Uncle Sam is Calling!!

Uncle Sam is Calling!!

Uncle Sam is Calling!!

With their flexible curricula, diverse courses and student-friendly universities, the US continues to be the favourite education destination for Indian students who still chant: “Go East, go West, but US is the Best”. Hence we bring to you the nuances of the “Admissions Policy” and “Visa Issues” before you are ready to board the flight to the USA.

 

The US undergraduate admissions policy is based on a spectrum of students’ capabilities: academic record, extracurricular activities and standard procedure (Tests like TOEFL, SAT, GRE/GMAT, etc, Recommendation letters and Application essays). Thus while you are busy putting your application portfolio in place, here’s a quick review of the points you should keep in mind before you finalise the course and college in the US:

  • Extensive research on the Colleges and short listing of them
  • Financial Aspects
  • Employment opportunities (during and post education)
  • Other factors like: details of courses, campus infrastructure, student population and diversity.
  • Attending college fairs, engaging with admissions officers, connecting with seniors/ peers who are pursuing education in the US.
  • Check out websites like: www.commonapp.org, www.collegeboard.com, www.act.org, www.ets.org, etc to name a few.

Following factors will give you an insight to the Admissions in the US:

  1. Standard Tests: For undergraduate levels, you will be required to take and submit scores of SAT1 or ACT2 along with TOEFL(proficiency in English). Depending on the courses and colleges, one may need to take SAT2 tests for specific subjects. These should be taken between May-October, allowing one a time margin for a retest, if so required. Subsequently, one needs to arrange Recommendation letters, get transcripts attested, prepare application essays and arrange financial statements.
  1. Timeline: There are a few universities in the US that accept admissions round the year depending upon the availability of seats. The Spring intake in many US universities though much lesser than Fall intake, is still significant. Hence students enrolled in spring shall start their college in Jan/Feb semester (unlike those who began in Fall ie previous Aug/Sept).
  1. Taking a Gap: Some students take a gap of a year or 6 months after their XIIth or graduation. During this time, students prepare for entrance/standard exams, take up teaching, interning with an organization, researching about colleges & courses, or even attending a summer program at a US university.

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    With their flexible curricula, diverse courses and student-friendly universities, the US continues to be the favourite education destination for Indian students who still chant: “Go East, go West, but US is the Best”. Hence we bring to you the nuances of the “Admissions Policy” and “Visa Issues” before you are ready to board the flight to the USA.

     

    The US undergraduate admissions policy is based on a spectrum of students’ capabilities: academic record, extracurricular activities and standard procedure (Tests like TOEFL, SAT, GRE/GMAT, etc, Recommendation letters and Application essays). Thus while you are busy putting your application portfolio in place, here’s a quick review of the points you should keep in mind before you finalise the course and college in the US:

    • Extensive research on the Colleges and short listing of them
    • Financial Aspects
    • Employment opportunities (during and post education)
    • Other factors like: details of courses, campus infrastructure, student population and diversity.
    • Attending college fairs, engaging with admissions officers, connecting with seniors/ peers who are pursuing education in the US.
    • Check out websites like: www.commonapp.org, www.collegeboard.com, www.act.org, www.ets.org, etc to name a few.

    Following factors will give you an insight to the Admissions in the US:

    1. Standard Tests: For undergraduate levels, you will be required to take and submit scores of SAT1 or ACT2 along with TOEFL(proficiency in English). Depending on the courses and colleges, one may need to take SAT2 tests for specific subjects. These should be taken between May-October, allowing one a time margin for a retest, if so required. Subsequently, one needs to arrange Recommendation letters, get transcripts attested, prepare application essays and arrange financial statements.
    1. Timeline: There are a few universities in the US that accept admissions round the year depending upon the availability of seats. The Spring intake in many US universities though much lesser than Fall intake, is still significant. Hence students enrolled in spring shall start their college in Jan/Feb semester (unlike those who began in Fall ie previous Aug/Sept).
    1. Taking a Gap: Some students take a gap of a year or 6 months after their XIIth or graduation. During this time, students prepare for entrance/standard exams, take up teaching, interning with an organization, researching about colleges & courses, or even attending a summer program at a US university. If spent judiciously, this gap can make you a better prepared person ito portfolio, selecting the right university and courses, financial aspects well-planned, other logistics well thought for.
    1. Visa Proceedings: After getting admission into a good college, the next crucial step is to get a student visa, the process for which begins in May-June for the US. Most students believe this is the toughest part of the whole process and have preconceived notions about the expectations of the Us Embassy.

