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If there was a country post world wars, where aspirations met opportunities in all forms, it has to be the United States of America popularly known as the USA. Founded by immigrants from Western Europe in the 15th century, the country has witnessed an avalanche of immigration of people, culture, values and most importantly ideas from all over the world in the last few centuries, and has made the country a boiling pot of innovation in science, technology, business and education. America has offered opportunity to everyone with a dream and willingness to struggle to achieve whatever they want: be it the case of India’s IndraNooyi becoming the CEO of Pepsi Co. or Obama, the son of a Kenyan immigrant becoming the president of the most powerful country in the world.

The US is not just an economically and technologically happening place; it is also one of the most vibrant societies of modern times. American culture is an amalgamation of cultures from across the globe. Though the initial influence in the evolution of American culture was overwhelmingly English, Scottish and Irish, today the wider American culture has taken a unique liberal form centered on egalitarianism, liberty and respect for individualism. One can find people from all the religions, ethnicity and speakers of different first languages in USA. Though English is the lingua franca in the entire country, Spanish language is fast emerging as the major second language, with official language status in commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the state of New Mexico. Indian immigrants, in general, blend well with the American society, given our prior knowledge of the English language and prior exposure to American culture through movies and television. Further, major American cities have a considerable number of Indian and South Asian population which enable Indian students to feel at home. It is not very difficult to find Indian groceries or restaurants in places such as New York, San Francisco, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia or Austin. However students studying at rural campuses, say in Iowa or Nebraska, might have to explore a bit.

  • The United States offers one of the most diverse forms of higher education opportunities in the world. It boasts of almost 4500 colleges, universities and community colleges spread across both urban and rural settings. It is not just the diversity and magnitude of opportunities but also the quality in learning and research that attracts thousands of international students to study in America. According to most of the prominent rankings of world universities, American universities grab a major pie out of the top five hundred positions. These world class institutions have built their reputation and trust among students including Indians, based on their fortes of academic excellence, cultural diversity, opportunity to gain perspectives from all over the world, excellent support for international students, ground breaking research in every field, ample opportunities for extracurricular activities through fraternities and clubs, and generous scholarship offers.
    Be it the Ivy League, large public research universities or smaller liberal arts colleges, students can pick from a wide range of choices for undergraduate, graduate or professional education. While the undergraduates study in the US offers opportunity to obtain two years Associate or a four to five years Bachelor’s degree, graduate study which mostly focuses on research and specialized training allows students to acquire a Masters or Doctoral degree. The options in professional schools include degrees in law, medicine, pharmacy, business and technology.
    Despite the economic slump that started towards the end of the last decade, the USA remains the largest economy in the world with one of the highest GDP per capita among the countries in the developed world. Job opportunities abound for hard working Indians in all major private, public and nonprofit sectors. American universities offer wonderful exposures to the job market during and after studies through internship, co-operative education (Co-op) and Optional Practical Training (OPT). The Career Services in the university campuses offer invaluable guidance regarding job search, interview process and alumni networking, etc. Also, Indians are one of the most educated and professionally successful ethnic communities in the USA in terms of access to higher education and annual income

Popular Study Courses in USA

USA offers quality education in almost all the areas of higher education. However, there are some courses which are quite popular with international students moving to USA for their higher studies. Given below is a brief about such fields:

  • Information Technology

Information sciences basically hone the computer and software developing and management skills of the students. The use of computer based technology in almost every sector in present times makes this field particularly lucrative. Information science consists of courses such as Bachelors of Information Technology, Bachelors of Computer Science and Technology and Bachelors of Engineering (Computers). USA is home to some of the IT giants and therefore, the demand for graduates of this field never wanes away.

  • Engineering

Engineering, be it chemical or electronics or biomedical, is a conventional and evergreen area of study. Indians have a particular inclination towards this discipline. It is for this reason that many Indian students move to USA for higher studies in the field of Engineering. The country has many universities offering this course with specialization in various different streams within the discipline. The job opportunities in the field are also aplenty, thus making it all the more popular.

