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Q. I have an admit to UD, what do I do next?

Congratulations on getting an admit to the University of Delaware. Looks like you are on the right track as the first part of the answer is to read this page :).

Then fill up the “Airport Pick-up” form at the new students page. Make sure that you do it as soon as you know your travel dates or atleast 2 weeks before travelling.

We will try to pick you up from the airport and also find you temporary accommodation at UD. The accommodations are provided by other graduate students at the University as a way of helping out with the initial settling in process at UD.

Join the new IGSA Yahoo group and the Facebook group as it might help you find other people who are going to join with you and speak to those who are already here.

Q. Will I get a job after I do my masters in ___ ?

There are some differences between the campus placements that you used to seeing in India and and University of Delaware, or any other non top 10 universities in the US.

In the US one needs to look for a job on your own. People usually do this by

  1. Making a list of companies that you can apply to, look for acquaintances / friends who are already working in those companies.
  2. Brushing up on their interview skills
  3. Finally applying to different companies based on interest, and past professional/personal network.

These steps above would also depend on your major (CS/Biology/Business), and the kind of work you did while you were here. However For a person doing masters in CIS, the following might be fairly accurate:

Computer and Information Sciences:

Most people would eventually get a job. The trick is to start thinking about it early, we have seen cases of students getting 3-4 offers by the time they graduate also of people who have had to wait almost 6-8 months after their graduation before they landed up with a job.

 The best trick to go about it is :

1) Attend the campus job fairs in the first semester itself (also to collect freebies) and to get an idea of how the companies go about recruiting. You will get a fair idea on how many companies are planning to take how many international students in the next one year.

2) Get your resume ready by the second semester and put your resume into the job fair. You know where your resume stands depending on how many call you back.

3) Start desperately looking for internships just before summer. An internship is a passport to full time job. A lot of students neglect putting effort for an internship just because they have a good RA position over summer.

4) Third semester : You must have a decent resume and a network of people (HRs and employees in the companies you are interested in). Start preparing for interview models for atleast half an hour everyday. Do it with your roommates so that you don’t get bored. It can take up to 6 months to land a good job. This time dress up well for the campus fair and know before hand what to speak in the 1 min introduction  that you give to the HR there.

5) Ideally by the beginning of final semester or mid way you will have a job either through the network or campus fair or campus job portal. No body has really got a job without working hard for it.Even in the bay area where there are zillion opportunities , I see students even from top 3 universities sitting and studying everyday in cafe for interviews.

Q. Will I get an On campus Job?

Once you arrive on the campus you can start looking for an on campus job. In most cases it should not be too difficult to get one. Having a udel.edu email account is very important, so it is best to hold off on applying before you get the udel.edu account.

Q. I heard the Indian student count in UDel is very low and so serving as an RA, TA or GA is highly probable. Is that true?

The answer to this question is yes and no. It depends a lot which department you are coming into, or the kind of skills that you bring in (technical as well as being resourceful are equally important). If the above factors are the same then it also depends on the no. of people that come in during your batch.

Q. Will I get funded (RA/TA/GA)?

The simple answer to that question is unfortunately “We don’t know”. But the more complicated answer is the same as the answer above.

Q. How will I get an apartment to stay in, how much would it cost …?

IGSA tries to provide temporary accommodation for the first 15 days of your stay in the US. It is usually enough time for you to meet other new students and try to lease a new apartment. We would also suggest that you fill up the airport pick up form as sson as possible. The more time we have the easier it will be for us to try and accommodate you. There are a few apartment complexes that have been tried and tested by the Indian graduate students like:

1. Westknoll Apartments

2. Studio Green

3. Southgate apartments

4. Colonial Gardens

I have tried to list out the apartments in descending order of the no. of Indian students living in each apartment complex. Though i used to know the rates for most places, I am no longer reliable in terms of the exact rates. The best way to find this information would be to look at their websites directly, or just speaking to them (on the tele/ in person) once you get here.

Q. How will i get an advisor?

You would be assigned one based on your area of interest and the amount of time available to the professor. You could change the advisor if your interest changes.

I need information on *** (everthing).

This is the catchall for all the questions that have not been answered on this page. The best place to look for information on anything would be the yahoo groups at igsanew@yahoogroups.com . There are a lot more people who can answer your questions on what you are looking for, and might end up getting more accurate information as well. Of course you can also send out an email onudel.igsa@gmail.com however only 2 people check that email id and they may not be able to give you the best answer in the most timely manner.

