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from USEFI // Statistics on Indian Students
on American Education
States Educational Foundation in India ) also called
the Fulbright Commission]
is eligible to apply?
Any one who has a consistently good academic record, firm
financial support and proficiency in English.
can I start undergraduate (bachelor's) studies in the U.S.?
After you complete 12 years of school education.
can I begin graduate (master's and doctoral) studies in
After you complete 16 years of education including 4 years
of college education.
- I have
a three-year bachelor's degree from India. Am I eligible
It is advisable for you to complete an additional year of
studies to be stronger applicant to a master's degree in
should I start the application process?
At least 18 months in advance of your intended date of enrollment
at a U.S. university. For example, if you wish to enroll
in August/September 2005, you should start the process around
this application process cost me money?
Yes, it does. Approximately, Rs.50,000 for applying to an
average of 7 universities. This includes test fees, application
fees, communication, and mailing expenses.
I get financial assistance?
Colleges and universities offer scholarships, assistanceships
and fellowships to outstanding students, largely based on
merit. There is stiff competition for financial assistance
and availability varies from university to university.
tests do I need to take?
is the average cost per year for study in the U.S.?
The cost (tution + living expenses) could range from $15,000
to $40,000. The average cost for a year of study is $20,000.
type of visa will I be eligible for? Can I work on an F-1
The most common student visa is F1. For further information
on visas, visit the American
on Indian Students in the US [From Open
Remains the Leading Sending Country China, Korea and Japan
Also Show Slight Increases USC Remains Top Host University.
India is the leading place of origin for international students
with 80,466 students in the U.S. in 2004/05 (an increase
of 1% from the previous year), followed by #2 China (62,523,
of Southern California hosts the largest number of international
students. For the fourth consecutive year, the University
of Southern California was the leading host institution
students brought $13.3 billion dollars to the U.S. economy
last year in money spent on tuition, living expenses, and
related costs, according to the NAFSA: Association of International
Universities Report 8% Increase in Foreign Scholars: Findings
of a separate Open Doors annual survey of approximately
350 of the largest doctoral degree-granting institutions
indicate that the number of international scholars on these
large US campuses has increased by 8% to a total of 89,634
scholars. Scholars from China, the leading place of origin,
represented almost 20% of all foreign scholars in the U.S.,
with 17,035 scholars. The next largest place of origin,
Korea, with 8,301, represented just under 10% of all scholars.
The leading places of origin all increased, except for Japan
which was flat: China (up 15%), Korea (up 14%), India (up
14 %), Japan (flat), Germany (up 2%), Canada (up 3%), United
Kingdom (up 2%), France (up 8%); Italy (up 11%); Russia
(up 1%). International scholars are defined as non-immigrant,
non-student academics (teachers or researchers in the U.S.
on temporary visas).
Start your packing well in advance, buy two good suitcases/baggage
- they should be able to withstand a lot of mishandling.
They should be as large as possible within the size limitations
(however most airlines are not very strict about baggage
size). Buy another cabin baggage (a smaller suitcase)
to carry couple of spare pairs of clothing, documents,
audio player, camera, cassettes and any fragile items.
This baggage is very frequently checked at the air port,
so keep the keys in an accessible place like your waist
pouch or back pack/college bag. Read
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