I’ve held this question for a while and am not quite sure if it’s asked in the right subforum, but it’s related to grad school transfer nevertheless. I’ve been looking into studying in the US since high school and since time flies by fast, I’m already starting my 3rd year of University in Sweden (final year of bachelors), still looking for a way to study in the US with respect to the situation I am in right now. Sadly, I’m only mostly interested in Austin in general and a perfect fit would of course be UT Austin as I’m in the computer science field. Although I’m quite sure my grades are too low for that as of now, I’m sitting at around 3.4 gpa and it’s just not enough.
It feels like I’m a little late now since there’s plenty of things to consider and to before applying, I’m 22 and I still want to take part of the student life in the US and meet new friends which is why I want to go there asap. So the sooner I go to the US, the better of course. I haven’t taken the GRE yet, I don’t even know which other options I have or what I should do and the admission process starts very early on in the year it seems which doesn’t really help with everything I’ve stated. Anyways my goal is to study in the US (Austin) with something related to what I wanna work with.
So to my questions:
- Should I choose something else other than UT Austin for a CS master? In that case it rather feels like I'm downgrading from what I'm studying at in Sweden, because it's one of the top universities there for CS. But what other good opportunities are there in Austin? Or should I rather wait and try to raise my grades and try to get a good GRE score? Which do they look more at when going for a masters? The issue with waiting would be that I dont really wanna take a break year to raise my grades in my current program, but would then have to continue my degree into masters parallel to trying to get better grades. Transferring in my last year of masters seems a little weird? Or could that be a possibility?
- I could possibly finish my whole master here in Sweden and maybe look to take 1-2 years of courses/programs similiar to Computer Science in the US after my MS in CS, maybe even something like entrepreneurship or similar just to have an easier chance to get admitted to UT Austin, but I'm afraid it would be waste of years, since I also wanna start working after my MS in CS. Because in the end another goal is to get those 1-2 years of working permit after a finished degree in the US. Or lets say, if I finish my masters in computer science in Sweden, can I instantly jump into another masters degree program that is similar to CS or something completely different? The reason why Id rather have a master program is that I dont want to start from the beginning again, but rather build upon what I've already learnt and immerse myself into a specific field, while also then having an easier time to get admitted to UT Austin, is that doable? And is it stupid to do?
Sorry if the questions or information is vague, but I wasn’t quite sure how to put it, I’m just trying to get any advice for how I should go about this and if there are any other options I don’t know of yet. Any help is appreciated!
Thanks in advance