Study in USA
Our competent, well-trained and experienced consultants at Edwise Foundation have successfully assisted about 5,000 + students (as on Spring 2020) with their study plans and F-1 visas to the U.S. Higher Institutions.
Smart Assistance with F-1 Interview
We don’t teach you visa answers but offer practical insights into what the Visa Officers are looking for in you during the interview. We help you communicate the ideas organically, brush up your interpersonal skills and elevate your confidence level. The F-1 visa is indeed a reflection of how clear you are in terms of what you’re going to be, how you are affording your education and what makes you depart to the U.S. The interview process seems to be touching upon everything you have accumulated so far, although students sometimes find it otherwise. Students need to take this simply as a conversation with the visa officer, not as a scholastic answer that they can give to their professors.
We advise students not to memorize or rehearse the answers but to talk to the officer originally. Attending the visa session at USEF can help you develop an understanding of how the process works.
We attend the education and immigration workshops in AIRC, NAFSA and in other platforms in the USA every year and go through the journals and other literature to better assist students with the visa process.
Key Consultants for U.S. Studies
Mr. B.M. Khadka and Jeevan Ghimire serve as Senior Consultants/Advisors, who are well backed up by Ms. Sarojani Basnet. Mr. Khadka holds a Master’s in English (Education) and has been consulting for nearly 18 years now. He has attended more than two dozens of workshops and training in the USA and presented papers in different forums. He is a NAFSA Individual Member. Mr. Ghimire started consulting nearly 6 years ago with his MBA from University of Arkansas Little Rock, USA. Ms. Basnet is a TU MBA Graduate and has been into consulting for more than 12 years. Our consulting team possesses professional qualifications like USATC, TITI and others.
We are well equipped with the expertise required to offer consulting services on US Higher Education.
Some of our expertise includes, but not limited to:
Suggestions to Nepalese Students
Suggestions to Nepalese Students seeking the U.S. Higher Education
We would like our students to thoroughly research the universities in terms of their program strength, support activities and the costs. Please make sure you have concrete financial planning for the entire period of studies if you don’t have significant financial support (Scholarships/Assistantship) from the universities. Off-campus jobs are illegal except for the ones endorsed by DSO after the 1st year.
GPA, SAT/ACT, and TOEFL/IELTS and Essay play a key role in admissions and scholarships at the undergraduate. We strongly advise you to apply early so that you can be considered for financial support from the U.S. universities.
Most of the top elite graduate programs require strong GRE/GMAT scores depending on the nature of the program, high IELTS/TOEFL score, Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation and Resume. If you are looking for a research assistantship, we encourage you to apply early and find the Professor whose research interests align with yours.
During the application process, you can make a reference to social media, blogs, search engines, consultancies or any internet information, but it is crucial for you to make sure you’re using the accurate source. You will need to thoroughly check the credentials of the consultancies, their success history, transparency of the service fees and the profiles of the consultants before you choose any. By law, Nepalese consultants don’t need to have any professional credentials to offer consulting services.
Using EdUSA, the U.S. Government Agency is a great place for the ones who are smart enough to develop an understanding of the process using S abundant resources they house. We strongly advise students to use the EdUSA/USEF for transcript attestation, university information sessions, visa info sessions, and pre-departure sessions.
For a personalized consultation, you can consider working with Edwise Foundation where you get not the generic but the precise answers meeting your parameter. We have answers to WHERE, WHICH, WHAT, HOW, WHY assisting you with your decision-making process.
Our support with an F-1 interview is very unique. Based on what we have experienced over the past 15 years, we always try to help you talk to the Visa Officer persuasively, precisely and organically if you are truly intending to study, are prepared to afford the fees and are willing to return home.
If these sound like what you are looking for and wish to make your dream come true, please come talk to us for a ‘free consultation’.
