Posted On : 27 March 2024     |     By : kangarooNepal

The USA, also referred to by most as the ‘land of the free’ or ‘home of the brave’, is one of the most sought-after study destinations for Nepali students. Whether it is the country’s world-class education system or career opportunities that you’re attracted from, there’s a lot you need to learn before you’re ready to apply for your study visa

But don’t worry. We’re here to guide you towards the path to studying in the USA from Nepal. This comprehensive guide will help you discover top universities, scholarships and the application process to become a future student of the United States.

So, without further ado, let’s get right into it!

Why do Nepali Students Dream of Studying in the USA?

There are many reasons why Nepali students dream of studying in the USA. Let’s go over a few of them:

  1. World-Class Education

The USA is home to some of the top universities and colleges of the world. The American educational system is also well-regarded for preparing students for real world opportunities.

  1. Innovation and Technological Advancement

The U.S. is ranked as one of the top three most overall technologically innovative nations in the world. This also proves how technologically advanced their schools, colleges and universities are. 

  1. Diverse Study Options

Nepali students studying in the US also get to pursue their interests and passion thanks to diverse study options. Whether you’re interested in Aerospace Engineering or Artificial Intelligence, you can study it here in the US.

  1. Career Opportunities

Graduating from an American university also opens up a multitude of career opportunities. Whether your dream is to become an Astronaut, a Doctor or even a standup comedian, the US offers you the platform to achieve your dream.

  1. Recognition Around the World

If you graduate from the US, your degree will most likely be recognized all around the globe. It will give you the confidence and opportunity to pursue your dream wherever you decide to immigrate to later in your future. 

Navigating the USA Student Visa Process from Nepal

The process of applying for a student visa in the USA from Nepal is pretty different when compared to other countries like Canada and Australia. It can be tough to wrap your head around if not explained in the right way. So, here’s a step-by-step guide to help you out:

  1. Acceptance by a SEVP-Approved Institution

The first step to studying in the US is to obtain admission from a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-approved institution. After being accepted, the institution will provide you with the necessary approval documentation (Form I-20) to be submitted when applying for a student visa.

  1. Pay the SEVIS Fee

The next step is to pay the SEVIS Fee, which contributes to the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. You can pay this fee on the SEVP SEVIS I-901 Fee website and keep the payment confirmation as it’s a vital document for your visa application.

  1. Complete the DS-160 Visa Application

Fill out the DS-160 Visa Application form online. This form asks for information about your background, study plans, and intent to return to your home country after your studies.

  1. Schedule a Visa Interview

After completing the DS-160 form, you will need to schedule a visa interview. This is an important part of the visa application process and is conducted in the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Unfortunately, because of the sheer number of applicants, the appointment wait time for an interview for Students/Exchange Visitors (F, M, J) in Kathmandu as of 26th March, 2024 is 333 Calendar Days. This changes every week and you can find the most updated values here:

  1. Gather Required Documents

Once you have scheduled an interview, it’s time to prepare all the necessary documents. This typically includes your passport, DS-160 confirmation page, application fee payment receipt, photo, and I-20 form.

  1. Attend the Visa Interview

Finally, attend the visa interview in the U.S. Embassy or Consulate that you have chosen. During the interview, a consular officer will determine whether you are qualified to receive a student visa.

Understanding the Cost of Studying in the USA

Compared to Nepal, it can feel quite expensive to study in the USA. It is also not possible to give you an exact number since it varies depending on the college or university, program and the location that you choose for your higher education. However, here’s a general average to help you paint the picture:

Area of ExpenditureAmount in USD
Tuition Fees$5,000 – $50,000 a year
Accommodation Costs$5,000 – $10,000 a year
Food and Groceries$500 – $600 a month
Electricity and Phone Bills$50 – $100 a month
Books and Supplies$390 per semester
Transportation$50 – $100 a month
Health Insurance$1,000 – $2,500 a year
Total Cost of Living in the USA$20,000 – $55,000 a year

It can certainly feel pretty overwhelming to find out the cost of living in the USA. However, you also need to understand that despite the average cost of living in the US being above $2,000 per month, the average earning in the US is above $6,000 per month.

Top Universities in the USA for Nepali Students

Each university or college in the USA has its own merits, unique offerings and rankings. It is your choice of location, program and fee structure that determines which one is the best fit for you. However, here are some of the most popular universities in the USA that Nepali students study at (in no particular order) :

  • Bridgewater State University
  • Brigham Young University
  • Nicholls State University
  • California State University (CSU)
  • Babson College
  • Dartmouth College
  • Delta State University
  • Pomona College
  • Southwest Minnesota State University
  • Minnesota State University
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