Monday, 9 October 2017

Smart ways to choose your study destination abroad

Who doesn't want to study abroad? Even if you discount the quality of education, there is a whole new world out there waiting to be explored.

The experience, exposure, life skills you will receive is priceless. However, there is one major factor which stops many of us from adding the flight to our foreign dreams and more often than not - it is the cost. Living and studying in some of the best of countries and some the best of colleges in those countries can be exorbitantly expensive.


Now, the good news is that it is possible to study abroad on a small budget. Even there are countries where tuition fees are low, or even non-existent. Some of these countries are Dubai, Ireland, Germany, Canada, Australia, France, Poland, and Russia.

Here are some smart ways to choose your study destination that doesn't burn a hole in your pocket:

• First and foremost, be true to yourself - Go for a degree and a college you want to and not something you think you need to do or have to. If you decide to go for your passion, it will be much easier to go through tough times.

• Research carefully and use multiple sources: A degree takes about one to four years to complete and can be direly expensive. Though it is true, it can be a life-altering experience yet doing your own research will only enrich your choices. Go through university websites meticulously and through student's forums.

• Search for what you want. Maybe you want to study in a university where the language of teaching is French. Or you have a specific budget in mind or you want to study in a university in a particular region. Choose a subject you want to study and narrow down your choices. Choose your preferred university and the course you want to opt for in those universities. You can check out the international rankings too.

• Be on a constant lookout for scholarships that can reduce your expenses of studying abroad. Not all scholarships have the same terms and conditions. Some cover tuition fees and living costs whereas others- student visa and air fair or both. When planning and budgeting, it is wise to send multiple applications to all scholarship-granting institutions. Start with your admissions office and the university you have chosen to study in. There are several Government scholarships too.

• Enquire about the tuition fees and select your payment scheme. Tuition fees are one of the major cost for anybody who is looking to study abroad. Prices vary per country, course and institution. There are schemes such as loans and "pay later" options that you can count on in order to save yourself from paying such exorbitant amount upfront.

• Keep a budget aside for miscellaneous expenses such as books and extra-curricular activities. Such expenses are often kept out of the tuition fees. Calculate how much expenses you require depending on the course you opted for.

• Also, different countries have different cost of living: Calculate the cost of living in the country of your choice. Refer to sources such as the program coordinator and available statistics and country comparisons. Europe has several top-notch schools and excellent programs but it also has cities where the cost of living is very high. On the other hand, Asian countries have a relatively affordable cost of living and premier educational institutions. Keep in mind that cost of living fluctuates so keep a track on your budget.

• Choose a roomie: Most students will have the option of living in a dormitory or a student's apartment somewhere near to one's school. A dormitory will give you the option of staying with a roomie. Having your own apartment can often turn out to be overly expensive.

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Thursday, 21 September 2017

StudyAbroad: College de Paris is a top notch business school in France

Ever since it was created, the Collège de Paris has striven to promote French excellence through training. To do this, we bring together recognised institutions of higher learning  – the oldest dates back to 1949.


The member schools of the Collège de Paris are all recognised in their specialised domains and guarantee that graduates will achieve insertion on world job markets. The faculty is made up of an academic lecturing body and the best professional players. All the programs lead to a state-recognized certification or recognition by international assessment bodies.

College de Paris is a top notch business school in France based in Paris. Partner with institutes in London & Milan, the school offers several programs for international students such as The oldest one was formed in 1949 and the recent was formed in 1994

Member school
1) Ascencia Business school (Business and Management School)
2) Ecole Conte (Art and Fashion School)
3) ELFE (French Language school)
4) Digital School (Digital School)
5) ISE Institue superior de environment (School of Environmental Studies)
6) Finance Business School (School of Finance)
7) French School of Decorative Arts (Ecole Décor)
8) ENSMI National school of real Estate Management (School of Real Estate)
9) Ecole Bleue (Global Design School)

Accreditations CNCP (National Directory of Professional Certification (RNCP). CIEP (public labelling body for centres teaching French)


Currently, they have seats for the following Master Degree Program: 
In these programs, the student will go directly to College de Paris.

