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August 3, 2021
August 3, 2021

With globally renowned universities, a culture of opportunity, and fantastic advantages for post-study employment – keep the USA at the top in most people’s lists when it comes to choosing a country for higher education. However, when opting for the USA as a study destination, the other major factor is cost. The money spent on education and living plays a crucial role in determining the feasible destination for higher studies.

Cost of Education

The universities and colleges in the USA are broadly categorized into public institutions and private institutions.

Public institutions:

These institutions are state-owned entities and are financially funded by government taxes. They are generally massive in size. Public institutes offer all levels of degree programs to students in a variety of fields. In comparison with private institutions, the cost of education is typically less. Some examples of private institutes are Ohio State University, University of Texas, The Pennsylvania State University, University of California, etc.

USA (Public Institutions)
Study Program Approximate tuition fees in USD Approximate tuition fees in INR
Bachelor’s degree programs 20,000 to 35,000 / Year 15,00,000 to 26,25,000 / Year
Master’s degree programs 20,000 to 40,000 / Year 15,00,000 to 30,00,000 / Year

Conversion Rate 1 USD = 75 INR/- as of December 2020

Private institutions:

Name the best US universities. Anyone would start with Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, to Carnegie Mellon. These all high-ranked US universities are classified as private institutes. Though these institutes are primarily funded through students’ tuition fees and donations from private donors, many are still not for profit. Private institutes are generally more expensive than public institutes.

USA (Private Institutions)
Study Program Approximate tuition fees in USD Approximate tuition fees in INR
Bachelor’s degree programs 30,000 to 60,000 / Year 22,50,000 to 45,00,000 / Year
Master’s degree programs 30,000 to 70,000 / Year 22,50,000 to 52,50,000 / Year

Conversion Rate 1 USD = 75 INR/-

Moreover, most doctoral degree programs are usually 100% funded through research/teaching assistantships, research aid, or bursaries.

Living Expenses

On the one hand, the USA offers the best education in the world. While on the other, life in the USA is pretty pricey, especially from an international student’s living cost point of view.

But here, we are not going to give you just an overview about what living expense in the USA consists of. Instead, with our ‘student-first’ approach, iOverseas is also going to showcase to you the ways through which you can cut your living expenses significantly.

Rent:

Rent is the number one thing on which international students need to spend a lot. The USA’s rents are insanely high, which will be the biggest part of living in the USA. Well, there is no way to get over it. However, a shared apartment offers meaningful savings. Undoubtedly, rent depends a lot on the city – the rents on the East Coast and near a big city like New York, Boston, or Philadelphia goes from $400 to $700 per month for a shared room. Nevertheless, states like Texas or Arizona offer comparatively affordable living costs than the other states in the USA. Further, the West Coast cities, especially in California like around LA or Bay Area, are expensive.

Even though, we usually recommend students choose the university in a big city because that gives a lot of opportunities in terms of internships and co-ops. But keeping that aside, when it comes to renting, the bottom line is ‘sharing is saving’. Because most students use apartments just for going there, sleeping, morning chores, and probably cooking.

Insurance:

What do you think are the chances of not getting a severe fever or headache in the two or four years of degree programs? Can you take the guarantee that you will never slip on ice? Find us a person who never met an accident. It’s rare. Isn’t it? Every scene mentioned here is very much possible on any day while your stay in the USA and it’s really costly. For example, while walking home from university on the East Coast, an individual slips badly and feels like one of the fingers has broken. Well, according to HealthCare.gov (a federal government site), the cost of fixing a bone can cost around $7500. That is equal to Rs. 5,62,500 with the conversion rate of 1 USD = 75 INR/-.

And that is why though insurance can consume a notable portion of the living expenses, one must consider the choice of buying it. We recommend the students to see insurance as a part of the whole fee and not just as a monthly cost.

Commute:

It means you may need to take a bus or train ride back and forth. The point is how to lessen the commuting expenses. The answer to that is straightforward, walk or take a bike. That’s why we recommend students to find accommodation from where the university is just a mile away. Because a mile distance can be walked easily twice, thrice, or even four times in a day. It’s usually like 15 or 20 minutes of a walk.

Suppose we calculate this with one ride, which typically costs around $2.5 almost across the USA. That’s like saving $5 per day for back and forth once. And what if it goes to twice, thrice, then the saving would be around $10, $15. Hence, prefer accommodation in the vicinity of a mile from the university.

Overall, an international student spends around $9,000 to 12,000 (Rs. 6,75,000 to 9,00,000) a year on living expenses. However, this number depends entirely on the place where a student lives.

