Friday, December 13, 2013

Top Party Schools #1

University of California, Santa Barbara

 University of Central Florida

Florida State University

Friday, August 30, 2013


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UNL Campus 

For 144 Years, a Leader in Higher Education

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln, chartered in 1869, is an educational institution of international stature. UNL is listed by the Carnegie Foundation within the "Research Universities (very high research activity)" category. UNL is a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. UNL celebrated the 144th anniversary of its founding on Feb. 15, 2013.


A Strong Foundation
Always a place of high ambition, this was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees — the first was granted, in physics, in 1896. The University of Nebraska established the world's first undergraduate psychology laboratory. The discipline of ecology was born here, and the campuses reflect that tradition, being recognized as botanical gardens and arboreta. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts provided the foundations for today's Prairie Schooner literary magazine, for the University of Nebraska Press, and for the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world's most significant collections of 20th century American art.
Today, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is one of the nation's leading teaching institutions, and a research leader with a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


What Makes a Great College Town?


A lot goes into the making of a great college town. It can be the scenery, a fun community, a big sports culture—or all of those, in some cases. Here are 10 great college towns across the country.

Amherst, Mass.

This small town in Western Massachusetts is home to three schools, including the main campus of the University of Massachusetts, and is just around the corner from two more. That makes for an interesting mix of people and great dining options.

Ann Arbor, Mich.


Fall is a big season for the University of Michigan Wolverines, whose football program has historically been one of the best in the nation and a big local draw. It only helps that Ann Arbor is walkable and easy on the eyes.

Athens, Ga.


The city is built around the University of Georgia, where the Bulldogs reign supreme. But football and tailgating aren’t all that Athens offers. There’s also great art and music: Both R.E.M. and the B-52s started in Athens and performed at venues like the 40 Watt Club.



Sure, it’s the fourth-largest city in Texas and the state’s capital, but Austin, the hometown of the University of Texas, has a small-town feel to it. Austin is as green as it gets, and Travel and Leisure magazine said it has some of the best people in the country.

Berkeley, Calif.


University of California’s main campus is in this Bay Area town, a place that has almost become synonymous with the phrase “college town.” Berkeley features tons of art, film, music, and political activity, and it’s just a short drive across the bay to San Francisco.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES (Especially For Indian Students)


Here is a consolidated list of Scholarships/ Endowments/ Interest free Loans.

1) Aga Khan Foundation Type: Loan scholarships and scholarships 
Subject : : Any 
Duration: 3 years 
Open to: Applicants 
1. must hold first class Bachelors or school final with consistent academic record 
2. must have secured admission or at least applied 
Value: Fees + Maintenance 

How to apply: 
The chief counselor, 
Aga Khan Foundation, 
904 Rahenja chambers, 
213 Nariman point , 
Mumbai - 400021 
Apply by: February

2) India foundation Travel Grants Type: Travel Grants
Subject : : Any
Only travel grant
Open to: Applicants
1. must be an Indian National
2. must have secured admission
1. students already begun their study are not eligible to apply
2. students should furnish a bond, terms and conditions of which will be determined by the foundation
3. students must repay the amount within 2 years
4. The amount will be paid directly to the authorised travel agents
Value: Airfare

How to apply: 
The Executive secretary, 
India Foundation, 
595 Budhwar Peth, 
Pune 411002 
Apply by: April 

3) Inlaks Foundation scholarships Type: scholarship
Subject : :Archeology, Architecture, Business administration, Dance, Environmental science, Film direction, Humanities, Journalism, Law, Medicine, Music, Technology. Theater and Visual arts.
Open to:
Applicant must
1. have got admission in any of the above said subjects at Cambridge, Oxford, London School of Economics, Imperial college,
Professional courses in any European University unmarried Indian aged 19-28
3. have god undergraduate degree

How to apply: 
For an application form and other details send self addressed envelope stamped for Rs.4 to
Inlaks scholarships
P.O.Box : 2108
Apply by:
August 30 for the following year 

Saturday, June 15, 2013


Rutgers University  - November 10, 1766.

