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You have been admitted to your dream university and you have got your visa approved! Congratulations on this exciting milestone!

Before you embark on your journey to study in the USA, there are a few essentials you need to take care of, such as packing your belongings, finding accommodation, opening a bank account, getting travel insurance, and settling into your new surroundings.

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Documents Required to Travel to The USA

Before moving to the things to carry to the USA for students from India, let us first make you acquainted with the most essential documents without which you'll be denied entry into the US.

Given below are the documents required to be presented to the officers at the US airport for immigration purposes:

  • University-mandated admits, aid, and forms.
  • Original academic transcripts : These will also include your original/attested mark sheets, degree certificate, school certificate, letters of recommendation , etc. Make sure to carry copies of the same too.
  • Standardized/ entrance exam score sheets ( TOFEL , GRE , or GMAT , etc.
  • Immunization report: All universities have their mandatory vaccination requirements so remember to check those out and follow them carefully.
  • I-20 Form : This document is issued by a US government-approved educational institution that certifies your admission to a full-time study program with the approved financial ability to stay in the US. You would have received this form from your Designated School Official (DSO).
  • SEVIS Fee receipt: All international students need to pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee, separate from their student visa fees. At present, the fee is INR 29,200 , and it must be paid online.
  • Acceptance letter from your university
  • LOR , SOP
  • Departure letter

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USA Student Packing List

There are a lot of things to carry from India to the USA. All these things are mentioned in different USA student packing lists mentioned below:

Travel Checklist

Health checklist.

  • Food & Clothing/Apparel Checklist

Let’s dive into its details with the help of this table:

Let’s have a closer look at the packing list for Indian students going to USA:

A student packing list for the USA is the most important travel checklist when you are packing for essential things to carry while traveling to the USA from India. The most essential things that you need to carry before you travel to the US are your flight tickets, passport, payment cards, and student visa permit.

  • Passport: Your Passport will be required for identification purposes as you enter the US.
  • Payment Cards: Initially, you will need a credit or debit card to secure basic necessities and utilities while in the US. Mastercard, Visa, and American Express in particular are popular payment methods in the United States.
  • Student Visa : A photocopy of your approved F-1 student visa will be required at the airport before you travel to the US.

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Besides the above-mentioned essentials, you will also need the following important things to carry to the USA for students from India:

Foreign currency to carry to the US

  • Carry about USD 1,000 (INR 83,300)  in the currency more or less, and the rest can be taken in loaded forex cards. Remember to always carry loose change that you can use for eating/drinking during your travel journey.
  • Forex cards are cost-effective so make sure to carry most of your money on these cards.
  • For tuition fees, it is best to wire the money directly to the university.

Electronic Gadgets to Carry to the USA

  • Laptop/Mobile/Tablet and its charger
  • Pen-drive/Hard disk
  • India to the US plug/adapter: This is absolutely essential. You will need them to power the gadgets you are carrying from India to the US.
  • Digital camera
  • Headphones with mic
  • Extra batteries
  • Table clock
  • External HDD

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Let us now help you with some health-related things that must be included in your USA student travel checklist from India.

The most important health-related things that need to be included in your US student packing list from India are:

  • Health Insurance: The average cost of a trip to the emergency room is INR 58,200, and getting tests or prescriptions can push that cost well over INR 83,200. All universities abroad require Student Health Insurance. This can be obtained from any Indian insurance company and is cost-effective, too, rather than getting it from your university.
  • Health Check-up: Make sure to get a total health check-up done before you leave. Treatments in the US, especially Eye and Dental care, can be pretty expensive.
  • Medicines for cold/fever/cough: Crocin, Combiflam, Diziron, Vicks, Avail.25, etc.
  • Eye contact lenses.

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Clothing Checklist

Here is the clothing packing list for students going to the USA:

  • Depending on the varying climates of your destination state, carry extra winter/summer/fall clothing.
  • Carry toiletries.
  • Carry extra blankets/pillows if you feel you cannot do without them. However, make sure you are not exceeding your luggage limit.

Specific essential clothing items to be carried to the US have been listed below:

  • Formal shirts
  • Coat and suits
  • Track pants
  • Undergarments
  • Swimming costumes
  • Winter jackets

Food Checklist

Moving on, let us now provide you acquainted with some essential food items to carry in your student packing list for the USA:

  • Masala/ spices/oils : According to the US Customs and Border Protection site, you can carry masalas, oils, honey, coffee, tea, and packaged spices to the US. So yes, you can take spices to the USA from India.
  • Ready-to-cook food : You may carry ready-to-cook food to the US (for instance, Maggi, pickles) in case of emergencies.
  • Pressure cooker of 3-7 litres.
  • Rice, spoons, knives, bowls, vegetables, dal, etc are all largely prohibited and also inessential. You will find these abroad as well.

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Luggage Guidelines for Students Travelling to the US

After getting to know about the packing list for Indian students going to the USA, it's also important to stay updated about the luggage guidelines/rules/specifications:

  • The total linear dimensions of each check-in bag should not exceed 158 cm (62 inches) . The total weight must not be more than 23 kg (50 pounds) .
  • You are allowed to carry one hand baggage, plus a laptop, a briefcase, and a purse. The maximum weight of hand baggage should not exceed a certain limit, usually 5 to 10 kg .
  • Don’t forget to acquire Transportation Security Administration locks.
  • In the case of loss of luggage and accidents, make sure you have a travel insurance cover that can protect you. An Indian Insurance company can provide this service to you.

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From the Desk of Yocket 

Moving to a new country to study can be an exciting but also daunting experience. There is so much to think about and prepare for, from packing your belongings to finding accommodation to opening a bank account.

To make the process a little bit easier, we have put together this US travel checklist for international students. This checklist covers all of the essential items you need to bring with you to the USA, as well as some additional items that may be helpful.

Of course, the specific items you need to bring will vary depending on your individual needs and circumstances. But this checklist should give you a good starting point.

Yocket counselors wish you a safe and successful journey to the USA!

Frequently Asked Questions about US Student Travel Checklist

What are food essentials one must keep in their USA student packing list?

Given below are some food essentials: 1. Masala/ spices/oils 2. Ready-to-cook food Pressure cooker of 3-7 liters, kadhai 3. Rice, spoons, knives, bowls, vegetables, dal, etc are all largely prohibited and also inessential. You will find these abroad as well.

What are the electronic gadgets one must take to the US, as students?

Given below are the electronic gadgets: 1. Laptop/Mobile/Tablet and its charger 2. Pen-drive/hard disk 3. India to US plug/adapter: This is absolutely essential. You will need them to power the gadgets you are carrying from India to the US. 4. Digital camera 5. Headphones with mic 6. Calculator 7. Extra batteries 8. Table clock 9. External HDD

What are the documents required at the time of immigration?

The documents required are: 1. Passport 2. Visa 3. Acceptance letter from your university 4. LORs, SOPs 5. Departure letter 6. SEVIS fee receipt 7. I-20 form 8. Immunization report 9. Academic transcripts 10. Standardized test scores

Should I carry stationery to the US with me?

Yes, you can carry some basic stationery items like pens, notebooks, calculators, pencils, basic geometry items, etc.

Can I take Ayurvedic medicines to the US?

Yes, if you have authorized prescriptions from your doctor.

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Travel checklist of things to carry to the USA for students from India

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Securing a seat at one of the top-ranked US universities is like a dream come true. The excitement levels are all-time high when the visa gets approved. The US will be your new home for the next few years. Therefore, it is wise to carry the essential items for settling down to the new place easily. So, let’s take a look at the items that Indian students must carry while going to the USA.

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Must carry things to the USA from India - Travel & academic documents

Essential clothes

Electronic gadgets

Household Items

Foreign Currency

Items not to include in the packing list

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Travel and academic documents are important as you will have to produce them before and after reaching the USA when required. Quick access to these documents helps avoid complications throughout your stay in the new country. Therefore, pack the following documents while travelling to the United States of America:

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  • Student Visa
  • Air tickets
  • SEVIS fee receipt
  • Score sheet of TOEFL, GRE or GMAT
  • University-mandated admits, forms and aid
  • Acceptance letter from the university
  • Academic transcripts, including original and attested mark sheets, degree certificates, letters of recommendation and Statement of Purpose
  • Final year project report

Ensure you carry both original and a minimum of 5 photocopies of each document.

Another important list of things to carry to the USA from India

Before packing, check the overall weather of your study abroad destination to avoid overpacking. Some of the essential clothes that you should pack are:

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  • Formal shirts and trousers
  • Formal suits and ties
  • Winter jackets and sweatshirts
  • Casual clothes
  • Traditional dress for special occasions

Do not forget to include accessories like hats, sunglasses, belts, watches, socks, towels, scarves, and comfortable footwear in your packing list. Try to carry clothes that will dry quickly and do not require ironing. Moreover, keep multiple pairs of every clothing item.

It is hard to imagine an electronic gadget packing list without laptops and mobiles. Some other electronic gadgets essential to carry along are as follows:

  • Headphones with mic
  • A scientific calculator
  • Digital camera
  • Extra batteries
  • Table clock with alarm functionality
  • External Hard Disk Drive (HDD)
  • Universal adapter (to support charging points in different countries)

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Carrying your daily essentials while going to the US will make your life easier. These essential household items are divided into three categories: personal care products, food products and kitchen supplies. Some of the most important items in these three categories are mentioned below:

Note: Please carry only essential items you will require to avoid overpacking.

Though payment cards like International Debit and Credit cards are accepted worldwide, carrying some local currency like 1000 or 2000 USD is a good idea to meet travel expenses. Get the local currency by visiting foreign exchange centres or currency exchange offices. Carry forex cards in the US to pay grocery bills, shopping bills, etc.

