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Study in the USA | Top destination for International Students 2022

Do you have a dream to study abroad? Then, the USA might be the good choice for you to study your choice of course. USA has always been one of the top destinations to pursue the higher education. A large number of students are attracted to study in USA from Nepal as well. Most of the students apply for student visa in USA after the completion of 10+2 result.

Table of content:
1. Why Study in USA?
1.1. Academic excellence
1.2. Cutting-edge technology
1.3. Campus experience
1.4. Diversity and Inclusion
1.5. Global Recognition
1.6. Quality of education
1.7. Multicultural Experiences
1.8. Excellent Support Facilities

2. Scholarship for Nepali students in USA
2.1. The Fulbright Program
2.2. Humphrey Fellowship
2.3. Global Undergrad Exchange Fellowship (UGRAD)
2.4. Fulbright Foreign Student Program (Master’s)

3. Prerequisites/ Requirement to Study in USA
3.1. Adequate funding
3.2. Strong academic background
3.3. English language skills
3.4. Standardized exams
3.5. Student visa

4. Application Process for USA
4.1. Application Form
4.2. Application Fee
4.3. Attested Transcripts
4.4. Financial Documents
4.5. TOEFL Score Report
4.6. Additional Standardized Test Scores
4.7. Application Essay
4.8. Letters of Recommendation
4.9. Supporting Materials

5. Major Intakes

6. Intake Application timeline
6.1. Spring intake in the USA
6.2. Summer intake in the USA
6.3. Fall intake in the USA

Why Study in USA
Studying in the USA for higher education is a dream of many Nepalese students. The United States has the most sought-after universities for students all around. Many students still choose to study in USA despites the growth of other English-taught options in other nations like UK, Canada, and Australia.

Many Nepalese students choose to move to USA for the further education in US universities due to various reasons:

1.1. Academic excellence
Studying in US, you’re choosing to study at some of the world’s best institutions.

With top-notch programs in almost every discipline, the American university system is among the best in the world. Excellent undergraduate and graduate programs are available in both conventional majors and professional fields. Graduate students have the ability to collaborate directly with some of the brightest minds in their field of study and have access to unique research and educational opportunities. American degrees are valued for their excellence around the world.

Wherever you wish to study in the US, a top university will be nearby because there are 183 US university that are among the best in the world. The ranking of the top US universities includes representation from almost all states and 130 cities. (Source: https://www.internationalstudent.com/study_usa/choosing-the-usa/)

World University Rank 2022 US Rank 2022 University City State
2 1 California Institute of Technology Pasadena California
2 1 Harvard University Cambridge Massachusetts
4 3 Stanford University Cambridge California
5 4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge Massachusetts
7 5 Princeston University Princeton New Jersey
8 6 University of California, Berkeley Berkeley California
9 7 Yale University New Haven Connecticut
10 8 The University of Chicago Chicago Illinois
California Institute of Technology and Harvard University tops in the ranking for the best US universities for 2022.

1.2. Cutting-edge technology
The US has the most advanced internet and technological infrastructures in the world.

Universities in the United States take pride in offering their students the best facilities and resources possible while also staying on the cutting edge of technology, research, and methodology. Even if your line of work does not directly include science or engineering, you will have the chance to learn how to conduct research utilizing the most recent technologies, as well as how to gather and process information. You'll discover ways to stay in touch with academics, instructors, and subject-matter experts all across the world.

1.3. Campus experience
When you continue your studies in the United States, you choose to increase not just your educational options but also your cultural experience. Most universities provide a number of student clubs and groups to accommodate the wide range of student interests, regardless of whether you attend a small, private institution in a small town or a university located in the center of a huge urban area. Through various clubs and associations, you can have the chance to fully immerse yourself in American culture while meeting new people and making new friends.

