Study in USA Overview
Here is a complete guide for all Indian students who wish to study in USA ( United States Of America).
Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. You must have a student visa to study in the United States. Your course of study and the type of school you plan to attend determine whether you need an F visa or an M visa.
Students cannot travel on the Visa Waiver Program or with Visitor Visas
A student visa (F or M) is required to study in the United States. Foreign nationals may not study after entering on a visitor (B) visa or through the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), except to undertake recreational study (non-credit) as part of a tourist visit.
For short periods of recreational study, a Visitor (B) visa may be appropriate
A visitor (B) visa permits enrollment in a short recreational course of study, which is not for credit toward a degree or academic certificate.
Study leading to the U.S. conferred degree or certificate is never permitted on a visitor (B) visa, even if it is for a short duration. For example, a student in a distance learning program that requires a period of time on the institution’s U.S. campus must obtain a student (F or M) visa prior to entering the United States.
Student Acceptance at a SEVP Approved School
The first step is to apply to a SEVP-approved school in the United States. After the SEVP-approved school accepts your enrollment, you will be registered for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee. The SEVP-approved school will issue you a Form I-20. After you receive the Form I-20 and register in SEVIS, you may apply at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate for a student (F or M) visa. You must present the Form I-20 to the consular officer when you attend your visa interview.
If your spouse and/or children intend to live with you in the United States while you study, they must also enroll in SEVIS, obtain individual Form I-20s from the SEVP-approved school.
Additional Documentation May Be Required
A consular officer will interview you to determine your qualifications for a student visa and may request additional documents, such as evidence of:
- Your academic preparation, such as:
- Transcripts, diplomas, degrees, or certificates from schools you attended; and
- Standardized test scores required by your U.S. school;
- Your intent to depart the United States upon completion of the course of study; and
- How you will pay all educational, living and travel costs.
Attend Your Visa Interview
A consular officer will interview you to determine whether you are qualified to receive a student visa, or if another category is more appropriate for your purpose of travel. You must establish that you meet the requirements under U.S. law to receive a visa.
Ink-free, digital fingerprint scans are taken as part of the application process. They are usually taken during your interview, but this varies based on location.
After your visa interview, the consular officer may determine that your application requires further administrative processing. The consular officer will inform you if this is required.
After the visa is approved, you may need to pay a visa issuance fee (if applicable to your nationality) and make arrangements for the return of the passport and visa to you. Review the visa processing times to learn more.
Top Universities in USA 2019
|1||Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)||1||1||4||5||3||3|
|4||California Institute of Technology (Caltech)||4||4||5||3||7||7|
|5||University of Chicago||9||9||10||9||8||8|
|10||University of Pennsylvania||19||19||12||10||14||14|
|11||University of Michigan||20||21||20||21||20||19|
|12||Johns Hopkins University||21||17||12||13||15||15|
|14||University of California, Berkeley (UCB)||27||27||15||18||4||4|
|15||University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)||32||33||17||15||9||10|
|17||University of California, San Diego (UCSD)||41||38||30||31||13||13|
|18||New York University (NYU)||43||52||27||27||24||22|
|19||Carnegie Mellon University||46||47||24||24||43||40|
|20||University of Wisconsin-Madison||53||55||43||43||21||21|
|22||University of Texas at Austin||63||67||39||49||27||30|
|23||University of Washington||66||61||28||25||12||11|
|24||Georgia Institute of Technology||69||70||34||33||38||43|
|25||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||71||69||50||37||28||26|
|26||University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill||83||80||56||56||22||23|
|28||The Ohio State University||89||86||71||70||44||40|
|30||Pennsylvania State University||95||93||81||77||37||43|
|32||University of California, Davis||100||118||59||54||45||43|
|33||Washington University in St. Louis||100||100||54||50||16||16|
|34||University of Southern California||115||132||66||66||33||33|
|35||University of Maryland, College Park||126||129||82||69||32||32|
|36||University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)||132||134||52||53||29||28|
|37||University of Pittsburgh||136||142||110||100||42||35|
|38||Michigan State University||141||149||93||83||101-150||49-60|
|40||University of Minnesota||156||163||71||56||25||24|
|41||University of California, Irvine||169||164||96||99||40||34|
|42||University of Florida||180||178||156||143||41||46|
|44||University of Rochester||184||186||163||153||151-200||49-60|
|45||Case Western Reserve University||186||—||132||158||47-58||49-60|
|46||University of Colorado Boulder||190||182||114||100||26||27|
|47||University of Virginia||192||173||107||113||151-200||61-70|
|49||Texas A&M University||203||195||171||159||151-200||49-60|
|50||Arizona State University||212||209||123||126||47-58||49-60|