Each of the major tests that students generally take to get higher education in the United States – i.e. the GRE, IETLS, TOEFL tests – allows you to send you scores to a certain number of universities or colleges free of charge.
GRE – 4 free score reports
names of universities to be specified on the day of the test, immediately after your exam
current fee per score report thereafter $ 27
TOEFL – 4 free score reports
names of universities to be specified one day before the test
current fee per score report thereafter $ 20
IELTS – 5 free score reports (to universities accepting an IELTS score) + 1 given to the candidate
names of universities to be specified one day before the test
current fee per score report: Online Rs 250, and physical copy Rs 1500
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.
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
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
Are you planning to pursue a Master’s Degree in the USA? Are you confused between the many specializations available? Do you need guidance on which specialization would best suit your interest and align with the most flourishing fields in the USA?
Then this blog is for you. Read on to get a quick insight into the top 10 trending specializations across the most popular fields in the USA and improve your chances of landing the best job upon completing your Masters.
Top Ten Trending MS Specialisations in the USA
1) Artificial Intelligence
2) Machine Learning
6) Artificial Intelligence
7) Embedded Systems
8) Machine Learning
For detailed guidance on choosing the right major and the right university, enroll for our Admission Counselling services today! We provide thorough guidance on drafting of SOPs, selection of universities, application essays, and visa counselling.
One of the most important steps in preparing for the GRE is planning your study schedule. Many a time, despite being fast learners, students fail to score high in the GRE only because of haphazard study methods. A structured prep plan helps you to systematically cover all the topics, manage time, and stay focused and motivated until your test day. At Dilip Oak’s Academy, along with GRE Coaching, we guide our enrolled students to study in a methodical manner through our exclusive GRE Study Plans.
Depending upon your GRE date (ETS registered/tentative), we provide you with a customized study plan for either 1 month, 1.5 months, 2 months, 2.5 months, 3 months, 3.5 months or 4 months.
Each study plan includes a step-by-step preparatory guide with day wise and week wise guidelines for Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing Sections of the GRE.
While each study plan varies according to the duration, it broadly includes:
Vocabulary Learning and Practice
Verbal Reasoning strategies and practice
Quantitative Reasoning strategies and practice
AWM essays brainstorming
ETS Material Practice
All the study plans comprise rigorous learning and practice modules for each of the above sections. To help you keep a track of your preparation, we also send you daily and weekly goal-setting reminders.
Along with these, the study plans also include access to our exclusive online learning tools: Focused Practice, Test Prep and CBTs that help you study in a more organized manner and allow you to track your progress.
Reinforcement of the classroom coaching by helping you keep in sync with the concepts, tricks, and tips taught in the class
400+ questions for Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning
Topic-wise questions for Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning
Personalized Dashboard to track your progress
Customized according to the question types and difficulty level
Convenient timed and untimed modes for practice
Instant Review and question summary
In-depth explanatory answers to gauge where you stand
Actual GRE® test experience with full-length timed tests according to the ETS® pattern
AW essay scores and personalized feedback by our experienced evaluators
Detailed Analysis of your performance to help you gauge your strengths and weaknesses
Explanatory Review to help you understand what went wrong and how to get it right the next time
Who can avail the study plans?
Only those students who have enrolled for GRE Coaching at Dilip Oak’s Academy can avail these study plans. To jumpstart your GRE prep and unlock our comprehensive study plans, register for our Online GRE Coaching.
You can then request for the suitable study plan by submitting us the details of your enrolled batch, Roll Number and GRE Test date on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The plan will be sent directly to your inbox on your registered email ID.
In continuation with our blog published on 17/07/2020 where we briefly discussed the admission and visa requirements for Canada, we will now take you through the step-by-step process for obtaining the Canadian study permit for MS, the application timeline, and the required documents.
Before we proceed, let us first understand the difference between permit and visa. Often, students get confused between the two.
Study Permit Vs Visa
A Study Permit allows you to stay in the country until completion of your course at any of the Designated Learning Institutions (DLI) in Canada.
A Visa allows you to enter the country. You must therefore remember that the study permit is not a visa and it doesn’t let you enter Canada. For entry, you need a visitor visa or an electronic travel authorization (eTA) which is issued by the Canadian government once your application for the study permit is approved.
Timeline and documents required for Canadian Study Permit
Your application process should begin as soon as you receive acceptance letter from your desired university. The fee for a study permit is CAD 150, which is around Rs 8400.
If you are planning to go for fall intake (September), you should begin the process around June. The documents required include:
Acceptance letter from the university
Proof of funds (CAD 10,000 per year without tuition for those outside Quebec. For those in Quebec, CAD 11,000 per year)
Passport size photographs
Immigration Medical Examination (ideally to take a week before starting the visa process)
Statement of Purpose
Step-by-step application process for a study permit:
Your application process might take three to four weeks to complete hence you should start the process with some margin in your hand. Once you decide, you can either apply online or apply in-person.
