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I hope this is the appropriate place to post this. I just joined these forums.
I'm currently a 2nd year student at the University of Western Australia.
I'm studying a double degree, Bachelor of Science and Commerce (5 Year Degree).
Now that I'm finishing my 2nd year, and heading towards my 3rd, I have really picked up an interest in Engineering, particularly the fields of Electrical Engineering and Mechatronics, and I'm about to start heading down this pathway, beginning next year.
It's something I'm really excited about, I would love to work in fields to advance technology and the world, and I believe this could best be achieved by studying Engineering.
I've always really wanted to go on and do post graduate studies in the US, I would have loved to do Undergraduate studies there as well, but I simply don't have the funds to study there for such a long term.
I went to visit Stanford and Berkeley a few years back, and there was such an amazing feeling to the campuses, I've always wanted to go there and study!
I'm doing an exchange semester at the University of Washington in Seattle next semester (Winter and Spring Quarters 2013) to get a taste of studying in the US!
I'm just unsure what kind of things US Universities look at to get into research Postgraduate studies.
Hopefully if all goes well in Engineering, I would love to do a masters in research in the Engineering Field I go with. If not, I had always planned to do further study in Finance.
I know locally in Australia, generally with a Weighted Average Mean of about 65-70% I would be eligible to go onto a Masters or PhD Program, and for my University at least, not much else is required if you are a student at the University already.
However, from what I have browsed through on these forums, it seems that other factors are important to getting into Postgraduate courses in the US?
I was hoping I would be able to be pointed down the right track, so that I could work to putting myself in the best possible position I could be in upon graduation.
I'm doing pretty well academically, my current average is about 80.8% - a High Distinction here (Just!)
I graduated from High School with an ATAR of 95.65 (Top 95.65 percentile in Australia).