Studying in the US in 2021 is the desire of many students around the world, including our country. With the best teaching conditions, a guaranteed life with a high standard of living and many prestigious universities. However, in order to study in the US you need to meet the following conditions.
So what do you need to study in the US? What are the conditions to study in the US? How much does it cost to study in the US?… All these questions will be answered by our study abroad consulting company below.
Conditions to study in the US
To be able to study in the US, you need to meet the following conditions:
You must have an I-20 admission letter from a US school
The I-20 is the letter of admission, also known as the acceptance letter to the school to which you have applied to study abroad. To be able to receive invitations from US schools, you must meet the admission criteria of each school. For high school students, in addition to reviewing transcripts, English certificates, extracurricular activities in the host country, etc., you will also have a face-to-face interview with a representative of the school before deciding whether to receive the I-20 or not. are not.
However, to get an I-20 at top US schools will not be too difficult. According to the writer’s experience, in addition to the qualified documents, the interview round will be the deciding factor to be granted the I-20 admission letter. Therefore, students need to prepare enough information and have a strong and confident mentality to pass the assessment round of the school representative.
I-20 will be one of the factors that bring you a passport to the US. Besides Visa, this is an important document that guarantees your admission in the US. Please note that you must sign before submitting the I-20 to the Consulate for Visa application, your signature has the same meaning as accepting the requirements and rules of the school you are applying to and also is the school’s permission to provide your necessary information to the immigration department.
You have to prove your financial ability to study in the US
Studying in the US is not an easy thing, apart from the paperwork and requirements of the schools, there is another difficult problem that is finance. This is an important issue to consider over a long period of time. Once you intend to study in the US, you first need to have a detailed plan for the entire study process when studying in the US such as tuition fees, living expenses, books, travel, accommodation. . In addition, the cost of living in different regions also varies.
Overall, the actual average cost for a year of college is $20,000 – $30,000. This total cost is expected to increase by about 5% annually. Those are just the expenses during the period of studying in the US, in addition, before that, each family must ensure proof of income as well as the family’s available assets in the bank or legal storage places. other.
Depending on the tuition rate of each school you are applying to, your financial requirements will vary, but in general, schools require that the balance in your family’s bank account be greater than the tuition and fees. living expenses for 1 to 2 years in the US. This is required so they can trust your family’s ability to pay.
In addition, the monthly (or annual, depending on the way) income of your parents or guardians must be within an acceptable limit to be able to guarantee the payment of your tuition fees during the study period. you study in the US. In particular, in our country, the form of small business trading rarely uses books to record income, so proving this finance will face many difficulties. Therefore, the advice for those of you who have wanted to study in the US is to pay attention to this property authentication issue and have a specific plan in advance.
You must have obtained the necessary certificates in English
Depending on different schools that have different requirements, usually TOEFL IBT (internet-based test) requires about 70-80 points to be safe or for TOEFL PBT (paper-based test), universities all require The score scale is from 500 to 550. For graduate programs, the score is usually from 550 to 600 There are many universities in the US that recognize IELTS scores, you need IELTS 6.0 to go to university and IELTS 6.5 to study. Masters. Some schools also accept you if you haven’t obtained your degree yet, but it requires you to take the school’s English entrance exam or take an English course organized by the school.
In addition, depending on the requirements of each school and each course, students may have to meet the SAT, GRE, and GMAT scores.
You must complete the required school standard exams.
For high school, students do not need to take an entrance exam. Often in these schools only require a GPA of (GPA> 8.0 is pretty stable) and high scores in tests like TOEFL english, EILTS, .. also would be advantageous
For the program Undergraduate and graduate students have the following basic exams:
– GRE: Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE General Test) GRE scores are required by non-business graduate programs. This test consists of 3 sections: Math, Reading Comprehension and Logical Analysis. This test score is especially important if you plan to apply for a scholarship.
– GRE: Graduate Record Examination Subject Test (GRE Subject Test) Only a few graduate programs require students to take this test and usually only in the student’s major. The exam is available for 16 different disciplines.
– SAT I: Reasoning test Many universities in the US require this test score for both American and international students. This test includes math and reading comprehension sections.
– SAT II: Subject Test Students can choose 1, 2 or 3 subjects from 20 different subjects. Only a few universities require foreign students to take this test.
– TOEFL (Test English As a Foreign Language): a compulsory English test for students whose first language is not English, applicable to both undergraduate and graduate students. The test program applies to all skills: listening, grammar, reading comprehension, writing and vocabulary.
