Monthly Archives: October 2016

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Do You Know the Costly Cities to Study Around the Globe?

Costly cities to study! 

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Here are a survey (by Savills, The Telegraph) results about the top cities in the world where education costs are compared.

Following are the costliest cities in the world to study, overall:

1.Boston

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2. New York (NY)

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3. San Francisco (SFO)

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4. Chicago

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5. London

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6. Sydney

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7. Melbourne

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8. Madrid

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9. Bristol

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10. Manchester

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Among the above, for tuition costs, Chicago is the costliest, followed by San Francisco and New York.

For Accommodation, London, New York, San Francisco and Boston are the costlier ones.

For living expenditure, NY, SFO, Boston and Chicago are the ones that burn a hole in the pockets.

Interestingly, Munich (Germany), Beijing (China), Berlin (Germany) and Shanghai (China) are cheaper in costs among all the countries surveyed.

Other costs while studying abroad:

while on the topic of costs, its good idea to examine what other costs students have to be prepared to meet, while they study abroad.

Fees – While many use the words ‘tuition’ and ‘fees’ interchangeably, both are different. ‘Fees’ include a lot of other costs like Laboratory usage, Library, Sports, Graduate Activities, Technology fees, Transportation, Health Insurance etc.

All the above ‘fees’ are in addition to the tuition that university charges and are common for all students – both domestic and international. While some universities may have lesser ‘fees’, some will have higher costs, depending on the location, reputation, facilities etc. Perhaps the biggest ‘fee’ cost for an international student is the ‘Health Insurance., which could be anywhere between US $ 1500 to 2,000 per year.

Books and accommodation costs are indicated as costly. But, practically, these costs could be lesser depending on where one takes up accommodation and where & how one obtains books.

Please note that in USA, tuition is always charged ‘per credit hour’ for all students. Depending on the number of credit hours a student takes up per semester, universities calculate the total and provide a ‘ball park’ figure towards tuition per year (for two semesters). This figure will not be accurate, since students may decide on taking more or less number of credits per semester. However, the ‘fees’ remain constant for all, per semester.

So, be aware of the different types of expenditure and plan accordingly. Don’t feel alarmed at the costs mentioned in the I-20. You will always be able to reduce your expenditure by saving on items like books, accommodation and even tuition (if you reduce your credit hours per semester). At Manhattan Review, we always guide you with such relevant information to make your overseas education affordable and cost-effective.

Great News!

Our students have started getting F-1 (student) visas to USA for Spring intake. Because we helped them to apply early, they got admission quickly and got the visas early too. This will avoid last minute rush and non-availability of visa slots, costly air fares and last minute hassles.

Jump on Manhattan Review’s wings. We will fly you straight to your choicest university’s door-step in quick time and land you into “Land of Unlimited opportunities” very soon.

Are you ready to fly?

Wish you and your family members a very Happy and Safe Diwali.


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Can you study in UK?

Can you study in UK?

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The British government is considering further restrictions on student visas in line with its often-stated goal to reduce net migration to the UK. In a 4 October speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said that the government will shortly open consultations on student immigration policy.

According to the proposed policy, there will be a two-tier visa system for international students. Those students who apply for top/best universities will have more structured visa processing (in other words, ‘easier’). Whereas those students who plan to go for ‘not so good’ universities may have tougher restrictions and visa process. Presumably, this is to help top-tier universities attract best talent, while bad or average universities will attract lower quality students. Obviously, this will put a big break on so many international students – especially from India – who want to study in UK in average/below-average universities. Looks hunky dory!

Fixed Deposits OK? 

We come across quite a few students (and parents) who would like to show their funds in FDs for admission purpose. As a matter of practicality, most US universities do not accept funds that are ‘locked’ in FDs. They want funds to be immediately available so students could pay the tuition and fees. Some universities do accept Fixed Deposits as a proof of funding for admitting students. There is no hard and fast rule which university accepts and which do not accept FDs as a proof of funding. Each university has its own policy and one could know only when reviewing the financial documentation information on their websites.

In this scenario, there are two options:

  • Apply to universities without submitting the financial certification form (if the university accepts). Once they confirm your admission, you could ask them if FDs are acceptable as proof of funds availability. Based on their response, you could act accordingly.
  • Show only liquid funds in the Savings Bank account of your sponsor. This is the safest method.

This is one of the ‘situations’ students face, when they start the application process. This will be so confusing and troublesome. Why don’t you leave this type of problems and issues to professionals, who will handle everything on your behalf and make sure you have the time to concentrate on your studies or scores? Manhattan will be with you all throughout the process till you attend the visa interview. Just discuss with your counselor at your center. We will be glad to be of help.

