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Higher study options at US in a nutshell

United States attracts a sizable number of foreign students every year. However, getting admission to US universities is not all a cake walk. It needs lots of hard work and preparation. Options are open for admission into undergraduate, graduate, post graduate and PhD programs. There are some basic differences between Indian and US educational system. In US, takes it takes four years of undergraduate study to earn a Bachelors degree. The graduation study of US is equivalent to post graduation of India. Masters degree or post-graduate degree in USA is usually required in fields such as Engineering, Library science, Business Administration or Social work. A doctorate or PhD degree comprises of studies related to specializations and usually takes 5-7 years.

There are different types of educational institutes in USA providing the above educational facilities. The institutes are state-run universities, private collages, community collages, professional schools, institute of technology and schools run by churches. There is a registration process to enrol students into academic courses at different institutes. Academic calendar of USA generally begins in August or September and continues through May or June.

Apart from academic record of a student, TOFEL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) plays a vital role in admission procedure at US universities and educational institutes. At some institutes 16 years of prior education in English medium is mandatory. Some institutes require GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) and SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) scores for admission. Student counselling facility is a core activity at all the colleges of US. This helps and guides students in selecting the best course for them.


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