What Is W.E.S?

What is a W.E.S?

W.E.S is a non-profit organization which provides International students and immigrants credential evaluation and advice to study or work in the U.S and Canada. They are the largest evaluator in North America.

When you start applying for any university in the U.S or Canada, you’ll be asked to submit a W.E.S evaluation. This means a country specific grade presentation. The purpose of W.E.S is to convert your Country G.P.A to match the G.P.A criteria of the country you’re applying for. For example, In India, the G.P.A is usually out of 10. When you apply for universities in the U.S, their G.P.A is out of 4. And W.E.S does this calculation and sends the evaluation to the university directly.

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Perfect Window for applying to Universities for Higher Studies

Hello everyone! Hope everyone is prepping hard for the Fall-17 admissions! I believe this is the perfect time for sending emails to professors and search for funding opportunities. In my understanding, October and November is the best time for mailing professors and look for funding. However, if you do get late, don’t lose hope or get frustrated and give your best shot. Only the Almighty knows what’s best for you!
I’m writing this post today for those who are planning to apply/ have applied for funding opportunity to different universities for higher studies and expecting admission in Masters or Doctoral program next Fall semester. This post is for applying to any country and I will be dividing this to some major sections: Overall ideas, Masters applicants and Doctoral applicants.
** Undergrad is not discussed here as almost 99% undergrad students have to pay themselves for their studies.
** Funding has two major parts: Waiver+Scholarship and only Waiver (Fellowship is totally different).
** Research/Project experience means at least one publication or a good project with a company or a very good academic project.
** Low, Average, Good CGPA classification varies from University-to-University, Department-to-Department. That’s why I’m not specifying any score out of 4.00. You can consult with your Undergrad/Masters’ department seniors whether your CGPA is low, average or good based on your intended program and university. Almost all universities provide a certain requirement as an average CGPA for to be able to apply.

Overall Ideas:

Tests and emails: I expect by now, those who are planning, have already started prepping for your GRE, TOEFL/IELTS or have already taken the tests. Always remember:
  • For those who haven’t taken the tests yet or will sit for them later this year, please don’t keep yourself from emailing professors. This is one of the major mistakes many applicants do (including me). Even if you haven’t taken the tests, you still can send email to professors mentioning your project/research/work experience and interest in their work.
  • There are many posts in the group on how to practice and do well in the tests.
  • There are many posts in the group regarding low test scores and what to do with them.
  • There are many posts in the group regarding how to send emails to professors, so I’ll skip that part. Just remember, study the professor beforehand and DO NOT send template emails otherwise you’ll get a template reply too or no reply at all!
  • If you are applying to US, it’s better to go for TOEFL. I won’t say IELTS won’t work. For the rest of the world, only some top universities might ask for TOEFL, otherwise IELTS is preferred. TOEFL is somewhat easy as it’s fully computerized test. IELTS is preferred by higher number of universities. Take the one that YOU need after selecting the group of universities you’re planning to apply to or send emails to professors.
Requirements and proceedings: Before applying to any university, make sure you have studied the program you’re going to apply and see their requirements of scores, CGPA and other criteria.
  • University/Department criteria is ALWAYS FLEXIBLE if you have good project/research experience or if you can manage a professor.
  • DO NOT get frustrated or over-excited at any step.
  • Always be confident but not over-confident.
  • Study the weather and culture of the university you’ll be going before and after admission. Otherwise it’ll be very difficult for you to cope with the new environment. If you have relatives or known people there, that’s a bonus. 😛

Masters Applicants:

