Computer Science or Information Technology?

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Computer Science or Information Technology?

Computer Science or Information Technology? 

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This is a million dollar question for many students who wish to pursue higher education abroad, in any of these streams/specializations.

The main reason for the confusion especially for Indian students is the fact that here, universities offer different fields of study such as – Computer Science, Computer Science Engineering, Information Technology, Computer Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering etc. Each of these specializations have similar subjects/courses of study except for a few electives in order to ‘specialize’ and graduate.  As a result, many, many students are really confused to choose a particular field of study – Computer Science or Information Technology or Software Engineering et al.

How to break this logjam? Obviously, the first question one should answer oneself is whether to become a programmer or a solution provider for problems with current technology.

Computer science students are mostly taught programming and hence they become Software Programmers, Software Engineers, Project Managers, Application Developers, Cloud Technology related fields, Software Testers etc.

Whereas, IT students are taught to become Web developers & designers, Data Security Officers, Data Managers, Software Developers and IT Engineers.

The topics mostly taught in the IT stream are Database Management Systems, Operating Systems, Basic and Advanced Computer Networks, Software Engineering, Computer Architecture and design, Data Structures, Internet tools, Information Security, Object Oriented Design, and Data Warehousing etc. Advanced courses include Artificial Intelligence, Mobile Computing, Human Computer Interaction, Distributed Systems etc.

As already mentioned earlier, both CS and IT graduates are taught most of the subjects in common. However, in the United States (and in Canada also), the subjects taught under IT are offered as specializations under the Department of Computer Science and vice versa!

So, how do you choose the ‘right’ specialization at the Master’s level? It should not be based on what you have studied at the Bachelor’s level, but on what you would like to study at the Master’s level!!

For example, you might have done a B.Tech in IT, but have work experience of about 2 years in Big Data. You want to gain further knowledge in the same field (Big Data) for your growth. Which field should you choose? Some universities offer ‘Big Data’ under the Department of Computer Science and some others, under the Department of Business/IT, under the specialization of ‘Management Information Systems’. These keep changing from one university to another.

Therefore, the BEST WAY is to decide on your future field of work and look for education (at the Master’s level) that help you reach that goal. If you want to be a programmer, go for CS. If you want to be hardware specialist, go for Computer Engineering. If you want to be a solution specialist, go for IT, etc.

Make a proper choice at the time of starting your applications to universities. Once you join a wrong program, you would waste time on unrelated subjects and money on transferring to another field of study.

This is where, the expertise of Manhattan Review comes useful. We will counsel you to choose the right program and guide you with the selection of universities, admission process, applying, follow up, documentation and finally the visa process. In other words, right from A to Z of your plans of studying abroad.

Contact our counselors or center managers nearest to you and you will make BETTER CHOICES for your academics and ultimately LIFE!

Webinar !

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Our audio-visual webinar on ‘Study in the USA, Now or Never!’’ was a tremendous success with active and serious participants from throughout India, getting their doubts clarified.  They (the students and parents too) also got many of their doubts clarified about ‘Trump effect’, ‘H1B’, ‘Employment prospects under the new regime’ etc.

We hope to conduct many such webinars regularly, on topics of your interest and concern. Do give us your feedback on topics and we will be pleased to share information, knowledge and issues of interest.

Manhattan Review offers comprehensive test-prep and Admissions counseling programs for GMAT, GRE, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS, PTE . Go through our website http://www.manhattanreviewindia.com to see the latest updates.

Tags: MS Admission Services, MS Admission Process, Top GRE Institute in Hyderabad, MS ACS Services, Study in US, Best SAT Coaching Centre, MS in Canada.

 


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Want to fly to USA?

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ACICS (Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools) is one of the accrediting bodies in USA, that accredits (similar to recognition) certain programs and colleges/universities in USA. Just a few days back, the US Dept. of Education has withdrawn the recognition of accreditation powers to ACICS.

