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Study abroad FAQs – expert answers on Hotcourses India’s students’ forum

Check out the expert answers by the counselling team to various questions posted by students on our students’ forum

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Study abroad FAQs

You know we have a students’ forum where we receive thousands of queries pertaining to study abroad from students. The queries cover a range of topics, such as visas, scholarships, IELTS, TOEFL, GMAT, study in the USA, study in Canada, life abroad, how to apply abroad and so on.

Check out some of the relevant queries/ questions (below), which might be useful to you. Next time you should send your queries to us and we’ll definitely answer them, thus helping other students learn more about overseas admissions.

We have identified and grouped different questions based on the study destinations, including the USA, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Germany, Singapore and United Kingdom. 

United States

Q: I am currently a senior year undergrad student in Civil Engineering, studying at the University of Mumbai, and I plan to specialise in Airport Management/Development. My BE degree isn't very relevant to the field, but I have researched a few universities like the Vaughn College of Aeronautics, NY and Florida Institute of Technology that offer MS courses in Airport Management, irrespective of the undergrad field. What are my chances of getting admissions at either of the above institutes?

A: Hi, it’s true that there are few Universities that accept profiles with unrelated undergrad fields, for admissions into MS in Airport Management. But the mentioned universities (above) will stood you in good stead if you can mention your best interests in an SOP (statement of purpose), say, Why you want to choose this ‘particular’ University? What are your goals? 

Q:  I have completed my B.Tech in Electrical Engineering, and my score is 78%. I have scored 285 in GRE and band 6 in IELTS. Now I am planning to do an MBA, with specialization in Aviation, in the USA. Can I get a part-time job along with my studies in the USA? And please suggest me some good universities that offer financial aid and placement assistance? Awaiting your reply!

A: You have a good score in your bachelors and have also scored well in IELTS.

The universities in the USA require 2-3 years of managerial level work experience for admissions into MBA programmes. There are Universities that accept students without work experience but still if you go for MBA with work experience it would a bonus for you. You can try to score more in GRE since the minimum score is 310. Besides for MBA admissions you need to take GMAT, for which the minimum score is 620/800. You can also work part-time for 20 hours per week under the university regulations.

Scholarships will depend upon your previous academic result and also on your academic performance in the 1st term, depending on which you will get a fee waiver or scholarship from the 2nd term onwards.

Q: I have completed BBA in Aviation Operation from India, and also cleared IATA exam for ticketing management. I want to pursue masters in Aviation, or any related course in Aviation Sector. Please suggest me some suitable options.

A: Since you have completed a BBA in Aviation, you can enhance your domain by doing either 

Q: Can a diploma holder of 3yrs (total 15 years of education), with 7 yrs of work experience, apply for a 1-year bachelors degree or get credits to sit in the second or third year?

A: Hi, the decision to transfer credits solely depends on the University’s Academic committee. But the chances are quite positive, provided the diploma you have received is a Government Recognised one, and the syllabus is on par compared with the syllabus at the University in the USA during the first or second year.  

Try applying at Johnson and Wales University in USA. It offers good Hospitality Management courses. 

Q: I am working in Noida, for 4+ years, in a company that deals with Java/J2EE technology, and I am an SCJP and SCWCD certified candidate. By Qualification I am a BCA graduate from Rajasthan University (2009 batch). Later I completed my masters by distance learning. Now I want to do an MS/MSc in IT (full time). I am planning to take GRE and TOFEL this year. Could you please guide me and let me know if I am eligible for an MS abroad?

A:  Hope you are fine! You are very well eligible to apply for an MS/MSc overseas. If you are looking to study in the USA, you need to take GRE. To study at some other country, you can take TOEFL/IELTS. United Kingdom accepts only IELTS. Hope this helps!


Q: I am in 12th grade studying Commerce. I want to pursue both UG and PG in Canada. I have a few questions for you:

  • What's the difference between a university and college in Canada? Should I join a college that is offering a degree?
  • How can I do a Canadian CPA? What are its requirements? I know about US CPA but Canadian CPA is quite different.
  • What are "12 U OR M courses"? This is something that I often see on pages of business courses.

A: Thanks for Enquiring with us! In Canada, the community colleges offer UG and PG diplomas and the Universities offer bachelors, masters and PhD programmes. There are colleges that offer diploma programmes in Accounting. To pursue your CPA, you need to have a bachelors degree (B.Com or BBA) as an entry requirement. Regarding U / M / C, please find below the details.

