American Universities welcome international students who have met their selection criteria. American Universities are definitely melting pots of diverse cultures, with the spectrum spread over more than 60 countries. At present there are almost 6,00,000 international students studying in different universities in U.S apart from about 50,000 Indian students. American degrees are highly regarded world over and give a cutting edge advantage to an individual while applying for a job.
Careful long- and short-term planning is necessary to ensure that you will have a rewarding educational experience in the United States. If you are realistic about your financial needs, you will be better able to enjoy the exciting academic and cultural experience of living and learning in the United States.
The total annual expenses i.e. fees, books, boarding and lodging will vary from $15,000 to $40,000 (Rs.7.5 to 20 lakhs) depending upon the universities. Majority of GEC students are placed in government supported universities that provide quality education, where the tuition fees are very nominal and applicants have high prospects of getting financial aids like tuition fee waivers, research/teaching/graduate assistantships.
Most of the students get to U.S with just enough money to last a semester i.e. about $10000 (5 lakhs) in hand. In addition there is financial support available in the form of assistant ships (both research and teaching), tuition waivers and it is possible to work on campus.
Having a bank account will be convenient for money transactions. Many college students appreciate the convenience of a MAC (Money Access Card) or ATM (Automatic Teller Machine) card. If you have an ATM card from a bank in your home country, ask whether the U.S. bank will honor it; some Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) cross national borders, while others do not. Credit cards and Debit cards are convenient payment options. They help to maintain good financial records and also serve to remind you of the money you spend.
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The US has the largest number of universities in the world and currently has seven out of the top ten in the THES-QS World University Rankings - Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale, Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley and Princeton. In total there are literally hundreds of public and private higher education establishments offering a range of courses that you could barely imagine.
A number of housing options are available in the United States of America for the international students matching to their budget. One can opt on-campus or off-campus accommodation conveniently located near the university or school. Normally accommodation is expensive in USA It may take up 1/3rd of 1/4th of the total cost of living expenses.
On-campus Stay Options : The Schools and Universities which offer accommodation for international students will be on-campus, or near the school's classrooms, libraries and other facilities. They provide "Dormitories", buildings with many rooms for sleeping and living, often with two or three people (of the same gender) per room. Moving into a dormitory setting is relatively simple: utilities such as electricity and telephone connections will most likely be ready to use. Dormitory residents typically share large bathrooms which include showers and toilets. Many first-year students prefer to live in on-campus dormitories because they are convenient to both academic and social activities. Another advantage is that you needn’t have to travel to reach campus.
Off-campus Stay Options : An off-campus housing office will help you with information if your School/university doesn’t offer accommodation for international students. They assist to find an appropriate place to live providing information about local neighborhoods, including popular restaurants, shopping areas, parks and recreation, and public transportation.
You can find accommodation outside, like apartments, private dorms, Co-operative residence halls and rooms in private houses. Co-operative residence Halls are large houses where a group of students live together sharing costs and chores like cooking, washing, cleaning etc. Rooming houses provide single rooms with common kitchen, bathrooms and laundry services. Rooming houses are cheap compared to other housing facilities. Another option is to live as a paying guest with a family. Some families expect the students to do some service in return for room and board.
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Cambridge|
|University of California, Berkeley||Berkeley|
|University of Michigan||Ann Arbor|
|University of Washington||Seattle|
|Penn State University||University Park|
|University of Wisconsin-Madison||Madison|
|University of California, Los Angeles||Los Angeles|
|Purdue University||West Lafayette|
|University of Minnesota||Minneapolis|
|Columbia University||New York City|
|The University of Texas||Austin|
|University of Illinois||Urbana-Champaign|
|University of Pennsylvania||Philadelphia|
|University of Southern California||Los Angeles|
|Carnegie Mellon University||Pittsburgh|
|University of California||Irvine|