Due to this withdrawal, programs, colleges and universities accredited by ACICS cannot be considered as properly accredited – which is a bench mark for most students to study in those respective colleges/programs.

Overall, ACICS gave accreditation to about 250 colleges, which include about 130 institutions that offer ESL programs. Balance are those that offer higher education (other colleges and universities), that are certified by SEVP, to recruit international students.

According to industry sources, ACICS lost its accreditation recognition because it has accredited some colleges and universities that are considered as ‘visa mills’ and which have conducted their activities fraudulently.

One interesting point to note is that national accrediting bodies such as ACICS are not popular and hence, students & universities alike prefer accredited institutions from Regional accrediting bodies and professional accrediting bodies. Most importantly, getting a transfer from an institution that is accredited to a national body such as ACICS to a regionally accredited institution is not accepted because of quality and standards issues.

There is nothing to worry about, since most Indian students go to Master’s and Bachelor’s level programs that are recognized by accrediting bodies such as ABET, AACSB etc. Since most of the students DO NOT go to ESL programs, there is nothing to worry about withdrawal of recognition for ACICS.

Oh, UK –!

Students from the rest of the world have been flocking to UK universities for decades, eager to get the most out of doing a degree there. But now, things are different.

There have been recent reports that the government is considering cutting international student numbers by nearly half in an effort to meet the immigration targets set by Prime Minister Theresa May.

Students from outside the EU have already begun to turn away from the UK and consider more welcoming countries with renowned universities, such as the US. And that’s because of strict visa rules introduced when May was Home Secretary.

The main reason for these dwindling figures is the legislation introduced in 2012 that tightened the rules on foreign students staying on once they had completed their degrees.

Though our Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged May to open up British universities to more of the country’s students and liberalize the visa system, students are now facing strict conditions.

For non-EU students such as those from India, the rules on moving from a student visa to a work visa are pretty strict. Essentially one must have a graduate job, with a graduate salary, with a licensed Home Office employer. These criteria are hard to meet. For example, the graduate salary needs to be a minimum of £20,800, which for a first job is pretty difficult, especially outside of London.

Currently, non-EU students can work part time for 20 hours a week and full time in vacations. If they go to a private college, they’re not allowed to work at all. This was one of the measures introduced last year in a Home Office “crackdown on visa fraud”, targeting students at “bogus” private colleges.

Unless students go to the UK as a single student and get a job during your time there, you would be   counted you as an immigrant. And many students are worried about studying in the UK, because of the prospect of not getting jobs before the deadlines and the state of UK economy.

Want to fly to USA? –

Many of our students are on their way to USA after successfully getting the F1 visa to study in USA. Though many of them joined excellent universities, some of them could get into average ones, because of their profile and scores. Even such students got visas, because of the careful preparation and training provided by Manhattan Review (MR). We provide an exclusive Visa Counseling Service for students who got their admission from US universities – even if they did not go through us. You must be knowing about a few friends or relatives who are desperate to get best-in-class visa counseling and guidance. For that matter, even you may be looking for such a help. Why don’t you make a difference to their and your life? Come/Introduce them, to Manhattan Review(MR) and see how yours and their lives change! And, see how grateful each of you would be because of your (self) help with connecting to us.  Want to do good? Just ask those who need the right service to get in touch with any of our centers throughout India.

 


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Education loans Vs. Demonetization

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Visas and more visas As always, Manhattan Review’s students have got student (F-1) visa to USA in good numbers. And some of them have left for USA in the last two weeks. MR is extremely pleased to assist them with their selection of universities, application process, admission and the visa. We did not stop there for our valuable students. We conducted a Pre-Departure Orientation session (PDO) for some of our successful students who got their visas. Not only a lot of useful information was given, but also a very useful and practical gift from Manhattan Review – which will help them stay with their loved ones in India and of course, the US.

