The U.S. is a country of 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean. Major Atlantic Coast cities are New York, a global finance and culture center, and capital Washington, DC. Midwestern metropolis Chicago is known for influential architecture and on the west coast, Los Angeles’ Hollywood is famed for filmmaking.

For over three generations, the USA has been the preferred destination for students from India and other South Asian countries. This is no surprise considering the fact that American institutions consistently feature in the top Universities in the world.


  • The Guarantee of a World Class Education
  • Job-Oreinted Management Courses
  • Part-time job opportunities while you are studying and career guidance after completion of studies
  • The Wide variety of research-centric science and technology courses
  • Large number of scholarships and fellowships offered by institutions and the American Government


These vary between study programs and levels. For each course, Indian students will need to meet a minimum English language requirement. Along with that a minimum academic record of 65% and above for humanities stream in class XII, and 70 – 80% and above for Science/Commerce stream in class XII will also be required. Foundations and Diploma programs are available for students who have secured below 60%. The student should have completed 18 years of age before joining a degree program.


When you apply to a college or university abroad, you will probably be asked to provide your test scores for the SAT for undergraduate program and GMAT or GRE for graduate programs, which are standardized entrance exams. While these entrance exams are an important consideration in the admission process at schools abroad, you can still overcome a low score by displaying strengths in other areas, such as your school grades, your application essay, or your experiences.

IELTS / TOEFL is the compulsory score you need to show the American universities as part of your English Language Skills to study in that country.

  • Scholastic Aptitude Test – SAT
  • International English Language Testing System – IELTS
  • Graduate Management Admission Test – GMAT
  • Graduate Record Examination – GRE
  • Test Of English as a Foreign Language – TOEFL

Duration of Bachelor's

Bachelor’s degree programs require at least 120 semester credit hours of coursework, with one credit hour representing an hour of classroom lecture and three hours of outside preparation. Degree plans laid out by schools usually outline a schedule for completing all major and general education requirements for a bachelor’s degree within four years for full-time study and six years of part-time study.

Most universities set full-time enrollment status at a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester, in line with the definition of the U.S. Department of Education, so students may need to take more than a minimum full-time schedule to complete a bachelor’s degree in four years.

Duration of Master's

Masters’ programs vary in length depending on the number of academic credits that must be completed. A 30-credit program can usually be completed in 12 months. Most Master’s degrees are studied for two years. Some specific professional programs require 60 or more credits for completion (e.g. Master of Science in Genetic Counseling at Long Island University).


There are two main intake seasons of US universities, the session starts mainly in September and January but some institutions have intakes in May, July, and October as well. The Major intake season for the top courses in the US is September, while the minor intake season is January, which is meant for a fairly small number of courses.

Top Universities

Prerequisites at a Glance

You should start your admission process around six months before the application deadline. Typically most universities have three deadlines, from October to January. It is up to the convenience of the students, which deadline to aim for. You should be done with your language and aptitude tests by three months before the deadline. The last 3 months should be dedicated to filling out the application form properly.It is essential to ensure that the ‘complete application process’ along with appearing for interviews and visa application procedure should be complete by June or July for the September intake.

The main intake season for top colleges and courses in the fall season i.e. September. It depends on what course you are looking to pursue because many courses don’t have the January intakes.

If you are looking to get admission into vocational courses, then some courses may have admissions open in January and perhaps even May or July.