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US News Ranking 3
Qsranking 8
Timesranking 11

Brief background: 

The University of California, often referred to as Berkeley, was started in 1868. It is a public research university and is one of the 14 founding members of the Association of American Universities. United States National Research Council consistently ranks the University’s famous graduate programs in the top 10 in their fields.

The University of California offers various degrees through schools like the Haas School of Business, the College of Engineering, the School of Law, and the Graduate School of Education.

Students pursuing a Masters at College of Engineering can pursue advanced degrees in eight areas. These areas include Industrial Engineering & Operations Research, Applied Science & Technology, and others. 

Ranking

The  University of California ranking is always among the top ten in the world. It is also considered as the top public university in the country.  University of California world ranking is #30 according to QS Global World Rankings 2021.

Acceptance Rate

The University of California acceptance rate is around 15%. It gets way more applications than it can admit. Therefore, it is important to have an excellent academic profile to gain admission to the university. The average GRE score for University of California for technology on quantitative is around 166 and verbal is around 157.

Infrastructure:

The University of California is located in the Bay area and its campus is spread over 1200 acres. Berkeley has one of the most modern campuses in the country. The campus is home to world-renowned research institutes such as the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, the Space Sciences Laboratory, and others. Students love the Strawberry creek that flows through the campus. The library system of the University, with 32 libraries and more than 11 million titles, is one the largest academic library system in the country. 

Residing Options:

The university provides on-campus accommodation to all its international students. Undergraduate students can live in residential halls. The University also has student co-ops and not-for-profit housing cooperatives for its students. However, on-campus housing can be a tad-bit costlier and thus graduate students prefer to live off-campus in areas such as ‘Northside’. 

Faculty and pedagogy:

The Faculty of Berkeley is quite renowned in their individual fields. In fact, J. R. Oppenheimer, who led the Manhattan project to create the first atomic bomb, and Nobel laureate Ernest Lawrence, who invented the cyclotron, have taught here. Additionally, quite a few Nobel laureates, MacArthur fellows and Pulitzer Prize winners teach at Berkeley. The University’s The College of Engineering has 256 full-time faculties on staff. 

The pedagogy at Berkeley is excellent and it places huge importance on research. 

Fees

The  University of California fees for its majority of academic courses is around $26,000 yearly for Indian students. The annual off-campus living expense is around $9000.

Financial aid:

The University of California has a number of scholarships (both need-based and no-need based). However, all the scholarships given are based on academic performance, so in case you aspire to earn one of these, you need to have an impeccable academic record. 

Jobs and placements:

The top recruiters employing graduates from the university include Google, Inc - $76,522 - $137,740; Apple Computer, Inc - $102,556 - $159,960; Kaiser Permanente- $59,598 - $115,039; Amazon.com Inc - $60,331 - $117,730, Salesforce.com, Inc.- $58,723 - $141,122. The most popular job profiles amongst the university alumni include Software Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Data Analyst, Data Scientist, Senior Software Engineer, Project Manager, Financial Analyst. 
As per the official data, 21% of engineering graduates found jobs through Campus Recruitment, 7% through Handshake (internal search), 17% through Networking, 19% through Internship, 24% through Campus Fair, 8% through Direct Contact with Employer, 5% through the Internet/Social Media.

Alumni:

The University has a long list of famous alumni. Some of them are Founder of MySpace Tom Anderson, President, and CEO of Adobe Systems Shantanu Narayen and Former MD and Head of Global Arbitrage, Deutsche Bank Arvind Raghunathan. 

Verdict:

This University is right there at the top – among the top five colleges in the country in any field. University of California graduate admissions are quite difficult to crack, so lap it up if you have got one. 

