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I am pursuing my graduation in computer science engineering in Hyderabad. I am going to take the GRE test in April and would like to do a master's degree in the U.S. I need information on how to apply to universities and on the visa process. Any other suggestions you can offer would be helpful.- JS

 

Step one in the application process to American universities is to obtain information about institutions that offer the program you want to pursue. Use reference guides, such as

 

Peterson's Guide / College Board and the Directory of Graduate Programs, to identify institutions for higher education and their entry level requirements.

 

Every student has their distinct profile in terms of their academic, work and extracurricular activities and needs to find the right fit with the university based on their career objectives and job prospects.

 

Once you have identified and shortlisted universities, you are required to send your standardised test scores such as GRE and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), academic credentials, letters of recommendation and statement of purpose as part of your application package.

 

The application of each student is viewed holistically and therefore every component is considered during the admission process.

 

For more detailed information on the process of planning, short-listing, and applying to U.S. universities, you can also visit the U.S. India Educational Foundation website

 

http://www.usief.org.in/Study-in-the-US.aspx.

 

As for the student visa, once you receive an admission offer, and confirm your acceptance of that offer, the concerned university sends the admitted student an important document called the I-20.

 

It is on the basis of this I-20 that you can apply to a U.S. Embassy or Consulate for your student visa.

 

Information on visa application procedures and processing fees can be accessed at

http://www.ustraveldocs.com/in/

http://hyderabad.usconsulate.gov/

 

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