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US Student Visa: How to Ace the Interview?

Students dream about studying in the United States of America in order to elevate their career to the next level. However, it is easier said than done. Going to the US for studies involves countless steps and a humungous amount of documents. One such step is to attain the student visa for studying in the US. This study visa is given after the student’s visa application gets approved by the... Read more


Confused between Education Loan from Bank or NBFC? Clear All Your Doubts Here!

Financing is a major hurdle in your study abroad dream. As India’s first education loan startup, we have tied up with several banks and Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) to bring the best education loan options to you.   One question that we often get from students is whether they should opt for a bank or an NBFC. Both are completely different financial entities and hence, their... Read more


Documents For US Student Visa: All That You Need To Know

The United States with its top-notch universities and esteemed professors is at the forefront of learning and hence, it is no surprise that attracts the highest number of international students. Every year more than 10 lakh students come to the United States for studies in the best international universities and to elevate their career to the next level.  However, even after getting selected... Read more


Common Pitfalls Of The US Student Visa Interview

Are you among those aspiring students looking forward to pursuing your higher studies in the United States of America? Well guess what, there's a lot of preparation that goes into achieving that goal besides bagging an admit of  a prestigious US university. One of the most determining factors is of course whether or not you clear the visa interview! Yes it can be absolutely frightening, as a... Read more


USA Student Visa: What is the I-20 form?

All the students who plan to go to the United States of America for studies find themselves confused by the plethora of documents and processes. There are so many documents which you need to track, all at the same time. Therefore, for your ease, we bring you detailed information on some of the key documents. There are a lot of application documents that form a link between your university or... Read more


Germany Student Visa Process: What You Need To Know

Germany, aka “the land of poets and thinkers” is one of the most preferred countries for higher education. This is because it offers quality plus excellent infrastructure for research. Moreover, the pedagogy and methodology are quite modern and professional.  The interesting fact that attracts most of the attention for international students are the tuition fees. Probably the only country to... Read more


Australian Student Visa Process: The Easy Guide

For an Indian student looking forward to doing post-graduation abroad, Australia might as well be one of the coolest options. With amazing state-of- the-art facilities in its institutions, practical vocational programs and a enthralling Aussie culture to imbibe from, Australia gets almost half a million international students every year. In fact, it is the second preferred destination for... Read more


New Zealand Student Visa Process: A Comprehensive Guide

New Zealand is a picturesque and a beautiful island country. The country has welcoming and warm citizens along with a moderate climate. It is best known for its world-class international living and education standards. New Zealand is ‘One of the most affordable countries to live in the world’ and offers the best culture, cuisine, and quality work-life balance. These factors make New Zealand the... Read more


1.5 Million, $49 Billion And Counting: The Surge Of International Students Generates Exponential Impact On U.S. And Canadian Economies

A growing number of international students in the U.S. and Canada When I first arrived in the U.S. for college, in 1999, I was one of roughly half a million international students. The number stagnated for the next six to seven years in the wake of 9/11, but then picked up again at great speed. Today, over a million international students — 1,078,822 to be exact — are attending U.S. colleges... Read more


Tax Benefits under Chapter VI-A of Section 80E for Educational Loans

Financial help is one of the greatest difficulties faced by students who want to study abroad. Some receive funds from their parents and relatives while others go for Educational Loans. Banks and NBFC’s sanction educational loans and they also apply some interest on the principal amount. And there is great news for all students and education loan-seekers because the interest paid on the... Read more


Scholarships For Studying Abroad: Tata Trust, KC Mahindra, Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation

Scholarships, grants and financial endowments help many meritorious, but financially-weak students to fulfil their dream of going abroad to the very best of international universities for higher studies. We, at GyanDhan, have identified more than 2000 such scholarships, and you can search for them here.  Four of these scholarships – all offered by Indian organizations are particularly... Read more


Why GyanDhan is Launching the Admission Prediction Tool?

After completing his undergrad from one of the premier institutes in India, Jayant wanted to pursue higher studies in the US. He scored well in GRE, and he started his journey of looking for colleges who him best might accept his application. As the average time to complete an application for Top MS program in US is quite high, so it became important for him to shortlist the right colleges, as... Read more


Path to permanent residency in Canada

Canada is one of the world’s most educated countries, with over half of its residents being college graduates. The Canadian Government and industry support research in areas including telecommunications, medicine, agriculture, computer technology, and environmental science. Every year more than two hundred thousand international students troop into Canada, many with an intent to make Canada... Read more


Educational Loans : Government Schemes To Help Students

Oct 19 GyanDhan

  We get a lot of questions around government schemes to help students with education loans. Indian government has launched a few schemes to make it easier for students from low-middle income groups to afford education loans for studying abroad. In this article, we have summarized all such schemes. PADHO PARDESH: OBJECTIVE: The objective of this scheme is to awards interest... Read more


