United States, officially United States of America, abbreviations U.S. or U.S.A., by name America, country of North America, a federal republic of 50 states. Besides the 48 contiguous states that occupy the middle latitudes of the continent, the United States includes the state of Alaska, at the north western extreme of North America, and the island state of Hawaii, in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The coterminous states are bounded on the north by Canada, on the east by the Atlantic Ocean, on the south by the Gulf of Mexico and Mexico, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. The United States is the fourth largest country in the world in area (after Russia, Canada, and China). The national capital is Washington, which is coextensive with the District of Columbia, the federal capital region created in 1790.
The United States is the world’s greatest economic power, measured in terms of gross national product (GNP). The nation’s wealth is partly a reflection of its rich natural resources and its enormous agricultural output, but it owes more to the country’s highly developed industry. Despite its relative economic self-sufficiency in many areas, the United States is the most important single factor in world trade by virtue of the sheer size of its economy. Its exports and imports represent major proportions of the world total. The United States also impinges on the global economy as a source of and as a destination for investment capital. The country continues to sustain an economic life that is more diversified than any other on Earth, providing the majority of its people with one of the world’s highest standards of living.
Why Study Here?
Most of the world’s top ranked Universities are in the USA. At a US University you may attend a class taught by a Nobel Laureate , a leading researcher or author in a field. The research facilities and funding at US Universities are world class. If you got your first degree from another country, studying abroad is one of the best investments you can make for your career. US remains the top destination for international students. Large US Universities have dedicated International Student offices which cater to the unique needs of international students. On the campus of US University, you may find a student from almost any country of the world.
There are many opportunities of funding at US Universities and many of these opportunities are open to international students. Universities award Scholarships, Fellowships and Assistantships to deserving applicants. In many cases the scholarships or assistantships are combined with full or partial tuition waiver.
If you are planning to permanently migrate to the USA, a University degree may be a first solid step towards that goal. With a degree from a US University, you are likely to do well in the job market. If you plan to work in any country in the world, the degrees awarded by US Universities are very well recognized.
In addition to all very good reasons mentioned above, the education experience at a US University can be a lot of fun. You can participate in many on campus activities and programs for students. There is more flexibility than you can think of. The students get to decide what courses they will take and which Professors class they would like to join, in some cases, even when they want to graduate!
For any international student, USA has a lot to offer: one of the most prestigious, top ranked higher education systems in the world, eclectic cities and beautiful natural parks, culture, history and a very multicultural population.
Diversity and Variety
A Unique Higher Education System
The Leading Edge
Your valid passport and previously issued passports
One recent (within the past six months) passport size photograph 50 mm X 50 mm (2" x 2") with a white or off-white background.
The DS-160 barcode page (you will not need the full application)
The Visa fee receipts
F, M students should bring the SEVIS receipt and I-120.