How To Plan Your Study Abroad??
Updated: Oct 1, 2020
In the given below article, basic information was provided on how to put forward our idea of aspiring higher studies abroad after the completion of Bachelors of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry from an Indian university. It was written by an aspirant herself, who is planning to study abroad after her graduation from a veterinary university of Andhra Pradesh like any other state in India. We, the VETAMIT team would ask the readers to place their queries in the comment section which would be answered by the masters and post doctoral students of India who are already studying or studied in the reputed universities of other countries.
We are living in the 21st century where everything is measured in time. Our career path depends on how judiciously we use time and our vision for the future. For undergraduates, particularly for the third and fourth-year students, time plays a crucial role. We experience the “crossroads” where we land in a state of major confusion, whether to choose a path less walked, or the one with a much clearer objective. Each path has its significance, contribution and specialty.
There has been increasing enthusiasm among students to study abroad, but there is limited information regarding the same, mainly the veterinary universities and the courses offered by them. So here is a small attempt to provide information regarding various universities, which websites to search for, and the entrance exams to attempt.
Knowing about opportunities and universities abroad -
USA, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, UK are preferred by most of the students. There are other countries like GERMANY, JAPAN, IRAN, TURKEY, SPAIN, BELGIUM, NETHERLANDS etc., offering a variety of courses in veterinary and wildlife sciences. One of the problems considered in the later group of countries is the medium of instruction. There are only a few courses that are instructed in English and one must carefully consider the medium of instruction.
If you wanted to study in the USA, then search for the list of colleges along with their rankings to have a clear idea about which university to take. You can view the university’s overall ranking from https://www.timeshighereducation.com/student/best-universities/best-universities-united-states. To view the individual college rankings, whether the courses you preferred were being offered by the university, you must visit the official website of the chosen university.
For example :
If you are interested in studying at the University of Georgia, Athens https://www.uga.edu/ here is the link to the university’s official website. Each university would have a similar website of their own. Preferred courses would be listed undergraduate studies (masters and PhD courses), under the academic section.
PhD courses offered by the university
Similarly, you can search for desired courses in the university websites. You can contact the course in-charge or career advisors of the university. Their contact information is provided within the university website. You can contact them through the mail for any further details. The response would be given in 2-3 days, depending on the university. Getting in touch with the seniors who have been studying abroad would be helpful. Each university has a specialized field in which it excels, and insights from students studying abroad would be helpful for you to choose the right university.
Information regarding CGPA, exams to be cleared by the international students
If you are aiming to study in the USA, GRE is required for some universities along with your English proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS). GRE is not a requirement for studying in some of the veterinary colleges, however, asked by many of them. But if you are aiming for something like UC DAVIS (California ) or CORNEL (Ithaca), both top universities in the field of veterinary medicine in the USA, you should show your mettle in the GRE examination. A separate GRE subject test is required for some universities.
Official websites for GRE, TOEFL, IELTS provide all necessary information on exam dates, centers, fee etc.
The CGPA scale would be a 4 point based one, measured on 4 point scale and a minimum of 2.8 and over is expected to secure entrance into a university. CGPA around 3.4 or above would be required for top universities. You could generally attempt these exams while you were in your internship or your final study year. This way, you would have more time to organize things such as recommendation letters, research articles and motivation letter. Additional documents required would be listed on the university website.
After clearing required exams, you need to send applications to the universities, along with your GRE scorecard, English language proficiency test result, curriculum vitae, along with three recommendation letters and a motivation letter. You shall receive a letter of admission from the University, then you can then apply for various scholarships that you are eligible for.
Scholarships, grants and financial aid
One of the most important aspects of going abroad is economic feasibility. A little over 50,000 USD is required for your 2-year masters’ course completion, a quite hefty sum of money in INR. If you are not financially stable, then you must excel in your academics. There are many scholarships given by both government and private organizations for academically bright students.
Scholarships are offered by the ministry of human resource development, India
Apart from the Indian government, there are also some private organizations which provide student loans, grants and scholarships for the students studying abroad.
Financial aid is offered to bright and economically weaker students by universities abroad. Financial aid for international students is discussed on the university’s website, which can be in form of grants, loans, fellowships etc.
In addition to scholarships, teaching assistantship and research assistantship are offered to capable students.
A vast competition exists for Masters and PhD programs. What makes your application stand out? A good number of applicants would have straight A’s thus CGPA plays an important but minute role in getting your application selected. Your motivation letter along with your research experience plays a crucial role. You must be specific of what to achieve and how you could make a difference with your research and thought process.
And at the end of the day, it is the thought that counts…
Wishing a good luck to every aspirant.
NTR college of Veterinary Science, Gannavaram
SVVU university, Tirupathi
Editing by :
Dr. Amit Kumar Tripathy
Dr. Hemalatha Talluri