India is emerging
as a major economy of the world. Also, the Indian education system
was always considered to be one of the best in the world. We have
some of the best educational institutions of the world in India.
Even the Indian professors are teaching in universities all over the
world. Then what is the need for studying in USA? What is it in US
education that is not available in Indian education? These and many
more questions may be floating in your mind while browsing through
this book. It is our effort to give you the most correct and
relevant information about education system in the USA so that you
can make a conscious and informed decision.
Over the last 10
years the number of students going to America for higher studies
have increased manifold. With globalization
and Internet revolution, even students of the middle-income families
find it an extremely practical and affordable option. In spite of
this, we have experienced that more students lose the opportunity of
studying in the USA not because they cannot afford it but because
they do not have accurate and relevant information about how to go
and its team have been guiding students towards
higher studies in the USA through its
network of offices, newspaper articles, TV programs and seminars.
This book is also aimed at providing accurate guidance and up to
date information about higher education
opportunities in the USA. We sincerely hope that the students
and more particularly the parents will find information in this book
very useful while planning careers.
We once again state that students lose on to the opportunity of
studying in the USA not because they
cannot afford but because they do not have information about the
Tushar More was
an average student with only 62% marks in HSC. However, he was
keenly interested in pursuing degree in automobile engineering. He
tried everywhere in India for an admission but failed. Disappointed,
he took an admission for bachelors program in mass management.
During his first year, he attended one of our seminars and
understood the opportunity of pursuing higher studies in the USA. He
completed all the formalities in six months and went to pursue his
dream career in Southern Illinois University. We feel happy for
being of help to such students and we take pride in helping them
build their careers.
Abhijeet was a
brilliant student during his engineering. During his final year of
B.E., he had already taken GRE and
had an impressive score of
1320. Simultaneously, he also got
selected in a reputed software company at the campus interview.
Thinking that education in the US will be expensive, and getting
tempted to a high paying job, he joined the software company as a
Six months of
working in the monotonous environment, he realized that this is not
the career that he can enjoy for a
long time. He was however, still very skeptical about the option of
pursuing MS in the US as he was reluctant to put his ageing father
in heavy expenditure. He attended one of the seminars of
FACT and voiced his concern.
FACT assured him of
admissions in the
best universities where
scholarships will be available. This
was really not a difficult task considering his academics,
GRE score and work experience.
Furthermore, in order to make him feel comfortable, he was told to
just apply to 5-6 universities and see the result. That would cost
him only a few thousand rupees but he will atleast come to know his
worth in the US universities.
He agreed and
today, he is pursuing his MS in systems engineering from one of the
top ranked universities in the US with full scholarship.
hundreds of students like Tushar and Abhijeet who have gained from
the information about study opportunities in
the USA. You can also go through the various chapters in this
book and understand all the pre requisites for
studying in USA. If you need any
further information, you are most welcome to visit any of the
offices of FACT. A list of FACT office addresses is given in this
book. For the most up to date information about where we have our
offices, visit our web site
and Internet revolution has shrunk the world into a global village.
Boundaries of the nations are only politically important now. For
the trade, commerce and industry, the world has become one market
place. In such times, we need to have global compatibility to
survive and grow. We need to have exposure to the various cultures
and business practices of various countries.
One must understand the advantages that America offers as a place
for higher studies before investing the time and money. Also, it is
not just enough to decide to study in the USA just because it is
trendy. We are therefore putting forth the most distinct advantages
offered by the US education system:
more than 500,000 international students
come to study every year in the United States from different
countries. No other country in the world attracts so many
Naturally, the international exposure that you get while being a
part of such a diverse students body is one of the most
important advantages of studying in the United Sates.
as you study higher and higher, you need educational
infrastructure, which is as important as the quality of syllabus
and quality of teachers. While the quality of syllabus and
teachers are quite high in India, the availability of
educational infrastructure is far better in the USA.
Research in the Universities:
this is the most distinct advantage of American Education
System. Unlike most other universities in the world, the
universities in the USA are engaged in conducting practical
research work for the benefit of the industry and government of
the USA. These researches are conducted under the supervision of
the college professors and the students get an opportunity to
work on these research projects.
with more than 3,000 universities and colleges offering tens of
thousands of different programs, the choice of careers is the
widest in the United States. There is nothing which is worth
pursuing a career in which is not covered by the American higher
American education system is credit hour based. These credits
are widely transferable from one university to another. Also,
you can take credit hours as per your requirements and therefore
the duration of completing a four-year degree may range from
three to five years as per the capacity of the student.
this is a very important advantage from the Indian student point
of view. How many times we come across a deserving Indian
student not getting a career of his choice in India? Students
lose their careers by a fraction of percentage and then they
have no other choice but to either change their field of study
or settle for an inferior institution by paying heavy donation.