Location

Berkeley is located on the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay Area. UC-Berkeley lies in the eastern part of the city. The campus is nestled between the scenic Berkeley Hills in the east and downtown Berkeley on the south, west, and north. The beautiful Strawberry Canyon forms the northeastern fringe of the campus. It is hardly a thirty-minute walk from downtown. Get down at the Downtown Berkeley BART station and exit to Shattuck Avenue.
The campus is easily accessible by road and rail. Caltrain in the Southern Pacific Bay Area are well connected to the transit system. Besides, AC Transit buses also connect to the UC-Berkeley campus area. Due to its strategic location, not only does the campus get the best of the bustle of the city and the serene natural surroundings, but it also becomes readily accessible through freeways. The Bay Area freeways leading to the campus are I-80, I-880, I-580, Highway 13, and Highway 24. These freeways connect to I-5 and US 101.
UC-Berkeley main campus is a one-hour drive northeast across the Bay from the San Francisco International Airport and a half-hour by road northwards from Oakland International Airport. It lies at an hour and a half distance by road from the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International airport.

Acceptance Rate for Indians 17%
STEM Masters Awarded to International Students 312
STEM Doctorates Awarded to International Students 83
TA Appointments 311
RA appointments 617
Research funding $219,018,000
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & partner data as of year 2018

Bioengineering

The Bioengineering Department is a part of the College of Engineering and offers Bachelor’s, Master and Ph.D. programs. It offers courses in Bioengineering Design, Instrumentation, Biomechanics, Protein Informatics, etc. to undergraduate students from allied disciplines. The department aims to combine biology with Electrical and Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science to help students produce solutions for a healthier society and an equitable and sustainable world. It offers Master’s in Bioengineering and Translational Medicine in a cross-campus collaboration with the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at UCSF. The research focus of the department lies in cellular engineering and development of solutions for precision medicine. Synthetic biology, stem-cell engineering, and computational biology are other key areas of research. The department prides itself on being ranked consistently amongst the top 10 across the globe.

Areas of Expertise:  Systems and Synthetic Biology; Bioinstrumentation; Computational Biology; Biomaterials and Nanotechnology; Cell & Tissue Engineering

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (under the College of Chemistry) has played a leading role in making Berkeley one of the top 5 places for study and research in Chemistry over the past decade. BS in Chemical Engineering and MS in Chemical Engineering, besides MS in Product Development and Master of Bioprocess Engineering, have been the most sought after courses. The department has a world-renowned faculty to harness young talent and drive research. Besides the prestigious Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, students can work in the world’s leading biofuels and artificial photosynthesis labs.

Areas of Expertise: Polymers and Soft Materials; Heterogeneous Catalysis and Reaction Engineering; Electrochemical and Environmental Engineering5. Theory, Multiscale Modeling, and Computer Simulation; Microelectronics Processing and MEMS; Biochemical Engineering; Biomedical Engineering

List of Labs: Berkeley Stem Cell Center

Civil and Environmental

Ranked amongst the top 5 globally by US News, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Berkeley is known to produce the most talented graduates in the university. The BS in CEE focuses on design, hands-on experience and problem-solving. Hazard management, sustainability, and infrastructural improvements are the hallmarks of the program. The department offers Master of Science (Energy, Civil Infrastructure and Climate; Engineering & Project Management; Environmental Engineering; GeoSystems Engineering; Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials; Systems Engineering; Transportation Engineering) and Master of Engineering (Systems Engineering and Transportation Engineering) and doctoral level programs. Students enjoy ample practical and professional outings at the San Francisco Bay area. Besides, the department also boasts of a dedicated structures lab and state-of-the-art testing equipment.           

Areas of Expertise: Environmental Engineering; Civil Systems; Structural Engineering, Mechanics & Materials; Earthquake Engineering; Eco-Systems; Engineering and Project Management; Energy, Civil Infrastructure and Climate; Transportation Engineering

List of Labs: Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology Laboratory; CREST: Center for Research in Energy Systems Transformation; JBEI: Joint BioEnergy Institute; Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute; Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER); Berkeley Water Center; Cool Climate Network

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The Computer Science division of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) has the distinction of preparing leaders in an unparalleled industry environment, thanks to its proximity to Silicon Valley. It offers BA with CS majors (applications via College of Letters and Science) and BS in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science. The breadth of course options and cutting-edge laboratories have placed the department amongst the top 5 places for CS learning and research across the globe. Undergraduates can continue till the 5th year for combined BS/MS. The department also offers an industry-oriented one-year M.Eng along with an MS in Computer Science. Students of Public Policy can pursue a concurrent degree to broaden the scope of their graduate learning. The focus areas of research include Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.   
The department also offers a Master of Science program in Electrical Engineering. The department transcends itself by providing the widest range of research labs to break new frontiers in the discipline. An array of fellowships makes it the most attractive spot for young talent.

