How to Get into Top Universities for MS (Abroad) from India

Hi, this is Tanmoy Ray from In this video, I will talk about how to get
into the top foreign universities for Masters. There are hundreds of good universities all
around the world. In this video, we will specifically talk about
how to get into the top-100 universities. So, what does the admission panel look for
when it comes to international students? When you are applying to top universities,
it’s all about standing out in the crowd. So, how to do it? Let’s find out! First and foremost, the admission committee
will at your undergraduate GPA or Percentage. Additionally, they will look at your college
reputation and your rank in the class. If you are aiming top universities, you need
at least 70 – 75% in your Bachelors. If you have attended a Tier 1 or a Premium
University in your Bachelors, that does help. Similarly, if you have been among the top
10%, top 5% or top 2% of your class, that would increase your admission chances at the
top universities. The next critical component that the admission
officers will look at is the test scores. So, how much do you need to score in order
to get into the top universities? Well, there is no minimum requirement. It’s wise to look at the average scores for
the last 3 years of those universities. But, honestly speaking, the higher the better. Now, what if you end up with low grades or
low test scores? Is that going to be the end of the world? Not really! Of course, excellent test scores and high
grades can increase your chances for the admissions at the top universities. But, they alone don’t guarantee the admission. The top universities do look beyond the test
scores and grades. Let’s find the other ways other than test
scores and grades that can help you to get admission at the top universities. Spend good enough time to research about the
programs and universities. Always try to look beyond the rankings. University rankings are good starting points
for your research. But, you need to dig much deeper. Once you identify the right programs, now
you need to make sure you stand out in your application. If you love coding and applying for programs
like data science or analytics, show off your extra projects that you might have done
outside your curriculum. When it comes to extra-curriculars, it’s better
to list out one or two activities rather than listing 10 activities. Say you have been leading your football team
for the last 3 or 4 years. If you have got passion for
the NGO and social sector, then demonstrate the involvement for the last 1 or 2 years. 3 or 6 months might not help. Once you create a broad list of your targeted
universities, get in touch with the current students and alumni of those universities. You can contact the students on LinkedIn,
Facebook, Twitter or other social media channels. Alternatively, you can ask them to meet personally. Contact the faculty members. Inquire about their research projects and
discuss your future plans (and interests). Keep an eye on the social media and try to
figure out the campus culture of those universities. For the majority of Indian applicants, it’s
not always easy to visit the campus in-person. So, always try to engage with these universities
online. Attend the webinars, info sessions, and any
kind of online activities. Show your interests and engage with them. Demonstrated interest is a key factor when
it comes to the admission to a top university abroad. It can really help you to stand out in the
crowd. These activities can also help you to leverage
your low grades and average test scores. Additionally, they will also provide you enough
information to write your essays, statement of purpose, and scholarship essays. Then comes the SOP – also known as Statement
Of Purpose – maybe the most important component of your application pack. The SOP can make or break your application. Several applicants actually struggle with
this part. In the SOP, you need to try to give the readers
(admission committee) the feel of who you are. You need to introduce yourself. You need to tell about your interests, motivations,
career goals. And importantly, you need to justify why or
how this program can actually help you to achieve your career goals. Writing the SOP takes time. It cannot be done overnight. Sometimes it takes weeks. Sometimes it takes months. Self- reflection and introspection – they
are very important. It’s only wise that you start well in advance. I also recommend that you get your draft checked
with some of your Professors, Mentors, Friends, or a Professional Admission Consultant. Now, we will move on to the last component
of the application kit – the letters of recommendation. So, if you are in College, you should take
a LOR from a Professor or Assistant Professor or Lecturer who have taught you at least 2
or 3 semesters. If you are working in a company, you should
take a LOR from your Immediate Supervisor or Reporting Manager. If you are taking a letter of recommendation
(LOR) from the Vice-President or CEO and if you don’t have a close working relationship
(with them), those letters might not help (your application). You should give your referees good enough
time. Ideally, you should sit with them and discuss
the points that need to be included in the LORs for your applications. Ideally, you should share your CV and SOP
with your referees as well. So, that will help them to write the best
possible LOR (recommendation for you). You CV, SOP and LOR should complement each
other (and not repeating each other) and that will help you to present a strong application. If you need more tips and strategies for how
to get into the top universities – do check our blogs. We have shared tons of advise and strategies
along with tips and examples of how to write a statement of purpose. What to do… What not to do. I have also shared the insights from admission
officers and professors on what they actually look for in SOP, Personal Statements and Essays. Last, but not the least; we have shared multiple
strategies and tips on how to get scholarships. So, happy studying abroad. If you need more tips or have got any queries,
do let us know in the Comments (below). Feel free to visit our website: You can also email us at [email protected] Thanks. Bye

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  1. You can also refer to the following two blog posts:

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