Category Archives: International Students

Why study abroad?


Studying abroad is not for everyone. It is for those who are adventurous, who have an open-mind and who are willing to try new things. You may not like everything you try, but you must explore. You must leave your assumptions and biases behind. You must be curious. You must be willing to observe and learn. And you must know that many faculty, staff, and students in the U.S genuinely want you to succeed!

Many international students miss out on the benefits of studying in the U.S because they are eager to stay “close to their own.” In other words, they will hang out only with students from their own country, speak in their home language, if possible, eat at local restaurants that serve their food, and watch movies in their language, to name a few. I highly encourage you not to build a “mini” version of your home country on a U.S. campus. Instead, teach others about your culture and be willing to learn from others.

The purpose of study abroad is to expand one’s mind!

Dr. Uma G. Gupta is the CEO of PlanetGPA, an international student recruitment company.

Practice Gmat with Gmat Sample Questions


Practice GMAT is the first advice an expert in US top universities will give you! The chances of doing well in GMAT increase only when you practice GMAT over and over again. It is not enough to practice GMAT a week or two weeks before you give the GMAT. Instead practice GMAT as a way to learn how to take the GMAT. This is a very different approach, but one that will guarantee your success.

Practice Gmat Test Tips

This article will give you GMAT test Tips but not the actual practice GMAT. Here is a great resource that can help you with many GMAT questions, practice GMAT links and a service that connects students with the best universities in the USA . Here is the best part, because this website is only a few months old these services are free right now. They have already helped thousands of students and can help you too. Go to this link and when you arrive on the site click the green “Register” button in the upper right corner of the page. Do this today because I don’t know how much longer they will continue to do this service at no charge. Click here: Practice GMAT


Ok let’s get back to our article. Many students study for the GMAT and take a few practice GMAT tests to see how they did on different sections. We recommend that you start with a practice GMAT test. Don’t worry about your poor scores. Take your time to answer each question. Don’t be in a rush and don’t be discouraged if you don’t know the answers to most questions. The key is to become familiar with the GMAT. The most useful practice GMAT tests are designed to help you understand your weak areas (remember your strengths won’t hurt you!)

It is important to practise (this is not a spelling error! In some parts of the world, practice is spelt as practice) GMAT because it is an adaptive test. What does this mean? This means that the test questions are automatically adjusted to your ability. If you answer the easy questions, the test will become a little harder. If you answer those correctly, slightly more challenging questions are presented. Of course, your scores increase as you answer more and more tough questions. You cannot skip a question in GMAT. So your practice GMAT sessions force you to make an educated guess!

GMAT scores are usually between 200 to 800. When you first start to practice GMAT, your scores may be low. Do not be discouraged. Practice tests have both easy and difficult questions. GMAT scores are not a simple addition of what you got right. Instead, it is based on the number of questions you answered correctly but also the level of difficulty of the questions, along with certain other criteria that GMAT uses. By practicing both easy and tough GMAT questions, you will be better prepared for the test. GMAT prep takes time and effort, but is well worth it.

Students often pay a lot of money to prepare for GMAT tests. While a tutor or a coach may help you address your weak areas, the proven approach to doing well on the GMAT is to practice GMAT! Practice GMAT over and over again! The more you practice GMAT, the better prepared you will be! go to Practice Gmat for more information

Admission to Biomedical engineering in the US


Biomedical engineering is a rapidly growing field in the US and international students are interested in this program. It is an interdisciplinary field that overlaps engineering and medicine.  It includes theory in traditional engineering along with topics in biology including instrumentation, biosensors, biomaterials, biomechanics, and biomedical imaging. This is a tough program and getting admission requires a decent GRE score, a good GPA, and a good TOEFL or IELTS score. Most universities that offer this program require the GRE.  

While different universities have different criteria, most good universities will require calculus including differential equations, physics, circuits, a computer programming course (C++) and biology, chemistry,  and organic chemistry. Here is another good article about Biomedical Engineering Schools

I have never heard about this university!!


International students and their families sometimes wrongly assume that if they haven't heard about a college or university, it must be a bad university. That is like saying if you have not heard about a city somewhere in the world, it must be a terrible city. The United States has close to 3500 colleges and universities. Even people born and brought up in the US often don't know or have not heard about all the 3500 institutions. It doesn't mean they are bad or not worth getting to know. It simply means YOU have not heard about it. 


London, Paris, New York and a few other cities in this league are like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and MIT. Everyone (almost everyone) has heard about these cities and these institutions. But there are many great places in the world (that is why travel magazines sell so well!) that no one has heard about and yet are great treasures. This is true for universities as well.

Advice: Don't disregard a university because you have not heard about it. Research it and then decide what you want to do! The most important lesson for those interested in study abroad is to keep an open mind!

