Application calendar - Study Abraod

18 months before beginning your studies in the US:
 Begin your search of possible US colleges or universities that you would like to attend. Read through college reference guides and visit college websites. Also talk with your relatives and friends who have studied in the US. Request information from 10 to 20 different schools so that you can make a good decision on where to apply.
 Register and start preparing for the TOEFL and other entrance tests (such as the SAT or GRE).
 Continue to work hard at your subjects at school. Good grades in the courses you are taking now will count heavily in the admissions decisions.
15 months before:
 Take the TOEFL and other entrance tests. Most universities require you to take the test before December, so taking it now gives you an opportunity to take it again in November and improve your score.
12 months before:
 Send letters to colleges you have selected requesting applications and information, or obtain this information and necessary forms from their websites. You should choose: (a) one or two schools that you really like, but may be too difficult to get into; (b) two or three that you also like and which you think will accept you; (c) one or two which may not be your favorites, but you are quite sure will accept you.
 Identify two or three teachers or other people whom know you well and ask them to write recommendation letters for you.
 For undergraduate applicants the best references are teachers and your school principal. Family friends, religious counselors, and others should be used only if they know you very well and can speak specifically about your academic goals and potential.
 Graduate students should obtain letters from their teachers or professionals in their field whom they have worked with and who can speak specifically about their academic potential and relevant accomplishments.
 Ask the schools you have attended to start preparing your transcripts. These are official school documents that show the courses you have studied and the grades you have received in those courses.
 If your previous TOEFL, SAT, or GRE scores were not satisfactory, register for the test again.
11 months before:
 If you have not yet received the application forms you requested from the schools you wrote to, send another letter repeating your request.
 Study the applications you have received. Note carefully the deadlines on each of them. Remember to allow time for delays in the mail.
 Ask your schools to send certified copies of your academic transcripts to each of the schools where you are applying.
 Ask your teachers to write their letters of recommendation for you. Give them the forms provided by the schools and a stamped, addressed envelope for each letter they will be mailing.
 Undergraduate students should write their application essay. This essay is an important part of the application. It should reflect who you are and what you feel is important. Try not to repeat information you have provided in other parts of the application, but instead work to make the essay unique and personal. Get comments on it from an English teacher. For more information on writing your essay, refer to Personal essay.
 Graduate students should write their statement of purpose if the schools have indicated that they require one. This is an important part of the application. You should show in your statement how your education so far has created a foundation for your goals, and how your proposed coursework in the US will help you achieve those goals. You should be as specific as possible about your research interests and past accomplishments.
 Make photocopies of the applications and begin to fill in the required information on the copies. You will later transfer the information to the originals. If any questions confuse you, seek help from your teachers, or from someone who has studied in the US.
10 months before:
 Complete your essays and application forms, including the financial aid application forms, using the originals (not the copies). Type or write by hand very neatly and carefully. The finished applications will be your introduction to the schools, so you want to make them look good. Keep a copy of the completed applications for your records. Mail the originals by airmail in time to meet the deadlines.
 Take the TOEFL and other exams again, if you need to improve your scores.
 Check with your teachers and your school to make sure your recommendations and transcripts have been mailed in time to meet the deadlines.
9 months before:
 It is not unusual for schools to request more information or resubmission of something you have already sent. Respond promptly to any requests you receive.
4-5 months before:
 You will start hearing decisions from the schools. Contact the admissions office at any school that you do not hear from.
 Accept only one school's offer, and let the other schools know of your decision. Ask the school you have chosen to attend to send you the I-20 form.
 Make housing arrangements.
 Apply for a passport if you do not already have one.
3 months before:
 Get a visa application form from the US embassy or consulate nearest you. For a complete description of the visa application process, go to Immigration.
 Make travel arrangements. Schedule your trip so you arrive at least 15 days prior to your school’s orientation.









Links
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/i20feverhyderabad/files/
1 Great Upcoming site
All about educating others.Join us and introduce a category for your country
http://www.gskool.com
A comprehensive site have a look
A chinese Student website.Good information.Plz do visit
http://www.bebeyond.com
Accreditation directory
Accreditation deatils
http://www.chea.org
All About GRE
Loads of info, sample essays, word roots etc to help u prepare for GRE
http://allaboutgre.blogspot.com
All About TOEFL
General Info on TOEFL n Word Roots
http://allabouttoefl.blogspot.com/
All About US Admissions
Excellent site outlining the application process of US Admissions
http://allaboutusadmissions.blogspot.com/
Application process
Various Articles
http://collegeapps.about.com/
Best toefl resources
The following site has the best resources for TOEFL prep.
