Top Courses for International Students to Study in the USA

By Subhashri Roy Updated On - Jul 18, 2021 10:06 PM

Looking forward to studying in the USA? Check out the most popular courses in the USA offered by top-ranked universities. Also, have a look at the admission requirements for Bachelors, Masters and Diploma courses in a variety of areas.

The USA is a leading country in the world for education and technology. It is a dream destination for students who plan on studying abroad because of innumerable reasons like a flexible and versatile education system, availability of thousands of courses, employment opportunities and many more. There are 150+ QS ranked universities in the USA which includes famous Ivy league colleges, MIT, Stanford University, Harvard University, and several others. 

Today, about 30% of the total study abroad students actually end up in the USA for higher education majorly because of the finest quality of education system that provides courses in every possible career discipline. At the bachelors level, the student gets various options to pursue courses in professional as well as conventional fields, whereas, at Master’s and PhD levels, students get work and research opportunities along with their studies. Many assistantships, internships, and research-based projects are available for the PG level students by private and government organizations to support the education of the student. These experiences are extremely beneficial for the career of the student as they give exposure in the field of interest to the student.

Another popular degree option is of the dual degree that is available at the bachelor’s level, students get to study two majors in the duration of one and acquire more skills in limited time. Some famous dual-degree combinations are  Arts+Business, Arts+Science, Arts+Media/Journalism, Arts+Law,  etc.   

The USA universities have rich cultural diversity and students of different nationalities come together to seek education at a common platform. The diverse learning process develops cross-cultural skills, critical thinking ability, problem-solving ability and self-confidence in students, these attributes are highly in demand by employers all over the world. 

Want to Know the Right Course for You to Study in US?

Even though thousands of courses are available in the USA universities, some courses are extremely popular amongst international students mainly because they provide better employment guarantee and job opportunities for students. Top courses to study in the USA are: 

1. Engineering 

Engineering is one of the most popular degrees all over the world and from the past few years, most of the international students opt for a variety of engineering programs as they provide employment guarantee to the students. Here’s a rundown of the top engineering specialisations offered in the US: 

  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineering
  • Automobile Engineering
  • Aviation Engineering
  • Communication Engineering
  • Computer Science & Engineering
  • Construction Engineering
  • Drilling Engineering
  • Entertainment Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Instrumentation & Control Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Sound Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering

Top Universities to Pursue Engineering in the USA

Name of the University


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Cambridge, USA

Stanford University

California, USA

University of California, Berkeley

California, USA

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama

University of Massachusetts

Massachusetts, Boston

Washington State University

Pullman, WA

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

University of Kansas

Lawrence, Kansas

Florida International University

Miami, FL

Prerequisites to Study Engineering in the USA

  • To pursue an engineering degree from the USA, the applicant must have studied Physics, Chemistry, and Maths in intermediate and must secure a good overall percentage. 

  • International applicants would require an English language test certification to study in the USA like IELTS or TOEFL.

  • Subject test certification is also required in most of the USA based universities like SAT/ACT at the undergraduate level and GRE at the master's level.

  • Universities of the USA have high standards thus applicants must make sure that their application is impressive. 

  • Various scholarship programs are provided by the university and private organizations to help students complete their degrees comfortably. 

Also Read: Application Deadlines for Popular US Universities 2021- 22

2. Business Administration 

International students prefer doing bachelor as well as master-level courses in business administration as the degree holds up a lot of value in the USA and even in their home country. It is easier for students to get jobs after completing a degree in business administration. The fees of US universities is comparatively higher than other foreign universities but the exposure provided to the student is much more diverse in terms of training, internships and workshops. Various multinational companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook have their headquarters in the USA, giving students a great opportunity to start their careers with these companies. Students can also go back to their own country after completing their degree and get a good job, USA degrees have a high value in all parts of the world. Apart from the most preferred MBA degree, students may also opt for other popular specializations in business administration in the US: 

  • International Business

  • Master of Business Administration or MBA

  • Business Management

  • Automotive Business

  • E-Business & E-Commerce

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Top Universities to Study Business Administration

Name of the University


Harvard University

Boston, USA

Stanford University

California, USA

Northwestern University

Evanston, USA

University of Chicago

Chicago, USA

University of Illinois, Chicago

Illinois, Chicago

Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama

University of South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina

University of South Florida

Tampa, USA

Washington State University

Pullman, WA

California State University Sacramento

Sacramento, California

Prerequisites to Study Business Administration in the USA 

  • To study business administration in the USA, applicants must make sure that their application is impressive as the course is high on demand and a large number of students plan on pursuing it. 

  • MBA applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a good GPA and a work experience of 2-3 years. 

  • The tuition fee of B-schools is usually high which automatically increases the cost of living of the student. Students can apply for student loans to get financial help, business students can get a loan easily. 

  • IELTS or TOEFL language certification is required to study in US universities, students must make sure that they apply for these examinations on time. 

  • Universities also for subject test certifications such as GMAT (master’s level) and SAT/ACT (bachelor’s level), students must check the official website of the university that they plan on joining.