 Rutgers University

Rutgers University

Rutgers University


University of Georgia - January 27, 1785.

University of Georgia

University of Georgia

University of Georgia


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - December 11, 1789.

University of North Carolina 

University of North Carolina 

University of North Carolina 


Saturday, May 25, 2013


Check out the videos from some of the top party school's of USA :

 1. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

2. University of California, Los Angeles

3. University of Miami, Florida.

4.  University of Winsconsin, Madison.

5. Arizona State University, Phoenix.


Total Expenditure for MS in US


Wondering how much it costs to complete your MS from US? We've summed up most of the factors here and you'll get a fair idea of the expenditure involved (unless, of course, you travel business class)
1. Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
This is, usually, the first step towards the entire journey. This parameter is like the poker face - nobody knows whether it can make or break the chances; and hence, it has always been the most popular of all. The cost of the exam is $190
Low scorers and a bunch of restless high scorers might retake the exam adding another $190.

2. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
While you MIGHT skip the GRE test for your applications to the States (some universities do take in applications without GRE), TOEFL is something that you can't skip. It is like the passport to the United States. The universities need to know your proficiency with the language and hence, it is a compulsory exam, if not at the time of applications, atleast during the VISA interview. The cost of the exam is $150.

3. Applying to US universities:
Fees for applying to each university varies from $50 to $100 with former being the most common. However, applications are incomplete without sending your official test scores (GRE and TOEFL) through ETS, adding another $40 (GRE: $23 and TOEFL: $17)
On an average, students apply to 10 US universities and the total estimate comes out to be as follows:
Application Fee ($50) + Sending GRE and TOEFL scores ($23 + $17) = $90. Let's be on the safer (read higher) side and assume $100 per university. So, applications to 10 universities will be a whopping $1000.

4. Other Expenses During Applications:
Now, this list might be long and will drastically vary from every applicant. Still, the normal expenses in this category are as follows:
a) Counselling: Applicants, rather lazy applicants, who feel that a counsellor can fit in their shoes and get them to Stanford or Berkeley shell out anything from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 50,000. We've assumed the average at Rs. 25,000.
b) Transcripts on the college letter head (around 15 copies), Bank Statements (15), Affidavit (15) with the sponsors name on it (15) and Dispatching them to the university (major expenditure of the lot). This, altogether, should not cost more than Rs. 8,000.
In some cases, students make multiple copies of the Letter of Recommendations (LoRs) and Statement of Purpose (SoP) and unnecessarily burn an extra 500 bucks or so.

5. VISA:
Once you receive your I20 (official document sent by the university which states your stay in the United States and the amount to be spent for year), you need to pay up the VISA Fee which is $160 followed by the SEVIS fee which is $200.

6. Flight Tickets:
Single way airfares in Economy Class vary between Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 60,000 depending on your city, destination and airline. Return airfares cost somewhere between Rs. 60,000 to Rs. 90,000 and are a better deal if you're gonna miss family too much.
Thus, the total expenses are listed below:
CounsellingRs. 25,000
Other Expenses During ApplicationsRs. 8,000
VISA Fee$160
SEVIS Fee$200
AirfaresRs. 50,000 (one way)
Total$3,300 with Counselling
$2,850 without Counselling
Note: The above table is derived based on numerous assumptions and actual costs may vary for different individuals. We've only summarized some important expenses to get a rough estimate of the costs.
Students who plan to study in states/cities like California, New York City, Chicago, New Jersey, Washington, Florida, Boston have to keep in mind that owing to the popularity of the location, they might have to spend more.
Moreover, if you plan to stay alone or with a single roommate in a nice furnished apartment, the expenses certainly will be higher. So find yourself a nice roommate before landing there.
Having said that, it is not only safe to share your apartment with a couple of students in a new place, the fun factor is what makes the Masters course all the more interesting.
The two primary expenses after reaching the States are Tuition Fee and Living Expenses.

Living Expenses:
Well, there's no accurate way to estimate living expenses as factors like
  • Location
  • Apartment Size
  • Number of Roommates and
  • Proximity to the University
drastically vary from individual to individual. However, on an average students tend to spend betwwen $500 to $1100 per month which includes everything. If your course length is 2 years you'll end up spending around $15,000.

