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A new dawn awaits you as fly to your dream study destination — the US! Whether your start is a roller coaster ride or a smooth sail will completely depend on your interaction with the very first person you will meet on arrival.  Well, you don’t have a choice.  Meeting this person, the officer from Customs and Border protection (CBP) is your unavoidable destiny.  This guy is highly skilled and knows his job quite well.  His first and foremost concern is security, and you may need to cool your heels at the airport for a while till he checks your name against many computers.  Try and understand things from immigration officer’s perspective.  For him, you are an alien and all that they trust are your documents.  Make sure that your answers to the questions asked by the immigration officer are in resonance with the ones you affirmed to the US Consular officer.   Read More

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Culture Shock | How to adjust in a foreign country?

How to adjust in a foreign country? Culture Shock

With its gigantic size, geographical difference, varying climate and eclectic mix of  different ethnicities, USA like India is a  land of diverse cultures. Like any other country, USA too has its unique characteristics which make it exclusively “American”. When a starry-eyed student lands in the US with high hopes for future, the initial flurry of excitement   soon  gives way to the bewilderment of unanticipated cultural shock. Leaving the comfortable settings of the home country can be a stressful experience for many but if one is  forearmed with the wisdom to address cultural shock effectively, his/her  phase of transition can get less intimidating. Culture Shock

Why do international students undergo cultural shock?

Moving to a dissimilar cultural setting can be exhilarating as well as  disconcerting. Everyone reacts differently to the challenging process of cultural adjustment. Whether one’s transition is a smooth sail or a rocky ride will depend on his/her level of preparedness. Social customs, value systems, traditions and prevailing beliefs in the US may be quite different from the ones in India. Depending on their individual background and upbringing, different students will experience singularly unique adjustment curves. While some may find the process unendurably daunting, others may be able to adjust with relative ease.

Different symptoms of culture shock include: Culture Shock

  • Severe homesickness Culture Shock
  • A sense of gloom and melancholy Culture Shock
  • Sleep disorders and physical discomforts Culture Shock
  • Nagging fear and insecurity
  • Fatigue and anxiety
  • Bouts of anger and irritability
  • Strange headaches, allergies, and pain
  • Lack of confidence Culture Shock
  • Regret over your decision to study abroad Culture Shock

Tips to facilitate adjustment process:

1.Respect the other culture:

Try to acclimate to the new customs, beliefs and culture with an unbiased mindset. Rather than being an unyielding conformist, try and enrich your personality by accepting good things about the new country. One of the most significant aspects of cultural adjustment is identifying and shedding your cultural prejudices, and adapting to the new culture.

2. Be flexible and broad-minded

Please understand there is nothing right or wrong, it is only the perception that varies in different countries. Try to be broad-minded, tolerant, and neutral by embracing the new culture, customs and ideologies without prejudices. Adapting to a new culture does not infer that you shift your value system; it only implies that you are prepared to accept and respect the new culture with an open mind.

3. When in Rome do as Romans do

Try and observe others by paying close attention to their body language and communication approaches. This will not only help you in getting acquainted with people but will also help in easing and simplifying your phase of transition.

4. Do your homework well

It is imperative that you gather relevant information on local culture and custom before arriving in the host country. Visit Web sites and read books about the history, geography and customs of the US; study maps; read newspapers with good international news coverage.

5. Understand and accept new Social behaviors and customs

You may not find people in the US to be as warm and friendly as your home country. They may appear to keep a deliberate distance or act formal. Rather than feeling left out, drop your judgments and strive to find common ground.

6. Take care of your physical wellbeing:

Exposure to new environment and unfamiliar weather conditions can have an adverse effect on your health. While maintaining healthy eating habits, make sure you get enough rest.  Relaxation and balanced lifestyle will help you in acclimating faster to the new place.

7. Share your concerns with fellow international students:

Discussing common concerns with fellow students undergoing a similar transition and undergoing a culture shock will provide you with fresh perspectives and different viewpoints to deal with unique issues related to new cultural adjustment.

8. Beat the homesickness:

Keep in touch with your family members through WhatsApp, Skype and Facetime. Dine in an Indian restaurant and make a random visit to your neighborhood grocery store to get a feel of being at home. Remind yourself that homesickness is a “transient emotion” and you are mentally equipped to overcome it.

Adjusting to a new culture may look like a daunting task to begin with, but with perseverance you will become more confident and better equipped to navigate through unfamiliar situations. By observing, understanding and accepting the new surrounding you will gradually develop a sense of belonging and slowly and steadily meld with the new setting.