  • C = College Preparation
  • M = University / College Preparation
  • U = University Preparation

Q: I am an Electrical engineer, having 2 years of experience in IT. Now I want to do my masters in IT Business Management abroad. Do I need to have bachelors in management in this case? Am I eligible for a management course in Canada?

A: You can definitely go for a management course. I would suggest you for an MBA; there are courses available in IT business management as well. Most of the universities are flexible with a degree from any discipline, for these courses. I can help you in short listing universities and will also help you with your applications.

Q: I am a B.Com graduate and had 4 backlogs in core subjects and 3 backlogs in languages. These backlogs were due to not being able to attend the exams, but I have cleared them. Will it affect my chances of doing a masters in Canada?

A: Thanks for your query! The colleges in Canada offering PG diploma programmes accept maximum 5–8 backlogs. The acceptance of backlogs varies from college to college in Canada. For better assessment and suggestion, we would request you to please share your documents with us so that we can assist you further in the admission process. We look forward to hear from you soon.

Q: Hi, I have completed my B.Tech in CSE with 67% overall, but with 12 backlogs. In the last 2 years of my study I had only 2 backlogs, but now all backlogs are from the 4 semesters, thus resulting in a low percentage. 

  • 1st semester – 2 subjects detained.
  • 2nd semester – 2 subjects detained; 1 lab detained.
  • 3rd semester – 2 subjects detained; 1 failed.
  • 4th, 5th and 7th semester – 1 subject detained.

I also played Football at a state level during the 2nd semester, but I don’t have a certificate. In the 8th semester, I managed to score 93%. As per university guidelines, I need 73% in the last 2 years of study. Would the backlogs affect my chances of being accepted?

A: Hi, as per the information shared with us, your profile is good but 12 backlogs might impede your chances of getting admissions at a Canadian university. Canadian universities are more academic-focused universities, and they demand 70% or above, with maximum 7 to 8 backlogs. In your case if you want to apply at a Canadian university, then please send an email, before applying, to the university with complete details of your profile. Wait for their responses and then proceed with your applications.

Q: I am currently studying in 12th grade, and I am planning to do my bachelors in Canada. But I am not sure if I can manage with the living cost so it would be great if you can tell me something about the living expenses, apart from the college fees, in Canada. Please let me know about a few scholarship programmes as well.

A: Hi, the living expenses in Canada will be approx. 3.5–5 lakhs per year, but it depends on each student lifestyle. Scholarship depends upon your previous academic result and on your academic performance in the 1st term too. The University admission team will have their own eligibility criteria to grant scholarship or financial aid to a student.


Q: I have completed my bachelors in ECE, with 7.1 CGPA, and I want to pursue my masters in Electronic and Computer Engineering. I have taken IELTS and got my results too – an overall band of 6.5, but comparatively lesser in each module – writing 5.5, speaking 6.0, reading 6.5 and listening 8.0. My preferred countries for my masters include the USA, followed by Australia and Canada.  I am expecting a decent college which is well known for both, placements and education.

A: You can apply at the Binghamton University, State University of New York, University of Bridgeport, Rowan University or Montana State University. You need not think about retaking IELTS exam unless the university asks for it.

Q: Hi, I have completed by BE (Electronics and Communication) and my CGPA is 5.9. I am looking for good universities in Australia to pursue masters in Networking. How much should I score in TOEFL and GRE?

A: Check out some of the Australian Universities that offer engineering & networking related courses. Typically, a student should have 4 years of bachelors to study masters in Australia, IELTS band of 6.5 and TOEFL iBT score of 90 and above. Please note that GRE exam is not mandatory to study in Australia. If you are looking at some other country, say the USA, then you need to have a bachelors 3.0 GPA, IELTS – 6.5, TOEFL– 95 and above and GRE – 310 above.

Q: I am doing my 3rd year bachelors in electronics and communication engineering at Anna University of Technology, Chennai. I have a great deal of interest in robotics and have completed various projects in robotics and won many prizes at several technical symposiums. But the problem is my CGPA is low – nearly 7.5. Could you please help me in strengthening my profile and in selecting a best university for my masters in Robotics in Australia?

A: Having a GRE score of 310+ will add weightage to your profile; however, IELTS or TOEFL also matters. You can find the list of universities that offer Masters in Robotics in Australia, on our website.

