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About USA
United States of America is not called the “land of opportunities” just for the sake of saying it. It’s huge development throughout the years, with significant opportunities available for people from around the world and some world-class education system has contributed in coming up with this title. A constant dedication towards improvement of technology and lifestyle has proven to be phenomenal throughout the world. Overview of US Education The philosophy of United States of America is reflected upon its education system as well. The education system are liberal i.e. the institutions function on their own unlike other Asian system which are federal or central. The variety of educational opportunities, flexibility, research centers are some of the many world recognized amenities that are unmatched. The higher education providers can be sub divided into institutes, colleges, community colleges, universities, vocational schools and professional schools. A specialization program is provided at an institute where all the subjects are related to each other. These are degree programs such as institute of technology, institute of fashion, and so on. You will find schools within these universities which will provide you with degree programs of related study area offered by the college and universities. With more than 3100 universities distributed throughout the country, the most recognized and opportunities available can be found in states like Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan, Arizona, Texas, Illinois, Texas, California, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. State / Public Universities are such which are founded and subsidized by US state government; provide low cost education to the residents of that state. Such universities are found to be very large, with huge enrolments of almost 20,000 students or more. Private Universities tend to be more expensive and are generally funded by the arrangement of endowments, tuition fees, research grants and gifts from their alumni. Such education houses provide you with undergraduate, graduate and research programs in addition to associate degrees, diplomas and certificate programs. The course period of the undergraduate degree is normally 4 years, where the first two years offer core curriculum and last two years focus on major courses. Similarly, associate degree course period is 2 years. This program can also be termed as “terminal” program, which will lead to specific career option , once you graduate or also called “transfer” programs , because first two years can be corresponded as first two years of bachelor’s degree and tend to be more liberal arts based. Junior or community collge provide such associate degree programs of two years. The graduate degree requires 2 years of full time study and a Doctorate Degree can take up to 4 to 6 years of research work. Many institutes in USA also provide Professional training. Though such trainings do not provide a degree, they tend to develop practical skills which will be very helpful in meeting career demands. The most common being English Language trainings. Note: Such international students need to maintain full time status. Visa Procedure International students wanting to go to US will try to obtain a F-1(NON MIGRANT) student visa. But apart from this there are other types of visa as well. F-1 VISA Students who will be going to US for studies F-1 visa is the most common. This visa belongs to students • Who want to study in a Us college or university • Study English at a university and • Intensive English language institute M-1 VISA This is another type of Visa mainly for students who will be involved in non-academic or vocational study. It includes diploma courses or associate. This type of visa is issued for a short period of time. Visa application fee $100 SEVIS (Student exchange visitors Information System) fee $100 (If a student doesn’t get the visa then they can take another interview in the same year and this time SEVIS fees won’t be charged) TO get the visa The High Commission must be convinced on certain issues .They are listed as follows: Intent: The high commission must be assured that a student is going to US only and only for (academic purpose) than only they will provide the Visa Ability: Students ability to prove their academic as well as financial strength should be clearly revealed Ties: Students should be able to convince that after they have completed their academics they are going to return back to their home countries. Our counselors will assist you to prepare documents for Visa application process as well as classes will be taken for preparing you for the interview. How to Apply? A direct application can be made to the universities/colleges through their overseas representative of a particular university. This requires proper selection of courses and document preparations required for admission. Landmark has been representing more than 60 universities and colleges and can be one of the best available options to pursue for higher education USA. We will still assist you even if you select a college that we do not represent. Though the admission procedure may differ with different universities, the following is a general checklist to apply to American universities. Application form: You must fill the university application form, through which the university will asks for personal and academic details of a candidate. Such forms can be downloaded and be sent online. Application fee: In most cases, you will require to pay application fee while submitting the application form. Such fee could range from US $35 – US $ 100, depending upon the university and course. The fee could be paid online through a valid credit card or through draft (US Dollars). There are some universities which will provide fee waiver but only when some requirements are met. Resume: Universities will require your resume so as to get a overall view of your educational background, work experience, research work, hobbies and other extracurricular activities. Such document is required only if you are applying for graduate programs and management studies. Statement of Purpose (SOP): SOP is one of the most vital part the whole application package. For this, the university may ask you to write a 2 to 3 essays on topics provided buy them, which usually focuses on your career agoals and the reasons for selecting the course and the university. Recommendation letters: Generally, the university will ask for two/three recommendation letters with each application. Other than MBA, which requires professional recommendation, such recommendation can be from teachers or professors who have taught you. Test Scores: As a proof of English Proficiency, students applying to American Universities are required to give a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Similarly you may need to also give IELTS or GRE/GMAT/SAT depending upon the university and the course you have chosen. Transcripts: The academic performance of the applicant is summarized by the transcript, which will be needed for admission and must be certified by the school or college you have studied. There are some universities who require the transcripts attested by the USEF (United States Education Foundation), Nepal. Financial Documents: Such documents will assure the university that the applicant would be able to support him/herself if the school does not offer any financial aid to the applicant. The required documents are the bank letter and other financial confirmation.