Such things rarely happen when you are applying to an American
institution. The universities in the USA
give due consideration to the desire of the students and
admissions are based on a
complete assessment of the students overall personality and not
just the mark-sheet.
advantages of studying in America are far too many and most of the
parents and students already know about them. But most of the time
they are unaware about the affordability of the courses or the exact
procedure and timetable for preparation. This book will deal with
these issues in the subsequent chapters.
Over the last 10 years, the number of Indian students
studying in the United States has
increased more than 2 times. From a mere 35,000 students in 1993-94,
the number of Indian students has gone up to almost 80,000 students
increase is an indication of the growing confidence of Indian
students in the American education system and more importantly its
relevance in the current era of globalization.
Not only that,
India is the largest country sending students to USA amongst all
countries of the world. Almost 13% of the total international
students studying in USA are Indians.
About 20% of the
students studying in the USA are
studying for a bachelor’s degree. Most of the students are studying
in fields such as engineering, information technology, core sciences
and business management programs.
Also, if we
compare the popularity of different countries amongst the Indian
students, once again, USA is on the top with substantial lead. A
comparison of Indian students in the major four countries of the
world is :
Al the above
statistics clearly indicates that Indian students have preferred USA
as their most suitable destination for higher education abroad. This
trend is likely to continue in future.
As the choices of
careers increase, the career planning
becomes more and more important at the same time more and more
complex. In such a situation, information is the key. If you have
all the information, or know where to collect it from, your job is
half done. The other half is to be in a position to analyze the
information and make a decision. FACT has been helping the students
in collection as well as analysis of the information. This book is
yet another initiative of FACT to reach out to the students and
parents to help them in their decision-making.
General objectives of
milestone in the academic career of a student, he has to take a
career decision. The choice of career you make at this stage
determines your entire life ahead. Now, this choice of career is
determined only when all the following factors exist simultaneously:
You are clear of what you want to do. (Field
You have all the information about the
availability and acceptability criterions for this field in
India and abroad.
Your academic performance is acceptable for
admission into the field
Your family can afford to finance the
education in the field
us look at each of these factors in greater detail to arrive at a
Most of the students are clear on their major
field of study. However, it is always a good idea to identify
top three fields of your interest instead of just one. If you
have a difficulty in making a choice, FACT conducts aptitude
tests to scientifically identify the fields that you are best
Once you are clear of the field of study,
start collecting information about where is it available, what
is the condition of acceptability and what is the cost of
education. This book will give you answers of these questions
for opportunities in America. You
can collect information for opportunities in India through
You can then take
the relevant entrance tests for these courses conducted for
different courses in India (GATE, CAT, CET etc.). or USA (GRE,
GMAT, SAT & TOEFL).
If your performance is acceptable in the
entrance tests, you have to make arrangements for the funding of
your career. But since you must have already collected
information about the cost of education in stage a) above, you
are already aware about the budget and so you start with your
These steps may
be simple to read, but we all know that there are so many factors,
which make these simple looking steps extremely difficult at times.
We therefore recommend that you be prepared for alternative plans if
the main plan fails at any stage. This book is an effort to give you
one such alternative.
significant limitation of Indian education system is the uncertainty
of admissions to certain select careers like engineering, medical
etc. Even the most capable students are not assured of their seat in
the desired college in spite of working hard for the entrance tests.
However, most students do not plan for this uncertainty in advance
and as a result, they have to settle for career options, which were
never their choice.
Every year we come across number of students who could not get
through the Indian entrance examinations or who are not enjoying
their current jobs. They decide to pursue the option of studying in
America. In the whole process, they lose valuable time.
recommend that the students and their parents should collect all the
information about educational opportunities
in America. If they find these opportunities suitable, they
should take the GRE/ GMAT/ SAT & TOEFL
tests one year before their intended term in USA begins. This will
ensure that they get a career of their choice in America,
immediately after their academic year in India is over.
Also, students who do not make it to the final list of selection of
a course or a job in India, should think of pursuing careers in the
field of their interest in America rather than studying a subject,
or taking a job, which is not of their interest in India.
Finally, the students who have made up their mind to study in
America because they are convinced about the advantages that it
offers, should complete the preparation in their last academic year
of India in order to ensure that they don’t lose time after their
The cost of
education is the most important factor considered by almost every
student from India. Also, it’s a wide spread belief that the
education in USA is not affordable. The complicated structure of
financing opportunities and the dynamics of scholarships, in campus
and off campus jobs etc. make the financial planning further more
difficult. At the outset, one may think that the cost of tuition
plus the living expenses is equal to the total cost that a student
requires. But then, what about scholarships? What about campus jobs?