To apply online, you require scanned documents and a valid credit card for payment. Before you start the application, read the instruction guide HERE. Fill out the application and pay the biometrics fee. Once you submit the application, you will receive a letter specifying the time and place to give your biometrics. From receiving the letter, you have up to 30 days to give your biometrics.
To apply in person, you can download the application kit and the instruction guide from the official website of the government of Canada, fill the VFS consent form and attach it to the application, pay the processing fee (in addition to VFS Global services charges), and submit the documents at the nearest VFS office.
While you can go with either of the ways, we recommend students to apply online as the process is faster and easier.
Once your application is approved, you will receive a letter of introduction. This letter is not your study permit. You need to show it to an officer when you arrive in Canada. Along with the letter, you will also be issued an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a visitor visa (temporary resident visa) to enter Canada.
On arriving in Canada, you are required to present all these documents to the border services officer, who after validation, will issue you with the study permit.
A Work Permit, or a Work Visa, is issued to eligible international individuals to work in that country for a specific time period (3 years). Unlike the US, you don’t need a job offer in order to apply for a work permit. You can apply for it within 180 days of receiving the post graduate degree. In order to be eligible for a work permit, you need to meet the following criteria:
1) You must complete MS from a Designated Learning Institution (A designated learning institution is a school approved by a provincial or territorial government to host international students.)
2) Your course should be at least 8 months long
3) Your study permit should be valid at some point within the 180 days of receiving your MS mark sheet. If you stay in Canada with an expired study permit, you must apply to restore your status as a student before applying for a work permit.
4) You must maintain full-time status as a student. Part-time status does not qualify you for a work permit.
Permanent Residency (PR)
International students can apply for PR while studying in Canada or after completing their MS. Most students apply for the PR while studying. This is popularly called ‘dual intent’ application and is readily accepted by the Canadian immigration law. For PR, each applicant is scored out of 100 on the basis of his/her age, qualifications, English language proficiency and experience. Generally, applicants who score above 67 get their PR faster than others. Broadly, there are three types of PR programs you can apply for as a student:
Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
To qualify for this, students must have at least 12 months of work experience in Canada. While the requisite work experience gained by applying for a work permit is considered, any part-time work experience earned during the program like internships and co-ops does not count as valid work experience for a PR.
Quebec Experience Class (QEC)
Students who have completed their program in Quebec and who have passed intermediate level of proficiency in French can apply for this. This type does not require prior work experience in Canada.
Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)
To be eligible for this, a student must meet the minimum requirements of that province he/she intends to settle in, must have graduated from a Canadian post-secondary education program, and must have a relevant work experience. (This requirement varies for different provinces)
After receiving the PR, you should complete at least 4 years of stay in Canada before applying for the citizenship.
In the last blog dated 10/08/2020, we discussed thebenefits of pursuing masters in Canada and saw how fast the country is becoming one of the most sought after destinations for higher education. In this blog, we will focus on the admission and visa requirements for MS in Canada and breeze through the top Ten Canadian Universities for STEM courses.
Majority Canadian universities require you to have completed 16 years of education (12+4), i.e. – a four- year Bachelor’s degree before going for MS. This is applicable to all the technical background students like Engineering, Pharmacy, and Architecture etc. For non-technical fields like Arts and Management, a student is required to complete 17 years of education. (12+3+2)
Canadian universities have a very high cutoff percentage. Hence, you need to have a minimum of 65% to 70% in your degree course and an equivalent CGPA of a minimum of 7.0 to 7.5. Top universities especially give a lot of emphasis on the performance of the last two years of your degree course. (3rd & 4th year)
If you are planning to pursue MS in Business Management, Finance, and Business Analytics; you are required to have relevant work experience of minimum 1 to 3 years.
TOEFL/IELTS: English Language Proficiency Test scores are a mandatory requirement of Canadian universities. A minimum of 6.5 to 7 band score in IELTS or 90+ score in TOEFL is required to get into the best Canadian universities. At Dilip Oaks Academy, we offer online TOEFL and onlineIELTS coaching along with rigorous practice sessions and mock tests.
GRE: Though a majority of universities in Canada do not require GRE scores, some of the top universities do ask for it. We recommend you to give the GRE and keep your scores ready if you aim to get into one of the top universities. Our Online GRE Coaching will enable you to prepare for the GRE in a hassle-free manner.
Crucial student visa requirements:
Once you receive admit from a Canadian university, you need to apply for a study permit that requires you to fulfil four crucial criteria:
1) Admit should be from a recognized university
2) Proof of funds to support yourself. At present this is equal to the tuition fee for one year and CA$10,000 as living expenses.
