September 2017

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Meet our engineering mentors from top US and Korean universities

The United States and South Korea are some of the top destinations for an engineering degree abroad. In the U.S., schools like the University of Washington produce a lot of foreign engineering graduates. 

It is also common for students to take engineering degrees abroad since there are some degree programs that are only available overseas. As a result, there’s no shortage of engineering mentors here at A Friend Abroad!

We have plenty of mentors whom you can consult about various fields of study from aerospace to materials engineering.

Furthermore, our mentors also come from different parts of the globe. Someone who has already studied there can give you a better idea on your dream university or country. Moreover, they can also give you tips and tricks on how to live efficiently once you’re there.

Take a look at some of our engineering mentors. For only $5 for a 30-minute consultation period, you can talk to a mentor of your choice.

Mentors for Engineering
Name University Country Field of Study
Albert Sangmyung University South Korea Civil Engineering
Alex University of California Berkeley United States of America Biological Engineering
Andre University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign United States of America Civil Engineering
Anna University of Washington United States of America Chemical Engineering
Anya Korea University South Korea Environmental Engineering
Carter University of Washington United States of America Aerospace Engineering
Chen Rice University United States of America Chemical Engineering
Cora Brown University United States of America Environmental Engineering
Deb Columbia University United States of America Biomedical Engineering
Elizabeth University of Washington United States of America Civil Engineering
Jiangting Arizona State University United States of America Engineering and Industrial Management
Jhud University of Manchester England, U.K. Chemical Engineering, Sustainability
Karl Cranfield University England, U.K. Chemical Engineering
Mahantesh National Yang-Ming University Taiwan Biomedical Engineering
Melisa Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong Biomedical Engineering
Muhammad University of Tokyo Japan Civil Engineering
Rajesh University of Washington United States of America Aerospace Engineering
Ralph Raymond Sangmyung University South Korea Civil Engineering
Sandy University of Washington United States of America Electrical Engineering
Shaw University of Washington United States of America Aerospace Engineering
Theophilus Johns Hopkins University, SAIS Bologna Center Italy Mechanical Engineering
Tiffany University of Washington United States of America Materials Engineering and Materials Science
Vangie Columbia University United States of America Biomedical Engineering
Xiange University of Washington United States of America Mechanical Engineering
Yurika University of Tokyo Japan Mechanical Engineering

Students commonly take up civil engineering but other popular fields include mechanical, aerospace, and chemical engineering. For more mentors, sign up at A Friend Abroad and use our convenient search function.

Final words

If you still can’t find the right mentor for you, don’t worry! Feel free to send us an e-mail at admin@afriendabroad.com and we’ll gladly help you find a mentor. 

A few months ago, we were also able to interview an engineering mentor named Anya who studies Environmental Engineering in Korea University, South Korea. If you’re interested to know more, watch our video here.

Good luck and may all your dreams come true!

Love,

A Friend Abroad

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Arts mentors from top universities such as MIT and University of Edinburgh

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Passionate about journalism, broadcast, or mass media? How about creating different forms of artworks through song or visual arts? Then maybe you should consider getting an arts degree abroad!

Our wide selection of mentors can help you get that arts degree you’ve always dreamed of. We have mentors who graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Edinburgh. Learn about the ins-and-outs of foreign arts education from them.

Studying the arts and media abroad lets you have a wider perspective which is a must in a globalizing society. Check out some of our mentors from different art fields. From journalism to visual arts, our mentors can help you get that edge when applying for arts degrees abroad.

The following below are some of our mentors who specialize in these fields.

Mentors for Communication, Multimedia Arts, Performing Arts
Name University Country Field of study
Abigail Northwestern University United States of America Journalism
Anum Emerson College United States of America Journalism
Brian Jay Roehampton University of Surrey England, U.K. Visual and Performing Arts
Brittany University of Pennsylvania United States of America Communication
Fang University of Edinburgh Scotland, U.K. Mass Media
Pui Xi National Chengchi University Taiwan Mass Media
Timothy James Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States of America Communication

Want to check out more mentors so you have a bigger idea on who to choose? Sign up here and use our advanced search function to search through more than 260 mentors. Our mentors also have videos wherein they give us some pieces of advice on studying overseas.

If the mentor you need is not here, we’ll be glad to help you look for another one. E-mail admin@afriendabroad.com so we can look for the perfect mentor for you.

Good luck and may all your dreams come true!

