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 wish to become a Neurosurgeon, but first I wish to practice in the United States or Singapore for half of my career and to spend last half of my career in India. Whether my wish is a good one? Is it possible? Is my decision is correct? Kindly commend on my wish?
Raja, we have been discussing your career and aspirations for a while now and we appreciate that you want to take Career360's opinion on the matter of your career. So by now, you are aware of the fact what it takes to become a neurosurgeon and what it is to clear USMLE, practise as a resident in the US. We also have discussed the life style and the salary part. Now regarding the first half and later half of the career, we only wish we could predict our timeline on this planet. We do not which might be the first half or which might be the later part. But no wish is bad. If you want to achieve something, you should lest you regret for the rest of your lofe. Now to practise in the US, you may have to appear for USMLE, clear the step 1 and then practise as a resident before you can get the license to practise as a full time neurosurgeon. That is a long process that might take good 4-5 years. You study MBBS in India for 50 months and then complete the 1 year rotational internship and it takes you as many as 5 years. And appearing for USMLE and then working as a resident take another 4 years and so 10 years of your life are spent getting a valid license to practise in the US. And then lets say after 5 years you want to move to Singapore, that takes a whole different processing because you need to appear for their license exam. And you work in Singapore for lets say another 5 years and you come back to India. 15 years of your life are spent studying and getting licenses. But the beauty is within 15 years you can actually get license to practise in 3 countries. So you need to take a call. Or how about you finish MBBS in India, move to Singapore to study your MD/MS and plan on moving to the US? That way the transition is going to be smoother.
Is there any age limit to take admission into Ph.D in USA?
The age limit which almost every University demands is 35 years. If anybody is above that they can might miss the chance to get enroll theirselves for phd.
This age is decided because phd is all about researching and writing ,they usually demand people who is also iinvolved in academics and departmental works.
Are Neurosurgeons happy in San Francisco?
Well I guess they are because they get very good six figure salary and have a great job security although it's stressing but still they like their job cause they got into it knowing the stress it may carry. Neurosurgery is very much in demand and is a very great speciality in medical field.
I hope my answer helps.
All the best.
Are Neurosurgeons happy in New York?
It will all depend upon the lifestyle and the office hours you put in the work. The number of opd days, OT days and the visit to the wards for rounds. It all affect the free time period for a doctor. In USA,you have to pay tax for the services thus it can be little less than what you make in india
Are US Neurosurgeons rich enough to live a comfortable life in the United States?
It will totally depend where are you working and what are you getting paid.
As US is anyways costly ,there lifestyle tends to change.Neurosurgeons in Us are paid according to their qualification as well as where they work
According to research
The average income for a neurosurgeon is $775,968
The middle range income is approx $704,170
the lowest paid are $350,000
And the top 10 % of the neurosurgeon get a pay of $1,229,881 per year!
So it totally depends upon your qualification and the place you work if you can have a comfortable life or not