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Dear Madam,
I am currently in the first semester of mechanical engineering course. I want to pursue either MBA or ME in automobile engineering from a reputed university in Germany or UK or USA. Could you shed some light on the universities that offer courses of my interest? I would like to know about the admission procedures involved and scholarships that I could gain. Also, do I need to take up training for GRE/TOEFL?
Mohammed Zaheer

Dear Mohammed,
If you want to pursue an MBA in a reputed university, you will need 2-3 years of work experience after your BE. The qualifying exam for MBA is the GMAT and an english test like IELTS/PTE/TOEFL. Since you are only in the first year of engineering, you have a lot of time to prepare for your masters.

Get a good GPA in every semester; take up the GRE and TOEFL while you are in your third year of engineering. You don’t need any special coaching for GRE or TOEFL. Go to for more information on these exams and  practice with old papers. If UK is an

option, take the IELTS or PTE instead of the TOEFL. Both these exams are acceptable in every country. The UK Border Agency is not accepting TOEFL starting from this year. There are many universities in all the countries that you have mentioned, that offer masters in automobile engineering.

The admission procedure for masters in any of these countries is quite similar. You need your official transcripts, a good statement of purpose, a resume, GRE/ GMAT scores and PTE/ IELTS/ TOEFL scores. You could apply for merit-based scholarships. Teaching assistantships and research assistantships are also an option.

In Germany, most universities do not charge any tuition fee. The technical universities in Germany are known for automobile engineering. If you want to go there, I would advise you to learn German at the Goethe Institute during the next three years of your Bachelors. Even though the programme is taught in English and you are not required to learn the language for your admission, knowledge of the local language is
always an advantage in the job market of any country.

Dear Madam,
I am very keen on pursuing my Bachelors in UK. I had even applied to a few universities and got conditional offers. I received my A level results in August and they were not very good. Since I did not meet the conditions of the offer, I couldn’t make it to UK. I am very disappointed as all my friends have made it and I haven’t. Is there any way I can still go to study in UK?

Dear Rishika,
You can do a foundation course in the UK which will guarantee you access to one of the top universities. Foundation courses are often for 2-3 terms (6 months-1 year). You can choose a two-term course or a three-term course. On successful completion of these foundation programmes, you can progress to a university of your choice.

Some universities even give you the option to progress directly into second year of Bachelor’s degree right after your foundation course. So, you will not waste an additional year and perhaps after your foundation course, you can join your friends in their university. For a more detailed understanding of pathway programmes, foundation courses and progression routes, please visit

Dear Madam,
My son Karthik has completed his MBBS from Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences, Bengaluru which is affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University. He is interested in pursuing postgraduate studies (residency) in orthopaedics. Is he eligible to join National University of Singapore? I would like to know the admission procedures, fee structures and scholarships.
Shyamala Bhaskaran

Dear Shyamala,
To participate in the residency application exercise, your son will first need to be offered employment by any one of the MOH Holdings – an association of all the Hospitals in Singapore.To apply to MOHH, visit The application fee is 100 Singapore dollars.

He will then be asked to submit his portfolio, after which he will be notified by MOHH to attend short online interviews. In the portfolio submission to MOHH, he may include the following information as part of the personal statement:Why he wants to specialise in orthopaedics, why he is keen on training at National University Health System (NUHS), why the sponsoring institute should choose him for the training programme, what matters most to him and why.

He would also have to furnish details of three references. For more information on residency in orthopaedics, please visit

Dear Madam,
I am currently in my final year of electronics and communication engineering. I aspire to pursue MS abroad. But I have a job offer and would like to work before taking up MS. Would a software job count as work experience for MS? I am also writing GRE next year. I am looking to specialise in automotive electronics. Kindly suggest some universities for that. Also, what is the difference in fees and quality of education amongst the universities in U.S. and Germany?
Varun C Joshi

Dear Varun,
In Germany, you have universities such as West Saxon University of Applied Sciences Zwickau, Esslingen University of Applied Sciences and RWTH Aachen University which are highly ranked and in the U.S., other than Ivy League, University of Michigan, Virginia Tech, University of California Davis, Purdue and Georgia Tech are some of the best in automotive electronics. Work experience is not required for admission to MS programme. However, if you would like to work for a year, your work experience in any field will certainly count. Along with your GRE, take an English test like TOEFL / IELTS / PTE.
Quality of education in the U.S and Germany will be equally good and among the best you can expect. Fees and cost of living in Germany would be marginal. The public universities in Germany have no tuition fee even for international students. Germany also offers ample job opportunities and long stay visas for students. In the U.S., your fees and cost of living will be between 50000 to 70000 USD per year.