Is This the Best Time to Pursue a Master’s Degree in the US?

With their impeccable quality of education, well-designed coursework and on-campus placement programs offered by the US universities, the US is one of the most sought destinations for higher education. Why US? (read blog). But the current uncertain economic scenario has posed many questions for these prospective graduate students, thus making it difficult for them to decide their future plans. Let us try to address these concerns:

Is the US on the verge of recession?

Recession alarms are being sounded in the US, predicting an economic downfall and, consequently, an increase in unemployment. According to statistical reports, in January 2022, the unemployment rate in America was 4%. which currently is 3.7%. In fact, it has been consistent in recent months, and the Fed is making efforts to ensure that it does not exceed 4%. More specifically, the tech unemployment rate is only 2.1%, indicating a continuous demand for technical skills. Technical jobs have always dominated the job market. So pursuing a graduate program to make yourself technically proficient will help you easily secure these job opportunities.

Layoff/Hiring freezes by tech giants:

This year has witnessed many layoffs and hiring freezes by companies like Facebook, Twitter etc., to implement cost-cutting. Marc Zuckerberg explained the reason for this extreme step in his message to the Meta employees. According to him, the online market had received a boost during the pandemic, and the surge was expected to continue. Consequently, huge investments were made; however, the returns were below expectations, thus resulting in economic losses. Moreover, various cost-cutting strategies implemented to combat these losses were inadequate, leading to downsizing and suspension of new hiring. Of course, the other companies could have a similar reasoning, but should this affect your decision to pursue a graduate program?

Even amidst these adverse circumstances, the available data shows that the aggregate demand for technical expertise is still strong enough to counterbalance the slowing economy. Nonetheless, this is the correct time to equip yourself with the latest skill set so you will have an edge over your peers when the scene changes.

Is there inflation in the US?

Post the 2008 recession, the US economy had revived within three years and continued performing well until the pandemic shook it again. However, it quickly revived within two years. But in mid-2021, the inflation rate started rising and was at its peak in June 2022, reaching 9.1%. As this was well above the targeted 2% inflation rate, the Fed is making desperate efforts to alleviate the inflation rate or ensure that it does not escalate. Interest rates have been increased to encourage the flow of capital, and manufacturing activities are being promoted. Consequently, the average annual inflation rate has stooped down to 7.7% in October, the lowest since Jan 2022. The recent data trends are definitely encouraging and indicate signs of improvement. (Optimistically, we believe it will soon change). More importantly, you will complete your program in 2 years, so making any hasty predictions about the future is not logically justified.

Now what?

So when this cloud of uncertainty is looming over our heads, how do we decide? As mentioned earlier, this would be the best time to pursue higher studies. On a more philosophical note, remember that change is the only thing constant in this universe. Indeed, we cannot predict the future, but we can prepare for it. One of the things that the pandemic has taught us is to be prepared for the unpredictable. Remember, amidst all these cyclical changes, highly skilled technical manpower will always be in demand. So, if your decisions are firm, take this calculated risk and pursue your dreams of studying in the US!

 As a trusted study abroad consultant for nearly three decades, Dilip Oak’s Academy will be with you through every step of your journey! Wishing you all the BEST!!!

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Live Webinar: Master’s Degree in UK for Computer Science & Related Fields

Are you planning to pursue a Master’s degree in the UK?

Do you require guidance regarding the application requirements, career opportunities and work visa in the UK?

Attend our FREE LIVE WEBINAR on Sunday, 3rd July 2022 and get in-depth guidance on:

  1. Admission criteria
  2. Application process
  3. Visa formalities
  4. Job prospects after the degree

Register here

The webinar is open to students from Computer Science and related fields.

Dilip Oak’s Academy is the pioneering institute in India for higher education abroad and since 1996, the academy has sent more than 30,000 students to various American universities. This year, the academy has also launched admission counselling services for master’s courses in the UK, primarily for Computer Science and related fields.