Areas of Expertise: Biosystems & Computational Biology; Artificial Intelligence; Human-Computer Interaction; Control, Intelligent Systems, & Robotics; Design, Modeling, and Analysis; Physical Electronics; Energy; Integrated Circuits; Micro/Nano Electro-Mechanical Systems

List of Labs: Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST); Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC); Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS); Center for Intelligent Systems (CIS); Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center; Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing; Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science (E3S); Center for Hybrid and Embedded Software Systems (CHESS); Par Lab: Parallel Computing Laboratory; Berkeley Laboratory for Information and System Sciences; Wireless Foundations; Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing; Berkeley Quantum Information & Computation Center

Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department (IEOR) is focused on creating, innovating, and analyzing tools and techniques for the analysis and management of complex systems. Undergraduates, graduates, and researchers are trained through hands-on industry-specific projects to handle supply chain, financial, healthcare, energy systems, etc. The undergraduate programs include BS in IEOR, BA in IEOR (through College of Letters and Science), integrated 4-year BS in IEOR with Management from Haas School of Business, besides a professional Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Technology. Graduates can pursue M.Eng. in IEOR or research centered MS. Doctoral students concentrate on theoretical models, mathematical tools, and methodologies to make industries more efficient and profitable. Stochastic Modeling, algorithms, robotics, etc. are the focus research areas of the department.

Areas of Expertise: Production, Logistics, Service, and Supply Chain Systems; Automation and Robotics; Energy Systems and Markets; Market and Financial Engineering; Stochastic Modeling, Control, and Simulation; Optimization and Algorithm Design

Material Science

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) offers 5 joint majors at the undergraduate level besides a BS with majors in MSE. It collaborates with departments of Bioengineering, Nuclear Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Mechanical Engineering, besides the College of Chemistry. Undergraduate students can choose an extra year of instruction leading to a combined BS/MS in MSE. The professional M.Eng in MSE is coordinated by the Fung Institute. Graduate students may choose to concentrate on Nanoscale Science, Energy Science, Computational Science, Genomic Biology, or Communication, Computation and Statistics. The department also offers an MS program. The department ensures latest on-campus and collaborative laboratories to Ph.D. candidates for research on biomaterials, electro-chemicals, optical and electrical materials, magnetic materials and structural materials.

Areas of Expertise: Materials for Electronic, Optical, Magnetic and Thermal Applications; Materials for Energy Storage and Generation; Biomaterials; Materials Computation and Theory; Polymers and Soft Materials; Nanomaterials; Materials Characterization; Chemical and Electrochemical Materials; Materials for Structural Applications; Materials Design 

Mechanical

The UC Berkeley Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) prepares young minds through industry-based design experience. Undergraduate students may opt for BS in ME, 4-year integrated BS with business, and joint majors with Materials Science or Nuclear Science. Undergraduates who have majored in mechanical engineering can opt for a one-year extension leading to an integrated BS/MS. The department offers full-time and part-time M.Eng besides a thesis-based MS. The in-vogue tracks of specialization include Fluid and Ocean Engineering and Nanotechnology. MEng programs are available in the following concentrations: Advanced Energy Technology; Biomechanics, Experimental; Advanced Control Systems Design; Fluids and Ocean Engineering;     MEMS/Nano; Modeling and Simulation of Advanced Manufacturing Processes; Product Design. The department offers special graduate programs such as Engineering and Business sustainability and designated emphasis programs in energy science and technology, development engineering and computational and data science engineering. Research at the department is propelled by over three dozen concentrated laboratories and a dozen specialist research centers. Ph.D. researchers can find supervisors for a vast array of fields ranging from biomechanics and robotics to ocean engineering and nanotechnology.

