The United States of America is the first destination for thousands of students from the nation for their further studies. There are several reasons for that. Firstly, it has one of the most advanced systems of education in the world. The other reasons are the affordable fees, easy and transparent visa processing and the abundance of superb research and employment opportunities.
The United States is the home for Universities. These universities and others set very high standards for themselves and their students. The United States is also the venue of most of the cutting edge research and development in the world. Combined with the strong economy and the huge industrial base, it is almost an prime choice for most students contemplating further studies abroad.
Most schools in the United States operate rotational semesters. There are 3 entry dates.
This is perhaps the most important entry date with the largest intake and the most scholarships on offer.
This entry date is available in only a few schools and most reputed schools do not have a Summer entry date.
This entry date is also quite popular with students and colleges in Nepal. It coincides perfectly with the board examination and thus, is probably the most common entry date here.
Schools in the U.S. have several Admission requirements for foreign students and especially for those whose native tongue is not English.
The following is a listing of all entry requirements:
1. GPA (Grade Point Average):
This is a score on a scale of 0-4.0. Your high school and Intermediate marks can easily be translated onto this scale. Many of the better, more reputed and higher-ranked schools will require a GPA of more than 2.5, while many schools will be satisfied with a GPA of 2.0 and above. However, many small schools will not require you to translate your scores onto the GPA scale. They will be satisfied if you provide them with mark sheets that show averages of above 50%
3. SAT I / SAT 2
4. GMAT / GRE
5. Purpose of Study
7. Financial Certification
You are not allowed to start working in the United States as soon as you land there.
Once you arrive you will have to wait for 2-3 months till your social security card is issued. Upon the issue of your card you are allowed to work only on campus and for only 20 hours a week. During holidays and summer breaks, students are allowed to work full time. Most students use the 3-month summer vacation working full time to recover the next year’s fees and expenses.
During your second year in the United States, you may work outside the campus with special permission from U.S. immigration. The job must be related to the student’s field of study, the student must enroll in an internship class, and the work is allowed only for one semester.
Shortly before you graduate, most US schools will help international students apply to US immigration for Optional Practical Training. OPT allows International Students to work outside the campus for 12 months after they graduate in a job that is related to their field of study.
The procedure of obtaining a student visa for the United States is relatively easy and stress-free. The steps are outlined below:
- Research colleges and decide which one(s) you would like to attend.
- Send completed admission forms and all required documents to the college of your choice before the deadline
- Receive your I-20 (INS forms) from the college
- Compile your documentation for the Embassy interview
- Submit the visa application form and the $ 100 fee to the consular section and obtain you interview confirmation ticket.
- Take your interview and if granted a visa pay the $ 200 issuance fee.
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