  • Prescription medicines
  • Medicines for cold, fever, cough, indigestion and toothache
  • Anti-allergic medications

Get a complete health check-up before leaving for the US and collect the immunisation report as well. Moreover, all US universities require Student Health Insurance. Therefore, purchase the insurance policy from an Indian service provider before leaving for the USA.

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To enjoy a hassle-free travelling experience, check the luggage guidelines and maintain the number and weight of bags within the prescribed limit. Some items which you should not include in your packing list are:

  • Heavy bottles of liquid
  • Heavy books and other reading material
  • Expensive jewellery

Note: The aforementioned is not an extensive list of items you must carry or avoid while going to the US.

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An Essential Packing Checklist for Indian Students Traveling to USA

Packing for travel is stressful in itself, and it becomes all the more daunting a task for students preparing for their upcoming travel to the United States for higher studies. The thought of missing out on important documents or any important item gives them the jitters as traveling for studies is long-term and one cannot really afford to err. But, worry not! Refer to this packing checklist for Indian students traveling to USA. While you double-check if you have all the necessary documents, don’t forget to carry enough photocopies of them. And most importantly, make sure that your luggage weight is in accordance with the baggage allowance of the airline. Do carry your favorite books if you like to read during your long-haul flight from India to USA .

Hope this packing checklist for Indian students traveling to USA comes in handy for you. Have we missed out on something worth including in this list? Do write it in the comments section below.

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USA Travel Checklist for Students 2024

Admissions | Updated 08 Jun, 2024

USA Travel Checklist for Students 2024

When considering studying abroad, the first choice that comes to a student's mind is opting for education in the USA. For numerous Indian students, the opportunity to study in the USA is akin to a dream come true. This is mainly due to the flexibility and exposure that the American education system offers.

Upon completing all the necessary procedures for studying in the USA, such as securing admission to a university, arranging finances for education, obtaining f1 visa approval, etc., another hurdle is finding a  Packing List for Indian Students going to the USA

Students generally tend to over-pack their suitcases because of fears such as "What if it's too cold there?" "What if the weather is too hot?", "What if I don't find my favorite toothpaste there?".

Understandably, you would want to have everything at arms reach when you are in a foreign country with minimal access to your surroundings. Although understandable it is impractical to pack for every possible situation that you'll come across. 

So in this blog, we've come up with the most comprehensive USA Packing List For Indian Students which consists of only the most essential things to take to the USA from India that students would need for the first few months

Travel Checklist 

You might already have an idea of what to take and how to pack your luggage. If that is the case, we are providing a very basic checklist in the below table that you might need if you just want an outline of what to pack. 

Keep reading to know about each checklist in detail as we've expanded clearly on all of these in specific sections down below

Documents Needed To Travel To USA

With the recent wave of modified immigration laws coming into action, ending up in the USA without the essential documentation can be a nightmare. It is always safe to carry all the documents needed to travel to the USA.

Here is a list of essential documents that all students who plan to study in the USA need to keep with themselves to avoid any complications during their stay in the USA. Having a thorough knowledge of documents is one of the most important things to know before visiting America.

  • Passport Xerox(5 copies)
  • VISA Xerox (5 copies)
  • Vaccination Certificate
  • I-20(5 copies)
  • Air Ticket(2 copies)
  • Original mark sheets + Degree Certificate (previous degree)
  • Attested mark sheets + Degree Certificate (3 copies)
  • Original transcripts + Degree Certificate (3 copies)
  • Immunization form(specific to university)
  • University-specific letters like admit, aid, forms, and Acceptance Letters from the University.
  • SEVIS fee receipt(3 copies)
  • GRE Original + Xerox copies(5 copies)
  • TOEFL Original + Xerox copies(5 copies)
  • Final Year Project Report
  • Syllabus Copies
  • Recommendation letters
  • Medical Documents
  • Rental Agreement or Proof of Accommodation
  • LOR (Letter of Recommendation) and SOP (Statement of Purpose)
  • Health Insurance Documents and Travel Insurance

Carry E-copies and Soft copies of Documents It is crucial to have physical copies of essential documents when traveling to the USA. However, there's a risk of misplacement or damage during the journey. Therefore, maintaining soft copies of vital documents like your passport, flight ticket, and hotel reservation slip enhances your security during potential issues.

Packing list for Indian students going to USA - Basic Essential Clothes

One can never have too many clothes, this is true in the case of many students who travel to the USA for their higher studies. However, when you have been assigned a limited budget, cutting down on buying more clothes will help you a great deal. Hence, here is the basic list of certain essential clothing things that every student needs to carry to the USA from India.

  • T-shirts (round neck) – 8
  • T-shirts (with collar) – 3-4
  • Jeans (stick to blue/black) – 6-7
  • Formal shirts – 3
  • Formal trousers – 2
  • Undergarments – at least 15 pairs (very important)
  • Formal suit – 1 complete set
  • Ties – 2-3
  • Shorts/three-fourths – 5-6
  • Track pants – 2-3
  • Swimming trunks – 1 (if you plan to swim after coming here)
  • One traditional dress for festivals

Extra Apparel

  • Towels (any kind, but I would prefer Turkish(Or Tunisian) – 1 Turkish,3 Simple
  • Hand towels – 3-4
  • Leather belts – 1-2
  • Belt for jeans – 1
  • Formal leather shoes – 1 pair
  • Woodland all-weather shoes – 1 pair (very important)
  • Sneakers (optional) – 1 pair
  • Sports shoes (optional) – They are very cheap abroad. You will most probably have a pair already. Wear it and come. Wait till the Black Friday sales where you will get awesome pairs of shoes for cheap.
  • Sunglasses – 1 pair (any good brand is okay)
  • Socks – 6-7 pairs
  • Sweater – 1-2 good warm ones
  • A light jacket (you can get a thicker one once you land there)
  • A good umbrella (don’t get the cheap ones, they can’t stand the wind)
  • Handkerchiefs – 12 nos.
  • Hawaii slippers – 1 pair (for wearing inside the apartment)
  • Flip-flops – 1 pair (for summer and spring)
  • Bedsheets – 2
  • Blanket – 1 (optional)
  • Pillow covers – 3
  • A good wallet (leather) – 1
  • A wallet for a passport
  • Shoe polish – 1 (don’t get liquid, might spill during travel)
  • Shoe polishing brush – 1
  • Monkey cap – 1

Essential Electronics 

This list contains something very crucial to every Genz's existence; Electronics. Getting access to several electronic gadgets that employ cutting-edge technology is one of the perks of getting to study in the USA.

However, you all know that buying one is not a cheap affair, especially in a country like the USA. Hence, till the time you become financially independent, here are a few basic electronic items that every student needs to put on the list of things to pack for the USA from India.

  • External HDD (get the portable one) – You might need this for bringing all those movies, music, and files from back home. Minimum of 1 TB. Any brand is fine. Also, a decent pen drive, in case you need to download any study material from official, online resources provided by your university/college in the USA.
  • USB keyboard and mouse (optional) – gamers might need this. Even otherwise, it is a good thing to have. Get Logitech. If you already have a laptop, you may bring that. Even if it is quite old, preserve it till the Black Friday sales begin. There are numerous lucrative deals on electronic gadgets during the last two days of November every year in the USA.
  • iPod/mp3 player (optional) – In case you may need to travel/run using these. Also comes in handy for trying to look cool at airports! Jokes apart, these little musical companions are very useful during long travels.
  • A small table clock with alarm functionality
  • A scientific calculator (very important) Casio fx991MS or fx991ES.
  • A good branded, decent wristwatch .
  • Indian pin to US pin converters – 2-3

Now, if you are not carrying a whole lot of extra clothes apart from the items listed in the clothing list given above and if you feel it necessary, then you can carry the following list of extra electronic gadgets as part of your luggage to study in the USA.

  • Digital Camera - For the photographer in you! Avoid buying cameras with AA batteries. Buy models with Li-ion batteries. Carry them only if you possess one with the above specifications.
  • A good pair of headphones with a mic : A lot of devices nowadays do not come with headphone jacks like in the old days. Hence, buying a good, wireless pair of headphones with good-quality mics will come in handy. A better option would be to wait until the Black Friday sale starts.
  • A branded spike-buster .
  • An extra battery for your wristwatch.
  • Blank DVDs (4-5)

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Household items/ Hygiene products

It is extremely important to understand the importance of personal hygiene, especially while studying abroad. The Western concepts of hygiene may come as a shock to many first-time students who may not have traveled outside of the country before. Also, a lot of brands that are available in India may not be available in the USA and vice versa. Hence, it is always better to carry the personal care products that have become part of your routine while traveling to the USA.

Here is a list of certain personal care products that all students should carry while traveling to the USA.

  • Toothpaste – one large tube. Brands also available in the US – Colgate, Close-Up, Pepsodent, Aquafresh (Note: The Pepsodent here is not the same as the Pepsodent in India, it is owned by a different company, not by Unilever. (This is a very important fact))
  • Toothbrushes – 3-4
  • Soap – 1-2 bars/ 3 bottles of Shower Gel. Again, you can buy them from the US. The following brands are also available in the USA – Dove, Palmolive, and Pears. If you don’t use any of these brands, then better get used to them. No use bringing lots of soap bars from India.
  • Shampoo – 1 bottle. Brands also available in the US – Head and Shoulders, Sunsilk, Dove, Pantene, and Nizoral. Again, get used to any one of these brands.
  • Shaving razors (for guys) – A couple of disposable ones.
  • Shaving foam (don’t buy cream) – 1 small can
  • Cold cream – 1 bottle
  • Vaseline – 1 bottle
  • Good clean combs – 2-3
  • Comb cleaner/old toothbrush for cleaning the combs.
  • Soap cases – 2
  • Hair oil – 2 bottles
  • Deodorant – 1 can
  • Nail cutter – 2
  • Earbuds – 1 small pack
  • Sunscreen – 1 bottle
  • Lip balm – 2 tubes

Must-Have Packing List for Female Indian Students Traveling to the USA:

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Body wash or soap
  • Face wash and moisturizer
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Hair ties, clips, or accessories
  • Sanitary pads or tampons
  • Makeup and cosmetics (as desired)
  • Nail care kit (nail clippers, file, polish)
  • Perfume or body spray

Kitchen Essentials

Due to the high cost of living in certain university hostels, a lot of Indian students prefer to live outside the campus, in studio apartments, or rent one with fellow students who stay outside. For such students, food is a major concern.