1.4. Diversity and Inclusion
Over time, there had been a significant growth in the number of overseas students enrolled in the This produces a dynamic environment with a blending of different cultures, allowing for multiple educational interpretations that can further improve your learning experience. Universities encourage international applicants to apply for this purpose, seeking to significantly diversify the campus community. Most US colleges report increasing number of student’s application for 2022/2023. Given a rise in applications for degree studies in 2022–2023, US universities are on pace for recovery after experiencing significant losses in new international student enrollments in 2020 and 2021. (Source: https://monitor.icef.com/2022/06/most-us-colleges-report-increasing-numbers-of-international-student-applications-for-2022-23/ )

1.5. Global Recognition
International work experience is a valuable commodity. Many organizations are looking for employees with the broad knowledge, creativity, and experience that international students who study in the US obtain. American businesses are working harder than ever to establish a significant presence worldwide. They frequently seek out candidates that have communication skills, negotiation skills, and business operations in addition to having multilingual language proficiency.

International students are in high demand everywhere; the United States is not the only nation that looks for strong applicants when hiring. International businesses are acting much more proactively now when it comes to hiring graduates from the pool of talented international students. Your experiences can improve your long-term professional prospects by helping you to develop self-confidence, independence, and cross-cultural competence—qualities that are highly sought after by companies all over the world.

1.6. Quality of Education
The best colleges and universities in the world can be found in the United States. They have a reputation for having top-notch faculty, facilities, and resources all around the world. Systems of accreditation for US higher education are in charge to guarantee quality standards.

1.7. Multicultural Experiences
People from all over the world live in the US, each with their own distinct cultures and traditions. You will have the opportunity to interact with a variety of people while studying in the US, offering you essential teamwork experience that employers desire in an increasingly interconnected world.

1.8. Excellent support facilities
These colleges provide a great deal of support to help international students get ready for their classes in an effort to make the transfer to a U.S. university easier. Foreign students receive a lot of assistance to get ready for their studies through a variety of seminars, English-language practice courses, orientations, and trainings.

Additionally, there are efforts being made to permit overseas students to remain in the country after they graduate, allowing them to try to pursue a fantastic career at some of the top corporations in the world. A significant attempt was made in 2016 to permit STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) graduates to stay for 24 months in order to gain work experience and lengthen their stay.

2. Scholarship for Nepali students in USA
Choosing to study in USA costs expensive with the high tuition fees in the universities and the colleges. However, you do not need to fret as there are a wide range of scholarship available in USA for Nepalese students that can help students with the finding their education. U. S Embassy in Nepal announced application for the various scholarship every year for the Nepalese students wanting to study further in USA.

2.1. The Fulbright Program
The Fulbright Program operates in more than 160 countries worldwide and has provided approximately 370,000 participants with the opportunity to study, teach, or conduct research in each other’s’ countries and exchange ideas. Approximately 8,000 competitive, merit-based grants are awarded annually in most academic disciplines and fields of study.

2.2. Humphrey Fellowship
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program was established in 1978 as a Fulbright exchange that advances US foreign policy goals through the exchange of mid-career professionals representing approximately 140 eligible countries from all world regions. In support of US foreign policy goals, Mission goals, and ECA’s Functional Bureau strategy, the program cultivates a network of current and future political, civil society, and educational leaders to address global challenges in fields such as democratic institution building, economic development, public health, education, and journalism and media literacy.
https://usefnepal.org/fulbright/humphrey/

2.3. Global Undergrad Exchange Fellowship (UGRAD)
The GLOBAL Undergraduate Exchange Program is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, US Department of State providing one-semester scholarships to undergraduate students from underrepresented sectors for a non-degree, full-time study in the US. Students will study at accredited two and four-year US institutions of higher education, receive intensive English language instruction if needed, and engage in community service, professional development workshops, and cultural enrichment activities.
https://usefnepal.org/fulbright/global-undergrad-exchange-fellowship-ugrad/

2.4. Fulbright Foreign Student Program (Master’s)
The Fulbright Commission funds Nepali students for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program (FFSP) for Master’s level study in the US. Approximately 4000 foreign students from 155 countries worldwide receive Fulbright scholarships each year. The program provides all expenses (including travel) for a Master’s degree program of up to two years at selected US universities, in any field except Medicine and Nursing.

