University Admission Briefing
At Wisdom Mart we help you to applying at universities abroad for all undergraduate, graduates, MBA, and PhD studies. We help you shortlist universities that match your requirements and are suited to your profile. Applying to universities abroad is not a walk through the park, the admission process is an elaborate one with various parameters attached to it. However, once you're enrolled with us, we ensure that the admissions process becomes as painless and hassle-free for you as possible. Our comprehensive database ensures scientific school selection that is customized to your requirements. From choosing the suitable universities, to taking care of your entire application process, to following up with universities - we remain with you, until you secure admission. We also have an extensive network of students studying in foreign universities and are readily approachable for feedback on studying and living abroad.
Of the thousands of universities in the world, there is one perfect-fit university for you, and we will help you get there.
How do I find out about American universities and colleges?
The best source of information is the Internet. Most institutions have web pages that contain a wealth of information and instructions on how to submit an application for admission, including special instructions for international students. Alternatively, if you do not have access to the Internet, you can find information by visiting the nearest USEFI, British Council or other country-specific education centers. You can also avail of the services of the Wisdom Mart admission cell to help you get information on colleges and universities abroad.
How do I find the right university for me?
First, you must have a clear idea of what you wish to study and what features you would like the school in which you want to study to have. There are also financial considerations to take into account, and the cost can vary enormously from institution to institution. The field of study, geography, and cost will help you narrow down your selection.
The next step is to contact the universities that appeal to you and obtain information from them. As it can take some time to complete the application process, the earlier you begin the better it is for you. Start your search at least 12 months in advance; if you are planning to begin your studies in the autumn of 2008, you should start contacting universities in the autumn of 2007. Most universities admit new students twice a year.
What is the application process?
Once you have gathered all the information and application forms from the universities that interest you, read them carefully and follow the instructions. Most require you to fill an application form and submit it, along with your educational qualifications, test results, one or more letters of recommendation from former teachers or employers, personal essays and statement of purpose, financial affidavits, and applications for scholarship if any. They will also require that you pay an application fee.
The standardized tests required for admission vary from country to country and from course to course.
All universities in the United States require applicants to take 'standardized tests' designed to measure students' aptitude for further study. Students whose native language is not English must also demonstrate their proficiency by taking the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Graduate schools of business and MBA programs usually require the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMATTM); post-graduate programs in other disciplines require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE®). Students going just after Class twelve for undergraduate programs need to take the SAT® I and SAT® II tests.
Where do you send your applications and how are they Reviewed?
The admissions office in the university is responsible for receiving applications, credentials, test results, letters of recommendations and application fees. When a file is complete, it is reviewed and a decision taken on admission. For post-graduate admission, the file is referred to the department to be reviewed by professors who make the final decision. A decision of admission could take between one month and six months depending on the university though most decisions take about two to three months.
Wisdom Mart's Application Assistance consists of:
- Identifying the right universities for you
- Help you identify your recommenders
- Guidance on SOP and Essays
- Edit your resume
- Help in preparing all your documents which include application forms, financial aid applications, transcripts, and financial statements
- Post application follow ups
- Assisting you in networking with professors in universities to improve your chances of admission and financial aid
- Access to our network of students studying in universities abroad.
- Providing you with value-added services like discounted couriers, loan referrals, etc.
Join the admission cell before your exams:
- Save on score reporting: At the time of taking the exam, you are given the opportunity to report your GRE scores, SAT scores and TOEFL scores to 4 universities for free and GMATTM scores to 5 universities for free. If you do not avail of this, then you will be charged $15-$25 for sending the scores to each university later on.
- Apply early: While you are preparing for your exams we can prepare your SOP, recommendation letters etc.
- While applying abroad, the earlier you apply, the better your chances of admissions and financial aid.
- Adequate research time: Starting early gives you time to research your universities thoroughly before you apply.
Why Wisdom Mart?
- A team of Highly qualified professionals who understand the admissions process inside–out
- Placement history that includes Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Cornell, Columbia, Oxford, etc.
- Pre-Screening of applicants to ensure that you get admission in the school best-suited for you
- 99% success rate
- 88% success rate on Financial Aid
- Professional attitude
- Unparalleled levels of commitment
- Exhaustive Database (exact profiles of students for over 7 years)
- Expertise in diverse areas of study
- Student's Trust
- Several value-added services to make your application process as painless as possible
The MBA Admission Process
Most top schools have a rigorous admission process to select students into their programs. Admission decisions are not formula-driven, but depend on the applicant's overall profile.
The application procedure should be carefully completed with all requested information showing the qualifications that schools request and highlight in their public materials. The admission selection process is highly competitive-with the best candidates competing for a restricted number of school openings. A candidate's undergraduate performance, GMATTM and TOEFL® test scores (when required), length and quality of work experience, career goals, resume, personal essays, and recommendation letters are different elements of an MBA application.
All Business Schools require candidates to hold at least a Bachelor's Degree or its equivalent. It is not mandatory to have earlier exposure to business studies to be accepted into an MBA Program. Academic results form a vital component in one's application.
Anything that positively reflects one's past interests and experiences is a definite plus. Extracurricular activities that are considered a past success should be emphasized. Because of the rigors of Business School, admissions committees look for students who are able to motivate and discipline themselves to learn and to balance academic pursuits with their personal lives. Good responses to essay questions and the length and quality of the applicant's work experience wood therefore contribute in making a strong application.
Financial assistance and loan programs for non-US citizens are available though they are very limited. Some of the larger, well-established programs have more funding available, or at least more programs in place, to help students finance their MBAs. All Indian banks give education loans at nominal rates of interest, and it is a good idea to avail of these loans in case one is looking for outside sources of funding.
The evidence of financial support is required by universities to issue the documents needed for visa application. Applicants are also required to submit a bank statement demonstrating their financial capacity to support their education.
Admissions to other Graduate Programs
Students wishing to pursue a Master's or PhD in Engineering or Sciences (Computer, Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical etc.) or a Master's or PhD in Economics or Arts subjects need to supplement their application profile with GRE® and TOEFL® scores. For some PhD programs, Subject GREs might also be required. For admission to post graduate courses, you need to have a Bachelor's degree. Applications to most graduate programs include details of past academic record, statement of purpose indicating the applicant's areas of interest, recommendation letters, and financial statements showing adequate proof of funding and application forms of the university. The range and choice of courses available in universities abroad is quite exhaustive and one can always find the course of one's choice.
Most universities in the U.S. and UK have academic sessions starting in Fall (August/September) and Spring (January/February). It is advisable to apply about six months prior to your intended date of enrolment. But don't forget to check the application deadline of each university.
Funding options are available to international students for most graduate programs in the form of scholarships, tuition waivers, and research and teaching assistantships though they might not be enough to cover your entire expenses. Most aid in graduate programs is based on merit, and also depends on the funding available to each university in this regard.
High School academic record, SAT® scores (when required), personal essays, recommendation letters from teachers, and financial statements are the key elements of undergraduate applications. The choice of courses available is varied and exhaustive.
However, there is little financial aid available at the undergraduate level and most students should be prepared to cover their entire cost. Part-time jobs are however available on campus, and students can expect to cover a part of their living cost by working part time.