Education loans Vs. Demonetization – Some of the aspirants to USA and other countries who got admission were doing their visa documentation but are facing an unexpected problem. Most of the banks are not in a position to grant them educational loans to study abroad. Even if the loans are granted, the necessary paper work is getting delayed due to demonetization and it’s after effects. Some students could not get the ‘sanction letters’ on hand due to which they could not establish financial credibility with the US consulate and here were denied visa. This is an unfortunate situation on which there is no control for many.

Thankfully, there are companies like Avanse (www.avanse.com) and Credila (www.credila.com) which provide educational loans to students for their study abroad. The process is fast and the paper work is smooth and quick.  Manhattan Review will be pleased to assist students with their loan processing, in association with Avanse and Credila. What more, you will get discounted pricing (in the form of reduced interest rates) if you avail the loan service through Manhattan Review. Talk with our counselors and they will be pleased to provide more details of this service.

2017 – New Year is just a few days away. With plenty of good (and some bad too!) memories and a lot of hard work in 2016, you have come to a defining stage in your life with bigger academic goals and aspirations to study the best possible courses in the greatest countries of the world. As you brace yourself to take on the world, we at MR will be with you in supporting each of your endeavors and make you reach the highest pinnacle of academic success. We are ready to give winds to your plans and help you land in the “Lands” of opportunities – USA, Canada and Germany. We are just a step/call away from you.

Congratulations for having a great 2016 and best wishes from all of us at Manhattan Review for a fantastic and successful 2017.

Let’s meet again in the New Year!

Manhattan Review offers comprehensive test-prep and Admissions counseling programs for GMAT, GRE, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS, PTE . Go through our website http://www.manhattanreviewindia.com to see the latest updates.


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Education for Employment

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In a recent survey world-wide, students have unequivocally pointed their preference for ‘employability’ as a major factor for their higher education.

Students consider the chance for new career opportunities or for advancement in their current career path – as their primary motivation for study abroad.

Additionally, ‘soft skills’ such as Communication skills, adaptability and Networking opportunities between their alma mater and employers are some of the other factors that student increasingly look forward to get benefitted, because of their higher education abroad.

Eden Woon, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology’s vice-president for institutional advancement, offers an interesting insight on the relationship between university study and employability: “We are very firm in the belief that the university is not a vocational training institute. So the purpose of the university is not just to prepare you for jobs. The purpose of the university is really to give students a skill so that they can go and find a job but, more importantly, it is really to prepare students for what happens after they get a job. In other words, whether they can adapt to the job and adapt to changes that the world requires of them. That is where innovation, creativity and attitude come in.”

Which are the top universities in the world that have excellent employability rankings? Here they are:
1. Stanford University United States

2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)United States

3. Tsinghua Universitychina

4. University of SydneyAustralia

5. University of CambridgeUnited Kingdom

6. Ecole Polytechnique ParisTechFrance

7. Columbia UniversityUnited States

8. University of OxfordUnited Kingdom

9. University of California, Berkeley(UCB)United States

10. Princeton UniversityUnited States

 

You will notice that FIVE out of 10 universities are in USA. When are you planning to join any one of them?

Funding sources for study abroad –

Many students want to study abroad not only for the sake of employment but also with the intention of standing on their own legs, i.e. by looking to fund education on their own. What are the opportunities available to be self-sufficient to study abroad?

One attractive source of funding is ‘Scholarships’ given by universities and various trusts for meritorious students. Scholarships are a ‘grant’ that does not come with any restrictions about working or commitment. If a student has excellent academic background, top-of-the-line test scores and admission, a scholarship could be granted as a fixed sum, covering the cost of education, living and other requirements. Of course, there could be smaller scholarships too. As the name implies, scholarship is meant to honour the scholar for his achievements and to encourage him/her to do better and contribute his mite to the society.