http://home.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/flare/EnglishStudySite2005.html
Check for the professors
http://www.ratemyprofessors.com
Comprehensive info
Abroadplanet is a community of international students studying in the USA. It provides comprehensive and free information about everything international students need to know about studying and living in the United States of America. You'll also get free web pages, forums, and lots of other stuff that no international student should be without.
http://www.abroadplanet.com
Comprehensive site like I20fever
Another Good site for analysis and forum
http://www.edulix.com
Fiancial aid site 3
Guide to Financial Aid
http://www.finaid.org
Financial aid 1
Search 600,00 scholarships
http://fastweb.monster.com
Financial aid 2
Free college scholarship and financial aid searches.
http://www.college-scholarships.com
GMAT students
In this web site you can find last 4 years ranking of top American Research Universities. You may compare universities' activities.
http://www.financialcertified.com/mba.html
Gmat students
Best B school analysis
http://www.bschool.com/ussbys.html
Good site for TOEFL .
This site provides good stuff for TOEFLVOCAB of 3000 words, which are used with simple sentences.This vocab helps in preparing for GRE too.
http://www.englishdaily626.com/
Gre and toefl
Good site to practice
http://www.supervocab.com/
Gre and toefl
Online prep site, good for Vocab but inefficient
http://www.number2.com
Gre and toefl
This is a great website about almost all English exams.
http://www.english-test.net
Gre and toefl prep
This web site has great free resources about TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, etc. You also may find some essay and writing samples in this web site.
http://www.testmagic.com
Gre and toefl prep
This web site presents some free resources for TOEFL preparation. It has some great links to other free web sites about TOEFL.
http://home.earthlink.net/~eslstudent/testing/TOEFL.html
Gre and toefl prep
This web site could help students who are preparing for GMAT and GRE.
http://www.free-toefl.com
Gre planing chart
Gives a timetable for the planing
http://www.applyadvice.com/weeklyaa0.asp
Gre prep
This Forum has great free resources about TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, etc. You also may find some essay and writing samples in this web site.
http://www.testmagic.com
Gre prep
This web site could help students who are preparing for GMAT and GRE
http://www.800score.com
Gre preparation
Good source of information about Gre
http://in.rediff.com/getahead/2005/may/02karan.htm
Gre preparation
This groups is for those who are taking the GRE exam after 1st October 2002. The pattern of GRE exam is changing from 1st October with the addition of a writing Assessment test.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GRE_Writing_test
Gre target score 1600!
An article in Rediffmailnews
http://in.rediff.com/getahead/2005/apr/05gre.htm
Gre toefl and IELTS
books,papers ,material All Free
http://www.ielts4u.info
Guide to US
Covers all the topics
http://msdreams.com/
Have alook
Professor Advice for students
http://www.cse.lehigh.edu/~brian/studentadvice/
Helps finding Univ as per your score
A link which can give you a rough idea of univ as per your score
http://www.imahal.com
ISA in USA
url for Indian Student Association of the univs in USA
http://www.garamchai.com/indassc.htm
India student assoication link
Usefull information about the places
http://www.littleindia.us/search/Student.html
Link about Science
Science Information
http://www.sciencedirect.com/
List of Universities
U can find lot of info about Univs of USA n beyond
http://u101.com/
PHD guys
How to be a good graduate student
http://www.cs.indiana.edu/how.2b/how.2b.html
PHd students
some tips on Writing a successful proposal
http://www.research.rit.edu/proposalprep/write_proposal.html#mission
Performance on Gre
Check this site if u want to know how u performed in the GreCAT
http://grediagnostic.ets.org:443/basic/blogin.htm
Peterson's Education Portal
Peterson's Education Portal – Colleges, Graduate Programs, Financial Aid
http://www.petersons.com/index.html
Princeton Review's Best 351 Colleges Rankings
Rankings by Princeton review on untraditional grounds
http://www.princetonreview.com/college/research/rankings/rankingsBest351.asp
Ranking of world 500 top universities 2004
American ranking of world universities
http://ed.sjtu.edu.cn/ranking.htm
Regarding univ and research
In this web site you can find last 4 years ranking of top American Research Universities. You may compare universities' activities.
http://thecenter.ufl.edu/
Research related site
NAtional Association of Graduate-professional students survey
http://survey.nagps.org/
SOP
Sop preparation Tips
http://www.statementofpurpose.com
SOP1
Another Website about SOP
http://www.tenspeed.com
School finder 1
Information about engg schools
http://www.allengineeringschools.com
School finder 10
This web site categorizes United States' universities by states.