Q: I have completed my B.Tech, with 70.89 %. Currently, I am looking for a 1-year postgraduate course in Electronics and Communication or Telecommunications either in New Zealand, Canada or Australia. Could you please help me with the details about the course and fee structure?

A: Find a complete list of Universities that offer post graduate course on telecommunications - you can go with Universities like RMIT, Curtin, UWS, which offer 1 year course on telecommunications. All the best!

Q: Hello! I have scored overall 6.5 in IELTS – listening 7.5, reading 6, speaking 6.5 and writing 5.5 band. Am I eligible to get admissions at the Charles Darwin University, Australia?

A: Hi, no worries! You are eligible to apply at Charles Darwin University. They accept a minimum score of 6.5 in IELTS.

Q: Please suggest some universities in Australia, which are economic too, that have paid internship programmes for masters in Civil Engineering.

A: Regional Universities usually have fee structures that are more affordable. Edith Cowan University, Charles Darwin University, Federation University and University of New England are fantastic options that will suit your profile and budget. You can find more details on programs and universities on our website. University of Tasmania has quite affordable fees and a few scholarship opportunities too. When you apply for your masters, please make sure you apply for a 2-year degree so that you can apply for a PR in Australia, if you wish to. And you should be ready to spend nearly 18,000–20,000 Aus $ per year.

Q: I am studying B.Tech now, with 68% aggregate, and I already have 10 backlogs. Will I get admissions and a visa to study in Australia or Canada?

A: Hi, some Universities in Australia do not accept students with backlogs and some accept to a maximum level. But you might have to contact the University directly or get your profile assessed through an Education Advisor to evaluate your chances.

Your overall percentage of 68% should help you gain entry into a good University in Australia, but chances are less in Canada.

Please do write IELTS exam and try achieving a band of 6.5 (none of the sections less than 6.0). It would be better if you can meet the representatives of some of the Universities in-person, when they visit India.

Q: Sir, what’s the difference between Masters of International Tourism & Hospitality Management and Masters of International Hospitality and Hotel Management; Masters of Tourism and Hotel Business Management and Masters of Hotel Management?

A: Hi, the course titles indicate only a small part of the content. You need to browse individual programme websites and understand more. In general, Hospitality Management covers a range of Industries like Hotel, Spa, Event Management, Casino management, etc. Most of the titles you have mentioned have very similar meaning and the programme content might vary with one or two subjects, more or less depending on the specialisation. 

Identify a functional area and choose a good University, which offers your area of interest, and choosing a right country is more important. 

You can also check out different Hospitality courses.

Q: Hi I am a Commerce graduate from India, and I want to switch my career to Hotel Management. Looking for a masters degree in Australia. Please suggest some good universities.

A: Your interest towards Hotel Management is appreciated, but there are chances that the university might consider it as an irrelevant course selection and reject your application.

I would suggest you to go for a masters in the same field as your parent subject (bachelors). Or else, you can go a postgraduate diploma in Hotel Management first and then apply for a masters in Hotel Management, thus enhancing your profile.

Q: I am currently doing my 3rd year B.Tech in Computer Science. I am interested to do my masters in Tourism Management preferably in Australia. I want to know the eligibility for the course. Should I do some kind of distance degree (in Tourism) in this one year before applying for masters? Please give me as much details as possible about Tourism Management. Thank You :)

A: Australia is a good choice for studying Tourism Management. But since you have completed your bachelors in CS, I would advise you to go ahead with the same field. You can also do a graduate diploma course in Tourism Management, Which could be a pathway to enter into masters. On another note, if you are aware of the basics of Tourism, then you can very well enter into a masters programme. You can find the list of universities that offer PG courses in Tourism in Australia.

Q: Hi, I really didn’t score well in my 10th and 12th grade. Is there a chance of getting admissions at a decent university in Australia for an MBA programme, if I score well in GMAT. Please note I don’t have any work experience.

A: You need to complete your bachelors first to pursue an MBA. If you score well in your undergraduation, that will offset your high school (10th and 12th grade) score. There are good universities in Australia for MBA. Some Universities will ask for 2–3 years of work experience. You need to have a minimum of 6.5 and 90 in IELTS/TOEFL, respectively, to study at a good university in Australia. 

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Q: I am studying B.Com (2nd semester). I am interested to study an MBA in Australia after my bachelors. Please give me some information about the cheapest, but reputed, universities in Australia to study an MBA. Can I get some part-time jobs? What will be the average monthly expenses? Thank you...

