used to determine whether a student is a part-time or full-time student.
- Credits Transfer
US education system has a flexibility of transfer the credits which you have earned in previous college, so that you need to study those courses again and saves time.
- SELECTION OF UNIVERSITIES & PROGRAMS:
Find the program that meets your profile and requirement with the help of available information about the University. • Based on your interests and career goals, academic records, practice and actual test scores, and financial background. • Based on scores you are likely to obtain in the SAT/GMAT/GRE and TOEFL The following criterion is to be taken into consideration in the process of selecting the universities which play a vital role in deciding your career path:
Judging quality of a program
- The academic training offered at the department.
- Research activities and facilities.
- The consent towards teaching and student development.
- Nature of student enrollment in their programs.
- The program resources.
- Library, laboratory equipment and computer facilities.
- Student faculty ratio.
- Courses separate or integrated
- Historical background.
- Faculty list and their research interests.
- Admission requirements.
- Admission policies and procedures for international students.
- Financial assistance.
- Student profile.
- Students promoted from one level to another
- Hours of study Identifying right institution
- Availability of financial aid
- Access to Health Care
- Approach to technology
- International Student Services Office
- Location and Climate
- University Services
- On/Off Campus jobs
- Social Activities
- Your chosen field of study
- Fees for insurance, books, and social activities
- Strict policies regarding attendance, homework, and tests
- Library, Laboratory, Computer facilities etc
- School’s focus
- Enrollment Size
- Other Educational Factors
The following information will help you plan for the college application process. It will provide you information on the dates and the necessary steps involved in completing the process. Following a schedule will help you make sure that everything is done in time and that no procedures or steps are forgotten.
12 Months before beginning your studies in the US:
- Begin your search with possible US colleges or universities through college reference guides and visit college websites.
- Talk with your relatives and friends, who have studied in the US.
- Request for information from 10 to 20 different schools.
- Register and start preparing for the TOEFL and other entrance tests (such as the SAT or GRE). 10 Months before:
- Take GRE, TOEFL/IELTS and other entrance tests as required. Try taking the test early, so that it gives you an opportunity to take it once again if you haven’t performed satisfactorily. 9 Months before:
- Send letters to colleges you have selected requesting applications and information, or obtain this information and necessary forms from their websites.
- You should choose: o (a) One or two schools that you really like, but may be too difficult to get into; o (b) Two or three that you also like and which you think will accept you; o (c) One or two which may not be your favorites, but you are quite sure will accept you.
- Get recommendation letters either from the teachers or professionals in the field whom you have worked with and who can speak specifically about your academic potential and relevant accomplishments.
- If your previous TOEFL, SAT, or GRE scores were not satisfactory, register for the test again. 8 Months before:
- Filling of University Application forms.
- Send certified copies of your academic transcripts to each of the schools where you are applying.
- Write the Statement of Purpose (SOP). This is an important part of the application. You should show in your statement how your education so far has created a foundation for your goals, and how your proposed coursework in the US will help you achieve those goals. You should be as specific as possible about your research interests and past accomplishments.
- Complete your essays and application forms, including the financial aid application forms, using the originals (not the copies). Mail the originals by airmail in time to meet the deadlines.
- Check with your department office and your school to make sure your recommendations and transcripts have been mailed in time to meet the deadlines. 6 Months before:
- Respond promptly to any requests you receive. 4-5 Months before:
- You will start hearing decisions from the schools. Contact the admissions office at any school that you do not hear from.
- Accept only one school's offer, and let the other schools know of your decision. Ask the school you have chosen to attend to send you the I-20 form. 3 Months before:
- Start your Visa process by filling required forms and attend visa interview.
- Make travel arrangements. Schedule your trip so you arrive at least 15 days prior to your school’s orientation.