Thursday, 19 April 2018

StudyAbroad: Why Is Germany Becoming The Most Preferred Place To Study

In the past decade, India has witnessed a rise in the number of students aspiring to fulfill their higher education in overseas study destinations. With the constant development in the field of education, coupled with improvement in the standard of living, many families in India are now capable of considering the choice of allowing their children to pursue their studies abroad.

Over the past couple of years, STEM courses have gained popularity all over the world, with many universities tying up with certain organizations to further lend their support to these fields of study. The most popular courses that Indian students wish to make a career in are the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education programs as such students stand to gain several lucrative job opportunities following their graduation in these subjects. Be it in Accounting, Computer programming, Life sciences, Statistics, or Engineering, STEM students can look forward to a rich and fulfilling career in multifarious industries.

In terms of studying abroad, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand have long been considered the top 5 destinations among international students. However, following recent global developments, many European nations are gradually joining the list of popular overseas study destinations, with Germany being the most favorite among Indian students in STEM subjects.

In terms of being an education destination, Germany saw a 14 per cent increase in the number of international students from 282,201 to 321,569, enrolled in its education institutions between 2013 and 2015. The major source countries for international students in Germany were found to be China (12.8 per cent), India (4.9 per cent), and Russia (4.9).

Five reasons why Germany is most preferred study destination among engineering students:

1.    Little to no tuition fees: 

While private universities in Germany are mostly financed from tuition fees received from students, public universities in the country do not charge any tuition fees for any of their Bachelor's and/or Masters programs. This rule is applicable to both native and international students. Students typically need to pay an annual administration fees and semester fees, depending on the university where they wish to enroll. Some of the tuition-free universities in Germany are the Universities of  TU9.

2.    Availability of courses taught in English:

Germany happens to be one of the few non-English speaking countries that offer courses taught in that language. Most universities offer Master's degree programs in English exclusively for international students, especially in the fields of engineering and technology.

3.    Scholarship programs for engineering students:

Germany offers some excellent scholarship options for international students under the DeutscherAkademischerAustauschdienst (DAAD) - the German Academic Exchange Service, and Deutschlandstipendium. Some scholarships for Indian students in the Engineering field include Bilateral Exchange of Academics, DLR-DAAD Research Fellowship Programme, Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowships, etc.

4.    Home to top ranking universities in the field of engineering:

Germany is home to some of the top ranking universities in the world and is known for its overall academic excellence. As per the QS world university rankings, the top 7 German education institutions in the fields of engineering and technology in 2017 are Technical University of Munich, RWTH Aachen University, TU Berlin, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, University of Stuttgart, Darmstadt University of Technology, and TU Dresden.

5.    Work opportunities within the country post completion of studies:

As a country that is primarily focused and driven by its manufacturing capabilities, Germany offers lots of job opportunities for engineers. Moreover, since this country actively invests in advanced research and applied technology, the demand for experts in the STEM field is expected to remain high here for years to come. The average salary for engineering experts could be up to 46,126 EUR year. For international students, such opportunities can become a dream come true as Germany allows such students to work 120 full or 240 half days per year after they gain a permit from the 'AgenturfurArbeit' (Federal Employment Agency).

Going by above-mentioned facts, it can be said that Germany is certainly becoming one of the most preferred study destinations in Europe among aspiring engineering students, and could top the list of overseas education destinations in the near future.

Why study Engineering in Germany  

The German federal foreign office grants students an 18-month extension of visa after studies for the purpose of seeking a job. Considering that most of the students would like to shift to the industry after studies, this extension gives us ample time to explore opportunities.

In terms of employment opportunities, especially in the field of IT and engineering, Indian students certainly have an edge over others with a majority of them holding engineering degrees. “This combined with Germany’s constant demand for engineers is a win-win for both Germany and Indian students.  

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Study in Gold Coast: UG, PG courses; how to apply, enrollment, eligibility

Gold Coast universities offer flexible entry options for international students, and minimum English language proficiency requirements vary depending on the study program.

With more than 25,000 international students currently studying across 200 educational institutions, Australia’s favourite holiday destination and host city for the 2018 Commonwealth Games is also fast becoming a serious place of learning. In 2016, the Gold Coast was named by QS Top Universities as the world’s best student city by the beach, while this year it was recognised by the International Educational Association of Australia as the country’s top regional student location.