What about summer jobs? Will they reduce my total cost? To what
extent? What is the certainty? This and many more variables make the
financial planning process absolutely difficult at times.
We at FACT, have been meticulously calculating the expected costs
for different students. Our knowledge about the working methods of
universities, local laws and quality consultation to the parents has
helped many middle-income families comfortably manage the education
of their children in America. While the cost factor has to be
calculated separately for each student, we have given broad
information about the various ingredients of costs as well as the
funding opportunities in this chapter.
Tuition and Fees
fall under two major categories: public (state supported), and
private (independent) institutions.
International students’ tuition expenses at state schools are
based on nonresident costs, which are still usually less expensive
than those of private universities. It’s important to note that the
cost of a program in a US school does not necessarily affect its
quality. Similarly, it is not a rule that all public universities
are good or all private universities are inferior. One has to study
each university independently, regardless of whether it is a public
university or a private university.
Tuition Fees (annual in U.S. Dollars)
Institutions (High Cost)
Institutions (Low Cost)
Institutions (High Cost)
Institutions (Low Cost)
The tuition fee
is different for different universities and varies widely with
courses. It can vary from as low as $ 7,000 a year for state
universities to as much as $ 30000 a year for some private
annual living expenses are about $7,000, which includes
accommodation as well as other daily expenses. However, the expenses
are different for different people depending on the lifestyles and
this is just a rough idea. The main expenses can be split up as:
$ 400 per month
$ 100 per month
$ 100 per month
$ 50 per month
$ 50 per month
So, about $700
per month is a good estimation. Most people can survive with $500-
$600 a month. The key here is to share apartments/houses so that you
save on the utilities, fixed charge portion of phone and to some
extent on groceries
The total cost of
tuition and living can be funded through the following sources:
Savings: this is the
traditional method of funding education in India. Most parents
meet the education expenses of their children through personal
earnings and savings. But when it comes to financing the
education in America, one should take care that the personal
savings are utilized to the minimum possible extent. In some
cases, we even recommend not to use personal savings at all to
fund the education.
this is the new emerging
option in the last couple of years. All the nationalized banks
have a structured and uniform educational loan policy wherein
loans are given up to Rs.5 lakhs without any collateral security
or guarantee. If the parents are willing to offer collateral
security, the amount of loan can me as high as Rs.15 lakhs for
students studying abroad
most GOOD American universities offer substantial scholarships
to deserving students. These scholarships are given based on
different selection criterions. The next chapter is specifically
dedicated for discussing the scholarships option.
Jobs: the universities allow
students to work on campus for up to 20 hours per week. These
jobs often help the students recover their living expenses while
studying at the university.
each year, the student has two vacations totaling to three to
four months. During this period, the student can work full time
either on campus or off campus. Students are not allowed to work
off campus for the first nine months of their study. These jobs
being full time in nature, help the students make more money
than what they require for their living expenses. Again, one has
to be careful while selecting the university. You should apply
to only those universities, which have on campus jobs available.
If one uses the
above information carefully while applying to the universities, the
total cost of education, which requires funding through personal
savings or educational loans comes down substantially.
This is one area in which FACT has developed expertise through
extensive research and experience. The students of FACT therefore
have saved lakhs of rupees by applying to the right university, for
the right program at the right time.
Some US schools
are more likely than others to offer financial aid for international
undergraduate students. The lists below indicate which schools offer
aid (including grants, loans, and jobs) to the largest numbers of
To be included in the following lists, the schools must have an
average award that is greater than 1/5 of the cost of attendance.
The financial aid may include grants, and jobs, and often includes
both merit and need-based awards. Within each group, schools are
listed in alphabetical order.
If a school is not listed here, it probably does not have much
financial aid for international students. However, it is worth
noting that some schools may have athletic scholarships that are
open to both international students and US students. The lists below
do not count the number of athletic scholarships awarded to
Barry University (FL)
Clark Univ. (MA)
Eastern Michigan Univ. (MI)
Grinnell College (IA)
Harding Univ. (AR)
Illinois Inst. of Tech. (IL)
Liberty Univ. (VA)
Louisiana State Univ. (LA)
Macalester College (MN)
Marquette Univ. (WI)
Mount Holyoke College (MA)
Ohio Wesleyan Univ. (OH)
Univ. of Bridgeport (CT)
Univ. of Houston (TX)
Univ. of Pennsylvania (PA)
Univ. of South Florida (FL)
Brown Univ. (RI)
Calvin College (MI)
College of Wooster (OH)
Dordt College (IA)
Eckerd College (FL)
Florida Inst. of Tech. (FL)
Georgia Southern Univ. (GA)
Graceland College (IA)
Luther College (IA)
Middlebury College (VT)
Northeast Louisiana (LA)
Savannah Coll. of Art (GA)
Slippery Rock Univ. (PA)
Smith College (MA)
Texas Christian Univ. (TX)
Tri-State Univ. (IN)
Univ. of Miami (FL)
Univ. of Rochester (NY)
Universities in the USA offer merit-based scholarships each year to
outstanding students. These scholarships are competitive and, unless
otherwise indicated, are renewable for up to four years, provided
you maintain good academic performance.
