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Is it better to study in the US or the UK?

By Karan Gupta
Last updated on: June 03, 2005 15:29 IST
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This is the second transcript of the hour-long chat between Get Ahead international education expert Karan Gupta and our young readers:

Part I: How tough is it to get a US student visa?

sumit d: My UK student visa was rejected last April. What do I do?

Karan Gupta: Even if your visa has been rejected, you can try again. There is no restriction on the number of times you can apply for a student visa.

In Mumbai, getting student visa dates is not a problem. Our contact information is available on our web site at

akki: Is $20,000 the total cost of study at Texas A&M or just college fees?
Karan Gupta: $20,000 would be the tuition and living expenses at TAMU. Other colleges may be more expensive.

ajay: How good is SP Jain, Dubai?
Karan Gupta: It is a good school. The courses are of international standards. But getting a job in Dubai after you graduate is very difficult. And most SP Jain students come back to India after studying there.

Vishwas: Which country should I choose to study and earn at the same time?

Karan Gupta: In the UK, you are allowed to work for 20 hours per week off campus. In the US, you are allowed to work on campus for 20 hours. Therefore, the UK may be a better option for you.

ritesh jaiswal: I hold a first class B Sc (IT) degree, with 82%. What is my future abroad according to your experience?

Karan Gupta: Since your B Sc is a three-year degree, your best option is to apply to the UK for a Master's degree.

If you want to apply only to the US, you should pursue your M Sc in India and complete 16 years of education.

Part I: How tough is it to get a US student visa?

Don't miss the next part of the Karan Gupta chat transcript tomorrow!

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Karan Gupta is the founder of Mrijay International Education Consultants, which coaches students to study abroad. He studied at Ithaca College and the University of Texas at Austin. He worked at the Office of Admissions, Financial Aid office and the International Office, which gave him firsthand experience in the workings of the admissions process for American Universities. Karan is now the honorary study abroad college counsellor at Jai Hind College, Mumbai. He has written several articles on education abroad, loans, scholarships, visas and admissions.

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