A: Australia is more affordable than most other destinations and offers quality education, with excellent living conditions. The cost of living and tuition in Australia is much lower compared with in the USA or UK. 

The MBA degree in Australia is approx. for 16–21 months.

Tuition (approx.): INR 12–15 lakhs per annum and living: INR 6–7 lakhs per annum [Total (approx.): INR 18–22 lakhs per annum.]

Q: Could you please tell me if TOEFL is sufficient to get through Australian B-schools?

A: Most Australian Universities expect a good GMAT score for MBA admissions. If you have already appeared for TOEFL, then you need not take IELTS test. The TOEFL score requirements may vary depending upon the University and course you are applying for. 


Q: I want to pursue my masters from Malaysia, and I have already applied at two universities in order to maximise my chances of studying abroad.

I have been accepted at one of those universities and have applied for a student visa through it. Meanwhile I have received the acceptance letter from the latter university, which is apparently my first choice.

Now my question is – if I want to defer/cancel the previous offer and join the latter university, would my visa application through the first university be a problem or stand in my way of joining the latter university?

Your help will be much appreciated!

A: Since Malaysian Visa is applied only through a university, the university’s name is always mentioned on the visa. So if you are keen on changing your options, you must inform both Universities. I hope this information will help you!

Q: Hi, my son wants to be a pilot, but it’s difficult for us to fund the entire tuition fee. I have suggested that he pursues Aeronautical Engineering now so that later he can get a pilot licence. I feel this is an easier route to get a job as a pilot. What’s your opinion? Are there any scholarships available for studying Aeronautical Engineering abroad?

A: Yes, aeronautical engineering is a preparatory course for a career in the aviation industry. Scholarship opportunities depend upon the previous academic result and also on the academic performance in the 1st term. Your son will get a fee waiver or scholarship from the 2nd term onwards if he meets the eligibility criteria of the university where he gets admissions.

Q: I have a diploma in Catering and Hotel Management. Is it possible to get into a degree programme in the same field laterally, that is, can we join the second year of degree programme?

A: You can get a lateral entry to the 2nd year of your degree programme abroad, provided you have a 3 year Diploma in Hotel Management from a recognised College in India. There are several Universities in the UK, Singapore and New Zealand that will grant you such admissions.

Q: I want to know how much it will cost (USD) to study Hotel Management and Hospitality at Reliance College in Malaysia.

A: Hi, a diploma in Hotel Management at Reliance College would cost nearly 3500 USD. Plus you should keep 2500 USD in hand for your living expenses, per year. 

In case you are looking at other options, you can do masters in Hotel Management in Singapore, spending nearly 8000 USD, at some good colleges such as SHATEC and Nanyang Inst. of Management.

Q: Where can I do a bachelors in Logistics & Supply Chain Management in Malaysia?

A: None of the Public or Private Universities offer bachelors in logistics and supply chain management in Malaysia. Other destinations like the UK and Australia offer this option.

Q: Hi, I have just completed a foundation course in Law. Are there any courses, such as corporate administration, business administration, that I can pursue abroad by using the foundation course? Besides, can you mention the minimum requirement to study abroad? Thank You.

A: Civil Law Constitutional, Public Law, Criminal Law, International Law, Law Of Specific Areas, Countries Law, Legal Studies Legal Practice are some of the courses that you can go for, with your foundation course.


Q: what’s the required percentage to get admissions at a German university? Will my extra-curricular activities affect my admissions?

A: The minimum percentage required for admissions, by the German Universities is 70. And extra-curriculars will be an added advantage for your profile.

Q: I see most of the students prefer Germany to study mechanical engineering. Is there any specific reason why it is so popular in Germany? How easy is it to work over there after completing my studies?

A: Germany is the hub of Mechanical Engineering. And to secure jobs in Germany, you have to be technically sound, with good academic record in your bachelors.


Q: I have been working as a software tester in an IT company for the past 2 years. Now, I am planning to switch over and do my higher studies in Supply Chain. Please advice some good colleges in Singapore/UK.

A: An MBA in Singapore will cost less than an MBA in the UK. Besides the travel time and airfares from India to Singapore are less expensive than fares from India to the UK.  Check out the institutions that offer an MBA in logistics in Singapore. Coventry University in the UK offers an MBA in Logistics.

