Top courses to study in USA: 
When the topic of studying abroad comes up in any conversation, USA is the first name in everyone’s lips. The reason is obvious. With nearly 10,00,000 international students enrolled in its various universities, USA stands the tallest as far as the global education is concerned. Be it the wide variety of options or the flexibility in the programmes, US universities continue to lure the ever increasing mass of foreign students.

Once you decide to study in USA, you need to figure out what will you study. In this article, we bring you the top five courses that international students are pursuing in US and also offer the most opportunities in terms of professional growth.

Before we take you to the details of the top courses to study in USA and why they attract students, the table below will help you understand in brief about the top 5 courses that are popular among international students in USA:

 

Top programmes to study in USA:

No.

Top courses

No. of students

1

Business management

197,258

2

Engineering

196,750

3

Maths and Computer Sciences

112,950

4

Social Sciences

75,951

5

Physical and Life Sciences

73,838

Here are the top courses to study in USA:

 

Business Management:  With over 20% of international students pursuing the course, business management surpasses all other fields to be the most sought after programme and hence one of the top courses to study in the USA. Of course, USA has ample reasons for international students to take up the programme in its universities. The country boasts of the maximum number of universities to be listed in the top business school rankings by FT and The Economist.  Seven US business schools feature among the top 10 business schools by FT. In fact, names like Harvard, Wharton, Columbia are enough to excite students who dream of becoming business leaders. Talking of business leaders, do you know that 22 graduates from Harvard fall among the FT500 leaders? The US being the world’s largest economy also plays a big part in ensuring students have a multitude of job opportunities. Not just in the US market, an MBA degree from a top notch university in US is held in high regard across all countries.

Here are the top five business schools in USA:

No.

University

FT ranking

Tuition fees

1

Harvard Business School

1

$61,225

2

University of Pennsylvania: Wharton

3

$70,870

3

Stanford Graduate School of Business

4

$64,050

4

Columbia Business School

6

$65,988

5

MIT: Sloan

8

$65,750

Engineering:  STEM subjects, of which engineering is a part, are a rage among international students in the USA.  In terms of numbers, international engineering students are second only to business students with 196,750. Like in business schools, US tops here too with the maximum number of engineering colleges in the top 10 ranking by QS. In fact, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is known as the most sought after engineering college in the world and regularly features at the top of the rankings list.   Further, MS which is a research oriented masters degree offered by majority of the US universities is the most searched for programme among international students. Of course, engineering is also one the highest paying courses in the US and the world with specialisations like civil and mechanical engineering fetching the highest salaries.

Here are the top five engineering colleges in USA:

No.

Engineering college

Ranking

Tuition fees(PG)

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

1

$46,400

2

Stanford University

2

$42,240( 8-10 units)$64,960 (less than 8 units)

3

University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

8

$54,301

4

Harvard University

10

$41,832

5

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

16

$43,710

Maths and Computer Sciences: Another chunk of the STEM subjects, Maths and Computer Science are known to attract the most number of international students after business and engineering. STEM constitutes 30% of the total number of international students studying in the USA making it one of the top courses. Again, names like MIT, Stanford and Harvard are prominent as the top universities for both Mathematics and Computer Science. An added advantage of studying in US universities is there is ample scope to explore research opportunities in the country.

Here are the top five Computer Science colleges in USA:

No.

University

QS Ranking

Tuition fees

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

1

$48,120

2

Stanford University

2

$44,184

3

Carnegie Mellon University

4

$45,000

4

Harvard University

4

$43,280

5

University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

6

$28260

Here are the top five Computer Science colleges in USA:

No.

University

QS Ranking

Tuition fees

1

Harvard University

2

$41,832

2

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

3

$40,451

3

Stanford University

4

$44,184

4

University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

6

$28260

5

Princeton University

8

$41,820

Social Sciences: With over 75,000 international students enrolled in humanities, Social Sciences make it to the top courses to study in USA. Social sciences and humanities cover a number of subjects like anthropology, journalism, international relations, economics, and so on. “Besides engineering and MBA, students usually opt for social sciences because the scope for research in this area is huge in USA. Also, unlike in many countries, job opportunities are also easily available here in these sectors,” says Kent D Thomas, Assistant Vice President, International Programmes, Missouri State University, US.

Here are the top five Economics colleges in USA:

No.

University

US News  Ranking

Tuition fees

1

Harvard University

1

$41,832

2

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

1

$40,451

3

Princeton University

1

$41,820

4

University of Chicago

1

$44,178

5

Stanford University

5

$44,184

Physical and Life Sciences:

Some of the top courses to study in USA, Biology and medicine have been a big hit among international students. In fact, more and more students are moving from traditional fields and joining combined courses in these fields. “Both my parents are doctors. But I want to stay connected to healthcare via the path of technology. Hence, being a healthcare business analyst in USA is my dream," says Shirish Dhar who is pursuing the course in US. 

Here are the top five medical colleges in USA:

No.

University

US News  Ranking

Tuition fees

1

Harvard University

1

$55,850

2

Stanford University

4

$50,715

3

Johns Hopkins University

5

$76,744

4

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)         

6

$48,646

5

University of California, San Francisco

7

$49,589

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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.

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Is there any age limit to take admission into Ph.D in USA?

lakshita shaan 3rd Apr, 2020
Hey vasu,
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.
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Are Neurosurgeons happy in San Francisco?

Animesh Vats Student Expert 5th Apr, 2020

Hi,

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.

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Are Neurosurgeons happy in New York?

Manish Singh 2nd Apr, 2020

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

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Are US Neurosurgeons rich enough to live a comfortable life in the United States?

Nikki Nair 2nd Apr, 2020

Hello Aspirant

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

Regards!


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