Tuition fees for university courses depend on which major and institution you choose. All prices in this article are in US dollars. Most degrees cost between $28 000 and $43 000 per year.
While this makes the United States one of the more expensive options for international students, there are scholarships available to help cover tuition and living costs. Check with your chosen institution to find out what scholarships you may be eligible for.
When applying for a student visa in the United States, you’ll have to show that you have the funds to support yourself while studying. Living costs for international students range between $42 000 and $57 000 per year. This includes tuition fees, additional university fees, textbooks, health insurance, accommodation, groceries, and transport.
Accommodation choices in the United States include on-campus residence halls, off campus housing, and private rentals. Some universities require international students to live on campus for the duration of their degree. Most undergraduates choose to live in on campus residence halls.
Costs for student accommodation vary across the United States. Search for student accommodation near your chosen university here.
Work and Study
For students on an F-1 (academic) visa, working off campus is not allowed during the first year of study. After that F-1 visa students can only engage in work that meets the practical training criteria.
M-1 (vocational) visa holders are not permitted to work until they have finished studying. For both visa types off campus work must relate to their area of study. Most international students working in the United States hold on campus jobs in laboratory or food services.
If you would like to continue working in the United States after completing your studies there are a number of temporary work visas that cover a wide range of circumstances.
The federal minimum wage in the United States is $7.25 per hour, but workers employed under state acts may be paid less, such as $5.15 per hour in Georgia.
Living costs vary across the United States, though the Midwest is general cheaper than the east coast. International students can expect to pay between $42 000 and $57 000 per year on tuition fees, additional university fees, textbooks, health insurance, accommodation, groceries, and transport.
You may be required to file a tax return if you are studying on a taxable scholarship or if your United States wage earnings exceed a set amount. See the Internal Revenue Service website for more details.
While you can use an existing bank account in the United States, opening a United States bank account will save you money on international transfer fees and make it easier to get to your money in a hurry.
The currency of the United States is the United States dollar (USD).
Major banks in the United States include:
Most students in the United States make use of public transport, as owning a car is often too costly for student budgets. Buses, trains, taxi cabs, and rental cars are available in most cities. International students can get concession prices on public transport with a valid student identification card from their study provider.
Foreign driver licences can be used in the United States provided that they are still valid. Some states will require an International Driving Permit in addition to a foreign driver licence.
Phone and Internet
Prepaid and contract SIM card plans are available, though prepaid is recommended due to the high fees charged to break contracts before they end. Internet plans are also available
To make an international call from the United States dial 011, then the code of the country you wish to call, then any local area codes, and finally, the phone number itself.