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Features of U.S. Education
The USA, also known as the land of opportunity, is considered as the best destination for higher education by international students from all around the world. The States has the world’s largest international student population which is more than a million. The diversity in schools shows proof of the welcoming nature of the USA for students from around the globe. The world-class universities, known for their best courses with various learning opportunities make this country tempting international students. Nepalese students are not an exception.
Excellent Academic Quality
The United States is known for having one of the world’s most effective university systems with an outstanding number of programs in any given area. These programs are then quality monitored by various higher education accreditation bodies. At undergraduate and graduate level, students are provided with various learning opportunities including participation in research, internship, field visits, assistantships and more. Particularly, at the graduate level, students have various opportunities to work directly within their field of study. The quality of programs and career-oriented education systems make U.S. degrees well recognized throughout the world for their excellence.
The United States is home to several thousands of colleges and universities, which means students, can choose what’s best for them comparing cost, courses, quality, location and many more. It also means that U.S. has something for everyone. These higher education providers can sometimes offer better courses and curriculums in one particular field than others and it’s all up to the students to understand what’s best for them.
U.S. universities are known for being updated with technologies on their campuses. The universities provide latest technologies in classrooms, labs and other resources. Students in any field will have a taste of latest technologies in their related fields within the universities themselves.
Opportunities for Research, Teaching, and Training
International students are highly valued in the United States. This is one reason why students are given opportunities to work with their professors and department in researches, teaching, and training. Particularly in case of graduate students, they can get research assistantship, teaching assistantship or graduate assistantship where they will have great practical experiences handy for their career.
Although there are some requirements for completing courses, students have a wide variety of choices to meet such requirements. Most of the time, students can choose classes at their appropriate times and days as well. They have options to choose different professors for the same courses. A lot of courses required for graduation can have alternative options available as well.
Know the U.S. Education
Here are some reasons why we are the preferred institution among students seeking test preparation courses and consultation to study in U.S. and other top destinations.
In most countries, the Ministry of Education governs and controls Educational Systems. In the USA, it is a non-governmental volunteer process in which accrediting agencies recognized by the Department of Education accredit institutions. The accrediting agencies recognized by the Department of Education can have Regional or National Scope. Regional accrediting agencies accredit institutions within six geographic regions of the USA, for example, The Middle State Association of Schools and Colleges, The New England Association of Schools and Colleges, The North Central Association of the Colleges and Schools, and so on). National Accrediting agencies accredit specialized institutions or programs all across the USA. There are professional/specialized or programmatic accrediting agencies as well. It is important to note that the Council for Higher Education Accreditation also recognizes organizations that accredit institutions.
Graduate Education leads to Master’s, Professional and Doctoral Degrees in the USA. Some of the examples are MS, M Eng., MBA, M. Ed., MFA, M. Arch., etc. Graduate Education in most of the other countries is known as ‘Post Graduate Education’.
Master’s Degree is the most flexible and popular graduate degree, which requires one to two years of coursework.
In most arts and sciences disciplines, a master’s degree is not considered a prerequisite for doctoral study. The doctoral degree is designed to train research scholars in a specific field. Ph. D. is the most common degree awarded in academic fields of study. Students can also earn other doctoral degrees in professional fields such as education (Ed. D.), business (D.B.A.). Doctoral programs involve advanced coursework, seminars, and the writing of a dissertation/thesis.
It typically takes you four years to complete the Bachelor’s Degree in the US. You can begin your studies either at a Community College or a 4-year University/College. During your first two years, you will generally need to study a wide variety of courses in literature, sciences, social sciences, the arts, history and so forth regardless of your major. These courses are expected to help students develop a strong foundation prior to focusing on a specific field of study. You can change your major multiple times; however, it can sometimes require you to take more courses which means more money and time. The examples of undergraduate education include the Associate of Arts/Science or Bachelor of Arts/Science.
