Georgia Tech QCF for international students

ionix

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Hello,

I've recently been offered a place at Georgia, does anybody know how difficult is it for international students to secure a working visa after graduation?

Also, do you know of any scholarship still open for international students?

Many thanks
 

victorsun

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I was in this program.
I don't know anyone in the program received any scholarship.
the opt(3 years) is guaranteed, however, after 3 years it depends on the H1b lottery. It's not uncommon for students to get H1b denied.
I know a lot of examples who failed H1B and move to Canada in recent years. Thus, some companies don't favor international students now.

In general, the placements for international students are pretty good(mostly landed risk management in Georgia) UNTIL this year due to uncertainty raised from COVID.

Let me know if you have further questions
 

ionix

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Thank you very much for your input. Is the location such a great disadvantage on terms of networking opportunities compared to NY or Chicago? Also, do you know if there are financing options other than private student loans for international student still open?

Lastly, is the computational approach of Georgia very appealing to employers or they don't really care about that that much?
 

victorsun

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I would say the connection of the program is limited in the West coast, the career service doesn't have much connection in NY, Boston, or Chicago.
Also if you are in NY, you have more chances to do networking on your own, however, in Gatech you pretty much can only rely on career service.
So if you aim to land a job in NY or Chicago, the Chance is very limited given the current competitive job market. Maybe only 5 of 50 students are able to, and most of them had some FT experience in states.

I don't know any other financing option, maybe you can check whether your home country provides any.

coding skill definitely is a plus, but for the most finance/quant job, the value is marginal(reputation and connection of program are more important, and companies are more willing to hire PhD for a real hardcore programming job). However, it does help if you consider switch careers to CS, and some of the students did, since CS of Gatech is more prestigious.
If you don't have much programming experience, those programming courses could be very time consuming(20+ hours per week for a single course) and hurts intern job searching(for me it hurts a lot).

To conclude, if you are happy with end with a RM job in the south area, gatech is the place to go. Otherwise, it's not an ideal choice.
Also consider COVID might impact the local market as well, I am not sure if past placement can sustain.
 
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ionix

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Thank you so much for your detailed response.

Just one thing, do you think is doable for someone with no programming experience and with a possible part-time job to complete the course in three semesters?
 

victorsun

New Member
Thank you so much for your detailed response.

Just one thing, do you think is doable for someone with no programming experience and with a possible part-time job to complete the course in three semesters?
Due to various reasons, I think legally you are not allowed to do a part-time job until the last semester(except teaching-assistant which you can start at second semester). Also I won't recommend you to do so until last semester, the job searching is pretty time consuming and far more important
 
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