http://www.utexas.edu/world/univ/state
School finder 11
Good website to narrow down universities based on your Program
http://www.gradprofiles.com/
School finder 12
Search Tool by Program and Location
http://www.gradschools.com
School finder 13
Practical Info about Studying Abroad
http://www.graduateshotline.com/
School finder 14
Features listing of all Private & Public Colleges, Community Colleges and Universities in US organized by Name, State and Program. Includes links to Institution's Profile and Website. Also includes resource on College Ranking and Best Schools
http://www.UnivSearch.com
School finder 15
Your Graduate school guide|- Search Graduate programs,prospective grads,schools,application
http://www.desigrad.com/
School finder 17
Graduate School Shortlisting Search (NOT very Comprehensive n Reliable)
http://www.gradview.com/search
School finder 18
Some Weird Criteria for Rankings! College Guides By Students For Students
http://www.collegeprowler.com/grades.php
School finder 19
Alphabetical listing of All AmericanUniversities
http://www.clas.ufl.edu/CLAS/american-universities.html
School finder 2
Information about schools
http://www.campusdirt.com
School finder 20
Shortlisting by Program and Location
http://www.petersons.com/GradChannel/code/FstPthLocation.asp
School finder 23
Schools by states and canadia states aswell
http://www.shgresources.com/
School finder 3
About schools
http://www.collegeconfidential.com
School finder 4
http://www.campusview.com/home.php
School finder 5
http://www.gradschool.com
School finder 6
Searching univ and colleges
http://www.collegenet.com
School finder 7
http://www.collegeboard.com/csearch/
School finder 8
information on more than 700 universities, colleges and career colleges in Canada, including admission requirements, costs, programs and contact details.
http://www.schoolfinder.com
School finder 9
You may use this web site for searching your appropriate university by providing your desire keyword, major, and state.
http://www.graduateguide.com
School info
some feedback from students regarding universities
http://nbkristcollege.tripod.com/feedback.htm
Some financial Documents
Smaple documents
http://www.geocities.com/infoindia123/gre/sample1.html
Some paper presentations
U can rate uni's acc. to u'r parameter here
http://www.phds.org
Some sites information
Univ website page
http://www.library.uiuc.edu/edx/rankgrad.htm
Student abroad guide
Good site for students going abroad
http://www.road2abroad.com
Students review site
Well not explored much to give details
http://www.studentsreview.com
Study Abroad Information Source
Little info of everything!
http://www.studyabroad.com/
Survey site
National society of experimental Education
http://nsee.org/
Technical Journals
Institute of Engg India
http://www.ieindia.org/publish/mc/mc.htm
Technical writing
Proposal for grants
http://www.proposalwriter.com/grants.html
The official site of i20fever by naveen
u can analyse ur self and make the univ selection and know the pakka i20 univ's and discuss that in forums
http://www.i20fever.com
UNITI Foundation
The non profit organization supported by US to help students inthe whole process.
http://educationusa.state.gov/
USA Clocks
http://www.freewebs.com/divyen/USAClocks.htm
Univ listing
EE and CE univ list
http://members.rediff.com/duewest/ranks.htm
University selection
Feedback of students about univ
http://nbkristcollege.tripod.com/feedback.htm
Visa Fundae
Personal observation of the website author
http://members.tripod.com/~bnitin/abroad/visa.html
Visa Interviews
Link provides all the application available under one umberella
https://visa-services.com/application-form.html
Visa in The Hindhu
Article published in New paper cotnain general tips.Published in the Hindhu
http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/thscrip/print.pl?file=2004081000130200.htm&date=2004/08/10/&prd=edu&
Weekly tips are good
Good tips use freely available material.Must read the weekly tips article
http://www.applyadvice.com
abc of going to US
Contains A to Z info of going to US
http://www.innovels.com/tipsforusa1.htm
application process
U.S site
http://www.salliemae.com/
good site for gre & word pronounciation
this is a good 1 to check it out , but the vocaboly software is the best , just check it in messanges ,& download it ull find gre at-ease
http://supervoca.net/example/gre.html
good website which gives brief ideas abt universities of ur course
just all u need to have is i20fever & this web url then just go on choosing univ's according to ur need
http://iiswinprd01.petersons.com/GradChannel/code/search.asp?sponsor=1
yahoo group 2
FREE VISA HELP
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/VISAWORKSHOP
yahoo group 3
good info in the database
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/visaguru/

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