For more details, reach us at 020-67444222 or email us at support@dilipoakacademy.com

Free seminar on Bachelors and Masters in USA

For all the students planning to pursue a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree in the USA, Dilip Oak’s Academy has organized two free seminars on Sunday, 19th June 2022.

Details of the seminars are as follows:

Opportunities for Master’s Degree in America

Sunday, 19 June 2022

6:30 pm

Siddhi Banquet Hall

DP Road, Near Mhatre Bridge, Erandwane, Pune 411004

Seminar Highlights

  1. Application process
  2. Funding your education
  3. Job opportunities after graduation

Receive a free copy of an informative booklet on a guide on studying in the USA by Mr. Dilip Oak

The seminar is open to students from the following fields along with their parents:

  1. Computer Science
  2. Engineering
  3. Architecture
  4. Finance

Opportunities for Bachelor’s Degree in America

Sunday, 19 June 2022

11:30 am

Siddhi Banquet Hall

DP Road, Near Mhatre Bridge, Erandwane, Pune 411004

Seminar Highlights

  1. Application process
  2. Funding your education
  3. Job opportunities after graduation

Receive a free copy of an informative booklet on a guide on studying in the USA by Mr. Dilip Oak

The seminar is open to 10th, 11th and 12th std. students

(SSC, CBSE, ICSE, IGCSE and IB)

Key Speakers for both the seminars

Mr.Dilip Oak (Founder, Director, Dilip Oak’s Academy)

Dr. Seema Sehrawat (Associate Dean)
Jennifer Gruber (Associate Vice-president)
California State University, Chico

Registration links

Seminar on “Opportunities for Bachelor’s in America”: 19th June, 11:30 am, Register 

Seminar on “Opportunities for Master’s in America”: 19th June,6:30 pm, Register 

See you there!

Fall 2022 Pre-departure Orientation

A glimpse of the Fall 2019 Pre-departure Orientation

For all the students joining various American and Canadian universities in Fall 2022 – our mega event is back: Dilip Oak’s Academy’s yearly Pre-Departure Orientation, your best chance to clear all your doubts, gain insights on student-life in the US and meet other students joining the same university.

19th June 2022

Siddhi Banquet Hall

DP Road, Near Mhatre Bridge, Erandwane, Pune 411004

This session is open to all students joining US and Canadian universities for Fall 2022

Parents are strongly advised to attend

Conducted by Mr. Dilip Oak himself, this session will clear all your doubts regarding:

  • Pre-Departure: Forex Regulations, Medical Checks and Immunization, Insurance and Port of Entry Procedure
  • Life in the US: Campus Tips, Accommodation and Jobs after MS

You will also be able to make joint travel plans and secure shared accommodation with other students joining the same university!

Also receive a free copy of “Get Set Go”, a guide on studying in the USA by Mr. Dilip Oak! 

Event Chief Guests

Dr. Seema Sehrawat (Associate Dean)
Jennifer Gruber (Associate Vice-president)
California State University, Chico

Session Timings

As the capacity of the venue is only 1,400 pax, we have split the program into two groups based on alphabetical order. Find details of which session to attend below:

Group 1 (Timing: 8:30 am to 10:30 am)

Students joining universities with names ranging from A to S  (e.g. Arizona State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, San Diego State University)

Group 2 (Timing: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm)

Students joining universities with names ranging from T to Z (e.g. Texas Tech University)

Entry-Passes for the Event

Students are expected to collect entry passes for themselves and their parents from the Academy. A maximum of two passes for parents will be issued.

Collect passes for event at the Academy between 9:00 am to 6:00 pm 

If you are unable to collect the entry pass before 19th  June, click HERE to fill up the required form and carry the same along with you on the day of the orientation at least 45 minutes before the program. 

 Prerequisites to Obtain the Entry Pass

  • Admission Centre and Visa Counseling Students
    Produce your Academy I-card (compulsory) and a photocopy of the I-20 form.
  • All Other Fall 2022Students
    Produce a photocopy of the I-20 form, or
    stamped F1 visa, or
    the admission letter from the university (in case you have not received the I-20 form/visa).

