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  • 1.H L O AND W L EL E COM E T T E AM RICAN CE E O H E NT R AND USE I ! FMy name is Dr. S. Mullick and I m the Regional Officer & Educational Adviser of USEFI-Kolkata

2. USE I-K K A P SE S F OL AT RE NTA BASIC INFORMATION SEMINAR ONTHE APPLICATIONS & ADMISSIONS PROCESS FOR GRADUATE STUDIES IN THE U.S.A. 3. USEFI is a bi-national entity, established by a treaty between the Governments of India and the USA on February 2, 1950 to promote mutual understanding between Indians and Americans through educational and cultural exchange. 4. WHY STUDY IN THE U.S.A. Academic Excellence Quality Assurance Choice Flexibility Hands-on Training Global Acceptability Financial Assistance Campus Diversity Career Advantage 5. SOME GENERAL INFORMATION Over 3000 Universities and Colleges to choose from Independent Admission Policies & Requirements pose your queries to the schools directly Most schools will want a minimum of 16 years of education for 1 st year Masters admission Start the applications process at the beginning of your 16 th year of education your admission year in the US is the following year 6. 5 STEPS OF THE APPLICATIONS & ADMISSIONS PROCESS Step 1. Pre-Application Shortlist about 50 Schools Prepare Pre-Applications: On 1 sheet, no enclosures, write your educational background, what you want to study, request for financial aid, etc. Follow the format in USEFIs pre-printed forms costing Rs. 30/- for a set of 10 Send Pre-Applications by mail, or email Time Frame: April-July 7. HOW TO SHORTLIST SCHOOLS Availability of your Degree and Specialization Reputation & Quality of the Program Accreditation of Program Competitiveness of Admissions Acceptance/Enrolment Cost/Financial Aid Availability Research & Computer Lab Facilities Faculty Profile Course Curriculum Placement/Career Counseling Foreign Student Support Services 8. 5 STEPS OF THE APPLICATIONS & ADMISSIONS PROCESS Step 2. Testing TOEFL/GRE (for Sc, Arts, Hum applicants) TOEFL/GMAT (for MBA applicants) Registration: at least 1 month in advance Testing Deadline: by end-November Preparation: at least 3 months Pick up the free Info Bulletins at USEFI Purchase USEFIs TOEFL and GRE VCDs 9. REGISTRATION & OTHER FEES TESTTOEFLGREGMATTest Fee$140.00$160.00$250.00Rescheduling Fee$ 40.00$ 40.00$ 50.00Additional Score Reporting per institution$ 17.00$ 15.00$ 28.00 10. SCORE COMPARISONS: iBT Vs CBT TOEFL iBT TOEFL CBT Total Score (* Maximum Score)Total Score without Speaking Section120* 106-108 83300* 263 22090 80-81 62-63300 263 220 11. 5 STEPS OF THE APPLICATIONS & ADMISSIONS PROCESS Step 3. Final Applications Final shortlist: 8-10 Deadline: early/mid December Contents: Attested marksheets, Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation (3), Test scores, application fee, other items such as project synopsis, employment history, research experience, published article, anything you feel would strengthen your application. 12. What Admissions Committees look for Your previous academic background Classes taken Test scores Letters of reference Essays and Statements of Purpose Resume Your potential as a student Achievements Uniqueness What you will bring to the mix How well you know the school 13. 5 STEPS OF THE APPLICATIONS & ADMISSIONS PROCESS Step 4. Application Results: (Feb - Jul) Admission with Full Financial Aid (PhD applicants) ( Admission with Partial Financial Aid (Masters applicants in Engineering and Sciences) Admission without Aid (MBA and professional programs) Sorry, no admission, (and obviously, no aid) I-20 official form issued by a Univ giving all details about your course 14. 5 STEPS OF THE APPLICATIONS & ADMISSIONS PROCESS Step 5. Student Visa Interview Passport, I-20, Financial documents, Educational documents, other documents Convince about (i) adequacy of funds (ii) intention of returning to India The US remains a very welcoming country for foreign students 15. 5 STEPS OF THE APPLICATIONS & ADMISSIONS PROCESS: How to proceed? STRONGLY1.RECOMMENDED:ESSENTIAL INFORMATION PACKAGEPURCHASERS. 500/ ONL Y P re-Application F orms If You W ant to Study in the US H andy H ints for Graduate Applicants USE Is GRE & T F VCDs F OE LAGRADUATE 16. 5 STEPS OF THE APPLICATIONS & ADMISSIONS PROCESS: How to proceed?2.TAKE AN ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP OF USEFI AND GET THE FULL PRIVILEGES - LIBRARY FACILITIES - XEROXING - ATTENDANCE AT SPECIAL WORKSHOPS - INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING - FORM FILLUP ASSISTANCE - AND MUCH MORE .. 17. UPCOMING SEMINARS AT USEFI FOR ANNUAL MEMBERS ONLYVisa Counseling Sessions by US Consular Officer GRE/GMAT Analytical Writing Workshop Sessions by US Students, former USEFI members studying in the US, and Professors Application Tips: Essay, Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation, Financial Aid Form How to Choose Universities GRE/GMAT/SAT Verbal Section Problem Solving Sessions 18. And f inally P Departure reOrientation THE UNITED STATES EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION IN INDIA American Center, 38A Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Kolkata 700071Phone 2288-1200/1637, [email protected] 19. SOME ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONTHE 16TH YEAR REQUIREMENT NO PROBLEM FOR 12+4 CANDIDATES BIG PROBLEM FOR 12+3 OR 12+2 CANDIDATES IF YOU ARE A BIG PROBLEM CANDIDATE --Join Masters course in a university. --Complete 1 year at least --Many US universities will accept incomplete Masters; others will not. 20. Financial Support Does not depend ONLY on Testscores or previous academic background depends on the quality of your total application Cost of education: $10k to $40k p.a. Professional Courses like MBA: DO NOT EXPECT FINANCIAL AID 21. Types of Funding: Assistantships Teaching (TA): Awarded by department with concurrence of grad deans. Must demonstrate spoken English (TSE) and teaching experience. Can be in other departments (languages, math).Research (RA): Awarded by professors. Contributes to your thesis research. Graduate (GA): Awarded by grad school. Administrative, computer work, library work. 22. Types of Funding: other Fellowships or Tuition Scholarships: awarded by grad school, based on academic merit. On-campus jobs: 20 hours/week, pocketmoneyInternships: Offcampus, payment varies, good experience. Co-op Programs: Offcampus, full-time, pays well, good experience. 23. Patterns and Trends Admission getting easier as number of applicants decreases. More funding is available for PhD programs than for Masters programs. Research and Doctoral universities have far more money than Masters institutions More funding is available for academic programs than for professional programs. More funding is available in the sciences than in social sciences or humanities. Many programs dont offer funding until the second year.