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Cost of Living of Indian Students in California with Expenses Breakdown

July 24, 2008

While you are going to school in the U.S.A. as an international student, you need to save every possible penny. Studying in the U.S.A. is expensive. Make sure you have…

Think Twice Before Contacting Professors via Email for Admission

July 20, 2008

Sending an email to professors during the graduate school admission process should increase the chances of getting admission with scholarship, provided you use this tool in right way. Dr. Vivek Pai,…

Why Use TSA Locks Over Non-TSA for Checked-In Baggage

July 11, 2008

Do you need a TSA locks for your suitcase when you travel to America? Does TSA locks help theft during international air travel? Where does this TSA lock help you?…

12 Tips For Writing High Impact Statement of Purpose

June 30, 2008

A statement of purpose (SOP) or college admission essay plays an important role in the graduate school admission process. It indirectly speaks about you – who you are, what have…

Complete List of Things to Carry to USA For Students (with Checklist)

June 29, 2008

I have a created list of things to carry to the USA for students (F1, J1 and M Visa) who are traveling for the first time. I have been here…

Difference between EAC, WAC, LIN, SRC Receipt Number – H-1B Visa

June 6, 2008

What are the first 3 letters (EAC, WAC, LIN, SRC) of H-1B receipt numbers mean? Question 1: I have applied for my H-1B visa this March through a consultant. But when…

Received I-20 from Multiple Universities : How to Select One School?

April 27, 2008

Do you have I-20 visas from more than one U.S. university and are still confused on which university to attend? You are not alone, almost every student planning to attend…

10 Steps to Improve Your GRE Exam Score

April 21, 2008

If you follow the steps listed below for preparing for GRE exams, I’m sure doing so can improve your GRE Score. Step 1 – GRE Practice There are lots of…

Types of Resumé – Email, Print, Scannable and Plain Text

April 17, 2008

During job and internship search, a resumé plays a very important role. As such, well-written resumés will get anyone a high number of job interviews. Then rest is up to…

Masters in Biotechnology: MS or PSM Degree?

April 14, 2008

Most universities in the U.S. offer M.S. or master’s degree programs in biotechnology, while some offer professional science master’s (PSM) in biotechnology. Do you want to know which program is…

H-1B Visa 2009 Lottery Results

April 4, 2008

It’s expected that about 150,000 H-1B Visa petitions will be filed for the 2008 – 2009 fiscal year, where there are only 20,000 visas for advanced degree holders, while from the remaining…

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International Students Taxes – Do F1 Students Need to File Taxes ?

March 31, 2008

I have answered some frequently asked questions (FAQs) on international student taxes in previous articles. International students with F1 visas who entered the United States on or before December 31 of the…

Low GRE Score Universities List

March 26, 2008

The last few articles posted in this blog had been about H1B Visas. Because of this, I decided to list a few universities that accept candidates with low GRE scores.…

H1B Visa 2009: FAQs

March 21, 2008

Everyone applying for H1B visa this year have a lot of questions in their minds and they are trying to find some answers. I have been reading and following up H1B…

H-1B Visa: USCIS Interim Final H-1B Rules

March 19, 2008

The USCIS had just released the Interim Rules for H-1B visa applications. There are a few very important changes made, that certainly benefit the thousands of H-1B Visa applicants. Here’s…

Job Search using LinkedIn.com

March 9, 2008

Did you know that on the average students do online job searches for 5 to 7 months after earning their master’s degrees? The one who gets the job is not…

Top 9 Salary Negotiation Mistakes to Avoid to get Higher Salary

March 3, 2008

Salary negotiation is a difficult process. Unless you are well prepared for salary negotiation, the offered salary will likely be less than the average entry level salary for a particular…

Entry Level Student Resumé: How to Highlight Your Skills

February 28, 2008

I don’t have any work experience, what shall I include in my resumé? How do I highlight my skills? Well, you are not the only person who is trying to…

OPT to H1B : OPT Expiring Before H1B Start Date

February 26, 2008

I am currently in OPT and it will end on July 20 2008. If my employer files for an H-1B Visa for me in my master’s quota and I get…

Sample Statement of Purpose for U.S. Universities and Graduate Programs

February 3, 2008

You can find sample statements of purpose (SOP) for U.S. universities for several graduate degree programs. A statement of purpose is a most important element in your entire application package to…

(Updated) Letters of Recommendation that get Graduate School Admission

January 21, 2008

Have your ever wondered what should be the contents of Reference letters? In one of the previous articles Letters of Recommendation: Dos and Don’ts, I gave an overview on how…

University List: Universities for Computer Science (CS) For GRE Score of 300

January 17, 2008

Many students have been posting their profiles and asking for suitable lists of universities. However, it will be difficult for me to reply to every specific query. So I decided…

Top Mistake in Entry Level Student Resume

December 2, 2007

In a previous post, I wrote about 28 questions students ask when writing resumés. To find a job in the U.S. after earning a graduate degree is by itself is…

28 Questions about Resumés

November 30, 2007

I have listed here some of the common questions students will likely need answers to while preparing their resumés. If it’s the first time students will be writing a resumé,…

How to Save Money on International Student Loan

November 29, 2007

Did you know that international students can ‘Save BIG’ money by following the tips in this article? There are so many students who are still not sure how much student…

[Q&A] Bank Balance for F1 Visa for Admission with Scholarship

November 27, 2007

A question from Rajiv: I received an I-20 from the University of Mississippi. I got scholarship from the same college. In my I-20, the cost for my first year of education…

Why Apply for Jobs and Internships via Multiple Ways?

