Living in the US for Indian students

A guide to living in the US for Indian students

Most of Indian students have a dream at any point to study in the United States. Living in the US has many advantages, and that’s why the country has a lot of migrants and international students for decades.

Among them are south Asians, with the Indian population being the majority. For international students planning to study in the United States here are of the guidance to help you;

  • Tuition, scholarships and financial aid
  • English language proficiency
  • Housing options
  • Living costs
  • Study permit
  • Work study program
financial aid at Indiana State University
financial aid at Indiana State University

Tuition, scholarships and financial aid

The United States government has various programs laid out to help international students. There are many institutions that offer tuitions fee grants in the United States and scholarships.

These institutions can be federal or private, the types of student financing awarded to students include scholarships (full or partial), bursary schemes, work-study jobs, loans, grants and other avenues.

English language proficiency

While some universities may make an exception, many colleges and universities in the US require that international students submit proof of their English language proficiency for acceptance into a program.

The two most popular English language proficiency tests that US institutions accept include the International English Language Testing System and Test of English as a Foreign Language.

Enrolling in a pre-sessional English course in the US can help students who have yet to meet the English language requirements of US universities or colleges to brush up on their English language proficiency.

Housing options

Any student before moving to the US should sort out their accommodation before moving from their home country. Housing costs will vary according to whether a student chooses to live on or off-campus, housing type, nearby amenities, city and state that a student will live in.

For first-timers to the US, international students are encouraged to stay in student housing managed by their college or university. For a cheaper option, students can check out local groups or student housing within the proximity of their city or educational institution.

Cheaper accommodation may have shortcomings, such as being partially furnished or unfurnished. This means that students might have to look out for more on furniture and essential everyday items.


Study permit

For Indian students who have secured an offer to study in the US, the next step to ensure a smooth transition into their new life abroad is to apply for a student visa. There are two types of student visas Indian students can consider: the F-1 student visa, which is the most common type of student visa needed to further their studies at a US college or university, or the M-1 student visa, for those who want to pursue vocational training in the US.

To be able to get the visas the student needs to check for interview at the nearest Indian embassy.

Work study program


it is possible for international students to work in the US while studying. On an F-1 student visa, students are permitted to work up to 20 hours of part-time work when school is in session, according to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website.

On the other hand, more than 20 hours per week during breaks and annual vacation.

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