Assistantships are another source of funding for international students. These could be in the form of Teaching, Research or Administrative. Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants are selected by Professors in order to assist them with their respective requirements. Teaching Assistants are expected to grade the Answer sheets, teach undergrad students and help with laboratory and class-room related tasks.  Research Assistants help the professor to continue and expand his research and generally help with whatever is assigned by the guide/Professor. Administrative Assistants work in the department in various roles, such as a Web Master, Clerk, Content developer etc. All these assistantships are usually paid in many forms. Some are given a complete remission from tuition payment plus a stipend to cover their living costs. Some are given a partial tuition waiver.

Finally, ‘tuition waivers’ are offered directly to some international students based on their overall application strength. Some are offered 90% waiver, some 75% and some more 50% etc. For example, University of Cincinnati offered 90% tuition waiver to their successful and meritorious CS department students at the Master’s level. Some universities also offer a fixed sum of ‘x’ dollars per semester and will extend the offer if the student maintains a consistent performance every semester.

Be careful of a trick however, that some universities throw a ‘bait’ of a small tuition waiver to almost all successful applicants, in order to ‘grab’ their dollars. These universities want international students to join them, so they could get tuition payment which is three times more than the domestic students. The more number of ‘international students’, the merrier for them! So, don’t fall prey to offers of funding irrespective of academic merit. In case of doubt, contact Manhattan Review (MR) about such universities and offers. We will be pleased to help you choose the right university to study abroad.

Grab the ‘festive’ offer –

MR has launched a great package to students who have average academics, low scores and many backlogs/repeats. We offer you unparalleled package, with which you can get into US universities that are perfect for their profile and requirements.  Most importantly, students get this at a very low cost than our regular packages. What is stopping you from grabbing this offer during the ‘Festival of Joy and Peace – Christmas’ time? Talk to our counselors who will be too happy to give you more details and make a very big change in your academic life & destiny.

On a parting note –

Our hearty condolences to the people of Tamil Nadu and all the admirers of Ms. J. Jayalalitha, who passed away after reigning over the State like a Colossus. It’s not easy to find another LEADER like her.

Wish you all a fantastic future!

 

 


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USA opens its doors to international students…

USA opens its doors to international students...

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A total of 1,65,918 students from India went to the US in 2015-16, which is 15.9% of all international students. The numbers have increased by more than 24.9% over the previous year. This is the highest growth among all the countries sending students to USA.

China has sent 3,28,547 students, which represents an increase of only 8.1% over 2014-15.  Saudi Arabia is the third nation which has sent 61,287 students to USA.

Overall, a total of 10,43,839 students have joined US universities and colleges in 2015-16, which represents an increase of 7.1% over the previous year.

Among Universities, New York University has attracted the highest number of international students (15,000+), followed by University of Southern California (13,000+) and (surprisingly) Arizona State University (ASU) (12,000+) students. Among the top 3, ASU has come in the list for the first time, reflecting the popularity the university has gained over the years.

California, New York and Texas are the three top states that attracted international students.

20.8% of the students opted for Engineering, followed by 19.2% for Management courses. Maths & Computer Science attracted 13.6% of the students.

More than 2/3rd of the students depended on their own (sponsored) funding, while only 17% were given funding by American universities.

Finally, as always, Graduate level education (Masters and beyond) is most popular, followed by the Bachelor’s level. There is a decline in the number of students going for secondary level education below the Bachelor’s level.

The ‘Trump’ Card:

No doubt, the US election results are a big surprise the world over. There have been several reports about the Trump effect over non-US citizens, immigrants and others. Over a period of time and based on the reports of various news agencies, a few things stand-out, about Trump’s approach towards the world and especially the student world.

  • Genuine immigrants will not be affected
  • Only those who illegally entered USA will be ‘trumpeted’
  • Since international students contribute more than 30 billion dollars to the US economy every year, the country cannot afford to lose this revenue
  • As the international student diaspora contribute immensely to the working class at a higher level (Software, hardware and other fields that required highly talented and trained skills), it is neither practical nor possible to alienate such contributors to their economy.