Path to permanent residency in the US

Are you among the ones who dream about settling in the United States of America? Today, there are a myriad reasons why millions of Indian students aspire to settle in the United States; commonly abbreviated as the US. The level of prosperity, freedom, transparency, infrastructure and medical care present in the US are among the incentives which lure them. And if you too are determined to settle... Read more


Path to permanent residency in Australia

Australia figures among the top study abroad destinations in the world for Indian students. Don’t be a surprised if every fifth Indian student you speak to among the populace planning to study abroad, has Australia in mind. Are you also looking to study, and possibly settle down in Australia? In this article, we outline a student’s journey to securing a permanent residency in Australia. 1.... Read more


How to ace GRE's Verbal section?

The Verbal Reasoning measure of the GRE assesses your ability to analyze and evaluate written material, identify information contained in it, analyze relationships among parts of sentences, and recognize relationships among words and concepts. This article briefs you about GRE’s Verbal section, along with tips on how to ace it. The GRE Verbal consists of three separate areas of... Read more


What all do you need to apply for MS in Europe?

Sep 26 GyanDhan

Europe is a popular destination to pursue a Master’s degree. Studying in Europe offers you unique opportunities at both professional and personal fronts. In this article, we have tried to outline all you that you’ll need to apply for an MS degree in Europe. Please note that we have excluded UK from this article as we covered it here.   ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY: To become eligible to apply... Read more


Path to permanent residency in New Zealand

Why New Zealand? New Zealand is predominantly an island country, with warm citizens, moderate climate and international living and education standards. Interestingly, New Zealand’s capital, Auckland has been designated as ‘one of the most affordable cities to live in the world’. From the best culture, living conditions, cuisine, merit education to quality work-life balance, New Zealand... Read more


Getting a BS (Engineering Undergraduate) from US

The United States is definitely a land of opportunities. One way to grab these opportunities early is through a BS degree, i.e., Bachelor of Science in the field of engineering. There are several top-notch universities that are perfect to pursue the undergraduate engineering degree. But, are you confused about what all to keep in mind when applying to one? Don’t worry - we’ve got this blog... Read more


Getting an MS in US admit: Importance of work experience

A lot of factors are taken into consideration by the admissions committee at a college in the US while reviewing a Master of Science (MS) application. The admission selection process depends upon a number of factors that interact with each other in various ways. As you must already know, the major parameters that are used to evaluate your profile are your GRE score, CGPA, TOEFL/IELTS score,... Read more


What all do you need to apply for MS in the UK?

A Master's degree at a UK university is an excellent opportunity for your scholastic and personal life. Typically, a Master’s degree is a one-year course in a subject area you want to specialize in. It is true that applying to any Master’s degree takes time and effort. To help take away some of the stress and confusion, here is a complete guide to what all do you need to apply for MS in the... Read more


What all do you need to apply for MS in Australia?

Australian universities are one of the favorite destinations for Indian students. 1 out of 9 Indians looking to go abroad for higher studies choose Australia. Typically, Australian Masters programs are modeled on UK degree format, however, Australian universities offer unique academic opportunities that simply aren't really available in other higher education systems. Usually, a Master’s... Read more


What all do you need to apply for MS in Canada?

Canada provides students a platform where they can experience a unique multicultural environment in a safe and beautiful North American country. Around 200,000 international students and researchers choose to study in Canada each year. This article will brief you about what all you need to apply for an MS program in Canada. Academic Eligibility: Most of the universities in Canada require... Read more


Path to permanent residency in the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is one of the best choices for pursuing education as it is a great blend of people from around the world. It is also student friendly and is amongst the leaders in almost all sectors. In total, the UK spent a staggering £83.4 billion on education in the year 2015-2016 and the numbers have risen up since then. The United Kingdom has a total of 12 universities in the list of... Read more


Path to permanent residency in Germany

Want to explore the golden opportunities in Germany? Or want to delve deeper into their fields of research? Well then, you just made the right click. We are here to provide you a step-by- step guide on earning a permanent residency in Germany by your own merit. As per its protocols of foreign immigration, Germany offers permanent residence and work permit for highly skilled employees.... Read more


Path to permanent residency in Ireland

If you are a student planning to settle in the mesmerizing country of Ireland, you’ll find Ireland’s welcoming reputation backed up by an open and simple immigration process. It’s hassle free to enter, stay, work and live! 1. Start by getting an admit: Apply for exams like TOEFL, IELTS, GAMSAT etc. Use various sources to collect information about the universities that you want to apply... Read more


Requirements to get admitted into an International MBA

If you want to pursue an international MBA and don’t know how, then here we are to help you. This article outlines all the requirements to apply for most international MBAs. With this, you can begin your quest of getting into that dream B School; be it Harvard Business School, Stanford University or London Business School. Application Requirements MBA applications are elaborate and... Read more


What all do you need to apply for MS in US?

