USA as a Study Destination
As of March, 2016 as many as 1,94,438 Indian students are studying in the United States of America (USA.) This means a 31.1 % hike since March, 2015 when the number of Indian students in the US was 1.48 lakhs. The top 5 American universities with maximum international student presence are New York University, the University of Southern California, Northeastern University, Columbia University and the University of Illinois^.
Also, more than 12 lakh international students from world over, currently study in the US. These numbers more than prove the popularity of the USA as a study abroad destination for international & especially Indian students. (Also read: Life in USA - Guide for an Indian Student)
Find out which American city makes it to the top 10 student-friendly cities in the world: Top 10 Cities in the World to be a Student
The United States is home to the largest number of institutions of higher learning than any other country in the world and hence U.S. educational institutions are known worldwide for the quality of their research –quality, facilities, resources, and excellent faculty-support. The U.S. education system is unrivaled worldwide in terms of the choice it offers, types of institutions, academic and social environments, entry requirements, degree programs and subjects in which one can specialize. The US encourages international students to pursue higher education in US at its colleges/ universities and offers many scholarships to further help them: Scholarships for Indians to Study in US
As a sure-shot investment for future, a U.S. degree surely offers excellent value for money for thousands of Indian students. The US also has a very stringent accreditation system in place to ensure high teaching standards. Studying in the U.S.A, will not only provide you the opportunity to meet and even study with the leading scholars but will also give you exposure to some of the most up-to-date developments in technology in your chosen field. Out of the total Indians studying in US, 82% of the students are pursuing degrees in one of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.
(Also read: 7 Reasons to Study in the USA )
Capital - Washington D. C
Language - English
Official Currency - U S Dollar (USD) ($)
Time Difference -
Washington- 9.5 hours behind Indian Standard Time (IST)
California - 13.5 hours behind Indian Standard Time (IST)
New York - 10.5 hours behind Indian Standard Time (IST)
Colleges, Universities, and Institutes in the US: The difference
US is such a country which grants degree-awarding capacity to all the educational institutions, be it a college or a university or an institute. Colleges and institutes in the states are considered to be at par with universities. Commonly speaking, the only difference that makes a ‘US college’ different from a US university is that colleges are generally smaller and usually offer only undergraduate degrees, while a university also offers graduate degrees. In US, an ‘institute’ usually specializes in degree programs in a group of directly related subject areas, so students take up degree programs offered at institutes of technology, institutes of fashion, institutes of art and design, and so on.
Each college or university is further divided into different ‘schools’, such as the school of arts and sciences or the school of management. Each school is responsible for the degree programs offered by the college or university in that area of study.
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^These numbers are according to the report released in March, 2016 by Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI.)