Most students who study in the USA cannot afford to spend money on buying food, daily due to budget constraints. Hence, most of them prefer to cook their dinner or lunch. In that case, getting some basic kitchenware from your home country will come in handy!

Here is a list of kitchen essentials that you may need to carry if you plan on living in an accommodation which is outside the university premises. This list will come in handy for people traveling to the USA for work purposes as well.

  • Pressure cooker
  • Pressure pan – 1. As far as possible, get both the cooker and the pan from the same brand to interchange the gaskets and the weights.
  • Medium-size kadai for cooking vegetables – 1
  • Serving spoons (of various sizes) – 3-4
  • SS Plate – 1
  • Kadai for boiling milk/water – 1
  • Knives – 3-4
  • Vegetable chopping board – 1
  • Stainless Steel glasses/tumblers – 3
  • SS spoons – 3-4
  • Extra weights and gaskets for the cookers – 3
  • Chapati roller – 1
  • Butter knives – 2
  • SS forks – 2
  • Kadai for making sambar/dal – 1
  • Tea strainer – 1
  • Water bottle (preferably Tupperware) – 1

Food Items Allowed to Carry to the USA from India

This next list will tell you all about the food items allowed to be carried to the USA from India.  When it comes to Indian Cuisine, one cannot limit it to a single dish. You may have observed a lot of students carrying delectable goodies from their homes while traveling to the USA. For students and working professionals who prefer eating homemade Indian dishes to eating out, the below list of ingredients and foods may come in handy.

However, you need to keep in mind that US immigration laws only allow certain food items on the flight. The items mentioned in the below list of food items allowed to be carried to the USA from India are to be packed in the prescribed quantities only. 

  • Ready-to-eat paste: 5-6 bottles minimum.
  • Rice: 3-4 kg for initial use
  • Maggi: Maggi is a brand that has been restricted to Indian markets only. So if you are particular about this brand, then you may need to carry a minimum of 10-12 packets. You won’t get Maggi in any other stores in the USA except the Indian ones. So carry as much as you can.
  • Some homemade sweets for yourself 
  • Pickles: 3-4 bottles
  • Some snacks:  how much ever you want, for the initial days
  • All curry powders: Chilli, Garam Masala, Rasam, Sambar, Asafoetida, and other spices that you may likely require while studying abroad – 0.5 to 1 kg each
  • Lentils (whichever you prefer, mainly for lentil-based curries) – 2 kg each
  • Salt and sugar – 0.5 kg each
  • Papads: 2-3 packs
  • Tamarind: 1 kg
  • Ginger-garlic paste: 2 bottles

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List of Medicines

It is essential to keep several basic medicines handy as you do not get them without a valid prescription in the USA. Again, certain medicines that have been part of Indian households for ages together may not be available in the USA for immediate consumption.  Hence, having a stock of the following medicines will be very helpful during your stay in the USA.

  • For Cold and Fever – Consider Crocin.
  • For Body Pain – Options include Crocin and Combiflam.
  • For Indigestion and Gastric Problems – The suggested medications are Gelucil and Zantac.
  • For Throat Infection – Erythromycin is recommended.
  • For Allergies – Avil .25 is a suitable choice.
  • For Vomiting – Avomine is effective.
  • For Toothache – Combiflam can be used.
  • For Cold and Headache – Amurtanjan is a suitable option.
  • For Stomach Pain – Consider Cyclopam.
  • For Diarrhoea – Lopomide is recommended.
  • For Dizziness – Diziron is suitable.
  • For Sprains – Esgypyrin can be used.
  • For Common Cold – Options include Coldact and Vicks Vaporub

But remember not to take the medicines in bulk and especially don't forget the valid prescription for the medicines you take. Because otherwise you would be stopped by the TSA at the airport.

Stationery 

Smaller things which we generally tend to ignore often play an important role in any bigger process. The same can be said in the case of stationery items in the process of study in the USA.  Do you remember all those times when losing a small marker was never a worrisome event for you in India? That won’t work once you reach the USA for further studies. 

Any expenses that are being utilized from the education loan amount are charged with interest to students who plan to study in the USA with the help of an education loan. Hence, carrying the stationery items mentioned in the following list will help you in the long term during your study in the USA.

  • Pens – 3-4
  • Notebooks – 2-3
  • Pencils – 3-4
  • Erasers – 3
  • Sharpeners – 3
  • Key chains – 2
  • Staple machine – 1
  • Pins – 2 boxes
  • Glue sticks – 2
  • Markers – 2
  • Highlighters – 1
  • A4 sheets – 1 quire
  • Small ruler – 1
  • Phone book – 1. Keep all your friends’ and relatives’ phone numbers written inside before you leave ( or use Google Sync like a normal person)
  • Cellophane tape – 1 roll

Foreign Currency

Though payment cards like International Debit and Credit cards are accepted worldwide, carrying local currency like 1000 or 2000 USD is a good idea to meet travel expenses. Get the local currency by visiting foreign exchange centers or currency exchange offices. Carry forex cards in the US to pay grocery bills, shopping bills, etc.

Carry about USD 1,000 (INR 83,300)  in the currency more or less, and the rest can be taken in loaded forex cards. Remember to always carry loose change that you can use for eating/drinking during your travel journey. Forex cards are cost-effective so make sure to carry most of your money on these cards. For tuition fees, it is best to wire the money directly to the university.

Suitcase And Weight Guidelines

Before you start packing your luggage, You need to know the suitcase and weight guidelines for a seamless and stress-free travel experience, it is essential to stick to the luggage guidelines and ensure that both the number and weight of your bags with the specified limits. 

Check-in bags should not exceed 158 cm (62 inches) in total linear dimensions, with a maximum weight of 23 kg (50 pounds). Hand baggage, including a laptop, briefcase, and purse, is permitted, but the weight of the hand baggage should typically not surpass a specified limit, usually ranging from 5 to 10 kg.  Ensure that you have Transportation Security Administration (TSA) locks for added security Some restrictions to keep in mind when packing your luggage are:

When packing for your trip, avoid including heavy bottles of liquid, hefty books, and reading materials, as well as expensive jewelry in your luggage.  It's worth noting that the list provided is not exhaustive, and travelers are encouraged to exercise discretion based on their specific needs. To address potential issues such as lost luggage or accidents during your journey, it is advisable to secure travel insurance coverage. Most education loans offer suitable travel insurance plans that protect from unforeseen circumstances. 

With this list, we have come to the end of a rather large number of things that students may need to carry when they are traveling to study in the USA. If any items on these lists may not seem very significant to you, do feel free to exclude them from your packing checklist. You may choose whichever is essential to your course in the USA and pack accordingly.

Indian Embassy Information

Information about the Indian Embassy is essential for first-time travelers, offering assistance in addressing potential challenges throughout their journey in the USA. The Indian Embassy is ready to offer comprehensive support should you need assistance during your stay in the country.

Note: WeMakeScholars is an organization funded and supported by the Government of India that focuses on International Education finance. We are associated with 10+ public/Pvt banks/ NBFCs in India and help you get the best abroad education loan matching your profile. As this initiative is under the Digital India campaign, it is free of cost. The organization has vast experience dealing with students going to various education destinations like the US , Canada , UK , Australia , Germany , Sweden , Italy , China , and France among others.

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Packing Tips For Students Going to Study in USA | Kosha

  • Apr 1, 2023

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When it comes to studying abroad, most students choose to study in the United States. Because of the diverse and extensive range of courses available to overseas students, the American education system is widely regarded as the most adaptable in the world. For most Indian students, studying in the United States (USA) is a dream come true.

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However, once all of the processes for studying in the United States have been completed, such as obtaining admission to the university, organising finances to support your studies in the United States, obtaining Visa permission, and so on, the next most important action is your trip packing checklist .

Because you want to stay in the United States for an extended period, most students maintain practically everything that has been a part of their routine. Being aware of what you bring to the United States is critical since getting  your possessions is one of the best methods to reduce your daily spending. Having your own luggage will help you save money on living expenses while in the United States but at the same time, it’s equally essential to ensure that you travel light. This article will provide you with the definitive packing checklist for any student planning to study in the United States and tips on how to travel light at the same time.\

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Table of Contents

Research Before You Start Packing for USA

Before you start packing for your studies in the USA, it’s essential to research the climate and weather conditions in the region where you will be studying. The USA has a diverse range of climates, and the weather conditions can vary significantly from one region to another. The weather change will be especially different for Indian students in USA.

By researching your destination’s climate and weather conditions, you can pack appropriate clothing and footwear that will keep you comfortable throughout the year. 

Understanding the climate and weather patterns in your US city

Different regions in the United States experience various climate and weather patterns. The West Coast, for example, tends to have a more temperate and Mediterranean-like climate, while the Midwest can have distinct seasons with cold winters and hot summers. The East Coast might experience more humid conditions and varying temperatures throughout the year.

It’s important to look at factors such as temperature, precipitation, humidity, and wind patterns to understand the climate of a specific city. Websites and apps that provide historical weather data can help you get a sense of the typical conditions in your city.

