Honestly my BSc and MSc study in physics at India didn't teach me the right computing skill set for graduate research at United States. However, I should admit that in the 4th semester of my MSc, there was a course called computer programming and numerical methods in computing. So, I could learn a little bit of Fotran programming, but it wasn't enough. On the practical side(hands on experience), I can say I didn't get the chance to learn at all. May be its because Indian education is not research based, but exam oriented(rote memory based). I am also of the opinion that most of Indian students(98%)albeit some IIT products, do not get to learn Metlab or mathematica before entering graduate schools.
My area of interest being experimental HEP demands heavy computing skill set and right technological know-how. So, will my graduate study at States give me opportunity to make up this deficit in computing skill? As I don't know properly how graduate school works in States, can someone throw some light on how I may learn computer programming skills like Metlab, mathematica, Latex, etc? And what can I do to improve myself in these few months before coming to US?