Love,

A Friend Abroad

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From Texas to Melbourne, meet our Science mentors from top US, UK and Australian Universities

Do you like the natural sciences? A Friend Abroad has mentors from different universities all over the world. We can help you find a mentor for various degrees from astronomy to neuroscience so you can study science abroad.

Our mentors come from renowned universities such as the University of Washington and the University of Melbourne, among others. These fields of study are popular in the United States and the United Kingdom. However, we also have mentors for those who want to study in Korea or Taiwan.

Our mentors can help you learn more about your dream university or how to start studying in your desired country. More than that, our mentors also offer various services such as mock interviews and proofreading application letters and résumés.

Below are some of our mentors for various science degrees such as biology, chemistry, physics, and medicine. If you would like to consult them for your future studies, you may book a 30-minute session for only $5.

Mentors for Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Medicine
Name University Country Field of Study
Allen University of Melbourne Australia Molecular Biology
Amirul Fatih University of Washington United States of America Geology and Earth Science
Anthony Berkeley College United States of America Biology
Ashton University of California Berkeley United States of America Neuroscience
Bilal National Central University Taiwan Astronomy and Astrophysics
Cassandra Texas Southern University United States of America Physics
Dinesh United Nations University Japan Natural Resources Management
Emily Rice University United States of America Biochemical Sciences
Ena New York University United States of America Biology
Hsiao-Lei University of Warwick England, U.K. Biology
Moeka Georgetown University United States of America Psychology
Nor Indiana University United States of America Biology
Sarah Florida State University United States of America Social Psychology
T Wesleyan University United States of America Neuroscience
Usama Al-Azhar University of Gaza Gaza Medicine
Valerie Dankook University South Korea Microbiology
Victoria Arizona State University United States of America Biology
Yinuo University College London, University of London England, U.K. Neuroscience

We have nearly 300 mentors, so you’ll definitely find a mentor you can consult about your future studies. A Friend Abroad also posts interviews with fellow mentors on their experiences as foreign students. Take a look and get to know our mentors before booking them for a consultation or a service.

For more mentors, you can register here and use our handy search function to find a suitable mentor. If you can’t find the right mentor for you, don’t hesitate to e-mail: admin@afriendabroad.com. We are happy to run a free custom search to find you a suitable mentor.

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World-class education vs. homesickness

The amazing sites and charming culture of the UK should be enough to interest you in living and studying there. While there are many pros, let us not ignore the cons a typical student can experience.

Mentor Karl is currently a PhD student at the Cranfield University. For Karl, he appreciates the UK’s value for higher education. This is very much evident in its well-recognized academic institutions. However, beyond that, he has seen and discovered how students put immense work on their academic research. According to Karl, the UK produces good academic papers. With that, aspiring students will certainly find the a good research or PhD program fit for them.

However, like many students experiencing homesickness, Karl misses Asian cuisine and food from home. If only he could have home-cooked meals as he wishes in the UK.

His experience as a PhD student in the UK has been truly exciting. According to Karl, he has gained so much from it and cannot wait to share his ideas to his students back home.

Many people can attest to why you should study in the UK. However, you should also be aware of the different pros and cons before deciding to take that leap of faith. The best way to learn about them is through listening to people who have first-hand experiences.

Aside from Karl, we have also interviewed other mentors on their opinions about studying abroad in their respective countries and universities. Check them out here! For other posts and videos related to the UK, check our UK tag!

You can also talk to Karl to find out more about life in the UK, his PhD journey, or his university. Sign up today at A Friend Abroad!

Good luck and may all your dreams come true!

Love,

A Friend Abroad

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Does the cost of studying abroad intimidate you? Don’t worry! There are many available scholarships that can help fund your PhD degree in the UK.

Mentor Karl is a PhD student at the Cranfield University. After completing his PhD, he is required to go back to his home country. This is because he receives his funding from a government institution. Government institutions usually require this because they want their beneficiaries to help better their home country as well.

The scholarship includes almost 80,000 USD (£169,000) worth of academic and living expenses for his 3-year stay in the UK. He notes that £500 a month is enough to sustain his needs.

Here are some tips from Karl to get that scholarship you need:

  • Research. There are numerous private and government institutions willing to fund these programs. You can find scholarships in your home country or even outside. Take note of requirements, deadlines, and what you need to do in return for the funding.
    • Aside from scholarships from the government, there are also scholarships from organizations and private companies. Furthermore, scholarships that are specific to certain industries are also available. As a result, you have a wider array of scholarships to search for and choose from.
  • Apply for the right scholarship. Mentor Karl applied for a scholarship specifically for the teaching staff in state universities in his country. This was already in line with his work then. Therefore, he has to return to the institution he came from. Make sure that you agree with these arrangements. Most importantly, find one that is suited with your situation.

