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Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


13 Jun 2017 663 Book icon 3 mins Share

US graduate schools – 5 interesting factors that make them different from the rest!

Amidst the heated political atmosphere in the USA, what makes the graduate schools in the USA so different from the rest? 5 key facts that Indian students should know about the US graduate schools

13 Jun 2017 663 Book icon 3 mins Share
Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


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what makes the US graduate schools different from the rest

Always wondered – what makes the American graduate schools stand out from the crowd? What makes them so different that thousands of Indian students flock together and choose those schools over others?

In a literal sense, we’ll simplify and talk about the reasons, rather characteristics of the US graduate schools that make them so different from the resteven at this time of the year when tensions prevail and some students still get confused if they should make it to the USA.

However, brushing aside all fears, 4000 Indian students from different cities in India were granted US visas for their higher studies on 9 June 2017, and the day was celebrated as the ‘Student Visa Day’. The visa interviews were conducted at US embassies and consulates in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai.

Reports say that currently there are 1,66,000 Indian students studying in the USA, and every 6th international student in the USA is an Indian.

So what makes the US graduate schools still so different from the rest?

1. Student–teacher interaction: US graduate schools provide the right ambience to nurture a student–professor relation. You need not cower with fear or chew your doubts but can open up and be friendly with a professor. At the same time, you should treat him/her with respect as he/she does to you. In most US schools, professors really appreciate students who are outgoing and have a penchant for learning; they never hesitate to accept a challenge from a student on whom they have complete confidence.

2. Flexible courses: Most US schools give you the freedom to select a course mid-way and also to swipe/change a course, if you are reluctant to continue with your previous choice. This means you need not select a specialisation right away when you receive admissions; you can select it over the course of time, after you already start studying at the university. Same applies for thesis/dissertation topics. You can pick any topic that you are comfortable with and swipe it mid-way if you find something else more interesting or are unsure about the current topic in hand. 

Read up a university prospectus and select a suitable course for you. 

3. Peer-professor: Professors are open to questions, and they love to spend quality time with students. Their amiable nature would intrigue you to know more about their research interests. It’s good to be in touch with professors who you think can add value to your research and career or help you with your LOR or help you get a good internship. Most American professors love to share and transfer knowledge so make sure you use the opportunity in hand.

4. Time is knowledge: Most US graduate schools offer programmes for minimum 2 years. And it’s imperative that you work hard and try to complete your programme within the stipulated timeframe. While some countries might let you complete a degree in ≤1 year, US has got some strict rules and you need to comply with those rules. Moreover, two years of studies will involve a lot of work so be prepared to face new challenges. 

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5. Finance matters: Studying in the USA is little expensive, with or without scholarship, and there are graduate schools that may not include everything in the tuition fees. Sometimes the tuition cost may or may not involve the cost of books and stationeries. It’s you who has to speak to the admissions committee or your faculty and get the complete information before applying to the university. Although the cost of studying at US universities is high, your impressive ROI might compensate for that. 

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Thus, if you are aware of the above information, you might find it easier to cope up with new cities, new people and new rules.

Last year, we saw it in numbers: over 1 million international students were hosted by the US colleges and universities. China topped the number (3,28,000 students), followed by India (1,65,000 students). Saudi Arabia and South Korea were next on the line, followed by relatively small percentages from Canada, Vietnam, Taiwan, Brazil, Japan, etc. 

So which US institutes are you thinking of? Our counsellors can help you with your applications and visas. Didn't know that? Why don't you speak to them today and they will tell you to which universities you can apply this year. 

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