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  • 1. Going To The Best Universities in The World<br />NayazKhalid Ahmed<br />PhD Scholar, <br />University of Michigan, <br />Ann Arbor. MI – USA<br />
  • 2. About Me<br />
  • 3. Lattice Boltzmann Simulations for fluid flows<br />
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  • 5. Outline<br />Why go abroad...??<br />Options – MS or PhD<br />Your profile<br />SoP and Recommendation Letters<br />GRE/TOEFL<br />Selecting universities<br />Financial statement and certification<br />Options afterward??<br />
  • 6. Why go abroad...<br />IISc – only Indian university in the top 200 universities of the world.<br />IITs – ranked around 1000s<br />NITs – ranked around 3000s<br />
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  • 9. Options – MS or PhD<br />Generally the most puzzling question for everyone to solve..!!<br />MS <br />breadth, not depth<br />Industry job oriented<br />Almost never funded<br />PhD <br />depth, not breadth<br />Openings include R&D labs of the best companies<br />Always funded<br />
  • 10. Developing Your Profile<br />Academic Record and Achievements<br />Research experience and projects<br />Essays (Statement of Purpose/Experiences/Intent, generally known as SOP)<br />Recommendation Letters<br />The GRE scores<br />The TOEFL scores<br /> ... in the order of priority..!!<br />
  • 11. Academic Record and Achievements<br />GPA<br />US univs have a scale on 4.00. A minimum of 3.00 is necessary, while 3.50 is safe.<br />Grades in math and subjects related to your area of interest are crucial.<br />Electives – important.<br />Transcript is scanned thoroughly..!!<br />Rank certificate<br />CV – not more than 2 pages<br />
  • 12. Research Experience and Projects<br />Important – cos they reflect your motivation for research beyond academic requirement<br />Research fellowships in India<br />IISc Young Engineers Fellowship Programme (YEFP)<br />JNCASR Summer Research Fellowship Programme (SRFP)<br />Indian Academy of Sciences (IAS) Fellowship<br />IIT Kanpur’s SURGE – Sponsored by CalTech<br />Summer Projects abroad<br />DAAD – Sponsors exchange programs in Germany<br />Campus France – Sponsors exchange programs in France<br />IPTs/Industrial Projects/Internships<br />Final Year Project<br />
  • 13. Essays - SoP<br />There’s no interview... hence the SoP..!!<br />Who are you?<br />What do you like (Area of Interest – the more specific you are, the better)?<br />Why do you like it (Particularly if its different from your UG major)?<br />Why are you interested in an MS/PhD?<br />What do you bring to the research (that is unique or different)?<br />Why do you think you deserve to get what you want?<br />What next, as in after this course?<br />Why are you applying to this particular university?<br />How has your experience prepared you for graduate school?<br />
  • 14. Recommendation Letters<br />3 letters from people who have<br /><ul><li>Taught you some courses (even better if in your area of interest)
  • 15. Guided your research/project
  • 16. Bear testimony to your academic growth
  • 17. Not a copy of your CV
  • 18. Affirmative testimony of your skills and aptitude for research</li></li></ul><li>GRE<br />Quants, Vocab and AWA sections<br />Computer Adaptive<br />- Get your first few questions right..!!<br />Barron’s Wordlist<br />Prof Krupa M Shankar’s audio word lists<br />Big Book<br /> ...finally the GRE is just a cut off. Does NOT decide your admission.<br />
  • 19. TOEFL<br />Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing<br />Over hyped..!!<br />Online practice tests - important.<br />www.ets.org/toefl<br />Don’t fret about the TOEFL – the only key to success is patience through the 4 hour long drill..!!<br />
  • 20. Selecting Univs<br />US / Europe...??<br />Bane –<br />US : Minimum 16 years of professional education<br />Europe : Compulsorily learn a few European languages<br />Boon –<br /> US : Silicon Valley and loads of large scale industries<br /> Europe : More small and medium scale industries<br />Rankings..??<br />US News Rankings<br /> Times <br />Ivy Leagues..??<br />
  • 21. Financial Statement and Certification<br />PhD – funded, but lower admission rates<br />MS – cost quite a fortune<br />Private and Public Ivy League Univs ~ 60k USD<br />Other Private Univs ~ 40k USD<br />Private Univs in Desert regions ~ 25k USD<br />The CATCH - You need a bank statement for the admit letter (I20) and the admit letter for a bank loan..!!<br />... Consultants and Chartered Accountants come in handy..!!<br />
  • 22. Options Afterward<br />MS<br /> - Jobs abroad: in all technical fields.<br /> ...but you could have visa issues..!!<br /> - Join the blooming industry growth in India.<br />PhD<br /> - R&D labs every where in the world.<br />...the visa issues apply..!!<br /> - Become an independent researcher and join fine educational institutes.<br />
  • 23. Any queries...??<br />Do mail me at nkahm@umich.edu<br />Or visit me at www.facebook.com/khalid.its.me<br />

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