Perseverance will go a long way

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Perseverance will go a long way

Dear Madam,
I have done MSc in Food Science and Nutrition. I am interested to do PhD  abroad, so please guide which are the universities related to my subject and the related expenses as well. What are the necessary entrance exams that should be undertaken? If I have an opportunity to contact, whom can I contact to know get more information?
Tejaswini M

Dear Tejaswini,
Some of the best universities for PhD in food science and nutrition in the US are Cornell, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, University of California Davis, Boston University, Harvard University, Colorado State University, Purdue University, Tufts University and the University of Connecticut. As for the tests to undertake, you need to write the GRE and TOEFL exam. Please go to to register for both these exams and work on practice papers.

You should research these universities thoroughly and identify the university and professor you wish to work with. You will find research works of all the Professors on the University website. Communicate with the professors who you would like to work with and convince them that you will be an asset to their Institution. You can get admission to a PhD programme only if someone is willing to be your mentor. So what’s most important is your communication skills and perseverance. Carry out some research projects here and have them published before you approach a University for your PhD.

Dear Madam,
I am currently pursuing my final year in BCA and my aggregate till now is 70 per cent. I aspire to undertake MS in computer science in the US. Please let me know the universities accepting Indian three-year degree. I have even thought of taking up online courses as well as internship so that I can add it to my resume. Please give me information on universities and their criteria.
A student

Dear student,
I would ask you to consider doing your masters in the United Kingdom. However, if you have your heart set on the US, here some of the universities that accept a three-year degree are Northwestern, Purdue, Pace, Boston, Northeastern, South Carolina, Maryland University, Baruch College, Ohio State, Johns Hopkins, Washington University in Saint Louis, University of Rochester, Emerson, California State University Monterey bay, Temple University, NYU School of professional studies, etc.

If you want to study in the US after a 3 year Bachelors degree in India, it is better to have your transcripts evaluated by WES (world evaluation services). They evaluate international credentials. Most of our three-year degrees are equal to the four-year degrees offered by US universities. When an organisation like WES equates our degree to 120 credits of a US degree, the universities have no problem in accepting students with a three-year Bachelors degree from India.

Dear Madam,
I am currently studying in 12th Standard (ISC Science). I wish to pursue a Bachelors degree abroad (preferably in Europe) in Audio Engineering or Creative Music Technologies, which would later enable me to work in a professional recording studio as a Sound/Studio Engineer. Kindly suggest me some good Universities to consider and also your take on what would be the most suitable option for me.
Anantha Padmanabh

Dear Anantha,
Universities such as Nottingham Trent, Leeds Beckett, SAE, Southampton, Surrey, Birmingham City University and Queen Mary University of London are known for their Audio engineering and creative music technology courses in the UK.
In Austria, you have Graz University of Technology and SAE Vienna that offer excellent courses in sound engineering.  In Germany, DBS Berlin and Berlin University of Arts are known for the degree, masters and diploma programmes in sound engineering and music technology.

Dear Madam,
My son has completed BTech at NITK in 2014 and secured CGPA of 8.52. He scored 325 in GRE and 114 in TOEFL. While he is preparing to apply for admission in US universities of his choice, I request you to kindly inform how my son can go for procuring scholarship.
Rajendra Babu

Dear Rajendra,
US universities offer Research assistantship, Graduate assistantship, Scholarships and Fellowships. While applying for admission to the MS programme, he would have to apply for these scholarships. Students with published research work, work experience, internships and a strong academic background will be considered for these various scholarships.

External scholarships are also available for international students. For more information on this please visit

Dear Madam,
I want to pursue masters in Computer science or software development in either US or UK. Could you please let me know which university that I am eligible to apply? I am currently preparing for GRE test which I will be attempting in 3 months time.

Dear Arjun,
For UK you don’t need GRE. The IELTS test is enough. You are eligible to apply to any University in the US or UK. I would recommend the following in UK: Bristol, Middlesex, Durham, Southampton, Birmingham, Leeds Beckett, Westminster and UCL. In the US, I would suggest UIUC, Carnegie Mellon, University of Michigan, Arizona State University, University of Texas at Austin, North Carolina Chapel Hill, Purdue, Georgia Tech etc.

Dear Madam,
I am a mechanical engineer fresher. I want to study my masters in mechanical engineering in Germany but due to my low score, 58 per cent i.e 3.125 GPA, I am unable to find any applied science universities in Germany. Currently I am learning A1 and A2 German language.

Please help me and suggest me some universities and a good way to pursue my higher education in Germany. I am looking for an average university [winter intake 2016] that isn't to too bad over there.

Dear Kiran,
Technical University Chemnitz, Kempten University of Applied Sciences, University of Applied Sciences Bremen, University of Freiburg and University of Ulm are some of the universities you could consider. But please keep in mind, German Universities are much sought after and admission to these Universities is highly competitive.

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