Saturday, 26 September 2015

MS in Germany- A personal perspective - Manish Kumar

Our student Manish Kumar who was working at HCL technologies had a BTech in CS with 
70 % and an IELTS score of 7.0.

He applied to the following universities for the Summer 2015 :
  • TU Stuttgart- MS Computer Sc
  • TU Darmstadt- MS Distributed Software Systems
  • Chemnitz University Of Tech- MS Automotive Software Engg
  • Munster University- MS Information Sc
  • University Of Passau- MS Computer Sc
  • Saarland university- MS Computer Science (Rejected)

He received admits from :

  • TU Darmstadt- MS Distributed Software Systems
  • University Of Passau- MS Computer Sc
and decided to take up Masters at TU Darmstadt- MS Distributed Software Systems

With more and more students preferring to study in Germany, here is a perspective about Study in Germany a - Student perspective on the following aspects:
  • Why Germany
  • Education in Germany
  • Course structure
  • Job opportunities after completing Masters in Germany
  • Indian students intake
  • Application process
  • Visa formalities
A conversation with Manish about the admission requirements of doing an MS in Germany. (Use headphones to listen)

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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Student Testimonial

Thanks Igrad global


Monish Chandrasekar

6:02 AM (3 hours ago)
to meAnuradha
Hi Biruda,
Hope you are doing good! :)
I joined Rochester Institute of Technology. Sorry for informing so late! I moved to NY on 14th August.
I settled down on the accomodation, with the help of few folks on FB.The college is very good in terms of research and opportunities. People out here are very friendly. I managed to make it till here now :D. I'm currently looking for on campus jobs to compensate on some of the expenses.
It was a pleasure getting guidance from Igrad global. Thanks for all your support and guidance!
If any new students from Igrad are joining next fall/spring. I would definelty look forward to help them out with respect to RIT, because I saw how hard it is to set things up without knowing anybody here :)
Best wishes!

Congrats Monish , as I read this mail from him , can't express how happy we all at iGrad are for him 

Monish  was referred by our  past student Sourabha who has completed her MBA for SPjain Global He was aspiring for a degree either in CS or MIS , he has successfully secured an admit in UMBC for MIS for Spring 2016 , but decided to take up the CS admit in Rochester Institute of Technology with a scholarship. Way to go Monish , all the best and stay in touch .

Monish can be contact at Monish Chandrasekar <> for any info on his sucess story any inputs on RIT 

Wow it's Dr Biren Parmar today ...

Down memory lane, I can still vividly remember the day I first met Biren Parmar, like any other aspiring student in the year 2008 November, when most Fall  deadlines were very close for applications.

  With great reluctance,at first  decided to take up his case since we were a little in PHD applications . After a lot of discussions , we settled for a mix bag approach on the applications instead of applying for all PHD applications and putting all eggs in one basket , we also looked at ECE departments instead of Biomedical Engineering which broadened the scope.

Biren succeeded and secured some very good admits ,one among them been TAMU from which he graduated a few days back with doctoral degree.

Wow  it's Dr Biren Parmar now , so I better be careful how I address him now ..

For iGrad and me this association has been more than just a student and mentor one , its been 8 long years we have known each other and families have connected as well, he has been more than an advisor and guide at times for iGrad , infact the whole idea of iGrad stemmed from his encouragement that I start a platform for student interaction.He has been instrumental in portal development , team mentoring or spreading the word about iGrad among the student community.
So much so that Manisha , his wife is also helping us with the design work at iGrad.

There are so many students that I have interacted with through my journey of admission guidance , some of them hold a special mention and place .Here at iGrad, our students stay connected with us for life, we believe in going beyond the usual consultant role and try to connect on more personal touch., this joy knows no bounds  when we are remembered and invited to be part of the wedding celebrations or  graduations or are consulted on which job to take up or are informed abt the contact number when u land there ... this shows we are bonded for ever

All the best Biren, and may you succeed in your career !!

