The USA has the world’s largest economy, driven by a mix of advanced technology and a highly developed infrastructure. It is a major player in international trade and finance. American culture is diverse and multiple ethnic groups live together peacefully.  It has made significant contributions to literature, music, film, and other forms of art. The USA is home to many prestigious universities and research institutions, making it a hub for higher education and research.

Why Indian students go to USA for studies?

Indian students choose to pursue higher education in the USA for various reasons:

  • Academic Excellence: The USA is home to many world-renowned universities and colleges known for their academic excellence and cutting-edge research facilities. Students are attracted to the high-quality education offered by institutions such as Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and others.
  • Post-study work visa: The work permit in USA after study can be availed for a duration of 24 months after graduation under US student visa, with an additional 12 months for OPT.
  • Diverse Range of Programs:American universities offer a wide variety of UG and PG academic programs and majors, allowing students to choose from a diverse range of fields and specializations. This flexibility is appealing to those seeking specific academic or research interests.
  • Research Opportunities: The USA is a global leader in research and innovation. Many universities have state-of-the-art research facilities, and students have the opportunity to work on ground breaking research projects, contributing to their academic and professional development.
  • Global Recognition: Degrees from U.S. universities are widely recognized and respected globally. This can enhance the career prospects of Indian students, whether they choose to work in the USA or return to India.
  • Cultural Exposure: Studying in the USA exposes students to a diverse and multicultural environment. This cultural exposure can broaden their perspectives, foster international friendships, and contribute to personal growth.
  • Opportunities for Practical Training: The USA provides opportunities for practical training through programs like Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Curricular Practical Training (CPT), allowing students to gain real-world work experience related to their field of study.
  • Networking and Industry Connections: Being in the USA gives students access to a vibrant and dynamic professional network. Proximity to industries and businesses can open up internship and job opportunities, facilitating a smoother transition from academia to the workforce.
  • Quality of Life: The USA offers a high standard of living, quality healthcare, and various amenities that contribute to a comfortable lifestyle for students.
  • Global Perspective: Many students see studying in the USA as a way to gain a global perspective and acquire skills and knowledge that are applicable on an international scale.

Levels of Education Qualification - Post Secondary Degrees

Associate Degree (2 years) Bachelor Degree (4 years) Master Degree (1 to 2 years) Doctoral Degree
Bachelor of Arts Master of Arts Doctor of Medicine PhD
Bachelor of Science Master of Science
Bachelor of fine Arts Master of Engineering
Bachelor of Business Master of Architecture
Administration Master of Business Administration
Bachelor of Architecture Master of Fine Arts

General Exams (USA)

  • GMAT –The Graduate Management Admission Test for those who want to pursue an MBA or business programs
  • GRE –The Graduate Record Examination is for students looking MA or MS. Few business schools also accept GRE scores for business or management courses.
  • LSAT –The Law School Admission Test is a standardized test for admission to law schools
  • SAT –The Scholastic Assessment Test evaluates admission in UG courses.

Language Exam (USA/UK/CANADA/AUS)

Many higher educational institutes in USA ask for English proficiency skills for Indian students.


Types of Institutions in USA

In the United States America, several types of higher education institutions are present. The students can select any institution from community colleges to private universities. Here’s the list of different types of higher education institutions in the U.S.-