– GMAT: Graduate Management Admission Test. Most graduate and doctoral programs in economics require scores on this test for both American and international students. This test tests reading comprehension, math, and analysis and reasoning skills. Because at the university level, there will be higher requirements for students in both foreign language and thinking because they want to make sure that you can absorb the knowledge in the lecture hall.
You must meet the criteria to apply for a student visa in the US
– Age 12 years or older
– Academic performance,
Academic records from Average or above – Have a continuous study or work history
– Have a bank account
– Financially available to pay tuition fees, and living expenses.
You can prove that you will return to our country after completing your studies
U.S. visa law provides that Consular Officers are entitled to treat all applicants for a nonimmigrant visa as intending to immigrate until you can convince the Consular Officer that you don’t mean it. This proof that you will return to our country is related to your future plans after completing your studies. The consular officer will consider this based on your declaration, relevant documents, and your plan after graduation.
For international students, the US consular officer needs to see that your application for a US student visa is not for spontaneous reasons or for any other reason, but because they really want to come to the US. America study. And the decision to apply to the US to study this is because they have carefully researched where they plan to go, the program they have enrolled in…
In short, you need to prove to the consular officer that you currently have ties in our country that make it impossible for you to have any other reason to stay in the US such as: family relations (cannot leave your father). , mother, family in our country), after finishing school, you will have a better future in our country compared to having to stay in the US (for example, when you finish school, you will return to our country to take over the property of family, or you will have a career, a better future awaits in our country.
How much money do you need to study abroad?
– Tuition fees: 3,500 USD-30,000 USD/year
The US state does not issue common standards for tuition fees and so tuition fees will be determined by each school. Tuition fees may vary depending on the faculties affiliated to the school; Depending on your needs and subjects, etc.
In the US, usually the tuition fee will be based on the popularity of the school, the higher the school is ranked, the more tuition you have to pay, there are tuition fee schools. up to 60,000 USD – 70,000 USD. Besides, the tuition fee is also estimated based on the type of school: public school, private school, community college or foreign language school,…
You can refer to the fees below for tuition fees:
– Private school: 15,000 USD to 30,000 USD per year.
– Public schools: 10,000 USD to 20,000 USD/year
– Community colleges: 3,500 USD to 12,000 USD/year.
Postgraduate tuition fees will also depend on the school, department, subject, and several other factors. Some professional programs such as MBA (Master of Business Administration), JD (Juris Doctor-Doctor of Law) or MD (Doctor of Medicine) usually have higher tuition fees compared to other professional programs. with other Master’s and Doctoral programs.
Average tuition fee for Master’s program:
– Public school: about 28,375 USD/year
– Private school: about 38,665 USD/year
Average tuition fee for PhD program:
– Public school: 32,966 USD
– Private school: 46,029 USD
When you rent a house in a dormitory, you will be “all inclusive” of utilities, maybe even including food. For example, Cornell University has a fee of US$ 9,180 for an academic year, with a single room type including utilities; while Pennsylvania State University students only pay US$2,595/semester for a shared room and US$3,060 for a two-room apartment (shared bathroom).
The cost of outsourcing depends on the type of home and the state in which you will live, as well as the distance the home is from the city center. For example, if you could pay US$1,800/month for a studio apartment in New York, it would only cost about $1,040 in the heart of downtown Colorado.
Each state in the US has its own public transportation system, with different fees. Often the campuses are located far from the city center, so you will have to use these vehicles every day. The cost for travel will range from 300 USD – 700 USD for 1 year. Here are a few small comparisons to give you an idea of this cost:
– Subway or bus for one way in New York: US$2.50
– Unlimited Ride MetroCard for a month in New York (student discount): US$56
– Utah train, bus or tram ticket: US$2.50
– Pass 30 Days for Students in Utah: US$62.75
– City Pass for Students, One Semester, in Philadelphia: US$327.60
In addition to the key issues that cannot be ignored. Then the following costs are also quite significant.
+ The cost of books and school supplies is about 900 USD – 1,200 USD for 1 year.
+ Phone charge is about 600 USD for 1 year.
+ School uniform is about 500 USD for 1 year.
+ Medical insurance premium of 350 USD-500 USD for 1 person within 1 year.
+ Personal expenses (Playing, shopping, laundry,…): 2,500 USD for 1 year
In general, the cost of both tuition and living expenses for 1 year studying in the US ranges from about 15,300 USD – 50,000 USD.