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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Alisha Mashruwala is a Partner at OnCourse and a Harvard graduate, and is also a Psychology major with a minor in Economics

What is the Yale-NUS college program?

I am graduating next year and keen to pursue my undergraduate degree, studying history and creative writing. What is the Yale-NUS college program? How do I apply for it?    

The Yale-NUS program is one of the most prestigious and competitive programs to be admitted to and, brings two of the world’s top universities together to offer a rigorous and interdisciplinary course. As a Yale-NUS major, you will study a common curriculum in history and social sciences along with your major. Students will learn about social institutions and current issues and be taught to interpret literature and historical contexts. They will have a wide variety of electives to choose from including principles of economics, history and culture of SE Asia, World History to name a few. You can apply to the YALE-NUS program through the Common Application portal (if you are also applying to the US universities) and Yale-NUS member page, or directly through the Yale-NUS application form. The general application requirements include SAT/ACT scores, letters of recommendation, school grades, TOEFL/IELTS and an interview for short-listed candidates only. Make sure you check the additional essays you will have to write for the program, and be sure to submit your resume. You will be studying in Singapore, and be given the option to spend a semester at Yale. There are three admission rounds starting from November 1st, so it would be best to apply through Round 1 or 2 as an international student.

I am currently in grade 10, should I take the PSAT? Is it required for college applications?     

Yes you should take the PSAT. The PSAT is a great a way to get some early practice for the SAT and get comfortable with standardized tests. As an Indian student, you do not need to send your PSAT scores to the colleges. However, if you have American citizenship, the PSAT is a qualification text for National Merit Scholarship.

I am interested in studying finance after 12th. Which degree should I apply for- the BFM or BAF course? What are my career options after both?     

The BFM and BAF course offered at colleges in Mumbai are very competitive and the best colleges for these courses are HR College, Jai Hind, Xavier’s, KC College.

The BAF course places a particular emphasis on accounts. Modules taught under BAF would include cost accounting, auditing, business law and environment and taxation to name a few. Post BAF, students generally study further or gain some work experience. Options vary from actuarial science to financial planning, transfer pricing and taxation and audits. The BFM focuses on stock marketing and investments,trading and brokerage with modules varying from debt and equity markets, micro and macroeconomics, global capital markets and derivatives, regulation of securities and fund management as well as principles of invesment management. Careers after BFM include studying further for chartered accountancy or to be a chartered financial analyst. Students can also gain employment at a bank, private equity and investment fund, strategy and management consulting firms as a business analyst.

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