Areas of Expertise: Biomaterials, Biomechanics & Biomedical Devices; Fluids, Solids, Materials, Computation, & Ocean; MEMS, Microsystems & Nanosystems; Combustion, Energy & Environment, & Thermal Sciences; Design & Manufacturing; Controls, Dynamics & Mechatronics
List of Labs: Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Pure Sciences

Considered as one of the top 10 destinations across the globe for science education and research, UC Berkeley offers the latest industry and research-oriented courses leading to degrees in pure sciences which open up a wide range of opportunities. The Department of Chemistry (under the College of Chemistry), the Biological Science division of the College of Letters and Science (L&S), the Mathematical and Physical Sciences division (L&S) offer undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs in pure sciences. The university has separate departments for Integrative Biology, Molecular and Cell Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, and Planetary Sciences. UC Berkeley offers some of the best labs and dedicated centers for research in the Sciences. More than half a dozen Nobel Laureates from the university are current faculty members.      

List of Labs: Berkeley Nuclear Research Center

Annual fees for Indians $26,000
Annual off-campus living $9,000
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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Assistantships - Teaching Assistantships (TA), Research Assistantships (RA), and Graduate Assistantships | GyanDhan
<p> Published date: 22 Jan 2021 Updated on: 22 Jan 2021 &nbsp; The cost of abroad education has always touched the sky. Education loans are a good source of help to cover the cost but ultimately add to your financial burden. One of the ways to fund your expenses and reduce your tuition fee to an extent is to get a position as an assistant. The majority of the universities offer various assistantships to students, a form of employment by the university.&nbsp; Let’s find out more about them - &nbsp; &nbsp; What are Assistantships?&nbsp; An average graduate degree in the US costs about $25,000 to $45,000 a year. And this is just the cost of tuition. After adding living and various other expenses, you can expect to spend around $60,000 a year on your US education. This is where assistantships come to rescue you from the pit of debt. Graduate assistantships are defined as academic employment in which students get tuition reimbursement for the work they do for the faculty members, department, and college. You can expect to work almost 20 hours a week in exchange for a small remuneration and tuition waiver. The tuition waiver can be 50% or full, depending on the institute. Assistantships not only provide a stable source of income, but they are also a good addition to your resume and work experience.&nbsp; How many types of assistantships are there? There are basically three types of assistantships. They are as follows -&nbsp; Teaching Assistantship (TA) Research Assistantship (RA) Graduate Assistantship (GA)/Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) What is Teaching Assistantship (TA)? In the simplest of terms, a TA is a teaching assistant to a professor. The job entails assisting students, grading papers and assignments, teaching undergraduate classes, preparing classes/lectures for undergraduate students, administering exams, and helping the professor in day-to-day activities and related work. A professor does various other research activities apart from teaching classes. When occupied elsewhere, these professors choose eager and capable students to lessen the workload.&nbsp; You can apply for the post of TA with your college application. However, you will be able to hold the post only after your first semester. Professors look for dedicated and eager students who wish to work long hours to give the desired result to the professor. After your first semester, go through the profiles and the work of professors from your course to find a compatible match.&nbsp; Students often get a 50% or full tuition fee waiver. Apart from the tuition fee waiver, students earn an hourly stipend. The rate for the same is anywhere between $10/hour to $35/hour, depending on the department funding. You can expect to earn roughly $6000-$20,000 annually.&nbsp; What is Research Assistantship (RA)? Most professors are working on a research project for which they need assistance from eager students. Being a Research Assistant to a professor generally means setting up a lab, setting up experiments, writing research papers, performing experiments, and presenting their findings, conclusions, and recommendations. In short, you will be involved in a particular faculty research project, which will also serve your research topic. Some universities do not have an application process for the position of Research Assistant. Students, in this case, are selected by the teacher. For the rest, you can apply for the position along with your college application and can hold the position only after your first semester. Similar to a Teaching Assistant, you can expect a partial or full tuition fee waiver. Apart from the waiver, students earn a generous stipend as well. You can expect to earn anywhere from $500 to $1500 monthly working for 15 to 20 hours. The pay also depends on the number of hours you work and the kind of work allocated to you.&nbsp; What is a Graduate Assistantship (GA)? Graduate Assistantship is more or less similar to Research Assistantship. The work of a GA will typically include doing research and doing other departmental upkeep. There is no hard and fast rule about the work offered to a GA and depends on the department and the faculty. The work of a GA is important at the departmental level. In some universities, there is no difference between a GA and an RA.&nbsp; The remuneration of a GA tends to be similar to an RA. You would get an in-state tuition fee, full or partial tuition fee waiver. Some well-funded departments do offer more stipends than RA.&nbsp; Need an education loan to finance your abroad education? Fill the form below How to get an assistantship? Depending on the university, department funding, and positions available, the process to get an assistantship may include an application, face-to-face interview, or submit an essay. You can also contact the department and the faculty for any openings.&nbsp; To ensure that you get an assistantship, you will need to maintain a certain GPA, be enthusiastic and eager about your field and research, showcase your organizational skills, and be able to complete their work on top of the already busy study schedule.&nbsp; Some guidance to help you get an assistantship -&nbsp; Do your research about the professor, faculty, their area of research, and their current research projects.&nbsp; Get in touch with your professor to discuss any possible work opening. Explain in detail your research experience or teaching experience.&nbsp; Some universities also have an application process with strict deadlines. In such cases, it is best to submit your application before the deadline. Be as accurate as possible and expand on your interest, research area, and experience, if any.&nbsp; International students, who are not native English speakers, also need to make sure that they have a score of 26 or higher in the Speaking section of their TOEFL iBT. It is to ensure the student has good oral skills and can teach/assist students efficiently. &nbsp; Networking is important to land an assistant position. Keep your ear to the ground, be eager to step out of your comfort zone, and get your name out there.&nbsp; There might be a chance that your department doesn’t have current openings or positions. Don’t get discouraged. You can always apply as a GA with a focus on administrative work in a different department.&nbsp; What is the difference between assistantships, scholarships, and financial aid? Students often get confused between assistantship, scholarship, and financial aid. To put it simply -&nbsp; Assistantships are a form of employment offered by the department and the university. Students get a stipend for the work they do. The pay also depends on the number of hours worked, whether it is full-time employment (2o hours a week) or quarter-time (10 hours a week).&nbsp; Scholarships are a form of financial aid given to meritorious students. The main basis of scholarships is merit. The source of funds for a scholarship can be a university, profit or non-profit organization, community organizations, etc.&nbsp; Financial aid covers any financial assistance offered to the student in the form of scholarships and grants. They are awarded either based on merit or need of the student.&nbsp; With this blog, we hope you have an understanding of an essential source of income during your abroad studies. GyanDhan strives to provide useful and credible information to students to ease their foreign education journey. You can refer to our country-specific blogs for more information on scholarships. You can also search for scholarships on GyanDhan’s Scholarship Finder.&nbsp; </p> <hr> <small>This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at <a href="https://www.gyandhan.com/blogs/teaching-research-graduate-assistantships">https://www.gyandhan.com/blogs/teaching-research-graduate-assistantships</a></small> ... Read more

