Why study in the US?
Listed below are 3 reasons why America is a popular destination with international students:
01. Excellence in Teaching
- 15 universities are in the top 20 universities in the world, with Harvard University ranked the 1st place in the world.
- A liberal education that promotes the development of creativity.
- No pressure on exams and lectures.
- Maintain a balance between theory and practice, provide a new study experience.
02. Respect the differences
- Various programs to choose from on preferences
- Many schools / universities implement a policy change the field of study regardless of time.
- A school Support Team to help international students blend in within a new country and provide mental and career consultation at school.
03. Diversity and flexibility
- A diverse set of backgrounds and cultures by immigrants
- Vietnamese community has grown significantly in America. According to survey data, the Vietnamese immigrant population is the fourth largest Asian immigrant group in the United States after those from India, China and the Philippines.
Study fees in the US experience an average increase of 5% per year.
Renting a house in developed countries, including the US is very expensive. Rents are up to $167-$418 per week for a private house. Homestay would be a better option to save money if you were lucky to find a friendly host, which can make your life easier. The best and safest solution would be living in the dormitory. You can cut out travel time as it is located within the school campus. Living in the dorms is also considered to be safer.
|Share house||More than $12.000|
|Homestay (living with natives)||$10,000 – $12,000|
|Dormitory||$10,000 – $15,000|
2. Cost of living
The cost of living includes: house rent, utility bill (electricity, water and gas), etc.
Some helpful tips for international students to save money: stay in a share house, cook for yourself and buy in bulk. The monthly (average) cost of food for international students is usually between $300 – $700, depending on the city where you live.
Typically big supermarkets often offer great deals which can save you a great deal of money. Listed below are three supermarkets in the US that Vietnamese students highly recommend:
WinCo: a supermarket chain that has warehouse-style store with low prices. To cut the cost, WinCo has limited employee; they don’t accept credit cards and ask customers to self check-out.
Aldi: the common company brand name of two German multinational family-owned discount supermarket chains that sells food with low prices, including snacks and instant food..
Costo: sells Kirkland products at lower prices than similar products at other stores.
Travel fees should be considered in the cost of living as well. In the US, the public transport system is well-developed. Although each state offers different prices, all international students can get a discount. Travelling by taxi is very expensive, so the students are encouraged to use public transport. Travel around school can cost you $50 – $100 on average.
3. Tuition fees
The tuition fees will depend on education level, location, field of study, public or private school. An average tuition fee is between $10.000-$30.000 / year. Coursebooks or other materials are quite expensive, which can cost $80 – $200. Some students search for bargains and buy secondhand materials.
Listed below are updated tuition fees in the US in 2022 (per year):
|Education level||Per year|
|High School||$15,000 – $30,000|
|College||$10,000 – $12.000|
|Undergraduate||$15,000 – $50.000|
|Postgraduate||$22.000 – $50.000|
What to prepare to study in the US?
US visa application involves a simplified process but the results is “hard to predict”. You need to prepare the following documents:
- School offer letter
- Visa application form
- A passport that must be valid for another six months
- Photographs, qualifications, academic transcript, English-language certificates
- Financial Documents
- Schedule a visa appointment
There are two common types of student visa:
- F-1 Visa: for students who engage in academic studies in the United States at an approved school, such as an accredited U.S. college or university, private secondary school, or approved English language program
- Exchange visitor (J) Visa: for individuals approved to participate in exchange visitor programs in the United States
You need to demonstrate as a potential candidate to study in the US in the interview with the consular officer. You should mention the reasons for choosing your field of study in the US and provide a clear plan after graduation.
Besides, you must show your commitments to return to your home country after graduation (better future career, living near your parents, etc.)
InterGreat can guarantee to guide and support students to ensure a high rate of getting a US visa successfully.
2. Entry requirements
A GPA standard of 2.0, on a 4.0 scale is required. For high school and undergraduate study, you can choose to study at any schools with a GPA >7.0 (on a 10.0 scale).
In addition, you need to provide some certificates, such as SAT, IELTS or TOEFL, etc. For postgraduatate level, you must provide your balcherlor’s degree and may need to provide GRE general or subject test score, GMAT, etc.
You may also need to show Letter of Recommendation (LOR), Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Statement of Purpose (SOP).
3. IELTS score
High school students don’t need to show IELTS or TOEFL certificates. Instead, they need to provide the English Language Test for International Students (ELTiS) test score or the Secondary School Admission Test score (SSAT) if required.
For undergraduate and postgraduate level, you need to write an essay to demonstrate your English proficiency, your personality and strong reasons telling why you are qualified for the study program.
4. Study in the US consultation
InterGreat is in partnership with 350+ schools and institutions in over 12 countries. We have supported 10,000 students to study in the UK, US, Australia and Canada.
We guarantee to provide free consultation for the whole application process, including preparing study abroad documents, visa application, and making a plan to apply successfully to study overseas.