Studying in the US in 2021 is the desire of many students around the world, including Vietnam. With the best teaching conditions, studying in the US is guaranteed with a high standard of living and many prestigious universities. However, in order to study in the US, applicants need to meet the following conditions.

So what do you need to study in the US? What are the requirements to study in the US? How much does it cost to study in the US? All these questions will be answered by TRUST below.


To be eligible to study in the US, applicants should meet the following requirements:

You must have an I-20 from a US institution.

The I-20 is the letter of admission, also known as the acceptance letter to the school you have applied to study abroad. To receive invitations from US schools, you must meet the admission criteria of each school. For high school students, in addition to reviewing transcripts, English certificates, extracurricular activities in the host country, etc., you will also have a face-to-face interview with a representative of the school before deciding whether to receive the I-20 or not.

However, getting an I-20 at top US schools is not too difficult. According to experience and the qualified candidates, the interview round will be the deciding factor to be granted the I-20 admission letter. Therefore, candidates need to be fully prepared with information and a solid and confident mentality to pass the assessment round of the school’s representative.

I-20 will be one of the factors that bring you a Visa to the US. This is an important document that guarantees your admission to the US. Please note that you must sign before submitting the I-20 to the U.S Consulate General for a Visa application; your signature has the important meaning as accepting the requirements and rules of the school you are applying to. As well, it is the school’s permission to provide your necessary information to the immigration department.

You must prove your financial ability to study in the US.

Studying in the US is not a simple job; apart from the paperwork and the schools’ requirements, there is another challenging task: Personal finance. This is a critical issue to consider over a long period. Once you intend to study in the US, first you need to have a detailed plan for the entire study process when looking in the US such as tuition fees, living expenses, books, travel, accommodation. . In addition, the cost of living in different regions also varies.

Overall, the actual average cost for a year of college is $20,000 – $30,000. This total cost is expected to increase by about 5% annually. Those are just the expenses during the period of studying in the US. In addition, before that, each family must ensure proof of income and the family’s available assets in the bank or legal storage places are different.

Depending on the tuition rate of each school you are applying to, your financial requirements will vary, but in general, schools require that the balance in your family’s bank account be more outstanding than the tuition and fees. Living expenses in the US are about 1 to 2 years. This is a mandatory requirement so that they can trust your family’s ability to pay.

In addition, the monthly (or annual, depending on the way) income of your parents or guardians must be within an acceptable limit to be able to guarantee the payment of your tuition fees during the study period. You study in the US. In particular, miniature business trading rarely uses books to record income in Vietnam, so proving this finance will face many difficulties. That’s why the advice for those who want to study in the US is to pay attention to this property attestation issue and have a specific plan in advance.

You must have obtained the necessary certificates in English.

Depending on different schools with other requirements, TOEFL IBT (internet-based test) usually requires about 70-80 points to be safe, or universities all require TOEFL PBT (paper-based test). The score scale is from 500 to 550. For graduate programs, the score is usually from 550 to 600. Many universities in the US recognize IELTS scores; you need IELTS 6.0 to go to university and IELTS 6.5 to study. Masters. Some schools also accept you if you haven’t obtained your degree yet, but it requires you to take the school’s English entrance exam or an English course organized by the school.

In addition, depending on the requirements of each school and each course, students may have to meet the SAT, GRE, and GMAT scores.

You must complete the required standardized tests.

For high school, students do not need to take an entrance exam. Usually, these high schools only require GPA scores of students (GPA>8.0 is quite good), and high scores on English tests such as TOEFL, EILTS would also be an advantage.

For undergraduate and graduate programs, there are the following essential exams:

GRE: Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE General Test) GRE scores are required by non-business graduate programs. This test consists of 3 parts: Math, Reading Comprehension, and Analysis

GRE: Graduate Record Examination Subject Test (GRE Subject Test) Only a few graduate programs require students to take this test and usually only in the student’s major. The exam is available for 16 different disciplines.

SAT I: Reasoning test Many universities in the US require this test score for both American and international students. This test includes math and reading comprehension sections.

SAT II: Subject Test Students can choose 1, 2, or 3 subjects from 20 different subjects. Only a few universities require international students to take this test.

TOEFL (Test English As a Foreign Language): a compulsory English test for students whose first language is not English, applicable to undergraduate and graduate students. The test program applies to all skills: listening, grammar, reading comprehension, writing, and vocabulary.