Random Collection

Senior 1:

1) Jobs and Internships prospects are average because of its location. East coast is usually known for major financial firm establishments. But again it totally depends on your effort.

2)On-campus job is really good, at least the year I came in. If not in computer science dept, one can manage to get funding in other depts.

3) Opportunities are aplenty. Only trick to get funded is you need to be on constant look out and be very proactive. Talk to your dept prof’s. Do good research on their work and see if you match to their requirements. You can even manage to find it in the very 1st semester.

4) It is usually 100 % fee waiver and 1500 $ stipend per month for RA & TA. GA is only fee waiver I guess.

5) There are a very few indians in UD in comparison to other univ’s. That actually turns out to be a good advantage.

7) University is highly ranked for chemical and known for computer science in networking and course work is of a good standard and challenging

Senior 2:

) Firstly,I was thinking of taking SE as my specialization. Can you tell me how are the professors for SE there. And, what is general specialization normally students take.

THERE IS NO IDEA OF SPECIALIZATION IN UD LIKE OTHER UNIV’S, ITS A GENERAL MASTER’S PROGRAM. IT DEPENDS ON YOU WHICH COURSE YOU WANT TO TAKE EACH SEMESTER.

2) How are the job prospects after graduating from UDel?

UD IS MORE OF A RESEARCH BASED UNIV SO FOR JOB OPPORTUNITIES YOU HAVE TO APPLY ON YOUR OWN AND YOU CAN ALSO TAKE HELP FROM CAREER SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN UNIV.

3) How easy is to get an on-campus job?

BEING A COMP SC STUDENT IT SHOULD BE FAIRLY EASY FOR YOU TO GET A JOB.AT MOST YOU WILL NOT BE FUNDED FOR THE FIRST SEMESTER BUT EVENTUALLY EVERYBODY GETS FUNDED.

4) I heard the Indian student count in UDel is very low and so serving as an RA, Ta or GA is highly probable. Is that true?

I THINK THAT’S NOT TRUE. IT ALSO DEPENDS ON THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS IN YOUR BATCH. FOR ME THE COMPETITION WAS FAIRLY HIGH

5)How is the life at Udel?

LIFE AT UD IS A TYPICAL STUDENT LIFE. UD HAS A HUGE CAMPUS WHICH IS REALLY AWESOME AND ALL THE FACILITIES HERE ARE REALLY COOL. AS A STATE DELAWARE IS NOT THAT HAPPENING BUT WE ARE VERY CLOSE TO SOME OF THE MOST EXCITING CITIES LIKE NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK AND ALL.

6) What is the strength of class for CS program. And, how many are Indians are in the current batch?

USUALLY STRENGTH OF A TYPICAL GRADUATE CLASS IS 15-20 PEOPLE ALSO THIS STRENGTH VARIES FROM COURSE TO COURSE.

I DON’T THE KNOW INDIAN STUDENT COUNT, FOR AN APPROX FIGURE LETS SAY AROUND 40-50

Senior 3

1)     Firstly,I was thinking of taking SE as my specialization. Can you tell me how are the professors for SE there. And, what is general specialization normally students take.

I think the people involved in SE would be Lori Pollock and Stephen Siegel

Both are very sweet people I have taken a class under Lori and she is very good, and have heard good things about Siegel. Normally people take just general MS and pick and choose the subjects to their liking once they come here.

2) How are the job prospects after graduating from UDel?

Like most other universities you would have to do this on your own, I have heard of people getting 3-4 offers to choose from at the same time have heard of people not getting a job for a very long time as well. It all depends on your interviewing skils and abilities.

3) How easy is to get an on-campus job?

This should not be very difficult. I am almost sure that you would get a job to give you survival money.

4) I heard the Indian student count in UDel is very low and so serving as an RA, Ta or GA is highly probable. Is that true?

Yes the size is small, however getting a GA(other departments) would depend on how many students come in in your batch, and though I hate to say it would also depend on luck.

In the department:

Getting an RA is mostly after you have spent a semester taking a course under the professor and he having spots available. TA’s are generally for PhD students.

5)How is the life at Udel?

Its not bad, a lot depends on the people around you and how many friends you are able to make, but I guess that is a very personal viewpoint.

6) What is the strength of class for CS program. And, how many are Indians are in the current batch?

in the last batch I think we had 3 people

in the batch before that we had around 7-8, and that was usually the batch strength. On and average we had betewen 12-20 Indian Graduate Students coming in each fall.

Senior 4:

Computer science course offered in UD is very intensive and learning.