Therefore, students who want to study in the US and later plan for a career there genuinely should never be afraid of Donald Trump or any new policies that US might bring in. It is in their own interest that international students should be welcomed with open arms.

Fall for Fall 2017:

If you have not been bowled over (or fallen) by Fall 2017’s attraction to join American universities, it is time to fall head over heels!

Fall 2017 deadlines are close, for applying. Any further delay will affect good students’ chances for financial aid and admission in very good universities.  Since Fall is the semester during which maximum amount of funding will be available for international (and domestic as well) students, it is important to apply IMMEDIATELY, without any further delay. For many universities, the deadlines are just a month away – end December. It is in your best interests to apply for funding/aid as early as possible.

Many students have an impression that they could apply by the deadline date and still expect some ‘miracle’ will help them get aid. Please note that while the prescribed deadline is the last date to apply, US universities encourage students to apply “well before” the deadlines, in order for them to process the applications carefully and favorably.

So, what are you waiting for? Visit our centers across India and start your application process with US universities TODAY! Manhattan Review will be with you throughout the whole process right from the selection of program, universities till you reach USA. Help your friends by informing them about the impending deadlines and walk-in together to help yourself and your friends. After all, if we don’t do good to others, we’ll become fat J

On a parting note:

While Donald Trump has shocked the world, our PM Modi has ‘surgically struck’ the black economy in India with devastating effect. There is no doubt about the long-term benefit with this action. We advise all our students who wish to pay the balance amounts or who would like to avail any other services to make payments with your Credit or Debit Cards. And, you can also make payment into our bank account directly. No cash, no hassles!

Wish you all less time in the banks and at ATMs!


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Do You Know the Costly Cities to Study Around the Globe?

Costly cities to study! 

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Here are a survey (by Savills, The Telegraph) results about the top cities in the world where education costs are compared.

Following are the costliest cities in the world to study, overall:

1.Boston

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2. New York (NY)

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3. San Francisco (SFO)

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4. Chicago

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5. London

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6. Sydney

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7. Melbourne

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8. Madrid

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9. Bristol

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10. Manchester

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Among the above, for tuition costs, Chicago is the costliest, followed by San Francisco and New York.

For Accommodation, London, New York, San Francisco and Boston are the costlier ones.

For living expenditure, NY, SFO, Boston and Chicago are the ones that burn a hole in the pockets.

Interestingly, Munich (Germany), Beijing (China), Berlin (Germany) and Shanghai (China) are cheaper in costs among all the countries surveyed.

Other costs while studying abroad:

while on the topic of costs, its good idea to examine what other costs students have to be prepared to meet, while they study abroad.

Fees – While many use the words ‘tuition’ and ‘fees’ interchangeably, both are different. ‘Fees’ include a lot of other costs like Laboratory usage, Library, Sports, Graduate Activities, Technology fees, Transportation, Health Insurance etc.

All the above ‘fees’ are in addition to the tuition that university charges and are common for all students – both domestic and international. While some universities may have lesser ‘fees’, some will have higher costs, depending on the location, reputation, facilities etc. Perhaps the biggest ‘fee’ cost for an international student is the ‘Health Insurance., which could be anywhere between US $ 1500 to 2,000 per year.

Books and accommodation costs are indicated as costly. But, practically, these costs could be lesser depending on where one takes up accommodation and where & how one obtains books.

Please note that in USA, tuition is always charged ‘per credit hour’ for all students. Depending on the number of credit hours a student takes up per semester, universities calculate the total and provide a ‘ball park’ figure towards tuition per year (for two semesters). This figure will not be accurate, since students may decide on taking more or less number of credits per semester. However, the ‘fees’ remain constant for all, per semester.

So, be aware of the different types of expenditure and plan accordingly. Don’t feel alarmed at the costs mentioned in the I-20. You will always be able to reduce your expenditure by saving on items like books, accommodation and even tuition (if you reduce your credit hours per semester). At Manhattan Review, we always guide you with such relevant information to make your overseas education affordable and cost-effective.

