Why wait for tomorrow when you can go today to study in US?

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Why wait for tomorrow when you can go today to study in US?

Why wait for tomorrow when you can go today to study in US-

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The negative impact being focused upon in the Trump era is just a media hype than what the real situation that really exists in US. There is no statement made by Mr Donald Trump, President of United States that the student’s coming over for higher education are not welcome in US. Putting aside hypothetical questions. the fact is that the student’s who have entered United States on F-1, J-1 or M-1 visa have entered the country legally. There is no need to panic on this. President Trump is in favor of them coming to US with proper documents. Therefore, do not wait for tomorrow when you can get enrolled today to study in US.

Fulfill your US dream

The future of the international student’s studying MS in US is as secure as it was several decades ago. All that is needed is to be optimistic. Just look at the things happening in your favor. The best thing to do is to keep away from listening and reading jargon. There are several misgivings on studying in US after Trump got elected as President. All that is needed is to look ahead and go about fulfilling your dream. You really want to study in US make your decision today without further deviation. Why wait till tomorrow? Moreover, it is belief that matters. United States will keep welcoming international student’s for higher education.

Majority Americans not against international student’s

There are several student’s who are bright and fortunate. Even, Trump is not against them from entering US. He realizes it is for the good of US economy. He is no king or a dictator. The majority of Americans are not against student’s coming to US for MS. United States welcomes international student’s, especially those who go for fulfilling their academic prospects. The reason being it is the best in the world. Once you graduate from US you can apply that knowledge in any other place in the world. You can earn as much as you want elsewhere. Therefore, fasten your seat belts and board the first flight available to the United States. A great future beckons you.

No risk in studying MS in US

A decision made today could be the turning point of your life tomorrow. So, dear student’s please do not delay your decision. Every step forward you make towards MS study in US is a wise move that you will never regret at all. No university, school or college is stopping enrollment for international student’s. The doors are still wide open. Now or in the near future the situation is going to remain the same. The reason for panic has no proper standing. It is by far the best decision you can make today. There is no risk in taking your decision forward. You are assured of complete co-operation from the Trump government.

Enrollment in Top Universities

He is not against international student’s entering US. The revenue generated is huge. No wise ruler would want to kill the golden goose. The recent surge for overseas education is above 100 per cent. Top universities are willing to offer admissions. You can expect more than you ask for. The promise remains the same. Always be clear about your objectives, go take the plunge. America is calling!

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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.

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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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How a Good SOP from Manhattan helps to get enrolled for MS in a desired University?

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Statement of Purpose (SOP) is a document that states the purpose of the student’s desire to get enrolled for MS in a top university. It is the runway to success to board a plane to land into the desired university of the student’s choice. It tells the main reasons for giving the individual an opportunity to study in a world class educational institution in US and other international schools and colleges in different nations of the world.

Our presentation of the facts given by the student’s has got several of them get enrolled into the best universities across the world. A touch of excellence is added to your document that gives the SOP the professional outlook as per the expectations of the desired university that you want to get admission into. The criteria for enrollment into a good school or college is not only evaluated on the basis of a big GRE score, including graduation record but a good SOP too.

SOP reflects the skills, strengths and several other big achievements of the student during graduation. This is prepared in a better manner by our ACS Team by adding relevant information so that the short listing of the candidate is done without any doubt. The huge work involves great effort, which makes the proceedings simple during the admission process. It is presented in a refined manner as required by the university. Hard work and sincerity is involved to make your journey to the desired university of your choice a pleasant experience. It improves your chances by 100 per cent for getting enrolled.

SOP  is written by a team of experienced Admission Counseling Services (ACS) Team. It is done under the guidance of proficient content writers in Manhattan Review, boosts the quality of the essay. They put their focus on the strong points of the student in their particular field of study during graduation. They are specialized in their job, well trained to write meaningful SOPs. The information in it is given a final shape by matching it with the student’s score.

Manhattan Review, India is the best and only education institute in India with complete product knowledge of MS in US. The schools and colleges preferred by the student’s readily accept the SOPs written by them and grant immediate admission. We are here to help you!

 

 


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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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Student Visas to UK drastically affected

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Visas to students from outside European Union will be slashed by around 50% – from 3 lakhs to 1.7 lakhs per year. According to ‘The Guardian’, the number of students going to UK have gone down drastically because of various factors such as ‘Brexit’, ‘immigration restrictions’ etc. Because of this, quite a big number of students from countries throughout the World, including India are avoiding to study in the UK.

