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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What can CAE do for me?
CAE offers you academic counseling on programs and universities in the U.S. and help you with the entire application and student visa process. Your counselor will track all your application, documents, deadlines etc. and help you with the visa application process. Further, if you need any other assistance pertaining to your study in the United States, our counselor will be happy to assist you.

2. What are the requirements to apply for a Bachelor’s Degree in the U.S.?
The minimum admissions requirement is successful completion of the Year 12 examination from a recognized board. Several institutions may require you to take an admissions test like ACT, SAT I, SAT II, IELTS, or TOEFL. TOEFL is more widely accepted by institutions in the to take an admissions test like ACT, SAT I, SAT II, IELTS, or TOEFL. TOEFL is more widely accepted by institutions in the U.S.and writing.

3. What are the admission requirements to apply for a Master’s and Ph.D. degree program in the U.S.?
The minimum admissions requirement is successful completion of a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university. Some universities may require you to take an admissions test like GRE/GMAT & TOEFL depending on the program you apply for. Some universities also require the completion of four years of undergraduate degree. However, this varies from university to university and from programs to programs. For admissions to a Ph.D. program, in addition to completing a Master’s degree you need to demonstrate evidence of research acumen and may need to write a GRE subject in addition to a GRE general and IELTS or TOEFL. However, some universities do accept students directly into the doctoral program after the successful completion of the bachelor’s program.

4. Which is the best institution for me?
Best is a relative word. What might be best for one student might not be best for another. There is no official ranking of U.S. universities. However, students can refer to some unofficial rankings to get started. The best institution for you is one that matches your academic profile and meets your study, career and budgetary goals.

5. What is the tuition and living cost in the U.S.?
Tuition fees generally range from USD 10,000 to USD 55,000 per year. Living costs are variable from about less than USD 10,000 to USD 20,000 per year depending on the city you live in, accommodation preferences, lifestyle and ancillary expenses such as books, clothing, entertainment, travel cost, insurance etc..

6. Can I get financial aid to study in the U.S.?
Yes, U.S. institutions offer financial aid in the form of scholarships, teaching assistantships, administrative assistantships, research assistantships and internships. The amount varies from level of study as well as program type. Financial aid offerings are competitive and students need to demonstrate exceptional academic and extracurricular skills.

7. When can I commence studies in the U.S.?
The major intakes are Fall (August) and Spring (January). However, the Fall intake is the best one to commence studies in the United States.

8. When should I begin the application process for a given intake?
It is recommended that you begin your application process at least 12 - 15 months in advance of the intake, to allow for sufficient preparation time for the admission tests and to complete the necessary formalities. For undergraduate students, the best time to start the process is when they are in class XI.

9. Which colleges and universities are the best? Is there a way to tell?
Education USA advisers like to say, “There is no best school in the U.S., only the best school for a particular student”. The more attention you give to selecting the right school for your interests and personality, the more likely you are to be accepted and receive financial assistance. Colleges and universities look for students who will “fit in” on campus and truly want to be part of the community. There are over 3,000 regionally accredited colleges and universities in the U.S., and the types of academic programs and personal development opportunities they offer vary greatly. Some of the factors to consider when you begin your school search are: quality, reputation, admission requirements, class demographics, living environment, location, field of study, geography/climate, urban/rural setting, enrollment size, number of international students, faculty profiles, research facilities, curriculum structure, and professional accreditation.

10. Is CAE a member of any professional organization(s)?
Yes, CAE is a member of NAFSA and AIRC. In case students have any suggestions/comments about CAE's services, they can post it at