Q: Are there any colleges offering dual specialisation in Aviation and Human Resource Management in Singapore? Are there any scholarships available for Indian students who wish to do an MBA in Singapore? Is IELTS must for Indian students to get admissions in management colleges in Singapore?

A: Hi, Nanyang Polytechnic offers dual specialization in Singapore. Yes, most of the universities ask for IELTS, but some may exempt if you have really scored well in your high-school English language exam. It is always advisable to take IELTS if you want to study abroad.

Q: Are there any courses for B.Tech Electrical students who want to join the merchant navy?

A: You can find such courses at the University College London. Besides, there are many good courses like Diploma in Marine Engineering, Class 5 Marine Engineer Officer, MSc in Offshore Technology and MSc in Marine Engineering. 

Following are the top colleges in Singapore for Marine Engineering courses.

  • Singapore Polytechnique 
  • Singapore Institute of Technology 
  • National Technological Institute 
  • National University of Singapore 
  • NGEE ANN Polytechnic 

Q: Hi, I have completed my B.E in Civil Engineering, from Coimbatore Institute of Technology, with 9.5 CGPA. I wish to do an MS in Civil Engineering from Singapore with full scholarship. Can you please guide me with the best universities and scholarships available?

A: Thanks for the query! Masters in Civil engineering is available at National University of Singapore & Nanyang Technological University, but they have only August intake. Some other popular options for you  are –

  • National University of Singapore
  • Nanyang Technological University
  • SIM University
  • Singapore University of technology 
  • Melior International College

Q: I passed HSc with 86.5% and high school with 82%. I have completed my bachelors in Electrical & Electronics Engineering, with CGPA 7.78 , without any arrears. I have attended 4 in-plant training during my undergraduate course, and have done a final-year project on energy conservation in a reputed government large-scale industry. Currently, I am working at TCS for the past 2 years as an Asst. System Engineer. Do I have a chance of getting admissions at NUS, for studying masters programme in Safety, Health and Environment?

A: Since you are academically strong and also have work experience, I would suggest you can do Masters in Electrical Engineering field with specific concentration or you can do a combination of Engineering and Management program.

At NUS the admission evaluation is carried out based on a combination of factors such as academic performance, letters of recommendation, standardized test scores – GRE 310+, IELTS -7/TOEFL-100+,relevant work experience, strong SOP and extracurricular activity. Try to apply at the university in Round 1 deadline for your admissions. For further guidance email me at

Q: Sir, I aspire to become an automobile engineer. My preference is NUS for my higher studies. I will be completing my schooling next year from CBSE board, and I haven’t applied for any exams like SAT or IELTS or TOEFL. Kindly tell me the admission requirements at NUS. On their website, they have specified that SAT scores are not required for Indian students; Is that true?

A: Hi, NUS being one of the top Universities abroad, you need to have a very strong academic background along with good SAT and TOEFL scores. Although NUS website says that SAT score is not required, you should certainly apply with SAT and TOEFL scores, since those are necessary prerequisites.

NUS gives first preference to the students who apply with SAT scores. You should submit inspiring SOP/LOR along with application materials too.

Q: How much marks do I need in 12th CBSE board examination to get admissions at Nanyang Technological University for Mechanical Engineering? Will they look into cut-off marks? Will they look into other exam results?

A: In order to get admission at Nanyang, you need to score around 95% in the board exam. Plus a SAT -1 score of 1400/1600 will make your application quite strong. IELTS/TOEFL scores play a major role in the admission process as well.

Q: I have scored 64.2% marks in 10th grade, 60.5% marks in 12th grade and 76.3% marks till 3rd year in B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering. Can I go for masters in Singapore in Mechanical and Energy Engineering?

A: Apart from your academic scores, you need to score nearly 93, for the internet-based exam, and 580, for the paper-based exam in TOEFL; minimum 6.5, with 6.0 in each component of the academic IELTS; and 90% and above in GRE. 

National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) offer MS mechanical and energy engineering.

United Kingdom

Q: I want to achieve a baccalaureate degree in English language and literature at the Oxford University. What should I do to get an admission there? Besides, are there any scholarships available?

A: Thank you for posting your query. To secure admission at the Oxford University for a bachelors degree, you are required to maintain your academic grades. The University requires minimum 90% or above in Year 10 and Year 12 (CBSE/ ISC Board). Along with your Year 12 grades, you are required to sit for an entrance exam, English Literature Admission Test (ELAT) in your country. The course begins in September every year and the duration is for 3 years. 

