Uma Aswani in her column ‘Studying Abroad’ in the Deccan Herald newspaper answers questions posted by students frequently. You can view the columns online at
Given below are some of the questions we are generally asked. If you have a question you would like us to answer, please post your question in the box at the end of the page and we will be happy to answer it for you.
What are the documents I need to submit to the Universities?
Here is a list of documents you need to submit to Universities:
From your School / College:
Letters of recommendation (2 subject teachers’ recommendations for undergraduate applicants and 3 for graduate applicants)
Counselor recommendation (for undergraduate applicants)
Statement of Purpose
Copy of your Passport (both pages which have all the relevant information)
GMAT / GRE Scores (For Graduate applicants)
SAT / Subject tests / ACT (For Undergraduate applicants)
TOEFL / IELTS / PTE scores for all applicants
From your Parents / Financial Sponsors
Financial capability certificate from the bank
Work experience / Internship certificates
Passport size Photographs
Full length photo in formal wear for courses in Hotel Management
Art Portfolio / Creative portfolio for courses in Fine Art / Photography / Film making etc
What are the requirements to pursue an MBA abroad?
For most reputed Universities, you would require 2 to 3 years of work experience, GMAT, an English language test like TOEFL / IELTS / PTE and good GPA in your undergraduate program.
Is work experience necessary to apply for all masters programs?
No. If you want to apply for an MS / MSc , you can do so directly after your Bachelors. You need to take the GRE exam along with TOEFL / IELTS / PTE .
What are the tests needed for undergraduate programs?
If you are applying to the U.S., you must take the SAT test. Some of the Universities also insist on the subject tests. You can take up to a maximum of 3 subject tests. For UK, SAT is not necessary. A good IELTS score is desirable.
Where do I register for my tests?
For your SAT visit www.collegeboard.com
For GRE & TOEFL visit www.ets.org
For GMAT visit www.mba.com
For PTE visit www.pearsonpte.com
I hold a U.S passport. Do I still need to take my TOEFL exam?
No. You don’t need to take the TOEFL if you are a citizen of U.S / hold a U.S passport / have studied in a country where English is the primary language.
I have completed my 3 years Bachelor Degree from an Indian University. Can I apply for my MS to a University abroad?
If you wish to study in UK, your 3 years of undergraduate education is acceptable. U.S. universities however need a 4 year degree program like BE or B Tech. Alternately, you can do a one year diploma program after your BA / BSc / B Com / BBM / BBA and then apply to the US for your masters.
Which are the common applications to apply to multiple Universities for undergraduate admissions?
For UK it is http://www.ucas.com
For U.S. it http://www.commonapp.org
For University of California, U.S. it is http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu
For Texas Universities, U.S. it is https://www.applytexas.org
For Ontario Universities Canada, it is http://www.ouac.on.ca/applications
For other applications please the Universities under our page Universities Worldwide.