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Pharmacy in US


Many international students study pharmacy in the US. It is a popular degree, but it is also a program with high admission standards. Pharmacy programs require international students to take the GRE and to do well in the GRE. The subjects covered in a pharmacy program include some of the following:

Pharmaceutics; Pathophysiology; physiology; biochemistry;microbiology,chemistry, public health, dietetics, molecular biology; bio statistics pharmacy ethics; health care; immunology and other related areas.

if you have a background in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, medicinal chemistry, and related disciplines, you can apply to the Pharmacy program.

Uma Gupta is the CEO and Founder of planetgpa.com, an international student recruitment company.



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PhD Study in US


The PhD is a terminal degree. This means it is the highest degree that one can earn in a given field. Phd degrees from the US are highly sought after by international students all over the world. US institutions are therefore very selective in their selection process.

The path to a PhD is usually Bachelors-Masters-PhD. Some universities will allow you to combine a Masters and PhD. In other words, you will be admitted into a Master's program and  into a doctoral program.This is not that common, but such programs are available.

PhD is not for the faint-hearted. It takes 4 to 5 years simultaneously to earn a PhD. It is hard work. It requires a love and passion for research. It requires dedicating ones life to the pursuit of knowledge in a given field. If this is you, then step forward. The US offers PhD in every imaginable discipline and embraces students from all over the world who love learning!

Dr. Uma Gupta is the CEO of PlanetGPA (www.planetgpa.com) that helps international students interested in study abroad.

Fall 2011 – Time to Act


The clock is ticking! If you plan to attend a US university in August 2011,from now on every day counts. Here are a few simple things to do:

1. Practice GRE; practice GMAT; practice TOEFL; or practice IELTS – regardless of what test you plan to take, practice is key. 

2. Short-list your universities carefully. Research each university thoroughly. This is the most important decision you will make with regard to your education. Don't blindly follow someones advice. Do your homework.

3. Write a good essay. Be prepared for at least 7 to 8 iterations. US universities give great deal of importance to good essays!

Dr.Uma G. Gupta is CEO of PlanetGPA, a US firm that matches students with US universities. She can be reached at info@planetgpa.com

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

College essays – Who is writing your essay?


It is so darn tempting to hire someone to write the perfect college essay! An English teacher, an educational consultant, a friend, a sibling who made it to a great school – anyone! Staring at a blank sheet of paper is no fun. Writing is a labor-intensive act that is simultaneously humbling because writing is difficult, challenging, and words do not always cooperate. How often we read our own writing and think, "God, this reads terrible!" Even famous authors are known to have shredded their works! Writing is an art, a science, a creative endeavor where the mind and heart must cooperate through the medium of words.

But if you think that asking someone else to write the perfect essay for you is a great idea, think again! Admissions Officers are no fools. They have read hundreds and hundreds of essays. They can sniff a good one from a bad one in their sleep. They can tell which essay the student wrote and which one the parent, the consultant, the teacher, the hired-pro wrote. They can tell. They just can. So a key question you must ask yourself is, "Do I want to come across as a fake or an authentic, honest college-aged student?"

This is not to say that you should not have your essay reviewed. This is an absolute must! A good editor can do wonders – shift a few words, change a few words, realign a few thoughts, assist with transitions, and walla! you have a beautiful essay!

But when you have someone else write your essay, that is another story. More on this in my next post.

Dr. Uma G. Gupta is CEO of Find My Edu Abroad (www.fmeaWorld.com)

Hot Jobs in the US


Want a job where demand exceeds supply and future prospects are good?

Listed below are the jobs and the percentages by which they are expected to grow through 2018

Biomedical engineering  72%

Network System Analysts    53%

Biochemists 37%

All other "hot" jobs will be in health care!

