United States (US)

The United States of America (USA) hosts the greatest number of international students in the world. Quality education, a unique curriculum, a multicultural environment, and abundant opportunities are just some of the reasons why many Indian students want to study in the USA.
  • Country United State (US)
  • Capital Washington D C
  • Currency U S Dollar (USD)
  • Official Language English

Student visa requirements for the US

The US Government offers three different student visa types:


Types of student visa



F-1 Student Visa

to study at an accredited US college or university or to study English at an English language institute


J Exchange Visa (J-1)

for participation in an exchange program, including high school and university study


M Student Visa (M1)

for non-academic or vocational study or training in the US

Intakes available in the USA

Unlike a single intake in Indian universities, American colleges and universities offer three intakes. In some universities, intakes may also be referred to as a semester. The three intakes available in the US are:

  • Fall: A popular intake among Indian students, The Fall intake starts in the month of September
  • Spring: Starts in January; it’s best if you miss the September intake
  • Summer:Available for limited programs and colleges, the Summer intake usually starts around May   

Cost to study in the USA

Universities in the US are majorly divided into two categories – Public/State and Private. The education cost at a public/state university is comparatively lesser than that of a private institution. Your expenditure on tuition fees depends on the type of qualification and university or school you opt for. To cover tuition fees, you will need approx. $8,000 to $55,000 (USD) a year (indicative).


Tuition fees in USD (indicative)

English language studies

$700 to $2,000 a month

Community colleges

$6,000 to $20,000 per year

bachelor degree

$20,000 to $40,000 per year

Graduate programs

$20,000 to $45,000 per year

Doctoral degree

$28,000 to $55,000 per year

Scholarships to study in the USA

The amount of money available and the type of award varies between institutions. Certain research programs may provide up to 100% of the tuition fee besides covering a part of your living expenditures.

Here are some popular scholarship programs you can apply to study in the US as an Indian student:



Name of the scholarship



Fulbright- Nehru Fellowships

Applicable for international students who are applying to master’s or PhD programs; this scholarship covers tuition fees, accident and sickness coverage as per US guidelines, airfare, and living costs


Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program

This program is a part of the Fullbright program and aims to bring an accomplished young and mid-career professional from a developing country to study in the US for 10 months of non-degree graduate study and related practical experience


#YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship (Non-Government scholarship)

It’s a scholarship and social media campaign designed to welcome international students into the US higher education system irrespective of the subject area


(Non-Government scholarship)

This is a summer program sponsored by Abbey Road Inc. which grants scholarships to 14-18 aged high school student that shows exemplary performance in their academics and extracurricular activities


AAUW International Fellowships
(Non-Government scholarship)

These fellowships are awarded to international women students for full-time study and research in the US. It supports both graduate and post-graduate students accredited in the US institutions

Top courses to study in the US

Here are the top fields preferred by international students:

  1. Engineering and computer science courses
  2. Life science courses
  3. Business management courses

Top universities to study in the US (QS Ranking 2023)

Check where your favourite American university ranks



QS Ranking 2023


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)



Stanford University



Harvard University



California Institute of Technology (CalTech)



University of Chicago



University of Pennsylvania



Yale University



Columbia University



Princeton University



Cornell University


Cost of living in the USA

In the US, living costs vary by a substantial amount due to the vast territory of the country. Usually, urban areas are more expensive (in or near a big city) in contrast to smaller towns or suburban areas. Therefore, to have a fair view of the general living costs in the US, you should also consider these common expenses when creating your budget:


Average yearly cost*

Books and Stationery

$500- $1,000


$500- $1,200



Clothes and footwear


Miscellaneous expenses


FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) related to US Education

We know you have a lot of questions in your mind, so have answered common questions students as you raise about studying and living in the US.
In the United States, universities are divided into two main categories: Public/State and Private institutions. Public/State universities generally have lower tuition fees compared to their private counterparts. The cost of your education depends on various factors, such as the type of qualification you pursue and the specific university or school you choose to attend. On average, you can expect to spend approximately $8,000 to $55,000 (USD) per year for tuition fees. For specific programs, the estimated costs are as follows: English language studies range from $700 to $2,000 per month, community colleges range from $6,000 to $20,000 per year, undergraduate bachelor’s degrees range from $20,000 to $40,000 per year, graduate programs range from $20,000 to $45,000 per year, and doctoral degrees range from $28,000 to $55,000 per year. These figures serve as an indication of the approximate expenses involved in pursuing higher education in the United States.
Typically, the duration of these programs in the US is one year, during which you will need to achieve satisfactory grades to progress to the first year of your bachelor’s degree. The majority of these programs commence in September as the main intake. However, in certain cases, there may be multiple intakes available if your chosen foundation provider in the USA offers such provisions.
The US education system provides international students enrolled in US institutions with the opportunity to engage in co-ops, internships, part-time, and even full-time jobs. However, international students require authorisation from the relevant authorities, which can be obtained through their school’s international office or the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). There are three types of employment authorisation options available for international students, namely Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical Training (OPT), and on-campus employment.
Here are some popular scholarship programs you can apply to study in the US as an Indian student: