The latest 10 conditions for studying in USA in 2021

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United States is the world’s most selected study destination and after each “home change”, the country has new policies around immigration, studying abroad, asking international students to know and adhere. If you are intent to study in the America, these are the conditions of United States study in 2021.

Studying in United States is the destination of many international students, but to set foot on this country you will have to go through the process of preparation, procedures extremely complicated. In order to avoid problems arising from the unambiguous U.S.A regulations issued with the students, here are the conditions of study in USA in the year 2020 that anyone should learn.

The United States is not age-restricted for persons wishing to obtain an United States student visa. Once you have been accepted into a certified institution in the country, you can apply for visa and admission, applied from elementary school to graduate.

To be accepted by a school in the U.S.A, students need to make sure that they have a moderate GPA, which meets the English-language standards set by the school, and a variety of certifications such as SAT, ACT (for undergraduate students), GRE and GMAT (for graduate student programs).

United States Each school, school, curriculum requires a different level of study so that students studying in the U.S.A need to refer carefully to the entrance requirements of the school (usually posted on the website) to know the number of points they need to reach.

Below is the average study condition for admission to a number of American universities (for reference):
GPA 8.0 or higher
SAT 2000 +
GRE average 300 points
GMAT 750 +

Good English is mandatory for us to study in the US so that you can keep up with the curriculum and harmony with life in this country. Just like studying force, every school in United States has different English input requirements, in which most major and nominal schools are eligible for IELTS from 6.0, TOELF iBT from 90 onwards.

Here is the average English condition for studying in America:
College: 5.5 or higher
Undergraduate, Graduate: 6.0 – 6.5 or higher

Colleges: 61 +
Undergraduate: 79 – 90 +

However, high school students may not need two certificates. To meet the requirements of studying in the U.S.A for foreign languages, you can take the SLEP (Secondary Level English Proficiency) and must pass a minimum score of 55.

America is the country that requires financial proof of study abroad extremely strict. Although the Americans do not state a specific figure that you have to have how much money to qualify for a successful American student visa, the Form I-20 issued by the school to the student of the successful admission will require you to file a bank balance confirmation, which displays the cost of the student to pay for the first school year.

This is evidence to prove your finances, that your family is eligible to cover your studies in the first year of the United States. This number should be at $30.000 to $45.000 USD.

However, providing sufficient amounts to pay the cost in the U.S. is not enough to demonstrate the financial education of the United States. Many American students show the higher the balance in your bank account, the greater the success of financial proof, which proves that the family is well-equipped for your study of America. The experience is that the amount indicated in Form I-20 should be your pre-school x 1.5 times.

For example, if your first year cost is $25.000 USD, when proving your finances, you need to present yourself from $32.000 – $35.000 USD to increase your chances of getting a successful American student visa.

American study records can be divided into two parts. It is a record for admission to an educational institution in the U.S. and visa application for American study.

After meeting the GPA and English conditions as required by the school, students should prepare the following documents to apply for study:

-Application for school (according to the application form of school).

-A copy of your passport.

-Transcripts, transcripts are translated into English.

-English certificate.

-Certificates of SAT, GRE, GMAT, IETLS, TOEFL.… (if any).

-A diploma in the closest school program.

-Certificate, student card for the person who is going to school.

-Letter of recommendation: written by the teacher, who worked with the student to prove that you qualify and the ability to study in the US, this is a mandatory condition for anyone who is intent to study the college program.

-Student United States essay, which expressed an opinion on a certain matter to reveal personality and to show foreign language abilities.

-Fees for tuition: from $25 to $500 USD

After filing and being approved by the school, the school office will send you the Form I-20 for payment of fees, visa procedures for U.S. students and immigration in the United States.

Students are required to have an F-1 visa for successful entry into American studies. Steps to make a student visa include:

Paperwork preparation

Students United States are required to prepare the following documents:

-Study Materials: Diploma, Transcripts, transcripts, foreign language certificates (IETLS, TOELF…)

-Personal papers: Passport, birth certificate, household registration, photo of 10cmx10cm taken within 6 months (white background, no hair cover, no glasses), marriage certificate of Parents

-Proof of financial documents: All documents proving the ability to pay tuition fees, living expenses for the first 1 year and proof of financial evidence for the remaining years and the required financial documentation

Steps to applying for an United States student visa

Step 1: After being accepted by the school, the school sends you a Form I-50 for non-immigrant students after applying for admission. Students sign this form, then pay a SEVIS $550 fee and fill out an American non-immigrant visa application (Form DS – 190).

Step 2: Pay the visa fee by creating an account on the United States Consulate online application page. The U.S.A visa fees are $160 USD.

Retain your voucher after paying the interview online via website:

You need to fill in information such as:

  • Passport number
  • Code from receipt of visa fee Payment
  • Code 50 number from the Form DS-190 Confirmation page

Step 3: Go to interview with U.S.A student visa

On the date of appointment, you go to the U.S.A Embassy or consulate for interviews. Bring the required documents including appointment documents, form DS-190, photo card taken in the last 6 months, current passport with old passport and visa payment receipt. In addition, students prepare to add documents proving themselves to be in the country United States after their time of study, study materials and documents proving their finances.