I hope that helps you become one step closer to your dreams of studying abroad! Check this link out to view our other videos with Karl. If you wish to consult him, sign up for A Friend Abroad here!

Good luck and may all your dreams come true!

Love,

A Friend Abroad

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Applying for a PhD abroad is an exciting step up in your academic career. Although the process may seem overwhelming, it will truly be worth it.

According to Mentor Karl, a PhD student at the Cranfield University in the UK, there will always be a school fit for you. It is important to figure out what you can do and to highlight what you can bring to the table.

Karl applied for universities in the US but unfortunately did not get the posts he wanted. However, he explored other options and found Cranfield University. For Karl, the university alone is not the only factor you should consider.

Do some research and get to know the advisers. The adviser should also be in line with what you want. He or she will help you improve and is in charge of checking your progress. Building a rapport with your adviser can help you progress through your research more smoothly.

What’s next? Opportunities abroad after PhD

There are numerous opportunities in store for you after acquiring that PhD. Many international students either explore possibilities in other countries or go back home.

In this video, Karl talks about needing to go back to his home country. He signed a contract stating that he will return in order to share what he had learned abroad. However, Karl also mentions that for his colleagues not bounded by a contract eventually go for postdoctoral positions.

With this, I hope you learned some tips on how to make your PhD a fulfilling experience! If you want to speak to Karl and book a consultation with him, register here! You can also check out our other posts about the UK.

Good luck and may all your dreams come true!

Love,

A Friend Abroad

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Finding the right university can be an overwhelming task. There are just so many amazing universities in different countries out there. However, with time and immense research, you will eventually find the right fit.

According to Mentor Karl, a PhD student at the Cranfield University in the UK, it is important to take note of how you can contribute to the university.

3 tips on how you can kickstart your research
  • Figure out a topic. Most PhD programs require applicants to submit a research proposal. Mentor Karl chose a topic related to his Masters thesis. It does not have to come from something totally new. You can use an existing research and expound on it by adding your own spin to it. A good place to start would be the existing paper’s recommendations. Supplement this by comping up with a literature survey.
  • Formulating the research proposal. According to Karl, his research proposal was about ten pages. He notes that it is important to be clear about the significance of your project. In addition, it’s beneficial to lay out some milestones and Gantt charts. The university wants to clearly see how your project can benefit the university.
  • Contact an adviser. Karl contacted an adviser from the university who could be a good fit for his intended research. With this, he was able to set base and ask for ideas and suggestions.

I hope this gives you a clearer idea on how to make a good research proposal topic!

For more mentor advice videos, check out this link. If you want to speak to Karl, you can register here and book a consultation with him.

Good luck and may all your dreams come true!

Love,

A Friend Abroad

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Are you keen on studying in the UK? These simple steps can help you get started. Studying abroad is a great way to immerse yourself in a new learning environment. The UK offers a variety of recognized universities suited for your program.

Meet Mentor Karl. Karl is currently in a PhD program at Cranfield University. He narrates how he first applied for universities in the US but failed to get a post. However, that did not stop him from exploring other options.

Five tips to get your applications approved
    1. Familiarize yourself with the GREs (Graduate Record Examinations). If you are applying for universities in the US, the GRE is an admissions requirement. To give you an idea of how the test will be like, there are sample tests and reviewers available online.
    2. Check if you need to take the TOEFL. TOEFL (test of English as a foreign language) is usually a requirement for aspiring students coming from countries whose primary language is not English. Mentor Karl had to present his certificate for both the UK and US applications.
    3. Know what you can bring in the table. Karl stresses how important it is to be honest with your background, skills and basically what you can offer to the program. Eventually, the right university for you will recognize these.
    4. Study the application procedures. According to Karl, it is vital that you understand the application process for each university. Some universities get plenty of applications at a time. As such, they sometimes don’t even consider an application if something is missing or late.
    5. Seek advice. Karl was lucky enough to have colleagues who were able to guide him. This helped him a lot during the application process and also as a student in the university.

Getting rejected by your top choice university isn’t the end of the world. Try applying for plenty of other universities, and broaden your horizons.

Good luck and may all your dreams come true!

Love,

A Friend Abroad