How to apply to American Universities?
The United States is a popular destination for international students as it offers a vast number of academic options and it is always possible to find the one programme that matches your interests. Mostly, students wanting to study in the US go for a Bachelor’s degree, a Master’s degree or a PhD.
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For admission to undergraduate programmes, you are expected to hold secondary school qualifications that would admit you to higher education in your own country. Colleges expect students to have English, Mathematics, Science, one other subject, plus an aptitude test. This is most often the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
Strengths and weaknesses as represented by the applicant’s participation in extra-curricular activities.
Performance in admissions tests such as SAT I, ACT and/ or the SAT Subject.
For more information on the test, please check www.collegeboard.com
For admission to graduate programmes, again the basic qualification is an undergraduate degree. However, some degrees are often of three years duration like in India while US degrees are of a minimum four years duration. Hence, there are many programmes that will require an additional year of study in a Master’s programmes or the completion of a master’s programmes for a student to be eligible for admission. This is what is commonly referred to as the 16th year requirement!
A number of science and arts-based programmes require experience in the area of study you are interested in such as in projects and internships that convey your focus, achievement and dedication.
Strengths and weaknesses as represented by the applicant’s participation in extra-curricular and community activities. The universities especially look for leadership qualities.
Performance in GRE/ GMAT/ TOEFL/ IELTS/ PTEA; Applications to Business schools demand GMAT scores while those to MS and MA programmes require GRE scores. Some programmes such as the MBA specifically require you to have worked in the industry for a minimum of two years
The research Doctorate (PhD)
One generally applies for admission after the completion of a graduate programme in a related area of study. However, there are PhD programmes that include a Master’s degree and such programmes accept students who have completed their undergraduate education in the field.
It always helps if you can demonstrate your ability to research and present papers.
Performance in GRE General and often GRE Subject Tests.
The dreaded visa process!
Students need to apply for a non-immigrant visa. The offer of admission to an accredited programme in the US does not guarantee a student visa! Students are usually admitted in the F-1 category. People who will be participating in an exchange visitor programme need to apply for the “J” Visa. The officer who interviews you is highly trained so be alert, answer questions with confidence and support responses with relevant documents. Your visa interview typically lasts for 5 minutes but can go up to 15 minutes! Be forthcoming in the interview. May, June, July, and August are the busiest months in most consular sections. So begin early and be prepared.
Terms you must know
Form I-20 is a government form that is issued by the educational institutes once you are admitted to an approved programme.
SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) is a mechanism for electronic verification of prospective student status. There is a one-time SEVIS fee which is separate from and in addition to the visa application fee.
Documents for the visa interview
Your passport (and your old passports)
Your application photo
The DS-160 barcode page (you will not need the full application)
The HDFC visa application fee receipts and SEVIS fee receipt
VFS appointment letter
Final mark sheets and degree certificates
Score reports of TOEFL, GRE, SAT and/ or GMAT
Financial documents to show you can fund your education
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I am currently pursuing my first year Masters in Commerce at Mumbai University and am possible to complete in 2023. I would like to know which universry in US to pursue my PhD. Also would like to know which are the fields for commerce students to acquire PhD. Also like to know about the expense
There are many ways to choose your university such as fees, the ranking of the university, which state it is located and scholarships. My suggestion is to choose your research focus and write academic papers. In the US, PhD in Commerce admission into the university depends on what you want to study (your area of research) and your already completed research papers. You can begin your research by searching online for US universities offering PhD in Business Administration. One example is University of California Los Angeles (https://www.anderson.ucla.edu/degrees/phd-program/admissions#app-req) .
can i do computer course with my bachelor of commerce degree
Yes you can do Bachelor of Commerce degree with computers. The course duration can be between 3 to 4 years. The Bachelor of Commerce degree with computers include closely working on computer languages web designing financial accounting etc. The commerce plus computer for nursing graduates can find jobs in IT Sectors.
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hello i am HARPREET KAUR from india i wish to do masters in acting and directing course in USA can someone please the best university overthere and also please tell about the work after completion of my course ,will i get any good work or the things will be average overthere
Hi, some of the best universities for your course is listed below.
- College of Libera Arts.
- University of Nevada.
- Pace University.
- Texas State University.
- Arizona State University.
The level of difficulty to get a PR will be a little more difficult as it is not a STEM branch. However, if you manage to pull up some good grades and work experience the life out there will be more enjoying. USA is considered to be the best place to get your Degree in non technical background. If you still have doubts feel free to comment. Hope this helps.
Is it possible for apply for Phd in USA after completing Msc Computer Science from IDOL (Open and Distance Learnig) Mumbai University with a gap of 5 years between Graduation and Post graduation ?
Hi, a lot of universities do not consider a valid gap year. There is no age limit to do Ph.D. in USA so that is the least of your worries. For more information of whether you are eligible or not you will have to check every universities official website. Distance learning is accepted in the US so yes, you can apply. If you still have doubts feel free to comment. Hope this helps.
Im Vedant and I wish to become a Data scientist by pursuing Masters in USA. Im currently a third-year student in Engineering Computer Science Department. Im so confused about when to write my GRE paper. Also, should I go for Fall or Spring? Kindly enlighten me.
Since, top universities are expected to close their registration in November or December, it is preferred to attend GRE by the end of June, so that your result is available before your application in the universities. Do keep your official documents ready like VISA to avoid any hassle at the last moment.
Thank you, I hope the confusion in cleared.