 

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If you’re travelling abroad for the first time, here are some things you should be prepared with. Your decision to pursue your higher education in a foreign country has been based on myriad factors such as how the country is the centre of academic excellence, has state-of-the-art infrastructure, offers a flexible curriculum and research based teaching methodology etc. Read More

Dos and Dont of F1 Visa Application Process

[1] I have been offered to pay for my program by working as a teaching or research assistant. Do I need to get a work visa?
No. Work in the university which is related to your program of study does not require an additional visa beyond your student visa. Dos and Dont of F1 Visa Application Process 

[2] Do i have to pay SEVIS FEE for my dependents? Dos and Dont of F1 Visa Application Process 
No, Sevis Fee has to be paid for the student only. Separate DS-160 forms will have to be filled out for dependents.

[3] I have made a mistake in my DS-160 Form but the visa appointments are already booked. What shall i do?       Dos and Dont of F1 Visa Application Process 
Inform the customer service in case of errors, they will make the required changes from the back-end.

[4] I was filling up ds160 form and have difficulty in answering following questions

1. Have u made specific travel plans?           Dos and Dont of F1 Visa Application Process 
2. Where will u stay in US?
3. Give ur US contact information.

I have filled the address on the i20 for question 2&3. 
I have currently answered NO for question 1. Is it ok?           Dos and Dont of F1 Visa Application Process 

Regarding question 1 , do I need to specify there that I am going for studying and my course will be for 24 months. They have already asked the information about the course once I have  selected the type of visa I am applying for.
For point no. 1 it does not matter. You can mention No or give any tentative date. For studying say Yes and give the course duration as given in the I-20 document. Dos and Dont of F1 Visa Application Process 

[5] What work experience documents do i require at the time of Visa Interview for my Internship? Also what approx salary should I fill in the DS-160 form?
A letter stating that you have worked at the company as intern from dd/yy to dd/yy and say $0 and mention that it was an unpaid internship. If $0 is not allowed, write $1. Dos and Dont of F1 Visa Application Process 

[6] There is a discrepancy in my name in both the documents. I am not sure which one to follow while filing DS160 and visa form. Can you please confirm?
In passport ->
Surname :__________
Given name : Shailesh Shah            Dos and Dont of F1 Visa Application Process 

In i20 ->
Surname: Shah
Given name: Shailesh
Your i-20 is fine.        Dos and Dont of F1 Visa Application Process 

While paying the Sevis Fee the name has to be as per the I-20 document. For the DS-160 form and  visa appointments your name as per your passport.

[7] Course name in admit  letter: Information management (MSIM) and Course name in i20 : Information Science/Studies. One student contacted “Admissions counselor of the university and they said we should mention MSIM in DS160 and in visa interview.” However, I dropped a mail to uwgrad (their grad committee)  and this is what they replied “The name on the I-20 corresponds with SEVIS sip code rather than your department tittle.  The coding is correct on your I-20.” 

Now I am not sure what should be mentioned in DS160. Can you please suggest something?
you can give MSIM for DS-160, its fine. if you want you can add in brackets information science.

[8] If I pay the SEVIS fees with the number provided on one i20 and then before going for OFC receive an admit from a better university, which I wish to attend now, how do I go about the process?
If you have not received a visa, you can transfer the SEVIS fee that you already paid to another Form I-20 if you meet the basic rules for reapplying fees. Follow the directions for requesting that SEVP move your fee payment on the following link: http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/faq7.htm#_Toc81222153

[9] If your name in DS-160 Form does not match the Passport then you will have to fill a new DS-160 Form.
1. Speak to the customer service and ask them to get it changed.         Dos and Dont of F1 Visa Application Process 
2. Alternatively, on the day of the OFC you can get a new DS-160 form made by paying Rs 200.

[10] For State/Province should i fill Maharashtra or Thane? My passport has Thane in the address.
Thane is a city in the state of Maharashtra. Hence, Maharashtra.     Dos and Dont of F1 Visa Application Process 

[11] It is given that one cannot apply for visa earlier than 120 days from the start date on the I20. Does this mean that one cannot apply for visa before 120 days OR the visa interview date should not be earlier than 120 days from the start date on the i20. The date on my i20 is 22 September. So can I book a date in the month of june now or I would have to book a date after 22 may.
The visa Interview Date cannot be before 120 days. You can do the visa application process now and take a date after 22nd May.      Dos and Dont of F1 Visa Application Process 

[12] For Ds-160 Form, what do i write for Current Occupation? I am working on my own and earnings are not fixed.
Self Employed and give an average of your earnings.      Dos and Dont of F1 Visa Application Process 