Discussion on Scholarships applicable for Project Mgmt courses
Hi Ma'am, I am currently working but I was trying to figure out a scholarship that is applicable for me for masters in project management. I have identified two universities that is Boston University and the SP Jain School of Global mgmt. I am however a bit confused regarding the scholarship procedures and what is applicable and what not. Can you please help out that what scholarship could be appropriate and what is the eligibility criteria? Also, could you please suggest some more universities that offers this program maybe with a lower cost or something? Please help ... Read more

Everything You Need to Know About Pursuing Masters in Canada | GyanDhan
<p>&nbsp;<img></p><p>Canada is the largest country in North America and is becoming quite popular among international students to pursue graduate studies. The number of international students in the country has increased rapidly over a couple of years. Due to its easy immigration policies and welcome attitude, it has become easier than ever to study there. If not masters, a lot of international students go there to study various vocational and <a href="https://www.gyandhan.com/blogs/educational-loan-options-for-pg-diploma-in-canada">diploma courses</a> as well. In 2018, a total of 721,205 international students were studying at various levels in Canada. At the same time, there are numerous students who know very little about how to pursue masters in Canada. And if you’re one of them then this blog is for you.&nbsp;</p> <hr> <small>This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at <a href="https://www.gyandhan.com/blogs/masters-in-canada">https://www.gyandhan.com/blogs/masters-in-canada</a></small> ... Read more