Admits 

We are pleased to inform you that many of our students have started receiving their I-20s from US universities for Spring intake. And, we have started guiding them for their visa documentation and interview, already. Congratulations to all our students who got admits. Many of them got more than 2 admits by now. We are waiting for several more students to feel happy about their admissions and visas. We will update you soon.

In the meantime, happy learning and planning for a ‘dream’ future – with MR’s assistance.


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US Elections: how Hillary and Trump’s views benefit Indian student’s

 

 

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In the upcoming polls in US both the Presidential candidates views matter a lot for the student’s from India. The alumni and teachers are waiting with anxiety on what they want to implement further to take college or university education in US to a higher peak. What is their stand on educational policies? Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the competing candidates that hold the answer to this inevitable question. It is their view on higher education policy that will decide the fate of the Indian student’s going to the US for MS and B-school enrollment.

The standpoint of Hillary Clinton is available on her campaign websites. She represents a broader perspective for higher education in US. Her focus is on:

  • Enhancing computer-science education
  • Support to the school alumni, especially teachers
  • Change in school discipline with stricter laws
  • Improving the present conditions of school buildings

It is clearly evident that on a personal level she wants to be more involved in student education. This is in stark contrast to her counterpart in the Republican Party Donald Trump. Her projection for the future growth of higher education is subsidies to renovated old buildings. She wants to place education on a higher platform. Her idea is to create modern learning, including ecological classrooms with latest state of the art technological brilliance. Video Tutorials, PPTs, more student and trainers interaction, brainstorming sessions and much more. Making higher education a less expensive affair is her targeted goal.

Trump has an altogether slanted view on educational policies. He wants to cut down the role of the federal government. His comments relate to sizing down the Department of Education. This will reflect on less spending on student’s progress. One of his campaign hoardings states that “we spend far more per pupil than any country in the world”. He wants to monopolize higher education, which will have a direct effect on the student visas. This in turn will curb Indian Student’s from gaining admission into the several schools and colleges in US.

  • Lowering Federal aid
  • More responsibility placed on state administration
  • Eyes the unions as a hindrance to growth
  • Agrees scholarships increase student debt

The above decisions will invariably play a negative role in student enrollment. Although, he speaks that steps must be taken make college education within the reach of common man. There is no comprehensive plan on his campaign agenda to enhance higher education beneficial for student’s. The student’s, especially the Indians will have to pay a high fee for admissions. This move will bring to halt huge funding to schools and colleges. Staying on university campus will become more expensive. The average budget for each student will rise.

There are mixed reactions among the student’s who are going to US. Their focus is on the outcome of the general elections, which would reveal what budget is allotted for higher education. All the dreams of overseas education is just a mirage that needs to be seen with a 20/20 vision. Ensuring a positive direction to educational goal is mostly anticipated.

Manhattan Review offers comprehensive test-prep and Admissions counseling programs for GMAT, GRE, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS, PTE . Go through our website http://www.manhattanreviewindia.com to see the latest updates.


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Lifestyle, Education opportunities, Cost of living at Canada

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Cultural diversity

The lifestyle of the people and student’s in Canada is completely different from what is back home in India. The cultural diversity, attitude, clothing, language, living conditions and ecological surroundings are absolutely different. The quality of life is much higher and better. They don’t live on others expectations. They create a space of their own. Success is not looking for money, status and gifts. They desire honesty, loyalty and first priority.

The education opportunities are vast and expansive in Canada. The level of study begins with:

  • Elementary (grades 1 – 6)
  • Secondary (grades 7 – 12)
  • Collage (there are more than several thousand college programs)
  • University (there are 3 levels of graduation degree: Bachelors, Master’s and Doctoral)

Both public and private schools exist. Language schools teach French and English.

A euphoric atmosphere prevails in the classroom. The student’s are more open in their behavioral pattern. Their mannerisms involve a lot of physical activity. Here, everything happens for a reason. They are more friendly and always smiling, having fun. Music holds center stage. The clothes they wear are upbeat. It’s a vibrant society out there. Getting used to their accent is a challenge. However, very soon you will overcome it. A good knowledge off French language is very handy. Overseas student’s can work while studying.

A mystique surrounds the nation. It is second largest country in the world. The Canadian dollar hovers around INR 50. The cost of living is 175 per cent higher than in India. Globally, the immigration to Canada is the highest. A tolerant multicultural society.

Success decides who you are at work. Laughter, tears, smiles add to the confusion. Calm yourself down. You can the change the way you lived. It can happen, how you select your friends matters. The way you adapt yourself easily will be of great help as well.

Manhattan Review offers comprehensive test-prep and Admissions counseling programs for GMAT, GRE, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS, PTE . Go through our website http://www.manhattanreviewindia.com to see the latest updates.


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GRE – High score but no admit?