Great News!

Our students have started getting F-1 (student) visas to USA for Spring intake. Because we helped them to apply early, they got admission quickly and got the visas early too. This will avoid last minute rush and non-availability of visa slots, costly air fares and last minute hassles.

Jump on Manhattan Review’s wings. We will fly you straight to your choicest university’s door-step in quick time and land you into “Land of Unlimited opportunities” very soon.

Are you ready to fly?

Wish you and your family members a very Happy and Safe Diwali.


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Can you study in UK?

Can you study in UK?

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The British government is considering further restrictions on student visas in line with its often-stated goal to reduce net migration to the UK. In a 4 October speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said that the government will shortly open consultations on student immigration policy.

According to the proposed policy, there will be a two-tier visa system for international students. Those students who apply for top/best universities will have more structured visa processing (in other words, ‘easier’). Whereas those students who plan to go for ‘not so good’ universities may have tougher restrictions and visa process. Presumably, this is to help top-tier universities attract best talent, while bad or average universities will attract lower quality students. Obviously, this will put a big break on so many international students – especially from India – who want to study in UK in average/below-average universities. Looks hunky dory!

Fixed Deposits OK? 

We come across quite a few students (and parents) who would like to show their funds in FDs for admission purpose. As a matter of practicality, most US universities do not accept funds that are ‘locked’ in FDs. They want funds to be immediately available so students could pay the tuition and fees. Some universities do accept Fixed Deposits as a proof of funding for admitting students. There is no hard and fast rule which university accepts and which do not accept FDs as a proof of funding. Each university has its own policy and one could know only when reviewing the financial documentation information on their websites.

In this scenario, there are two options:

  • Apply to universities without submitting the financial certification form (if the university accepts). Once they confirm your admission, you could ask them if FDs are acceptable as proof of funds availability. Based on their response, you could act accordingly.
  • Show only liquid funds in the Savings Bank account of your sponsor. This is the safest method.

This is one of the ‘situations’ students face, when they start the application process. This will be so confusing and troublesome. Why don’t you leave this type of problems and issues to professionals, who will handle everything on your behalf and make sure you have the time to concentrate on your studies or scores? Manhattan will be with you all throughout the process till you attend the visa interview. Just discuss with your counselor at your center. We will be glad to be of help.

Admits 

We are pleased to inform you that many of our students have started receiving their I-20s from US universities for Spring intake. And, we have started guiding them for their visa documentation and interview, already. Congratulations to all our students who got admits. Many of them got more than 2 admits by now. We are waiting for several more students to feel happy about their admissions and visas. We will update you soon.

In the meantime, happy learning and planning for a ‘dream’ future – with MR’s assistance.


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US Elections: how Hillary and Trump’s views benefit Indian student’s

 

 

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In the upcoming polls in US both the Presidential candidates views matter a lot for the student’s from India. The alumni and teachers are waiting with anxiety on what they want to implement further to take college or university education in US to a higher peak. What is their stand on educational policies? Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the competing candidates that hold the answer to this inevitable question. It is their view on higher education policy that will decide the fate of the Indian student’s going to the US for MS and B-school enrollment.

The standpoint of Hillary Clinton is available on her campaign websites. She represents a broader perspective for higher education in US. Her focus is on:

  • Enhancing computer-science education
  • Support to the school alumni, especially teachers
  • Change in school discipline with stricter laws
  • Improving the present conditions of school buildings

It is clearly evident that on a personal level she wants to be more involved in student education. This is in stark contrast to her counterpart in the Republican Party Donald Trump. Her projection for the future growth of higher education is subsidies to renovated old buildings. She wants to place education on a higher platform. Her idea is to create modern learning, including ecological classrooms with latest state of the art technological brilliance. Video Tutorials, PPTs, more student and trainers interaction, brainstorming sessions and much more. Making higher education a less expensive affair is her targeted goal.

