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How to get funding

Dr Malini, February 29 2012

Studying abroad

Dear Madam,

I am a BA (Psychology/Economics/Marketing) student in Bangalore University and I wish to do a Master’s in either Advertising or Economics in a college abroad. How can I ensure I get 100 per cent scholarship? Can you give me details of universities that offer full funding?

Sumita


Dear Sumita,

To do a Master’s or post graduate study  abroad, particularly in the USA, one needs to have at least 16 years of basic education at the undergraduate level.

The next aspect that you need to crystallise in your mind is the career that you wish to pursue later on in life and then choose the subject.  Many universities abroad do give scholarships/aid to deserving students, but only if they are convinced about your sincerity and your commitment.  For example, you need to select between Advertising and Economics, which are very diverse fields requiring very different skills.  If you are not clear, then it may be better to do a Master’s programme in India, and go abroad for super-specialisation. You could go through the following websites which will help you understand the procedure better:

www.scholars4dev.com, www.scholarshipsforinternational students.com. Best wishes.

Dear Madam,

I am a final-year student of Mechanical Engineering. I wish to do a Master’s in Mechatronics from Germany. I have collected all the information required for the same (viz. universities available, fees, course timings, etc). My family is not financially strong to support me. I want to know if there are any scholarships available in my field.

Anonymous


Dear Anonymous,


Finance need not be the restraining factor for your going abroad for further studies, if you have been a good student and have been getting good grades consistently. Many banks give educational loans to students to pursue higher studies abroad. Most universities also give away grants and financial aid to deserving students. The following websites could help you gain more insight into scholarships.   http://www.studyabroad.com/scholarships;

www.scholarshipsinindia.com/international_scholarships_for_indian_student; www.scholars4dev.com; www.diversityabroad.com/study-abroad-germany-scholarships

Try and shortlist colleges that offer the subject of your choice and see the scholarship/aid options available and work towards applying to those colleges.

Dear Madam,

I am a second-year engineering student. My CGPA is 9.11. I want to pursue a Master’s in Aerospace Engineering in the US.  MIT, Stanford and University of California, Berkeley are the top ranked in the mentioned field. How tough is it for non-IITians to be admitted to these universities?

Student

Dear Student,

Your CGPA of 9.11 has proved your capability. Congrats! It shows that you are focused and clear about your career path, and are doing the ground work so meticulously well ahead.  Many non-IIT students also get into prestigious colleges abroad.  Most top universities abroad see not just your academic excellence but look at you holistically as an individual and check for your other achievements during your student life. Through your Statement of Purpose (SoP), you need to convince your proposed guide about your sincerity and clarity of goals. High GRE and TOEFL scores also give a boost to your chances of securing admission in any of the premier educational institutions that you have mentioned.

Dear Madam,


I am studying in Class 11, with Computer Science, in a CBSE school. I want to do a B.Tech course after Class 12. How difficult is it to get admitted to The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. What is the admission procedure? How can I qualify for a programme at this university?

MK

Dear MK,


Determination, hard work and a great plan will pave the way for you! Engineering courses at the Master’s and the doctorate level are the most popular courses among most students going abroad to study, since B.Tech in Indian institutions like IITs, NITs, BITS etc are equally good.

However, if you are keen on going abroad after 12th itself, you need to do a lot of home work, be aware of how things work and prepare for each step in the process.
There are several factors (your score in SAT, consistent academic record , TOEFL, SoP) which  act together and are important to get you admission. Getting one or two of them right is not good enough. All of them are equally important. Give them the importance they deserve, and you will be on your way.

Visit www. mitadmissions.org for details to gain admission into MIT, and keep other top institutions as alternatives instead of putting all your eggs in one basket.

Dear Madam,

I am a third- year Electrical and Electronics engineering student and I am interested in pursuing a post graduation in Renewable Resources Energy. Is it too late to start preparing for GRE and TOEFL if I want to apply for next year Fall? What aspects apart from my graduation score (my current CGPA is 9.34/10) should I be concentrating on?

Disha

Dear Disha,

The GRE can be taken anytime of the year but the best time to write it is during August-October and apply for next year’s Fall (August/September) session. You are not too late if you start the process now, as it takes 12-14 months in advance before the academic year in which you plan to enroll. It would be nice if you spend at least three months to prepare for the GRE exam. The same is the case with TOEFL. Know your strengths and weaknesses and accordingly improve on them. Best wishes.

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