Be focussed always

Studying Abroad

Be focussed always

Dear Sir,

I have finished my second semester BE exams and I am sure of a good grade point. Is this the ideal time to start preparations for GRE? I wish to do my Masters in a reputed university in the USA. Is there a need to go to coaching institutes? Can self study be effective? 
Vijay

Dear Vijay,
It is really good that you have started planning your next step. Keep up this kind of focus all through your career. Another good sign is that you are aiming a high GPA. It is very important that you maintain this throughout. Browse through the GRE (www.gre.org) questions and even try the mock tests through the net. This will give you a fair idea whether you would need coaching or if you can prepare yourself by self study. Along with your high GPA, high scores in GRE and TOEFL are necessary to get into a good University in USA.

Dear Sir,
I have completed my Bachelors in Biotechnology, Genetics and Biochemistry with an aggregate of 79 per cent.  My aggregate in the 12th was 52 per cent. I am looking forward to pursuing my Masters in the US in Biosciences. Can you tell me  how to go about choosing the University and the application procedure? Also, can you tell me whether I can get good job opportunities after my Masters? Which other country offers a good education and better job opportunities?
Aspiring Student

Dear Aspiring Student,
I presume that you have completed your three-year degree in these subjects. It is remarkable that you have done well and got a distinction despite not performing well in your 12th. With this qualification you cannot get admission in US universities as they require 16 years of education. With the present qualification you can aim at universities in UK, Australia etc. Most challenging career opportunities in Biosciences area are in research. Even with a Master’s qualification in this field you would be mostly working in survey, data collection, analysis and collation of information in order to support research. Hence job opportunities are limited everywhere. These days getting a job abroad, even after completing a Master’s there, is very limited and competitive. Visa regulations are also not conducive. Alternatively see if you can complete your Master’s here in India and aim to get into a second Master’s in US after writing the GRE and TOEFL. During the Master’s there, which will be of a shorter duration than normal, you can search for ‘research fellowship’ to pursue your doctoral studies with research. This widens your job prospects whether abroad or in India.

Dear Sir,
My daughter is doing BSc Animation. She wants to do her PG in a foreign university.  Should she work for a year after her graduation and then do her post graduation? Which is the best college of animation abroad? What are the pre-requisites and entrance examinations she has to pass? How expensive will the course be?
Kamath

Dear Kamath,
Work experience after graduation certainly helps her to focus and narrow down her options of specialisation. More so as your daughter is aspiring to study abroad, where the cost of education and living expenditure are very high. Animation is part of the computer applications area in creative fields. There are any numbers of universities all over the world offering this course. USA is ruled out as she has done only 15 years of education where as USA requires 16 years of education for entry into Master’s. The other countries that one can opt for and explore are UK, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand etc.
For all these countries there are no specific entry examinations or tests except academic excellence at the Graduation level and an English language proficiency test such as IELTS. Just as a general estimate it would cost anywhere from Rs. 8 lakhs to 12 lakhs per year for the fees and living expenditure. Most countries allow 20 hours of work with minimum wages, the income of which helps towards paying for their living expenditure.

Dear Sir,
I have passed 12th with 84.6% in CBSE board. I wish to study
Under graduate course in USA. But I have neither taken SAT nor TOEFL Tests. One of the lecturers suggested me to complete under graduation here only since my parents cannot afford for the cost of study in USA. I thought scholarships like Inlaks foundation,BPCL scholarships etc. may help. I am not getting what to do sir. Please suggest me regarding this. Reply me via email

Dear student,
There is nothing wrong in aspiring to study abroad that too in USA, which is preferred destination for most students as USA offers variety of courses and there is lot of flexibility in their education system. I see that you seem to have thought about this option very late. It takes at least 8 to 12 months for the application process and preparation. SAT 1 and TOEFL are must for entry to any university at undergraduate level. Getting financial assistance even if you are a topper is next to impossibility. It is not that there are no charitable organizations to offer scholarships but it is highly competitive and procedure is very arduous. Moreover the aspirants are worldwide. Your lecturer is right in suggesting that you go through undergraduate education of your choice here in India, which is second to none at this level. Keep up your focus and be clear as to which stream of education you want to pursue. Pursue any stream of education that takes four years for graduation as USA requires 16 years of education for entry to master’s programs.  Maintain a high level of performance right from the beginning and keep exploring available opportunities so that you stand a better chance to get some kind of financial assistance for the master’s program. Good luck to you.

