Know your standard and skill set when it comes to academics.
Studying in the USA as an International student is a test of willpower, perseverance and academic skills.
Study abroad naturally provides an opportunity for you to grow personally and professionally.
I helped a student to get Visa for UT Dallas for Fall Semester. His wife was working in India. His daughter would be starting school shortly.
He landed in the USA in August. I pinged him after 30 days.
He was back in India. He quit his Masters and went back to India. He couldn’t handle the social life in campus away from home.
Likewise, education and classes will challenge your ability to learn and grow.
Your willpower will be tested.
You would think, it’s easy and natural for everyone to fly across the world and the grass will be greener on the other side. Not True!
Look at this Ph.D. student’s situation.
So, I was in the US for PhD at a Midfield University.
I screwed things up since my background was quite poor compared to US standards, so I lost my assistantship and destroyed a flawless record, from a GPA of 9.5/10 in India to 2.3/4 in the USA, although this went from 1.5 to 2.6 during the three terms there.
Would starting a PhD in my home country help a new application in the US for next semester?
Another thing I can do to sweeten things is take the subject GRE, and retake the General as well.
Really looking forward for outside ideas, I feel stuck of my own.
This student, returned back to India after GPA fell below 3.0
International graduate student has to maintain GPA of 3.0 or more. If not, you would go into probation for a semester. Even after a semester, if the GPA is below 3.0, then you are going to have to find a different school or pack your bags.
You are responsible for your actions.
Expect obstacles or you can even say, obstacles are the way!
I can’t really go so hard on the student and blame the student as well. Good student under-perform due to several reasons.
I have seen other instances where students suffered big time. Some are their mistakes.
- Lost assistantship for downloading movies (FBI tracked the IP address to the campus computer)
- Lost 4.0 GPA (for entire Masters) for allowing a friend to use his project for a different course
- Copied computer programming assignment and received an F grade and had to Retake the course
Second chance in Life and Education
There’s always a second chance.
It may not be a straight path. You have to apply again.
Get admission and F1 Visa.
I helped a student, with similar circumstance recently.
- An Indian student studying Bachelors Degree in the USA.
- GPA was below 2.0 for a semester.
- After Probation, GPA did not move to 2.5 or above.
- School gave him 7 days to leave before SEVIS would be terminated
- He had an option to transfer to another program or leave the country
I found a school that would accept this student and transfers the SEVIS record in 2 days time.
In the case of Ph.D. student, the problem would be two folds
- Finding another college and getting admitted
- Getting F1 Visa again
While you are trying to get the admission in the USA, have a Plan B.
Start the college application process for Masters or Ph.D. to other countries as well.
If things did not work out for you in the US, you wouldn’t have to start all over again. Right?
Your path to the US may not be direct. You may have to get a Masters Degree in Canada or Sweden and then showcase that accomplishment to get the US Student Visa.
As I said, your patch back to the US would be not a straight line. But, you wouldn’t know unless you try. Right?