The third largest country in the world, the United States of America is located in North America between Mexico, to its south, and Canada, to its north.
The US is divided into fifty states, and one federal district. Washington D.C., is the capital city. The states of Alaska and Hawaii, are the only two states not sharing a contiguous boundary with the country. Alaska is situated to the northwest corner of North America, sharing its border with the with Canada, and Hawaii Island is an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. The US also has many territories in the Pacific Ocean and the
Caribbean Sea. One of the most developed countries of the world, the US covers a total area of 3,794,100 square miles (9,826,675 sq. km), including states and the federal district, and not any overseas territories. The US has a longer coastline than it has a land boundary. The total coastlines measure over 1,200 miles long whereas its land boundary is less than 1,000 miles (12,034 km) long. The geographic coordinates of USA are 38 00N and 97 00W. The climate in USA is predominantly temperate barring Alaska, which has Arctic climate, and Hawaii’s tropical. The topography of the country ranges from Plains, hills, and mountains, to plateaus and desert regions.
The United States is a very large country, and climates and weather can vary greatly by season and location.
Summer: June - August
Fall: September - November
Winter: December - February
Spring: March - May
During Summer, northern states enjoy warm — even hot — days and cooler mornings and nights, while southern states and tropical areas experience very hot temperatures.
In the Fall, temperatures begin to cool down around the country. This is a welcome season in northern regions, where leaves change to beautiful shades of red, yellow and orange.
Winter is fairly mild in the southern states, while the northern, northeastern, midwestern, western mountains and Great Plains regions often encounter snow and colder temperatures.
During the Spring, temperatures begin to warm up and thunderstorms and rainstorms are common across the country into the summer months.
America is a large place, and getting around the country may seem like a challenge,
especially for international students. Whether living on or off campus, in a city or suburb,
he/she is going to need to be able to get around easily and efficiently. Depending on where
student attend school, these are the variety of options that student can consider:
4. Trains and Subways
There are a number of options to live while study in the United States.
These options include:
1. On-Campus Dormitories
Most of American universities offer Dormitory housing for international students. Dormitory residents typically share large bathrooms which include showers and toilets. Many first-year students prefer to live in on-campus dormitories because they are convenient to both academic and social activities. Another advantage is that it is not likely that student will need a car to commute to campus. Utilities such as electricity and telephone connections will most likely be ready to use as well.
2. Off-Campus Dormitories
It is common for graduate students and some undergraduates to live in off-campus housing. It is also a more popular choice for universities located close to, or within city centres, and is generally a cheaper choice then living on-campus. Types of off-campus housing are most commonly share houses or apartments. Once student finds off-campus housing, be aware that the rent may well not include utilities. Student will need to request that the companies turn on the electricity and telephone service when he/she arrives.
Living with an American family will allow student to fully immerse himself in American culture. Student can benefit of the comforts of home and of a family life, even though he/she is far from home and in an entirely new country. In a homestay arrangement, he/she will be placed with an American family within 20 to 45 minutes from the campus. Rooms and meals will be provided.
Be Accepted at an SEVP Approved School
Before student can apply for F1 student visa for the USA, he/she must apply to and be accepted by a school approved by the SEVP.
Pay SEVIS Fee and Receive the I-20
Student will be required to pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee once got accepted in order to be enrolled in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Then, the school will provide with a Form I-20. This form will be presented to the consular officer when attend F1 visa interview.
Complete the Visa Application
Student will be required to pay a non-refundable visa application fee. There is an online visa application available, which allows him/her to complete and print the Form DS-160 to take to F1 visa interview.
Schedule and Prepare for the Interview
Student can schedule F1 visa interview with the U.S. embassy or consulate. Student will only be able to enter the US with an F1 visa 30 days before your start date.
The following documents are required for the F1 visa interview:
A valid passport
The Non-immigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160
The application fee payment receipt
A passport photo
A Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant (F1) Student Status (Form 1-20)
Additional documents may be requested to prove the eligibility for the F1 student visa, including academic transcripts, diplomas, degrees, or certificates. Test scores such as the TOEFL, SAT, GRE, or GMAT may also be requested, as well as proof of the intent to depart the U.S. after the program is complete and proof of student’s financial stability.
Attend the F1 Visa Interview
F1 visa interview will determine whether student is qualified to receive an F1 student visa for the USA. Student may be required to pay a visa issuance fee. Digital fingerprint scans will be taken for records. Student’s visa acceptance will be announced on the spot. His/her passport will be taken and he/she will be informed when to get it back.
1. World renowned Academia (as per the QS World Ranking 2019, 33 of the top 100 universities are from the US)
2. International opportunities which allow students to meet up with many different kinds of people from all over the world.
3. Academic Flexibility which offers flexible options to students according to their needs and interests.
4. Career Opportunities (Due to the varied insight into different fields of study offered by universities of USA, it broadens the scope of the career path that the student chooses and it is known that international companies look for candidates that offer them with a different take or perspective on their products).
5. Use of Technology (U.S. takes pride in its technological advancement and it has made sure that all spectrums of the education sector are well equipped with the latest technology).
6. Emphasis on internships & career advancement
7. Specialized services and support for international students related to accommodation, visa status, career opportunities, etc.
8. Opportunity for OPT (Optional Practical Training) which allows international students with an F-1 visa in the United States to work up to 36 months in relation to their major of study.
9. Be highly sought after by employers (US universities produce the most employable graduates ranked by companies around the world in the Global University Employability Ranking 2019).