Dear madam,
I’m a third year engineering student. My branch is electronics and communication... my question is that what the difference is between

M Tech and MS apart from the fact that for MS, one should go abroad taking up exams like GRE where as for M Tech GATE exams should be cracked?  If at all if we decide to do our studies abroad, what may be the expenses (approx)? from when should we start preparing for those exams? I will be very grateful to you if you would clear all my doubt
Thanking you,                                                                                                                               yours faithfully                                                                                                                                 CHAITRA.S

Dear Chaitra,
Practically there is no difference between M Tech and MS. You are right in understanding that here in India most institutions call it M Tech and ME where as in most universities abroad it is called as MS. In India you have to crack the GATE and or PGCET to get in to Master’s programs in engineering in IIT’s, IISC and state engineering colleges. All over the world it is only USA that insists on GRE score where as all other countries offer admission based on your performance at graduation and English language proficiency test such as IELTS or TOEFL. You need a minimum of 8 months to one year for the entire process culminating in getting your admission letter. Most MS programs cost you anywhere starting from a minimum of Rs. 8 lakhs up to Rs. 15 Lakhs for tuition fees and living expenditure per year depending on the country of choice.
Ing K. Raja Reddy,
(Is a Counsellor for emotional issues and a career guide and a volunteer of Helping Hand, a free counselling centre).

Dear sir,

I have just finished my second semester BE exams and I am sure of a good grade point. Is this the ideal time to start preparations for GRE? I wish to do my masters in a reputed university in the USA. Is there a need to go to these coaching institutes? Can self study be effective? Please give me an insight about this.

Thank you,
Vijay

 

Dear Vijay,
It is really good that you have started planning your next step having still 6 more semesters to complete. Keep up this kind of focus all through your career. Another good sign is that you are aiming a high GPA. It is very important that you maintain this throughout. It cannot be said as early to start preparing for GRE. However, browse through the GRE (www.gre.org) questions and even try the mock tests through the net. This will give you a fair idea whether you would need coaching or you can prepare yourself by self study. Along with your high GPA having high GRE and TOEFL score is necessary to get in to a good University in USA.

Sir I have completed my bachelors in biotechnology, genetics and biochemistry with an aggregate of 79% and my 12th aggregate is 52% I am looking forward to pursue my masters in the US in biosciences so could you please suggest to me as to how do I go about choosing the university and application procedure, also can u suggest to me whether I can get good job opportunities after my masters?.If not the US which other country would you suggest that would offer good education with better job opportunities?

Dear Aspiring Student,
I presume that you have completed your 3 year degree in these subjects. It is remarkable that you have done well and taken distinction despite not performing well in your 12th. With this qualification you cannot get admission in US universities as they require 16 years of education. With the present qualification you can aim at universities in UK, Australia etc. Most challenging career opportunities in biosciences area are in the field of research. Even with a master’s qualification in this field you would be mostly working in survey, data collection, analysis and collation of information supporting the research people. Hence job opportunities are limited everywhere. These days getting job abroad, even after completing master’s there, is very limited and competitive. Visa regulations are also not conducive. Alternatively see if you can complete your master’s here in India and aim to get in to a second master’s in US after writing GRE and TOEFL. During the master’s there, which will be of shorter duration than normal, you can search for ‘research fellowship’ to pursue your doctoral studies with research. This widens your job prospects whether in abroad or in India.

Dear Sir,
My daughter is in the final year B Sc Animation in Manipal University. She wants to do her post graduation in a foreign university. I would be obliged if you will please give answers to the following queries.

