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Fall Vs Spring

Fall Vs Spring

Fall Vs Spring

Candidates applying to colleges are often confused regarding the different semesters offered. The three different semesters offered by universities are called the Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters and they have been named based on the seasons of the year. While two of these semesters have four months each, the third one has a total of three months in all according to the academic calendar.Most often, candidates will aspire to apply for the Fall semester since this will not make them lose a year and will offer them enough time inside the new campus to know the place better and adjust to the surroundings before their summer break. But though this is the ideal scenario, most candidates will not be able to make it for the Fall semester and will end up applying for the Spring Semester by when all their documentation would have been completed and they will be able to travel with no other concerns. The other factor that candidates will have to consider is, while all colleges open applications in the Fall semester, a few many colleges do not open admission applications in the Spring Semester. The candidates who are looking for specific courses in particular universities will have to ensure that they are offering a Spring intake for the said course.

Opting for the Spring semester, if it is available, offers candidates enough time to prepare for examinations like SAT, GRE, TOEFL, or IELTS according to their requirements. As mentioned above, the choice of a semester cannot be a life-changing aspect while being an international student as long as the candidate is otherwise prepared to study and excel in their course of choice. Objectively, candidates who join in the Fall semester might seem to have an added advantage over the students in the Spring semester but the added advantage only comes into play under rare circumstances since students plan on only doing their part and ultimately in a classroom, it will be a team spirit that matters rather than competition. The pointers comparing Fall and Spring semesters are- Financial Assistance and On-Campus job opportunities like being a TA or RA are provided under specific conditions. While there is adequate financial assistance provided in the Spring semester, it is lesser than the number provided in the Fall semester. This could also be because of the lesser number of courses that are being offered thereby also having a lesser number of students who need financial assistance. On-campus jobs often have conditions like the candidate must complete at least a year before they apply for the post. This can be a little tricky for students who apply in the Spring semester but if they are willing to wait out, they will also be presented with the same opportunities once they have crossed a year in their course. (Source: www.graduateshotline.com)

 

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