Seasonal variations and how they influence your clothing choices

  • Spring (March to May): In spring, temperatures start to rise after the cold winter. You’ll want to transition from heavy winter clothing to lighter layers. Long-sleeve shirts, light sweaters, and jackets are good choices. As the weather warms up, you can switch to short-sleeve shirts, dresses, and lighter pants.
  • Summer (June to August): Summers can get quite hot in many parts of the US. T-shirts, shorts, skirts, and dresses are common choices. Light and breathable fabrics like cotton are ideal to stay cool. Don’t forget sun protection, such as hats and sunscreen.
  • Fall (September to November): Fall often brings cooler temperatures. You’ll want to reintroduce layers and slightly heavier clothing. Sweaters, cardigans, and light jackets are great options. Jeans or pants paired with long-sleeve shirts are also popular during this season.
  • Winter (December to February): Winter calls for warm and insulated clothing. Coats, scarves, gloves, and thicker sweaters are essential to stay comfortable. Depending on the severity of winter, you might also need heavier boots and accessories to protect against the cold.

Remember that clothing choices can vary based on your personal comfort level, local fashion trends, and specific weather conditions. It’s also a good idea to check weather forecasts regularly so you can plan your outfits accordingly.

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Check the baggage allowance and restrictions of your airline

Before you start packing, it’s important to check your airline’s baggage allowance and restrictions. Airlines have specific guidelines regarding the size, weight, and number of bags you can carry; exceeding these limits can result in additional charges.

Make sure to read your airline’s baggage policy carefully and pack accordingly. If you need to bring more items, consider shipping them separately or leaving them behind and purchasing them upon arrival.

Make a packing list for USA

Making a packing list is an essential step in packing efficiently for your studies in the USA. It will help you stay organized and ensure you remember all essential items. Your packing list should include all the items you need for your studies, including clothing, electronics, school supplies, and personal care items.

Select Luggage Bag

It is important to select a suitable luggage bag that can accommodate all of the stuff you intend to bring with you to the new nation. Try to choose a travel bag that is large enough to hold all your needs while still being easy to carry. Check that it is adaptable and easy to move about. A four-wheeled stroller bag is ideal since it takes the weight off your hands. If you prefer to carry a backpack, ensure it has wheels for hands-free mobility.

Prepare a Checklist Before packing for the USA

Before developing a packing list for Indian students travelling abroad to the USA, make a note of all the necessary materials. This guarantees that nothing is overlooked and aids in improved planning and organization. Remember that if you travel to another country to study, you will most likely be unable to return home until the conclusion of the semester. 

In most nations, this phase lasts 4 to 5 months. As a result, losing any key document or item might impede an otherwise simple changeover.

Refer to the following checklist for tips on packing light for study abroad:

  • Upload all critical papers and photographs to the cloud.
  • Save vital information and contact information to Google Drive.
  • Make arrangements for airport pickups and drop-offs ahead of time.
  • Examine the luggage weight limits of the airline service you intend to use.
  • Add a name tag or a mark/symbol to your baggage to make it more recognisable.

Carry-on and checked-in baggage items

To prevent a snarl at the airport, it is critical to understand what goods should be retained in carry-on luggage and what should be placed in checked-in luggage. Indian students travelling to the USA should bring the following goods in their carry-on luggage:

  • Documents of importance
  • The currency of the host country
  • Prescription drugs
  • Phone, charger, and other accessories
  • The remaining goods should be packed in checked luggage.

Clothes and Accessories for the USA

Many students who migrate to the United States for higher education know that one can never have too much clothing. However, cutting back on purchasing additional garments will benefit you greatly if you have a restricted budget. As a result, below is a simple list of key necessary wardrobe items that every student must bring to the United States. 

Research the temperature and culture of the nation you travel to, and prepare your clothes accordingly. Pack warm thermal clothes if you are moving to nations such as the United States, Canada, and others since they have chilly weather. Still, East Asian and African countries have milder temperatures. Don’t overpack, and bring only the essentials. For Indian students travelling to the USA, refer to this guide to better understand what clothes to bring for study abroad destinations in 2023

List of some essential items:

  • Thermal T-shirts  – 8
  • Sweatshirts – 3-4
  • Jeans (stick to blue/black) – 6-7
  • Formal shirts – 3
  • Formal trousers – 2
  • Thermal Undergarments – at least 15 pairs (very important)
  • Formal suit – 1 complete set
  • Shorts/three-fourths – 5-6
  • Track pants – 2-3
  • Swimming trunks – 1 (if you plan to swim after coming here)
  • One traditional dress for festivals
  • A trench coat/ winter jacket – 2 
  • Gloves, caps, socks – 5-7 pairs

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Double check your Documents

With the new wave of changed immigration regulations going into effect, it is always prudent to have the necessary documentation for travel to the United States . Here is a list of important papers that all students planning to study in the United States should bring with them to prevent issues throughout their stay. One of the most crucial things to learn before visiting America is how to read the paperwork.

Also, save replica reproductions of these documents in case the original is lost or stolen. This simplifies the procedure of obtaining replacements from the immigration office if the original is lost or stolen. 

This includes the following:

  • Xerox Passport (5 copies)
  • Xerox VISA (5 copies)
  • The I-20 (5 copies)
  • Airline Ticket (2 copies)
  • Original mark sheets including a diploma (previous degree)
  • Degree Certificate + Attested Mark Sheets (3 copies)
  • Original transcripts including a diploma (3 copies)
  • Form of immunization (specific to university)
  • University-specific letters, such as admit, assistance, and forms.
  • Receipt of SEVIS fees (3 copies)
  • GRE Xerox copies + originals (5 copies)
  • Original TOEFL + Xerox copies (5 copies)
  • Copies of the Final Year Project Report Syllabus
  • Letters of recommendation

Prescription Drugs: Carrying medicines to the USA from India

If you are taking prescription medication, bring enough to last the duration of your stay if feasible. This is because it is unknown whether the drug you require is accessible in the nation. Keep the doctor’s prescription on hand in case you run out of doses.

You should also take some basic medications, such as those for headaches, colds, and coughs. Just be sure the brand you’re using is legal in the country you’re relocating to. Some of the medications that should be packed by Indian students travelling to the USA include:

  • Crocin for Cold 
  • Fever, Body Pain – Combiflam 
  • Indigestion, Gastric Problems – Gelucil, Zantac
  • Throat Infection – Erythromycin 
  • Allergies – Avil.25 
  • Vomiting – Avomine 
  • Tooth Pain – Combiflam 
  • Cold, Headache – Amurtanjan 
  • Stomach Pain – Cyclopam 
  • Diarrhoea – Lopomide 
  • Dizziness – Diziron
  • Common Cold – Coldact, Vicks Vaporub 
  • Sprain – Esgypyrin

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Necessary medicines for traveling

Local currency

Visa and MasterCard are now accepted all around the world. Still, it’s a good idea to keep some local cash on hand, just in case. This might be done through airport kiosks, foreign currency counters, and private money exchange companies. Foreign currency cards and traveller’s checks are also available for foreign currency transactions.

Electronic gadgets

Electronic items such as cell phones and laptop computers are also considered necessities these days. However, there is a good chance that your dormitory, residence hall, or apartment outlets will differ from those in your country. As a result, it is recommended that you bring a universal converter from your own country in case you cannot locate one in the other nation. 

The following is a list of necessary electrical gadgets that Indian students travelling overseas to the USA should include in their packing list:

  • Cell Phone 
  • Outlet Adaptors 
  • USB Cables 
  • Other Chargers

Mobile applications for indian students studying abroad in the USA

Electronic devices for traveling

Applications for Mobile Devices

It is a well-known truth that mobile applications make life easier in the modern day. Although you won’t really “pack” them, they will help you adapt from one nation to another. Maps, translators, cab services, food applications, lodging services, dictionaries for translators to comprehend the local language, and so forth are among the most vital.

Research to find out which applications are popular in the nation you intend to visit. Installing messaging programmes such as Whatsapp, Skype, and others is critical so that you may communicate with your relatives in your home country for free.

Personal Care Products That Are Required

Recognising the significance of personal cleanliness, especially while studying abroad is critical. Many first-time students who have never travelled outside of the nation may be taken aback by western ideals of cleanliness. Furthermore, many brands accessible in India may not be available in the United States, and vice versa. As a result, bringing personal care items that have become a part of your routine when travelling to the United States is usually preferable.

Here is a list of personal care items that all students should bring while travelling to the United States. Toothpaste comes in a huge tube. Colgate, Close-Up, etc.

  • Toothbrushes- 3-4
  • Bars of soap- 1-2/3 bottles of shower gel

Again, they are available in the United States. Dove, Palmolive, and Pears are also available in the United States. If you are unfamiliar with any of these brands, you should become acquainted with them. It’s pointless to bring a large number of soap bars from India.

  • 1 bottle of shampoo Shaving razors (for men) – a pair of disposables
  • 1 tiny can of shaving foam (do not purchase cream)
  • 1 bottle of cold cream
  • 1 bottle Vaseline
  • Clean combs – 2-3 comb cleaners/old toothbrushes for cleaning.
  • 2 soap cases – 2 bottles of hair oil
  • 1 can deodorant
  • 2 Earbuds – 1 small box Nail cutter
  • 1 bottle of sunscreen
  • 2 tubes of lip balm

Study Accessories for Students

Smaller details that we sometimes overlook are significant in any larger process. The same may be true for stationery products purchased while studying in the United States. Do you recall how losing a little marker was never a cause for concern for you in India? That will not work after you arrive in the United States for further education.

Any expenditures incurred from the education loan amount are charged with interest to students who want to study in the United States with the assistance of an education loan. As a result, bringing the stationery items listed below will benefit you in the long run throughout your studies in the United States.

