Grades count in studies abroad

Studying abroad

Dear madam,

I am a student studying in 11th standard. I wish to take up architecture as my career and would like to do my master studies in Singapore. Could you help from scratch about the requirements to fulfil my wish, like the exams I would have to appear for, cost of it, the time period etc, for the Master of Architecture studies in Singapore.
Shraddha H
 
Dear Shraddha,

If you’re fascinated by building design and construction, and you’re looking for a career within this particular field, then pursuing a course of study in architecture may be suitable for you. However, it is also important that you have a natural aptitude for maths and drawing. A course such as this requires hard work, self-motivation and passion for the subject.

Hoping that you have the aptitude as mentioned above (if necessary get yourselves assessed through an aptitude test and know your strengths), get yourself a 5-year B Arch degree from a good institute with good grades. By the time you reach your 8th semester you will know which is the area in which you need to do your Masters. Start working towards your entry to masters at that juncture.

Postgraduate programmes can last anywhere from 1-4 years. Good grades in IELTS test (for English proficiency) would be necessary. You should always look at the entry requirements and your own finances before submitting an application to your university of choice. Admission criteria may change from time to time and from university to university, and also the cost.  You can find out those details when you intend gaining admission for your masters. However you can get all present information from http://architecture.about.com/cs/schools/bb/schools.html.
Beat Wishes!


Dear Madam,   
     
I am presently studying in class 11. Having been scored 10/10 in class 10 in CBSE, I want to do BS & MS in any of the USA universities. With this score am I eligible to take up these courses? Will a 2 and a 1/2 month preparation course help me to get good score in SAT & TOEFEL? If yes, when is the best time to take up the preparation?
Kavya M
 
Dear Kavya,

The Scholastic Aptitude Test or SAT (http://sat.collegeboard.org/) as it is commonly known, is the admission test for undergraduate courses in the US. There is no defined eligibility for SAT exam. Colleges do consider your grades in addition to your SAT scores and other criteria.

Thus, you must ensure that you work hard to achieve good grades in your 12th standard and must have engaged in extracurricular activities, which  improve your chances to gain admission in a good college to have an advantage over other applicants. Preparation is required for any exam, but there is a difference in the way you prepare for different exams. SAT preparation must be done according to the style of the test. You must know what is expected out of you and then prepare. And for SAT preparation, you must start to study at least 3 months in advance.

http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-study-plan  will give you complete information on study plan, practice tips, SAT registration etc.
Best Wishes!

Dear Madam,

I am currently in my 7th semester of Medical Electronics(Bio-Medical) Engineering and have an aggregate of 70%. Can you please guide me as to how I can apply for MBA Programs abroad and the funding especially in countries other than US?

Vinay Rathul D
 
Dear  Vinay,

Ensure yourselves whether you want to move on from your technical qualification into management, and check out your aptitude towards it. Bear in mind that most universities expect you to have experience of at least 2-4 years.

UK , Australia, Canada, Germany have got very good B-Schools. There are many premier institutes in India too. Procedures, availability, and types of funding for foreign students in different B-schools vary tremendously. To give an example: Canadian B-schools, though cheap by comparison to those in the US and Europe, have limited loan programs and funds to disperse to non-Canadians. Thus it's necessary to look beyond the norm when securing funding at a school away from home. www.topmba.com/blog/mba-scholarships-international-students will throw some light on scholarships.


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