Destination - United States of America

Education System

Categories of Institution:

Public Universities: These are the state affiliated institutions that areoverlooked by the State and Federal Government for maintaining the highest quality of education. Public Universities offer all levels of degrees in a large number of fields.The fees here are lower and the admissions are competitive.
Private Universities: These are controlled outside the purview of the Government. Private run universities are equally well – reputed, their fees being relatively higher and admissions are very competitive and the criteria for admission are varying as per the major and location.
Technical Institutes: These play a pivotal role in the fields of engineering and science and are known for their research and graduate programs.
The Ivy League: These are the oldest and most famous institutes of the country. They are extremely competitive and charge significantly higher tuition fees as compared to other academic institutions.
Small Liberal Arts Colleges: These emphasize on undergraduate study of traditional arts and science regulations. These have rigid admission policies and are highly rated colleges.

Categories of Certifications

Associate Degree: It is a degree awarded by certain universities, junior colleges and business colleges. They are for 2 years (60 credits). Once a student completes his/her 2 years in an Associate’s degree, he/she is then allowed to transfer to another university and complete the final two years at this university where he/she will be awarded a bachelors degree. Alternatively, the student can earn the qualification and gain employment but its best recommend completing the 4 years Bachelor’s program.
Bachelors Degree (UG): A U.S. Bachelors degree is four years long. Students who have completed their 12th standard in India or who have completed a part of their undergraduate degree and aspire for international studies opt for this degree. The Bachelors degree in the U.S. is classified into– B.A, B.S., BBA etc depending on the area of specialization.
Masters Degree (PG):A master’s degree in the U.S. is for 1.5 - 2 year duration. The U.S. offers many types on Masters Degree qualifications such as MA, MSc, M.Eng, MFA etc depending upon the large number of specializations offered by US Universities.
MBA: An MBA degree in the U.S. is for duration of 2 years. US Universities offer MBA degree offer many specializations in the MBA degree such as Accounting, Actuarial Science, Business Management, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, HR, IT, Marketing, Supply Chain Management among many others.

Types of Courses

Education: Early childhood, Special Education, Teaching, Educational Studies.
Mathematics & Computing: Computer Science, Computer Based Information System, Mathematics & Statistics.
Visual & Performing Arts: Music, Performing Arts, Film, Crafts.
Design: Fashion Design, and Graphic Arts, Interior Design, Architecture, Automobile Design etc.
Health Sciences: Physiotherapy, Public Health, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy, Personal & Family Health Care, Environmental Health, Nutrition & Nursing, Pre-Dentistry & Pre-Med
Business Administration & Law: Economics, Accounting, Commerce, Management, Administration, Marketing, Finances, HR.
Hospitality & Tourism: Hotel Management, Tourism Management, And Commercial Cookery.
Humanities: Psychology, Communications, Foreign Language Studies, History, and Philosophy, English.
Social Studies: Sociology, Sport & Recreation, Welfare & Counseling, Behavioral Studies, and Geography.
Engineering: Environmental, Polymer, Mechatronics, Telecommunications, General Engineering Computer, Industrial, Mining, Aeronautical, Automotive, Mechanical, Structural, Electronics, Electrical, Civil & Chemical.
Science: Science Pharmacology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Biotechnology
Agriculture: Agriculture, Forest, Horticulture

Grading System:

Grade point average (GPA) is the norm when measuring a student’s grades/academic performance. Unlike the Indian system, there are no percentage calculations. GPA’s are measured on a 4.0 scale with 4.0 being 100%, 3.7 being distinction, 3.3 is above average / first-class and 3.0 is just about good. Anything lower than 3.0 is considered below satisfactory. 2.3 or lower is considered as failed.

Credit based System:

“Credits” can be termed as the academic value of every individual class/course taken. Each class / subject on an average is 3 credits. A 3 credit-hour course means that the student is expected to attend lectures of that course for three hours/week for the entire semester and study outside of lecture time for that course for 9 hours/week for the entire semester. As a result, he/she is expected to study a total of 12 hours for that particular course per week for the entire semester if he/she is to achieve high marks in that particular subject. A minimum requirement of 24 credit hours per year must be met for Bachelor students and 18 credit hours per year for Masters Students.

A typical Bachelors course consists of 120 credits, an MSC / MA of between 27 – 36 credits and an MBA course is between 45 – 60 credits.