I hope this information clarifies your doubts. Please do not hesitate to contact us in case you require assistance with the admission process to Universities abroad.

Q: Will my GRE result be used to substitute IELTS?

A: GRE cannot substitute IELTS. However, UK doesn't have mandatory IELTS requirement for international students. If you have completed your entire education in English, IELTS is not a compulsion.

But most UK universities require IELTS of 6.5 for admissions at master-level programmes. The admission team will not consider or waive IELTS on the basis of any GRE scores. It’s better if you take your IELTS exam and apply.

Q: Hi, I have applied for a tie- 4 (general) student visa. I have held the amount required for maintenance i.e., GBP 9,135 for 28 days in my bank account. And I have submitted my 6 months account statement along with the visa application. I would like to know if I can withdraw any/some amount of money from my account now or should I abstain from doing that till I get my visa? Will withdrawing any money now affect the outcome of my visa application? Thank you.

A: Hi, thanks for writing to us. You are supposed to maintain a minimum required balance in your account, till your visa is granted. Please do not withdraw the amount, if it is neck-to-neck. For more clarification, you can call us on our toll-free number.

Q: Hello! I am studying bachelors in Mechanical now, and I am alternatively doing my masters diploma in Aerospace Design at the CADD Centre. I am interested in doing my MS in Aerospace Engineering abroad. How can I proceed further? What all other courses I need to take for masters in Aerospace Engineering? Please do reply!

A: Aerospace Engineering is famous in the USA, Germany and UK. Your bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering makes you eligible for Masters in Aerospace Engineering; however, your academic scores also should be taken into account. You need to choose the list of universities that matches best to your academic profile and financial budget.  You may have to take IELTS or TOEFL also some universities may expect GRE. Then work on the documents such as Statement of Purpose, Letters of recommendation, academic transcripts and submit an application to the university.

Q: I want to pursue masters in Air Transport and Management. Which are the best universities abroad offering this course? What are the mandatory requirements for studying this course? What should be the minimum CGPA and IELTS score to apply for this programme abroad?

A: Air Traffic Management is an exciting industry. Cranfield is a very popular University for you to apply, and you can also try at Coventry University in Birmingham or City University, London. 

If you are looking at other options, you can try for Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida and Swinburne University, Australia. ESC Toulouse, France, offers an MBA in Aviation Management. 

In general, a good degree along with a score of 6.5 plus in IELTS should be the eligibility. You need to spend nearly 15–20 lakhs to complete the above-mentioned Master's programs. 

Q: Hello! I have completed my bachelors in Physiotherapy, and I am working since last 3 months. I am interested in studying an MBA in Healthcare Management abroad. My budget is around 15 lakhs. Which country should I prefer for this programme – the USA or UK? 

A: An MBA in Healthcare Management is equally good in both, the UK and USA. But considering your budget, the UK will be the best option. Since masters in UK are just one year, try to gain some work experience in your field to get admissions at the top B schools.

Q: I have always wanted to study an MBA in Marketing, but owing to my budget I am getting an MSc in International Marketing at Anglia Ruskin University. Could you please tell me what’s the difference between these two courses.

A: Do not make a decision based on the name of the programme. Rather take a detailed look at the course structure and check if it is in line with your interests and goals.

Do get in touch with us so that we can suggest you further options. You can write to us at

Q: I am in my final year of engineering – Electrical and Electronics. I want to do an MBA abroad, but also want to drop a year. I am in a dilemma now as to what type of job experience I require. Should it be technical or management related?  

A: Hi, since you are looking for an MBA abroad, a managerial-level work experience is typically what you need. However, you should be careful to check the requirements of each University. Some will require a few years of post-graduation work experience whereas others require none. At Sheffield, for example, at least 3–5 years of work experience is needed because of their Triple Crown Accreditation.  So it's always worth checking what each University's requirements are.

Q: I have completed my B.Tech from JNTU, Kakinada. I had around 20 backlogs (have cleared them now) during my B.Tech because of health issues, but I have managed to score well – 65%. Now, I wish to study an MS abroad in Electrical Engineering with specialisation in Nanotechnology. Please suggest some good universities [My preferences are European countries]. Will I get a visa if my GRE/TOEFL/IELTS score is good, and if I have a year gap? 