Institutions in the USA are both private and public; which however has no relationship to educational qualities. U.S. Institutions are autonomous and independent in terms of operation. The role of the government bodies is only with the funds. Private institutions receive only a little or no funds from the government but public institutions receive most of the funds from the government. They still receive funds from tuition fees and private donations. Usually, private universities in the USA tend to be more expensive than public universities. Private Universities are either religious or secular and for-profit or non-profit.
In Nepal, education is always the responsibility of the Ministry of Education. Nepalese students can choose either private or public institutions based on their learning styles, academic abilities, and financial strengths.
There is no clear distinction between colleges and universities in the context of the USA. However, colleges tend to be and emphasize interactive teaching. They offer Associate’s and Bachelor’s Degrees. Except for an absolutely few numbers of colleges, they don’t emphasize on research works. Universities tend to be research-oriented and they often comprise a number of divisions, including graduate and professional schools. They may place less emphasis on undergraduate teaching.
Liberal Arts colleges emphasize interactive instruction, small class size and direct contact with faculty. They are focused to develop general knowledge in students. Academic courses are oriented towards humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. They are both public and private. Some of them are among the most prestigious institutions of higher education in the USA.
Institutions in the USA offering two-year degrees (Associate of Science or Associate of Arts) are referred to as Community Colleges. These degrees are either terminal (vocational) or transfer (the first two years of a four-year program).
A scholarship is a form of assistance that students are not required to repay. Scholarships are based on merit, a special quality or need. Scholarships are very competitive and offered only to the students who have excellent achievements in academics, debating or athletics (There are other considerations as well, such as standardized test scores, Statement of Purpose, etc.). The institutions offering full-scholarships are very limited. Some of the institutions award cultural scholarships, which cover only the partial tuition fees. Students should be well prepared to cover the remaining costs. Some institutions also offer scholarships based on the documentation related to their needs, but again the number is very few. Some of the universities/colleges have the policy to offer scholarships only after the first year.
Assistantships are offered mostly to graduate students. Assistantships are aids with duties in teaching, research or school management. Usually students receiving the assistantship will receive monthly stipends plus a partial or full tuition waiver. There is a competition for the assistantship positions; however, assistantships are available in most of the universities.
Rankings are a list of the U.S. institutions in rank order based on combination of factors, such as class size, tuition rate, alumni donations, etc. In the U.S.A, rankings are made by organizations, newspapers, magazines or academics groups.
Some of the ranking systems that are very popular among Nepalese students are U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review and The Washington Monthly College Rankings.
Rankings are quite helpful when it comes to choosing schools or comparing schools, but we advise that students have an idea about how rankings are made. Rankings are too good to know but we strongly suggest you not to rely on it. It is important for you to know what for an institution is ranked #1 or #2 (Is it class size or researches or peer review or graduation rates?) We believe it is your judgment about the overall appeal of the institutions that matter.
We want our students to focus on the strengths and attributes of the institutions. We strongly believe that unranked institutions impart equally or even better quality education.
Students from Nepal (Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu University, Pokhara University, and Purvanchal University) are eligible to transfer credits they have obtained towards U.S. Bachelor’s Degrees in the USA. It is important for you to understand that the recognition of the Nepalese credits is different from one school to another. The best way would be to submit the evaluation report prepared by any of the member agencies listed in NACES (www.naces.org) or AACRAO (www.aacrao.org). If you have British ‘A’ Levels, you can explore the possibilities for Advanced Standing.
Non-immigrant Students (only F1) are authorized for employment in the United States of America during the college or University degree level programs. To be eligible for CPT, F-1 students need to be enrolled for a minimum of one-year academic program (other than few graduate cases) and the training will be granted through the DSO (Designated Student Official) in coordination with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Generally speaking, CPT is an integral part of the academic program that helps the students gain practical knowledge in their field of study. Co-operative Education, Internships, work/study program etc. that exemplify CPT are what the students undergo mandatorily as a part of their programs. The institutions are required to have a cooperative agreement with the sponsoring employers.