If you or your peers feel that we have made a small fraction of  difference to your career in any way, do help spread the word across

* its  very impromptu post., all typos be ignored

For any mentoring queries we  can be reached at

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Visa Tips : Here are some tips to get you started

·         Be yourself, be honest and try to relax.
·         Be prepared.  Make sure you understand the process and have researched the university.  Speak to current students.
·         Know your resume and cover letter.  Anticipate questions and consider responses.  Understand what your strengths and skills are and how best to highlight them through examples.
·         Understand your own goals and objectives:  to make a favorable impression, to collect information about the university and to assess your own “fit”.
·         Be sure to ask the interviewers about issues that are important to you.  Engage in conversation and ask questions that show you are interested in the university and the type of work.  Try not to be too "scripted" or prepared but remember to adapt to the conversation (i.e.. sometimes answers to questions can appear "canned").  Get a feel for the university: the values, opportunities for continuing education and growth, social atmosphere etc.

·         Wear comfortable business attire
·         Common Interviewing Mistakes
·         Lack of preparation: no knowledge of university’s research areas.
·         Nervousness: try to relax: remember on paper you have already met the University standards.
·         Not listening to question asked: be responsive and ask for clarification if unsure.
·         Not engaging in conversation: interact with the interviewers and ask questions.
·         Being too scripted or prepared.  
·         Going overboard on flattering the university: unfortunately, this rarely comes across as sincere.   
·         Not showing enough interest in the university: we want people who want to be here.
·         Forgetting that dinners/cocktails parties are still part of the interview/selection process.
·         Not having an answering machine or cell to enable university to reach you during the week.

Monday, 9 March 2015

How and Why to Specialize for Master's abroad

Hi Folks,

As I pen down my thoughts today, I am reminded of the conversation I had with a 3rd year ECE student from Vellore Institute of Technology . Recently , University of Michigan -Dearborn had visited his college campus and had spoken to them about some courses that they offer like MIS, Business Analytics,  Big Data

Hey, wait a minute , I think these buzz words have been doing circles a lot these days , you may  call this subject  the " IN THING" for pursuing your MS degree in ..currently. Like any one else , this student wanted to do his MS degree from UMich -Dearborn in these courses any other trendsetter ..

When I spoke to him - - I in my usual mentoring gesture , tried to explain that he needs, to give it thought, is this really what he wanted to do , has he checked what these subjects really mean, what job will they land him in and most importantly will his profile of being an ECE student help him secure an admit in one of these courses

Thus I would like to urge all the Global Aspirants - whether MS, PHD , MBA , do give it a thought ...

What is the trend  today may not be there tomorrow, if you have chosen the subject ? Where do you end up  Do you have it in you to make it big in this field ? What will be the opportunity ten years later in this subject ?

Why Specialize?
•       Gain a deeper insight in one particular sub-discipline
•       Get an edge for a job opening owing to special skills 

How to choose the specializations:

The course that you choose to apply for will depend on your qualification, electives taken, related projects, seminars, papers presented, industrial training, internship and / or related work experience and your career goals.

It's time you ponder on these why and how questions when you are planning for your global degree to make full use of various opportunities available.

For more queries we can be reached 

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Do you really need 40 lacs in the bank to study abroad ??

Here I would like to pen  down my thoughts in this very first blog  in an attempt in  narrating some of my experiences during this journey of 12 long years guiding various  students in their pursuit for global studies.

A very recent experience that comes to my mind, as I recollect details about how important  right  information collation is.

Last week, we had  been for  a seminar at  a college in the outskirts of the city of Bangalore .

As usual , I began the session by asking them the reasons they all wanted to study abroad

The enthusiastic 3rd year participants came up with various reasons based on their priorities some said : good jobs  , nice pay package while same said best education

While these reasons were right in their own way, how does one ensure that you are at the right place at the right time , here  the right parameters for university , program , location selection become very important.

The session proceeded and took interesting turns where we went to discuss the admission process time line , the admission criteria for MS in USA and other countries , how to prepare for the entrance exams like GRE , TOEFL, IELTS , most importantly how to plan this time consuming process.

