How to Prepare Financially for Fall 2011 Semester in USA

Raghuram Sukumar Study in USA 20 Comments

Scholarship-admission-univeIf you are planning to come to the U.S. for Fall 2011 semester, you have to prepare yourself with a lot of things. With good information, you can make informed decisions.

Sheethal asks:

Hi sir. I’ve just generated enough interest to pursue master’s studies in the USA.
I’m doing my engineering in information science. So the year I might be wanting an admission will be 2011.
Can I know what are the things which I need to keep in mind in these two years to prepare myself for the big leap?
And how can I tell my family to prepare financially?
Does it help if we have our immediate family and cousins in America to get a visa or admission?

Preparation to Study in USA

First of all, you made a good decision. Several students decide late in their final year, while some ambitious few make decisions in the second year of their engineering undergraduate program to pursue further studies in the U.S.

Having decided to study in the U.S. with still over 2 years to go, you have a lot of time in your hand to prepare for the long journey ahead.

You can do the following things:

  1. Start preparing for GRE. You will need to have passport to take GRE exam.
  2. Sketch out the project plan with time line.
  3. Subscribe to the Happy Schools Blog Newsletter, you will receive an free ebook. It contains flowchart with timeline. Use that to plan your moves.
  4. You will need to show your bank balance while applying for admission.
  5. After getting admission, you will have to a bank balance while appearing for your student visa interview.
  6. If you have a good academic profile, you can study in the U.S. without spending a dime.
  7. Try to present a few papers, do an internship, summer projects in companies, etc., will improve your academic profile.

If you have additional questions, leave a comment to this article.

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Comments

  1. Hello Sir,

    I have just started with my third year and had already made my mind to do MS in US and i have planned to take admission in FALL 2011.

    My profile 10th-78%,12th-73%,B.E.(upto 2nd yr.)-56% with 5 backlogs.My problem is that since i wud give gre next year around august 2010,I would have to apply in november 2010 for admi. in fall 2011 so the undergraduate score that i would show them would be of my first three years so how do you rate my chances should i give gre.How would the whole procedure work since performance of only 3 years would be taken in account.

    Please let me know i m having this serious doubt in my mind.

    1. Thanx sir…

      But Plz My Doubt hasn't been cleared still…my doubt is that i would show result of my first three years so how do you rate my chances in terms of getting a good univ. my personal favourite is USC Los Angeles for MS in CS.

      Regards

  2. Hello-

    I think the example which you gave in the above of the requirement of University Of texas is 25000$.

    I dont think my dad’s savings wud get me that.Can i take money from my uncle and deposit it in my dad’s account and would return to him as soon as i get a loan from the bank after showing I-20 from the University.

    Will it be a problem in visa or in getting admission if i take it from my uncle without letting the university to know that and get that money deposited in my dad’s account.

    Plz letme know its yet another doubt for me….

  3. Hello sir,

    I have just started with my third year and had already made my mind to do MS in US and i have planned to take admission in FALL 2011.

    My profile 10th-94%,12th-86%,B.E.(upto 2nd yr.)-96% with no backlogs. I am from a lower middle class family. I am concerned about the money and which university to apply. How much bank balance is to be shown while applying for VISA. I am totally confused. Help me.

  4. sir i have a very low gre score that is 560. can i be able to get admission in illinois university for my MS . iam a Bpharmacy student from india . If so iam able to get, then in which sector of pharmacy i may.

    please reply me sir

    thank you

  5. Hello, sir

    I am a 3rd yr BE student and i would be taking GRE in 2010 for Fall 2011 admission . I wanted to know what is the ideal academic profile

    (that should include 10th & 12th class % and also BE %) to get scholarship from a good university (if not the TOP universities).

    thanks a lot.

    1. Hello, sir
      I am a 3rd yr BE student and i would be taking GRE in 2010 for Fall 2011 admission . I wanted to know what is the ideal academic profile
      (that should include 10th & 12th class % and also BE %) to get scholarship from a good university (if not the TOP universities).

  6. i ve just completed my engineering n i'm planning to do ms in usa in next fall ie 2010… could u plz guide me wen should i take gre,toefel.. etc..

  7. Hello sir,

    I have completed my engineering in cse with 57% and wud like to study in US. i had many backlogs due to some reasons. will I be eligible to study in the USA? I mean will i get the Visa If my GRE and TOEFLE scores are good. i want u to give me the advice sir so that i can proceed with my GRE preparation.plz reply

    Regards

      1. thank u eswar but im in dilemma ….unable to decide if im eligible or not. my preparation will not go in vain for sure isn't it . plz help. Is visa processing totally based on academics?

        1. Dont worry about ur academics. If u score good(1200+) in GRE then u stand a fair chance to get admit and Visa too.

          Visa is totally based on ur finance, ur motive to go US, and little bit ur academics.

    1. Hi
      Recently i completed my undergraduate in Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering. CGPA 3.27 I am preparing for 2011. suppose my GRE score is 1200+. bow give me a list of universities for admission with scholarship.

  8. hello sir,

    i'm doing my 3rd year engi in CS,i'ld like to join MS but i'm not sure about the subjects,i mean the difficulty level.Could you plz give some info regarding the same?

    1. Hi sneha.. When you opt for a MS degree in USA, many things are to be taken into consideration.As you are doing CS engi, i think you hav collected much basic knowledge of CS terminologies. Be practically sound and dont panic and think that u cant do and other fears abt studying MS. Concerning the difficulty level,as compared to India what we study there is a bit difference in the pattern and study methods. But if u r ready to perform well and study hard , things are much easir at u r side. Be positive and do well..Best of Luck..!!

  9. hello

    i m a student of BSc. Hons. geology and have just entered 3rd year and would like to do my masters in U.S. in 2011, but im not sure if the universities their consider a 3 year graduate programme ah here in India?

  10. how much time is being taken to get admission in canadian university after taking GRE and TOEFL exam. also which of the exam is mandatory for persuing post graduation in canada(either its IELTS or TOEFL)

  11. i am studying b.tech(it) final year apollo engineering college in chennai.i am higher studying ms in us for long term.

  12. Does having around 2 yrs of experience after B.E help by any means in getting admission for MS in US. Do they consider experience gained in india ?

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