Almost all US universities require TOEFL and GRE / GMAT / SAT scores to be directly reported to them in order that applications be processed. Following are the present charges for score reporting (in addition to what ETS / College Board allows free, at the time of registration)
|TOEFL - 17||GRE - 23|
|GMAT - 28||SAT - 9|
|IELTS -Local center will determine the cost of additional score reporting|
For Bachelor's level, the cost of education in USA is more than for Master's level, because of the number of credits students are expected to take, per semester.
Average cost for Bachelor's level - $ 15,000-25,000 per year
Average cost for Master's level (Non-MBA programs - $8,000-35,000 per year
Average cost for MBA programs - $ 15,000 - 50,000 per year
Please note that all the costs indicated are approximate and depends upon the universities and programs. These costs keep changing from one year to another. However, the average increase is around 5-10% per annum.
Tuition and fees will be around Can. $ 11,000-20,000 in Canada.
In UK, the costs could range between GBP13,000 to GBP30,000, annually.
In Australia, the costs are between 10,000-25,000 Aus.$, annually.
Cost of food, without taking other expenses like entertainment, rents etc. come to approx. $ 300 per month within USA, Canada and around the same, in other countries, in their respective currencies.
If you include other incidental expenditure like rent, entertainment and other expenses, the average could be around $ 800-1000 per month, for a single student.
Insurance is mandatory for all international students, who plan to study abroad. Depending upon the company and policy taken, the cost of insurance for a student could be around Rs15,000 — Rs20,000 per year, in any of the countries being discussed.
This could be anywhere between US $400-$1200 per year, depending upon field of study and the courses chosen.
Visa application fee, air fare and settlement expenses like deposit on room/flat, basic necessities etc. are also to be factored in while calculating the expenditure involved for studying abroad.
Presently, the application fee is Rs4,400 for USA, Rs5,100 for UK.
Air fare could be between Rs15,000 — Rs45,000 depending upon the country, season and airline.
In summary, it would be best to plan for a total expenditure of Rs1,00,000 for USA towards preliminary expenditure - including coaching costs for TOEFL, GRE etc. and an additional Rs3,00,000 — Rs4,00,000 lakhs towards tuition and fees for one semester and living expenses for two-three initial months.
In case if bank loan or any other educational loans is available, you may not need to carry much money physically, since most payments would be taken care by the loan-granting institution. Some private education loans even pay for your living expenditure when you study abroad!