Yesterday before going to the bed, I posted the following question in Happy Schools Blog’s Facebook Fan page.

Can you suggest some topics for future blog posts?

Several fans posted question. So, I decided to answer them short and sweet today.

Azhar Ali

how to get pr in usa

There are several ways to get Green Card in USA legally. F1 Visa to H1B Visa to Green Card (slow and time consuming unless you are in EB1)

Avi Nash

Will der b any impact of us markets on students who want to fly abroad…if so, wt r d thngs we need to follow over come those thngs

Ofcourse there will be impact and it depends on your expectations. Are you looking for quality education that will help you life long or trying to make quick bucks. You have rest of the life to make earn money.

Azhar Ali

Big company were indian students can come up with their ideas

You don’t need to work for big companies to come up with ideas. Even small company will do.

Inderpal Dhillon

I have passed my 12th grade this year. which should i prefer? College or university

If you are asking about USA, then you can go to community college first 2 years and then transfer to 4 year college (or university).

University has several colleges.

Ajit Narwal

Travel cards rates and options for paying fees like wiring etc.

I’m not sure what you mean by travel cards. I have written several posts about money transfer. Even yesterday I answered a questions about sending money.

Srikanth Komirshetty ?

1.About consultancies in India (more precisely in AP)..
2.Education Loan process in India.
3.Specializations in Master’s ( for all the streams)
4.can IELTS be replaced with toefl? Related issues…

> If you are completing under graduate schools, you should have atleast exposure to find right consultancies.

> Simple, talk to the banks. Some bank managers have no clue on what they are talking about.

> I think I have posted for 2 fields. I will add this to my to-do list.

> Yes, you can use IELTS instead of TOEFL for several schools in USA. Check with the school.

Azhar Ali

Does backlogs come into account when applying for usa?

Man, do you really read any of the blog posts related to F1 Visa experiences?

Inderpal Dhillon

Will they give me visa if i apply for a college in a small town or city with less tuition fee????

Answers is Yes. But, what made you think visa might not be given for small town colleges?

Harish Kumar

Education in European countries ..

I just started writing about Canada. Europe wil take time.

Srikanth Komirshetty

[email protected] Visa doesn’t depend on the tuition fee


Achyut Raj Pandey

Education in Europe with focus in Norway , Finland and Poland

Why do you want to fo to Norway, Finland and Poland? Just wondering if you love snow and cold so much 🙂

Mehdi Pasha

Education in Australia and they advantages

US and Canada now, Australia will come soon.

Rushik Panchal

Placement in usa?

Unlike in India, companies don’t come for campus interview. Only in top select few colleges, companies recruit regularly. It’s your job to find a job.

Anshul Chawla

You posted earlier a blog…suggesting which laptop to buy , and preferred mac book pro, can please explain where mac will be able to support softwares needed in a ms. cs. course..thnx

Thats something you have to figure out. Also, you can run Windows 7 in Mac.

Hemanth Raju

If visa interview has chosen one university we get the visa then we dont go to that university so transfer the university to another university with out going to usa or transfer with in one month

You have to ener USA with current visa then apply for transfer.

Angelo Kurian

Life in US as a student, the two years,the mistakes that we might make(academics only),just a suggestion

Sure. I will keep this in my to-do list.

Anirudh Padmala

Busting the Myths about admission in a university in canada?

Can you list fw myths to bust?

Tocqo Newman

USA Colleges/universities which offer Full scholarships for Msc and Phd students to INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS in particular for fall 2012

No such universal list exist and I’m not spending time to collect that. If you academic achievement, then money will come.

Abhijeet Singh

There r many topics abt jobs in USA and how to build ur resume, contacts etc… however, nothing abt scene for entrepreneurs…

Let me say you this – USA Immigration policy is not friendly for entrepreneurs (non-immigrant). Its easy for someone to start a company from outside USA than within USA (if you don’t have certain visa types). Thats one of the reasons US is losing so many entrepreneurs.

Mohammed Rafi

LOW FEE mba colleges in US N CANADA………..will be helpful for many………………even master’s in management….thank u

There are several specialized sites for MBA. You may have to refer to those sites.

Keshob Sharma

Masters and PhD courses in Humanities and Social Sciences would be a nice topic and would be hily appreciated. Economics is also a nyc and growing sub to discuss. I would be highly grateful getting list of universities offering economics phd or masters.