Along with the Pre-departure Orientation, we have also organized FREE seminars on bachelor’s and master’s in America! Those aspiring to study in the USA, this seminar is the right place for you to get complete information about studying abroad. 

Seminar on “Opportunities for Bachelor’s in America”: 19th June, 11:30 am, Register 

Seminar on “Opportunities for Master’s in America”: 19th June,6:30 pm, Register 

See you there!

Free Seminar: Opportunities for Bachelor’s Degree in USA

Attend free seminar by Mr. Dilip Oak on Opportunities for Bachelor’s Degree in USA

Open to students from all streams (Std. X and above)

Parents are strongly encouraged to attend

Click HERE to register

free-seminarSeminar Highlights

  • Why US is the best destination for Undergraduate studies
    •     Comprehensive syllabus and dynamic curriculum
    •     Flexibility in choosing inter-disciplinary courses
  • Cost of education starting at 50 lakhs for 4-year program (financial aid and scholarship available)
  • Cracking the pre-requisite examinations: SAT and TOEFL
  • Student-life and extracurricular opportunities in the USA
  • Employment opportunities after graduation 

 Information on UG opportunities in Canada to be shared as well

 Speaker: Dilip Oak (Founder & Director, Dilip Oak’s Academy)

  • A recognized expert on higher education in USA, Canada and Germany since 1996
  • Trusted counselor for university admission and the visa process
  • 30,000 of his students have secured Masters admission to American universities

Event Chief Guests

Dr. Melody Stapleton (Dean)
Dr. Seema Sehrawat (Associate Dean)
College of Computer Science & Const. Mgmt.
California State University, Chico
Margaret Wolford
(International Graduate Recruiter)
School of Engineering and Applied Science
State University of New York, Binghamton

Sunday, 23rd June 2019

10:00 am

Siddhi Banquet Hall

Opp. Siddhi Garden, D.P. Road, Near Mhatre Bridge, Pune 411004

 REGISTRATION COMPULSORY

Click HERE to register


Fall 2019 Pre-Departure Orientation

For all students joining American and Canadian universities in Fall 2019 – Don’t miss Dilip Oak’s yearly Pre-Departure Orientation! Here’s your chance to clear all your doubts, gain insights on student-life in the US and meet other students joining the same university.

Pre-Departure-2019


23 June 2019

Siddhi Banquet Hall
DP Road, Near Mhatre Bridge, Erandwane, Pune 411004

This session open to all students joining US and Canadian universities for Fall 2019
Parents are strongly advised to attend


Pack well and get to know about student-life in the USA at our insightful orientation session. Conducted by Mr. Dilip Oak himself, this session will clear all your doubts regarding:

  • Pre-Departure: Forex Regulations, Medical Checks and Immunization, Insurance and Port of Entry Procedure
  • Life in the US: Campus Tips, Accommodation and Jobs after MS

Receive a free copy of “Get Set Go”, a guide on studying in the USA by Mr. Dilip Oak

Further, make joint travel plans and secure shared accommodation with other students joining the same university!

Event Chief Guests

  • Melody Stapleton (Dean) and Dr. Seema Sehrawat (Associate Dean)
    College of Computer Science and Construction Management
    California State University, Chico
  • Margaret Wolford (International Graduate Recruiter)
    School of Engineering and Applied Science
    State University of New York, Binghamton

Session Timings

As the capacity of the venue is only 1,400 pax, we have split the program into two groups based on alphabetical order. Find details of which session to attend below:

Group 1 (Timing: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm)

Students joining universities with names ranging from A to R (e.g. Arizona State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, etc.) and those ranging from Sa to So (e.g. San Diego State University, Southern Methodist University).

Group 2 (Timing: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm)
Students joining universities with names ranging from T to Z (e.g. Texas Tech University, University of XXXX) and those ranging from St to Sy (e.g. State University of New York – Buffalo, Syracuse University).

 Please note that California State University will fall under the letter ‘C’ and the University of California will fall under the letter ‘U’. Similarly, Florida State University will fall under the letter ‘F’ and the University of Florida will fall under the letter ‘U’.