  • Notebooks – 2-3
  • Pencils – 3-4
  • Erasers – 3
  • Sharpeners – 3
  • Key chains – 2
  • Staple machine – 1
  • Pins – 2 boxes
  • Glue sticks – 2
  • Markers – 2
  • Highlighters – 1
  • Small ruler – 1

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Maximizing Space with Smart Packing Techniques

Maximizing space while packing is essential, whether you’re going to study abroad. Here are some smart packing techniques using folding, rolling, and packing cubes to help you make the most of your luggage space:

Tips for efficient packing using folding, rolling, and packing cubes

  • Minimize Wrinkles: Fold your clothes neatly to reduce wrinkles. Lay them flat and smooth out any wrinkles before folding.
  • Space Efficiency: Rolling clothes creates cylindrical shapes that can be packed more tightly than flat-folded items.
  • Roll Heavy Items: Roll bulkier items like jeans, sweaters, and jackets to save space and reduce wrinkles.
  • Compress Clothes: Packing cubes often come with compression zippers that help squeeze out excess air, reducing the volume of your clothes.
  • Layering: Place heavier items at the bottom of your luggage and lighter items on top to distribute weight evenly and prevent delicate items from getting crushed.
  • Utilize Shoes: Fill your shoes with socks, underwear, or small accessories to use every available space.
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What Food Items Should Indian Students carry to the USA from India?

The following list contains information on the food items to carry to the USA from India. When it comes to Indian cuisine, there is no such thing as a single dish. You may have noticed many students bringing wonderful treats from home when visiting the United States.

The list of ingredients and meals below may be useful for Indian students and working professionals who prefer eating homemade Indian recipes over eating out. However, remember that US immigration restrictions only allow specific foods on flights. The food products included in the list below that are permitted to be brought into the United States from India must be packaged in the amounts specified.

Indian grocery list checklist:

  • Ready-to-eat paste: 5-6 bottles.
  • 3-4 kg rice for initial usage
  • Maggi: Maggi is a brand solely available in Indian markets. If you are picky about this brand, you should carry at least 10-12 packets. Maggi is only available at Indian grocery stores in the United States. So bring whatever you can.
  • Some handmade confections for oneself
  • 3-4 bottles of pickles
  • Curry powders in general: Chili, Garam Masala, Rasam, Sambar, Asafoetida, and other spices you may need when studying abroad – 0.5–1 kilogramme a piece
  • Legumes (whichever you prefer, mainly for lentil-based curries) – each weighing 2 kilogrammes
  • 0.5 kilograms each of salt and sugar
  • 2-3 packets of papads
  • 1 kg tamarind
  • 2 bottles of ginger-garlic paste

Plan, Plan and Plan! Most American airline companies have a standard baggage weight limit of two pieces of luggage weighing no more than 23 kg each. As a result, you must also ensure that you are not carrying excess baggage while completing this baggage requirement. Making a packing list might be a daunting undertaking. Concentrate on why you want to study abroad and plan accordingly. All you have to do is make a detailed list and ensure nothing important is omitted.

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Top 5 Things Indian Students should not to carry while travelling to the USA from India

It’s also important to know what to avoid while making a packing list for Indian students travelling abroad to the USA. Here is a list of some of these items:

  • Bottled Heavy Liquids – Do not bring large bottles of hand sanitiser, shampoo, or other liquids with you. A small amount will last you a week.
  • Culturally Inappropriate Clothing- It is essential to carry clothing appropriate for the country you are migrating to. Remember that you will spend most of your time at university or college. Pack in accordance with your university’s or department’s culture. Some establishments, for example, have strict dress codes but others allow students to dress casually.
  • Books- Books add weight and space to your baggage, and you’re unlikely to read them more than once. You may also purchase them in the host country or borrow them from the library. As a result, packing books in your luggage is not advised.
  • Food or Snacks- While carrying some snacks for the journey is a good idea, packing for a month or more will only add weight and take up space that might be utilized for something more important. Instead of bringing snacks, consider learning about the host country’s cuisine and immersing yourself in their culture.
  • Expensive items- Laptop computers and mobile phones should be included in the packing list for Indian students travelling to the USA. Jewellery and other expensive items should be avoided. During the cruise, these may be broken or stolen.

Traveling abroad can be stressful and hectic, especially as a student because you are going to leave your country for at least a year. That’s not a short time. For that you will have to pack a lot of things. Here are some frequently asked questions that may be of help.

What things should you not carry while travelling to USA from India?

Because you only have a set weight limit, packing only the necessities and packing light is key. When travelling overseas, be smart and eliminate unneeded devices, bedding goods, inappropriate apparel and footwear, books (choose e-books), and so on.

How many luggage bags can Indian students carry to the USA on overseas flights from India?

Students are permitted to bring 2 to 3 pieces of luggage weighing 23 kgs apiece on overseas flights. Some airlines may provide additional luggage allowance to students flying overseas.

W hat clothes to pack for university in the USA?

Jeans, trousers, t-shirts, jackets, shirts, and sweatshirts are casual clothing. Even sports gear is acceptable in some situations. Even in informal situations, one is expected to wear nice, clean, and pressed clothes. While attending lectures, it is recommended that you dress comfortably.

Is 23 kg Baggage enough for International students?

Since there are severe restrictions on how much weight a student may carry, choosing the correct luggage is crucial. The typical weight allowance for a student is between 40 and 46 kg, which should be split into two bags weighing 23 kg each.

What is not allowed in airplane luggage?

All knives and safety razors (including pocket knives and Swiss Army knives) are forbidden, as are firearms, ammo, and pyrotechnics. Straight razors and their replacement blades are also prohibited. The majority of tools also cannot be stowed in carry-on luggage due to their potential for injury.

As a student preparing to travel overseas for further education, knowing what to carry in your suitcase is critical. It is critical for Indian students moving to the USA to plan ahead of time and create a packing list.

If your study duration is very brief, you may need to pack less carefully. Suppose you are preparing for a longer trip. In that case, you must be careful and diligent in packing.

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US Student Visa Guide for India Students

If you are wondering how to apply for a US visa from India, read our guide for Indian students and start the process to get your F-1 visa.

In considering how to get a student visa USA from India, a female Indian student sits with her arms folded on a stack of books in a library to research student visa requirements for USA and determine how to get a u.s. student visa.

If you are an Indian student who also hopes to attend college in America, our one-stop guide will go over how to apply for a student visa for the USA from India, documents required for a US student visa, where you can conduct your interview, what you need to know before you leave India, and what is required after you arrive in the United States. 

US Visas for Students from India

It is not difficult to get a US student visa from India, but you must follow all student visa requirements for the USA from India and give yourself plenty of time to complete and submit your paperwork. Before you can apply for your F-1 student visa for the USA from India, you have to be accepted into a degree program at an accredited US institution of higher education . (Read our guide to studying in the USA for more information about the college research and application process.)

Once you have been accepted at a US university, it is time to start the USA student visa process from India.

There are two types of student visas for exchange students from India to the USA, F-1 visa and M-1 visa. Students enrolling in vocational or nonacademic classes must apply for a M-1 visa. Students enrolling in academic courses from an accredited institution for a degree will require a F-1 visa. The following program types require a F-1 student visa:

University or college

High school

Private elementary school

Language training institute

Conservatory

Shorelight education counselors can help take the guesswork out of applying for your US student visa. See a complete list of F-1 visa and pre-arrival services our advisors are available to help you with before leaving for the USA from India.

How to Apply for a Student Visa for the USA in India? 

If you are looking for more information on how to apply for a student visa for the USA from India, including the documents required for US student visas and other F-1 visa requirements, be sure to read our step-by-step guide to the visa process, as well as our F-1 visa interview questions , including interview preparation tips and advice.

Here is a quick review of the visa application steps for students from India: 

Get accepted and get your I-20: Once an accredited US university accepts you, it will grant you an I-20 form . This form documents your study plans and provides supporting information about your stay.

Pay your SEVIS fee : The $350 SEVIS fee is a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) processing and maintenance charge.

Complete your DS-160 visa application : All prospective international students must complete a DS-160 to receive a F-1 visa.

Schedule your visa interview : Wait times vary by country and can take several months. Schedule your appointment as early as possible to allow for delays.

Attend your visa interview: In this step of the F-1 visa application process, the US consulate or embassy confirms you are coming to study as a legitimate, serious student.

US Student Visa Eligibility

India is the second-most popular country of origin for international students and exchange visitors in the US (China is the first). Most applicants for a student visa USA from India — around 165,000 — plan to study at the graduate level . According to Open Doors Report data, India surpassed China in 2022-23 to become the largest source of international graduate students in the United States for the first time after approximately 13 years. The next-highest group is students with an internship on OPT (Optional Practical Training) qualifications; these students may still be enrolled at their US university or have recently finished their studies. 

Approximately 68% of all students from India travel to the US to pursue a course of science, technology, graduate or undergraduate engineering degree programs , or math (STEM) in the academic year 2022-23, while around 12% come to study in graduate or undergraduate business degree programs . The most popular states for international students are California, Massachusetts, New York, Illinois, Texas, and Pennsylvania, each hosting around 50,000 students or more from different countries. 

Learn more about Shorelight’s bachelor’s programs for international students and master’s programs for international students . 

While the US Department of State does not release the exact number of applications requested and the number denied, it was declared by the US embassy that a record number of more than 140,000 student visas were issued to Indian students between October 2022 and September 2023, marking a historic milestone in Indian student exchanges to the US. 

Requirements

It may take anywhere between eight and 13 weeks for a student visa USA to be processed and for an interview date to be scheduled. Wait times vary, depending on where you are applying from and how busy the embassy is, so be sure to schedule your US visa appointment as soon as possible. You can check the projected wait times at the US Department of State website. 