Non-Immigrant Students (Graduate and Undergraduate) who entered the United States on F-1 VISA are authorized to work for minimum of two consecutive semesters in the field of study. OPT can be extendable for a maximum of 29 months for the students in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. OPT is awarded to students to achieve practical exposure in the same field of study.
What are the minimum requirements (academics and test scores) to study in the US?
US has over 6,000 colleges and universities to choose from; and the entry requirements vary accordingly. Some of the universities have high entry requirements (requires good grades, SAT/GMAT/GRE scores), whilst some of them have very low requirements. Generally, the IELTS requirements for most of the Bachelor’s Degress is an overall of 6.0 IELTS, or a TOELF score of 60-78, however, you may find colleges or universities that accept an overall IELTS scores of 5.5 as well. We; however, recommend students to apply if their GPA/Percentages are over 2.80 GPA/65%, and IELTS scores of 6.0, because students with lower grades (and with no other non-academic achievements) will find it particularly difficult to justify their low grades during visa interview, and face rejection. Graduate students generally need to have 2.85 GPA, 6.5 IELTS/79 in iBT.
Can I transfer my credits to US universities?
Yes, you can. The transcripts are reviewed by the universities and may provide exemptions. However, you may lose some credits (which do not add up) which may lead to longer time to complete your course
Is it true that US Colleges and Universities accept only TOEFL scores?
No, this not true. This myth seems to be hovering in the minds of most of the applicants for quite some time. US colleges and universities accept IELTS or PTE as well. During the global pandemic, COVID-19, some universities have even been accepting Duolingo, which is an English language proficiency test, the test which can be taken from the comfort of your home.
What are SAT scores or GMAT/GRE scores?
SAT is required by most of the colleges and universities for admissions and scholarships into a Bachelor’s degree. It includes Math and Evidence-based Reading and Writing. There are some colleges and universities that do not require SAT tests, but good SAT scores (over 1300) and very good academic scores (3.8 GPA) can help students to get full tuition or full ride scholarships.
GMAT stands for Graduate Management Admission Test, and GRE stands for Graduate Record Examinations. These are tests required by most of the universities for admissions into a graduate degree, which sets a common ground to analyze the applicants. GMAT is usually required for admissions into programs such as MBA or other business-related courses, whilst GRE is required for admissions for other graduate programs.
What is an I-20?
This is a document issued by a U.S. government-approved educational institution certifying that a student has been admitted to a full-time study program and has demonstrated sufficient financial resources to stay in the United States.
Can I be eligible for a Scholarship or Graduate Assistantship?
Scholarships in the US are offered on the basis of merit, need or other factors such as sports, ECA, diversity and so on. There are some universities or colleges that provide scholarships on achieving a certain SAT or GMAT/GRE scores (and even do not require an additional application). Some universities or colleges, however, require a separate application with an essay.
Graduate students can apply for Teaching or Research Assistantships. Generally, they need to submit applications separately. It is important that they contact their department or individual professors to see if there are any positions available.
What is a CPT Program?
CPT stands for Curricular Practical Training which allows F1 visa holders (international students) to gain practical work experience related to their major. The employment may be paid or unpaid which is delivered via internships or cooperative education
What is an OPT Program?
It is a period during which F-1 students who have been studying for more than 9 months or have completed their degrees are allowed by the US Government to work towards getting practical training or to complement their field of studies.
What is SEVIS?
SEVIS stands for Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. It is an Internet-based system that the U.S. government uses to maintain accurate and current information on non-immigrant students.
Can you work while studying in the USA?
You can work for up to 20 hours per week on campus in first year. Circumstances can change where you may be allowed to work off campus from the second year.
Useful Links for more resources on studying in USA from Nepal
- Things you Should Know before Applying to Universities in the United States
- How to make your application stand out while applying to the US Universities
- Step-by-Step Guidance: Student Visa to Study in the USA (F-1 Visa)
- Bank Balance Certificate