Apart from the mentioned above three areas and showing a bit of how to save bucks from your living expenses, we have some other areas and possible windows to save some more money. Do not hesitate to contact us to get guidance on how to budget living costs.

August 2, 2021
August 2, 2021

To start the application process for US Universities, you will need the following:

  • A valid passport with a validity date of 6 months after your intended course completion date
  • Academic transcripts
  • Standardized test scores (GRE/GMAT/SAT/ACT/TOEFL/IELTS/PTE)
  • Confirmation of funds

Each document checklist mentioned above looks easy but comes with challenges when the application process starts. For example, the American universities and colleges use proof of funds for determining both a candidate’s ability to afford the education and sometimes to check the eligibility for a scholarship. Hence, a clear understanding of what to present and how to present confirmation of funds is crucial.

Apart from this, once the application process is on, you will find a queue of required application documents. It starts from filling simple application form (sometimes it is complex), to upload your statement of purpose, personal statements, essays, recommendation letters, transcripts and certificates, and test score reports. But the process just doesn’t end when you pay the application fees.

Then, the visa process begins. The visa process covers the following:

  • Passport
  • I-20 form
  • Confirmation page of DS-160
  • Receipt of SEVIS I-901 fee payment
  • Visa application fees
  • Appointment
  • Visa interview

Collect your passport if a visa is granted. But we don’t leave you there. iOverseas also helps in pre-departure arrangements like accommodation, air ticketing, insurance, airport pickup, and forex arrangements. The saying, “It’s not about the destination. It’s about the journey,” aptly represents the  attitude of iOverseas.

August 2, 2021

Be it undergraduate, graduate, or even a Ph.D. program. Students begin the lengthy application process when the admissions open in the USA. If you are looking to start the process, here’s the handy information about the intakes and application procedure.

Intakes:

US universities and colleges have three intakes: Spring (January/February), Summer (April/May), and Fall (August/September). Though Fall is a major intake, most universities and colleges are open for Spring too. Summer intake is usually available for selected courses only.

August 2, 2021
August 2, 2021

Imagine any damn field. You will find a program for that in the USA. Can you believe this? There are bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in digital mapping, foresight, eco gastronomy, nautical archaeology, peace and conflict studies, biomimicry, ethical hacking, communication for development, psychometrics, digital currency, puppetry, to what not. You think of your area of interest, America has a course on that. Nevertheless, though the USA offers a wide range of courses in pretty much every conceivable and imaginable field, some top picks, in other words ‘most popular courses,’ among the global applicants which head the rundown of almost every aspirant. That list of top picks usually incorporates STEM courses. However, other programs are similarly unmatched and are exceptionally preferred by many.

Whether it is a public university, private university, or a community college and be it bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D. degree programs to an associate degree and certificate programs – you will find some popular courses of all sorts.

Top Undergraduate Majors in the USA Top Graduate majors in the USA Top Associate Degrees in the USA
Computer Science Computer Science Associate of Science in Computer science
Communications Wireless communications Associate of Science in Aeronautics
Business Embedded Systems Associate of Science in Radiation Therapy
Economics Management Information Systems
Political Science Power Engineering

iOverseas offers a range of programs based on your eligibility and university requirements. To know the best program for you based on your profile, contact us.

August 2, 2021
August 2, 2021

For many, it is a dream to explore a country, which is kilometers away from home, and for many, it is a lifetime commitment. In this sense, among candidates worldwide for years, the USA has been a preferred destination for higher education. The USA is home to 48 universities from the top 100 global universities in the world. Moreover, the wide variety of courses that this country makes available through its 4000+ institutions makes the USA the world’s most popular choice for studying abroad.

Undoubtedly, if we sit to discuss what makes the USA such a hit among international students, many can go on hours. Well, we found some of the prominent points due to which it consistently attracts international students.

High-ranked Universities:     

See a list of highest rated institutions for higher education worldwide. You will find the USA hosts the lion’s share in it. According to the Times Higher Education rankings, out of the world’s top 20 universities, 15 universities are from America.

 Wide range of courses:

Through its 2- and 4-year institutions, the country has distributed its two million+ programs into bachelors, masters, Ph.D., technical, associate, and certificate courses.

 Outstanding cultural diversity:

The USA accepts around 1.1 million international students every year. With the enrollment of 369,548 students in undergraduate, graduate, non-degree, and OPT programs, China remained the largest international student source from 10+ years. While with 202,014, 52,250, 37,080, 26,122 students; India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Canada round out the top four, after China, respectively.