International students play an important role in this entire story, studying in a range of disciplines from health, sports science, tourism property, international business and professional services. “Being part of a diverse, safe and welcoming community ranks highly with prospective students choosing study destinations, and that’s an important part of the Gold Coast’s growth story in education,” said according to Study Gold Coast CEO Shannon Willoughby.

The study experience on the Gold Coast is led by the city’s three research-intensive universities, namely Griffith, Bond and Southern Cross which boast an average international student cohort of 21 per cent. Gold Coast also has a range of technical and training colleges along with some of Australia’s best private schools.

Griffith University

With a student population of about 50,000, is the largest university on the Gold Coast. It ranks within the top 350 institutions globally on five of the largest world university rankings and has a number of discipline areas ranked in the top 200. For Indian students, programs in IT, engineering and those offered by the Griffith Business School are the most popular. Griffith also has a strong reputation with Indian students for courses in architecture and health management.

Griffith University has five campuses between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, with the Gold Coast home to the world-renowned Institute for Glycomics and the Menzies Health Institute Queensland. This accommodates one of the largest health groups of any university in Australia with more than 750 staff and student researchers at Menzies Health Institute alone.

Southern Cross University

Located at the southern end of the Gold Coast, is Australia’s only beachside campus. It is ranked in the top 150 universities under 50 years old in the world, according to Times Higher Education Young University Ranking. While it is the newest of the Gold Coast’s universities it is a multi-campus institution that hosts 13,400 students across three cities, with more than 2000 international students.

Bond University

It is Australia’s first and largest private university. It is one of Australia’s most diverse educational institutions with international students comprising almost 40 per cent of the student cohort. Bond, with a student body of just 5000, also consistently rates among the best universities for graduate satisfaction with courses. While Chinese students have driven much of the growth in the Gold Coast education sector in recent years, its popularity has grown sharply among Indian students.

The Gold Coast reflects a broader national trend where enrolments from Indians studying in Australia have reached a seven-year high, according to the Australian High Commission in Delhi. Bond University has experienced an average of 20 per cent lift in enrolments each year from India over the past three years.

Among the most popular programmes at Australian universities are Nursing, the Arts, Health Sciences, Commerce, Engineering, Psychology, Teaching and Law.

The three most popular degrees for international students at Bond are Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Business Construction Management and Quantity Surveying. Popular Southern Cross University (SCU) programs include Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Information Technology, Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Master of Engineering Management/Master of Business Administration double degree and Master of International Tourism and Hotel Management.

The popularity of SCU’s Allied Health degrees is also increasing, especially the Bachelor of Nursing and the newly-introduced postgraduate qualification, the graduate certificate in Australian Nursing, which started last year.
“Southern Cross University welcomes international students from more than 60 countries and students from South Asia form a very important part of our international student cohort,” said Don Whitford, the university’s regional manager of South Asia, Middle East and Africa.


Gold Coast universities offer flexible entry options for international students, and minimum English language proficiency requirements vary depending on the study program. Griffith University offers pathways to study goals for those with lower language skills through the Griffith English Language Institute located on campus.
Applicants typically include students who have completed secondary school studies equivalent to Year 12 in Australia. For a bachelor program at Griffith, the requirement starts at the equivalent of an All India Secondary School Certificate (AISSC) average of 50 per cent in four academic subjects.

Bond University undergraduate degrees require an AISSC or Indian School Certificate minimum of 65 per cent average in the best four subjects. Some bachelor programs require higher minimum entry standards and may require specific prerequisites. This may include the submission of portfolios, medical checks or professional work experience.

Australian universities do not administer entrance exams. Instead, entry into specific degree programs is based on a student’s previous academic results and English proficiency test results.

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  • Course and university selection
  • Academic profile evaluation
  • Submission of admission applications
  • Visa application assistance, visa-counselling and mock-interviews
  • IELTS/TOEFL training
  • Pre-departure guidance and assistance in terms of private accommodation recommendations in select countries.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Indian students going abroad for higher studies after 12th grade

Going Abroad for Higher Studies after 12th Grade? The best study options after your 12th Grade, which are available abroad, are featured in this article.