3) Proof of no criminal record
4) Fitness certificate from the doctor as recommended by the Canadian High Commission
Lastly, a quick glance at the Top 10 Canadian Universities:
With its international student population touching 6.4 lakhs this year, Canada has become the 3rd leading destination of foreign students, especially Indians, who constitute 34% of this number. Since 2014, the Indian student population in Canada has grown by a whopping 350%. Premier affordable education, internationally recognized degrees, and opportunities for Permanent Residency have led to a large number of students to apply for Masters in Canada. Additionally, a small population of 37 million, and steady growth of the economy have opened multiple job avenues over the last decade, especially in the provinces of Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec, and have made them the most sought after areas for settlement.
Given these facts, let us explore in detail what makes Canada one of the ideal destinations for higher education:
Quality education and internationally recognized degrees: To date, Canada houses around 30 high-ranked universities offering degrees that are recognized internationally as being equivalent to US degrees. These universities have highly qualified professors, mostly Doctorates with enormous experience in their fields. Secondly, the teacher-student ratio is as low as 1:20. This allows personal attention and interaction. As per the current rankings, the top three universities in Canada are the University of Toronto, McGill University, and University of British Columbia.
Affordable tuition fees and living costs: Compared to American universities, Canadian universities have a very affordable fee structure; in fact, the lowest among other English-speaking countries. This is because the Canadian dollar (1 Canadian dollar (CAD) = 56 INR) is much cheaper than the American dollar (1 USD= 74 INR) and the Euro (1 Euro= 88 INR). As for the living costs—the total housing, food, and other expenses usually do not exceed 1,000 CAD per month. Additionally, students can take on-campus jobs for 20 hours/week and make u to 800 to 900 CAD per month. They can also apply for full-time jobs during summer and winter breaks and earn a substantial sum to cover their tuition costs.
Easy immigration and PR laws: Unlike the US, there is no annual quota for immigrants in Canada.In fact, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently published their Canada Immigration Levels Plan for 2020-2022 according to which, they plan to admit around 1,053,000 new permanent residents till 2022. Also, under the new system, international graduates from Canadian study programs can obtain up to 30 additional CRS points. Thus, pursuing MS in Canada increases the chances of securing Permanent Residency.
Job opportunities: Canadian curriculum is designed to meet the changing industry demands. By the time students finish their masters; they are well-versed with the latest trends and manage to land a good job within 6 months of course completion.
Research-based education: Canada ranks 4th in the world for its quality scientific research. Canadian universities actively encourage students to conduct research. University of Toronto and University of British Columbia have been recognized as the best Canadian universities due to their high research impact. A student applying for Masters can choose either a professional master’s program (MEngg) or opt for a research-based master’s program (MaSc) emphasizing on original scientific research. The industries and government institutions in Canada also extend support by organizing learning programs and workshops.
Cultural diversity: Canada has a rich cultural diversity of people from various ethnicities. Universities also conduct a lot of cultural programs that help students to develop a broader and global perspective.
In the next part, we will talk about admission requirements for MS in Canada.
Generally, a high GRE score (330+) is considered to be one of the most important requirements to get into topmost US universities. But what if you receive less than 330? Does that mean you have to give up on your dream university?
Your GRE score is not the only parameter that decides your chances of landing a seat in a high-ranked university. US universities have a very holistic approach to a student’s profile. Apart from your score, your academic credentials, intent, commitment, and relevant work experience are some of the factors taken into consideration.
Here’s how you can highlight your strengths and dwarf the low GRE score:
Good academic credentials: A consistently good percentage (above 70) or a GPA above 8.5 in your bachelor’s degree can overshadow your low GRE score and boost your chances of getting into top universities.
Appealing Statement of Purpose: A Statement of Purpose (SOP) is your key tool to enhance your application. It is your only chance to communicate your goals to the admissions committee. Therefore, make sure that you draft an honest, precise, and appealing SOP that compels the committee to look at you as a “value addition” to their organization. Under our admission counselling services, weprovide personal sessions with our SOP counsellors and help you draft a winning SOP.
Letters of Recommendation: Though this appears to be a very routine requirement, it is but a crucial document of validation. Make sure that you get recommendation letters from professors or project guides under whom you have studied at least for a semester or worked on a project. You can also take a LOR from the employer under whom you have interned or worked for at least a year.
Work Experience: More than on-paper scores, American universities are interested in knowing your practical knowledge of subjects and application skills. A relevant work experience, either an internship or a job, will demonstrate your skills, agility, and ability to work in a dynamic environment. Work on enhancing your practical experience and explore ways to build a great career profile.
Co-curricular activities: Projects and paper presentations add a lot of value to your application. Make sure that you’ve worked on strong projects, and presented papers in nationally and internationally recognized seminars and reputed publications.