I’m not sure if I’m going to write about that.

Alagiavanan Saravanan ?

“New GRE is damn easier”..

🙂 Yes, New GRE is Dam easier for those you score above their target score and it will be damn tough for those who have high target score, but preparations is not upto the expected level and end up scoring low.

Mahb Bhai Hyderabad Waley

How to wait for 1 year during 221G?

Are you asking who to spend 1 year? Seriously, you should know things you can do to improve yourself.

Example – Teach at small school or be a part-time lecturer. It will help you gain exposure and experience.

Naren Kumar

MBA and MS courses available and employment rate and trends according to the courses

At times I don’t understand when someone asks a question like this.

Let me ask you a follow-up question.

Are you planning to major in all available fields in MS or MBA? At least you can specify MS in Computer Science.

Joshan John

Well known specializations for specific courses in each of the top US and Canada Universities…

You have to find what is your interest, then find which schools offer research in your area of interest. Not the other way around.

I think, I have answered all the questions posted in the facebook at the time of this writing.

What do think about doing the same,  like once every 2 weeks?


  1. Balaprakash on October 22, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    While submitting the resume to the universities, I have mentioned a certification course as “Oracle Certified Java Developer” instead of “Oracle Certified Programmer”, both of these are two different courses and in my SOP I have mentioned the course name correctly. What should I do for this?

  2. ...gowda on September 16, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    New gre and old gre word lists are same or different.

  3. Anshaj Chadha on September 16, 2011 at 5:08 AM

    Which option to pursue in MS Mechanical (from US)–thesis or coursework or coursework+project…
    I am job-oriented but I am apprehensive about taking coursework option coz I think not doing thesis will effect my chances of getting a job in the current economy…So is it my misconception or is it true….
    Also does internship after one and a half yrs of coursework helps in getting a job or thesis….
    Please help, on the verge of sending applications…..

  4. Nithish on August 31, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Why is USA more preferable to do masters , when it is much cheaper in countries like Germany and the like?

  5. Ankit Jain on August 26, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Sarcasm at its best!! lol

    Amazing blog ..keep it flowing!!

  6. Ako heidari on August 24, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Dear HSb
    i don’t remember even how i found ur lovely blog, but it’s up to several mounths i’m receiving email and come here to read ur posts,
    i’m from iran and i’m prepairing my self for new gre, and i’ll apply for phd in water civil engg there,

    so i want t say thank u 4 ur nice blog
    furthermore i want to know whrer could i ask some question and how i could send u my cv and got ur advices,

    all the best

  7. Shivani Viradia on August 24, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Hi HSB..I got my visa rejected thrice this fall for MS program in USA under 214B. I have got visitors visa for 10 years and have been to US once last year. I am planning to defer my admission to spring ’12. What are the chances of getting my status changed if i enter US on visitors visa and apply for status change?..Would it make a wrong impression that i made miss use of my visitors visa after getting f1 rejected many times in India?

  8. Shivani Viradia on August 24, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Hi HSB..I got my visa rejected thrice this fall for MS program in USA under 214B. I have got visitors visa for 10 years and have been to US once last year. I am planning to defer my admission to spring ’12. What are the chances of getting my status changed if i enter US on visitors visa and apply for status change?..Would it make a wrong impression that i made miss use of my visitors visa after getting f1 rejected many times in India?

  9. Shivani Viradia on August 24, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Hi HSB..I got my visa rejected thrice this fall for MS program in USA under 214B. I have got visitors visa for 10 years and have been to US once last year. I am planning to defer my admission to spring ’12. What are the chances of getting my status changed if i enter US on visitors visa and apply for status change?..Would it make a wrong impression that i made miss use of my visitors visa after getting f1 rejected many times in India?

  10. Gary Rayat on August 24, 2011 at 7:36 AM

    yes,you should do it at least every 2 weeks.

