One of the most important decisions a student can make when studying abroad in the U.S. is which university to choose. When we speak to students to evaluate their profile and discuss their university options many we make a point to warn them about certain universities that accept a disproportionately high amount of Indian students.
Many study abroad consultants and other students studying abroad, including your friends, might tout the qualities of these universities and tell you it’s a good choice. However, when determining that fit for yourself, it is important to be aware of certain issues with these universities.
These universities accept a very high percentage of international students, especially Indian students. Many Indian study abroad consultants might send their students to universities that market heavily in India, not giving them the opportunity to understand the full range of their choices. Further, because of the high acceptance rate to these types of universities, many students gain their admittance to school and convince others to join them.
While there is certainly the appeal of gaining admittance to a university together with your friends, admittance is just the beginning of your study abroad journey. There are many additional steps and factors to consider.
Just because you gain admittance to a university does not mean you will automatically receive a visa to study in the U.S. U.S. consulates are aware of these universities that accept a high number of India students, and thus are wary of granting visas to students attending those universities.
Consulates like to see prospective visa applicants that have done their research and are applying to schools that are a good fit for them. Fairly or unfairly, consulates view going to a school that accepts a disproportionate amount of Indian students in a negative light. They see this as the student only choosing this school as a ticket to the U.S. since they knew it was an easy acceptance. Consulates want to see that the student did their research and put forth the effort to find a school that is a good fit for them.
The second issue is, that even if you do gain admittance and receive your visa, once you get to the U.S. you will be in an oversaturated market of international and Indian students for that school. This can make it very difficult to find a job after you finish with your degree.
Companies will look for students that stand out when hiring. If you are one of many it is much more challenging to show your quality as a job candidate. It will be much easier if your school does not have a reputation of accepting a lot of Indian students, as companies may stay away from recruiting from that university.
Ultimately your goal is to find a job after school, likely using the OPT program if you are a STEM major, so you will want to look at the ability to get a job in the regional area or cities near your university. It’s important to research companies that are hiring international students and sponsoring H1B visa holders that are near your potential university of choice. Further, Looking at what your field might earn out of school is a good indicator of your ability to pay back a loan if you decide to take one.
Many students ask us about program rankings when choosing a school. Don’t spend too much time agonizing over program rankings. Unless you can get into a top 10 or top 15 program in your field, most likely you will be getting hired from your regional area or cities close by, so it’s better to research job opportunities, companies in the school area, and any relationships your school might have with companies that recruit from that program.
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