United States

The United States of America (USA), commonly referred to as the United States (U.S.) or America, is a federal republic consisting of 50 states and a federal district. The 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C., are in central North America between Canada and Mexico. The state of Alaska is located in the northwestern part of North America and the state of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific.

Capital: Washington, DC
Largest cities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia
Currency: dollar
Languages: English 82.1%, Spanish 10.7%, other Indo-European 3.8%, Asian and Pacific island 2.7%, other 0.7%
Religions: Christian 79 %, Judaism 1.7, Buddhism 0.7, and Islam 0.6

Studying in the United States

Almost around 764,500 international students chose to study in US. The most popular states for international study in the US are California, New York and Texas, and the most popular subjects were business and management, engineering, mathematics and computer science.

A number of universities, including some top schools such as Harvard and Yale, are part of the Common Application system which permits online applications to more than 465 affiliated institutions.

For Undergraduate

Undergraduate degrees at US universities typically take four years to complete. The first part of the degree is usually spent studying a wide range of subjects – some required and some electives – after which students choose the subject or subjects on which they want to focus – known as “major(s)”.

You may also earn a “minor” qualification alongside your major by completing classes in an additional field. This is often used to supplement the major degree

For Master

Universities in the United States have their own individual admission standards and include all or part of the following requirements:
Grade point average (GPA) or letter average. Most U.S. colleges and universities require that you take one or more standardized admissions tests in order to gain entrance into their programs.
Essays or questionnaires. These may include a “personal statement” about why you are considering that university.
Courses studied during secondary school or any prior education.
Community service and group/club involvement.
Letters of recommendation from teachers.
English Proficiency or GMAT exams etc

Fees

Fees start at about US$20,000 a year and can range to US$40,000 for one of the Ivy League institutions
Typical prices in the USA (prices in GBP, March 2015) are:
  • Apartment rent, 1 bedroom: $750 - $980 per month
  • Meal, inexpensive restaurant: $ 10
  • Meal at McDonalds: $6.63
  • Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught): $ 3.4
  • Imported beer (0.33 litre bottle): $ 5.10
  • Cappuccino: $ 3.77
  • Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre bottle): $1.67
  • Water (0.33 litre bottle): $ 1.32
  • Loaf of bread: $ 2.50
  • Cigarettes: $ 6.12
  • One-way ticket local transport: $ 2.05
  • Cinema ticket: $ 10.20
  • For Ph.D

    Universities in the United States have their own individual admission standards and include all or part of the following requirements:
    Grade point average (GPA) or letter average. Most U.S. colleges and universities require that you take one or more standardized admissions tests in order to gain entrance into their programs.
    Essays or questionnaires. These may include a “personal statement” about why you are considering that university.
    Courses studied during secondary school or any prior education.
    Community service and group/club involvement.
    Letters of recommendation from teachers.
    English Proficiency/GMAT/GRE Exams etc.

    University in USA

    Harvard University: Harvard University, which celebrated its 350th anniversary in 1986, is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, established in 1636. Its history, influence and wealth have made it one of the most prestigious universities in the world Massachessetts is another one of the most popular US states for international students, Massachusetts hogs 11 of the top universities in the US, three of which are ranked within the world’s top 100 including Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston University etc. Located in the northeastern region of New England, known for its stunning autumnal (fall) colors, Massachusetts is the third most densely populated state.

    Stanford University: One of the top five US states for international students, California is the most populous state in the nation, due in large part to its attractive west coast location and leading industries within technology, agriculture and education

    Colorado State University Colorado, known as one of the Mountain States, is home to large parts of the Southern Rocky Mountains and, in its central location, is bordered by a total of seven other states, including New Mexico in the south

    Yale University Located in the New England region, to the north-east of New York State, Connecticut is one of the three smallest states and also one of the most densely populated

    University of Arkansas Situated between Oklahoma and Mississippi in the south, Arkansas is known as the birthplace of former president Bill Clinton as well as for its mountains, forests and natural diversity

    University of Arizona Hunkered down in the south-west region, adjacent to California in the west and Mexico in the south, Arizona hosts two of the top universities in the US

    University of Alabama Bordered by Mississippi in the west and Georgia in the east, Alabama is home to two internationally ranked US universities, both located within an hour’s drive of state capital Montgomery, as well as Birmingham, the largest city.

    University of Florida Florida, home of oranges, leisure parks and the Kennedy Space Center, is relatively isolated on its south-eastern peninsula, stretching out almost halfway to Cuba via the Straits of Florida. University of Kansas Bordered by Missouri in the east and Oklahoma in the south, the US state of Kansas offers a rich, sometimes bloody, history and a high yield of sunflowers, wheat and corn. Please find below some of the very few top ranking Universities in USA.

    Institution World Rank Institution World Rank
    Harvard University 01 Stanford University 02
    University of California, Berkeley 03 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 04
    California Institute of Technology 06 Princeton University 07
    Columbia University 08 University of Chicago 09
    Yale University 11 University of California, Los Angeles 12
    Cornell University 13 University of California, San Diego 14
    University of Pennsylvania 15 University of Washington 16
    The Johns Hopkins University 17 University of California, San Francisco 18
    University of Wisconsin - Madison 19 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor 23
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 25 New York University 27
    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 29 Northwestern University 30
    Duke University 31 Washington University in St. Louis 32
    University of Colorado at Boulder 33 Rockefeller University 34
    University of California, Santa Barbara 35 The University of Texas at Austin 36
    University of Maryland, College Park 38 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 43
    University of California, Irvine 45 The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas 46
    University of California, Davis 47 University of Southern California 47
    Vanderbilt University 49 Carnegie Mellon University 52
    Pennsylvania State University - University Park 54 Purdue University - West Lafayette 57
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick 61 University of Pittsburgh 61
    The Ohio State University - Columbus 65 Brown University 67
    University of Florida 71 Boston University 75
    University of Arizona 78 Arizona State University - Tempe 79
    Indiana University Bloomington 85 University of Utah 85
    University of Rochester 90 Michigan State University 92