But the downside is funding options. Getting funded by the department(CS) is very low.

Usually people who get funded are either PHd students or they do some research work for a prof for first semester and get funded in second semester.

An advantage of being a computer science student is that you can get part time jobs in others departments as they require comp sc students for help. you really have to give it a fight but eventually everybody gets funded, maybe not in first sem but towards the second sem everybody gets funded.

NYU is better than UD in job prospects because of the location, but if u want to pursue with research UD is better than NYU.

Living in NYU would be more expensive than UD.

 

Senior 5:

First off congratulations on the selection! … I would be more than happy to provide you assistance out here… but can you put down more specific questions… as in exactly what all do you want to know about the university? And as far as your program is concerned I’ll collect some details from friends and will message you in a day or two.

Best Regards

Roshni

 

Quite a lot of Internship/job opportunities are available….plus when you’ll be graduating..hopefully the US economy will be back in full swing…. there’s a department at UD which works for students placements…along with that there are quite many career fairs organized out here…so…you need not worry too much about that….

As far as funding is concerned …. UD provides funding to international students …rather I know quite a lot of indians out here who are having funding…. ( I haven’t heard too many funding opportunities at CMU.and I don’t have a very good idea about the rest of the uni’s you mentioned)

Many Desi’s are there….but like scattered in all the programs…. I don’t know how many are there in your program….but overall yes they are there….

Part time/ on campus jobs are available… and yeah it’s not that tough to get one…..and these jobs take care of your living expenses…

approx. living expense per month is about 500-600$.

Hope this helps.

 

Getting funding right from the staring is a bit tough…. but you know…you get an on campus job or something initially and then gradually you have to push your professors and all to get a funding… I cun’t think of anyone directly from your department right now…I’ll keep my ears and eyes open..if I’ll get to know someone I’ll let you know.. but you what you can go to the following link….http://groups.yahoo.com/group/igsanew/

and get yourself registered out here…. and then you can put up your question out here…probably someone from your department should reply back. ( this is how things basically work here)

and yeah don’t worry about the programming stuff…. there are many other jobs as well… as in …library jobs/ dinning hall jobs and stuff….. you’ll pretty much get to know about everything once you get here…and the link I told you about is quite helpful!!

 

 

Senior 6:

I will try to answer your question in the order you have asked.

 

I am Akansha Nema, prospetive UDel student. I have received admit for MS in bioinformatics. I really liked the course work offered by the university. But I have heard this is the new course which univ has introduced few years back. I am not able get proper information abut UDel. Their are certain question going on in my mind. I have heard many people (who are already in US) saying we never heard about this univ.

Is this univ is really good?

Our University has been ranked in top 50 graduate schools by the American ranking organization. UD is really good for pursuing research work.

How are internship prospects and post MS prospects. Internship Prospects depends on your field and previous experience, i know a lot of people got internships in summer and all but i will rate internship possibility as 3 out of 5. I am not sure whether your department funds Master’s students or not, my department don’t fund so many master’s students but being a Computer science student i was able to get assistant ship in other department which i think wont be possible in your case but on the positive side everybody here eventually lands up getting funded as our Univ is a public university.

 

Q. How is Newark to live as a graduate student life?

Ans: Student life is perfect as the campus is located in a peaceful quite area which makes studying easy. A lot accommodation options are available around the campus so living here won’t be a problem. Delaware is a tax free state so cost of living is not so high and eventually you land up saving money. Recently an Indian Store has been inaugurated near our campus so that makes life even more easy. As far as recreational activities are considered its not much of a happening place because of the location but we are very close to some of the very exciting cities ( New Jersey, New York, DC, Philly).

 

I also have 4 more admits, Carnegie Mellon univ; Indiana Univ, bloomington; Northeastern Univ, Boston, Rochester Institute of technology. IUB is very cheap and has a good program too and NEU has gr8 job prospects. How is UDel compared to NEU and IUB. I am not considering CMU as it is super expensive.

I think you have very good admits lined up, NEU is very good but i am not sure of the possibility of being funded also living in Boston is real expensive. IUB is again a very good university but i am not sure of their Bio-informatics course. I would have opted for CMU if the funding options were good.

So overall i would rate UDEL 8 on a scale of 10 because its :

1. Public univ so funding possibility high

2. Close to very important cities making job search easy.

3. Cost of living is low

4. Research based univ.

5. Bio-informatics is one of the most upcoming department in UDEL.

 

Hope i was able to clear all your doubts. Do let me know if you need more help.

Good luck with everything.

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Last Updated : August 2010.