Halogen focus on experiential learning:

Though the USA houses 4000+ institutions, all have one thing in common: a curriculum that focuses on the diversity of courses and enables learning through project-based pedagogy. And because of that, US education is also recognized worldwide. Count anything related to experiential learning – from co-ops, internships, real-world experiences to solid windows for developing healthy relationships with a future employer – the country offers it all on a platter.

STEM OPT:

Hurray. A change in the policy now gives international STEM students a confirmed opportunity to stay back in the United States on OPT for additional 36 months after completing their studies. Thus, while students work for a US-based organization, they can gain proper practical training beyond the standard allowance.

Research and innovation:

Many private and public organizations, including universities, are solving some or the other problem. No matter your research and innovation field, you can always find a home for it in the USA. In 2017, the National Science Foundation surveyed R&D expenditure by covering 903 universities. It suggested that those universities had spent 75.3 billion USD on research and innovation. The bottom line is when it comes to knowledge investments, the US differentiates as the leader.

Choice-based education system:

The education system in the USA is one of the most flexible education systems in the world. Undergraduate students can choose a major of their choice and explore different domains in the first two years. From the possibility of choosing which, when, and how many classes to attend each semester to provide a range of conventional and non-conventional majors and minors, it builds a highly reinforcing framework that allows individuals to grow and adjust according to their strengths and weaknesses.

Career prospects:

Three-fourth of the international students secure their employments, from an immediate basis to three-to-six months wait in some cases, after their degree completion. Moreover, top employers from around the world looking to recruit adaptable, smart, skilled, experienced and candidates familiar with different languages and cultures – give a significant weightage to graduates from American universities. Because the country trains its students for the real world by offering them international opportunities at all stages of their academic journey.

Financial assistance:

There is a range of financial assistance for international students like scholarships, teaching assistantships, full or partial tuition-free waivers, research assistantships, paid internships, and part-time work opportunities at most US institutions. Students can work for 20 hours a week while studying.

Even after this, if you cannot choose your study destination or if you want to confirm whether your country of choice is best suitable for you or not, do not hesitate to contact us.

July 12, 2021

With the high-quality education and affordable education costs, Czechia’s government provides scholarships within its Foreign Development Assistance framework. The funding supports the education expenses of international students, especially from developing countries.

Czech education institutes grant scholarships for:

  • Excellent academic, scientific, artistic, or other creative results that promote knowledge.
  • Considerable research and development activities.
  • Difficult social circumstances of a student.
  • Cases worth special consideration.

Some of the top government and university scholarships in the Czech Republic for international students are:

  • Czech Republic Government Scholarships for Developing Countries
  • Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic (MEYS) Scholarships under Intergovernmental Exchange Programs
  • JCMM Scholarships for Foreign University Students
  • Erasmus+ Partner Universities in the Czech Republic
  • Visegrad Fund Scholarships
  • Charles University Scholarships
  • Czech Technical University Scholarships
  • Czech University of Life Sciences Prague Scholarships

For more information regarding eligibility criteria, application process, and other scholarship options, contact us.

July 12, 2021

“There is no such thing as a free lunch” aptly applies to the international students going for studying in the Czech Republic. At public institutes, you’re not going to pay the tuition fees, but that is not the only to think of. One should consider the general cost of living, including accommodation price, food, travel, entertainment, communication (phone and internet). No doubt, it’s not so high. However, at iOverseas, we believe one should be aware of the budget before moving abroad to study. We even consider your liking or dislike, such as do you prefer to live in student accommodations, share a room, and are you ready for part-time work? Based on it, we give a cost estimate for studying in Czechia.

Tuition Fees

The following tuition fees apply to international students only as they will pursue studies in a language other than Czech. Moreover, it may vary with the course and university you choose to study.

Study Program Approximate tuition fees in EUR Approximate tuition fees in INR
Bachelor’s degree programs 2,000 to 3,000 / Year 1,80,000 to 2,70,000 / Year
Master’s degree programs 3,000 to 4,500 / Year 2,70,000 to 40,05,000 / Year
Doctoral degree programs 5,000 to 7,500 / Year 4,50,000 to 6,75,000 / Year

Conversion Rate 1 EUR = 90 INR/- as of December 2020

Living Expenses

The good news is Czechia offers to live in a significantly affordable way than any other common European study destination. So, studying in the Czech Republic is surely an affordable option for international students.

Following is an average estimated cost of living per month in CZK (Czech Koruna):

Accommodation: 3,000

Groceries and Food: 1,500

Phone and Internet: 500

Transportation: 250

Miscellaneous: 750

Total: 6,000

Considering 1 CZK = 3.5 INR, your total monthly living expenses end up to Rs. 21,000/-.

