The first thing students wishing to study in the United States need to do is to secure a student visa. There are two types of visas, the F1 and the M1. The F1 student visa applies to foreign students enrolled in academic programs at an American college or university. The M1 applies to students enrolled in vocational training. To be eligible for either of these visas, students must provide documented proof of acceptance by an accredited U.S. School. The college or university will provide foreign students with an I-20 form which will act as proof of enrollment. The I-20 is an essential document that provides information on a student's financial status and course of enrollment, and will be available to foreign students from their college or university.
Choosing a University
How can you narrow down the 5,000 higher education institutions in the U.S. to just one? First, ask yourself the following questions to make sure the universities you’re considering provide exactly what you’re looking for.
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Does the university offer the undergraduate program you’re interested in?
What type of institution is it?
How many students are enrolled, and how many are from outside the U.S.?
What is the campus environment like?
Is there on-campus housing?
What is the total cost of tuition, fees, and room and board?
Do they offer scholarships?
Is there an orientation program for international students as well as international student services?
Types of colleges and universities in the United States include:
distance learning colleges
vocational and trade schools
Accredited Universities in the United States
For international students that plan to study in America, the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) is an excellent resource to ensure the colleges and universities you look into meet the standards of academic quality and recognition you are seeking, as well as to ensure they will help meet both your long and short term academic and career goals. The decision to study at an accredited university in the United States guarantees international students that study in America can transfer with ease among the greatest number of reputable institutions of higher learning, while avoiding unintended application submissions to colleges and universities that may not be accredited through these desired channels. However, it is worth noting a number of technical colleges and specialty schools might not have these formal accreditations yet are worthwhile career paths for some individuals, depending on their unique situations.
Most popular states for foreign students
California remains the biggest draw for foreigners, with roughly 103,000 students studying there. Here are the 10 most popular states for international students:
1. California (102,789)
2. New York (82,436)
3. Texas (61,511)
4. Massachusetts (41,258)
5. Illinois (35,920)
6. Pennsylvania (33,398)
7. Florida (32,567)
8. Ohio (26,427)
9. Michigan (25,551)
10. Indiana (22,194
Here are the American universities with the greatest number of international students:
Percentage of School's Total Enrollment
University of Southern California 22%
New York University 13%
Columbia University 26%
University of Illinois 16%
Purdue University 15%
University of Michigan 14%
University of Texas 11%
Boston University 16%
Michigan state University 10%
Harvard University 23%
University of Florida 9%
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The least expensive public colleges for out-of-state students, based on tuition and required fees (2014-2015). These figures do not include room and board, books, transportation and other costs.
Delta State University (MS) $6,187
Minot State University (ND) $6,224
Bemidji State University (MN) $8,134
Oklahoma Panhandle State University $8,293
West Texas A&M University $8,312
Mayville State University (ND) $8,894
Northern State University (SD) $9,563
Midwestern State University (TX) $9,703
South Dakota State University $9,795
Wayne State College (NE) $9,804
The Most Expensive:
Columbia University (NY) $49,138 (4, National Universities)
Vassar College (NY) $47,890 (13, National Liberal Arts Colleges)
Trinity College (CT) $47,510 (36, National Liberal Arts Colleges)
George Washington University (DC) $47,343 (52, National Universities)
Carnegie Mellon University (PA) $46,962 (23, National Universities)
Wesleyan University (CT) $46,944 (17, National Liberal Arts Colleges)
Tulane University (LA) $46,930 (52, National Universities)
Bucknell University (PA) $46,902 (32, National Liberal Arts Colleges)
Oberlin College (OH) $46,870 (25, National Liberal Arts Colleges)
Union College (NY) 46,785 41, National Liberal Arts Colleges