USA
WHY CHOOSE TO STUDY IN USA ?

The higher education in USA is a buyer's market. You can actually demand, and get, what is best for you. American society is enormously diverse and complex. Important differences exist between geographical regions, between rural and urban areas, and between social classes. In addition, the presence of millions of immigrants who came to the United States from all corners of the world with their own culture and values adds even more variety and flavor to American life. Come study in top universities in USA through Fast Track Education Consultancy - your international education consultant based in Nepal.

Nearly 600,000 students from all over the world came to the United States last year to study at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Without a doubt, America offers very high quality post secondary education. There are more than 4,000 public and private colleges, community colleges and universities in the USA, including over 600 public four-year colleges and universities and over 1,650 private four-year colleges and universities.

These traditional institutions enroll nearly 15 million students. In addition, more than 6,250 other non-collegiate postsecondary institutions offer specialized vocational and technical training.

Any student can find an appropriate program within the rich and diverse higher education system. This is true whether you are seeking career-oriented vocational and technical training from a community college, a liberal arts education from a small private college, an undergraduate science degree from a prestigious research institution, or one of a variety of programs offered by a multipurpose university. High quality educational programs are offered in all types of institutions at prices that vary as much as the programs and institutions themselves.

The United States also offers limitless opportunities for sports, recreation, and entertainment. Cities large and small offer numerous indoor and outdoor opportunities. Almost every city or town in the United States with college and university students will likely offer those students ways to kick back, run around, and have a good time.

World class learning institutions with cutting edge technology, endless study choices, worldwide recognition, a diverse mix of people and culture, flexibility in terms of course schedules and hours, and a globally focused course curriculum, all make the US one of the most attractive student destinations in the world.

Entry dates

Most schools in the United States operate rotational semesters. There are 3 entry dates.

Spring- (January/February): This is perhaps the most important entry date with the largest intake and the most scholarships on offer.

Summer- (May/June)
This entry date is available in only a few schools and most reputed schools do not have a Summer entry date.

Fall- (August/September) This entry date is also quite popular with students and colleges in Nepal. It coincides perfectly with the board examination and thus, is probably the most common entry date here.

Admission Requirements

Schools in the U.S. have several Admission requirements for foreign students and especially for those whose native tongue is not English.

The following is a listing of all entry requirements:

GPA (Grade Point Average)
This is a score on a scale of 0-4.0. Your high school and Intermediate marks can easily be translated onto this scale. Many of the better, more reputed and higher ranked schools will require a GPA of more than 2.5, while many schools will be satisfied with a GPA of 2.0 and above. However, many small schools will not require you to translate your scores onto the GPA scale. They will be satisfied if you provide them with mark sheets that show averages of above 50%

TOEFL
There are many undergraduate and graduate schools that require you to score only 450 (paper based scores) in the TOEFL. However, these schools are small and your chances of getting a visa are not very good with a school like this. Many state universities will require a score of 500 while the larger state universities will require 550. Ivy League schools will usually require a score of more than 600.

N SAT
A certain score in the N SAT is required by most of the better undergrad universities and schools. Courses like Engineering, Computer Science, IT etc. in larger universities come attached with a hefty N SAT requirement. A score of 1100 can get you into many large schools. 1220 and above can get you into many top 100 schools while a score of 1350 and above puts you in the same league as the Harvard or Stanford student body.

SAT 2
The best undergraduate colleges will also require you to take the SAT subjective tests and require a certain score in them. Such schools will also indicate which of the subjective tests they require you to take.

GMAT
GMAT is more or less compulsory for admission into an M.B.A. or M.B.S. course in North America. Most schools do not really require a certain score in the GMAT. To be on the safe side you should at least break the U.S. national average of the previous year (430) or try and obtain as many marks more than it as possible.

GRE
GRE is for Graduate entrants into Engineering, Science, Arts and Humanities courses. A score of 1100 and above assures your entry into most schools that run Graduate courses.

College Essays
Many colleges will also require you to submit an essay about yourself. These essays should contain your brief autobiography, an insight into what kind of person you are, your reasons for choosing your course, your career objectives and amusing anecdotes that give an insight into what kind of person you are.

Financial Certification
Most schools will require you to demonstrate that you are financially capable of completing the course. Many of these schools will require you to fill in a Financial Affidavit signed by an official from your bank. Many schools will also be satisfied with a simple bank statement and a sponsor letter.

Budgets

To study in the United States one must allot a budget of at least US $ 9,000 for the first year. There are several small schools and state universities that have tuition fees around the $ 5000 mark. Larger State universities will have tuition fees of $ 8000 to $ 15,000. The higher ranked and bigger schools may have tuition fees from $ 15,000 to $ 30,000 every year.

Most Nepali students go for the smaller universities that have tuition fees of $ 5000 to $ 8000 per year, as these are the most affordable. Living expenses (if you’re living with other students off-campus) come up to roughly $ 6000 per year. On-campus living expenses vary from school to school.

Colleges

The United States has a vast range of colleges for all budgets and courses. Brilliant students can opt for Ivy League schools and others can find colleges that suit their entry requirements and budgets.

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Part Time Work

You are not allowed to start working in the United States as soon as you land there.
Once you arrive you will have to wait for 2-3 months till your social security card is issued. Upon the issue of your card you are allowed to work only on campus and for only 20 hours a week. During holidays and summer breaks, students are allowed to work full time. Most students use the 3-month summer vacation working full time to recover the next year’s fees and expenses.
During your second year in the United States you may work outside the campus with special permission from U.S. immigration. The job must be related to student's field of study, the student must enroll in an internship class, and the work is allowed only for one semester.

Shortly before you graduate, most US schools will help international students apply to US immigration for Optional Practical Training. OPT allows International Students to work outside campus for 12 months after they graduate in a job that is related to their field of study.

Visa Procedure

The procedure of obtaining a student visa for the United States is relatively easy and stress-free. The steps are outlined below:
1. Research colleges and decide which one(s) you would like to attend.
2. Send completed admission forms and all required documents to the college of your choice
before the deadline
3. Receive your I-20 (INS forms) from the college
4. Compile your documentation for the Embassy interview
5. Submit the visa application form and the $ 100 fee to the consular section and obtain you
interview confirmation ticket.
6. Take your interview and if granted a visa pay the $ 200 issuance fee.