When it comes to the US, the first thing that comes to mind is its influential hold on the world with its world largest economy with a GDP of 17.96 trillion US dollars. High-value currency and political power come afterward.
Calling it a successful country won’t be wrong as the unemployment rate is only 4.7% which is far less than any other big country globally.
The cherry on the top, it’s home to world’s largest tech hubs and powerhouses e.g., Oracle, Microsoft, HP, Facebook, Twitter, Hollywood, and the list is never-ending.
Popularity Among International Students:
Undoubtedly, the US is a very popular country among students all around the globe. The reason is undeniably its exemplary education system and incredible research hubs.
150 US Universities have made way to the list of top universities of the world which is a record in itself.
According to an estimate, the number of international students in the US has reached a whopping 1 million. This is why it secures its position at number 1 for hosting the largest number of international students each year.
Moreover, the US has a total of 4500 universities spread across the populous country which caters to the needs of all students. Another reason for the popularity is its variety of scholarships offered by universities and the government.
Pakistani Students in the US:
There are thousands of Pakistani students studying in the US right now and the number is also increasing every year.
Fortunately, there are very suitable scholarship options for Pakistani students every year. In fact, the US government has done much collaboration with the Pakistani government to pave ways for education. Thus, improving the relations of both countries.
Wondering How To Apply?
Pakistani students have so much fondness for the US but the questions that most frequently arises is how to apply for study in the US from Pakistan?
The answer to this question is neither rocket science nor is this is a hidden treasure.
In fact, it is a very easy and simple process. However, it involves certain steps to get into a suitable university which are as follows:
- Find Your Direction:
The first and foremost step is to find your direction in life. You should have a clear idea about what you want to pursue in the US? Which field you want to go into and which degree you should opt for?
You will find thousands of courses available and degree options e.g., diplomas, summer courses, short courses, graduation, post-graduation, and doctoral degrees.
For this, you need to do thorough research at home.
Pro Tip: You can also seek some counselling or guidance from Pakistani students in the US.
- Calculate Your Budget:
This step is very important. While doing your research, you should have a clear idea of the fee structure of US universities. This is because they are a bit expensive than the rest of the world.
Doing so will give you a clear idea of how to calculate your budget. As it is not only the tuition fee but many other expenses too.
According to an estimation, for a Pakistani student, the average tuition fee ranges from 12000$ to 35000$ per annum.
- Choose your College/University Wisely:
After deciding your field and calculating your budget, you should carefully choose a university accordingly.
The one that best suits your field of choice and is budget-friendly at the same time. Luckily, you can seek help from the internet for checking the ranking of these universities.
- Register For Admission Tests:
Wherever in the world, you may go, every university will have some pre-requisites for admission.
In the US, it is mostly an English language test for non-native students. It can be SAT, TOEFL, IELTS or ACT. Your university prospectus will tell you which one to take. You should prepare for it and register ASAP!
- Apply Away:
After you have taken the English language test and have your results, you are ready to apply. Make sure you fill in the admission forms carefully and provide all the documents needed.
Key Takeaway: You should get your form checked by a friend before submitting to rule out any mistakes.
- Get US Visa:
After you have been accepted by a university, it is time to apply for a visa. Pakistani students need to apply for an F-1 or M-1 visa based on the type of program they are enrolled into. Although the visa procedure is strict if you provide all documents properly to the embassy, there will be no hurdle.
- Arrange Your Accommodation:
Before flying, you need to make arrangements for your accommodation in advance. Whether you are going to stay in a university dorm or a student home or at a rented flat, you should have booked for it beforehand.
The average living cost is 1000$ to 1500$ which includes everything from living to food to stationery.