GMAT: Graduate Management Admission Test. Most graduate and doctoral programs in economics require scores on this test for both American and international students. This test tests reading comprehension, math, and analysis, and reasoning skills. Because at the university level, there will be higher requirements for students in both foreign language and thinking because they want to make sure that you can absorb the knowledge in the lecture hall.

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You must meet the criteria to apply for a student visa to study in the US

–  Age 12 years or older

– Academic performance, academic records from Average and above

– Have a continuous study or work process

– Have a bank account

Have financial resources to pay tuition fees, and living expenses.

You can prove that you will return to Vietnam after completing your studies

U.S. visa law provides that Consular Officers are entitled to treat all applicants for a non-immigrant visa as intending to immigrate until you can convince the Consular Officer that you don’t mean it. This proof of return to Vietnam is related to your future plans after completing your studies. The consular officer will consider this based on your declaration, relevant documents, and your plan after graduation.

For international students, the US consular officer needs to see that your application for a US student visa is not for spontaneous reasons or for any other reason, but because they really want to come to the US. America study. And the decision to apply to the US to study this is because they have carefully researched where they plan to go, the program they have enrolled in…

In short, you need to prove to the consular officer that you currently have ties in Vietnam that make it impossible for you to have any other reason to stay in the US such as: family relations (cannot leave your father) , mother, family in Vietnam), after finishing school, you will have a better future in Vietnam compared to having to stay in the US (for example, when you finish school, you will return to Vietnam to take over the family’s property). , or you will have a career, a better future is waiting in Vietnam.


– Tuition fees: 3,500 USD-30,000 USD/year

The US state does not issue common standards for tuition fees and therefore tuition fees will be determined by each school. Tuition fees may vary depending on the faculties affiliated to the school; Depending on your needs and the subjects you study,…

In the US, usually the tuition fee will be based on the popularity of the school, the higher the school is ranked, the more tuition you have to pay, some schools cost up to 60,000 USD – 70,000 USD. Besides, the tuition fee is also estimated based on the type of school: public school, private school, community college or language school, etc.

You can refer to the fees below for tuition fees:


– Private schools: $15,000 to $30,000 per year.

– Public school: 10,000 USD to 20,000 USD/year

– Community College: $3,500 to $12,000/year.


Graduate tuition fees will also depend on the school, department, subject, and several other factors. Some professional programs such as MBA (Master of Business Administration), JD (Juris Doctor-Doctor of Law) or MD (Doctor of Medicine) usually have higher tuition fees compared to other professional programs. with other Master’s and Doctoral programs.

Average tuition fees for Master’s programs:

– Public school: about 28,375 USD/year

– Private school: about 38,665 USD/year

Average tuition fees for PhD programs:

– Public school: 32,966 USD

– Private school: 46,029 USD

Housing costs

When renting a house in a dormitory, you will be “all-in” with utilities, maybe even including food. For example, Cornell University has a fee of US$ 9,180 for an academic year, with a single room type including utilities; while Pennsylvania State University students only pay US$2,595/semester for a shared room and US$3,060 for a two-room apartment (shared bathroom).


The cost of outsourcing depends on the type of home and the state in which you will live, as well as its distance from the city center. For example, if you could pay US$1,800/month for a studio apartment in New York, it would only cost about $1,040 in the heart of downtown Colorado.


Each state in the US has its own public transportation system, with different fees. Usually the campuses are located far from the city center, so you will have to use these vehicles every day. The cost for travel will range from 300 USD – 700 USD for 1 year. Here are a few small comparisons to give you an idea of this cost:

– Subway or bus for one way in New York: US$2.50

– Unlimited Ride MetroCard for a month in New York (student discount): US$56

– Train, bus or tram ticket in Utah: US$2.50

– 30-day pass for students in Utah: US$62.75

– City Pass for students, for one semester, in Philadelphia: US$ 327.60

Other expenses

In addition to the key issues that cannot be ignored. Then the following costs are also quite significant

+ The cost of Books and learning materials is about 900 USD – 1,200 USD for 1 year.

+ Phone charge is about 600 USD for 1 year.

+ School uniforms range from 500 USD for 1 year.

+ Medical insurance premium of 350 USD-500 USD for 1 person within 1 year.

+ Personal expenses (Playing, shopping, laundry,…): 2,500 USD for 1 year

In general, the cost of both tuition and living costs for 1 year of studying in the US ranges from about 15,300 USD – 50,000 USD (~ 336 million – 1.1 billion VND).


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