Academic requirement – Candidates who intend to study in the USA for their undergraduate program will require 10+2 or equivalent educational qualification, and SAT scores. Students intending to study in the USA for a Master’s program require 16-year education (4-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent). Some universities that education in the USA also requires GRE scores (Graduate Record Examination) for engineering related courses.
Past academic record in the same field is preferable although students can change their field of study if they can substantiate it through a strong SOP (Statement of Purpose). Admission into management field is open to all students who study in the USA. However, some universities may additionally require past work experience and/or GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Tests) scores from candidates who wish to study in the USA
US universities have 3 intakes for students.
- Fall: August/September
- Spring: January/February
The deadlines for each intake are usually a few months before the start date. It is highly recommended that you apply early to maximize your chances for admission. Some universities even offer rolling admissions, i.e. admissions are open through the year. The major intake for the US is the Fall intake which offers the highest degree of competition but also features the largest number of corporate internships.
USA F1 Student Visas are generally valid for a period of 5 years including OPT (optional practical training).
During study program, students can work only under certain conditions and in accordance with complex guidelines and restrictions issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). After meeting the guidelines and taking permission from the university where they are studying students are eligible to work for a maximum period of up to 20 hours per week during the academic year. Students can work full time (40 hrs) only during holidays. The average wage for part time jobs is between $10 and $12 per hour. Students can opt for OPT which is related to their field of work. International students who have graduated from a university in USA are eligible to work full time for the remaining period of their visa in USA.
ON Campus Employment:
As an undergraduate or postgraduate international student studying in the United States, employment is possible on a part-time basis for up to 20 hours every week.
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is the work authorization letter where students can work anywhere in USA to get hands-on work experience related to the academic field of study. OPT is valid for one year and which is extendable to 24 months for the students who graduates in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) field.
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