To decide where and what to study in U.S. can be surprisingly difficult and confusing procedure. To help you narrow your interests and preferences, Study.Encubate education experts offer a wide range of university and degree options in the United States. Our advisers can walk you through the options and help you to make a right decision.
Community college is a two-year college that award an associate’s degrees, as well as certifications. There are many types of associate degrees, but the most important factor is whether or not the degree is transferable. Community college graduates usually transfer to four-year colleges or universities to complete their bachelor’s degree. Furthermore, the costs of studying at community college are less expensive than in private college or university, and usually are more flexible with the admission process.
The tuition fee varies widely with the field of study, institution, and level of the program. It can vary from as low as $9,000 a year for state universities to as much as $40,000 per annum for some private universities.
If you are not sure about your school, you can always visit the Study in the States school search page and search for SEVP-certified schools.
In order to study in U.S., international students must obtain a student visa.
Deadlines may vary by institutions. Most universities have start dates from five weeks to three months. Applications will be accepted and processed at all times of the year and the school will make special efforts to notify the applicants about their status as quickly as possible.
Students are encouraged to apply for a student visa as soon as they have their I-20. To ensure they get an early and timely date they may apply at anytime. However, a student visa may be issued no more than 120 days prior to the start date mentioned on I-20.
The bank statement can be either from your bank account or from a sponsor, or a combination of the two bank statements. If you use a sponsor’s bank statement you will also need to have a sponsor’s written letter, stating that he/she will be your sponsor and intend to provide you with financial assistance during your first year at school up to a certain amount of money.
SEVIS is the Homeland Security Database. Homeland Security is now requiring F-1 students to pay a $200 SEVIS fee before the student can apply for the visa. Students will need to show the proof of payment before they can go to the visa interview.
In order for your spouse and/or children to accompany you, the university must issue a separate I-20 form. Your family can apply for an F-2 (dependent) visa. The university will need the following information for each family member: full name, date of birth, country of birth, and country of citizenship. The schools will also require birth certificates for children, marriage license, and copies of all dependent passports. Also, the spouse will be required to show additional financial support or a bank statement with sufficient additional money to support him/herself (and children) when accompanying the student spouse to the U.S.
Full-time students on F-1 visa may seek on campus employment up to 20 hours per week. After the first year in student status, an applicant may apply for employment off campus with authorization from USCIS.