–> Refer to the session-wise university list at the end of this page to confirm the slot relevant to you <–

Who Can Attend?
This seminar is open to all students (and their parents) joining American and Canadian universities in Fall ’19.

Entry-Passes for the Event
Students are expected to collect entry passes for themselves and their parents from the Academy. A maximum of two passes for parents will be issued.

Collect passes for event at the Academy between 9:00 am to 6:00 pm from

Monday, 20th May 2019
to
Saturday, 22nd June 2019

If you are unable to collect the entry pass before 22nd June, click HERE to fill up the required form and carry the same along with you on the day of the orientation at least 45 minutes before the program

 Prerequisites to Obtain the Entry Pass

  • Admission Centre and Visa Counseling Students
    Produce your Academy I-card (compulsory) and a photocopy of the I-20 form.

 

  • All Other Fall 2019 Students
    Produce a photocopy of the I-20 form, or
    stamped F1 visa, or
    the admission letter from the university (in case you have not received the I-20 form/visa).

See you there!

 Session-wise University List

3:30 pm Session6:30 pm Session
Arizona State UniversityState University of New York Institute of Technology, Utica
Boston UniversityState University of New York, Albany
California State University, ChicoState University of New York, Binghamton
California State University, East BayState University of New York, Buffalo
California State University, FullertonState University of New York, Stony Brook
California State University, Long BeachStevens Institute of Technology
California State University, Los AngelesSyracuse University
California State University, NorthridgeTennessee Technological University
California State University, SacramentoTexas A & M University, College Station
California State University, San BernardinoTexas A & M University, Kingsville
Campbell School of Pharmacy, North CarolinaTexas State University
Carnegie Mellon UniversityTexas Technological University
Clemson UniversityUniversity of Alabama, Huntsville
Cleveland State UniversityUniversity of Baltimore
College of Staten Island, New YorkUniversity of Bridgeport
Colorado State UniversityUniversity of California, Davis
Columbia UniversityUniversity of California, Irvine
Cornell UniversityUniversity of California, Los Angeles
DePaul UniversityUniversity of California, San Diego
Florida International UniversityUniversity of California, Santa Cruz
Florida State UniversityUniversity of Central Florida
George Washington UniversityUniversity of Cincinnati
Georgia Institute of TechnologyUniversity of Colorado, Boulder
Grand Valley State UniversityUniversity of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Hult Business SchoolUniversity of Connecticut
Illinois Institute of TechnologyUniversity of Florida
Indiana University Purdue University, IndianapolisUniversity of Georgia
Indiana University, BloomingtonUniversity of Houston, Clear Lake
Iowa State UniversityUniversity of Houston, Main Campus
Kent State UniversityUniversity of Illinois, Chicago
Lamar UniversityUniversity of Illinois, Springfield
Lawrence Technological UniversityUniversity of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
Lehigh UniversityUniversity of Louisiana, Lafayette
Long Island UniversityUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore County
Michigan State UniversityUniversity of Maryland, College Park
Michigan Technological UniversityUniversity of Massachusetts, Lowell
Middle Tennessee State UniversityUniversity of Massachusetts, Boston
Mississippi State UniversityUniversity of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
Missouri University of Science & TechnologyUniversity of Michigan, Ann Arbor
New Jersey Institute of TechnologyUniversity of Michigan, Dearborn
New York School of Interior DesignUniversity of Minnesota, Twin Cities
New York UniversityUniversity of Missouri, Kansas City
North Carolina State UniversityUniversity of Nebraska, Lincoln
Northeastern UniversityUniversity of Nebraska, Omaha
Northern Illinois UniversityUniversity of Nevada, Las Vegas
Northwestern UniversityUniversity of New Mexico
Ohio State UniversityUniversity of North Carolina, Charlotte
Oklahoma State UniversityUniversity of North Dakota
Old Dominion UniversityUniversity of North Texas, Denton
Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity of Pennsylvania
Polytechnic Institute of New York UniversityUniversity of Pittsburgh
Portland State UniversityUniversity of Rochester
Purdue UniversityUniversity of South Florida
Rochester Institute of TechnologyUniversity of Southern California
Rutgers, The State University of New JerseyUniversity of Texas, Arlington
San Diego State UniversityUniversity of Texas, Austin
San Francisco State UniversityUniversity of Texas, Dallas
San Jose State UniversityUniversity of Texas, San Antonio
Santa Clara UniversityUniversity of Utah
Southern Illinois University-EdwardsvilleUniversity of Washington, Seattle
Southern Methodist UniversityUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Wayne State University
West Virginia University
Western Illinois University
Western Michigan University
Wichita State University
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Wright State University

