Alisha Mashruwala is a Partner at OnCourse and a Harvard graduate, and is also a Psychology major with a minor in Economics
I want to do my undergraduate studies in Psychology in the UK. How do I go about applying?
You will be able to apply to 5 schools through the UCAS portal. This is the recommended method to apply to colleges as an undergraduate in the UK. There is one common essay, a statement of purpose that you will have to write which will be sent to all universities that you apply to through the UCAS. This statement of purpose will give you a chance to detail all your experiences both in and out of the classroom that relate to Psychology and highlight your interest in the course. In addition you will require one recommendation letter from a teacher that will be submitted by the teacher electronically. The form is relatively straightforward and includes basic personal details, academic record (grades) and the colleges that you are applying to. It is essential that you are aware that when you are applying to the UK you will not be given the flexibility to switch majors.
I just completed my undergrad in Business Administration. I want go to the US to do an MBA. What are some of the requirements?
The first thing you need to get done when you’re planning to apply for an MBA is to take the GMAT. The GMAT is a common entrance exam required by most business schools. The score you get on this test will enable you to shortlist colleges based on your academic level. Next, you must build your profile, by paying close attention to your short and long-term goals that are as specific and detailed as possible. Figuring out your goals will help you better understand yourself and what kind of MBA programs are best suited. The other documents you will require are grade transcripts from your undergraduate degree, recommendation letters and a TOEFL score if you have completed your undergraduate in India or any other country where English is not recognized to be the first language.
I’m studying English Literature at Mumbai University and I would like to do a postgraduate course abroad. Which country and courses would be advisable?
There is a wide range of courses that you could consider with an undergraduate degree in English in the UK. A degree in Creative Writing, Communications, Linguistics, Journalism, English Literature (modern, contemporary, American, Victorian etc.) could be considered depending on where your interests lie. Expect to complete a dissertation at the end of your degree as well as a portfolio of some of the work from some of the classes that you would have taken. Requirements when applying for a postgraduate degree in English would include choosing a specific course, writing a statement of purpose, providing the college with your past transcripts and one or two teacher recommendation letters. In the UK degrees are split between research and taught courses. The degrees also range between one and two years based on the course and the university that you would be applying to.