FAQ's

Why should I take Sharath's Services

  Can I avail all of Sharath's Services online?

Yes. We are available on telephone/internet from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm and all payments can be made from wherever the students live. All information and document support can be provided online and hard copies can be couriered to us. We have students from various parts of India like Delhi, Chandigarh, Ahmadabad, Nagpur, etc. to name a few places.

 


  What are the advantages of studying in USA

  • Wide range of programs and specialization
  • Large number of colleges and universities
  • Flexibility
  • Financial Aid
  • Research, Technology & professionalism
  • Cultural immersion
  • Recognition of degrees
  • Career/earning opportunities

 


  Who can study in USA

  • Those who have completed a 12 year Higher Secondary Examination, can pursue an under graduate program.
  • Those who have completed a four-year undergraduate program (Bachelor's degree), can pursue a graduate degree program (MS, MBA). A graduate degree is usually required for pursuing a PhD though it may be possible for an undergraduate student to directly pursue certain PhD programs.
  • All undergraduate programs run for four years and graduate programs for two to three years. Doctoral programs (PhD) run for four to five years.
  • Graduate programs include PhD work also.
  • U.S. is home for more than 500,000 international students

 


  What are the requirements

  • Have educational qualifications appropriate to the degree programs Have to demonstrate proficiency in English language – take either TOEFL/IELTS tests
  • Have to demonstrate aptitude to pursue education: take SAT for under graduate studies or take GRE for graduate studies all programs other than Business Administration programs or GMAT for studying Business Administration programs Financial investment for tuition, travel, living and other expenses

 


  Can I get admission without taking standardized tests?

It will be very difficult to get exemption from submitting a prescribed minimum TOEFL/IELTS test score, as all universities and colleges in USA are mandated to check the level of the English language proficiency of international students whose native language is not English, before offering admission. A few universities may offer admission but enforce a condition that the student should take English Language courses in their institution before he is considered eligible to commence his intended degree program. Such English language tuition will be expensive.

It may be possible to get waiver of SAT/GRE/GMAT and get admission to a few universities. However those who do not take these tests and secure satisfactory scores are not considered favorably by the Visa Consulate during visa interviews.

Students must understand that these tests and certain minimum score levels are prescribed in the interests of the students as securing these scores will establish that the students can comfortably pursue the courses that are offered only in English language.

 


  What is the process for applying and securing admission

  • Selection of university
  • Documentation
  • Communicating standardized test scores
  • Demonstrating financial ability to meet entire educational expenses
  • Immigration documents

 


  What is accreditation? Why accredited universities?

Accreditation is the process through which educational institutions and programs in the US receive recognition that they meet established quality standards. Accreditation is important in higher education in USA as this voluntary nongovernmental system for setting educational standards is recognized by educational institutions and governments in the US and other countries.

Accreditation is important because:

  • It indicates that a certain institution meets established minimum standards.
  • Most universities in the United States are likely to accept degrees only from accredited universities.
  • Recognized employing agencies and the government of India are also likely to accept degrees only from accredited universities.
  • When a student seeks financial assistance, funding agencies are likely to view admission to accredited universities as a prerequisite to an award of financial assistance.

 


  What is the involvement?

  • Complex documentation
  • Adherence to deadline dates
  • Requirements vary from university to university
  • Time consuming
  • Expensive: Application Fees, Courier, Communicating scores, follow-up
  • Lack of understanding can result in costly failures

 


  How much do I have to spend?

Tuition varies from program to program and from university to university – anything from US$ 20,000 to 40,000 per year.

Living, transport and miscellaneous expenses may also vary from place to place and may range from US$ 700 to US$ 1000 or more per month

 


  What about financing

International students are not eligible for need-based financial assistance. However students may be allowed to work within the college campus for up to 20 hours per week – if jobs are available. Such campus employment should not be relied upon as assured source of income, but if a student's succeeds getting one he may be able to cover most of the living expenses from this earning.

A limited number of merit based financial assistance may be available in several universities in the form of tuition reduction, tuition waivers, assistantship (half or full), fellowships and scholarships. Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships usually offered to graduate students when available may be valuable and may include half or total tuition waiver and a monthly stipend, enabling students to free themselves from much of the financial burden.

As most of these types of financial assistance is not offered along with admission (except in rare cases) students may have to plan initially to finance the full expenses from their own resources or by taking an educational loan from Banks granted for up to 75% of the total expenses. A bank loan is an assured source of financing usually accepted as such even by the Visa Consulates.

 


  What about Visa

  • Getting admission is no guarantee for the award of a visa to go to USA.
  • A student has to demonstrate non-immigrant status.
  • Visa is an interview process.
  • Documents are required but may not be called upon or relied upon.
  • A thorough understanding and preparation may be necessary.

 


  What is an internship?

An internship is a full-time work-learning placement for which a student may be awarded academic credit. These placements are supervised; career-related work experiences combined with reflective, academic study that help students apply theoretical knowledge in the workplace. A student may take an internship for such a period as may be approved by the college/university.

Benefits of doing an internship
An internship provides exposure to the demands of specific jobs and allows the student to learn from professionals. The practical skills and experience gained by carrying out an internship will not only give a taste of what it would be like to work in the chosen sector and to help decide if this is the right path, but it will also greatly increase the student's employability in an ever competitive job market.

What about post-study opportunities?