Dreaming of sailing to the United States for postgraduate studies or research? Don’t know where to begin when faced with wide-ranging choices? How do you home in on the most suitable options for you from among an array of more than 4000 accredited institutions and 1700 masters’ and PhD-awarding programmes? The United States-India Educational Foundation recently organised a session to help aspirants with some tips on the most fundamental step towards studying in the US – drawing a shortlist for graduate programmes. A shortlist is crucial because standards on US campuses vary. Even the culture of one department differs from another. Most importantly, you need not run after the ‘prestige programmes’ because it’s professors who make a huge difference.
Here are some dos and don’ts you should keep in mind when fine-tuning your shortlist