Sunday, April 21, 2013




SEWANNE: The University of the South, TENNESSEE




This is perhaps the most worrying factor for Visa applicants and every case usually needs to be treated independently. I have attempted here to answer the most commonly asked queries.

How much funds I need to show for my Visa Interview?
For the entire duration of your stay which is equal to the duration of your program as mentioned on your I-20. This will be 24 months or 2 years for most of the programs and 16 months for some specific ones, which again is Univ specific. The estimates on the I-20 come with a 9-12 month period or a normal 12 month period, the latter being a common occurrence. So, thumb rule is twice the I-20 amount in most of the cases which should be covered by liquids and non-liquids. For cases where your program duration is 16 months, do your math and show an appropriate amount. 

What if your I-20 mentions a bloated program duration ?
For cases where your I-20 states something like your program duration as 36 months but its common for people to finish the program within or in 2 years, check if you can get a written communication from the Univ stating this or an e-mail version/soft copy of the same. Also, take supporting documents to back your claims that you need to finish the program in 2 years to maintain your F-1 status while you are at the Univ by taking appropriate credits each sem. The VO's have got every right to buy this argument or even reject them and hence be prepared for any sort of explanation that the situation may demand.

Showing Actual Source of Funds for Visa Interview : 

In several cases, the finances that you show for your Visa interview is not the actual source of funds you will be using for your education. While it is of course highly recommended to show your actual source of funds, this may not be a practical thing to do. Here are a few reasons why this may be the case :
1) The living expenses on the I-20 are much higher than what you will actually be spending. (This is true for almost everybody)
2) You will have some degree of reliance on on-campus jobs.
3) Your funds may not be readily available at the time of the visa interview, but will be ready by the time you have to pay the fees.
4) You are taking funds from a source which might raise suspictions for the Visa Officer (such as loans from US banks)
There might of course be more reasons.

How much money do I need to show at the Visa Interview?
This amount is dictated by your I-20. The cost estimate on the I-20 is for the first 12 months only. Hence it is important to consider the course duration mentioned on the I-20 while calculating the amount to be shown. Sometimes, the course duration on the I-20 is more than what it actually might take. In this case, you still should prepare sufficient finance for the written duration.

In what forms can these funds be shown?
Technically they say that funds for the first year must be shown in the form of Liquid Funds. Funds for the remaining duration of the course can be shown as Non-Liquid Funds. Also, its better to not show property as a source of funds as one hardly sells it for funding his/her studies. However, properties/lands can be shown as an asset to establish strong home-ties, a reason for the VO's to believe that you have a strong base in your native country and won't immigrate to the country for which you are requesting a visa. 

Liquid Funds are those funds which are at your instant disposal. The following is a list of sources which can be shown as Liquid Funds along with the necessary documents required for each of them.

1) Savings Accounts :
This is considered as good as cash in hand. 
But few people actually store huge amounts of money in Savings Accounts for obvious reasons. You will most likely be transferring money from a non-liquid source into your savings account to show for the visa interview. In this case carry documents as proof of transactions.
In any case, be prepared to justify any significant deposits in your Savings Account with necessary documents
Documents Required : Original Passbooks with transactions of atleast last 6 months, Bank statement (optional), Proof of significant transactions
Note : Some banks do not provide passbooks. In this case, you can do either of the following :
a) Get a printed transaction history of the past 6 months from the bank (Recommened)
b) If you have Internet banking, print the bank statements over the past 6 months.

2) Fixed Deposits :
A fixed deposit is a long term deposit with a bank which yields a higher rate of interest. You can show either the Principal Amount or the Current Amount of a Fixed Deposit as Liquid Cash. Current amount will be higher than Principal Amount due to accrued interest, but will require an official bank statement as proof. 
The Maturity Amount of a Fixed Deposit cannot be considered as Liquid Funds unless the Maturity Date is before the time when you will be needing the funds.
Documents Required : Original Receipts, Bank Statements for Current Value