Why 2019 is a Good Time to Pursue MS in the USA – Part 1

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For years, Indian students have been flocking to universities in the United States of America to pursue higher education – mainly MS degrees. However, due to uncertainties in the recent immigration policies, there is some reservation in the minds of MS candidates about whether the USA is still the best option. In this post, we are covering a few points about why 2019 is actually an opportune time to apply to American universities.

1] Trump’s New H1B Policy

The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require technical expertise. In late January, US president Donald Trump announced changes in the H1B visa lottery system, which will favour students with advanced degrees in STEM fields from US universities. The new approach may result in an increase of up to 16% H-1B beneficiaries with a master’s degree or higher from a U.S. university.

Statistical Advantage of the New Lottery System


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2] Beyond H1B – A Path to Citizenship

In January itself, Trump expressed his views on merit-based immigration in a tweet. He indicated that reforms would be introduced to ensure ‘simplicity and certainty’ to the stay of H1B-holders in the USA and also incorporate a path to citizenship. Realizing the need for legal immigration of skilled workers, he has said “we want to encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue career options in the U.S.

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Further, a new law has been proposed in the US Congress to abolish country-wise quota for Green Cards. If passed, it could benefit thousands of Indian professionals waiting for a long time to secure Green Card. The proposal has been co-sponsored by 13 Senators and received great support.

To conclude, our advice to students is that do not give up on your dream of pursuing an MS in the US because of unverified rumors. The quality of education provided in American universities, the research facilities and the internships and work experience you will be able to secure are unparalleled. Seize the opportunity and make the most of it!

Great News (12 + 24 = 36 Months) STEM OPT Rule Survives!

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

12 Months: Granted to students on F1 (student) visa status completing undergraduate (BS/BA) or graduate (MS/MBA) degrees

24 Months Extension: Students with degrees from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) fields

Therefore, students completing a degree from the STEM field get an OPT period of total 36 months (Regular 12 months + 24 months extension), permitting them to work in the US without H1B visa.

STEM-OPTOPT is a temporary employment authorization that is directly related to a student’s area of study. Students pursuing their education in the US on student (F1) visa are eligible to work in the US under the F1-OPT visa program, which gives them an opportunity to apply the education obtained in an academic degree to a practical work experience.

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers (WashTech) that challenged the STEM OPT regulations that allow F1 visa holders who have degrees in STEM fields to extend their one-year Optional Practical Training (OPT) period for an additional 24 months.

The dismissal ends this lawsuit, and the current rules governing 12-month OPT and the 24-month extension for students from STEM fields remain in place.

California State University Conducts Interactive Session for Students at Oak’s Academy

A four-member team representing four campuses of California State University visited Dilip Oak’s Academy, at Bhandarkar Road, on Tuesday, 11th April 2017. The visiting delegation comprised:

Dr. Ray Wallace
Executive Director (International Programs and Senior International Officer)
California State University, East Bay

Dr. Paul Hofmann
Associate VP (International Programs and Global Engagement)
California State University, Sacramento

Dr. Jennifer Helzer
Director – International Education
California State University, Stanislaus

Dr. Seema Sehrawat
Associate Professor and International Officer
California State University, Chico

The university officials addressed the students on a variety of topics that were important and relevant to the latter. They also took their questions and generally dwelt on the challenges they were likely to face as graduate students in the US. They spoke with students on resource management, coping with academic pressures, on-campus employment opportunities, and safety-related issues. 