A: Some suggested universities for your profile are –

  • Bangor University- MRes Electronic Engineering (Nanotechnology),
  • Swansea University- MSc by Research Nanotechnology,
  • Southampton University- MSc Nanoelectronics & Nanotechnology,
  • University of Surrey- MSc nanotechnology & Nanoelectronic Devices

A year gap is not a big deal provided you can justify its reason. Also, GRE is not required in the UK. You have to appear for the English language test IELTS. For more information on universities, please register on our website, and kindly provide us with the required information so that we can assist you further.

Test preparation:

Q: I am deeply interested to study in the UK but I didn’t write any exams like IELTS and TOEFL and I don't know much about them. Could you please give me some idea?

A: English language proficiency exam is mandatory for admissions at any UK University. Students are expected to score minimum 6.5 in IELTS and 90 in TOEFL. You can visit the website of IDP Education, for further information about IELTS.

Q: Dear Sir, does USA/Canada/Australia/NZ have options to study without clearing the IELTS?

A: There are a few colleges that grant admissions without an IELTS score, provided you have a good score in English language. But again, it varies from case-to-case basis. However, the colleges that do not require IELTS score are not as competitive as the ones that require it. So, I would recommend you to take the exam so that you get admits from a good university. Check out this article for more info - Is IELTS Mandatory to Study Abroad?

Q: Hi :) I am currently studying in 12th grade, and I want to pursue my Undergraduate education at a US college. I decided to take IELTS but some people told me to take TOEFL instead. I am confused now as which one will be more suitable. Are both IELTS and TOEFL taken for the same purpose? Which would be more suitable for me? Thank You!

A: Both TOEFL and IELTS serve the same purpose, establishing your English language proficiency. Both tests comprise four modules – reading, listening, writing and speaking. Erstwhile, TOEFL was more acceptable in USA and IELTS in other countries like the UK, AUS, NZ and CA . You will find a difference in the accent used in the ‘listening’ tests. Currently, both IELTS and TOEFL are accepted by most universities so no worries. You can check the format on www and and take the test that is easier for you. Hope that helps!

Q: For admissions into an MS programme (in Engineering) abroad, is it sufficient to take GRE general or should I write GRE subject test? May I know more about why GRE Subject Test is taken?

A: Thank you for sending the query. I would like to tell you that GRE  subject test is taken to prove the proficiency or command over a subject like Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry etc. To study electrical engineering, you need to take only GRE general test.

Q: I have completed my graduation in Humanities and I am planning to do my higher studies in the USA. My worry is I am weak in Math, and most Universities ask for GRE scores. How can I start preparing for GRE?

A:Thanks for the query!

First, you should take a mock GRE test. Depending on the score you achieve, you can enrol into classes. There are a lot of institutes that can help with GRE preparation – even if someone is weak in a particular module that can also be looked after. What course do you want to apply for in the USA? Kindly share the information so that we can help you further.

Q: Hello! I am currently doing my fourth year BTech in Biotechnology. Which is the best option to do masters in Biotechnology – Europe or USA? What exams I need to write for my masters admissions?

  • My GRE is 290 and I am yet to take TOEFL.
  • My GPA is 6.3.

The Universities I have applied so far are asking for a minimum GRE of 293. Should I retake the GRE? Will I get admits at any University in Europe with my GPA? What do you think? Please reply!

A: Greetings! Choosing between Europe and USA will depend on several factors, apart from just the universities’ entry requirements, such as expenses, course duration, stay-back options etc. A GPA of 6.3 is a pretty decent score and we can work out some good options for you in the UK for Masters in Biotechnology, such as the Oxford Brookes University, Nottingham Trent University, Herriot watt university, Greenwich etc.

I will also recommend you to consider Ireland as a study destination option as it is very strong contender for Biotech-related courses.

Q: I am currently in my 4th year of engineering(Electronics). I want to pursue an M.B.A from any of the top 10 B-schools in the world. Which exams should I take apart from GMAT which can help in making my application strong? Please tell me the minimum score I should achieve so that I can easily get admissions.

A: The Universities that you are looking for will need a minimum 2 years of work experience thus, as a fresher it is difficult for you to get admissions into such Universities. They have very stringent admission requirements – excellent academic record, GMAT score, extra-curricular background, MBA essay, SOP etc. 

However, there are Universities that offer MBA for freshers – Binghamton University, Pepperdine University, University of Massachusetts-Boston, CUNY Baruch, U Mass Dartmouth and California State University Los Angeles

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