Answer to F1 Visa Question “Why Study in This University”

Visa Officer : “Why do you want to study in this university”

Expect the above question in your F1 visa interview.

This is probably the most ask question during student visa interview.

Answer to this question would determine if you are a “real student” with real credentials and you have the required qualification to study in the U.S.A.

Answers to Why This University for F1 visa

Question : why do you want to study this university?

Your answer should be based on the facts and tailored to your interest and your career and this university will help you attain your goals.

So, how can you craft the best answer?

Consider the following

  1. Courses  – Identify what courses match your research interest or career goals. List them. Tell the visa officer about how this course will help you. Give specific examples.
  2. Faculty and professors – Give the name of  the Professor  you plan to work. List how this professors work reflects your background and future goals.

That’s two of many ways to customize your answers for this question.

You should spend lot of time to come up with an answer that truly reflects your personality and interests and the specific university is going to help you reach your career goals.

It can be research, it can be business, it can be cultural experience. There’s no limit on what you can answer. But, it has to be perfect 2 minutes speech.

If the next question is why not do the same course in your country ?

Here’s some possible answers :

  1. MIS is a unique course with a blend of management and technology course and such course is currently not available in my country.
  2. Coursework in US is based on practice and theory. I can get hands on experience from this specific projects, which I can do only as theory here in my country.

Next –  Answers to two most common F1 Visa Questions


  1. Carolyne on July 21, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    am about to head to the am hoping that with your tips I will make it.

  2. Glory on July 20, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    I want to say a big thank you to this website it helped me a lot in my preparation.
    1.Be well prepared with answers to all possible questions.This helped me a lot in my interview.
    2.Be confident in your answers.
    3.Trust God and remember to pray.
    4.Speak clearly and do not use complex words.
    5.Relax do not be nervous otherwise they will think you have something to hide.

    • Kishore on July 20, 2012 at 10:53 PM

      The third point..haha..seriously 😀 God? Maybe God is gonna help you by asking the VO a favor 😛

      • Raj on July 23, 2012 at 12:28 PM

        Why would anyone come and help a guy like you Kishore ? Wish you get a rejection for US and all other countries you apply. I am not praying to GOD for this cause though ! 😀 😀 😀

    • Raj on July 23, 2012 at 12:30 PM

      @Glory: Well said. Our hardwork along with trust and prayer to GOD … ! 🙂