Source: Labor Department (also published in the Wall Street Journal 5/26/2010)

So if what you love to do, does not appear on this list what should you do? First, don't fall trap to statistics. While these may be "hot" jobs, it does not mean that there is no need for other skill sets.  Follow your passion. Money will follow. Don't ask, "Will I find a job?" Ask, "Will I be able to advance the vision and mission of a company or organization?' Ask, "What are my skill sets? What can I do that will wow others?" That is the way to have a job and even if you lose your job, you will find your way to the top quickly!

Dr. Uma G. Gupta is the CEO of USAsiaEdu, an international student recruiting company located in Rochester, NY.

“College” is not bad


So many international students assume that if it is a "college" it cannot be as good as a university. Wrong. Look for colleges like Harvey Mudd that focus on global experiences. Your employers will love you!
Harvey Mudd College: Global Clinic Program

Recognizing that the world is becoming increasingly "flat," HMC’s Department of Engineering began the Global Clinic Program in 2005 to prepare students for the future challenges of functioning as innovative engineers and scientists in a global context. Built upon HMC’s internationally recognized Clinic Program, the Global Clinic plans to support long-term sponsored engineering and science projects in which teams of Harvey Mudd College students collaborate with teams of students from partnering schools in Central and South America, Asia and Europe.

The Global Clinic Program incorporates intensive language instruction and immersion in the culture of the region during an extended visit to the partner school. During a one-month visit to each partner school, the student teams work on developing the project plan and collaborate with faculty advisors and company members of the team. HMC students and their international collaborators stay fully engaged during the academic year, participating in weekly video/audio conferences, collaborative presentations and design reviews at the sponsors’ facilities.


How Your Email ID Can Derail You


Your email id or name influences how Admissions' Officers' first impression of you. What your friends find funny, your Admission Officer may not. Let me share with you broad guidelines of what is NOT funny or cute or smart: Sexual connotations are not funny; an id that puts down women is not funny; an id that implies you hate certain groups is not funny; an id that encourages terrorism is not funny; an id that says, "I am a jerk," is not funny. You have to make a good impression from the start. No matter what your views may be on different subject or groups, understand the difference between a professional profile and a personal profile. What is appropriate for your personal page on FaceBook may not be right for your professional profile or advancement. Be professional when you apply to a US university. Admissions Officers at US universities and many universities around the world have high standards and so should you as an international student!

Dr. Gupta is CEO of USAsiaEdu and fmeaWorld, a service to assist international students applying to US universities.

Five Tips to do Well on the GRE


FiGreenWorldve tips to do well on the GRE:

1.    Register Early.

2.    Prepare for the test. Even if you are an 'A' student, doesn't mean you will do well on the GRE without preparing.

3.    Work on what you are not good at, not what you are good at! Students who are good at math will spend their time studying for math! This doesn't help.  Focus on what you are NOT good at!

4.    You have to do well on both quantitative and verbal. A perfect quantitative score but a weak verbal score or vice versa will hurt your chances of admission.

5.    Study in groups –  it really helps!

Should I retake GRE or GMAT?


Should I retake GRE or GMAT?

Many US universities use standardized test scores as part of
their application screening process. GRE (for engineering, science, technology,
and a few other programs) and GMAT (for business) are well known and widely
accepted standardized tests. TOEFL and IELTS are designed to test the English
skills of students.

Students want to know if they should take the test and
if their scores on these tests matter. The answer to both is Yes and Yes. Yes,
you should take the test, and yes, your scores matter.

But what happens if
you make a terrible score?
you retake the test?
Unless you were not able to perform well on the day of
the test because you were ill or there was some other compelling circumstance,
retaking the test will usually not make a big difference in your score.
Standardized tests are designed in a way to test one's basic aptitude and one's
basis aptitude does not change from day to day! However, if you did not prepare
for the test, then it is wise to take the time to prepare and retake the exam.

Having said that, it does not mean that if you do not take
the test, you cannot study in the US. There are a few universities that do not
require these tests. But there are only a few of them. In other words, your
choices become limited if you do not take these tests.

Bottom line:
Prepare and do well on standardized tests. But, if you don't have a good score,
it is not the end of the world. You can still gain admission to some good
universities. So don't be discouraged!