Going to a new country for studying can be a very unnerving experience. It helps to know things beforehand otherwise you might run into awkward situations. A new country, new people and a totally new environment can be a bit daunting at first. But like with everything else, there are ways to work around it.
Before you go for Study in the USA:
Get Admission in Colleges in USA
The application process to colleges in the US is different from other countries. Follow the checklist below while applying for a course:
What course are you planning on taking? Not all universities offer a program in everything.
Do you want to study in Western Coast of the USA? Or do you want to study at the Eastern Coast? Or do you want to go for the very popular New York City? Or would you like to Study in the USA suburban area?
Do you have a budget in mind? Like with every country, USA has both expensive and moderately priced universities.
Do you want to study a postgraduate course there as well? If yes, then do you want to pursue both graduate and postgraduate courses at the same university?
Remember that every university has its own
Once you arrive:
It is possible that as an international student you might be put up at a not-so good housing. You might get stuck with housing at an unpopular location. If you feel this has happened to you, request a transfer immediately.
Make sure that you stay on campus at least for the first semester while you study in the USA. This will help you with getting to know people. For students who don’t have means to get around, campus housing is the ideal choice.
Other options include
Off-campus accommodation (Some universities don’t provide on-campus accommodation)
Home-stays (suitable if you are under eighteen years old)
Get your own transport
America is a huge country and it might get difficult for you to move around without your own transport while you study in the USA. Getting a bicycle (Bike as it is called in the US) is a good idea for getting around. Unlike in India, you need to buy a helmet for riding a bicycle in the US. Most college and university campuses provide a biking track. Remember that Americans drive on the right side.
Way of Life
There are some things which are very “normal” in US but are extremely shocking for Indians. For example, complete strangers might say hello to you and ask you how you are. This is completely normal American behavior. Play along.
Never ask another student about his or her grades. Unlike India, where results are posted in public, grades in the US aren’t publicized.
Do not get shocked if your professor asks you to call them by their name. It is completely normal.
Get as much internships as possible while you study in the USA. This will help you with getting a job after you complete your course.