You may receive any combination of these scholarships up to an
amount not to exceed the total cost of education plus $1,000. The
total cost of education is determined annually by the Office of
Student Financial Aid and includes tuition, fees, room and board,
books and supplies, and personal and transportation expenses.
Again, only in
good universities, international students are welcome to apply for
need-based financial aid. Along with university admission
application, students should also submit International Student
Financial Aid Application, Official letter from parent’s employer
stating gross income and value of prerequisites, subsidies, and/or
benefits for the previous calendar year, Certification of Finances
with a supporting bank letter.
student applying for aid may be academically admissible, not all
students will be awarded financial aid due to the limited
availability of funding. In addition, all students receiving funds
are expected to contribute personally toward educational and
personal expenses while attending Villanova University. International students are notified
of financial aid eligibility at time of admission; those applying
early will be notified of their financial aid eligibility earlier.
required to re-apply for financial aid each year by submitting the
College Board International Student Financial Aid Application and an
updated official letter from parent’s employer stating gross income
and value of prerequisites, subsidies, and/or benefits.
university offers athletic scholarships according to the policies of
the associations to which they belong. The types of scholarships
that may be offered include archery scholarships, basketball
scholarships, crew scholarships, cross country scholarships, field
hockey scholarships, football scholarships, gymnastics scholarships,
hockey scholarships, rifle scholarships, sailing scholarships,
swimming scholarships, tennis scholarships, volleyball scholarships
etc. Athletic scholarships are distributed in an equitable fashion
among male and female students. Consequently, a considerable amount
of financial aid is available for women with athletic ability.
Students should put together a profile of their athletic and
academic qualifications. Include copies of the best newspaper
clippings in which your performance is mentioned, letters of
recommendation from your current coaches, and your sport’s season
schedule. A short 5-10 minute video of your athletic performance may
also be helpful. Send copies of this athletic portfolio to the
coaches at the schools you are interested in.
scholarships provide only partial support, and require that the
student make satisfactory academic progress for renewal. Coaches can
also refuse to renew an athletic scholarship if the student’s
athletic performance falls short of expectations. If the student
quits the team, the athletic scholarship is usually terminated.
(Athletic scholarships are not terminated if the student is injured
There is a trend
amongst the students to blindly follow rankings while selecting the
universities that they want to apply to. We have always given
importance to the overall background of the university, the quality
of a particular department and the academic and financial
requirement of the student before selecting the university. The
rankings can be used only as a guideline. We strongly believe that
more often than not, a 29th ranked university may be much more
appropriate for your career than the 17th ranked university.
Therefore, take these rankings as a broad guideline and not a
conclusive verdict about the standing of the university.
1. After getting
the visa the next thing to do is booking tickets.
2. Days before the flight, call the airline to confirm your
reservation and to cross-check everything the travel agent may have
3. Indicate whether you want Asian Vegetarian Meal (AVM), etc. This
can be done at the time of booking the tickets with the travel
4. Some airlines offer Frequent Flier programs (e.g. Air France,
TWA, United Airlines) implying that after a certain number of miles
of flying with that airline you get a free ticket. Enroll in such
5. Avoid transit of airline at airports A direct flight is the best.
If change of airline can’t be avoided, make sure that there is at
least 4-6 hours gap between the scheduled arrival of one flight and
the scheduled departure of the connecting flight.
6. Baggage is usually safe with a single airline while change of
airline sometimes leads to misplaced luggage. Some airlines don’t
take care about baggage transfer. You may have to personally carry
it (check this while booking)
7. Arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before the check-in time.
8. Drink lot of fluids on the flight. This will help you recover the
jetlag very fast.
9. Many airlines are fussy about the weight of your cabin baggage.
It is always better to check with your travel agent regarding this.
10. Always keep a photocopy of your passport, tickets, I-20, contact
info of your school in every baggage including your cabin baggage.
11. Always keep original copies of your CA certificate, bank
statements, sponsor’s affidavit, passport, admission letters in your
cabin baggage. Sometimes, the immigration officials may ask you to
present them at the airport.
