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Top US universities prepare graduates from day one to help them find a great job upon graduation. The truth is it is up to you to prepare yourself to land that great job! Be proactive; get to know your faculty; develop your communication skills; make friends with people from other parts of the world; volunteer; and, do well in your courses.
The video below shows students attending a career fair at University of California, Davis.
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How to Select Good Universities:
One question on the mind of every international student is, “what are some good universities for my major?’ Selecting universities that are right for YOU is the most important decision you will be making when it comes to studying abroad. A friend or relative may not be the best advisor, even if they mean well.
Take into account the following factors:
- What kind of a student am I? What is my academic profile and performance? How are my grades/marks? Am I a top student, a good student, or an average student? Admission to good universities depends on your academic profile and performance. Harvard or MIT or Princeton does not admit everyone. The good news is there are “good” universities for you, depending on your profile.
- What is a good university for what I want to study? Every university is “famous” or renowned for some programs, not all programs. For example, a university that is famous for International Relations may not have a great engineering program, even though the university is ranked or has brand recognition. So it is important for you to make sure that the university is good for what you want to study.
- What are the faculty like at this university? Are they researchers or teachers? For example, if research is important to you, then attending a school where research is not important will not serve your interests. On the other hand, if job preparation is what is most important to you, then going to a research school may not be the right fit.
- Finances: Make sure that the tuition at the universities of your choice is affordable. It is not a good strategy to think, “somehow I will manage!’
- What kind of an environment do you like? Although studying abroad is glamorous, it can get lonely. So if you like a city environment of if you are from a large city, you may not like a rural setting for a university. So university location is important when you make a decision.
- Scholarships and financial aid are tied to your test scores and grades. You want to go to a university where your profile fits with what the university is looking for.
- What is the student mix? Some students prefer to have a lot of students from their home country studying at the institution, while others want just the opposite. Look at the student mix before you make your decision.
- Do your homework: Everything you want to know about a university is available on the website of that university. You must take the time to read and digest as much as you can about the university.
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Dr. Uma G. Gupta is the CEO of PlanetGPA.com (www.planetgpa.com)
Take your GRE/GMAT as soon as you can, if you are planning to apply for Fall 2011. The longer you wait, the fewer universities will have open deadlines. Also, visa interview dates may not be available. Studying abroad requires a lot of planning and planning ahead!
Dr. Gupta is CEO of PlanetGPA, a company that helps US universities and students find each other!