Basic Points about Overseas MS Study after completion of Engineering Degree for Indian students

This article is meant as a first read or entry-point reference for those who are going to complete their engineering graduation and desire to go for masters at overseas locations. So if you are a potential engineering candidate for for post graduation overseas, this article is for you. I have ensured that the points are practical and useful for the readers and serve as a quick, handy reference.

The article presents you a glimpse of the things you will move across while starting to look into your overseas MS admission. You could build up the plan of studying abroad based on the preliminary points mentioned here.

What is MS in engineering and what is it like to study MS in overseas locations?

One completes graduation in engineering. In general, most of the students nowadays opt for either MTech or MBA in an Indian university or a foreign university. However, some also go for MS in subjects which they want to specialize with. MS means Master of Science degree. One can do masters from an Indian university also. The attraction to foreign universities is due to the quality of education and more inclination to research and development aspect. Indian companies and institutes show a different kind of esteem for the foreign-returns. It is a fact that such post graduates have commanded better salaries and reputation after their return to the country. Knowledge and experience of global traits in technology and international business are what impart them a state-of-the-art image.

Preliminary points

Below is a list of preliminary points which can get you admission into the very subject if you are an absolute beginner in this respect:

The Exam

  • It is required to clear (i) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test which is an aptitude test and (ii) any one of TOEFL or IELTS which are language tests, with good marks in order to get admission in an overseas university for MS.

  • One gets registered for the exams online and selects a centre of her/ his choice.

  • You can take GRE multiple times to improve your score. However every time you sit for the exam you will need to deposit your fee which is approximately INR 13000/-

  • The fee for TOEFL or IELTS is approximately INR 11000/- to 12000/-

  • GRE is an exam with full marks of 340. The exam tests you for verbal and quantitative reasoning as well as analytical writing. A score of 305 or above can get you the admission to MS overseas but the good scores for your target school vary from course to course and country to country.

  • Full marks in TOEFL is 120 and the test consists of four sections. One is tested for reading, writing, listening and speaking English language. Each section is of 30 marks. A score of 105 or more may be considered a good score.

Country of your choice

    Depending on your score and the amount of money you can spend, you can select the country of your choice.
  • Selection of country for MS admission is an important criterion in respect of the expenditure to be incurred. For example Germany, Sweden, France etc. provide cheap, yet quality education at the post graduation level. US, Canada, UK etc. are costly countries with respect to tuition fees and living cost.

Money involved

  • Be ready with a handsome amount of money. Completing MS overseas is a costly affair from the point of view of a middle-income-group family.

  • Lack of money does not render it impossible to get admission in MS overseas.Education loans and scholarships are available as help towards your expenditure.

  • A typical example: Suppose parents of the student have already availed a home loan earlier at a certain rate of interest with mortgage option. Banks have an option to top-up the home loan with a certain amount at the same rate of interest and the payee may opt for purpose of top-up as education.

The Process

  • You may either proceed for the entire process of admission yourself or you may have to contact agencies which deal in procuring MS admissions abroad. Such agencies help you with the entire process starting from sending your candidature to overseas universities to the finalization of your admission. Such an agency sends your LOR (Letters of Reference), SOP (Statement of Purpose), transcript etc. to the selected universities, arranges your telephonic interview,in case that is the need of the concerned university, helps to complete your admission process and finally helps you with your VISA too. A typical fee in Delhi for such an agency is INR 35,000/-.

  • Learning the language of the country of your choice: Some non-English speaking countries will prefer that you have got a good command over the native language of that country. For example, Germany gives preference to candidates who have completed B1 or B2 level proficiency in German language. A1, A2, B1, B2 etc. are the levels to which you can increase your proficiency in a language.

Quality of education

  • There are various ranks among the universities like DREAM, REACH and SAFE. For instance, a DREAM university is one where you need more GRE marks, you get better education, a better atmosphere and more research opportunities and better living and studying facilities. For example, a US university which has produced many Nobel Laureates and provides opportunities to work as an RA (Research Assistant) may be a dream university.

These are the basic points to take into consideration while kick starting one's plan to go for MS in an overseas university/ institute after completing a graduation in engineering. The points enlisted here are generally true. However there may be slight deviations from them.

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