Re: Obtaining Unconditional offers and Financial Afrom Top Foreign Universities
Yes, you are right, a number of years ago, Harvard and few of the other universities offer full tuition and board for children of parents with less than 65K annual income. The biggest problem is getting in, once you are in, the rest can be worked out.
Yes, to get to the top schools, the students need something special, it does not matter which field, but a demonstrated ability is necessary to stand out among the good applicants. This is the reason why, when someone says he/she is interested in Math and physics, I tried to encourage them to go a lot further than what is in the text books, but I have not seen any taker so far from the students here.
We have family members who went to those institutions and we have met a lot of their friends and parents of students who got in asking us about our children's experience in those institutions. We have a fairly good feel of who gets in.
Typical students in Malaysia do not go beyound what is covered in the text books, but when you see those well prepared students, they are far beyond what is normally expected from the "average" good students. If you do not have those special talent and you are from special circumstances, you may get in, but hard to count on it.
You and your brother will do fine in Cambridge and Oxford, there is just not enough openings in the top US universities to admit all the deserving students. You may want to try for graduate school, a number of my kids classmates did it and got in.
"Applying to Ivy League colleges in Form 5 is not a very good idea. Even my friends who did A levels and went on to the Ivy League felt that the coursework was immensely difficult even with their A level background."
This is true, what is taught in universities are very different from what is taught in Form 5. In the top universities, for science and engineering students, math is mostly proof based, which is not well covered even in A level, STPM or their equivalent.
chankitwck in one of his posts said he wanted to do electronic engineering or computer science, if he is serious about it, he better learn how to program soon. Those students who have no prior experience in programming usually have hard time catching up with students who did programming for a few years before they enter college. There are enough of those students in the top universities to skew the grade and difficulty of problem sets. You can find the brightests kids doing computer science in the top US universities, it is very different when compare to other places.
Last edited by frankchong; 13-04-2012 at 07:13 AM.
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