Benefits, Scheme Details, & Process of SBI Abroad Education Loan | GyanDhan
<p> Published date: 16 Jan 2021 Updated on: 16 Jan 2021 &nbsp; Studying abroad is undoubtedly one of the best ways to skyrocket your career to the next level. With the rise in the number of students applying for abroad studies and the increase in inflation, overseas education has become an exorbitant affair and almost impossible for those without a robust financial background. Education loans become a boon in such a case and in India, public sector banks are still the most reliable and cost-effective lenders to avail of an education loan. Arguably the most popular and preferred nationalized bank offering abroad education loans to Indian students is the State Bank of India. The country’s leading nationalized lender, SBI offers 5 different types of education loans: Scholar Loan, Global Ed-Vantage Education Loan, Student Loan, Skill Loan, and Take-over of an education loan. Among them, Global Ed-Vantage and Student Loan are for study abroad aspirants. For the loans above INR 20 Lakh (which is required in most cases), students have to apply under the SBI Global Ed-Vantage scheme. &nbsp; Getting an SBI study abroad loan can be a complicated and tiresome task as it is the case with almost all government banks, the smart way to make it easier is checking your loan eligibility with GyanDhan. Let's traverse through the major features, benefits, and process of the SBI Global Ed-Vantage scheme: What is the maximum loan amount that can be taken as an SBI study abroad loan? In the SBI Global Ed-Vantage scheme, students can take INR 20 Lakh to INR 1.5 Crores as a student loan. What is the rate of interest in the SBI Global Ed-Vantage scheme? The rate of interest in SBI Global Ed-Vantage scheme is:&nbsp; 8.80%(Men) / 8.30% (Women) (With Rinn Raksha Insurance)&nbsp; 9.30%(Men) / 8.80% (Women) (Without Rinn Raksha Insurance) What is the processing fee of study loans under the SBI Global Ed-Vantage scheme? Following are the processing charges under the SBI Global Ed-Vantage scheme: Non Refundable Processing Fee INR 11,800 (Including GST) + Nonrefundable property valuation charges (varies by state; 4-8K) On disbursal: 0.2% of the loan amount as Equitable Mortgage creation charge. What is the maximum loan tenure of study loans under the SBI Global Ed-Vantage scheme? The maximum loan tenure of study loans under the SBI Global Ed-Vantage scheme is of 15 years. What is the moratorium period or repayment holiday of study loans under the SBI Global Ed-Vantage scheme? Course duration + 6 months. What are the degrees eligible under the SBI Global Ed-Vantage scheme? Eligible degrees are the regular graduate/post-graduate/doctorate courses in any discipline offered by foreign institutes/ universities in countries including the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Europe, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, and New Zealand. What is the margin money in study loans under the SBI Global Ed-Vantage scheme? To apply for SBI Abroad Education Loan Fill the form below What are the documents required to apply for an education loan from SBI? The documents required vary on the basis of several factors, such as the student's academic and professional history, co-applicant’s financial and credit profile, and the nature and location of the property or asset offered as collateral. In general, the following documents are needed: From applicant: Identity proof&nbsp; Address proof Passport Mandatory Past Academic Record Test scores (e.g GMAT, GRE, TOEFL, etc.) Admission Letter (Conditional admission letter is also applicable). Statement of cost/expenses. 2 passport-size photographs. Loan A/C statement of one year, if there is any previous loan from other banks/lenders. From co-applicant Identity proof Address proof 2 passport-size photographs. If any previous loan from other Banks/ Lenders, then loan A/C statement of 1 year. Legal documents of the collateral/property documents. What is the SBI abroad education loan process with GyanDhan? Step:1- Apply Online: Start with a pre-assessment by checking your loan eligibility Our education loan counselor interacts with you to understand your financing need in detail Fill a detailed SBI loan application form We transfer your details to SBI, and you receive an email from SBI acknowledging your application Step: 2- Free Doorstep Document Collection: You can create a customized list of documents by using our document checklist generator. If you or your parents live in Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, or Chennai, our representative will visit your home/office to inspect and collect all the required documents. We will then submit the documents to a specialized SBI branch. If you are in any other city than the above-mentioned, we get in touch with a specialized SBI branch near you and discuss your loan application. You'll either have to upload documents digitally or our associate will pick them up from your home. Step: 3- Processing and Approval: Once all the required documents are submitted, we follow up with the bank officials to make certain of the timely progress of your loan application. We track the loan application at every stage to facilitate its smooth passage. What are the benefits of taking a study loan under the SBI Global Ed-Vantage scheme via GyanDhan? Branch Selection – All the branches of SBI have now started processing study abroad loans, but there are a few who are experts; We start the process at one of these expert branches.&nbsp; Limited Branch Visits – Usually students have to visit the branch 6-7 times during the loan process. We limit the branch visits to 1 only –for physical ID.&nbsp; Documentation, especially property docs – Most of the cases rejected by PSUs are because of the non-availability of property documents. GyanDhan works with the student, PSU, and property lawyers to ensure availability of those documents, and advise to work-around. If there is no way to get the document, we don’t start the process and try to arrange another property or explore financing from other lenders.&nbsp; Pre-Visa Disbursement- Though PSBs have the policy to disburse money pre-visa for a few countries, but branches usually don’t practice the same. GyanDhan ensures pre-visa disbursement, when required, by approaching the senior management. Quicker Process – The average processing time at PSB is around 40 working days. We have reduced it to 12-15 working days by our technical &amp; process integration. Higher Chances of Approval - If any document is missing, property issues, or other issues, we approach the bank officials on the dot to find solutions. This warrants speedy resolution and considerably increases the chances of loan approval. State Bank of India is among the most reliable names when it comes to education loan lenders in India and its abroad education loan scheme is also one of the most economic abroad education loan options in India. The process is certainly complicated but GyanDhan has made it amazingly simple and hassle-free for you. Just check your loan eligibility and transfer all your education financing related worries to us!&nbsp; </p> <hr> <small>This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at <a href="https://www.gyandhan.com/blogs/sbi-study-abroad-loan">https://www.gyandhan.com/blogs/sbi-study-abroad-loan</a></small> ... Read more

