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Fall vs. Spring: When to apply to US universities

For students who have decided to study abroad, one of the major decisions is about when to apply to the top US colleges since there are two admission seasons in USA. A student could have all the decisions taken – which university or college to attend, which course to take, how and wherefrom funding is to be arranged and more and ready to apply. But something holds him back. He or she is not sure when to apply. The question that comes to mind is ``Should I apply for the fall or spring semester?’’. This is the case with most students planning to apply to foreign...

Master's Degrees in USA

In the USA higher education system, the master’s degree is the first graduate-level qualification, or second cycle degree.  Usually, master’s degrees may be considered terminal professional degrees in some fields, such as the fine arts, or they may be considered as second degrees that may or may not lead to PhD studies.  Here terminal degree is defined in the sense that you do not have the next level to study in and that degree would be the end of the subject teaching. In some subjects, such as the behavioral and natural sciences, it is increasingly common practice to...

Bachelor's Degrees in the USA

While the number of students going abroad do so mainly for post graduation courses, these days there are ever growing students who wish to do their under graduate courses itself at top universities. Now for the students wishing to go to USA, the bachelor’s degree is the most common first degree in U.S. higher education and is the degree which is a stepping process  to advanced studies.  It is noted that the U.S. bachelor’s degrees are usually planned to take 4 academic years of full-time study to complete.  However, many degrees take longer to complete, including...

USA: Student Visa Interview

Most students think that obtaining a US student visa is a herculean task because it involves preparing a lot of documents and obtaining and appointment and facing an interview. This may be because sometimes visa applications are rejected by the embassy despite having all the required documents and meeting all the criteria.  The visa interview is essentially conducted to determine these factors: · Determine whether the sole purpose of your travel is to pursue a program of study · Understand your ability and intention to be a full-time student · Know...

USA: Student Visa and Employment

In the United States most international students plan on working while studying in order to supplement their financial resources to meet their tuition cost and also to increase their job prospects after course completion. To work in the US students must meet certain criteria. The F-1 visa grants international students the permission to study; it is not a work permit. Therefore, there are certain restrictions on employment. The primary requirement for all work authorization is that you attend school full-time each semester or term.  F-1 students may not work off campus during the first...

USA: Types of Financial Aids

Higher education in the US is among the best in the world and every year a large number of students apply to US universities and colleges to pursue higher studies. But, as we all know, everything comes at a price. The education programs in the US are priced anywhere between $20,000 and $60,000 a year. This being the case, most students dread the expenses. The only relief comes in the form of financial aid and support offered by US educational institutes to international students. The students who do not have the means to meet the expenses can apply for scholarships, assistantships and...

Standard Tests for Admissions to US Universities and Colleges

One of the very important steps while preparing to study abroad is to decide on the entrance examinations to be taken. Almost all colleges and universities require you to take up an entrance examination that measures your ability to understand college-level materials. Standardized tests are one way in which US universities assess your academic potential. These tests serve as a common denominator to measure the standard of international students from different educational systems. Below are a few entrance examinations that are accepted by US universities and colleges: English...

US Application Deadlines for the Semesters and Quarters

In USA, most universities and colleges follow either semester or quarter system but mostly accept applications twice a year in `Fall’ and `Spring’. Some universities take applications only for the fall semester. Hence, it is very important for students to research these details before applying. Most international students wonder about the best time to apply and the advantages and disadvantages of each intake semester. It is very important to be clear about the semester and quarter systems followed by US institutions. We at Minglebox provide you with some basic information...

Admission Criteria for Top B-Schools in the USA

Every year thousands of students from all across the globe compete with each other to acquire admission in one of the top B-schools in the US. B-schools based in the US are most sought after as they are the best in the world and the degree offered is recognized worldwide. The different specializations offered by US B-schools are Marketing, International Business, Corporate Strategy, Operations Management, Finance, Accounting, Computer and Information Systems, Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management. Most students would grab the chance to join any of the aforementioned...

Guidelines for Writing a Great SOP

The Statement of Purpose (SoP) is one of the most important factors in securing admission in a US university. The admission procedure in US universities requires applicants to write a statement of purpose for applying to their chosen postgraduate program. The statement of purpose is read by the admissions panel of the university to assess the student’s profile and suitability for the academic program applied for. So, writing a good SoP is very essential for an applicant to obtain admission in a graduate school. The following are guidelines for writing a good Statement of Purpose: ...

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