We are delighted to inform you that a Career counselling session was held on 18th of August, 2023 (Friday) for the students of Std. 9 to 12 by an official advising center, EducationUSA at United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF).

Career counselling is vital for school students especially for the ones of higher grades who are on the verge of choosing a new stream or specialization. It helps them choose the stream based on their interest and capability. Under the leadership of Dr. N. K. Dutta, Founder and Principal, MBRS, an Official advising center, EducationUSA at United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) visited the campus and gave a complete overview of the 5 Steps to U.S. University applications to students of std. 9 to 12.

The students were thrilled to be a part of such a session where they could explore many unknown areas that as the U.S. is one of the most preferred destinations for education. Every year, thousands of Indian students navigate the U.S. University application process, a seemingly daunting task.

MBRS, Head Girl, Miss Anushka Saudagar welcomed the resource person of the day, Miss Unnati Singhania, an EducationUSA Adviser at United States- India Educational Foundation (USIEF), Kolkata. Our Revered Founder & Principal Sir, with immense pleasure welcomed the Ms. Unnnati and in his speech he shared his experience of travelling abroad. He added that an opportunity to travel the world is an exposure to learn new every day.

The session was conducted by Unnati Singhania. She highlighted that the key to successfully navigating university applications is to follow a 5-step approach.

🔶 The first and often ignored step is to define your priorities, research options and short-list universities. It is important for students to understand the various options the U.S. has to offer. Researching universities is another integral part of the first step. Students should look at a range of factors when short-listing universities – factors including course structure, faculty profiles, student to faculty ratio, facilities available on campus, internship opportunities, scholarship options, and cost of the program. Students should shortlist universities which are the best fit for them and which will help prepare them for their chosen career.

🔶 The second step consists of financing your education. The total cost of attending college includes not only the tuition, but also, other expenses such as housing and books. It is important to set a budget for the entire duration of study (typically four years for a Bachelor’s degree and two years for a Master’s degree). Funding options are available for international students, especially for graduate programs including many fully-funded Ph.D. programs in STEM, and it is crucial to thoroughly research all funding options well in advance.

🔶 Step three has students completing the application. Students are evaluated in a holistic manner, and are usually required to submit transcripts, standardized test scores such as the SAT/ACT for undergraduates, GRE/GMAT for graduates, proof of English proficiency (IELTS/TOEFL exam), application essay(s), letters of recommendation, and any additional documents the university requests. It is very important to follow all application instructions and submit the application packets before the deadline.

🔶 Once students apply and receive their admission offers, they move on to step four where they apply for a student visa. The Consulate, and the EducationUSA center conducts information sessions with visa officers who provide detailed information on the visa application, interview process and student visa (F1) regulations. After receiving the visa, students can prepare for their departure.

🔶 The final step in the process. During this time, students can attend a Pre-departure Orientation at their nearest EducationUSA center. The orientation provides an excellent opportunity for students to meet other students going to the U.S and learn about port of entry procedures, life in the U.S., academic culture as well as the socio-cultural environment.

The session concluded with vote of thanks by Miss Joyeeta Das, Head Girl, MBRS (Residential).

The Event was great success and we thank one and all for their kind support and Co-operation.

Please find attached some photographs on this for your kind reference.