12. Ideally, a student can bring $ 500/- in cash, $ 1000/- in
travelers cheques and a personal draft of the amount equal to one
semester’s expenses. You may check your I-20 to determine this
1. Learn typing.
2. Learn driving.
3. Learn to cook.
4. Make your passport valid for 6 months more than your stay
indicated in your I-20
5. All other changes are best made in the U.S.
6. Make outstation purchases (sweater, thermal underwear,
7. Have a complete medical checkup done.
8. Get prescriptions & medicines for all common ailments
9. Get your eye-sight checked - get a new prescription. Buy at least
one extra pair of glasses, lenses.
10. Get requisite immunization done (especially MMR). Fill in the
Health and Immunization record form that has been sent to you with
the I-20 packet.
1. Start your
packing at least two days before departure date.
2. Buy two strong boxes - they should be able to withstand a lot of
mishandling. They should be as large as possible within the size
limitations (however most airlines are not very strict about baggage
3. Put identification marks and labels both inside & outside the
boxes (apart from this, the airlines will also provide you with
adhesive labels). Boxes with independent top & bottom are
4. Box specifications, As an example the Air India economy class
baggage specifications to the USA are given below. Note the specs.
may be different for other countries/airlines. 2 pieces of baggage
with total linear dimension (l+b+h) not exceeding 270cm (106”).
Moreover the total linear dimension of each piece should not be over
5. The weight of each bag should not exceed 32kg (70lb).
6. Carry on baggage : In addition you can carry a bag with linear
dimension not exceeding 115cm (45”) onboard (fits on overhead
7. For most other airlines the baggage specifications are similar.
If you are taking a break outside USA/Canada contact your travel
agent or airline for details.
1. Copy of all
certificates/documents (originals in hand baggage).
2. Necessary books/notebooks (some suggested books are - Clark’s
Tables, a good dictionary/thesaurus, a booklet for units conversion)
[note: there should be no legal hassles taking photocopies of books
- but don’t flaunt them to around campus.
3. Copy of address book/telephone book/diary.
4. Some stationery and related items suggested (not absolutely
necessary - just for the first few weeks) are : Rubber stamp with
house address, airmail covers, few Indian razor blades for cutting
work, screw driver, Indian postal stamps for sending letters through
someone coming to India
5. Medical history file.
6. At least one pair leather chappals, two hawai chappals (extra
7. Soap (bath), toothbrushes (slightly costly in the US).
8. You may want to bring audio cassettes, CDs of your favorite
9. You may want to enquire with the travel agent regarding valuable
items on which custom duty may be levied.
10. All Indian groceries, pickles and other food stuff MUST be
sealed completely else they may be removed by the US customs.
clothes are machine washed once every two weeks hence two weeks
supply of clothes is needed. Get all clothes little loose - clothes
may shrink in machine wash or you might probably grow fat.
2. 14-15 sets of undergarments, 6-8 pairs socks, handkerchiefs.
3. Good swimming trunk, few shorts, T-shirts may be brought.
4. At least one tie, 1-2 belts.
5. Two ordinary towels (Turkish ones start stinking).
6. One bed sheet, lungi/dhotis/pajamas, thermal underwear (2-4),
extra woolen sweater.
7. Don’t worry yourself if you can’t bring any of the items listed
above most of them are available pretty cheap in the US (made in
China). Exceptions are leather goods, formal wear.
1. Big pressure cooker (with spare handle, 3 safety valves, 2
weights, 1 base plate, 3 gaskets).
2. Dosai turner, charani (server with holes), rice server & other
3. Pair of tongs, small bowls (kinnum), rolling pin ( Belan), knife,
kadaie (optional). 3-4 dishes, Spoons, 2 frying pans ( tava ), 1
chopping board, 2-3 storage vessels ( tapeli )
4. Cooking book will always be handy. Note: Try to share & bring the
vessels with others coming to IIT. Non-stick kitchenware is cheap in
the US and you can buy a full set.
passport, ticket, financial documents (CA certificate, Bank
Statements), admission letter, affidavit of sponsor, all college or
school marksheets and related certificates.
2. First aid medicines. For example, tablets for headache, nausea,
fever, loose motion.
3. Novel/magazines/books for in-flight reading, sweater. If you are
coming in Fall, the weather will be hot enough, thus you would NOT
need to wear any warm clothing then. Else you MUST be prepared to
face extremely cold temperatures if you are arriving in Spring.
4. Address book/phone book (Indian & US)
5. Copies of your photo (passport size)
6. Things to survive for a week in case luggage gets misplaced (two
sets of clothes, valuables like addresses etc)
1. List of
addresses/phone numbers at which info about you can be obtained.