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Application advise This is the time of the year, when most of you take the tests (GRE/GMAT and TOEFL/IELTS) and want to apply to universities. Two very important things have to be kept in mind while you are getting ready with taking tests and applying.

  • You will be very close to deadlines of most universities which admit better-profile students. As a result, you will be under pressure to meet the application deadlines. This will put additional pressure on your test preparation, which might affect your scores. There is no need to emphasize the fact that lower scores will bring down admission chances in good universities. Therefore, if you are planning to take tests, schedule quality time for test preparation and leave the applying part to professionals like Manhattan Review.
  • When thousands of students apply to universities around the same time, it puts a lot of pressure on the admission committees, graduate schools (which issues I-20s) and the departments (which consider your financial aid) In many cases, pressure gets to them too and some admissions may not be based on proper evaluation. Result, genuine and strong applicants might be affected badly. Where you had definitely expected admission, such universities may ‘reject’ with or without reason. The ultimate loser will be the applicant who falls in that ‘application zone’. What is the solution to this? Apply as early as the universities permit. Arrange for your application material to be submitted even later (but definitely, well before the deadlines). This will give ‘breathing time’ for universities to consider your applications but put them on hold. After all the materials are received, it takes much shorter time for universities to process your application and give a decision.

Remember, the following are myths which you SHOULD NOT CONSIDER.

  1. That even without test scores, universities will decide on application – No, unless all the materials and scores are in place, they will not decide.
  1. That without the final transcripts, one cannot apply – Again, wrong. Even with the 6th or 7th semester transcript also, one could apply and still get a favourable decision if everything is done properly, carefully and in time.
  1. That applying to more universities will increase admission chances – Well, that depends on which universities one is applying to. If one applies to just one university, he might get admission. Applying to ten may not necessarily mean that one might get more admits. Not necessarily! So, be judicious with your selection and number of universities you wish to apply to. This is where the expertise of Manhattan Review comes in.

One piece of advice – don’t fall into the trap of ‘know all’ masters (some of your friends or seniors) and/or the internet knowledge.  While you get a lot of ‘free’ and ‘unwarranted’ advice, that might not be the RIGHT Advice for you. Be careful with the loads of information you obtain from many sources. Finally, make a prudent decision to seek the help of experts who charge you, but also recharge your career – academically – for a fabulous future. Don’t you want to have a great life after your education?

GRE – High score but no admit? Many students have a very painful experience of having good/high score in GRE but denied admission in universities in which they ‘thought’ they could get in. The ‘Quant’ section score is high, the ‘Verbal’ section score is decent. Where could the applicant have done wrong? Why were they rejected when they were ‘sure’ of admission?

The devil lurks deep in a seemingly unimportant section – the AWA. While preparing for the tests or talking with seniors, it is not highlighted with enough emphasis that the Analytical Written Assessment section score is equally or more important not only for admission but also for an assistantship. As a result, students don’t prepare well for this section and the average for most Indian students is about 2.5 to 3.0 out of 6. Unfortunately, this score is insufficient for most US universities to consider for admission and assistantships. So, a ‘rejection’ will be sent to students after review. By the time a rejection is received, deadlines for other universities will be almost over and students will not have any option but to go for universities that are much less compatible with their profile. The result? Poor education, non- compatible degree and finally a bad start to the career. Is this required? Should they not know what is important and concentrate for a better score to improve admission and aid chances?

This is exactly what Manhattan Review strives to educate and concentrate upon (while preparing students for the tests). We encourage students to practice more, get trained better and score better. If they score 4 and above in the AWA section, the chances will be very BRIGHT! If the chances are bright, the future is brighter. This is why you are looking for education abroad. Right?

Colours and Crackers We are in the midst of festive season. The colourful Dasara and the soundful and bright Diwali are here for our enjoyment. Perhaps, this will be one of the festive seasons you would spend in India for some years to come. Once abroad, the gaiety and celebrations galore will not be as ‘original’ as you could find them in our motherland. So, make the most of this season by celebrating Dasara and Diwali with your near and dear ones. Have an unforgettable time. Wish you and your family members a VERY (Belated)  HAPPY VIJAYA DASAMI AND DIWALI.

 


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Get Advanced Manhattan GMAT Reading Comprehension Strategies.

Create your destiny: ace the GMAT Reading Comprehension

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The stress of higher education is costing a lot on the mind of the student’s. Total dedication and devotion is imparted by the trainers in Manhattan Review, India. The power of self discipline is added into the training so as to ace the GMAT Reading Comprehension. The tips and strategies they offer help you to be successful in GMAT examination.

Our daily lessons and exercises will help you to become acquainted with the question type, which are in large numbers: several hundreds of them. It includes explanations to the answers. The ability to strike out wrong answer choices is increased. This makes it easier to choose the right answer as well. You are given the confidence to score 700 plus in GMAT.