Dr. Uma Gupta is the President of USAsiaEdu. She blogs about study abroad and international students.

Why study in the US? Eight Good Reasons!


Many students are excited about the prospect of studying abroad. "I
want to study somewhere else in the world other than my home country!"
is commonly heard around the world. Today there are many interesting
study abroad destinations – US, UK, Australia, Canada, Singapore – to
name a few. While several countries offer great programs at great
universities, the US continues to attract record numbers (yes, I am

So what makes the US the most favored destination in the world:

  1. US colleges and universities offer hundreds and hundreds of
    programs in every imaginable subject and even in those fields that you
    never imagined existed! If you are looking variety, look no further.
  2. The US has a range of universities from the very best in the world
    to average ones and some even below par. Select the right university
    for the right reasons.
  3. US education is recognized world over.
  4. US education encourages creative thinking and problem-solving (not
    in all cases, but in many cases!) Case studies, class presentations,
    group projects, research papers, and essay exams all test the abilities
    of the learner in different ways and caters to different learners as
  5. If you want to pursue higher studies, it is easy to move from
    undergraduate to graduate to post-graduate in the US. There are many
    gates that open readily for the student who wants to continue to study.
  6. You will meet people from all over the world! Guaranteed!
  7. A meaningful degree from a good university will lead to a good
    job. You have to compete with the best, but if you are good, you will
    land in a good place.
  8. Most faculty genuinely care about international students and will
    work closely with them. They are bright, dedicated, and creative (not
    all faculty, but most are!0

I am sure there are other good reasons as well including making
lots of friends, being free to do what you like, and achieving great

Dr. Uma G.Gupta is CEO of USAsiaEdu (, a New
York company that helps international students with study abroad

I want to study in the US!


For many international students, studying in the US is a life-long
dream. A great education, great career prospects, and a great nation
that values freedom and diversity is an exciting landing place for any
student! Unfortunately the process of selecting the right university
for the right reasons is not an easy choice for many international
students. They are overwhelmed with questions:

  1. What should I study?
  2. How do I find the right university?
  3. What kind of a job will I get once I graduate?
  4. What is the time line for applying?
  5. Will I get admission?
  6. Will I get a scholarship?
  7. What tests should I take?
  8. What scores should I make on these tests?
  9. What should my essay say about me?

These and many other questions make it difficult, very difficult, for international students to take the next step forward.

there are many websites, combined, they tend to confuse the student
more than offer clear counsel. What should a student do? Where should a
student begin to learn about this process? When is it a good time to
start researching your university and your career? These and other
similar questions will be addressed in this blog.
In the meantime, if you have any questions you can write to me at

Dr. Uma G. Gupta is the CEO of USAsiaEdu, a New York company, that helps international students interested in studying in the US.

Five Tips for International Students Studying in the USA


Contributed by Maya Richard, content writer, primarily writing about comcast deals

The university system is the United States provides an extensive research network that allows international students to work with world-renowned scholars. While these opportunities are great, so are the guidelines and restrictions that apply to students coming from abroad to study in America. We consulted with some leading international education experts to gain insight into the top tips to help students seeking to study in the USA:

 • Select Your College Institution Carefully During the Admissions Process Although you may be tempted to apply to the most highly rated academic programs overall, there are a number of important factors that will determine the success of your international study program. In particular, inquire into the specific international student cultural and academic programs to help you get acquainted on a new campus. Once you feel comfortable with the accommodations, then look into the specific courses of study and the academic resources (including professors), especially if you're considering graduate study.

• Look into All of Your Financial Options Today's student loan market is much more competitive than it was a few years ago, so tuition and living costs should be a primary factor to consider before deciding upon a college. Inquire with the prospective college's financial aid department to determine the merit scholarships or work-study programs that might help you to finance your education.

 • Find Options to Continue to Develop Language and Cultural Skills For many students, coming to the US for studies can be an extensive transition from their home country. Even if you speak fluent English, there are a number of colloquialisms and regional dialects that will take some time getting adjusted to – check if the college offers programs for students who speak English as a second language, along with cultural groups, to help you get acquainted to American culture.

• Make Sure You Apply Early for your Student Visa Often times, you can work with the University you intend to enroll with to get all of your student visa paperwork figured out. (see Student Visas.) Take the lead on the process by ensuring that you have a passport from your out-bound country, as well as an visa, along with demonstration that you have the necessary funds to pay for your course of study. If you're coming into the country with a domestic sponsor, fill out your I-134 affidavit form in advance. For students who intend to remain in the US for the long-run, begin to look into the citizenship acquisition process.

• Once You Decide Upon a College, Make Contact with the University Early After you go through the decision process, take extra care to cover all the bases in the enrollment process as well as reaching out to University representatives early on to facilitate the transition process.