Moreover, as an international student, you can also work for 20 hours per week while studying. A typical rate for a part-time job in the Czech Republic is around 140 CZK (490 INR) per hour for administrative work. It means that you can get 11,200 CZK per month. That’s 39,200 INR. Now, look at your living expense once.

July 12, 2021

In most cases, you are expected to submit the following for a Czech student visa:

  • A valid passport and passport photos
  • Proof of acceptance to studies at a university in the Czech Republic
  • Document confirming enough financial resources for the stay
  • Confirmation of your accommodation in the Czech Republic
  • Valid international health insurance
  • Document confirming that you have no criminal history background

From the mentioned above documents, many need to be translated into Czech with an official rubber stamp, which a translator can do. Consider applying for a student visa well in advance due to time restrictions. It takes up to 60 days for the whole process. Therefore, please don’t leave it until the last minute!

July 12, 2021

From art and design courses, business, computer science and IT, engineering and technology, health and wellbeing, humanities and culture, languages, media and communications, science, to teaching and education courses – the Czech Republic offers education in all.

Czechia’s degree structure is similar to that of the United States. Degree programs are as follows:

The country offers accredited degree programs at three levels: Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral. Any higher education institute falls into one of these two categories: university or non-university type. The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System have been implemented by most Czech institutions, making it possible to transfer credit and degrees to institutions throughout Europe quickly.

Bachelor’s degree programs:

The bachelor’s degree programs last from 3-to-4 years and are the first level of higher education. These courses focus on study groups, teamwork, and developing research skills through assignments. After the final examination, graduates can start their professional life or continue studies by joining a master’s degree program.

Master’s degree programs:

These programs are available in two ways: If taken up after the bachelor’s program, it goes for 1-to-3 years. And if pursuing a full program, it goes from 4-to-6 years. These courses focus on imparting practical knowledge and developing creativity and skill. A typical Czech master’s program involves the presentation and defense of a thesis following the final examination. MBA programs encourage healthy discussions in a class as a part of solving real-life case studies.

Doctoral programs:

Doctoral programs go from 3-to-4 years. It pushes an individual to explore research ideas, perform experiments, collaborate globally, and publish findings. For doctoral programs, public presentation and defense of a thesis is critical and must.

July 12, 2021

Student-friendly Education Atmosphere:

In 1989, the velvet revolution took place. On January 01, 1993, Czechoslovakia peacefully separated into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Since then, Czechia has undergone massive evolution, and now it is one of the most popular destinations in Europe for tourists, students, and professionals alike.

The country has become one of Europe’s favorite overseas student nations because of the quality education and well-recognized behavior of their proficient staff. Czechia’s academic personnel are famous for encouraging students, especially international students, to participate in educational and cultural programs. They are also very open to interacting to learn much by discussions and excel in their studies. That’s why the country has gained so much attention when it comes to studying in Europe. The cherry on the cake is Czechia is ranked among the top 20 countries in the world for its education system. So, don’t get surprised by thousands of international aspirants in one of the 68 institutes scattered across the Czech Republic.

Adaptable:

Czechs feel proud for being home to Central Europe’s oldest university, Charles University in Prague. It was established in 1348. Czech is the official language of the country. Although the country is home to Europe’s oldest university and has an excellent education system, considering English as a global language, Czechia’s higher education institutes teach thousands of English courses. Because of these and many other academic features that the Czech universities have adapted, the country is becoming highly popular. The Czech Republic has a mixture of public and private universities, including two state institutes.

Lifestyle:

With the quality education, lifestyle matters. Among all the Soviet Bloc nations, Czechs are known to enjoy the highest standard of living. Czechia is performing well in the economy, education, tourism, safety and security, entertainment, and so forth. With the relatively low crime rate, the country is considered the sixth safest country globally. Sites like castles, monuments, mountains, rivers, large national parks, and beautiful landscapes can fill your weekends or study breaks.

Imagine if you can do your project, a week- or month-long training, or job in a country other than the Czechia. It’s absolutely possible if you are studying in the Czech Republic. The country borders Poland on the north, Slovakia on the east, Austria on the south, and Germany on the west. Czechia’s geography can offer you a competitive advantage over pursuing higher education in other countries.

Expenses:

Expenses, while studying, mainly includes two costs: tuition costs and living costs. Usually, the tuition fees for studying in the English language in Czech universities start from 1000 EUR per semester. And the monthly living expenses for an individual is estimated to be around 250 EUR. That’s it. No doubt, the expenses (tuition fees + living costs) may vary with the course and university you choose to study. It is surely far economical for international students compared to expenses for studying in other nations.

If that sounds exciting to you, engage in a lifetime adventure in the Czech Republic with over 43,000 international students.