In the course of the interview, the consular officer will ask you about the American curriculum, learning objectives and future intended. You need to convince them that you have a clear study of United States and will be on the water after the end of the curriculum.

US student visa processing procedures last for 60 days or more.

Above are the conditions of study in America needed in the year 2020. Studying in the United States is a long-term investment process requiring students to have a thorough preparation to not violate the principles of the home country, successfully advancing into the school of desire.

How much money need to study in the USA?

The United States is both the most popular destination in the world for international students and one of the most expensive education in the world. However, is this really true?

To answer the question “How much money do you need to study abroad in the USA”, IDP would like to share the 2021 – 2021 USA Study Abroad Costs General Handbook, giving you an overview of all types of study expenses you will Pay when studying in the USA!


Items 1 to 5 are the costs you need to prepare be

1. Tuition to study in the USA:fore leaving to study in the USA

Depending on the program of study, level of study and the city you choose, the tuition rate will vary. In general, American public schools will have a much lighter study cost than private schools.

In addition, if you attend Top schools, the tuition will also be more expensive. Below is the US study fee table for your reference.

Education level Study time Tuition
English Depending on requirements 3,600 – 3,900 USD / month
High school 5 years 10,000 – 60,000 USD / year
Community college 4 years 6,000 – 15,000 USD / year
Bachelor 3 years 16,000 – 60,000 USD / year
Masters 1-3 years 16,000 – 38,000 USD / year

To reduce the cost of studying in the US, you can choose Community College for 2 years, instead of studying a 5-year Bachelor program with an average tuition of about 16,250 USD / year at US public schools ( about 615 million VND / year, according to College Board 2018-2019 report).

In addition, you can try to conquer a USA study abroad scholarship. With 50 years of experience in international study consultancy, IDP is the unit managing and coordinating many large study abroad scholarship programs from partner schools.

You can contact IDP to update the latest list of USA study abroad scholarships. Experienced counselors will also help you complete the USA student visa application completely free of charge!

2. Application fee for USA student visa and fingerprints: 

After you are accepted by the university and college, the school will send you the I-30 form for you to proceed with the Student Visa application (Visa F1) .

Fees for applying for a US student visa of 510 USD or more , including interview fee and security fee for International Students (SEVIS I-901 Fee)

3. Admissions application fee 

Depending on the school you choose, the admission application fee will vary, averaging about $ 500 or a free school.

4. Translation fee:

The fee for translation of documents in the US is about 800,000 VND / set , however you can be exempted from this fee when applying directly at IDP .

In order to create conditions for students to study in the USA to be successful with the most economical costs, IDP always has attractive incentive programs when applying for IDP, including: Free translation, free consultation, guide to hunt for scholarships, support to apply for a USA student visa, practice class to answer and apply for a visa, support flight booking with preferential prices … (apply conditionally and depending on the time of promotion forever, please contact IDP for more details.)

5. Insurance fee:

The cost of medical examination in the USA is quite expensive, so you need to buy insurance when studying in the US. Insurance for international students is quite diverse from basic to advanced, averaging about 3,000 USD / year .

6. The cost of housing in the USA 

There are 3 types of accommodation available to international students in the United States, including hostels, apartments for rent, and homestays, and costs will vary depending on the type of accommodation and city. If the school you choose is located in busy urban areas like New York, Washington DC, then surely the rent will be more expensive than in small cities.

If staying in a dormitory gives you the convenience of mobility and security because of being on campus, staying in Homestay will help you absorb the American lifestyle in the most natural way.

However, if you have a high degree of independence and freedom, you can find someone to rent an apartment with and share the space with you. Here are some housing fees for your reference.

Type of housing Average costs
1. Dormitory (including accommodation costs) 16,000 – 30,000 USD / year
2. Apartment for rent 200 – 3,000 USD / month
3. Homestay 15,000 – 50,000 USD / year

7. Cost of Living in the USA

You can find IDP’s Cost of Living Tool here .

Meals: 350-550 USD / month

The average cost of food for international students is about 300-500 USD / month. Fast food chains are chosen by many international students for their convenience, fastness, and affordable prices.

However, you should also go to the market and cook at home to ensure hygiene and full nutrition.

Transportation: 55-1500 USD / month

In terms of transportation, each state has a public transportation system. Overall, the bus is the easiest and cheapest way to use it. You can buy bus tickets by week or by month.

If traveling by taxi, choose reputable car companies so as not to be “screamed”. Or, you can go to school by bike to get active and reduce traffic jams.

Internet, electricity, telephone: from 55 USD / month

If you live in a hostel or homestay, most of your electricity, water and internet bills are included in your rent. However, if you live separately, you will spend about 50-80 USD / month for this expense.

The cost for entertainment, shopping is about 55-500 USD / month. Take advantage of student deals and buy only what’s really necessary.

Living expenses items Average costs
Eating 300 – 500 USD / month
Transport 50 – 100 USD / month
Internet, electricity, telephone 20 USD / month
Shopping 100 USD / month
Books 1,000 – 2,000 USD / year
Entertainment 50 – 100 USD / month




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