Get used to learning-by-doing in USA
A compelling mix of advantages has established the USA as the Mecca of higher education for students worldwide and in India - academic excellence, range of well-developed study programmes, cutting-edge technology, infrastructure and a strong student-support network. The total number of international students in the USA in 2010-11 was 723,277; of which 14.4% i.e., 103,895 were Indians, second to China. Of the 185,000 Indian students enrolled in higher education institutions abroad, the US leads with a share of nearly 55% of all Indian students followed by the UK and Australia, according to UNESCO.
The study experience
US universities are generally well-equipped with facilities, infrastructure and world class faculty who are involved in active research which is often done with the industry or government enterprises. The education system emphasises learning by doing, which helps one to be able to apply what one has learnt in the class to solve real-world problems. Assessments are continuous through the semester and based on several factors like class participation, projects, field work, and assignments and not based merely on exams.
The education system allows one to explore oneself by not only taking up courses from a wide range of fields, but also by taking part in several out of class activities like clubs, associations and communities. This helps in a strong overall development and ability to mix with people from diverse cultures. The American penchant for discovering life through enquiry and experimentation is well manifested in the education system.
Tuition fee and funding
Often Indian students are intimidated and overwhelmed by the costs involved. Tuition fee will depend on the programme and university type. For instance, the cost of an MBA can range from USD 50,000 to USD 120,000 depending on the university type (public versus private). It is therefore very important to have a funding plan in place.
Personal funds along with education loans and scholarships can help Indian students meet the high and often intimidating costs involved in studying in the United States. Needless to say, the earning potential of the student will be greatly determined by both, the university attended, and industry where employment is being sought.
Be safe, not sorry
Being familiar with the legal restrictions and work culture in the United States can play a crucial role in making the most of the study abroad experience. Unlike some countries like Australia, where students are allowed to work off campus, international students in the USA can work only on campus.
Another restriction is that an international student in the USA has to find a job within three months of graduation to maintain the visa status.
Gaining work experience
However, one needs to keep in mind that in spite of these regulations, US has policies to address aspirations of international students to gain valuable work experience. An example of this is the ‘Optional Practical Training’ option that allows international students to gain valuable work experience, for a period of 12-29 months, in their chosen field of study. Many Indian students avail of this option to gain valuable work experience with the final objective of getting absorbed as an employee in the same company.
The more prepared and persistent the student is while navigating the US job search system, the higher his chances of being spotted by potential employers.
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I wish to become a Neurosurgeon, but first I wish to practice in the United States or Singapore for half of my career and to spend last half of my career in India. Whether my wish is a good one? Is it possible? Is my decision is correct? Kindly commend on my wish?
Raja, we have been discussing your career and aspirations for a while now and we appreciate that you want to take Career360's opinion on the matter of your career. So by now, you are aware of the fact what it takes to become a neurosurgeon and what it is to clear USMLE, practise as a resident in the US. We also have discussed the life style and the salary part. Now regarding the first half and later half of the career, we only wish we could predict our timeline on this planet. We do not which might be the first half or which might be the later part. But no wish is bad. If you want to achieve something, you should lest you regret for the rest of your lofe. Now to practise in the US, you may have to appear for USMLE, clear the step 1 and then practise as a resident before you can get the license to practise as a full time neurosurgeon. That is a long process that might take good 4-5 years. You study MBBS in India for 50 months and then complete the 1 year rotational internship and it takes you as many as 5 years. And appearing for USMLE and then working as a resident take another 4 years and so 10 years of your life are spent getting a valid license to practise in the US. And then lets say after 5 years you want to move to Singapore, that takes a whole different processing because you need to appear for their license exam. And you work in Singapore for lets say another 5 years and you come back to India. 15 years of your life are spent studying and getting licenses. But the beauty is within 15 years you can actually get license to practise in 3 countries. So you need to take a call. Or how about you finish MBBS in India, move to Singapore to study your MD/MS and plan on moving to the US? That way the transition is going to be smoother.
Is there any age limit to take admission into Ph.D in USA?
The age limit which almost every University demands is 35 years. If anybody is above that they can might miss the chance to get enroll theirselves for phd.
This age is decided because phd is all about researching and writing ,they usually demand people who is also iinvolved in academics and departmental works.
Are Neurosurgeons happy in San Francisco?
Well I guess they are because they get very good six figure salary and have a great job security although it's stressing but still they like their job cause they got into it knowing the stress it may carry. Neurosurgery is very much in demand and is a very great speciality in medical field.
I hope my answer helps.
All the best.
Are Neurosurgeons happy in New York?
It will all depend upon the lifestyle and the office hours you put in the work. The number of opd days, OT days and the visit to the wards for rounds. It all affect the free time period for a doctor. In USA,you have to pay tax for the services thus it can be little less than what you make in india
Are US Neurosurgeons rich enough to live a comfortable life in the United States?
It will totally depend where are you working and what are you getting paid.
As US is anyways costly ,there lifestyle tends to change.Neurosurgeons in Us are paid according to their qualification as well as where they work
According to research
The average income for a neurosurgeon is $775,968
The middle range income is approx $704,170
the lowest paid are $350,000
And the top 10 % of the neurosurgeon get a pay of $1,229,881 per year!
So it totally depends upon your qualification and the place you work if you can have a comfortable life or not