Documents to bring to your student visa interview:

A copy of the photo you will use for your visa

DS-160 and I-901 SEVIS payment confirmation pages

School transcript and official test scores you used on your university application

Diploma (if applicable)

Bank statements you used to fill out your college application

While there are no rules requiring a minimum bank balance to apply for a US student visa, it costs approximately $535 USD to obtain your F-1 student visa. The cost is broken down into two fees: the I-901 SEVIS fee ($350) and the DS-160 form fee ($185). You must apply for your student, nonimmigrant visa within 120 days of your program start date, but you should not wait too long after you receive your acceptance letter, because it can take several months to complete your USA student visa process from India. 

What if I Am Too Late to Schedule My Visa Interview?

If you are late to the application process to get a student visa USA from India, do not worry — US consulates and embassies have an expedited interview appointment option for students who are about to start their university programs. But first, you must go through the regular process and pay the visa fees.

To start, complete the online written portion of your application (DS-160), pay the application fee, and schedule your appointment for the first available time, even if it is too late for your program start date. Once this initial paperwork is complete, the consulate will consider your request for a closer appointment date. 

To submit an expedited request, the US Bureau of Consular Affairs recommends you reach out to the embassy or consulate where you will conduct your interview to make an appointment for an expedited meeting. You can email the embassy your request for an expedited interview or get in touch with the India call center by phone. The embassy will email you with further instructions after you submit your request, generally within two days. 

Where to Apply? 

If you are wondering how to apply for a US student visa from India, there are several US consulates and embassies in India where you can schedule your interview. To find your nearest US embassy location, see the links below:

Chennai/Madras

What if My Visa Application Is Denied?

If you do not meet the student visa requirements for the USA from India and your visa application has been denied, that decision is final, and you cannot appeal. The good news is that you can reapply, and you can apply for a waiver of ineligibility. 

If you are denied a student visa USA from India, it is essential to find out why. For instance, if you are denied because you cannot prove you have the means to finance your education, you know what you have to fix the next time around. Many visas are denied because the documents required for a US student visa were missing or incomplete. When you find out why you were denied, you can fix the problem before your next interview.

What Else Do Students from India Need to Know Before They Apply for a Visa?

International F-1 visa holders are not required by law to have an international medical or health insurance plan; however, having health insurance is always a good idea for peace of mind. Further, most universities in the US require an active insurance plan before you enroll in classes.

The following Shorelight universities require mandatory active health insurance plans for their students:

Adelphi University

American Collegiate Los Angeles

American University

Auburn University

Cleveland State University

Gonzaga University

Florida International University

Louisiana State University

University of Central Florida

University of Dayton

University of Kansas

University of Illinois Chicago

UMass Boston

University of South Carolina

University of the Pacific

University of Utah

Most universities offer health insurance plans, and some even automatically enroll international students in the school plan. You have the option to waive the school plan in favor of another acceptable plan based on the requirements of the university you attend. For instance, some schools require a minimum coverage amount of $100,000. Adelphi University’s school-sponsored insurance program for the 2023-24 academic year costs each student $3,995 and is billed in your tuition statement. 

Students are required to enroll in health insurance before the start of classes, usually in August for the fall semester. 

How Long Is My F-1 Visa Good For?

If you wonder how many years your student visa USA from India is valid, it depends on your program. Students on F-1 visas are allowed a 60-day period of stay in the United States after their university program ends, according to the Department of State . Authorized exceptions for work, internships, or continued learning are available. If work or another reason has you staying in the US for longer than authorized on your form I-20, you may apply for an extension through the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) form I-539 . The fee for extending your stay is $370, with the $85 biometric services fee (e.g., the cost to take and process your fingerprints) exempted if your application is postmarked October 1, 2023, or later.

Can I Transfer to Another College in the United States?

International students on F-1 visas may transfer to different schools within the United States . To do so, talk with your designated school officer (DSO) before applying. To successfully transfer, you must maintain your F-1 student status without interruption. You are technically considered a student of your first university until your transfer release date — or the day when your DSO officially moves you to the new college. Students can also apply for a change of status if they need a different visa type for continued schooling or an accepted work program.

Can I Travel Internationally on a F-1 Visa? 

Yes, you are permitted to leave and re-enter the United States on your F-1 visa, but you must have a valid passport for at least six months into the future. (To see if India is exempt from this rule, check the latest regulations on the DHS website .) If your passport is set to expire, be sure to contact your closest embassy for renewal information.

In addition to your passport, your visa must be valid at the time of re-entry. Your visa stamp does not have to be valid for six months after re-entry like your passport does. 

In addition to your passport with valid visa stamp, you should also bring the following documents if you intend on leaving and re-entering the United States:

Your I-20: Make sure your DSO endorses your I-20 for travel and signs it before you leave.

Financial documentation: You may have to prove again your ability to support yourself while studying.

Remember, you cannot travel outside the United States for more than five months on your visa. You are permitted to travel within the United States as you wish. 

Can I Work While I Study in the United States?

A F-1 visa is for full-time students. It is not a work visa, and, as a student, you are not permitted to work in the United States for most forms of employment. There are exceptions to the rule, most of which cover internships and work related to your studies. 

Here is a complete list of employment paths for international students:

Optional Practical Training (OPT) or Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

STEM OPT extension

On-campus employment

Severe economic hardship

The first step to working on a F-1 visa is to talk with your DSO. Your DSO will have to approve and register any employment you take, so it is a good idea to communicate regularly with them throughout your search for work. In addition, your DSO can help answer questions and find eligible positions. For most work, you will have to be enrolled and active in your university program for more than 12 months. Your Shorelight advisor can help you navigate F-1 visa employment restrictions as well, so be sure to reach out with any questions you may have. 

Shorelight Can Help

There are a lot of steps to studying overseas. In addition to applying for a visa, you have to find the right school for your interests and complete all your paperwork before the deadline. Do not worry if you feel overwhelmed. Your Shorelight advisor is experienced — and can share success stories of Indian students excelling at US universities. Reach out to receive help navigating the visa process and the application process , as well as all other aspects of studying in the United States. Schedule an appointment and take the first step to secure your spot at a university in the US.

For more information about how to apply for a US student visa in India, contact a Shorelight education counselor >

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US Consul Melinda Pavek says large number of Indian students flying to US for higher education in 2024 are from eastern region

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Kolkata: US Consul Melinda Pavek said a large number of Indian students flying to the United States for higher education in 2024 are from the eastern region. One in four foreign students in the US are from India.

Thousands of students from the States in this region, including the northeast , would be part of the biggest delegation of Indian students to the US this year, Pavek said on the 8th Annual Student Visa Day here on Thursday.

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“The top four student visa processing posts in the world were all right here in India last year, as we issued more visas than in 2018, 2019 and 2020 combined,” a statement issued by the US Embassy said. Pavek said students are a priority for the US.

She, however, said, “I would hate the prospect of a student mortgaging family fortune to study in an Ivy League school. The emphasis should be rather on the degree.”

On reports that several Indian students were deported from the US on arrival for visa issues recently, she said her country never wants to turn away any “genuine students”.

Pavek said as part of imparting English language skills to Indians, the US consulate is teaching specialised communication to women entrepreneurs from the marginalised section of society.

“We are imparting them special skills on how to write business plans. It is about specialised communication helpful for them,” she added. Pavek said she has found that in the US, Indian students are interested in studying computer science, machine learning, and AI, apart from engineering, chemistry and physics etc.

The US Consular Team interviewed more than 3,900 student visa applicants across the country during the daylong event on Thursday. In the US consulate here, more than 100 students and their families participated in the activities.

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  • Both parents or guardians must approve that we can issue a passport to a child, and go with the child to apply in person.
  • If one or both parents or guardians cannot apply with their child, you will need to show us more documents.
  • You cannot renew your child's passport using Form DS-82.
  • Passports for children under age 16 are only valid for 5 years. 

Steps to Apply

1. fill out form ds-11 and print it.

Use our Form Filler tool  to fill out your child's form on a desktop or laptop computer and then print it. If you are experiencing technical issues with the Form Filler, download a PDF . 

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Tips to complete your child's form :

  • Do not sign your child's form until asked to do so by a passport acceptance agent or employee. 
  • You can apply for a passport book , a passport card , or both documents.
  • You may ask for a larger passport book with more visa pages, at no extra cost, by checking the 'large book' box at the top of the DS-11.

2. Get Evidence of U.S. Citizenship (and a photocopy)

Your evidence must be an original or replacement copy. The document must have the official seal or stamp of the office which issued it. You must submit one of the following documents for your child:

  • Issued by the city, county, or state of birth
  • Lists applicant's full name, date of birth, and place of birth
  • Lists the parent(s)' full names
  • Has the date filed with registrar's office (must be within one year of birth)
  • Has the registrar's signature
  • Has the seal or stamp of the city, county, or state which issued it
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Please note you must also provide a document, such as a birth certificate, that lists the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of the child. Full validity means the document is or was valid for 10 years for adults and 5 years for children under 16. 

If you cannot submit one of these documents, go to our  Citizenship Evidence page  for more information.

Paper only : You cannot submit digital evidence of U.S. citizenship such as a mobile or electronic birth certificate. You must submit physical evidence of U.S. citizenship and a photocopy of the document. 

Returning your child's document : We will return your child's document in a separate mailing up to 8 weeks after you receive the new passport.

Tips for making a photocopy :

  • Black and white (no color)
  • Use 8.5 inch by 11 inch paper
  • Use a single side of the paper

If you do not submit a photocopy, you must submit a second copy of your citizenship evidence. We will keep this copy for our records.

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3. Show Your Relationship to Your Child

You must submit a document that lists the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of the child. Examples include:

  • U.S. birth certificate (also evidence of U.S. citizenship)
  • Foreign birth certificate
  • Adoption decree
  • Divorce or custody decree
  • A court order

Some documents, like a U.S. birth certificate, show  both  U.S. citizenship and parental relationship. These documents must be originals or certified copies (not photocopies).