Not only are many students avoiding UK for education, but also the British Government is deliberately restricting the issue of visas to non-EU students, which adversely affects Indian aspirants. If this is the case, it is better for UK aspirants to look elsewhere for quality education and countries with brighter visa chances.

In the same vein, Cambridge University is anticipating a two-thirds reduction in admissions of students from EU countries. The university anticipates a fall in numbers – even before any change in fee levels and is already seeing signs of a reduction in numbers of EU undergraduate applicants. Cambridge University admissions data reveals a 14.1% drop in EU applications for admission in 2017.

Altogether, this sounds like difficult times for UK and for those students who wish to study in the UK.

Why should you do a PhD? –

For many students, acquiring a doctorate degree is the absolute pinnacle of academic achievement; the culmination of years of commitment to higher education, giving them the right to call themselves “Doctor”. These are perfectly good reasons to do a PhD.

However, the act of pursuing a PhD can be a complex, frustrating, expensive and time-consuming exercise. But with the right PhD preparation, some sound advice, and a thorough understanding of the task at hand, your years as a doctoral student can be some of the most rewarding of your life.

There are many reasons why students choose to work towards a doctorate. Many academic positions, such as university lecturers or researchers, are reserved for people with a PhD. What’s more, many people obtain a PhD as part of a partnership with an employer, particularly in scientific fields such as engineering, where their research can prove useful for some companies.

In some cases, however, PhDs are simply an expression of an individual’s commitment to and love of a subject, and their desire to leave their own mark on the academic world. A PhD takes about three years (sometimes more) when pursued full-time (and about twice that time if studied part-time) and requires students, often referred to as “candidates”, to produce their own work and research on a new area or topic to a high academic standard.

PhD requirements vary significantly between countries and institutions. The PhD once completed grants the successful candidate the title of “doctor of philosophy”, also called PhD or DPhil.

To do a PhD in USA, you need not have a Master’s level qualification. In fact, some universities do admit students directly into their PhD program after their Bachelor’s degree itself.  Such universities might award a terminal Master’s degree after completion of certain number of credits and award the PhD degree after completion of balance requirements.

Admission requirements vary greatly from one university to another and from one program to another. And, the process of admission is longer than for Master’s. Remember to apply very well in advance, since universities admit only once in a year for Fall intake and have application deadlines by end December (mostly).

Manhattan Review (MR) helps quite a few scholars to go for their PhD program in US universities. And, we can identify universities that have deadlines later than December also, if you are very keen to obtain a Doctoral degree. Interested? Send a mail to msacs@indiamr.com and we will get back to you very soon!

At MR, we sincerely hope and pray that the damage to Chennai and Tamilnadu as well as Andhra Pradesh states record minimum loss of lives and limited damage due to the devastating cyclone ‘Vardah’, presently pounding these places.

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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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Canada – Oh, la..la…:

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The Canadian government has announced some much-anticipated changes to its immigrant-selection system, with the goal of boosting the prospects of international students and highly skilled workers who wish to become permanent residents.

The changes to Canada’s Express Entry program will come into effect on 19 November 2016.

Under the program, international students who have graduated from a Canadian institution are placed in a pool with other groups of skilled workers and prospective immigrants. Immigration,

The net effect of the Express Entry program has been to place international students within a larger pool of skilled workers who are all competing for a chance to apply for permanent residency. International graduates of Canadian post-secondary institutions will be awarded 15 points for completion of a one-year or two-year program, and 30 points for completion of degree studies at the undergraduate or postgraduate levels

The program will award significantly less points for a qualified job offer: rather than the 600 points currently awarded, candidates will, as of 19 November, receive a maximum of 200 points for offers for senior management positions; all other job offers will earn 50 points.

With these changes, more former international students will be able to transition to permanent residence using the Express Entry system. Former international students are a key source of candidates in Express Entry because of their age, education, skills, and experience.

The net result of the new scoring system is that it will place international graduates on a much stronger footing within the Express Entry candidate pool by both greatly reducing the importance of a qualified job offer while also increasing the points awarded for study in Canada.

The group that would benefit the most from these changes is the international students, who have studied in Canada and have the language and skill sets to become assets for the Canadian economy.

What are you waiting for? Canada is beckoning you and Manhattan Review is ready to help you study in Canada for Fall 2017 intake. Take the leap of faith and land on the shores of Canada, permanently.

