The U.S. university application process is a lengthy procedure that requires students to fill out many documents. Documents may differ, based on the department to which a student is applying. Therefore, it is very important to read the instructions carefully. Some universities do not process the application until they receive all the documents. Some universities provides conditional admission if the student is still completing his or her current course. Following is a list of required documents for an international applicant:

  • Application Document Checklist
  • University Application
  • Financial Support Form
  • Transcripts of Previous Degree
  • Resume
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Bank Statement
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Standardized Test Scores
  • Passport Copies

Study Expenses The expenses incurred for studying in USA can comprise of tuition fees, living costs and insurance etc. The costs also depend on what degree you are pursuing i.e. bachelors, masters etc. and also varies according to the type of institutes i.e. public or private. The Bachelor’s degree tuition fee can range from $ 12000 to $ 55000 per year. The Master’s degree in USA can range from $ 12000 to $ 40,000 per year. Acads Visa provides assistance related to Education Loan which can help you plan your finances.


Living Expenses The living costs in the US vary depending upon the location. The apartment costs range from $ 400 to $ 1,500. In some cases, the rent includes utility costs and in some, it doesn’t. The average costs of utility services are mentioned as follows: – Electricity $150, Gas $10, the Internet $45, Mobile $50 and Groceries $ 20. Other miscellaneous costs may add up to another $ 50. Students should be financially prepared to bear the costs to ensure hassle free stay

US colleges and universities require that all their applicants take one or more standardized tests. These tests include the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), GRE (Graduate Record Examination), and GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test). Additionally, applicants who are not Americans are required to also take the TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

International students applying for an undergraduate program (bachelors degree) will be required to take the TOEFL/IELTS and the SAT I tests. Some schools will also require the SAT II. There are also many schools that will accept the ACT in place of the SAT I.

Graduate students applying to an arts or science program will be required to take the TOEFL/IELTS and, usually, the GRE. Graduate students applying to a business program will be required to take the TOEFL/IELTS and, usually, the GMAT. A brief description of each of these standardized tests can be found on our website.

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USA is one of the top student destinations in the world with a range of universities offering quality education and having an excellent international reputation. Studying in the US gives an opportunity to students to compete with the best of brains as well as experience cultural diversity. The United States has more than 5,000 accredited colleges and universities, which offer a wide range of graduate and undergraduate programs. As a matter of fact, 92 of the top 200 universities in the world are based in the USA. It offers a variety of courses and has extremely flexible education system along with high quality of education. Students can enroll in paid internship programs and also avail financial assistance in the form of scholarships and assistantships.

Universities in the USA offer commendable support facilities to the international students. There are plenty of resources available for the students and the classroom experience is optimized. The education in the USA is up to date with the use of all modern-day gadgets, engaging virtual experiences and web-based classes. The campus life experience is engaging. There are several student clubs and organizations that match a wide array of student interests. To top it all it also offers various scholarships for the students.

Political Map of USA.

Any international student wanting to study in USA will have to obtain a student visa for USA. The first step towards getting an F1 visa is to get an admission by an SEVP approved school. After you are accepted you need to pay an SEVIS fee and you will be provided with a Form I-20. While applying you have to pay a non-refundable visa application fee.

American Consulate has introduced a system of prior appointment for Visa Interview. On the given date, the applicant has to appear for a personal interview. The applicant should convince the visa officer that he / she has the necessary funds to cover the cost of education. The applicant should prove that he / she has strong ties with India and also that he / she is not an intending immigrant. While answering the questions, one should be brief and to the point.

Procedure to apply for USA Study Visa

Create a profile at Complete the DS- 160 Visa application form at The barcode number on the form DS- 160 confirmation page is required in order to book your interview.

Pay Visa Application fees:

Prior to confirming a visa interview appointment online, you need to pay the visa application fee which can be paid by one of the following modes.

  • National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT).
  • Mobile Payments IMPS.
  • Cash Over the Counter (AXIS Bank and Citibank)

Non-Immigrant Visa Application Fee is US $160 to be paid in Indian Rupee equivalent at consular rate of exchange. The visa fees is non- refundable and non transferable.

Proceed to schedule two appointments.

First, schedule your visa interview appointment at the Embassy or Consulate. Second, schedule your Offsite Facilitation Center (OFC) appointment. (OFC) appointment must be scheduled at least one day before the interview appointment date at the Embassy or Consulate.

Document Checklist for USA Student Visa

The following is a list of some of the documents that you are supposed to carry along with you on the day of VISA interview:

  • Passport having validity of at least six months
  • Visa Fee Receipt
  • Interview Appointment Letter
  • I-20 and Admission Letter from the University / College mentioning the total cost of education in USA (If You have received Admission letters / Rejection letters from more than one University, carry all of them)
  • Evidence of Scholarship / Aid / Grant, if any
  • Sponsorship Letter (If any)
  • Educational Certificates, Degrees, Diplomas & Mark sheets
  • Score Reports of IELTS/TOEFL and/or GRE / GMAT / SAT
  • Work Experience Certificate / Reference Letter from Employer, if Employed
  • Bank Statements / Pass Books of the sponsors.
  • Summary Statement of Assets and Total Income of Family Members
  • Income Tax papers of the sponsor and his Family for the last 3 years
  • Proof of all movable and immovable assets