2. One copy of all your important documents.
3. A copy of all relevant parts of Medical History files.
4. Arrange to collect/redirect mail from your room/hostel.
5. Arrange to apply/collect/mail your transcripts (about 10 in
6. Your tailoring measurements.
7. Few blank signed papers - so that your parents can be authorized
to look after anything on your behalf.
1. Call up & find
if there is any delay or change of schedule of the plane (inform the
people coming to pick you up of any such change).
2. Rest well - ready to face the long journey / jet lag and bid bye
to all concerned.
1. As it is going
to be a long flight wear something comfortable preferably cotton
full hand shirt and trousers. Wear your shoes
2. Be at the airport at least one hour before check in time.
3. Relax during flight, sleep as much as possible.
4. For vegetarians, watch out before you eat for you may get
non-vegetarian food even if you had asked for vegetarian. Veg. food
is generally bland - fruits/juice are good choices.
5. Never hesitate to ask questions.
6. Once out of India be very careful (from sheer experience of
seniors). Don’t trust anyone. Don’t hire a taxi (unless emergency)
till you reach your destination. If required don’t hesitate to spend
7. Don’t hesitate to talk to people to ask questions. Usually people
will answer all your queries satisfactorily.
Port of entry procedures
1. Sometime before landing the flight attendant will distribute
customs declaration forms & immigration forms as mentioned below.
Fill these out on the plane (you will submit them to the appropriate
authorities when you land). Do not hesitate to take the flight
2. You can indicate that you have nothing to declare & total value
of all goods you carry is less than $100 on the customs form.
3. Fill form I-94 in the plane. After seeing your documents,
immigration officer will indicate length of stay, university, etc.
This will be attached to your passport. You must retain this I-94
form, else you will face trouble in leaving USA later.
4. Form I-20 ID copy - all transactions regarding your non-immigrant
status will be recorded in this form. This should be retained at all
times (not surrendered when you temporarily leave the US). Your
admission number will be given - memorize it & note it elsewhere.
5. Just before you land the correct local time will be announced set
your watch [dual time watch will come in handy here] Chicago is
10:30 hours behind India from 31st April to 31st October and 11:30
hours behind India for other times.
6. Once you are out of the plane go straight to the immigration
counter rush for them to beat the queue. It might take half to one
7. Keep your I-20, passport, admission & aid letters ready. They
might ask few questions like - is this your first time in the US?
-Are you a student on F1 visa? -Which University are you joining?
8. The immigration officer will attach an I-94 card on one of the
pages of your passport usually against the visa page
9. Be very relaxed and answer all the questions that the officer
will ask. Sometimes the officer may ask you to present financial
documents or letters from your sponsors. Thus it is advisable to
carry these along with you in your cabin baggage.
10. Then go to the conveyor belts to fetch your luggage. Pick up a
cart to carry the bags. Then pick up your bags as they come out on
the conveyor (suitable eye-catching labels help here). If you don’t
get your baggage inform the enquiry section.
11. Cart your baggage to nearby Customs. If asked, tell the officer
that you are a student on F-1 visa, school, department and coming to
USA for the first time. If asked to open the baggage do so slowly
but do not mess up the place. Note : In most cases you will NOT be
asked to open your boxes at all & will be simply waved through.
12. Never leave your baggage unattended. Don’t go out of the
airport until somebody comes to receive you. If you have doubt the
person who has come to receive you, don’t hesitate to ask for
his/her identification paper.
13. Once you reach your house (or other desti ination) call home &
inform them of reaching safely.
Many a times, we
are asked how can we work with so much intensity and still don’t
burn out. The answer to this question can be found in the following
feed backs that our students have given. If we can be a source of
inspiration and happiness of this high quality to so many students,
we can do our work with so much intensity for atleast hundred more
To, AVINASH VEER
I look forward to your class
When I come to FACT.
You're an awesome teacher;
I think you're very cool.
You're smart and fair and friendly;
You're helping all of us.
And if I got to grade you,
From me you'd get A+!
I'm happy that you're my teacher;
.As my role model you inspire me
To dream and to work and to reach.
With your kindness you get my attention;
Every week on Saturday you are planting a seed
Of curiosity and motivation
To know and to grow and succeed.
You help me fulfill my potential;
I'm thankful for all that you've done.
I admire you each day, and I just want to say,
As a teacher, you're number one!
When I began FACT class I think I knew
The kind of challenges you'd make me face.
You gave me motivation to pursue
The best, and to reject the commonplace.
Your thinking really opened up my mind.
With wisdom, style and grace, you made me see,
That what I'd choose to seek, I'd surely find;
You shook me out of my complacency.
I thank you now for everything you've done;
What you have taught me I will not outgrow.
Your kind attention touched my mind and heart;
In many ways that you will never know.