Trump has an altogether slanted view on educational policies. He wants to cut down the role of the federal government. His comments relate to sizing down the Department of Education. This will reflect on less spending on student’s progress. One of his campaign hoardings states that “we spend far more per pupil than any country in the world”. He wants to monopolize higher education, which will have a direct effect on the student visas. This in turn will curb Indian Student’s from gaining admission into the several schools and colleges in US.

  • Lowering Federal aid
  • More responsibility placed on state administration
  • Eyes the unions as a hindrance to growth
  • Agrees scholarships increase student debt

The above decisions will invariably play a negative role in student enrollment. Although, he speaks that steps must be taken make college education within the reach of common man. There is no comprehensive plan on his campaign agenda to enhance higher education beneficial for student’s. The student’s, especially the Indians will have to pay a high fee for admissions. This move will bring to halt huge funding to schools and colleges. Staying on university campus will become more expensive. The average budget for each student will rise.

There are mixed reactions among the student’s who are going to US. Their focus is on the outcome of the general elections, which would reveal what budget is allotted for higher education. All the dreams of overseas education is just a mirage that needs to be seen with a 20/20 vision. Ensuring a positive direction to educational goal is mostly anticipated.

Manhattan Review offers comprehensive test-prep and Admissions counseling programs for GMAT, GRE, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS, PTE . Go through our website http://www.manhattanreviewindia.com to see the latest updates.


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GRE – High score but no admit?

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Application advise This is the time of the year, when most of you take the tests (GRE/GMAT and TOEFL/IELTS) and want to apply to universities. Two very important things have to be kept in mind while you are getting ready with taking tests and applying.

  • You will be very close to deadlines of most universities which admit better-profile students. As a result, you will be under pressure to meet the application deadlines. This will put additional pressure on your test preparation, which might affect your scores. There is no need to emphasize the fact that lower scores will bring down admission chances in good universities. Therefore, if you are planning to take tests, schedule quality time for test preparation and leave the applying part to professionals like Manhattan Review.
  • When thousands of students apply to universities around the same time, it puts a lot of pressure on the admission committees, graduate schools (which issues I-20s) and the departments (which consider your financial aid) In many cases, pressure gets to them too and some admissions may not be based on proper evaluation. Result, genuine and strong applicants might be affected badly. Where you had definitely expected admission, such universities may ‘reject’ with or without reason. The ultimate loser will be the applicant who falls in that ‘application zone’. What is the solution to this? Apply as early as the universities permit. Arrange for your application material to be submitted even later (but definitely, well before the deadlines). This will give ‘breathing time’ for universities to consider your applications but put them on hold. After all the materials are received, it takes much shorter time for universities to process your application and give a decision.

Remember, the following are myths which you SHOULD NOT CONSIDER.

  1. That even without test scores, universities will decide on application – No, unless all the materials and scores are in place, they will not decide.
  1. That without the final transcripts, one cannot apply – Again, wrong. Even with the 6th or 7th semester transcript also, one could apply and still get a favourable decision if everything is done properly, carefully and in time.
  1. That applying to more universities will increase admission chances – Well, that depends on which universities one is applying to. If one applies to just one university, he might get admission. Applying to ten may not necessarily mean that one might get more admits. Not necessarily! So, be judicious with your selection and number of universities you wish to apply to. This is where the expertise of Manhattan Review comes in.

One piece of advice – don’t fall into the trap of ‘know all’ masters (some of your friends or seniors) and/or the internet knowledge.  While you get a lot of ‘free’ and ‘unwarranted’ advice, that might not be the RIGHT Advice for you. Be careful with the loads of information you obtain from many sources. Finally, make a prudent decision to seek the help of experts who charge you, but also recharge your career – academically – for a fabulous future. Don’t you want to have a great life after your education?