Depending upon budget availability, approximately five candidates will be nominated by the Fulbright Board in Nepal.
https://usefnepal.org/fulbright/ffsp/
More at: https://usefnepal.org/

3. Prerequisites/ Requirement to Study in USA
Studying in the United States is a big decision, and you must consider whether it is an appropriate one. Evaluate if you are a suitable candidate by considering the following factors which we call pre-requisites for studying in the USA.

3.1. Adequate funding
Studying in the U.S. is expensive. Colleges and universities in the U.S. cost between $12,000 and $65,000 per year. A bachelor’s program is typically a four-year course of study, a master’s program is usually two years, and a PhD program is generally four to eight years. If you do not have this amount of money available, you will need to apply for a scholarship.

3.2. Strong Academic Background
If you have a strong academic record, your chances of admission and scholarship at U.S. colleges and universities increase.

3.3. English language skills
In order to succeed as a student in the U.S., it is integral to have a strong command over English.

3.4. Standardized exams
Most U.S. colleges and universities require TOEFL. Some undergraduate institutions additionally require SAT or ACT. Some graduate programs require GRE or GMAT.

3.5. Student Visa
You’ll need this to travel to the U.S. Attend USEF’s ‘Student Visa Info Session’ to learn more about student visas and tips on visa interview success.
Source: https://usefnepal.org/education-usa/study-in-the-usa/

4. Application Process for USA
There are five necessary components in the application process for colleges and universities in the United States. For applications to highly competitive schools and universities, especially those with strong scholarship programs, additional materials could be needed. Students need to keep in mind that all of the application materials must be received by the college before the deadline, whether they are sent electronically, or mail.

4.1. Application form
The online application for a college or university can be conveniently and cost-free accessible via the college or university website. Typically, the application can be found in the website's Admissions or Prospective Student sections.

Student filling out the form must be done carefully. Students need to make sure that all of the data you enter in the form is accurate and valid. The data on the form is used by colleges to produce the I-20. Any errors on the form will also appear on your I-20.

4.2. Application fee
Each college has a different application price, which often ranges from $20 to $100. You can pay this charge online with an international credit card or by sending a dollar draft to pay the college you're applying to. Every semester, thousands of applications are submitted to some universities. This processing fee is applied to students; it is non-refundable. Usually, there are application fees.

However, undergraduate students who show extreme financial hardship might qualify for a "application fee waiver," which is a letter of explanation issued by the principal of your school or, if you have one, the guidance counselor. The letter is sent for not charging the application fee. Undergraduate students must, however, use this carefully. Your application might not be considered if the admissions staff believes you are truly capable of paying the application fee.

4.3. Attested Transcripts
Most students in Nepal only get one set of the original mark sheets. You should not make the mistake of mailing schools and universities your actual academic documents; you won't likely receive them back. You can get your transcripts and certificates attested at USEF-Nepal or at your issuing Board Office in order to send your academic records to American institutions and universities.

4.4. Financial Documents
Typically, bank statements and sponsor letters are requested by colleges and institutions. Someone who can and is willing to pay for your education is known as a sponsor. In Nepal, the parents are typically the ones to sponsor the children. However, the justification for funding the student's education must be sincere. A letter written by the sponsor demonstrates their readiness to pay for the student's education. If the student is not applying for scholarship, the sponsor must be able to present a bank statement with at least the cost of one year of college or university. If a student is requesting financial aid/scholarship, the statement should indicate the annual contribution the sponsor is willing to make.

4.5. TOEFL Score Report
The TOEFL score report will not be physically present in your application packet. You will need to arrange for the TOEFL program to send an official score report to the colleges you are applying to.

4.6. Additional Standardized Test Scores
SAT/ ACT and SAT Subject Tests may be required for undergraduate applicants. GRE or GMAT may be required for graduate level students. Please note that you must order score reports to be sent to the colleges or universities via the testing program (alternately, you can send some for free if you designate the schools upon your test registration).