CSU-Visit-Oaks-AcademyDr. Ray Wallace dwelt on three topics: employment opportunities in the US after MS, the dynamic of the H1B immigration regulations, and what he called the “Trump effect.”

Dr. Wallace expressed the view that employment opportunities in the US after MS, particularly in the IT sector were “spectacular”.  He revealed that companies were hiring university graduates “aggressively” and that job opportunities in the US at present were “strong”. Dr. Wallace predicted that economic growth during the next couple of years “will stay positive”.

Dwelling on the dynamic of the H1B immigration regulations, Dr. Wallace was of the opinion that the Trump Administration did not have problems with overseas students coming to US universities, and added that it had issues with contracting and consulting companies like Wipro, Tata Consultancy Services, etc., which he pointed out had historically netted a large percentage of H1B visas from the quota allocated to Indians.

Seeking to allay the fears of students in general, Dr. Wallace assured them that change comes slowly with regard to regulations in the US and that change will be positive for university graduates. These changes will only present university graduates with more job opportunities, higher salaries, and less resistance in the immigration context.

Referring to what he called the “Trump effect”, Dr. Wallace shrugged off rhetoric of the US President during his election campaign and stated that he was a different man when he interacted with IT majors in the US. Dr. Wallace quipped, “Trump doesn’t speak like that to Bill Gates or people from other major IT companies like Apple,” and added that as a businessman himself, Trump understood and seemed to be sympathetic to the pleas of heads of IT companies for flexibility in immigration-related regulations as they needed to hire people from abroad. Therefore, Dr. Wallace said that change will only be positive for higher education, especially for students with master’s and PhD degrees in the STEM category.

Dr. Paul Hoffman pointed out that there was a wide range of on-campus jobs up for grabs for graduate students who chose to take up a job during their second or third semester. These included academic and non-academic job opportunities, he added. Dr. Hoffman said taking up an academic job on campus could lead to internship opportunities which receive academic credit for off-campus work experience.

On graduation, Dr. Hoffman revealed, one could transition to a period of practical training for 12 months. He stressed that STEM-major students could avail of an additional 24 months of off-campus employment, which would mean 36 months of practical exposure and experience for them. Dr. Hoffman stressed that students could thus make the most of the inherent privileges that would accrue to them by virtue of their H1B visas. He also disclosed that, often, such students are sponsored by their companies for an H1B visa, later, which allows them to continue working in the USA after this initial three-year period.

Dr. Seema Sehrawat spoke on the American education system. She pointed out that in the US students got a lot of practical knowledge. She said whenever she spoke with students of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and even MBA, all of them talked about how they greatly valued the practical basis of the education system in the US. Dr. Sehrawat did sound a note of caution on how this could pose a challenge initially to Indian students who are more accustomed to theory-oriented studies in India.

She pointed out that American professors were generally very dedicated and always there for their students. Referring to the current political climate, Dr. Sehrawat advised students not to go by heresay or exaggerated media reportage. She urged them to focus on their future and think of what the American system had to offer to them. Speaking of California, she emphasised that California was “quite safe” and added that it was a “melting pot” that welcomed diversity.

Addressing-StudentsAgainst the backdrop of attacks on Indians in the US, the experts pointed out that Indians staying in the US should be well aware of their surroundings and make the correct decision regarding matters such as whether or not stay out late at night. Untoward incidents occur usually late at night after partying. Therefore, it is advisable not to put oneself in such vulnerable positions.

University campuses and its surroundings, they stressed, are safe and every campus has a highly organised and professional police department. Every university is particular about student safety and makes it its top priority, they pointed out. The American people, they specially emphasized, are very supportive of cultural diversity. Sensational media reports usually refer to stray incidents in some trouble spots of the US such as the “Midwest” and some of the southern parts of the country.

Stressing security and safety, Dr. Sehrawat, speaking from her personal experience as an expatriate Indian, opined that American people in general were kind hearted and welcoming, and that one could easily make friends with them.

