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Studying Information Technology in the US

Courses in the US are designed perfectly for the aspiring tech-savvy

With technology being an integral part of our modern-day life, there will never be a dearth of opportunities  in the field. Given the bright prospects, many students prefer to study IT in the US to have an edge over others in the job market.  Currently, the US has 65% of the world’s largest tech companies, but it’s not the only reason why students prefer to study in the US. 

  • The US programs lay equal emphasis on building a strong theoretical base along with experiential, hands-on knowledge 

  • With the option to change majors or opt for multiple specialisations, students can enjoy academic flexibility 

  • The US offers a rich cultural and social experience, along with a well-rounded approach to education 

  • As per the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics, it is expected to see the software developers and applications field to rise by 26% from 2018 through 2028, which is a great motivating factor for international students to explore career options in the field

When deciding where to study in the US, keep these few pointers in mind – check the university's ranking and international accreditations, teaching faculty, course structure, infrastructure and amenities, approximate cost of study, availability of scholarships and opportunities post study. 

Eligibility criteria to pursue an IT course in the UK

To get into a bachelor’s program, clearing 10+2 successfully with minimum qualifying marks from a recognised school or university is mandatory. For admission in a reputed institution, you’ll need to have at least 1,500 out of 2,400 in your SAT exams and an IELTS score of 6.5. 

To be eligible to a master’s program, you must have completed your bachelors in relevant field from a recognised college or university. Plus, you will need a GRE score in the range of 300 to 330, an IELTS score of 6.5 and a minimum of +7.0 GPA in B.Tech.  

Average cost and duration of an IT course in the US 

Education level

Average Cost*

Duration

Advanced Certificate

USD 4,000 - USD 2,27,000

1 year (2 semesters)

Associate degree

2 year (4 semesters)

Bachelors

4 year (8 semesters)

Masters

USD 6,000 and USD 1,00,000

2 year (4 semesters)

*Indicative costs for total program fee 

Read more: Cost of studying in the US

Top career options after completing IT from the US

The best part about the IT sector is that there is no dearth of job opportunities at both entry and expert levels. With a myriad of options to choose from, you can easily propel your career as:

  • Web developer

  • IT consultant

  • IT support

  • Computer Programmer

  • Software Analyst

  • Software engineer

  • Information security analyst

  • Programmer analyst

  • Database and system administrator

  • IT implementation specialist

  • Business analyst

  • Network manager

  • Technical author

Work visa after course completion

There are two main types of work visas.

F1: This visa allows you to apply for OPT and work for 1 year after your study

H1-B: Granted for specialised fields- for three years but can be extended to six years

If you wish to see yourself flourishing in the IT field, then aim for a degree from the US and see your career shoot sky high. Know the process well beforehand by seeking guidance from our international education experts who will be more than happy to assist you. 

Note: Given the current COVID-19 situation, there might be some changes in the 2020/2021 intakes. Don’t worry, our international education experts are here to guide you with the latest updates to help you apply to your desired course and institution. Feel free to connect with our experts for a free counselling session and keep posted about the latest COVID- 19 updates. 

Updated on September 22, 2020

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