Traditionally, students from India choose to study their undergraduate programme in India, work for a couple of years, gain experience and then go abroad for a postgraduate degree. This trend has changed in recent years, as easy access to education loans has prompted a rise in the number of students opting to study an undergraduate programme abroad, right after they complete their 12th Grade.Not just full-time undergraduate programmes there are a number of summer school programmes, vocational and technical training courses that can be studied abroad after completing 12th Grade.

As you plan the next stage of your academic life, you may be considering studying abroad. Traditionally, Indian students used to complete their undergraduate degree domestically and then pursue postgraduate options abroad. However, year on year, we have witnessed a steady rise in the number of candidates who pursue their studies abroad. Not only are students looking at full-time undergraduate degrees, but they are also exploring other options including summer school, vocational programs, semester abroad etc to build on their knowledge and skills. Here are a few essential facts to help you decide what’s best for you:
Why Study Abroad?
Indian youth are more open than ever to explore the wide gamut of experiences that study abroad offers. The factors that appeal most to students include:

  • Par excellence educational environment with world class infrastructure, eminent faculty and unlimited resources.
  • A holistic learning experience that taps on academic as well as extracurricular potential of students and focuses on shaping future global citizens.
  • An interface that facilitates personal and professional bonding across cross-cultural community and a diverse group of peers and professors.

What are the best study abroad locations for undergraduate programs?
You have a wide spectrum of geographies to choose from when exploring study abroad options including favored destinations like the USA and upcoming locations including New Zealand and Germany. Let’s look at some of the most popular places students fly to:
  • USA: USA offers a conducive learning atmosphere. It’s home to the 8 Ivy League universities and other top- notch institutions that provide students with a treasure trove of experiences. A dynamic ambience, vibrant campus life and competitive educational culture makes USA a top study abroad destination.
  • UK: It is one of the oldest and most prestigious educational centres in the world. You’ll receive superlative academic grounding, learn from eminent scholars and academicians and be part of a rich heritage.
  • Singapore: Not too far from home, yet providing all international educational opportunities, Singapore is now gaining popularity with Indian students aspiring to study abroad.
  • Canada: Easy availability of visas coupled with exclusive benefits provided to international students and world class universities makes Canada a popular study abroad choice.
  • Australia: Australia boasts of renowned universities, peaceful environment and learner-centric educational system and is one of the most sought-after countries for higher education.

What are the prerequisites for studying abroad?
Foreign institutions emphasize greatly on your overall performance in both academic and non-academic fields. Make sure to craft a well-rounded profile to highlight your versatility and unique talent. If you are aspiring for top colleges in the USA they look at your achievements from class 9 onwards and need sandardized tests like SAT/ACT. Generally, English proficiency tests like IELTS/TOEFL along with your transcripts, resume/CV, essays/statements of purpose are the basic requirements for colleges abroad. For non-academic courses, you must have proof of a certain level of English proficiency and any prior work experience/internship. As you start with your application, go through details pertaining to other crucial aspects like financial resources, scholarship options etc. Check college websites and correspond with various institutions to be aware of the latest updates and announcements.
What is the best option for me?
Ask yourself why you want to go abroad for higher studies. Analyse what triggers your aspiration. Are you eying a specific course to learn unique skills, do you want to attend your dream college or experience an international study ambience? If you want to pursue a course, find out if your interests and capabilities are attuned to it and what career prospects it might offer ahead in future. Likewise, if you are targeting a college, check out what courses it offers, how well it coordinates career opportunities and finally whether it caters to your needs and talent.
Before you take a call on studying abroad, you must analyse your strengths and weakness, your interests and needs and your career goal. Once you understand your priorities, you can decide your direction towards studying abroad. Relax, introspect, do your homework and set forth on an enriching journey. All the best!

At Aliff Overseas Consultant  we offer a full suite of study abroad counselling services:

  • Course and university selection
  • Academic profile evaluation
  • Submission of admission applications
  • Visa application assistance, visa-counselling and mock-interviews
  • IELTS/TOEFL training
  • Pre-departure guidance and assistance in terms of private accommodation recommendations in select countries.

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Monday, 16 April 2018

How to work with F-1 US student visa?

The United States is home to some of the best universities in the world, making it a hotspot for international students. But along with prestigious institutions also comes expensive university fees, visa costs and living expenses.

To make the most of your study abroad experience, you might want to get a part-time job so you have some income to explore and enjoy life.