You and your child may have different last names, as long as the document showing your relationship to your child lists your full name.

If your name is different than the one on the document showing your relationship to your child, submit proof of your legal name change.

4. Get a Photo ID (and a photocopy)

Both parents or guardians must bring a physical, photo ID and a photocopy of it. If your photo ID is from a different state than the state in which you are applying, bring a second photo ID. 

You must show at least  one  of these photo IDs:

  • Valid or expired, undamaged U.S. passport book or passport card 
  • In-state, fully valid driver's license or enhanced driver's license with photo
  • Certificate of Naturalization 
  • Certificate of Citizenship 
  • Government employee ID (city, county, state, or federal)
  • U.S. military or military dependent ID
  • Current (valid) foreign passport
  • Matricula Consular (Mexican Consular ID) used by a parent of a U.S. citizen child applicant
  • U.S. Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) used by a parent of a U.S. citizen child applicant
  • Trusted Traveler IDs (including valid Global Entry, FAST, SENTRI, and NEXUS cards)
  • Enhanced Tribal Cards and Native American tribal photo IDs
  • In-state, fully-valid learner's permit with photo
  • In-state, fully-valid non-driver ID with photo
  • Temporary driver's license with photo

If you do not have one of these photo IDs, go to our  Identification page  for more information.

5. Show More Documents (if both parents or guardians cannot apply)

  • Both parents or guardians must approve that we can issue a passport to a child, and go with the child to apply in person.
  • If one or both parents or guardians cannot apply in person with their child, you will need to show more documents.

Important : Submit  Form DS-3053  and other notarized statements within three months of signing them.

6. Provide a Photo

You must provide one photo with your child's application. Go to our  Passport Photo page  for photo requirements and to see examples of photos. 

  • Do not attach or staple your child's photo to the form. The acceptance agent or passport employee will review the photo and staple it to your form.
  • Some  passport acceptance facilities
  • A company which offers photo services
  • Home. Ask your friend or family member to take your child's photo. Print it on glossy or matte photo quality paper. 

7. Calculate Fees

When applying using Form DS-11, you will pay two separate fees - an application fee and an execution (acceptance) fee. You will pay the application fee to the U.S. Department of State, and the execution (acceptance) fee to the facility which takes your application. 

  • Add $60 to your application fee if you want  expedited service .
  • Add $19.53 to your application fee if you want us to ship your completed passport in 1-2 days after we issue it.  

Child Applicants :

For more information on how to pay and a full list of fees, go to our  Passport Fees  page.

*How to fill out your check and pay the application fee to the U.S. Department of State. Please note you must pay a separate execution (acceptance) fee. 

Families may write one check or money order to the U.S. Department of State if they are applying at the same time. The check or money order must include the name and date of birth of each applicant.

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8. Find Location to Apply

In the United States:

  • Traveling in more than 3 weeks?  Go to a  passport acceptance facility  such as a post office, library, or local government office. Check with the facility to see if you need to make an appointment. 
  • Traveling in less than 3 weeks?   Make an appointment  to apply at a passport agency or center.

In another country:

  • Contact your  U.S. embassy or consulate .

9. Track Your Application Status

You can  subscribe to email updates  about your application status, and  learn more about each status update .

It may take 2 weeks from the day you apply until your child's application status is “In Process.” 

Frequently Asked Questions

How will you send my child's passport and supporting documents.

You will get multiple mailings. The number of mailings depends on what document(s) you asked for.

Passport Book : You may get your new passport and citizenship documents in two mailings. You may wait 8 weeks after getting your passport before you get a second mailing with your citizenship documents. We will return the passport book using a trackable delivery service.

Passport Card : You may get your new passport card and your citizenship documents in two mailings. You may wait 8 weeks after getting your passport before you get a second mailing with your citizenship documents. We only send the passport card via First Class Mail. We do not send cards using 1-2 day delivery services.

Both a Passport Book and Card : You may get three separate mailings:

  • New passport book
  • New passport card
  • Citizenship documents

Contacting Us : If you have been waiting more than 8 weeks for your documents, call us at  1-877-487-2778  to report that you have not received your documents. 

If you want us to reimburse you for a lost supporting document, you must contact us within 90 days of the date which we mailed your passport. You will also need to provide a receipt to show the cost of replacing the document. 

Can I pay for faster delivery and return shipping?

Yes. You may choose one or both of the following shipment options:

  • Delivering application to us : Pay for Priority Mail Express for faster shipping. The price for this service varies depending on the area of the country.
  • Returning the passport to you : Pay $19.53 for 1-2 day delivery. This means you will receive your passport   1-2 days after we send it. Include this fee with your check or money order payable to the U.S. Department of State. Do not submit a return envelope to us with postage pre-paid. 

You may receive your passport and supporting documents in separate mailings. If you are renewing a passport card, we will send it to you via First Class Mail. We do not use 1-2 day delivery services if you only applied for a passport card.

What countries require Form DS-3053 "Statement of Consent" to be notarized at an embassy or consulate?

In certain countries, a DS-3053 must be notarized at a  U.S. embassy or consulate  and cannot be notarized by a local notary public. Currently, these countries include:

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We're holding special passport fairs all across the United States to help you get your passport more easily. New events are added to our site every week.

Most events are for first-time applicants and children, (who use Form DS-11). If you can use Form DS-82, you can renew by mail at your convenience!

Processing Times

Routine:  6-8 weeks*

Expedited: 2-3 weeks and an extra $60*

*Consider the total time it will take to get a passport when you are booking travel.  Processing times only include the time your application is at a passport agency or center.

  • It may take up to 2 weeks for applications to arrive at a passport agency or center. It may take up to 2 weeks for you to receive a completed passport after we print it. 
  • Processing times + mailing times = total time to get a passport

Urgent Travel:  See our Get my Passport Fast page. 

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Students and graduates

Life as a microsoft intern, get inside the microsoft intern experience.

Every year, thousands of university students from every corner of the world join Microsoft. You bring your aspirations, talent, potential—and excitement for the journey ahead. Our internship experience brings interns from around the world together to connect, collaborate and co-create virtually to make a difference and impact the world.

A hybrid approach to internships

Starting a new career journey is a momentous occasion. As you plan to take an initial step on your new path, Microsoft internships provide a hybrid approach to enable a high-quality experience both virtually and in person. Hybrid by design is weaved into each of our locations, keeping the health and safety of our employees, interns, and their families as our highest priority.    

Whether joining us virtually or in person, all our interns are empowered to co-create their experience, build community, and explore their passions while working on projects that matter. 

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Global student programs and internships

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University internships

At Microsoft, our interns work on projects that matter – and your team will rely on your skills and insights to help deliver those projects to market. This is your chance to bring your solutions and ideas to life while working on cutting-edge technology. We offer internships in all job families and solution areas, and it’s open to current students in Bachelor’s, Master’s, MBA, PhD programs.

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PhD internships

If you're pursuing a PhD and want to explore what it's like to work at Microsoft, look no further. We host PhD interns in both our product teams and in Microsoft Research (MSR). Our PhD interns are active, contributing members to our product and research community regardless if you are conducting cutting-edge research or engineering a new product. No matter what route you take—come work on meaningful, innovative projects that add to our company's success.

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Microsoft Aspire Experience

We believe that Microsoft is a place for exploration, creativity, innovation, and professional growth. Microsoft Aspire Experience is an onboarding experience, designed to equip, develop, and empower those who join Microsoft after graduating from undergraduate school and MBA programs.

Global programs

  • Imagine Cup
  • Student ambassadors program
  • HR rotational program
  • Finance rotation program
  • Cloud Supply Chain rotation

Register for the Imagine Cup. Make an impact through coding, collaboration, and competition. Innovate with passion to tackle global issues and bring your tech solutions to live in the Imagine Cup.

We are looking for student leaders with a passion for making a difference and sharing technology with their peers.

Our HR rotation program is a 3- year program that fosters learning and growth in the HR profession, and help you jumpstart your career.

Our Microsoft Finance Rotation Program (FRP) is a two-year program comprised of four, 6-month rotations, split across core finance functions. Kick starts your career in finance with a rotation in corporate functions, production/engineering finance, sales finance and more.

SCORE is a three-year career experience designed to provide emerging talent with an unparalleled journey through end-to-end cloud supply chain operations. Over three one-year rotations, participants will partner with and learn from our teams while building skills and supply chain acumen to accelerate their career growth.

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U.S. regional internships and programs

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Discovery program internship

The Discovery Program is a unique opportunity for students who are passionate about technology and want to make a positive impact on the world and society. This four-week internship is open to rising first-year students college students, based in Redmond, Washington or Atlanta, Georgia. Participants will work on a real project, learn from Microsoft employees and mentors, and explore different career paths in tech. Applications will be open in March 2024.

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Explore Microsoft internship

Created for first- and second-year college students, Explore Microsoft is a 12-week summer internship that lets you try out different software engineering roles.

India regional internships and programs

  • Academic partnership grant
  • Cybersecurity
  • MBA B-school PM Engage
  • MBA B-school MCAPS

Microsoft Academic Partnership Grant is intended at fostering academia and industry collaborations and result in breakthrough innovations in search, cloud computing, and data-driven content creation.

More info to come when submissions for next year open.

A program to nurture cybersecurity enthusiasts via a specially curated learning journey.

Through this initiative, MBA students across B-schools in India interested in program management get a chance to be mentored by Microsoft and be a part of AMA sessions, webinars, and leader talks delivered by Microsoft employees.

Microsoft invites students enrolled in 2-year MBA program and currently in their 1st year MBA to apply for internship opportunities. During the 8-10 weeks internship, you'll work on projects that matter – and your team will rely on your skills and insights to help deliver those projects to the market. You’ll get the opportunity to work on real projects and have fun along the way. This is your chance to show off your skills and work on cutting edge technology.