November 26, 2007

Did you know that there are at least 10 different ways to search for jobs and internships? I have added new links about job search and internship search for students…

Does Location of University Matter in Getting a Job?

November 24, 2007

How important is the location of a college with respect to finding jobs after graduation for foreign students in the U.S.A.? Here are 3 comments from readers on the same topic. Comment…

Student F1 Visa Dates Not available, What to do next?

November 21, 2007

Are you looking for student F1 visa dates appointment and couldn’t find one? In the last past days, the bulk of the comments and emails I received were about student…

Chances of Finding a Job in the U.S. after Master’s Degree

November 20, 2007

Have you ever asked yourself: “Can I work after earning my bachelor’s degree or after attending graduate school in the U.S.? If so, what are the job opportunities in the…

F1 Visa Cancelled Due to Fake Bank Statement and Banned from the US

November 20, 2007

You would be amazed to see that US Embassy Cancel f1 Visa after it was issued because of Fake Bank Statements. Consider this F1 Visa interview as a learning experience and…

F1 Visa Approval Chances Based on Your Bank Balance

November 16, 2007

I got a few more comments and questions on how much liquid cash to show as proof for student visa interview for the U.S.A. Please refer to your I-20, and…

Letter of Recommendation: Dos and Donts

November 15, 2007

College admission typically requires at least 2 Letters of Recommendation (LOR) from candidates. Graduate School Admission committees evaluate the candidates’ credentials and the reference letters play an important role in…

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Do Universities in America Verify the Bank Balance and Statement for Admission?

November 14, 2007

Do colleges and universities verify and validate the Bank Statements and Balance submitted by the students’ bank accounts before issuing I-20? It’s a trick question to answer, and I will…

How Much Bank Balance for F-1 Student Visa

November 13, 2007

Hello guys, I hope everyone is getting ready for attending his/her F1 Visa interview – preparing one’s visa documents, student loans, CA statements, etc. If you haven’t checked the previous…

I-20 Sample : Tuition Fees Breakdown for Bank Balance

November 11, 2007

In a previous post, I had listed some common questions regarding bank statement. Now I will be answering each question in separate posts. In this post, you can find information…

13 FAQs Questions about Bank Statement for F1 Student Visa

November 10, 2007

A bank statement is one of the mandatory documents necessary when applying for student visa (F-1). Many student visa applications get rejected for providing fake financial documents. Still up to…

Happy Schools Blog gets New Look

November 5, 2007

Finally after 2 weeks of importing contents into WordPress and updating the internal links, I was able to launch this site/blog 2 weeks ahead of the original schedule. With my…

How to Select Universities – Part 3

November 3, 2007

How to Select US Universities – Part 1 How to Select US Universities – Part 2 How to Select US Universities – Part 3 [this article] 7) Course Length This…

How to Select US Universities – Part 2

November 1, 2007

This blog post is the second of a three-part series of articles on How to Select U.S. Universities. How to Select US Universities – Part 1 How to Select US…

How to Select US Universities – Part 1

October 30, 2007

How is it to select U.S. universities for graduate school admission? This will be a 3 part article and by the end of 3 parts, you will be able to…

5 Ways to Check Graduate School Admission Status

October 28, 2007

After you have submitted applications to several U.S. universities, there are a number of ways for you to check on their statuses. If online admission status doesn’t give much information…

For Spring 2008 Students

October 27, 2007

Exclusively for Spring 2008 entrants, I have complied the following links for students in the different stages of their admission process. I will update this list regularly, for new contents,…

F1 Visa Interview Tips for USA and How to Answer Questions

October 27, 2007

Getting a U.S. Student Visa (F1) will get you one step closer to attending a college/university in the United States. Every international student must go through the U.S. visa interview…

Virginia Tech or UTD for Master’s Degree

October 26, 2007

Which University: I happened to come across your Happy Schools website. I found the contents in it very informative and useful. I am stuck in a weird situation here. I…

Spring Semester Students : Did You Decide on Universities?

October 23, 2007

At this point, having a low GRE score or low TOEFL score doesn’t matter. Admission had been given to you and now it’s time to decide on your choice of…

5 Tips to Make Your Graduate School Application Stand Out

October 19, 2007

Do you want to know how to make your graduate school application stand out among those of other applicants? Just follow the tips discussed in this article. After spending lots…

GPA Converter: Convert Academic Percentage to GPA (4.0) Scale

October 17, 2007

Are you looking for a GPA Converter to convert your academic percentage to GPA in a 4.0 scale? I have received around 100 questions from readers about how to convert…

How to Get Professors to Fund You via Assistantship

October 15, 2007

I’m back after visiting New York and Boston. Last week was a very busy one at my work. Hopefully I would be able to write regularly again. In this article…

Do you make these 11 Common Graduate School Application mistakes?

October 4, 2007

Almost every graduate school has an online application facility that works along with the traditional paper-based application system. Sometimes it takes a long time to fill out an entire online…