If you’re studying in the US, you will likely be on an F-1 visa. This visa allows you some working rights, but it is important to be clued up on what your visa entitles you to. Breaking your visa rules can have drastic implications, so read on to make sure you understand your rights and stay out of trouble while studying.

Can I work on campus?
The F-1 visa allows you to work up to 20 hours per week during term-time on your campus, as long as a US citizen is not denied a job as a result.

On campus jobs 

Work performed on the school’s premises directly for your school
Work performed for on-location commercial firms which provide services for students on campus, such as the school bookstore or cafeteria
Work completed at an off-campus location when the work is directly linked to the student’s education program

During semester breaks, your F-1 visa allows you to work full-time (40 hours per week) if you are continuing your studies next term.

If you are applying for or receive on-campus work, it’s important to discuss with the International Student Office and obtain a letter from them for the Social Security Administration. You need to use this letter to get the Social Security number.

Off-Campus Employment

Jobs outside of your school are only available to international students who have completed one full academic year and who have a qualifying economic hardship or an emergent circumstance.

Optional Practical Training

Possibly one of the best parts of the F-1 visa is it allows you to gain up to a year’s experience in a field relevant to your studies, also known as Optional Practical Training (OPT). This training can be done before, during or after your course, but you must be enrolled at your university to be eligible.

STEM OPT Extension

If you finish your studies and participate in a period of post-completion OPT, you might then qualify for the STEM OPT extension, which is a 24-month period of temporary training that directly relates to your program of study.

This extension is only available if your employer is enrolled in the E-Verify program and if you have a degree in one of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) fields on this list.

We at Aliff Overseas Consultant understand how confusing it can be navigating your visa and all the rules, so don’t feel shy to get in touch, and remember we are always there to help you.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Short-Term Study Abroad ‘Better For Building Teamwork Skills’

US survey finds development of curiosity, leadership and work ethic unaffected by length of international experience

Valuable experience: studying abroad results in positive gains in 14 of the 15 skills measured in the survey
Students who go abroad as part of their degree for a short period of time develop better teamwork skills than those who go overseas for a year, while other areas of development are unaffected by the duration of international study, according to a survey of alumni.

A survey of 4,565 US university alumni, conducted by the Institute of International Education, found that 76 per cent of respondents who went abroad for eight weeks or less said they developed teamwork skills somewhat or to a significant degree, compared with 69 per cent respondents who went overseas for a year.

In fact, the development of teamwork skills correlates “significantly negatively” with a longer period of study abroad, according to the survey.

Overall, 30 per cent of respondents said their experience had a “significant” impact on their development of teamwork skills.

Meanwhile, in three areas – curiosity, leadership and work ethic – perceptions of skill development were unaffected by the length of the study abroad programme.

The research, Gaining an Employment Edge, asked alumni who had studied abroad between 1990 and 2017 whether their overseas experience contributed to their development of 15 soft and hard skills. The skills list was compiled based on several previous studies on the competencies most desired by employers.

The development of teamwork skills was the only attribute that was benefited by a shorter period of studying abroad.

Overall, the research found that studying abroad results in positive gains in 14 of the 15 skills; the only area that was not developed or improved through study abroad was technical or software skills.

A longer period of studying abroad had a “significantly positive effect” on the development of 11 of the 15 skills surveyed, including language skills, self-awareness, intercultural skills and confidence.

The research follows a 2015 study, conducted for the British Council and the UK Higher Education International Unit, which found that UK-domiciled undergraduates who went abroad for a short period of time believed they gained similarly significant benefits to those who travelled overseas for a year.

Deputy head of research at the IIE and co-author of the study, said shorter-term study abroad programmes were more positively correlated with the development of teamwork skills because such experiences “tend to be more structured and experiential in nature”.

“Students are engaging in real-world learning experiences and with groups of other students, so they…really provide the opportunity for students to develop teamwork skills,” she said.

“This is in contrast with longer-term or medium-term programmes that tend to be more classroom-based and [in which] the learning is more independent.”

She added that the research shows that it is important for universities to provide a “variety” of study abroad opportunities. Source Times Higher Education

Saturday, 14 April 2018

StudyAbroad:Auckland University is New Zealand's top university to gain in 2018 QS world university rankings

StudyAbroad: Five universities gained in the annual QS World University Rankings released on Thursday, with all but Auckland University of Technology (AUT) among the top 350.