Policies for international students will not top Biden's priority list. What's your take?
On the 20th January 2021, the world will witness the US President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony. The day will mark the swearing of 46th president and the ceremony will as opulent as it can be- with Tom Hanks hosting the inauguration TV show, more than 20,000 National Guard members present in the nation's capital to help secure the President-elect, and what not! With him coming to the office, loads of hopes will rise in the hearts of pandemic-hit civilization that became crestfallen due to the factors such as the depreciating world economy, increasing fundamentalism, worldwide diplomatic tussles, etc. Donald Trump's populist and non-inclusive policies, especially the H1B Visa Ban, has demoralized many study abroad aspirants who want to study in America and make it big in their careers. For Indians looking to work and study in the US, the foremost question with this new government is how their fortunes would be changed? Would Biden serve their interest better? Biden’s pre-election interviews and speeches definitely give international students hope of a brighter tomorrow, but with several other issues in hand, international students might not be at the top of the list of priorities of Biden. He would definitely take an action in the support of international students in the future, as his past statements suggest, but an overnight change would be too optimistic to expect from him. Biden is famous for being a left-liberal and will be tempted to upend all of Trump’s policies. It would be rational to assume that his immediate preoccupation would be the coronavirus pandemic and when he will get it under control, he might go on and turn his attention to other substantive policy areas. At present, things are not in the cards to look up in the near future for current and potential international students. At the same time, it is imperative to know that there is bipartisan support for the India-US relationship, which has achieved a more robust and substantive trajectory that systematically embraces multiple verticals. It suggests that we could see softening from the US administration in order to accommodate Indian concerns. But all this will take a certain time, perhaps a couple of years. That’s our take and understanding of the current situation and you have all the rights to think otherwise. **Sign-up now and vote!** [poll type=regular results=on_vote chartType=pie] # **Will Biden Presidency bring positive changes for international students anytime soon?** * Yes * No * Can't Say [/poll] Whatever you think about and hope from the Biden presidency, post your thoughts in this thread. Also, shoot any questions you have regarding the new government and its probable policies in relation to the international students. Let’s start! ... Read more



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