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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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There are many graduate schools in the US. Students have plenty of choices in terms of what they want to study. The other good thing about US graduate programs is that some amount of funding or scholarships are usually available to good students. A great website for information about graduate programs is the Council of Graduate Schools at http://www.cgsnet.org/Default.aspx?tabid=359
Dr. Uma G. Gupta is the CEO and Founder of PlanetGPA
sir/madam, i am student of pharmacy studying in final(4th) year. I want to known how i will get admission in M.S.in pharma.at U.S. University.i still dosent face any test like GRE, TOFEL, ILTS, GMAT.please suggest me which exam. should i take in order to get admission in good university with offering good stipend and how much score requires.
The Doctorate of Pharmancy (there is no Master's in Pharmacy) is a highly competitive field. This is because of the abundance of jobs in pharmacy! However, at the current time, there is more demand than supply of Pharmacy universities in the US. This is changing as more pharmacy universities in US will open over the next few years. Your best bet is to do well on GRE and TOEFL. Getting financial aid is difficult. Work hard on improving your written and oral communication skills. University of California, San Francisco has a great pharmacy program. http://pharmacy.ucsf.edu/pharmd/ Best wishes to you!