Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa, either a non-immigrant visa for temporary stay, or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. You must have a student visa to study in the United States. Your course of study and the type of school you plan to attend determine whether you need an F-1 visa or an M-1 visa.

To enter the United States to attend: You need the following visa category:
University or college F
High School
Private elementary school
Another academic institution, including a language training program
Vocational or other recognized nonacademic institution, other than a language training program M

Visa Descriptions and Qualifications

F-1 Visa
This is the most common type of student visa. If you wish to engage in academic studies in the United States at an approved school, such as an accredited U.S. college or university, private secondary school, or approved English language program then you need an F-1 visa. You will also need an F-1 visa if your course of study is more than 18 hours a week.

M-1 Visa
If you plan engage in non-academic or vocational study or training at a U.S. institution then you need an M-1 visa.

Study leading to a U.S. conferred degree or certificate is not permitted on a visitor (B) visa, even if it is for a short duration. For example, distance learning which requires a period of time on the institution’s U.S. campus requires an F-1 visa.

Colleges List

1 Harvard University
2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
3 Stanford University
4 Cornell University
5 University of Michigan
6 University of California Berkeley
7 Columbia University New York
8 University of Washington
9 University of Minnesota
10 University of Pennsylvania
11 University of Texas Austin
12 University of Wisconsin Madison
13 Texas A&M University
14 University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
15 Michigan State University
16 New York University
17 (2) Johns Hopkins University
18 University of Florida
19 Princeton University
20 Duke University
21 University of California San Diego
22 (2) California Institute of Technology Caltech
23 (1) University of Maryland
24 University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
25 University of Chicago
26 University of Pittsburgh
27 Ohio State University
28 Carnegie Mellon University
29 University of Arizona
30 University of Virginia
31 Georgia Institute of Technology
32 University of Southern California
33 University of California Davis
34 Arizona State University
35 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
36 (1) Indiana University
37 University of Utah
38 Colorado State University
39 University of California Santa Barbara
40 University of Nebraska Lincoln
41 Oregon State University
42 Florida State University
43 University of Miami
44 Emory University
45 University at Buffalo
46 University of Missouri Columbia
47 University of Kentucky
48 Tufts University
49 Washington State University Pullman
50 Brown University
51 University of South Florida
52 University of California Santa Cruz
53 Rice University
54 Rutgers The State University of New Jersey
55 University of California Riverside
56 University of New Hampshire
57 Rochester Institute of Technology
58 Portland State University
59 Wake Forest University
60 University of Alabama
61 University of Louisville
62 Michigan Technological University
63 San Diego State University
64 Northern Illinois University
65 Loyola University Chicago
66 Baylor University
67 University of Nevada las Vegas
68 Texas Tech University
69 University of Alabama Birmingham
70 University of Maryland Baltimore County
71 Illinois Institute of Technology
72 University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
73 Oregon Health & Science University
74 Saint Louis University
75 University of Maryland Baltimore



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