Understanding is much deeper than knowledge. This is an area unknown to several student’s to excel in Reading Comprehension and ace the GMAT. Our trainers are known for stick to rule and task master orientation. The customized training that we provide is the best in the world. Only we can make this claim because we know test-prep best. You can dare to compare because we are offering 100 per cent score improvement, which is guaranteed (conditions apply). There is no room for lack of satisfaction since the trainers are available even after training is completed to clear all queries.

The WEBINAR being conducted on October 8th 2016 (Saturday) from 4 PM to 5 PM. It is a Free online demo (the topic is “Get Advanced Manhattan GMAT Reading Comprehension Strategies”). The idea behind this event is providing some useful material to the students. Register now:  www.manhattanreviewindia.com

 


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Free Webinar – Ace the GMAT Reading Comprehension.

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A warm welcome to the student’s to ace the GMAT Reading Comprehension. Manhattan Review, India offers the best way to do it. Our experts will guide you to planned a schedule before approaching the examination date. The following strategies that we formulate will come in aid of you:

  • Introduction to GMAT Reading Comprehension
  • The Importance of Reading Comprehension
  • Tips & Tricks to prepare well
  • Advanced Reading Comprehension Strategies

The strategies we offer will definitely help the student’s to get a big score It is offered by the most experienced trainers some of whom have themselves excelled with 720 plus scores in GMAT test. Their first advice is a healthy diet with less spice, which invariable keeps the mind cool and healthy. Plenty of sleep and a little of mediation and prayer.

The Official Guide for GMAT Review, 2017” prescribed by GMAC is the preferred number one choice for GMAT test-prep. It is a part and parcel of the course ware in Manhattan Review. Plenty of study hours is not answer to a successful GMAT test preparation. Given below are proven tips to ace the GMAT Reading Comprehension:

Brainstorming sessions in classrooms sharpen answer selection

  • Understanding the examination format
  • Using the curricula in a wise manner
  • Keep the study plan simple
  • Space your time according to Comprehensive Reading Strategies

The other areas to warm up critical reading skills is solving brainpower puzzles. A game of chess (or your favorite sport) in between will improve concentration levels.

Register for the Webinar:

We are offering a Free Live online demo on October 8th 2016, Saturday from 4PM to 5PM [India Standard Time (IST)].

100 percent live interaction with faculty. All your queries answered. Complete authenticated information granted. What more? Make use of this God sent opportunity that contains first hand instructions.

Register now on:

http://www.manhattanreviewindia.com/Webinar/Ace_The_GMAT_Reading_Comprehension.aspx


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Health Administration process at the Master’s level in US/Canadian universities.

Good News! 

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For all our students who are looking to go to USA, Manhattan Review has wonderful news. As always, we have taken your preferences and concerns into consideration and have decided to offer you services that are just right.

Our costs and services have been optimized to make sure that you have the best of both the worlds – good universities admission at a price that is very low! Yes, you read it right. Our admission services are as good as FREE (well, almost)

THIS is the right time to start your application process for Fall 2017 intake, if you have not started already. The above service makes it more attractive to jump on the bandwagon and take the path – of great education and greater future in the land of unlimited opportunities.

Meet our counselors, discuss with them and START your process TODAY.

Public Health/Health Administration –

Many students are looking to study Public Health or Health Administration at the Master’s level, in US/Canadian universities. Here is some information that will help you make a considered decision.

Public Health is offered as a Master of Science (MS) program, which is offered for professionals with work experience in the field of health. Most Doctors with work experience could prefer this if they have at least one year experience. However, there are universities that might admit students even without work experience. Another requirement is credentials evaluation. Universities would like to compare the qualifications of international applicants to that of their country’s qualifications and then determine if an applicant is eligible to study MPH.

Health Administration/Management, on the other hand, is offered under both MBA and MS streams. While universities offering the same under MBA stream prefers applicants with a GMAT score, those offering as an MS program accept the GRE score.  More often than not, universities prefer applicants with work experience. And, many universities require credentials evaluation.

Therefore, while embarking upon the plan to study either MPH or MHA, please make sure that you have the required qualifications, work experience and (if required) credentials evaluation report before you apply to universities.

MR can help you choose the right specialization and program to study in USA. Visit any of our 18 centers across India and discuss your plans with our experienced counselors/center managers. They will be pleased to suggest the right program, university and location according to your plans and budget. This will ensure that your sojourn to USA/Canada/Germany for higher education is pleasant, productive and affordable.

Manhattan Review offers comprehensive test-prep and Admissions counseling programs for GMAT, GRE, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS, PTE . Go through our website http://www.manhattanreviewindia.com to see the latest updates.