4.7. Application Essay
The application essay is a very important component of the application packet. The number of essays required will differ from college to college. Many times, it is the application essay which makes or breaks your successful application. The application essay is like an interview with the admission office. It is one of the only components in your application packet which is not in numbers. Spend a lot of time and effort on your application essay. Sometimes, it may take several months to produce an excellent application essay. To learn how to write an excellent application essay, students can use the outstanding collection of books at the USEF library and attend USEF’s specialized advising session called “Tips on Writing an Application Essay” offered monthly. Also, please refer to the ‘More on Essays’ section of the website.
Source: (https://usefnepal.org/education-usa/application-process/)

4.8. Letters of Recommendation
Teachers who have taught you in class can write a recommendation letter for you. Usually, colleges ask for two to three letters of recommendation. Letters should be from your most recent teachers who have taught you. At the graduate level, it is important that the student gets a letter from the teacher who teaches the subject he /she is applying for. Recommendation letters should explain the ability of students to the admission officers. A strong recommendation letter from your teacher providing explanations about how you performed in class can be very helpful. It should give a clear idea about the type of student you were and what kind of activities you participated in. Recommendation letters carry a lot of weight; students should think carefully about who to choose as their recommenders.

4.9. Supporting Materials
This can mean a resume or any form of creative work you have done. For example, if a student writes articles for a newspaper, he/she can send a scan of it. If a student is very good in playing an instrument, the student can record the music on a CD and send it. Supporting materials can also mean valuable certificates or awards you have received. You can attest these certificates from the place you have received them. Please note, all certificates need not be sent. Only the ones that are very important to you and those that will make you stand out in the application pool will be valued. Also, there will be a space in the application form to write about the different activities you have participated in. Graduate applicants should note that any supporting materials should be relevant to the program they are applying for.
Source: https://usefnepal.org/education-usa/application-process/

5. Major Intakes
Generally, Universities and colleges in the US follow three sessions of intakes in a monthly frame.

6. Intake Application timeline
Spring intake January to May Summer intake Starts around may Fall intake September to December

You might not be able to presume and make a broad generalization about which university will be the best fit for you while submitting applications to universities. Because each institution allows applications for particular courses based on their needs and availability for each intake, this dilemma arises. So, you should wait until the application period opens for the program at your ideal university, especially for one of the intakes in the USA.

Meanwhile, focus on completing all the other necessary steps to get there, such as taking examinations, visa process, and more. Let's now look more closely at each intake session and how the universities tailor the application process.

6.1. Spring Intake in the USA
Duration to apply: January to May

Benefits of applying in this intake:
The second most popular intake in the USA for students to apply and study abroad is the spring or the January intake. But after fulfilling the necessary standards, there are some attractive benefits. You will have enough time, for instance, to effectively study and ace the IELTS, GRE, GMAT, or TOEFL. You can also research different universities and the courses they offer to learn more. So, six months before your study abroad trip, you can organize your higher education plans. Applying for a course in the spring intake will provide you the chance to finish your degree more quickly than with other intakes and to begin working toward your goal and profession sooner.

6.2. Summer Intake in the USA
Duration: Starts around May or June

This is the last application intake universities come up with after the fall and the spring intake. But only a few universities open selected courses for applying. Primarily, language programs for non-English speakers and some cultural programs are offered by the universities this season.

6.3. Fall Intake in the USA
Duration: September to December

The most sought-after admissions period for students applying to higher education is the fall or autumn semester. A wide variety of courses and slots are available to apply for almost all USA universities.
Since academic sessions typically begin in August or September, you can start applying to institutions and gathering information about them six months prior.

Benefits of applying in fall intake:
One of the main reasons this is the primary and one of the most popular intakes in the USA is the size of the class. The classes are more extensive, and with a wide range of courses offered, it is beneficial to pursue a degree in the fall intake. This opens a gate filled with a large number of full-time career and internship opportunities immediately after graduation. Also, pursuing your undergrad in the fall period saves you ample time, and you can jump instantly on starting your study.

The best time to start preparing your applications for the American intakes is: Applications usually become available by the mid of December or the start of January. Therefore, by the months of June or July, students should begin preparing for English evaluation tests and visa interviews. After researching US institutions and the courses they offer for the spring admission, you can organize your educational goals and submit scholarship applications by the beginning of September and the end of October.
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