Roadmap to Study in USA with Timelines

The Road map to Study in USA with timeline and checklist will give you a guideline for admission to US for Fall and Spring semester. Months listed are for best case scenario. Many students for Fall semester take GRE in Feb/March and still able to get admission for Fall semester.



Roadmap to Study in USA

Exams (Fall – Aug ; Spring – May )

  • Get Passport (Surname(or last Name) is Mandatory

  • Register for GRE Test

  • Register for TOEFL

  • Prepare for GRE Exam

  • Browse Universities

  • Give GRE (or GMAT)



  • Report Scores to 4 Universities (at end of the exam)

  • Give TOEFL Test

  • Report TOEFL Scores to Universities

University Selection (Fall – Oct, Nov; Spring – June)

  • Browse Universities

  • Research – University Deadlines, Fees, funding, cost of living, safety, etc

  • Finalize programs

  • Finalize Universities

Application Documents (Fall – Oct,Nov; Spring – Jun, July)



  • Collect Required List of Documents (per school)

  • Statement of Purpose

  • Recommendation Letter

  • Resume

  • Transcripts

  • Bank Statement

  • Affidavit of Support

  • Certificates and other supporting documents

  • Copy of front and last pages of passport

  • Copy of online application submission conformation

Application (Fall – Nov, Dec; Spring – Jul, Aug)

  • Fill out online Graduate School Application

  • Fill Department application (if any)

  • Pay Application Fee (online or send dd)

  • Confirmation number or application id

  • Submit Application (online)

  • Mail Application documents – Express Mail (courier)

Admission (Fall – Feb, Mar, Apr; Spring – Oct, Nov, Dec)

  • Check Application Status (Takes 2 to 4 months)

  • Plan for Visa Bank balance and expenses

  • Receive Admission Decision ( Admission Letter + I-20 form)

F1 Visa (Fall – Jun, July, Aug; Spring – Dec, Jan)

  • Learn about F1 Visa Interview Process

  • Pay SEVIS Fees

  • Bank Statement

  • Affidavit from Sponsors

  • Other Required Documents

  • F1 Visa Questions and Answers

Also Read:  Prestigious Scholarships for Indian Students

Travel to US (Fall – Aug; Spring – Dec, Jan)

  • Find friends to travel together

  • Book flight ticket

  • Arrange for Pickup and Accommodation

  • Buy stuffs

  • Buy Suitcase

  • Find Health Insurance Requirements

  • Carrying Money to US (DD, TC or Wire Transfer)

  • Leave a copy of documents at home

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