I will remember you my whole life through;
I wish that all my teachers in Texas will be like you.
BY : yours obedient.......
KAPIL R. KURHADE.
Sunil Sir and the entire team at FACT have been a beacon through the
entire admission and VISA process. The whole process has been a
cakewalk in spite of the initial few obstacles. Sunil Sir and Katre
Ma'am have given me all the time in the world with my difficulties
and have been an excellent support system.
FACT probably does the best job at counselling and VISA training.
Everyone in FACT is like a part of a big family. Thank you Sunil Sir
for helping me step up to realizing my dreams. You'll are truly the
best and that's a FACT.
“You can call him without any hesitation even at 11:00 in the night
if you have a query.” The sentence says it all. Sunil Shah Sir has
always shared a very special relationship with not just me, but all
his Students. He is a person who will not only solve your education
related queries, but also guide you at personal level. The comfort
level he shares with his Students is really amazing. When I went to
Shah Sir with my GRE score and told him about my Masters Program,
without referring to any book or the Internet, he had a list of
Universities ready for me, which I had to shortlist. And I am proud
to tell that I short listed 5 Universities and got admission in 4 of
them. The amount of excel he has acquired in Education counseling is
far beyond this page. He owns a deep knowledge in his profession and
it always keeps your confidence level high when you have Sunil Shah
Sir standing besides you. Apart from his friendly and jolly nature,
at times he has been strict too when students don’t take up
sincerely. Sunil Shah Sir has helped me and guided me in one of the
most critical stages of my life and without him, my task would had
been so much difficult. I will recommend his name to each and every
person who seeks my advice on Education Counseling. I know he is the
best and will always be.
On a final note just one thing to say, “The more I write about him,
the less I describe him!” Three cheers to Shah Sir. Thank you for
From calling 20 times when in need to none when happy. Yes, I know
it may seem selfish. But Sunil Sir and FACT have taken it all in
stride and helped me through thick and thin. And the most important
thing was that his cell was never out of coverage or switched off,
which inevitably would have lead to some excuse!!!!
Sunil Sir has given all the students of FACT all of his time when we
needed it the most at the crucial times of the application process.
Katre Madam has been a prime support through the VISA process. She's
a friends, guide, a motherly figure who looks only at the benefits
of the student.
Sunil Sir and FACT's employees like Nandini took due care of our
progress. Not to forget Ajay and Shreya who have helped me in every
way possible for my VISA process. I must say i initially came to
FACT just to chill but the FACT team initiated me into the process
in a very subtle and nice way.
THANK YOU ALL
P.S (to all students): BE COOL & YOU WILL LAND IN FLORIDA!
I was associated with FACT and Mr Sunil Shah for the purpose of
getting proper guidance in pursuing MS course in Mechanical
Engineering in the USA.
Mr Shah has thorough knowledge of the curent scerario regarding
higher education outside as well as inside India. the faculty
members working with MR Shah are skilled, professional and polite.
Getting appointments and things like that was never a problem.
It was very reassuring to be in his company when at FACT. I had
completed my Engineering from an autonomous university , and so i
was skeptical about my admission prospects. Mr Shah , was of great
help to me then, he personally handled my case and crafted my SOPs ,
RECOs etc to the best of his abilities.
The result : i got an admit .after all result is what that matters.
" Sunil sir is the best choice as an advisor for your admissions to
universities in US”
I was really worried about my admissions in a good university and
Sunil sir was the only man who made it possible to have it in one of
the best university in US. i would like to say he is the man on whom
students can blindly trust for their admissions. i would like to
mention that he used to work on my documents even upto 3 o clock in
he is great man and a good friend to his students
"Probably...err...not probably but the best place to get guidance
from for your educational plans. It is the place which guides you
perfectly and helps you realise your educational plans. They have
guided a confused person like me for getting the best possible
university in USA for my MS. Believe me they are the best in this
field and are more than eager to help you out in any problem. DO NOT
forget to knock on their door before taking any decisions in your
" A TRUE FRIEND PHILISOPHYER & GUIDE"
I came in contact with FACT (Pune), last year when I have decided to
peruse my masters abroad. But believe me that was the very tough
journey until I came to know about FACT.
FACT was the only Institute in Pune or may be in India which has
given me the assurance that “Yes the guy with my kind of bag round
(12+3 Engineering Dropout) is also eligible to peruse masters in USA
& that’s it.
The destitution was fixed then it was time for preparation in that
respect also FACT has helped me a lot with the appropriate test
materials, test series & what not ,just to make sure that I must
excel in these tests(GRE ,TOFEL).
After that comes the real important task of documentation here is
the real strength of FACT.