The visiting delegation of California State University officials spent a couple of hours interacting with students at Dilip Oak’s Academy. They gave students their calling cards and encouraged them to meet them when they joined their colleges.

Fall 2015 Pre-departure Orientation

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So, you cracked the GRE and TOEFL exams and secured your coveted admit. Perhaps you even cleared the dreaded visa interview. Congratulations! But are you really ready to go? Not quite. One thing remains to be done – you and your parents have to attend Dilip Oak’s Academy’s Pre-departure Orientation for Fall 2014. Here’s why.

What is the Pre-Departure Orientation (and What’s It For)?

If you are joining an American university in fall 2015 and want to make travelling there (and the process of settling in) an organized, tension-free process, then Dilip Oak’s Academy’s Pre-Departure Orientation is a must for you and your parents. There are several matters that you have to think through and preparations you and your parents have to make before you can begin your education in America. The orientation will explain them all. For example:

  • Accommodation – where are you going to stay when you land up in America? Is there someone who can help you get temporary accommodation until you find more permanent accommodation of your own? And what important points should you consider when looking for a good place to stay?
  • Insurance – should you take Indian or American medical and travel insurance policies? Which one is better and for what purpose?
  • Travel and Other Formalities – are you aware of the foreign exchange and airport formalities, the port of entry procedures? Did you know that you have to get a Social Security Number when you join your universities? Also, are medical check-ups or any immunizations required?
  • Documents – which ones must you carry with you? Which ones should you keep at home? And what’s the best place to keep your passport and traveler’s cheques?
  • Planning for Emergencies and Other Situation – suppose your baggage is lost or reaches you only after several days, how do you manage then? Or, if you got your luggage did you remember that you would need American coins to get a luggage trolley? And did you remember to arrange to be picked up”
  • Food, Groceries and Cooking – your mother is going to be worried about how you are going to survive when you get to America. So, should you take every single kitchen vessel that she gives you and, what about all the papad, pickle and masala she is planning to load you up with? Can you get it all there instead or, only some of it? What should you take with you then? And what about cooking lessons?

That’s just a sample of the things you have to think through but, by now you probably have got the picture.

So, in the Oak’s pre-departure orientation program, Mr. Oak will guide you through all the complexities of going to America, adapting to your new environment and settling in there. He will even cover such day-to-day matters as driving and commuting, seeing doctors and what medicines to take. He will even get into clothing and laundry. With his decades of experience in the field and as a public speaker, he will make it an extremely informative and interesting program which you and your parents must attend.

What are the Other Benefits of Attending?

1. Get a free book with all the information in it
At the orientation, you will be given ‘Get Set to Go’, a booklet written by Mr. Dilip Oak, which explains all these matters in detail – so, even after the orientation, you have a written guide to go back to any time you have a doubt.

  1. Meet other students going to your university
    At the end of the program we form groups of students joining the same university so that you can make joint travel plans and staying arrangements at the university.
  1. Get contact details of seniors at your university
    To get this information, when you come to get your pass, simply fill up a form with your contact details and we will email you the details around a week after the orientation. With this information in hand, you will be able to contact your seniors in advance and ask them for help to:
  • schedule airport pick-up
  • make temporary housing arrangements and
  • help you cope with the initial settling process

PreDep Orientation ScheduleWho can Attend?

This orientation is for students (and parents of students) who are joining American universities in the fall 2015 semester. Please note however: you will be able to attend only if you (or your child) has received confirmed admission to an American university for the fall 2015 semester. To get passes for the program therefore, show the I-20 form issued by your university (or your stamped F1 visa).

When and Where is the Orientation?

Date: Sunday, 14 June 2015
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Venue: Ganesh Kala Krida Auditorium, Near Swargate Bus Stand, Pune – 411051

Where Can I Get Passes?

You can contact our office for entry passes from 1st June.

PLEASE NOTE: SEATS ARE LIMITED
COLLECT YOUR ENTRY PASS FROM THE ACADEMY EARLY