Financial Aid – some facts:

Many students come to us looking for financial aid in the universities they plan to study. While we welcome and encourage them, there are a few points applicants need to keep in mind, before they strongly desire funding/aid from universities abroad.

  • Financial aid is always awarded based on merit of applicants and not on need.
  • Funding will be awarded to those applicants who are typically in the top 2-3% of all meritorious applicants.
  • The profile of applicants is very widely distributed throughout the world and hence, the competition is very high!
  • Deadlines for most universities/departments are at least 8-12 months before the start of semester. If one is looking for funding for Fall 2017, deadlines for funding are between October to December of 2016 itself.
  • Graduate School deadlines are different from the departmental deadlines.
  • There may or may not be separate application for financial aid.
  • Applications must be complete in all respects and received by the universities – including test scores reporting, recommendations and other application documents to reach by the deadline – without exception. It is NOT possible to apply first and send the documents after deadline.
  • Score reports (TOEFL, GRE etc.) have to be sent directly by the testing agency (ETS) and copies/online reports are not accepted.
  • Finally, aid is considered on several factors like application timing, diversity of applicant, overall profile and several other factors apart from the regular requirements.

It is in your best interest to apply as early as possible – preferably well before deadlines – in order to succeed in getting financial aid/scholarship/funding from good US & Canadian universities. Wish you all the best.

Visa interview preparation and Pre-departure orientation:

US student (F1) visas are being issued and many of our students have got them. Hearty Congratulations to them.

The visa application process and obtaining interview slots take time. Especially, this is the time of the year, where there will be terrific demand for slots and travel to USA. For those of you who have admissions (I-20s) on hand, make your decision and complete the DS-160 application, plus book your interview slots.

Manhattan Review helps you all the way by guiding you about filling up the Visa interview application, slot booking, documentation review and with interview preparation. Our services are so comprehensive that most of our students are successful with their interviews. And many are ready to fly to USA very soon. We are ready to provide them with a free Pre-departure Orientation session.

When are you joining the bandwagon? We are just a phone call or visit away to help you.

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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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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US Visas – change in photo requirements!

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Effective 1st November, applicants for any category of visa to USA will not be allowed to wear spectacles, unless they have to wear it for medical conditions.

However, The US Passports and International Travel, US Department of State ­ Bureau of Consular Affairs, has clarified about a small exemption. “If any applicant insists on wearing eye glasses for medical reasons, he has to obtain a signed statement from a medical professional or health practitioner”, the rule says.

Many Indians (both students and others) were rejected visa last year due to poor quality of glasses and other technical reasons. Worldwide, more than two lakh people submitted poor quality photos which could not be accepted due to poor quality of glasses.

“We had to put their passport applications on hold because we couldn’t clearly identify them from their photo. We can see you more clearly now and you will experience fewer US passport and US visa application delays and can move faster through US ports of entry,“ the announcement adds.

So, students beware! When you go for a photograph for US visa purpose, please get it without your spectacles. Avoid last minute hassles.

UK – not OK!

Under the new visa rules announced by the UK Home Office, anyone applying after November 24 2016 under the Tier 2 intra-company transfer (ICT) category would be required to meet a higher salary threshold requirement of 30,000 pounds from the earlier limit of 20,800 pounds.

Indian IT workers accounted for nearly 90 per cent of visas issued under this route. “The first of two phases of changes to Tier 2, announced by the government in March following a review by the Independent Migration Advisory Committee, will affect applications made on or after November 24 unless stated otherwise,” a UK Home Office statement said.

You might be wondering as to why you should be concerned about this news, since you are a student. Well, when you see the trend of UK government placing restrictions on the student visas first and then on employees later, the pattern seems to be clear – they don’t want to encourage students or employees to come and study or live in UK. Also, with ‘Brexit’ (see our Newsletter dated 4th July 2016), things are looking gloomy for students. Are you OK with this?

Great Opportunity:

Here’s some wonderful news for not so ‘bright’ students who have lesser test scores and percentages. Manhattan Review has customized a new package that will help such students to still study in USA – the land of unlimited opportunities. And, the best part is the cost advantage. It does not cost much to take up our service and take-off. For those who are looking to fly soon to USA to study, this is the time to start on the ‘marker’ and be a WINNER soon. Contact our counselors at a center nearest to you. Take your next step for a great academic career in USA.

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