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Study in the USA

Here’s a comprehensive guide for all Srilankan students who want to study in the USA

The United States of America (USA) hosts the most number of international students in the world. Quality education, unique curriculum, multicultural environment, and abundant opportunities are just some of the reasons why many Sri Lankan students want to study in the US. 

Top Courses to Study in the USA

When the topic of studying abroad comes up in any conversation, USA is the first call in everyone’s lips. The reason is obvious. With nearly 10,00,000 international college students enrolled in its numerous universities, USA stands the tallest as a long way as the global schooling is concerned. Be it the wide variety of options or the flexibility within the programmes, US universities preserve to lure the ever increasing mass of overseas college students.

The table below will help you understand in brief about the top 6 courses that are popular among international students in USA:

EngineeringHealth ScienceComputer Science
Business ManagementInformation TechnologyPhysics

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Cost of Studying in the USA for International Students

How much you spend to study in the USA depends on the type of qualification and university or school you opt for. Most people consider studying in the US is an expensive affair, but if you budget yourself well, it can help you better manage your expenses. Keep in mind - it’s not just the tuition fee alone you should be calculating to get your estimations. .

Study Program

Average Fee (in $*)


English language studies

$700 to $2000 a month


Community colleges Courses

$6000 to $20,000 per year


Undergraduate bachelor degree

$20,000 to $40,000 per year


Graduate programs

$20,000 to $45,000 per year


Doctoral degree

$28,000 to $55,000 per year

*Please note all fee figures are indicative

Top Universities to Study in the USA

There are over 4,500 accredited higher learning institutions in the US which offer a wide range of academic options and learning environments. Also, the US universities dominate the QS World University Rankings with 157 institutions ranked in the 2019 edition. 

Explore list of universities in USA

Note: Given the current COVID-19 situation, there might be some changes in the 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 July 6, 2020

Living and studying in the USA

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Why study in the US?

Studying in the USA will offer you unparalleled quality of education in a technologically-equipped, modern campus. It is culturally diverse and boasts of some the highest ranked universities in the world.

Scholarships to study in USA

American universities and colleges provide a wide range of scholarships to meritorious international students to help them fund their studies. The primary criterion for most scholarships is a good academic score, however it also depends on factors such as your chosen destination, subject and level. In some scholarships, factors like extracurricular activities, and volunteering can also be used to advantage.

Student visa requirements in the US

The US Government provides an opportunity to international students to study in the country but as a prerequisite, you’ll have to obtain a student visa first. The visa you need will depend on the type of study you want to pursue in the country. If you are applying for a USA student visa from Srilanka, ensure that you have all the latest information first. While it is a tedious task to apply for your visa all on your own, IDP ensures that we make it easy for you. We guide you with the latest visa updates and also help you make your application, while also prepping you up for the visa interview.

Cost of studying in the US

Most people consider studying in the US pricey, however, effective budgeting can help you better manage your expenses. Keep in mind - its not just the tuition fee alone you should be calculating to get your estimations, they're a lot more expenses involved when you plan to study abroad. Look at our guide of estimates that covers additional expenses like accommodation, food, health coverage and travel too!

Education system in the US

Universities in the US place great importance on diversity, which means classes are made up of students of different ages, religions and nationalities. This provides a stimulating and rich learning environment that encourages cross-cultural understanding and networking. Because the American education system focuses on practical learning that encourages creative, independent thought and debate, it’s a favourite destination to study.

Employment prospects in the US

The US is an outstanding destination with promising post-study work opportunities for international students, especially who want to pursue science, engineering, liberal arts and business studies. There are ample job opportunities in the US after graduation as you are permitted to gain practical training in your field of study for one year after graduation and three years if your program program is designated as a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) program.

Student safety in the USA

All American universities pay extreme attention to the safety of their students on campus. As an international student, you’ll have access to various points of contacts for any kind of emergency. If you happen to face any emergency, call the toll free number 911. This is a common number that can be used for fire, police or ambulance.
Health and support
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FAQs About Study in USA
Do you have a question related to studying abroad in the USA? Check out these IDP Study Abroad FAQs.
Upcoming intakes in the USA
American institutions offer three major intakes – Fall, Spring and Summer. Know more!
Washington DC, is known for being where it’s happening. ‘It’ can be almost anything: history, culture, art, food, and politics - you name it.
New York
New York City is a city that’s famous for its bustling, busy atmosphere – and for good reason.
Los Angeles
City of Angels. Tinseltown. La-La Land. Whatever you call it, you probably already have an idea of what Los Angeles has to offer.
Ask any Bostonian their favorite thing about the city and you're destined to get dozens of different answers – depending on which neighbourhood they live in, the time of year, and what the weather is like that day.
Seattle is one of the fastest growing cities in the US, a unique spot nestled between water and mountains, yet a thriving and busy city.

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