1)    Master in Fashion and Luxury Brand Management
2)    Master in Food & Beverage Management
3)    Master in International Marketing

Eligibility: Graduation compulsory 
English test results: IELTS (5.5), TOEFL (70) or TOEIC (750) Tuition fees: 10,000 euros + 290 euros (non-refundable) administration fees + 215 € (for French social security payable on arrival). 


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Friday, 15 September 2017

StudyAbroad: German nationality ranked best in world

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The German nationality has been named the best in the world for the sixth year in a row, according to the Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index. The index takes into account various factors including the country's economic growth and level of human development. 

Germans are living the best life, but the French and Danish are not so far behind.


For the sixth year in a row, Germany gained the top spot in the Quality of Nationality Index (QNI), a ranking of nationalities based on the levels of freedom and quality of life citizens enjoy. The study was conducted by law professor Dimitry Kochenov and published by UK-based international immigration consultants Henley & Partners, who also produces an annual ranking of the world’s most powerful passports.

More than a simple nation brand perception index, the QNI posts to be the world’s only objective measure of nationality. Researchers mine data from the World Bank, the International Air Transport Association, the Institute for Economics and Peace to judge the opportunities and limitations based on an individual’s nationality. Each country garners an aggregate score based on their economic prosperity, human development, political stability and the ease of travel and overseas employment opportunities for its citizens.

Germany garnered 82.7% out of 100. France and Denmark is tied at second place at 82.4%, and Iceland garnered the third spot with 81.3%. The US is in 29th place because of its weak scores in “settlement freedom” and “peace and stability” categories. On the bottom of the QNI is Afghanistan with a score of 14.6%. The UK is ranked 12th this year.


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Monday, 11 September 2017

Studying Abroad Ups Your Chances of Jobs: Survey

As many as 45 per cent students prefer the United States as their study-abroad destination, the survey showed.


Indian students with international exposure are preferred for jobs over students who have studied in the country, reveals a recent survey. Conducted in support with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the survey was conducted across India and other strategic locations of the world.

“As the survey insights state, Indian students have not been able to gain preference in comparison to the overseas students due to lack of exposure and right counselling at the right age,” president of recruitment consulting firm KIC UnivAssist told the media. “We really need to step up the counselling practices in India to help them gain the desired position in the international markets.”

Despite the shifts in the political scenario in different countries, 31 per cent of universities has seen a marginal increase (nearly 3-9%) in their international student enrollment this year while 45 per cent of them said it is the same as last year. As many as 45 per cent students prefer the United States as their study-abroad destination, followed by 14 per cent for Canada, 13 per cent for the eUK, 10 per cent for Australia, 8 per cent for South East Asia and 7 per cent for Europe.

According to the survey, which included the opinions of industry leaders, counsellors and students of high schools, universities and other academic institutions, 56 per cent of universities feel that high schools need to play a bigger role in the smooth transition of students to universities. More information and counselling at the school level would better prepare students for university/college, 98 per cent of the colleges felt.

The prime focus area of about 58 per cent of universities while interacting with high schools is “relationship-building/engagement” while 41 per cent of universities said their focus area is mainly “student recruitment”.

The survey also showed subject preferences for Indian students, with 40 per cent of them opting for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, followed by 22 per cent students choosing arts, entertainment and sports. Only about 1 per cent choose business and finance, while 17 per cent prefers health and medicine. With traditional courses seeing a major chunk of the preference, it appears that career and college counselling practices in India are still not at par with international standards.

The survey also captured the growing presence of technology in career counselling as 38 per cent of students said that their counsellor uses some form of technology to guide them.

“In today’s digital world transition of a student from college to career must be developed on the basis of individual interest,” Shobha Mishra Ghosh, assistant secretary general-FICCI, said to the media. “Industry today is looking at engaging with students through structured seminars and forums to equip them with a complete know-how of different career options."


Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Study Abroad: Top reasons to choose Ireland as a study abroad destination

In recent times, India has become one of the fastest developing nations in the world, and is considered to be one of the biggest economies globally. Its progress has trickled down to most citizens as well, with more and more people now able to afford several basic things, which until a decade ago, were considered luxury. One such aspect is education.

In India, access to basic education is increasingly becoming the norm owing to rise in disposable income, and better opportunities. Moreover, with a substantial number of middle-class households in the country leading a significantly better lifestyle as compared to a decade ago, many families have begun to consider investing in only the best education of their children; be it in India or abroad.
While students from India usually prefer to study in the top 5 study abroad destinations -- the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand -- there are some who have started exploring other countries, specifically nations in the European Union. One such country is Ireland, which is fast emerging as a prominent education hub for international students.
Ireland -- A dream destination for international students
Ireland, or the Republic of Ireland is an island nation that is part of the British Isles. The country has a rich culture and tradition, which is most commonly depicted across the globe in the form of Saint Patrick -- one of Ireland's patron saints. Ireland also happens to be one of the countries in the European Union to recognise English as an official language.
Education structure
The education structure in Ireland is mainly made up of levels -- primary, secondary, and tertiary (third-level). The country is home to some of the finest education institutions in the world, and has an excellent academic infrastructure. Some of the top universities for international students in Ireland are: Trinity College (Dublin), University College (Dublin), National University of Ireland (Galway), and University College of Cork.
In terms of hosting international students, Ireland witnessed more than 27,778 international student enrollments in its universities during 2014-15. In terms of place of origin, the country saw an influx of over 4,470 students from the United States, 2,711 from China, and 1989 from France. During the same period, Irish education institutions also received over 905 applicants from India, making it the 9th country in the list of Top 10 sending places of origin, according to IIE.
Let us further explore the various factors that are leading Ireland to become one of the most preferred study abroad destination among students from across the world:
Excellent education infrastructure: As previously stated, Ireland has an excellent education infrastructure, with most of its universities equipped with state-of-the-art amenities and academic resources. In fact, the progress made in the field of education has significantly contributed to Ireland's growing economy. For international students, this is an added advantage of studying in a culturally rich nation.
Scholarships for international students: The Republic of Ireland has an outstanding scholarship program for international students. Each scholarship is based on specific criteria for eligibility laid down by individual institutions in Ireland.
Safety first: Ireland is one of the safest and friendliest countries in the world, allowing international students to complete their course without worrying about their overall wellbeing. While petty crimes like pick pocketing are common throughout the world, students just need to be cautious about their surroundings to avert such rare incidents.
Home to several global industry giants: Some of the biggest multinational companies (MNC) can be found in Ireland. Companies like Google, Apple, and Facebook have headquarters in the Island nation, apart from Ireland's own homegrown organizations like CRH, DCC, and Kerry group.
Work opportunities: International students enrolled for full-time courses that are recognised by the IDES do not require an additional work permit to work in the country. However, they do need to have the proper documentation to be able to gain employment.
According to Education Ireland's official portal, all international students equipped with a valid immigration stamp 2 permission are permitted to work 40 hours/week in Ireland, but only between June to September, and from December 15 to January 15. During the rest of the year, international students holding the valid work document can work 20 hours/week. All students are allowed to work till the expiration of the Immigration permission Stamp 2.
In conclusion, it can be said that Ireland is certainly becoming one of the most preferred study abroad destinations among international students; and if you are a student hoping to study overseas, you should definitely consider the island nation to fulfill your education goals.




Thursday, 24 August 2017

StudyAbroad: Is the great Engineering dream dying?

Six lakh information technology professionals are expected to lose their jobs over the next two three years, according to a forecast by a leading head hunter. Studies suggest that almost half of those who graduate from the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) take their skills to work in financial markets and consulting.



