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On many international student blogs or forums, I see the same questions over and over again. How should I register for the GRE? What are the test dates for TOEFL? How many questions are there on the GMAT? What is the cost? These are what I call, “Google me” questions! If you key in the word “TOEFL,” (as an example) the official website for TOEFL has all the information you need! Everything and more than what you need or more than what anyone can answer! More important, by accessing the original site or the official site, you will get accurate information. There is another reason why it is important for you to do your own research. U.S faculty expect you to have good research skills. If you ask questions to which answers are readily available, you will not impress your faculty or your fellow students!
Dr.Gupta is the CEO of PlanetGPA, an international student counseling and recruitment firm.
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As an international student, you are probably eager to get an internship at a U.S. company. Internships are highly competitive. You have to work hard to get an internship. No one at any university will do all the work for you while you wait for an acceptance letter for an internship. Instead, from Day one, on a university campus, you have to get to know the staff at the Career and Placement Office. Even if they are not very encouraging or enthusiastic about your prospect of finding an internship, you must not give up. You must continue to make regular visits to the Placement Office to let them know that you are serious and dedicated. More important, do your home work. Don’t walk in and say, “Hmmm.. do you have any internships?”
Instead, have answers to the following five questions:
1. What industry do I want to work in?
2. What are my skills?
3. How will the company benefit from my skill set?
4. What can I offer that perhaps a U.S student cannot?
5. Am I doing this to earn a pay check or to gain experience? Both is a good answer, but “for experience,” is a better answer!
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The cost of a U.S. Bachelors ranges from $10k a year at community colleges to $55k a year at expensive institutions. As the cost of college sky rockets, students and parents are looking more closely at value versus investment. Here are three ideas that both domestic and international students can do to reduce the cost of earning a U.S Bachelor’s degree:
1. Many U.S. colleges and universities offer online courses that you can take from home in your first or second semester. If you can take a few courses without being on campus in your first year, go for it. For international students, this means staying at home with your parents while taking U.S classes. It is a great idea and can save you significant dollars. You save on boarding and lodging while earning a U.S degree. Can’t beat that!
2. Many international students don’t know about community colleges or they have a bad impression about community colleges. Even after you enroll in a 4-year university, you can still take some courses at a community college and have them transferred. This will also save you some money.
3. Some universities have campuses around the world that offer the same degree as they do in the U.S. See if a campus is less expensive and take a few courses at that campus. This has multiple benefits. In your resume you can say that you have lived and experienced different cultures and countries. This is invaluable. Also, you earn the same degree for a lower cost. And you may be able to select a country that is closer to your home country, making travel back and forth less expensive.
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International students who want to study in the US – note, not all US universities are the same. Simply because you have "heard" about a university doesn't mean it is good. Simply because your neighbor or friend attended that university doesnt make it good. At the very least, you should check to see if the university you are considering is accredited. See link: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/
Why does accreditation matter? Think about it like a car or a house. You want someone to inspect the car or house and tell you that it meets basic standards of quality. That's exactly what accreditation means for universities! There are other considerations as well – but start with asking if your university is accredited.