I am new to this forum it would be highly appreciable if you could help me solve my problem. I am a medical microbiologist(2008) with no practical experience in molecular biology and genetics. Also I don't have much knowledge about computer programming. Since I am from a under developed country I am not skilled in advance laboratory equipment. But bioinformatics seems an interesting subject and I have a keen desire to study it. So I want to know that, Is my decision right? Am I going on right path?
I searched many universities from US, CANADA AND EUROPE, they all have high admission requirement. Being an average student I choose average universities and send them mail but none of them replied me with satisfactory answer. They all told me go through and admission requirement and procedure. Some of them even told me to find a supervisor from their faculty member. I even went through the faculty list and got more confused. in my country our research work is done from 10 years old published papers and to my surprise all the faculty members research work that I went through was above my level of skill. So I am stuck whether to apply or not. Please if anyone faced similar problem could suggest me what should I do?
Yeap. I went through number of university website and I meet the minimun requirement except for IELTS (as I have General test score but they need Academic test score). I know bioinformatics is a tough subject but I know I can do it but the thing is, unless I get admission how am I going to prove myself. Similarly preparing pre-hand is the best option as you suggested but again the question is will I get admission?. Moreover I don't have 24/7 internet access and I am financially weak so i dont think I have any options besides asking suggestions all around discussion forum so that I get a clear view about how the admission procedure works and, how and which type of students get selected.
Having sat on some review committees in the past where it has been discussed, for most Faculty in the US, Canada, and probably Europe as well, if students are coming from very different Academic systems, particularly South-East Asia and China, unless the student is coming from a school that is quite well recognized (outside of the region) and the student's grades are obviously good, it is very difficult to assess a candidate on paper. There are some services for translating grades from one system to another, but I don't think they are all universally trusted since the applicant pays them to do the conversions.
So it may be extremely difficult without doing some sort of recognized coursework that they can evaluate. Also, as TriS mentioned, if your correspondence to them is relatively generic, it is going to be turned down. We get a lot of messages from prospective student's, particularly from outside of North America/Europe that we have very little way of assessing their skill level.