Has the great engineering dream died?

The answer, experts say, depends on what the 1.5 million engineers graduating every year dream of.

Conversations with students, faculty members and higher education experts suggest students don’t always sign up for engineering courses just to become engineers and to start designing new engines for cars, extending the lifetime of a battery, building the next big software giant or taking part in the “Digital India” programme. Most of them simply want a job — any job and given a choice, a job with the government.

The thousands of private colleges that have sprung up in the country to fulfil the demand of engineering education. 3,288 engineering colleges exist under the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), more than double from the 1,511 colleges ten years ago.

On the other extreme, lie the IITs, the best that the country has to offer. But apart from the coveted civil services examinations, government jobs hardly figure on the list an IIT undergraduate.

Their aspirations mirror that of India’s youth at large: the latest CSDS-KAS Youth Study, released in April 2017, found that 65% of Indian youth would prefer a government job; just 7% wished for a job in the private sector. The lure of a government job is obvious: job security, allowances and better pay at the entry level.

   



Where do IIT grads end up?

Using 2013 placement statistics of IIT-Bombay, Milind Sohoni, a computer science professor at the institute, found that 45% of the BTech students took up jobs in finance and consulting, 24% in IT and 8% in FMCG and non-IT. Just 22% took up jobs in engineering and technology, which Sohoni argues is the most relevant sector to IIT-Bombay's mandate and training.

This tells us that neither is working in technology companies a priority for students nor does an engineering degree guarantee a job.


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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.  


Friday, 18 August 2017

Study abroad: Why Indians prefer to go overseas to pursue UG courses

About 85 per cent of Indian students looking for colleges abroad tend to head towards USA, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. International students at US colleges have surpasses one million in the academic year of 2015-16. 


Studying abroad is a common dream among many Indian students such that the number of students applying for universities in other countries has been on the rise with every passing year. This hype can be observed with reports like the 2016 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange which has pointed out that international students at US colleges have surpassed one million in the academic year of 2015-16.
One of every six international students in the US is from India, according to the report and much three-fourths of these students are pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses. Meanwhile the Indian Students Mobility report, 2016 noted that about 85 per cent of Indian students looking for colleges abroad tend to head towards USA, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

The following points explain the why student hype around foreign universities.

1. Less competition
Many of the students who opt for undergraduate level programmes in universities abroad are those who prefer not to be involved in the competitive education environment of India which can get aggressive. The ratio of the number of applicants to the number of seats available in India is high.
One should understand that performance in entrance tests cannot indicate whether or not a student can absorb the course content. Having said that, students who doubt whether they can get through the entrance tests and do not want to fail, opt to pursue the undergraduate courses in universities abroad.

2. Settling abroad
The second reason why students want to go abroad is because they think that their future is outside India. They believe that by pursuing an undergraduate degree in a foreign country they can get a job there and eventually land the country’s citizenship. Settling down in USA, UK, Australia and some other such countries is attractive to many. However, things have changed these days.
The assumption that you can eventually settle down in the country if you study there, is repeatedly proving wrong. Governments of most countries are making it clear that if you come to the country for studies, you have to go back after the course. So, you have read the immigration policies of a country thoroughly before you decide the future course of action.

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3. Theory
Undergraduate programmes in India are theoretical and tough as compared to those in universities abroad. But the practical orientation of undergraduate students abroad is more compared to their Indian counterparts. The few who are well versed with the theories of subjects like mathematics, physics and chemistry can survive anywhere.
Students who do not have a strong footing in theoretical concepts may not do so well in India but have a better chance abroad. While Indian curriculum is skewed in favour of the theory, the emphasis on theoretical knowledge and practical knowledge is well balanced in the US.

4. All round development
Studying in foreign universities results in well-rounded personality development of students. They pick up communication skills, learn to live alone, manage with limited money, adjust in the unfamiliar environment and develop the high focus on career. So studying abroad develops the personality. It brings out the best in the person.

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