Packing list for travelling Abroad

Packing list for travelling Abroad 1. T-shirts (round neck) - 8 2. T-shirts (with collar) - 3-4 3. Jeans (stick to blue/black) - 6-7 4. Formal shirts - 3 5. Formal trousers - 2 6. Undergarments - at least 15 pairs (very important) 7. Formal suit - 1 complete set 8. Ties - 2-3 9. [...]

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Collegepond December 1, 2020 0 Comments

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor | Student Feedback

My Experience @UMich University of Michigan, Ann Arbor is a very reputed school in any program throughout the US and would encourage students to apply to ambitious schools, since in the end what matters is one should not regret of not having applied to schools that you could possibly go to. University of Michigan, Ann [...]

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Collegepond April 22, 2020 0 Comments

Ireland – A Preferred Destination for International Students

A growing economy and recognition of its world-class education make Ireland a desirable study destination for international students. Students pursuing the undergraduate, graduate and PhD degrees will get access to top-quality education and professional experience thereafter. Top multinational companies and IT companies in Ireland’s very own Silicon Valley have set up offices in Ireland, thereby [...]

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Collegepond November 16, 2019 0 Comments

Mistakes to avoid when studying abroad

Your overseas expedition begins much before you fly to your study destination. You should not just be prepared for immersing yourself in the new academic setting but also to embrace the new culture and values of the country you are visiting. Study abroad is a chance to step up your intellectual awareness and at the [...]

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Collegepond November 16, 2019 0 Comments

Should I apply for the Fall intake or the Spring one?

This is one of the most pressing questions that every student aspiring to pursue their graduate level education considers. For a lot of candidates, the “Fall versus Spring” has been a subject of immense debate. Majority of the universities in the US, Canada, Australia and Germany offer two admission intakes – the Fall (which commences in late August) and the Spring (which starts in January) (some may even have a Summer (May-June) intake). While most of the students seek admission into the Fall intake, there are several myths surrounding the Spring intake – be it concerning the coursework, internship opportunities and the number of admissions offered – that we, in the following article, will attempt to debunk; and, at the same time, present several advantages and disadvantages one should keep in mind when considering the Spring intake. For any student deciding whether to go for a Fall or a Spring intake, the first point of consideration is the available universities. It is an indisputable fact that Fall semesters offer more seats (primarily because accommodating volumes of students in one semester is far from being a feasible option),

but that certainly does not mean that one will be left with only low-ranking universities in Spring. Some of the highest sought after universities – including Purdue University, Cornell, CMU, University of Melbourne, Columbia University, among myriad others – offer programs in Engineering, Analytics, Finance, supply Chain Management, Marketing, Pharmacy, etc for the Spring intake. As a matter of fact, most of our students were able to secure admission into the courses of their choice and interest in their dream universities. This is the biggest advantage of applying in Spring and it outweighs a lot of cons.

Secondly, it is a common misconception among students that, for the Spring intake, the lower admission rate will be to their disadvantage. As a matter of fact, while the number of seats on offer may be less, so is the competition. Since the students who are currently in their final year of their studies (comprising a large fraction of the candidates) will not be looking for the Spring intake, the prospects of seeking admission into the Spring intake are surprisingly high as competition is much lower. Based on empirical data, we have seen that students applying for the Spring intake get into better Universities compared to their Fall counterparts who have a similar profile.

Another significant consideration every aspiring student takes into account is internship opportunities on offer. While some universities may require students to have completed at least two semesters before applying for internships, those who are pursuing a program that requires immediate participation in CPT can apply for off-campus summer internships. Financial aid opportunities – assistantships and on-campus jobs – is another point of contention for students when deciding which intake they should opt for. While the Fall intake offers more assistantship and part-time job positions (owing to a higher acceptance rate), the less competition seen in the Spring intake evens out the imbalance. Rest assured, there are plenty of opportunities available for Spring students as well. If they cant intern in the first summer, they can pick up RA/TA roles and work with professors on projects or sign up for summer courses and then do internship in the next summer.

Once the applications have been submitted, and the acceptance letters received, the next consideration in line is the Visa. This topic has also fallen prey to false conjecture – that those applying for the Spring intake are less likely to receive Visas. Irrespective of the semester one joins in, the granting of Visas depends, as it always has, on the basis of one’s qualification and eligibility. Contrary to popular belief, the intake has no bearing on the obtainment of the Visa.

Although applying for a Spring intake would not land a student in an inescapable predicament – a conjecture we’ve attempted to break through the above-stated pointers – there are some disadvantages that starting in a Spring semester offers. Beginning their education in what is considered a ‘not so standard’ time, it is possible students may not be able to make the best of some of the university’s, or their department’s, resources. While this may not be as detrimental in cases of large universities, one may suffer when applying to a smaller, private school. Furthermore, in terms of the courses on offer, while the exact courses will not vary between the two intakes, the orientation of the curriculum does – and that may be worth noting. In the Fall intake, many upper-level courses are kept in Fall, which is followed with their corresponding graduate level courses in the Spring semester. The same trend follows when it comes to housing and accommodation. With more leases being available and signed in Fall (owing to large intake rates), students can face difficulties in securing accommodations in Spring.

Lastly, Spring intakes may not be the best choice for students who are seeking transfer to another career / course. A lot of universities offer prerequisite courses only in the Fall intake. Or if the course of a 1-year duration, then Spring intake limits the number of options you may have.

There are several attributes – available universities, coursework, internship and assistantship opportunities, and visas, among others – that come into play when choosing the intake. While the decision should rest on these factors, we can safely say that the Spring intake isn’t as scary of an option as the popular belief may have you believe. We recommend that you keep all the considerations in mind and choose wisely. It is, after all, a question of your future.

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Collegepond November 14, 2019 0 Comments

Entrance exams for overseas study

Entrance exams for pursuing overseas education Overseas education is gaining a lot of prominence and it caters to students of varied academic backgrounds and interests. However, there are certain prerequisites that need to be met in order to gain admission into an overseas university. The top entrance exams for overseas study Some of the most [...]

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Collegepond November 14, 2019 0 Comments

What has the student experience at GTech been like?

Having recently graduated from the ECE program at Georgia Tech, we had the opportunity to ask our ex-student Hemul Shah some pertinent questions about different aspects of graduate study in the States. How different were studies in India and at abroad? Very different. At Georgia Tech not only was the program highly rigorous and competitive, but was [...]

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Collegepond November 12, 2019 0 Comments

Can I do a field change after engineering?

What are the things you need to keep in mind during a Field Change after Engineering (E.g. Engineering in EXTC to Masters in CS)/changing fields after engineering?  Have you ever got bored of studying the branch of engineering you are in? Have you ever felt the need to change your field in order to avail of [...]

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Collegepond November 11, 2019 0 Comments

Masters Scholarships at Harvard | Wheelwright Prize

Top US universities, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Stanford, offer the most generous undergraduate financial aid packages or scholarships in the country. If you are accepted, you will receive a very generous need-based financial aid package. At Harvard, families whose incomes are below $150k are expected to pay no more than 10% of their incomes (often [...]

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Collegepond November 10, 2019 0 Comments

What is the PTE test format?

What is PTE?  PTE Academic (The Pearson Test of English) is a computer-based English language test designed to assess the readiness and ability of non-native English speakers to participate in a university-level program taught in English. The PTE exam focuses on real-life English used in academic surroundings. PTE Academic English test assesses the listening, reading, speaking [...]

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