The documentation was done in very scruples & customized manner in
which the minute things like word count, font size, even font type,
etc are being taken care of.
The most important thing is Mr. Sunil Shah`s 24/7 availability
Believe me I have received his e-mails at 1.30am, such is the
dedication of this person.
Today there are three admits in my hand my VISA process is going on,
& this entire credit goes to Mr. Sunil Shah & his wonderful team
called as FACT
Gurukul is an excellent organization which not only offers service
to its students but a complete solution to enable them prepare for
their further studies in a structured and systematic manner.
Mr.Sunil Shah, the CEO, was personally looking after my case. Each
student is treated exclusively and personalized solutions are
provided to them. I was quite unsure about where I would finally end
up because most B Schools at the US prefer high work experience
where as I only have two years but it was Gurukul and specifically
Mr. Shah who made me believe that I could make it to a ranked
school. It is largely due to their efforts that today I find myself
going to a ranked school with financial aid as well. Gurukul is an
excellently structured organization which offers customized support
to all its students. I rate Gurukul as one of the best in client
"I joined FACT in November 2005 to secure addmission in an American
university for doing MS. With FACT's help I have received admits
from two universities.
The faculty at FACT is very helpful and are always there for you.
Whenever I wanted an appointment to meet any faculty members, I
always got it. Mr Sunil Shah knows all the students quite well and
he ensures that all their problems are solved.
I see FACT growing as an organisation in the years to come."
Juee Kotwal (San Diego state uni.)
It was very
smooth process thanks to the guidance& support of FACT.
Visa guidance was Simply Best.
Dr.Manyank Rao (TAMU)
FACT provided very practical approach towards
HATS OFF to KATRE Mam.she was angle to me in
the whole process.
Aniket Shah (NYIT)
Thanks FACT for helping me till VISA and
ALL THE BEST.
Deepti Sathe (Uni. Of Massachusetts, Lowell)
FACT – ONE of the best things that
happened to me!!!!!!!!!
It couldn’t have been better!!!!!!!!!!
Lot of Love.
Nikhil Sonawani (Montana state uni. Bozeman)
It was lovely experience with balaji, Katre mam,
Shah sir,& all Staff
“They made my dream come true.”
No Other better place than FACT.
Tejaswini Mogal (Uni. Of Houston –Clear Lake)
FACT helped me a lot in achieving my
Dhananjay Nawandar (Uni. Of Nebraska @ Omaha)
fantastic Guidance & Counseling from FACT which helped me lot
To attain my goals.
Sunil Sir Rocks!!!
Mangesh Sasane (Texas Tech Uni.)
FACT: VERY PROOF.
ORGANISED CONSULTANCY, TAILOR MADE APPROACH
REQUIRMENT OF STUDENT TO ACHIEVE THEIR GOAL.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH SUNIL SIR &
Abhishek Dekhane (Oklahoma State Uni. at
For Making My Dream Cum True.
“Thank you Avinash Sir, Balaji, katre mam,
S. Shah sir, Chetana mam.”
Ginia Patel (California State uni.)
A Real back up
in achieving my GOALS.
Thanks a lot. Balaji sir, Sunil sir,
chetana mam, katre mam
Arjun Gujar (Texas A & M Uni.)
We Students give our career into the hands of our
study abroad counselor and
I am very much happy the FACT Team, because they
made my dream come true.
Thank You Sunil sir, katre mam, avinash sir
& FACT team.
Chetan Jadhav (Uni. Of Houston - Clear Lake)
It’s FACT and the only FACT that is Best
place to kick- Start your career.
The complete long journey was very
smooth & Enjoyable,
Because of invaluable
guidance & Support of FACT.
Thanks a lot of Chetana mam, Avinash sir & Katre
Complete FACT staff Rocks.
VikrantSing Rajput (Texas Tech Uni.)
Thanks Avinash sir & Vijay Sir for help me.
It was nice counseling………FACT.
Two thumbs up for them.
The Last Words…
If you have
reached up to here by reading all the material in the previous
chapters, you might have realized that the option of studying in the
USA is extremely advantageous, affordable and practical. What you
require is accurate guidance and a need of a friend, philosopher and
guide in the whole process.
This is the precise role played by FACT for the last 10 years. With
the Internet, the world has come much more closer. This is the time
when the geography has become history. More and more parents are
willing to send their children to the land of opportunities. The
liberalized policy of the governments towards international mobility
of students, increasingly affordable educational loans from the
nationalized banks and the generous amount of funding available at
the right American universities for the right students has made all
However, before making the final decision, it is always a good idea
to collect as much as information as possible. What is more
important is to analyze this information efficiently to help you in
taking a well-informed decision. FACT will be glad to help you in