1. Should she work for a year after her graduation and then do her post graduation. 2. Which is the best college of animation abroad?

3. What are the pre requisites and entrance examinations she has to pass? 4. How expensive will the course be?

Thanking you
Kamath


Dear Mr. Kamath,
Work experience after graduation certainly helps her to focus and narrow down her options of specialization. More so as your daughter is aspiring to study abroad, where cost of education and living expenditure is very high. Work experience of at least one year helps. Animation is part of the computer applications area in creative fields. There are any numbers of universities all over the world offering this course. USA is ruled out as she has done only 15 years of education where as USA requires 16 years of education for entry in to master’s. The other countries that one can opt and explore are UK, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand etc. For all these countries there are no specific entry examinations or test except academic excellence at graduation level and that she has to do English language proficiency test such as IELTS. Just as a general estimate it would cost anywhere from Rs. 8 lakhs to 12 Lakhs per year for the fees and living expenditure. Most countries allow 20 hours of work with minimum wages, the income of which helps in their living expenditure.  

Dear Sir,
I have passed 12th with 84.6% in CBSE board. I wish to study Under graduate course in USA. But I have neither taken SAT nor TOEFL Tests. One of the lecturers suggested me to complete under graduation here only since my parents cannot afford for the cost of study in USA. I thought scholarships like Inlaks foundation,BPCL scholarships etc. may help. I am not getting what to do sir. Please suggest me regarding this. Reply me via email

Dear student,
There is nothing wrong in aspiring to study abroad that too in USA, which is preferred destination for most students as USA offers variety of courses and there is lot of flexibility in their education system. I see that you seem to have thought about this option very late. It takes at least 8 to 12 months for the application process and preparation. SAT 1 and TOEFL are must for entry to any university at undergraduate level. Getting financial assistance even if you are a topper is next to impossibility. It is not that there are no charitable organizations to offer scholarships but it is highly competitive and procedure is very arduous. Moreover the aspirants are worldwide. Your lecturer is right in suggesting that you go through undergraduate education of your choice here in India, which is second to none at this level. Keep up your focus and be clear as to which stream of education you want to pursue. Pursue any stream of education that takes four years for graduation as USA requires 16 years of education for entry to master’s programs.  Maintain a high level of performance right from the beginning and keep exploring available opportunities so that you stand a better chance to get some kind of financial assistance for the master’s program. Good luck to you.

Dear madam,
 I’m a third year engineering student. My branch is electronics and communication... my question is that what the difference is between

M Tech and MS apart from the fact that for MS, one should go abroad taking up exams like GRE where as for M Tech GATE exams should be cracked?  If at all if we decide to do our studies abroad, what may be the expenses (approx)? from when should we start preparing for those exams? I will be very grateful to you if you would clear all my doubt
CHAITRA.S

Dear Chaitra,
Practically there is no difference between M Tech and MS. You are right in understanding that here in India most institutions call it M Tech and ME where as in most universities abroad it is called as MS. In India you have to crack the GATE and or PGCET to get in to Master’s programs in engineering in IIT’s, IISC and state engineering colleges. All over the world it is only USA that insists on GRE score where as all other countries offer admission based on your performance at graduation and English language proficiency test such as IELTS or TOEFL. You need a minimum of 8 months to one year for the entire process culminating in getting your admission letter. Most MS programs cost you anywhere starting from a minimum of Rs. 8 lakhs up to Rs. 15 Lakhs for tuition fees and living expenditure per year depending on the country of choice.

Ing K. Raja Reddy,
(Is a Counsellor for emotional issues and a career guide and a volunteer of Helping Hand, a free counselling centre).

The author is the Director of Banjara Academy and co-ordinator of Helping Hand. Send your queries to: Studying Abroad, DH Education, Deccan Herald, # 75, MG Road, Bangalore-560001, or email us at: dheducation@ deccanherald.co.in

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