Why Study in US?

The United States of America (USA) hosts the greatest number of international students in the world. Quality education, a unique curriculum, a multicultural environment, and abundant opportunities are just some of the reasons why many Indian students want to study in the US.

Quality Education

"US offers top-quality education with prestigious universities such as Harvard and Stanford producing successful graduates."


Studying in the US offers exposure to diverse cultures and perspectives through international student presence.


"US offers varied academic programs like AI, data science, renewable energy, business, engineering, law, medicine, and sciences."


US degrees offer global recognition, job prospects, and networking with renowned graduates known for research and innovation.

Cost of living in US

The cost of living in the US for Indian students studying abroad can vary depending on several factors such as the location of the university, accommodation options, lifestyle choices, and personal spending habits.

Books and Stationery

Books and Stationery

Books and stationery expenses for students in the US can vary depending on the course and university. On average, students can expect to spend around $500 to $1,000 per year on books and stationery materials. These costs can fluctuate based on the required textbooks, reference materials, and supplies needed for different programs of study.


Accommodation costs can be a significant expense for Indian students studying in the US. The cost of accommodation can vary greatly depending on the location, type of accommodation, and facilities provided. On average, an Indian student can expect to spend around $800-$1,500 per month on accommodation.

Food and groceries
Food and groceries The cost of food and groceries can vary depending on the student's eating habits and location. On average, an Indian student can expect to spend around $50-$100 per week on food and groceries while studying in the US.
Transport The cost of transport can vary depending on the location of the university and the mode of transportation. Public transport is generally cheaper than private transportation in the US. On average, an Indian student can expect to spend around $50-$100 per month on transport while studying in the US.
Miscellaneous expenses
Miscellaneous expenses Miscellaneous expenses, including clothing, entertainment, and personal care items, can vary depending on the student's lifestyle and spending habits while studying in the US. On average, an Indian student can expect to spend around $100-$200 per month on miscellaneous expenses.

Student visa requirements for the US

  • F-1 Student Visa

    to study at an accredited US college or university or to study English at an English language institute

  • J Exchange Visa (J-1)

    for participation in an exchange program, including high school and university study

  • M Student Visa (M1)

    for non-academic or vocational study or training in the US

Intakes in the US

Unlike a single intake in Indian universities, American colleges and universities offer three intakes. In some universities, intakes may also be referred to as a semester. The three intakes available in the US are:

Cost to study in US

Universities in the US are majorly divided into two categories – Public/State and Private. The education cost at a public/state university is comparatively lesser than that of a private institution. Your expenditure on tuition fees depends on the type of qualification and university or school you opt for. To cover tuition fees, you will need approx. $8,000 to $55,000 (USD) a year (indicative).

School Tuition fees in USD (indicative)
English language studies
$700 to $2,000 a month
Community colleges
$6,000 to $20,000 per year
Undergraduate bachelor degree
$20,000 to $40,000 per year
Graduate programs
$20,000 to $45,000 per year
Doctoral degree
$28,000 to $55,000 per year

Scholarships to study in US

The amount of money available and the type of award varies between institutions. Certain research programs may provide up to 100% of the tuition fee besides covering a part of your living expenditures.

Here are some popular scholarship programs you can apply to study in the US as an Indian student:

Fulbright- Nehru Fellowships (Government-funded)
Applicable for international students who are applying to master’s or PhD programs; this scholarship covers tuition fees, accident and sickness coverage as per US guidelines, airfare, and living costs
Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program (Government-funded)
This program is a part of the Fullbright program and aims to bring an accomplished young and mid-career professional from a developing country to study in the US for 10 months of non-degree graduate study and related practical experience
#YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship (Non-Government scholarship)
It’s a scholarship and social media campaign designed to welcome international students into the US higher education system irrespective of the subject area
UEFA (Non-Government scholarship)
This is a summer program sponsored by Abbey Road Inc. which grants scholarships to 14-18 aged high school student that shows exemplary performance in their academics and extracurricular activities
AAUW International Fellowships (Non-Government scholarship)
These fellowships are awarded to international women students for full-time study and research in the US. It supports both graduate and post-graduate students accredited in the US institutions

Job prospects in US

Owing to a skills shortage across various sectors in the American market, international students with skills are in demand and those who are willing to settle in America have the option to apply under a Skilled Worker Visa and permanently work and reside in the country. Graduates are in high demand in the USA, especially in the field of healthcare, film production, real estate, retail sector, agriculture, engineering, and computers & information technology.

There are also various of internship programs available that can be taken up by international students.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

1. How much will it cost to study in USA?

In the United States, universities are divided into two main categories: Public/State and Private institutions. Public/State universities generally have lower tuition fees compared to their private counterparts. The cost of your education depends on various factors, such as the type of qualification you pursue and the specific university or school you choose to attend. On average, you can expect to spend approximately $8,000 to $55,000 (USD) per year for tuition fees.

For specific programs, the estimated costs are as follows: English language studies range from $700 to $2,000 per month, community colleges range from $6,000 to $20,000 per year, undergraduate bachelor’s degrees range from $20,000 to $40,000 per year, graduate programs range from $20,000 to $45,000 per year, and doctoral degrees range from $28,000 to $55,000 per year. These figures serve as an indication of the approximate expenses involved in pursuing higher education in the United States.

2. What is the duration of foundation or diploma programs in the US?

Typically, the duration of these programs in the US is one year, during which you will need to achieve satisfactory grades to progress to the first year of your bachelor’s degree. The majority of these programs commence in September as the main intake. However, in certain cases, there may be multiple intakes available if your chosen foundation provider in the USA offers such provisions.

3. Can I work in USA during and after studies?

The US education system provides international students enrolled in US institutions with the opportunity to engage in co-ops, internships, part-time, and even full-time jobs. However, international students require authorisation from the relevant authorities, which can be obtained through their school’s international office or the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). There are three types of employment authorisation options available for international students, namely Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical Training (OPT), and on-campus employment.

Here are some popular scholarship programs you can apply to study in the US as an Indian student:

1. Fulbright- Nehru Fellowships  
2. Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program
3. #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship
5. AAUW International Fellowships

5. How can I go to US for studies?

Research the course, university and place you want to study and you can also contact IDP experts for guidance.


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