Aug 26 GyanDhan

A Master’s Degree from US is a widely popular course and a common question faced by aspirants is “what are the requirements to apply”? This article outlines what all is required to apply for an MS program in the United States of America. PREREQUISITES: As an international student, before you apply for a Master’s degree in an American university, you must have a degree of graduation with... Read more


Importance of GRE's AWA and How To Ace it

Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) is one of three skills tested in the GRE exam. The AWA section is always presented first. The importance of this section is usually overshadowed by the other two sections, namely the quantitative section and the verbal section. Most of the GRE aspirants consider practicing for this section as a waste of time as they consider themselves to be well-versed in... Read more


What is Margin Money in Education Loan?

When it comes to education loans, there is a lot of financial jargon that confuses students, and margin money is one of them. Not familiar what is the meaning of this term? Don’t worry we will go step by step, Assume Mr. X is going to a US university where overall expenses for two years is INR 45 lakhs. Mr. X approached GyanDhan (he made a smart choice, I’d say!) for his education loan... Read more


How to Prepare for GRE

How to prepare for GRE GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is the standardized test that is universally accepted by thousands of graduate and business schools.  Formulated by ETS (Educational Testing Service), GRE is a computer-adaptive test. It is split up into three sections namely verbal, quantitative and analytical writing. Verbal and quantitative sections are individually scaled from 130... Read more


Learn about important US Visas

Weeks spent studying the requirements, working out all the kinks, scouring the internet to solve your doubts and it all boils down to your interviewer telling you this - “Your visa has been approved!” Getting your visa is the final step of your dream of pursuing higher education from abroad. Once your visa is approved, nothing can stop you from studying in your dream college. Although... Read more


How to improve your CIBIL score?

Credit Investigation Bureau (India) Limited, commonly known as CIBIL, is India’s first credit score company. Founded in 2000, CIBIL maintains records of an individual’s monthly expenses concerning loans and credit cards. CIBIL prepares Credit Information Report and creates credit scores on the basis of the information provided by various banks and other financial institutions. The credit... Read more


Credit Score and its importance in the US

Refresh your memory with those days where we get judged in schools and colleges by grades and numbers. While it was a moment of pride to patricians, for the rest of us, it happened to be a depressing period of trial. On similar grounds, credit score is yet another number which is used to assess the creditworthiness of a person. In other words, it expresses how likely a person is to repay... Read more


How to score an assistantship/part time job?

May 16 GyanDhan

How to score an assistantship/part time job? It sounds lucrative to pursue an assistantship while pursuing a course in the US. While it is true that the pay scale of an assistantship varies with the institute, you can still earn a decent amount if you choose to do an assistantship anywhere in US. On an average, an assistantship is going to fetch you around $10000 per year. In some cases, the... Read more


How to prepare for a US student visa interview

May 05 GyanDhan

“Your visa has been approved”, are the magical words that every study abroad aspirant yearns to hear. Post your acceptance letter, this is yet another tough nut to crack. Having made through your GRE, TOEFL and admissions, you can’t afford to think too little of the visa process because this is the golden ticket to your la-la land.  Some students who have been successful in their admission... Read more


Education loan for MS/MBA abroad: 2 Common Misunderstandings

Education loan for MS/MBA abroad: 2 Common Misunderstandings Challenges for MS and MBA aspirants aiming for top universities abroad are boundless. Often education loans add to your list of worries, particularly with several misconceptions going around. Here, we debunk a couple of such myths: 1. Sanctioned amount vs disbursed amount: Educational loans are different from other loans in... Read more


Your education loan rate of interest can change : here's how

Your education loan rate of interest can change Yes! You have made it to your acceptance mail and you are probably in the seventh heaven. All that huge amount of ordeal is finally worth it. A fluffy think cloud pops up on your brain where you’re flying on a plane, landing in your dreamland, befriending a multicultural group of people and ending up with a 5 or 6 digit salary in US. But wait –... Read more


Financial requirements at different stages of a US Masters admission process

Mar 04 GyanDhan

In today’s day and age, just a Bachelor’s degree seldom seems to suffice. Whether it’s out of a curiosity to learn more, or just to get the keys to their own Porsche quicker, people choose to pursue higher studies. More often than not, the destination of this very pursuit lands their thoughts amidst the elusive lands of the United States of America. We here at Gyandhan, take your dreams very... Read more


Donald Trump in the White House - Is there reason for foreign students to be fearful?