  11. Sunil Kumar on August 23, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    I wonder the HSB blog for the patience and the time to answer the questions… I hope all the questions and the responses of HSB will be really helpfull to Students.. really thanks HSB…

  12. rahul on August 23, 2011 at 9:15 PM

    hello friend,
                             My US F1 visa has been rejected twice in fall semester 2011. Should i apply for the third time in the spring semester 2012? I did not understand the  reason behind  rejection. Was it because of university selection as mine university choice was Midwestern State University, Wichita Fall, Texas for the course of MS IN EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY? If i change university then is it going to affect the output of the third interview? I am really confused Kindly suggest me what to do

  13. HSB on August 23, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Check the attached Average Day time temperatures in Norway. Max is 20C =
    68F (which is kind of cold for me). I wouldn’t spent 12 months in a
    year in miserable temperature for free tuition fee. There is money, then
    there is comfort  and there  has to be balance between both.

    • rajanoosh on August 23, 2011 at 4:53 PM

      k ppl like me. no money only brains.. i dont have better options. more over U.S meltdown, no funding, lessened job opportunities, they bringing new methods like STEM(still nothin much useful for us in it). on the long run perspective.. from where i stand and see we got better options than U.S.. wont go just coz u culdnt bear cold conditions seems amusing 😛

      • HSB on August 23, 2011 at 5:27 PM

        Easy to say it’s easy to take cold weather, but reality is different when you have to live in such conditions. If I want to go on trip to Norway, I all for it, but living is different story.

        • Raj Anoosh on August 23, 2011 at 5:49 PM

          Hmm might be ^_^… but have to cope up. no other way :D.

    • Jessica R Guiver on August 23, 2011 at 8:25 PM

      I have been to Norway many times, and I have to say, the cost of living there is higher than anything you’ll find in the USA (even higher than New York City).  So although university tuition might be free or cheap, students will struggle to live well.  Just a thought to keep in mind…

  14. HSB on August 23, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    But you haven’t used FB connect to post the comment 🙂

  15. jayantika soni on August 23, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    I wonder HSB how do you not get frustrated by stupid questions. i’m loving this blog since my friend suggested it. 🙂 u have done a commendable job and u reply back instantly 🙂

    • HSB on August 23, 2011 at 4:29 PM

      I don’t respond to most of the comments/questions in email.

      Questions will be like “which university should I apply” and last line will be “this is urgent, plz respond ASAP”….sorry..delete email.

      • rajanoosh on August 23, 2011 at 4:37 PM

        :O Weirdly Cruel!!! >.< :P.. o yea.. do you have any resource on the acceptance rate for canadian univs(Dept wise much better)?? would be a real help..

  16. Umank on August 23, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Good idea..!! and i like the new layout and fb connect thing.

  17. Ravi Singh on August 23, 2011 at 3:04 PM will do..!!

  18. Kabir on August 23, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Oh yes tuition fee is extremely low and even free in some universities in Europe. But, one needs to know the local language (Eg. Norwegian for Norway or Finesse for Finland). The subjects are taught in their local language.

    • Jessica R Guiver on August 23, 2011 at 8:28 PM

      Many European universities are now offering courses in English, so it isn’t exactly true that you need to know Swedish, Norwegian or Finnish.  But there are very limited number of courses offered in English, so it may be that the course you wish to study isn’t available.

  19. Sushantkainth on August 23, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    canadian universities for chemical engineers and which course to go for…one year Meng or full two year research programss..

  20. Achyut Raj Pandey on August 23, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Hehe…Opting for Finland and Norway because education is free there.  Poland simply because tution fee is comparatively low.

    • HSB on August 23, 2011 at 3:23 PM

      Think this way.. You are saying education is free, but why so many students go to USA (by spending much more money)? Are you missing some info that others know or others are  making mistake by not going to Norway or Finland?

      • rajanoosh on August 23, 2011 at 3:52 PM

        hmmm broh… no offense but those countries do have world renown univs with comparitively less fee and better funding opportunities.

        why u.s?
        lots already there n hype ofcourse ^_^. more over “U.S Bridegroom” brand name  😛

      • Arun J Prakash on August 23, 2011 at 4:14 PM

        True, just as Kabir had told earlier. The local languages are very important for the courses. And, as HSB had also mentioned about the knowledge gaining aspect, the level of exposure and knowledge gained in the universities of US is far greater than that gained from Norway/Finland. UK, Germany, though are higher, but still not comparable to the US education’s level.

      • Nithin on August 23, 2011 at 4:29 PM

        Adding to that, Norway education is not free from this august.They have introduced tuition fee this time and its very expensive since cost of living is also very high.Only Erasmus Mundus scholarship students can afford the education there from now on.

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