     

    Following are the things that a Visa officer will look for in a potential candidate:

    • Genunity: A bona fide student who intends to complete a full-time course at a recognised university/ college and has done adequate efforts to identify the right institute and knows how it will help him in building his/ her career. In short a candidate should know the “Why”, “What” and “how” of the course/ programme which should make sense for him.
    • Financial Capability: One must be able to afford the entire education and other expenses or must be able to show a viable financial plan.
    • Home calling: The candidate must have a strong intent to return to his home country.
    • Overall Performance: While it is true that the US universities look for genuine, high quality Indian students who have performed well both in their academics as well as the standardised tests, scores are not the only qualifying criteria. The Visa officials understand that many courses and universities call for skills other than just scores.
    • Documents:
      • Admission Letter or I-20
      • Original Passport, photographs and fees
      • SEVIS fee receipt
      • Visa application forms duly filled
      • Funding proof and Income Tax papers
      • Previous Mark sheets and or Degrees
      • Standardised test scores
      • Any other document showing financial stability

    Students shall have to first submit their papers through the visa facilitation centres. The Us Consulate is the only one that insists on a personal interview with the applicant, for which they open special days and appointment slots. Also, it is important to know that visa processing for a highly technical field at the Master’s or Doctorate level takes longer. Hence candidates should apply well in time for the same. Candidate can visit the website: www.vfsusa.co.in.

    Thus, with adequate research about the course & university, managing one’s portfolio & documents, and applying for admissions and Visa in time, a cumbersome-looking process will actually turn out to be quite straightforward and should land you in your career defining setup.

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# Aayush 2018-01-27
Hello. I am from Chamarajanagar, plz tell me What are the points to consider for selecting a B. Ed college?
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# Shruti 2018-01-28
You should consider the fee structure and if you consider doing this course from other place except Chamarajanagar, you should consider hostel facilities, you shouldalso consider whether the subject in which you wish to continue this course is available in the college.
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# Tushar 2018-01-13
Hello, I am from Vijayawada, plz tell me Is there an any degree equivalent to MBA and of same weightage in terms of placement
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# Shruti 2018-01-14
Hii, PGDM is equivalent to MBA, you can do PGDM from any good college of Vijayawada, so you can get placement easily
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# Lakshay 2017-12-23
I belong to Karimnagar, plz tell me As per 2016 ranking, which is the best MBBS college in India
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# Shruti 2017-12-24
The first position is held by Delhi AIIMS, followed by Vellore’s Christian Medical College, AFMC, Pune, Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi and the fifth position is held by the GGMC & SIR J.J. Hospital in Mumbai, you can also find some good colleges in Karimnagar- Prathima Institute Of Medical Sciences
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# Aayush 2017-12-23
Hii, I am from Mangalore let me know, What is the need of NEET Phase II?
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# Mukesh 2017-12-24
If a phase I test taker of Mangalore oe other places is not satisfied his/her performance in the test or if a candidate has missed out to apply for NEET, he/she can apply for phase 2 exam, It is a second chance provided to aspiring candidates.
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# Aarav 2017-11-18
Hello sir, I am 3rd year B.com student, I want to pursue MBA from Mandi,Please suggest top B-School over there.
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# Jagan 2017-11-19
Hello, after b.com, MBA will be the right career option, you can find here the list of good B-Schools in Mandi- MBA in Mandi
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# Aarav 2017-11-11
Hello, I am from Murshidabad plz tell me admission to B. Ed to IGNOU is made through entrance test?
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# Mukesh 2017-11-12
hii, good to know that you are from Murshidabad, Yes, Admission to B. Ed in IGNOU is made through B. Ed Entrance Test, which is generally conducted during the month of October/September each year.
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# Harikiran 2017-11-11
I belong to Ujjain, plz tell me As per 2016 ranking, which is the best MBBS college in India
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# Mukesh 2017-11-12
The first position is held by Delhi AIIMS, followed by Vellore’s Christian Medical College, AFMC, Pune, Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi and the fifth position is held by the GGMC & SIR J.J. Hospital in Mumbai, you can also find some good colleges in Ujjain- Ruxmaniben Deepchand Gardi Medical College
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# Nishith 2017-11-04
Hello. I am from Jabalpur, plz tell me What are the points to consider for selecting a B. Ed college?
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# Jagan 2017-11-05
You should consider the fee structure and if you consider doing this course from other place except Jabalpur, you should consider hostel facilities, you shouldalso consider whether the subject in which you wish to continue this course is available in the college.
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# Harikiran Older than three months
Hii, I am from Siliguri, plz tell me What is the difference between NEET and AIPMT for MBBS Admission?
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# Jagan Older than three months
Both NEET and AIPMT are conducted for admission to MBBS and BDS Courses, NEET is national level test, while AIPMT is conducted by CBSE for admission to these courses in government medical and dental colleges of all places including Siliguri
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# Nishith Older than three months
Hii, I am from Ranchi, plz tell me Is there any provision that one can pursue any other management degree or diploma in IIMs without appearing for any entrance test ?
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# Shruti Older than three months
No, for getting admission in IIMs for management course, you should have to clear entrance exam, but there are many other MBA colleges in Ranchi where without entrance you can take admission
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