[13] When should I book my flight tickets? After VISA interview or as early as possible? My college will start on 22 September. So I am planning to go in first week of September.
There are 2 sides to it. What if you book your tickets and then do not get the visa (chances extremely less). Similarly, if you wait till you get the visa, the prices must have gone through the roof at the last minute. So the best thing to do is book your tickets in advance, but refundable tickets. You should talk to the travel agents to work out the best prices, group discounts, etc.      Dos and Dont of F1 Visa Application Process 

[14] If i transfer the amount through the online transaction , how do we get the receipt and the confirmation that it is activated?
You may receive an email from them saying that the receipt has been activated. But do keep checking yourself as well. Through NEFT, it gets activated in 3hours.      Dos and Dont of F1 Visa Application Process 

[15] I have cousins living in USA. Is it okay if answer immediate relatives and other relatives as ‘NO’ in DS-160?
Immediate relatives = NO. If they are 1st cousins, then “other relatives” = yes. If 2nd cousins and different surname, then NO.    Dos and Dont of F1 Visa Application Process 

[16] Are you applying in the same country or location where the visa above was issued, and is this country or location your place of principal of residence? That means mumbai?
Yes, you have to give the city the passport was issued at. Dos and Dont of F1 Visa Application Process 

[17] Have you ever been ten printed? I don’t remember whether only two prints or ten prints were taken.
Then say No.      Dos and Dont of F1 Visa Application Process 

[18] US point of Contact Information? on I-20 there is one guy who signed my form (International admission Adv.) or whom should I mention?
The international advisor given on the third page of the I-20 is the point of contact.

[19]  I don’t have my seventh and eighth semester mark sheet. Also, I don’t course completion certificate or provisional degree certificate. Should I wait for these documents or book visa appointment right now?       Dos and Dont of F1 Visa Application Process 
You can book the date. Its ok if you carry semester 1-6 marksheets with you for the interview. If they ask for the documents then you can tell them that the college issues the marksheets for 7 and 8 semester together around july.

[20] Which one will be needed as a financial proof of money kept in a bank: A Bank Passbook or A bank statement?
Either is fine. It should be an original.   Dos and Dont of F1 Visa Application Process 

[21] While paying the visa fee through NEFT my bank wants the address for Bank of America and that detail is not given on the instruction page. What should i do?
Google the IFSC Code for the branch address. For eg: If the iFSC Code is BOFA0MM6205 the after searching in google you will get the following:    Dos and Dont of F1 Visa Application Process 

BOA IFSC

[22] I transferred the visa fee by NEFT from HDFC Bank to Bank Of America.  I received a mail from the bank saying that the bank account number is invalid. What shall i do?

Every student is given a unique bank account number. Verify the Os and zeros properly and see if you have not made any error in entering the account number and other details. If everything is right then discard the NEFT transaction and go for the Axis Bank method and deposit directly in the account.

[23] I am a student currently but had an internship last year so what should i mention for current work experience?
For primary occupation say “Student” and fill in the company details. In the monthly salary you could either give “zero” or the amount you were earning. In briefly describe your duties, write internship or training.

 [24] Made an error in the the SEVIS Form. I have already made the payment how do i rectify it?
Call 703-603-3400 OR Send an e-mail to fmjfee.SEVIS@ice.DHS.gov with the problem in the subject line. Explain the problem and give your name, date of birth, SEVIS ID number and the correct address for the receipt.

[25] I had requested for the surrender value of the LIC policy but they customer service emailed back saying that it is not advisable to surrender the policy and gave me approx figures in the mail itself. Will it suffice?
Email may not be sufficient. Students usually get the letter from LIC – you can contact the branch or agent. Else, take your original policy papers along with the email — if the above is not possible.

[26] As I am a 2013 passout and I am not doing a job, I wanted to know what all should I include in the explanation text box provided in the employment section. I have worked as a volunteer in a NGO (Lions Club) for some months, have written a research paper which got published in IJCA in april 2014 and have learnt languages like python, PHP and R programming.I wanted to know if I should mention all of these or just focus on research paper.
For DS-160 form only mention the research paper.

[27] Do we need official GRE and TOEFL scorecards for the visa interview or a print out will work? I have TOEFL but I will need to order GRE scorecard from ETS which might take a while to come I’m assuming.
Printout is fine.

[28] Is provisional degree certificate absolutely necessary on visa day?
A lot of fellow applicants are even carrying it to OFC!
Not required for OFC. If you have received it then carry it for the visa interview day else just tell the VO I haven’t received it yet from my college.

[29] The DS-160 wants the address where i will be living in US. I have not booked my accommodation yet. What do i give?
There is a sample ds-160 form on the Colegepond website under the visa section. Refer to that while filling up the form. For now, your US address is the university address given on the I-20 Document.