Auckland University was New Zealand's top-placed provider at 82nd worldwide, sliding back one spot on last year's rankings.

The University of Canterbury maintained its 214th place ranking and AUT remained in the 441-450 place bracket.

Internationally, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) held its first place spot for the sixth year running, followed by Stanford and Harvard universities. English academic strongholds Cambridge and Oxford were fifth and sixth place respectively after California Institute of Technology (4th).

New Zealand universities performed well in research outputs – Waikato ranked 133rd, Otago 174th, and Canterbury 178th. The exception was Lincoln University, which featured among the top 200 universities globally in that measure.

The fourteenth annual QS ranking considered institutions' reputations as employers, their academic reputation and international staff and student numbers.

Universities New Zealand executive director Chris Whelan said domestic institutions did well in research and international connections.

"Despite really tight funding conditions, New Zealand universities have done well because we know how to cater to the rankings and they play to our strengths.

"That all of our universities are in the top 450 is truly impressive; no other country in the world can boast that."

Whelan said good rankings helped attract international staff. While about 80 percent of international students considered rankings when deciding to study here, they were not the main driver.

QS research director Ben Sowter applauded New Zealand's rankings "especially considering that it competes with far more populous and richer countries".

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Thursday, 12 April 2018

Why Studying Abroad Is So Good for Your CV

People go to university for many different reasons but one thing they often have in common is the desire for a good job they enjoy at the end of it all.

Studying abroad will reward you in countless ways; from lifelong friendships to exceptional knowledge, a strong sense of self to an understanding of other cultures. One thing often overlooked when considering the benefits of studying abroad is how great it looks to employers.

Here are five ways in which studying abroad will do wonders for your CV…

1. Independence
You can’t get much more independent than packing your life up and moving to a country that’s alien to you, away from everyone and everything you know. Sounds scary? That’s because it is. But it is also immensely rewarding in all areas of your life.

It shows real strength of character to take a leap of faith like that and make it work. You are able to prove you can take control of things go it alone in the world. And if you could do it as a nervous student-to-be, there’s no doubt you can do it again as a confident graduate.

Plus, who wants to hire someone who knows very little about the world outside of textbooks?

And if not that, then it could also open up opportunities for travel in your new job if your employer sees you were independent enough to do it once.

2. Global outlook
As the job market becomes more and more globalised and companies strive to make an impact on a worldwide scale, graduates who have a firsthand understanding of living and possibly working in another country are likely to stand out over those who stayed home.

Plus, who wants to hire someone who knows very little about the world outside of textbooks?

3. International network
All those friends you made? Chances are after university they will all be scattered around the globe in their respective homes or pursuing further study or work abroad. You are likely to know people not just from your home country or even in the country you studied in but all over the world if you got involved with any events or activities for international students. So get involved!

You would be surprised how much who you know comes in handy in the workforce and, with friends all over the planet, you will find great use in those professional connections.

4. Resilience 
Chances are you had a lot to overcome in your time studying abroad: nothing worth having comes easy. Whether it was missing home or struggling with the language barrier, you are bound to have shown significant amounts of resilience along the way – you’re still standing, right?

This will look great to employers as it shows you can cope with change and hardship, using them to your benefit instead of allowing them to become your downfall.

5. Communication skills
Whether you had the language barrier to compete with or not, your communication skills will be massively improved by studying abroad.

When you first arrive in a new country (and for quite some time afterward) you won’t know where anything is. Even the most basic things like where to buy a bar of soap, how to buy a train ticket or where you should go for dinner are confusing, and often the only way to find out is to ask.

You will get used to asking strangers for help and advice. Striking up conversations with people you otherwise would have passed by will do wonders for your confidence, language and general communication skills – qualities employers tend to love.

As if you needed any more reason to study abroad, the knowledge that, chances are, it will make you look even more attractive to potential employers is likely to be the cherry on top!

At Aliff Overseas Consultant  we offer a full suite of study abroad counselling services:
  • Course and university selection
  • Academic profile evaluation
  • Submission of admission applications
  • Visa application assistance, visa-counselling and mock-interviews
  • IELTS/TOEFL training
  • Pre-departure guidance and assistance in terms of private accommodation recommendations in select countries.