Only Masters: Remember the followings:
  • Majority of US universities DO NOT offer waiver/scholarships for Masters without professor recommendations. Canadian Universities do offer some funding opportunities IF you can talk to and manage a professor recommendation. Asian/Australian/Europian universities expect you to apply and get grants from special programs like Erasmus Mundus or Monbukagusho etc.
  • Low CGPA + No Research/Project:
    • Prepare yourself for paid admission! It’s highly unlikely you’ll get funds and get no replies from professors. Even if you get replies, many experienced people discourage to go to those universities as they might run out of funding at any time and will leave you under a very uncertain situation.
    • It’s a good idea to apply to universities where you have known people, specially relatives.
    • However, many universities do offer waiver. You could choose to take this opportunity. But remember, they might only offer this for first year. The best practice is to start talking to professors about your interest in their projects/research so that he/she can recommend you for further financial aid.
  • Average CGPA + No Research/Project:
    • Good chance of getting waiver. Slight possibility for funding.
    • May get partial waiver/scholarship or nothing at all.
  • Good CGPA + No Research/Project:
    • Same as above.
  • Low CGPA + Research/Project:
    • If good research/project, good chance of getting waiver. scholarship depends on professor recommendation.
  • Average CGPA + Research/Project:
    • Good chance of getting waiver/scholarship with professor recommendation.
    • May get partial waiver/scholarship or nothing at all.
  • Good CGPA + Research/Project:
    • Very good chance of scholarship with professor recommendation.
ONE VITAL POINT: Many masters applicants think that they’ll go straight for a job after the program or switch to other university without any project/research experience for scholarship if the previous one only provides admission/waiver/partial funding. Take it out of your mind right now as this will just create a VERY BAD impression about you making the industry think you’ve only studied for a job or the university thinking you’re here only for funding. I’m not discouraging about getting jobs, just look for one with some research/project done during Masters.
Masters Leading to PhD: Remember the followings:
  • This DOES NOT provide the university any prior knowledge that you will apply for a PhD. However, many universities encourage to apply for PhD admission after completion of first year in Masters. Thus called masters-leading-to-PhD.
  • This process guarantees you both Masters and PhD degree (given you complete the PhD program).
  • Majority of Canadian Universities require at-least one year Masters before PhD admission.
  • Prepare yourself to try to talk with a professor you find fit in the department of your intended university and take his/her courses.
  • Show proper interest in his/her research/project works.
  • This helps the professor a lot to learn your intentions and if he/she finds you to be promising to his/her research, it’s highly likely you’ll get admission with scholarships WITH recommendation from the professor himself.

Doctoral Applicants:

Remember the followings:
  • Majority of US universities offer Full Scholarships for PhD with or without professor recommendations. Canadian universities are a bit different here and majority of them will grant scholarships only with professor recommendation with a masters-leading to PhD plan and almost all direct PhD requires professor recommendation. Asian/Australian/Europian universities expect you to complete masters beforehand or apply and get grants from special programs like Erasmus Mundus or Monbukagusho etc.
  • The biggest difference between a North American (US/Canada) PhD and the rest of the world is that the US/Canada universities have mandatory course-works which separate them exclusively from the other universities. Other universities majority offer direct PhD candidacy with only 3~4 years of research/project. I will not compare these different systems as applicants have different tastes and their future plans are highly influenced by this.
  • Direct PhD admission IS possible and many universities highly encourage to apply for PhD directly (With or without masters). You can find if a university accepts direct PhD or not in relevant program’s requirements page. If you go for direct PhD, you must do coursework (in US/Canada, others unknown). If you go for PhD after Masters in Bangladesh, you might be able to transfer some credits towards your PhD in US/Canada universities but it’s highly like they won’t accept that. If you have Masters in US/Canada, you can transfer credits of your Masters program towards your PhD. Further information can be found by directly asking the preferred department office directly.
  • Direct PhD applicants without Masters keep in mind that you MIGHT NOT BE offered a masters degree certificate and only a PhD degree certificate after completion.
  • Many think that direct PhD without masters has lower value. This is totally wrong. Once you get your PhD, people seldom wants to check whether you have a masters or not.
  • Low CGPA + No Research/Project:
    • The possibility of scholarship/waiver is almost “ZERO”. Highly recommended to go for a masters first. Masters students are expected to have at least a fair amount of research/project knowledge.
  • Average CGPA + No Research/Project:
    • Good chance of getting scholarship with professor recommendation.
  • Good CGPA + No Research/Project:
    • Same as above.
  • Low CGPA + Research/Project:
    • If good research/project, scholarship depends on professor recommendation.
  • Average CGPA + Research/Project:
    • Good chance of getting scholarship with good/average test scores even without professor recommendation.
    • Very good chance with professor recommendation.
  • Good CGPA + Research/Project:
    • Same as above.
ONE VITAL POINT: Many applicants think of applying to PhD, get admitted and then drops off after coursework with a Masters degree to get into industry. This is doable, however, I will discourage this personally as you leave a very bad impression about our country both to the professor and the department and they might lose interest on taking students into PhD programs from here. If you MUST drop off right after the coursework with a Masters, it MUST be a very good reason to do so. and you MUST do at least one good project with the professor so that you at least don’t set up a bad impression about other students who might be planning to apply next year.

Remember:

The most important thing you need during application period is PATIENCE. You can achieve anything if you put your heart in it and believe in yourself.
** P.S.: If you’ve gone through the whole post with much patience, means you are determined to pursue you higher study abroad and also somewhat ready to read lots and lots of papers! This is the only reason I’ve written this post in English.
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