  • Business and Management Studies

Business and Management studies are in the list of most popular courses in USA and also the most job oriented. Business and Management studies usually inculcate entrepreneurial skills in the students and make efficient managers out of them. Skills developed during the period of the course makes students job ready, to be employed and contribute to their employers immediately and efficiently. The classroom teaching strengthens the conceptual clarity and industry exposure in forms of internships and training gives practical edge.

Adelphi University

Alliant International University

American International College, Massachusetts

American National University(ANU) 
Bard College at Simons Rock

Auburn University

Bay State College (EduCo), Boston

Bellevue University, Nebraska

Bellus Academy

Berkeley College, New York

Bloomfield college

Brandeis International Business School(EduCo), MA

Bridge- Linguatec Inc. Colorado 

Brookline College, Phoenix

California Baptist University

California Lutheran University

California State University, Fresno 

California State University, Monterey Bay

California State University, San Bernardino

California State University, Sonoma

Cascadia College

Claremont Graduate Business School(EduCo)

Cleary University

Cleveland State University

College of Lake County 

Colorado Heights University Denver, Colorado 

Colorado State University 

De Anza College, California 

DeVry University, Illinois 

Elgin Community College

Emporia State University 

Ferris State University, Michigan 

Florida Coastal School of Law, Florida 

Florida SouthWestern State College 

Florida International University, Florida 

Foothill College, California 

Golden Gate University, California 

Green River Community College, Washington 

Hillsborough Community College 

Husson University 

Iglobal University 

Indiana Tech University

Lebanon Valley College

Lincoln University, California 

Living Arts College 

Louisiana State University, Louisiana 

Manhattan Institute of Management, New York 

Marshall University 

Metropolitan College of New York

Midwestern State University, Texas 

Mississippi State university 

Missouri University of Science and Technology, Missouri 

Montana State University – Billings, Montana 

Montana State University – Bozeman, Montana 

National University, California

Navitas at UMass Dartmouth-University of Massachusetts 

Navitas at UMass Lowell -University of Massachusetts 

Navitas at UNH -University of New Hempshire 

Navitas at WKU -Western Kentucky University 

New Jersey Institute of Technology, New Jersey 

New York Film Academy, New York 

North American College, Texas 

North Central College Naperville, Illinois 

Northern Kentucky University, Kentucky 

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

University of South Dakota

George Mason University 

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Marshall University, West Virginia

Norwich University

Drew University 

Northern Michigan University, Michigan 

Northland College 

Northwood University 

Oregon State University 

Pacific University Oregon 

Pittsburg State University

San Jose State University, California

University of Colorado-Denver

University of Maryland-Baltimore County

University of St Thomas(EduCo)

Bay State College(EduCo), Boston

University of Nebraska-Lincoln(EduCo)

Brandeis International Business School(EduCo), MA

San Mateo College 

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Minnesota 

Schiller International University, Florida 

Seattle Central Community College, Washington 

Southeast Missouri State University 

St. John’s University 

State University of New York 

SIT Graduate Institute 

Strayer University 


SUNY Geneseo 

SUNY New Paltz 

SUNY Old Westbury 

SUNY, Buffalo State College, New York 

SUNY, Maritime College, New York 

SUNY, Oswego, New York 

SUNY, University at Albany, New York 


St. Louis University 

Texas A&M University Corpus Christi – the Island University 

Texas Southern University, Texas 

The University of Mississippi 

The University of Tennessee – Knoxville, Tennessee 

Thomas College, Maine 

Troy University, Alabama 

University of South Carolina

University of Alabama-Birmingham-INTO

University of Cincinnati

University of Indianapolis 

University of Montana, Missoula

University of Redlands

University of Bridgeport, Connecticut 

University of California Riverside, California 

University of Central Florida 

University of Charleston, West Virginia 

University of Dallas, Texas 

University of Hartford, Connecticut 

University of Kansas 

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Texas 

University of Nebraska – Omaha 

University of New Haven, Connecticut 

University of South Florida 

University of the Potomac, Washington 

United States University, Chula Vista, California 

Upper Iowa University, Iowa 

Vaughan College of Aeronautics and Technology, Flushing New York

Webber International University, Florida 

Western New England University 

Westcliff University 

Widener University 

Worcester State University 

Kansas State University Polytechnic