Note: The below blog was published by Mr. Ankit Mehra(CEO, GyanDhan) on 4th Jan 2017 on Linkedin.  Donald Trump in the White House - Is there reason for foreign students to be fearful? 2016 will probably be remembered as the year of the unexpected. We started the year with the fall from grace for Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos when the US agencies categorized Theranos’ Newark, California... Read more


Prep for your education loan for MS/MBA abroad: CIBIL score

There are so many components that need to be taken care of when you decide to study abroad – right from convincing your parents, studying for your GRE/TOEFL/IELTS, trying to narrow down the right university and program and applying for financial aid. But, of all these, securing the loans required for your education has been infamously labeled by students as the ‘most difficult part’, among... Read more


How to decide when you receive Multiple Admits?

Jan 19 GyanDhan

  Yes, this is exactly that moment – your Bruce Almighty moment where you too can sing out loud ‘I’ve got the Power’ and walk in a swag you know you were born with. Because you do have the power! The power to choose from amongst some great schools in the land of opportunities. But let’s not overindulge ourselves and forget what Uncle Ben from Spiderman taught us – With great power comes... Read more


MBA in India vs. abroad vs MS vs Job

MBA in India vs. abroad vs MS vs Job ‘To be, or not to be, that is the question.’ Oh Hamlet! Choosing between life and death – if only you would have been alive today, we would have told you that the concern you were faced with was so primitive in nature, so uncomplicated and honestly, rather rhetoric. Try asking 21st century students because the question now is ‘To do an M.B.A. in India or... Read more


Customer Story 2 : How Pradeep went to UCSB from IIT Madras ?

Dec 29 GyanDhan

We invite all our customers to a short interview, and a few of them are kind enough to oblige. This is second in the series of such interviews.  Pradeep Shekhar*  (IIT Madras to University of California, Santa Barbara)          1.  What were you doing before you went to UCSB?  I was doing my Bachelors of Technology in Electrical Engineering at IIT Madras. 2.  Why did you... Read more


Customer Story 1 : How Vaibhav Planned his MS in US ?

Dec 19 GyanDhan

We invite all our customers to a short interview, and a few of them are kind enough to oblige. This is first in the series of such interviews.      Vaibhav Desai  (Mumbai University to Stevens Institute of Technology)*         1.  What were you doing before you went to Stevens Institute Of technology?  I was working with Datavail Infotech as Data Engineer-... Read more


How To Apply To A University Outside Your Area Of Specialization?

Dec 08 GyanDhan

One question we get often is how best to apply to a major which is different from your undergraduate specialization? Goes without saying that applying outside of your area of specialization puts you at a distinct disadvantage versus those staying within their major – because such students are likely to form a majority of the applicants, and are likely be a better fit. So, think long and hard... Read more


What Constitutes A Good Letter Of Recommendation?

They say that words are man’s strongest weapon. Of course, you can’t chant to hunt, but a few kind words can inspire the hunter in you. J Why the sudden emphasis on words, you ask? Well, college authorities are attentive to many details, and one of them is others’ opinion about you.     Requirements To Study Abroad Other than your academic qualifications, there are many... Read more


How Important Is The TOEFL Score?

It’ll be wrong to say that we’re not aware of “To be or not to be,” “Et tu, brute?” and many other such iconic one-liners in the English language. Given English’s pervasiveness (such as the fact that this article is in English!), it’s not surprising that most colleges abroad hold a certain partiality towards English proficiency, so much so that there are two internationally accepted exams... Read more


Common Reasons Why A Bank Would Decline An Education Loan With Collateral

Educational loan began as an incentive in 2001 for meritorious students looking to further their studies in professional and technical fields, but having no financial means to do so.   What began as a means of help by the Indian Banker's Association (IBA) soon began to be viewed by loan recipients as their right! Many didn’t repay the loans, leaving the banks with thousands of crores in... Read more


How to write a killer SOP ?

  We may not be the brightest bulb in the tannery; unaware of current updates, how to apply for education loans or how to kill a mockingbird. Nonetheless, there’s one skill that we all have mastered in – boasting about our achievements, no matter how insignificant they are. Even though some studies depict that boasting can actually be counter-productive, studying abroad presents a... Read more


How to get an education loan without collateral for MS in US

MS in US Now Becomes Easier with GyanDhan’s Education Loan for Abroad Studies without Collateral Many students aspire to get into their dream universities in the USA for a Masters in Science degree. However, due to the complicated process of getting foreign education loan, many satisfy themselves with a mere job in India.     Why should students kill their aspirations? To help... Read more


How do different universities value GRE scores?

In the world of education, nothing is static. Especially in today’s generation, subjects and courses are as diverse as the insect population. Ranging from convoluted complexities like quantum mechanics to lightweight and breezy courses such as communications. Students Studying Abroad Unfortunately, this broad spectrum of college majors is quite contracted in India. According to a... Read more