  • Public universities –Public universities are basically higher education institutions that are state-funded. These universities are often huge in size and offer low-cost education.
  • Private universities –Private universities are publically funded and tend to have higher tuition fees than public universities.
  • For-profit private universities –For-profit private universities often set apart as their objective is not only focused towards educating students but also to generate revenue. These universities follow great curriculums and deliver quality education as well.
  • Non-profit private universities-Non-profit private universities’ mainly focuses on offering high-quality education rather making profits. These institutions hold reputation as they render high-quality curriculums and education.
  • Research universities-Research universities can be public and non-profit private universities, often referred as doctorate-level degree granting institutions. These institutions spend millions in research expenditures and have high research activities.
  • Colleges –Colleges, contrast to the universities, and requires an average of two years to four-year to graduate. However, there are also numerous colleges, which are often akin to universities. Colleges, similar to universities, differ from each other and are separated into several kinds.
  • Liberal arts colleges-Liberal arts colleges are generally non-profit private institutions relatively smaller in size. They set an emphasis on the undergraduate-level and well-formed education.
  • Community colleges-Community colleges refers to private two-year higher education institutions. They grant associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates.
  • Other colleges-Apart from liberal art colleges and community colleges, there are religious colleges, specialized colleges, art colleges, same-sex colleges, and for-profit colleges. These colleges can be either public or private, and often very similar to community colleges in function, but with a specific set of rules that are unique to each institution.
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Eligibility (Masters and Bachelors)

Masters (2 Years) Bachelors (4 Years)
  • Minimum 60% in bachelors
  • 4 years of undergraduate degree (16yrs. Education-Ivy League). If there is any student with 3
  • Years of Undergraduate degree, then he should at least 80-85% and should be from a NAAC “A” accredited institution with a good GRE/GMAT. IELTS/TOEFL/PTE/DUOLINGO
  • IELTS – 6.5 with a minimum of 6 band in each module
  • TOEFL – Minimum 90, PTE – Minimum 54, Duolingo – 115
  • Double Masters is Possible.
  • Gap Year:- Up to 07 Years (Justified)
  • Minimum 60% in 12th
  • -IELTS – 6.5 with a minimum of 6 band in each module
  • -TOEFL – Minimum 90, PTE – Minimum 54, Duo lingo – 110
  • Gap Year: – 2-3 years (Justified)

Universities in Canada

Adelphi University

Private University

Application Fee – Waived

IELTS – UG: 6 & PG: 6.5

TOEFL UG: 75 & PG: 79

Duolingo – UG: 100 & PG: 105

SAT – 460 on Critical Reading Section

ACT – 18 on English Section

GRE & GMAT – Not required If GPA is 3.0 & above

15 years of Education – Accepted

Backlogs Accepted – 15

Avg. Tuition Fees – Above 30 lakhs

University of New Haven

Private University

Application Fee – Waived

IELTS – UG: 6 & PG: 6.5

TOEFL – UG: 75 & PG: 80

PTE – 53 for both UG & PG

Duolingo – UG: 100 & PG: 105

SAT – 450 Evidence-Based Reading & Writing Score

15 years of Education – Not Accepted

Backlogs Accepted – 6

Avg. Tuition Fees – UG: Above 30 lakhs

PG: B/W 25-35 lakhs

Long Island University – Brooklyn

Private University

Application Fee – Waived

IELTS – UG: 6 & PG: 6.5

TOEFL – UG: 75 & PG: 79

PTE – UG: 50 & PG: 58

Duolingo – UG: 100 & PG: 105

SAT – 460 on Critical Reading Section ACT – 18 on English Section

15 years of Education – Accepted

Backlogs Accepted – Not more than 10
Avg. Tuition Fees – UG: Approx. 30 lakhs PG: Below 30 lakhs

University of Bridgeport

Private University

IELTS-6 for both UG & PG

Application Fee – Waived

TOEFL – UG: 75 & PG: 80
Duolingo – UG: 90 & PG: 95

PTE-UG: 53 & PG: 58

SAT – 450 Evidence-based Reading & Writing ACT – 19

15 years of Education – Accepted from NAAC-A

Backlogs Accepted – 30

Avg. Tuition Fees – UG: Below 30 lakhs

PG: Below 20 lakhs

Pace University

Private University

Application Fee – Waived

IELTS – Min. 6.5 for UG & PG both

TOEFL – 80 & above

PTE – 61

Duolingo – Min. 115

SAT – B/W 1120-1310

ACT-B/W 23-28

GRE & GMAT – Not required

15 years of Education – Accepted

Backlogs Accepted – 15

Avg. Tuition Fees – UG: Above 30 lakhs

PG: Below 30 lakhs (depend on course)

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