USA: Application Procedure
The application process in foreign universities can be confusing and getting all relevant information is often quite time-consuming. It is very important for students to read all application procedure-related information on the official websites of the institutes they intend applying to. You need to start planning and preparing your application several months ahead of the submission deadlines to avoid any confusion and mistakes. Make a list of all the required documents and ensure that you have them all in hand. If not, start working on obtaining them; you need to have an idea as to when your application packet will be complete and ready for dispatch. Most students underestimate the time required for the application process. To avoid last minute rush and all the stress that comes with it we suggest you follow the application timeline provided by the university of your choice.
Below are a few application requirements that are general to all foreign universities.
Many courses and universities in the US require you to take a standardized test such as GRE and GMAT along with an English proficiency test like TOEFL, TWE or TSE.
English Proficiency Tests
Most programs require you to take specific standardized tests and there is a certain minimum that you have to score to get an admission: The various tests are:
Work Experience Details
A number of professional and vocational courses require applicants to have relevant work experience. For instance, many MBAs or master’s courses in information studies require at least a couple of years’ work experience. Most Australian universities are pretty strict about this. A detailed résumé is an important part of your application. It should include all information of professional work experience along with details such as positions held, achievements and range of work.
Letter of Recommendation
Letters of reference or recommendation letters play a very important part in your admission, especially in courses that earn you a master’s or doctoral degree. A recommendation letter is a signed statement from a person who knows you well professionally or has taught you in a subject that is related to the course you are applying to.
Statement of Purpose
The personal essays and/or statement of purpose play a very important role in the process of evaluating your application for both admission as well as financial aid because it gives the faculty assessing your application their most significant impression of you as an individual.
This section is a chance to distinguish you from other suitable candidates and hence must be treated as an opportunity to market yourself. A personal statement should include your reasons for choosing a particular course, the suitability of your education and experience for the chosen course, your personal interests and career goals. Some courses such as Business Management will have their own essay questions and format. Others may ask for a résumé or reasons for applying to that particular course.
Interviewing prospective candidates is getting common in the US admission structure. A few universities may take your interview to know you better. The interview could be with a college or third-party representative, or even an alumnus of the college. The interview is either a simple telephonic interview or a face-to-face chat. Interviews are usually informal and more of an opportunity to exchange information. The interviewer will try to judge your abilities and interests.
Obtaining Funds/Financial Aids
The story is very different for MBA programs. There are very few MBA schools that provide any assistantship to international students. There is no assistantship available in private schools. Some state schools receive funding for projects and thus provide some opportunity for students to receive aid. However, if you have skills that you can sell, we would recommend that you try obtaining aid from other departments (Engineering, for instance) even if you are applying for MBA. It’s a long shot, but you have nothing to lose.
Get to know about every financial aid opportunity in the university or college you wish to apply to. Do a thorough research on the guidelines and application procedures to avoid mistakes. Before you apply, be armed with the knowledge of all the academic and funding choices you have. A mistake in the application can cost you your dream … a dream of studying in the US.
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