More info to come when applications for next year open.

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Resources to help you on your journey to Microsoft

Learn tech skills through top universities.

Explore modules and learning paths from universities like Carnegie Mellon University, University of Oxford, and UC Berkeley to prepare you for a career in cloud.

Diverse perspectives fuel innovation

Join a community that encourages everyone to bring their full and best selves to work each day.

Microsoft culture in action

Our culture leads us to find ways to help people do ordinary and sometimes extraordinary things.

Perks and benefits

Empowering our employees to be through more than the work they do each day. At Microsoft, we work to ensure essential benefits are available globally.  

Stories worth telling

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From Monterrey to Microsoft

Diego Garza wrapped up his second internship last summer.  See why he says he feels empowered and can’t wait to come back. 

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A rising tech star

A college student attends an event that leads to her dream job. 

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What the Explore Microsoft program is all about

Hear from alums of the Explore Microsoft program, and how it helped shape their careers. 

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It all started with a Windows internship

A year after graduating, Nikhil Gaekwad went from former intern to Program Manager at Microsoft. 

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  1. 10 Travel Checklist: Things to Carry to USA for Indian Students

    This growing influx underscores the country's appeal as a premier destination for global education. **10 Things to Bring to the USA:**. 1. **Valid Passport and Visa Documents:**. — Ensure your passport and visa documents are up-to-date and easily accessible for a smooth entry into the USA.

  2. US Travel Checklist: Things to Carry to USA for Students from India

    Travel Checklist. When packing necessary items for your trip from India to the United States, a student packing list for the country is the most crucial travel checklist. Your plane tickets, passport, credit cards, and student visa permission are the items you must have when travelling to the US. Passport: You'll need your passport to prove ...

  3. US Travel Checklist: Things to Carry to USA for International Students

    A student packing list for the USA is the most important travel checklist when you are packing for essential things to carry while traveling to the USA from India. The most essential things that you need to carry before you travel to the US are your flight tickets, passport, payment cards, and student visa permit.

  4. Student Visas

    For travel to the United States on a temporary basis, including tourism, temporary employment, study and exchange. ... United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) SPAN Magazine; ... International students planning to pursue degrees in full-time academic programs for Bachelor's, Master's or doctoral programs in the U.S. must obtain a ...

  5. Travel checklist of things to carry to the USA for students from India

    Passport. Student Visa. Air tickets. I-20. SEVIS fee receipt. Score sheet of TOEFL, GRE or GMAT. University-mandated admits, forms and aid. Acceptance letter from the university. Academic transcripts, including original and attested mark sheets, degree certificates, letters of recommendation and Statement of Purpose.

  6. Traveling as an International Student

    Yes. No. As a student studying in the United States, you may be able to travel during your time of study. If you travel internationally, for annual vacation or during a school break, make sure you take the appropriate steps before you travel to ensure a smooth reentry into the United States.

  7. Welcome to Consulate General of India, New York (USA)

    Scope. This document provides protocols to be complied by international travellers as well as points of entry (airports, seaports and land border) and shall be valid for all flights landing in India w.e.f. 1st January, 2023 (10.00 Hrs IST) till further orders. A.1. Planning for Travel. i.

  8. Travel from India to USA, UK and more: A comprehensive guide for students

    The flight time from New Delhi to New York is approximately 15 hours 30 minutes — and that's for direct flights. A number of airlines provide both direct and connecting flights to various cities in the US. You can check airlines such as Air India, United Airlines, and Emirates for flights, though the latter will most likely require you to ...

  9. The United States Remains a Top Choice for Indian Students Pursuing

    Speaking at the release of the Open Doors report on international student mobility, Minister Counsellor for Consular Affairs Don Heflin said, "Despite the global pandemic, Indian students were able to apply for visas and travel to the United States. We issued over 62,000 student visas this summer alone, more than in any previous year.

  10. Checklist of things to carry when traveling to the United States as a

    I went to the US for higher education in 2008 and it was the first time for me going out of India. I was excited as well as nervous as it was a completely new country, new culture, new lifestyle ...

  11. Packing Checklist for Indian Students Traveling to USA

    Refer to this packing checklist for Indian students traveling to USA. While you double-check if you have all the necessary documents, don't forget to carry enough photocopies of them. And most importantly, make sure that your luggage weight is in accordance with the baggage allowance of the airline. Do carry your favorite books if you like to ...

  12. USA Travel Checklist for Students 2024

    Hawaii slippers - 1 pair (for wearing inside the apartment) Flip-flops - 1 pair (for summer and spring) Bedsheets - 2. Blanket - 1 (optional) Pillow covers - 3. A good wallet (leather) - 1. A wallet for a passport. Shoe polish - 1 (don't get liquid, might spill during travel) Shoe polishing brush - 1.

  13. Complete List of Things to Carry to USA For Students (with Checklist)

    1 Carry On Cabin Bag (8 kgs) 1 Personal Item (Laptop Bag or Purse) In certain airlines, students with I-20 visas are allowed to check-in 3 suitcases each weighing 23 kgs. It might be worth paying a bit extra in ticket cost if certain airlines allow 3 suitcases. So, check the baggage allowance and shop items as per allowed weight.

  14. Requirements of US Student Visa from India: A Complete Guide

    USA study visa requirements include the following -. A valid passport with a validity date at least six months beyond your period of stay. Recent passport-size photograph. Confirmation page of DS-160. Form I -20. Your University will make you aware of additional requirements, if any, prior to your application.

  15. Packing Tips For Students Going to Study in USA

    When it comes to studying abroad, most students choose to study in the United States. Because of the diverse and extensive range of courses available to overseas students, the American education system is widely regarded as the most adaptable in the world. ... Top 5 Things Indian Students should not to carry while travelling to the USA from India.

  16. US Student Visa Guide for India Students

    Most applicants for a student visa USA from India — around 165,000 — plan to study at the graduate level. According to Open Doors Report data, India surpassed China in 2022-23 to become the largest source of international graduate students in the United States for the first time after approximately 13 years.

  17. US expects record number of Indian student visa ...

    The US embassy in India is gearing up to handle a significant increase in student visa applications from Indian students in 2024, following a record-breaking 140,000 visas issued last year. To accommodate the surge in student applications from India, the embassy has started interviews earlier than usual. The US embassy has also reduced waiting ...

  18. 8k students to go to US for higher studies this year

    Later, the consul general said around 8,000 students are likely to travel to the US for higher education this year from this region. Last year, the US consular team in Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi ...

  19. 25 Things to Carry While Travelling to the USA From India

    Out of all the Indian travellers travelling to the USA every year, most of them are students. The USA offers top education facilities in all different fields, attracting f1 students and academic professionals worldwide. Bringing the essential items is very important for students travelling for the first time.

  20. The United States Remains the Top Choice for Indian Students Pursuing

    New Delhi, November 13, 2023: For the third year in a row, a record number of Indian students traveled to the United States to pursue higher education. According to the Open Doors Report (ODR) released today, the number of international students from India to the United States increased by 35 percent and resulted in an all-time high of 268,923 students in academic year 2022-23.

  21. Visas

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  22. 5 airlines with great baggage allowance for students

    For students traveling from India to US, the carrier is offering students extra baggage allowance of three pieces weighing up to 23kg per piece, according to its website. Whereas from India to European locations such as Amsterdam, Berlin, Moscow, etc. they are allowed 40kg of baggage. The offer is valid for bookings made before March 31, 2018 ...

  23. Special fares and extras for students

    Whether you're travelling for school or headed for a getaway at any of our over 250 destinations, book your flight by 31 March 2025 using the promo code STUDENT to get discounts of up to 10% on Economy Class and Business Class fares. You also get 10kg more or 1 extra piece on top of our generous baggage allowances and flexible options to ...

  24. student visa: Record student visas to Indians last year, number likely

    In 2023, the US Mission to India issued "more student visas than in 2018, 2019, and 2020 combined." This "unprecedented growth" reflects the ongoing commitment by the US government to prioritise students and to facilitate their travel, even as the Mission met a 400 per cent rise in demand for all other visas between 2021 and 2023, it said.

  25. Big share of US students visa going to Indians from ...

    Melinda Pavek, the US consul in Kolkata, has said that many students applying for student visas are from the eastern, including the northeastern, region of India. She also highlighted that in 2023, the top four student visa processing posts worldwide were all in India, with more visas issued than in 2018, 2019, and 2020 combined. Listen to Story.

  26. One in four foreign students in United States is from India

    Kolkata: US Consul Melinda Pavek said a large number of Indian students flying to the United States for higher education in 2024 are from the eastern region. One in four foreign students in the US are from India. Thousands of students from the States in this region, including the northeast, would be part of the biggest delegation of Indian students to the US this year, Pavek said on the 8th ...

  27. Apply for a Child's U.S. Passport

    Apply for a Child Under 16. Both parents or guardians must approve that we can issue a passport to a child, and go with the child to apply in person. If one or both parents or guardians cannot apply with their child, you will need to show us more documents. You cannot renew your child's passport using Form DS-82.

  28. Pakistan vs. India tickets price for New York T20 match top $2000

    SeatGeek told USA TODAY that the average resale ticket price for the India vs. Pakistan game is $1,366, "nearly five times more" than the next most in-demand match at the Nassau County ...

  29. Study in the U.S.A.

    For travel to the United States on a temporary basis, including tourism, temporary employment, study and exchange. Read More. ... U.S. Mission to India Meets Skyrocketing Student Visa Demand; Partners in Progress Symposium Highlights U.S.-India, Indo-Pacific Defense Ties;

  30. Students and graduates

    This four-week internship is open to rising first-year students college students, based in Redmond, Washington or Atlanta, Georgia. Participants will work on a real project, learn from Microsoft employees and mentors, and explore different career paths in tech. Applications will be open in March 2024. Learn more.