Study in   the United States of America
Why Study in the United States?
- Global Academic Excellence The US has a reputation for offering renowned higher-education programs. Year after year, universities in the United States continue to dominate university rankings. Nine of the world’s top 20 universities are in the US.* American institutions maintain high academic standards and are well known worldwide for their faculty and facilities.
- Flexibility US institutions offer a wide variety of programs and courses. Students have the freedom to select their course structure and content to create a degree tailored to enhancing their career post-graduation. Unlike the UK, undergraduate students are expected to take different courses and explore their interests in their first two years of study before declaring their choice of major at the end of their second year.
- Technology and Research Opportunities Besides providing the flexibility to explore different disciplines, US institutions offer students research opportunities to collaborate with faculty members on cutting-edge research projects (independently or under supervision). From state-of-the-art labs, innovation centres with blockchain networks, and computer simulations, US institutions boast some of the most advanced technology in the world.
- Work While Studying Students with an F1 visa are allowed to work oncampus only for 20 hours per week during full-time semesters and full-time during scheduled school breaks. On-campus work is typically available at the cafeteria, library, research labs, or admissions offices (most are paid).
International students have two options for working off-campus: Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT). The former allows students to participate in off-campus training, work, internships, or co-op as outlined in their degree program and must be completed prior to graduation. CPT is available to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. OPT provides students with the option to participate in an off-campus job or internship (with no course credit), in their field of study.
5. Future Employment Opportunities After graduation, students can apply to temporarily work in the US. The prospective employer must sponsor and file a non-immigrant petition on their behalf with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The H-1B is granted for an initial period of up to three years and can be extended for an additional three years, but cannot go beyond six years. Students need to plan ahead to extend their stay.
- Students enrolled in English as a second language training programs are not eligible for OPT or CPT. Within the umbrella of OPT there are three options for students: ¿ Pre-Completion OPT: Students are limited to 20-hours a week while school is in session or full-time when school is not in session¢ ¿ Post-Completion OPT: Students who opt-in to work after they graduate are allowed to remain in the US for up to 12-months.À ¿ Students who have earned a degree in certain science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, may apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion OPT employment authorization