Q & A session was  a relevation , I was stunned to know how students believe in hearsay , blindly follow herd mentality and apply to universities that an X friend of theirs would have applied to , get misguided by false claims like assured admits , randomly select the course they want to apply to without  thinking whether they are eligible for it or not , dread the visa process before even getting an admission .One of the questions threw me totally off guard " Mam , I am from a middle class family do I need to show 40 lacs in my bank before the I can apply for MS , I was speechless as to how students believe in just anything that is been told without verifying the facts

This experience makes me only reiterate that in this age and time  where you  have internet to help you with information at your finger tips , don't let the information overload confuse you , verify details from the right sources like university websites , the admission team at the universities and trusted mentors

Do note its not 40 lacs that gets you an admit in a top global university program , its your merit and hard work,  that does get you.

For more information on global admissions visit us at

Sunday, 18 January 2015

What after admits for I-20

Congrats on securing your admits!!
So half the battle is won, here is how you proceed with the remaining half
The approximate sequence of what you have to do after the admits to get the I-20 form and Visa  is as follows:

1.       Read the admit letter or email carefully. If you have to send an acceptance of the offer do it promptly. Even if you have multiple offers it makes sense to accept one.
2.       Based on the factors mailed earlier, decide the final university that you want study at, since you can book a visa date only for one university!!
3.       If you have received the I-20 form along with the offer of admission you can straightaway start the preparations for visa. Note: you cannot apply for the F1 visa unless you have the I-20 form from the university that you have chosen.
4.       Please note that you cannot apply for the visa interview more than 120 days before the starting date of the program mentioned in I-20 form. The fall 2013 semester will begin sometime in the third week of August. So, if you plan to join an American university this fall, you can start applying for your visa from the third week of April.
5.       However, the university will ask you to send affidavits of support from your sponsors as well as the bank statements of your sponsors showing that you have sufficient funds for meeting the I-20 form amount (that is, the total cost of the first year which, includes tuition, other fees and living expenses.)
6.        Most universities mention that the funds should be only bank funds and accept balance certificates from banks on bank’s letterhead which are sealed and signed by the banker. Generally, electronic copies and faxed statements are not accepted. Funds in bank include savings account and fixed deposits. You can also include Personal Provident Fund (P.P.F.) balance
7.       The I-20 form is an official document issued by the University on behalf of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).   The following  important details are mentioned in the document:
·         the name and passport number of the student
·         the name of the university which the student is joining
·         the program to which the student has been admitted
·         the date of  commencement of the program
·         the date by which the program has to be completed
·         the total cost of education for one year(minus any aid received)
Once you receive the I-20 form check it carefully to see that all details are accurate. Pay specific attention to spelling of your name, accuracy of date of birth and the start and end dates of the program. Of course, all details should be accurate and the first page of the I-20 form MUST bear the signature of the university official. The third page need not be signed at this stage.
8.       As soon as you have applied for I-20 form, you have to prepare the financial and other documents required for the visa interview. Putting together the finances may take time. Please refer to the documents mailed for the standard and details of documents required.
9.       Keep in mind that you should have adequate liquid funds to cover the total cost of one year of education – this is mentioned in the I-20 form. Many students are under the wrong impression that their sponsor needs to deposit this entire amount in the bank and that otherwise their visa can be rejected. This is not true. Funds can be shown in the form of bank deposits, shares, mutual funds, provident fund etc. Even education loans of up to Rs. 20 lakhs are also permitted. Of course, having adequate funds alone does not guarantee a visa approval. The consulate officer also considers the following points:
·         whether you have admission to an accredited and reputed university
·         whether your academic background is good
·         whether your GRE score is satisfactory
·         whether your sponsor’s income is adequate
But the more important factor is you should have good communication skills and should be able to give convincing and honest answers to the consulate officer’s questions.
Most students show their parents as their sponsors. If this is not possible, they can show support from any other family member e.g. their brothers or sisters, their grandparents, either individually or as co-sponsors with their parents.

Sponsorship can also be taken from other immediate relatives, like uncles and aunts, provided their financial position is very sound and their income level is high.

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