[30] I have put my primary occupation as a student under the work experience column but however my dad has kept a monthly income on my name for tax purpose. So should i mention that, and if do i will require a description for the same.
Do not mention anything about the income. Just say you are a student and studying a,b,c courses in your duties. If you had any internships or part-time you could give details for those.

[31] I’m going to show shares etc from both my parents’ accounts (separate accounts). Do I need two separate affidavits of support? Also, for shares and stock statements, how do I show the present value of the shares? Will a screenshot of the last known price from moneycontrol.com or something be enough?
Make one affidavit of support with both their names in it. Get a valuation statement from the place where you have your DMAT a/c, it will come with the quantity, price and value as of that day. Some may charge Rs 100 to get this done.

[32] My mother is currently in the US for leisure purpose and will be returning back by mid-July and i intent to apply for my visa by the first week of June. So, in the question where it asks about Family Information Relatives: Mother, Q. is your mother in U.S? yes/no. what should my answer be?
Ans: Yes, but make sure it is not related to green card.

[33] I am going to pay the visa fee via NEFT. Will the receipt number be mailed to me?
For every successful NEFT transaction, your Bank will provide a UTR number (Unique Transaction Reference No.). For example, if you do the a NEFT transaction with a branch of Union Bank of India, the Union Bank of India will provide the UTR No. to you which can be used to track the transaction later. So, UTR number is a unique code for identifying the NEFT transaction.

[34]Have you been ten printed?
If you have then say “Yes”. If not or dont remember then say “No”.

[35] Do i need a transfer certificate or a leaving certificate from college?
Transfer cert is not applicable. Take the leaving certificate from college. It is usually issued 6mths after your graduation. 

[36] Since I currently have a USA B1/B2 visa, do I need to take an OFC appointment?
Yes       Dos and Dont of F1 Visa Application Process 

[37] I have made a mistake in my ds160 form.. I have put the tentative arrival date as 28th August however the program start date is 25th August.. So will it cause an issue and will it invite more questions from the VO ? 
You will have to amend the DS-160 form.

[38] My father and mother are sponsoring me and I am also carrying my grandfather’s fund as an additional backup if they ask. Can I include all three names in single affidavit?
Yes

[39] Procedure to change the visa interview date.
Click on the following link and Login. http://www.ustraveldocs.com/in/in-niv-appointmentschedule.asp
Under Profile you can make changes online. You can also contact the call center +912267209400/ +911206602222 for any help with appointment.       Dos and Dont of F1 Visa Application Process 

 

 

MBA Professional Scholarships



University of Hertfordshire is offering MBA scholarships for UK/EU or international students. Candidates must be eligible to pay the University’s UK/EU or International tuition fees. The 40% scholarship award will be calculated based on the fees applicable to each applicant. The main criteria for the award of scholarships will be the outstanding contribution made by the applicant to his/ her organisation in the last 3-5 years. The deadline for the receipt of applications is 1 August 2014 for UK/EU applicants and 1 July 2014 for International Applicants. Read More

Scholarship for Education in USA



StreamlineRefinance.net is offering $1,000 annual scholarship for students who are currently enrolled in finance, economics, or investment related fields and who are pursuing advanced education in these particular areas. Applicant shall be at least 17 years of age or older and must be attending the program within an accredited institution within the United States. To be eligible for this scholarship program, applicant must be either a citizen of the United States or a foreign student with a valid United States Student Visa. The application deadline is December 15, 2014. Scholarship for Education in USA Read More

Business Programs in USA

Every year, an estimated 80,000 students come to the US from India to pursue higher studies. Among them, a substantial number apply for a bachelor or a masters program in business administration.

A business program in the US offers various options. There is the traditional two-year rigorous program offered by schools such as the Fuqua School of Business. There is also a one-year short-term program offered by some schools. Students can also opt for a Masters in Financial Engineering or a Masters in Engineering Management {MEM} in place of a business administration degree. Business Programs in USA Business Programs in USA

An FE or MEM degrees are also quite viable options for students as it aims to build quite significant competencies equal to that offered by an MBA program. Business Programs in USA 

Most of the top ranking business schools in the US only consider candidates who have a work experience for about three to five years. Most schools would not consider the application if the required amount of work experience is not there. Business Programs in USA Business Programs in USA

Other eligibility requirements include a good GMAT score, a TOEFL score, Letters of Recommendation – both academic and professional, and a personal essay, stating aims and objectives.

References: Business Programs in USA

http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/about/

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http://www.rediff.com/getahead/2006/dec/19abr.htm

http://www.studyplaces.com/information-center/article/mba-us