Also Read: Canada or USA? Which is Better for Pursuing MBA

3. MBBS 

MBBS is another popular choice of international students who plan on studying abroad. Thousands of Indian students move to foreign lands to pursue MBBS and the USA tops their list. Education standards for medicinal courses are high in the USA and students have to work really hard to get admission to a US-based medical school. MBBS degrees awarded by the USA universities are approved by the Medical Council of India, thus they hold valid in India, students can come back to India and work here as well. The curriculum of MBBS is a combination of theoretical and practical courses, students have to invest a lot of their time in studies to complete the MBS degree. 

Top Universities to Study MBBS in the USA 

Name of the University


University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

Oklahoma, USA

George Washington University Medical School

Washington DC, USA

Harvard University

Boston, USA

San Diego School of Medicine

California, USA

University of Alabama Medical School

Alabama, USA

Davis Medical School

California, USA

Prerequisites to Study MBBS in the USA

  • The applicant must pass the intermediate from a recognized board with an overall percentage of  55% or more. 

  • The applicant must be a science student and must have studied - Physics, Chemistry, and Biology in Class 12th. 

  • The age of the student should be more than 17 years.

  • The tuition fee for MBBS degree programs can be high as the course involves Lab experiments and practicals but it also has a lot of value all over the world. Students can apply for a student loan to complete their education comfortably. 

4.  Liberal Arts

The universities in the USA have various Liberal Arts courses available for international students at all levels according to their area of interest and career goals. Usually, Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees are awarded to students pursuing courses in these fields. Some of the popular Liberal Arts courses amongst Indian students are:

  • Psychology

  • Economics 

  • International Relations

  • Sociology 

  • American History & Literature

  • Political Science 

  • Education 

  • Museum Studies

  • Art History

  • Fine Art

  • Theatre

  • Speech

  • Creative Writing

The bachelor’s degrees are four years long and require the selection of a major and minor. It can also be converted into honours if the student completes a fixed number of credits in their major. The education system is flexible in the USA, which lets students choose from a wide range of major and minor options. For instance, a major in History can be done with a minor in Journalism or media.  

The Master’s degrees are more specific and concentrate on one subject only. The duration of a Masters degree can vary from one year to two years depending upon the curriculum of the course. Students are motivated to do field and project work to get a better understanding of the field along with plenty of research opportunities. 

Apart from Bachelors and Masters degree in the field of Liberal Arts, universities also offer a PG diploma, certificate, and online courses to students. Dual degrees are also very popular in the USA, the student gets to design their own degrees.

Top Universities to Study Liberal Arts

Name of the University/College


University of Dayton

Dayton, Ohio

University of South Florida

Tampa, Florida

University of South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina.

California State University East Bay

Hayward, California

University of Massachusetts, Boston

Massachusetts Boston,

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia

Williams College

Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA

Amherst College

Amherst, Massachusetts, USA

Pomona College

Claremont, California, USA

Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, California, USA

Prerequisites to Study Liberal Arts from the USA:

  • Must start preparing their application at least one year before the admission deadline as a collection of documents is time-consuming. 

  • As most of the US universities are amongst the top educational institutions of the world, students must make sure that they have a strong application.

  • Make sure you choose and study the right subjects in your intermediate/bachelor’s and try to perform as good as you can.

  • Select the university and program you want to pursue and prepare your documents accordingly as different universities may require different documents. Some universities require subject and language test certification, make sure you take those exams on time.

5.  Applied Sciences 

Applied Science is a discipline that helps students to use the existing knowledge of science to fashion new things. These courses are a combination of various practical experiments along with theoretical texts to help students innovate and learn. Applied science courses are becoming more popular these days because of the great scope of skill development and innovation in the existing fields of science. At the bachelor's level, the degree of bachelors of Applied science is awarded to students which can be four to six years long in duration. Whereas at the master’s level, a degree of Masters of Applied Science is one to two years long. Some of the popular specializations are: 

  • Communication

  • Biochemical engineering

  • Computer Science 

  • Astrophysics

  • Forensics 

  • Criminology 

  • Information management 

Top Universities to Study Applied Sciences in the USA

Name of the University


Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

University of California, Davis

Davis, California, USA

George Washington University

Washington DC, USA

Foisie Business School

Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, Connecticut, USA

Lyle School of Engineering

University Park, Texas, USA

University of South Florida

Tampa, Florida

University of Dayton

Dayton, Ohio

Auburn University


Washington State University

Pullman, WA

Prerequisites to Study Applied Science from the USA

  • Applicants must study physics, chemistry, and physics to pursue an applied science course from the USA. 

  • The applicant should score a good percentage as these courses are very popular and thousands of students all over the world apply in the USA universities so the competition is quite high. 

  • Language test certification is mandatory to pursue courses from US-based universities, students must check the list of required documents on the official website of the university. 

  • Plan your applicant at least one year prior to the application deadline as the process of document collection is time-consuming. 

  • SAT/ACT score might be considered by the top universities. 

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