GRE – High score but no admit? Many students have a very painful experience of having good/high score in GRE but denied admission in universities in which they ‘thought’ they could get in. The ‘Quant’ section score is high, the ‘Verbal’ section score is decent. Where could the applicant have done wrong? Why were they rejected when they were ‘sure’ of admission?

The devil lurks deep in a seemingly unimportant section – the AWA. While preparing for the tests or talking with seniors, it is not highlighted with enough emphasis that the Analytical Written Assessment section score is equally or more important not only for admission but also for an assistantship. As a result, students don’t prepare well for this section and the average for most Indian students is about 2.5 to 3.0 out of 6. Unfortunately, this score is insufficient for most US universities to consider for admission and assistantships. So, a ‘rejection’ will be sent to students after review. By the time a rejection is received, deadlines for other universities will be almost over and students will not have any option but to go for universities that are much less compatible with their profile. The result? Poor education, non- compatible degree and finally a bad start to the career. Is this required? Should they not know what is important and concentrate for a better score to improve admission and aid chances?

This is exactly what Manhattan Review strives to educate and concentrate upon (while preparing students for the tests). We encourage students to practice more, get trained better and score better. If they score 4 and above in the AWA section, the chances will be very BRIGHT! If the chances are bright, the future is brighter. This is why you are looking for education abroad. Right?

Colours and Crackers We are in the midst of festive season. The colourful Dasara and the soundful and bright Diwali are here for our enjoyment. Perhaps, this will be one of the festive seasons you would spend in India for some years to come. Once abroad, the gaiety and celebrations galore will not be as ‘original’ as you could find them in our motherland. So, make the most of this season by celebrating Dasara and Diwali with your near and dear ones. Have an unforgettable time. Wish you and your family members a VERY (Belated)  HAPPY VIJAYA DASAMI AND DIWALI.

 


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Health Administration process at the Master’s level in US/Canadian universities.

Good News! 

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For all our students who are looking to go to USA, Manhattan Review has wonderful news. As always, we have taken your preferences and concerns into consideration and have decided to offer you services that are just right.

Our costs and services have been optimized to make sure that you have the best of both the worlds – good universities admission at a price that is very low! Yes, you read it right. Our admission services are as good as FREE (well, almost)

THIS is the right time to start your application process for Fall 2017 intake, if you have not started already. The above service makes it more attractive to jump on the bandwagon and take the path – of great education and greater future in the land of unlimited opportunities.

Meet our counselors, discuss with them and START your process TODAY.

Public Health/Health Administration –

Many students are looking to study Public Health or Health Administration at the Master’s level, in US/Canadian universities. Here is some information that will help you make a considered decision.

Public Health is offered as a Master of Science (MS) program, which is offered for professionals with work experience in the field of health. Most Doctors with work experience could prefer this if they have at least one year experience. However, there are universities that might admit students even without work experience. Another requirement is credentials evaluation. Universities would like to compare the qualifications of international applicants to that of their country’s qualifications and then determine if an applicant is eligible to study MPH.

Health Administration/Management, on the other hand, is offered under both MBA and MS streams. While universities offering the same under MBA stream prefers applicants with a GMAT score, those offering as an MS program accept the GRE score.  More often than not, universities prefer applicants with work experience. And, many universities require credentials evaluation.

Therefore, while embarking upon the plan to study either MPH or MHA, please make sure that you have the required qualifications, work experience and (if required) credentials evaluation report before you apply to universities.

MR can help you choose the right specialization and program to study in USA. Visit any of our 18 centers across India and discuss your plans with our experienced counselors/center managers. They will be pleased to suggest the right program, university and location according to your plans and budget. This will ensure that your sojourn to USA/Canada/Germany for higher education is pleasant, productive and affordable.

Manhattan Review offers comprehensive test-prep and Admissions counseling programs for GMAT, GRE, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS, PTE . Go through our website http://www.manhattanreviewindia.com to see the latest updates.