Wednesday, 6 December 2017

More Students Keen To Study MBA Abroad

Amid the rising popularity of an international MBA tag, global changes are shaping the dynamics of where students are flying.


A survey reveals that the percentage of non-US citizens who say they are now less likely to study in the land of the free has grown to 43% in April 2017 from 35% in November 2016. Similarly, a country-level analysis has revealed that Indian candidates are negatively influenced by the Brexit vote, with 58% reporting that it has made them less likely to study in the UK.

Countries such as Canada, Australia, Germany and New Zealand seem to be gaining from the waning sentiment towards the top two education destinations due to the closed climate.

A recent Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) survey states that nearly three of five prospective business school students (59%) intend to apply for programmes outside their home country, up from 44% in 2009.

Most study abroad to receive a higher quality education (63% of the respondents), to increase their chances of securing international employment (58%), and to expand their international connections (51%).

"Since November 2016, a growing share of international candidates say they are now less likely to pursue a graduate business degree in the US due to the presidential election results," states the survey.
A third (34%) of the candidates who prefer to study outside their country of citizenship intend to seek employment in the country where they prefer to attend school. Moreover, fresh research also shows that three out of four B-school aspirants are holding a prior master's degree.

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Monday, 4 December 2017

Govt Will Shut 300 Private Engineering Colleges

It had to happen sooner rather than later. The government has decided to shut over 300 private engineering from the 2018-19 academic session. These institutions would be asked not to undertake admission process for any fresh batch as they had less than 30 per cent enrollment for five consecutive years. According to a senior HRD official, another 500 engineering colleges are under the scanner for not being able to fill up seats.


The All India Council for Technical Education has asked all such colleges to consider alternate options like converting to science colleges or vocational education institutions. As per AICTE website, there are close to 3,000 private engineering colleges offering undergraduate courses in India, with an intake capacity of 13.56 lakh. Of these, there are around 800 engineering colleges whose enrolment percentage is less than 50%.

According to HRD sources, of the over 300 institutions which would be asked to close operations as engineering colleges, over 150 have less than 20% enrolment.

According to the chairperson of the AICTE, the council has asked those colleges with less than 30% enrolment to work out alternate options. Stating that closing down the institutions could also lead to problems for the institutions, professor Anil D Sahasrabudhe, chairperson, AICTE said, "We are deliberating on the issue. Closure is an easy option, but that could also lead to many complications as they have invested money, have bank loans. Taking a holistic view, those institutions which are border line cases may not be asked to close down but they will be asked to choose alternate options on their own."

The Council would give options like converting the engineering colleges to science colleges, skill development centres or vocational education institutions. The matter will be finalised by end of December 2017. before the approvals are issued to the colleges.

Is the great Engineering dream dying?


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, 1 December 2017

5 Things to consider before choosing a Study Abroad Destination

Dreaming of studying abroad? Confused which country to go to? Wondering what to look for while shortlisting a country for your higher education? As the number of students leaving the country to pursue higher studies increases, the question of where to study has become more important. While choosing a destination to pursue studies there are a number of factors that an individual should take into consideration to find a place most conducive to a positive learning experience. The number of options available to a student are huge and it is imperative to find the most suitable one for studying and living in.

Here’s a list of 5 things to consider before you choose a study abroad destination.


1. Which course are you planning to pursue?
The first thing every student must consider, irrespective of what kind of return on investment you expect, is the course one is planning to pursue. While most of the top colleges across different countries offer brilliant opportunities, the fact remains that there is always one particular course that would have more advantage in a country than the next.

2. Location
An important factor to consider when deciding to study abroad is the location. It is imperative that a student be certain about where he/she desires to study, as this is where the student will be spending the next several years. It is important to choose a location that is well suited to what the individual is about to study and to check if it has all the facilities the student will require to complete the course successfully. It is helpful to research the location thoroughly, and find out a little about the culture beforehand as it will help the student acclimatize to the new country faster.

3. Finance
A major factor to consider before taking the decision to study abroad is the cost of the course. A large number of potential students do not go abroad to pursue higher studies due to the high costs involved with studying abroad. There is a plethora of financial aid options available to a student aspiring to study abroad and there are a number of scholarship programs that universities abroad offer to promising students who have show a consistent level of performance in academics. It is important that an individual carefully researches all the options he/she has before choosing a specific one. There are a lot of costs associated with living abroad other than the tuition fees of the university, which a student will realize once he/she is abroad. An individual moving abroad for studies should be prepared for these costs and should always have a certain amount of money kept aside for miscellaneous expenses and emergency situations. Students should also inquire with the university if there are any discounts that students can avail of public transport, rent, utilities, etc.

4. Duration
The duration of the course if an important factor to consider as it directly relates to the cost of the course. An individual should determine how long he/she is comfortable living abroad as a student for. If the course duration is over a long period of time the individual should consider choosing a country where he/she will be comfortable living. The culture of the country should be something that an individual can integrate with, as they are planning on staying there for an extended period of time.

5. Employability
A student who has decided to move abroad for studies should consider the number of jobs that he/she can apply for after the completion of the course, and if the student has a desire to live and work in the country where he/she has completed the course the student should check the job market and the qualifications required for various jobs in an associated field. It is also important to check how employable a person will be after the completion of the course and which part of the world is there a requirement for that specific skill.

Start your research with the country pages at Aliff overseas education to understanding about the countries and then make an informed choice. 


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.

Thursday, 30 November 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). 


There are a variety of study options available within fashion design.  Click Here To Apply

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

International students entering Canada up 22%

The number of international students seeking a Canadian education continues to grow sharply, with Canada’s immigration division IRCC revealing a 22% increase in students who entered Canada last year.


Speaking at the recent CBIE conference in Halifax, IRCC policy analyst Angie Larocque reported that 268,631 international students entered Canada in 2016.

It was also revealed that the total number of study permit holders in Canada as of 31 December 2016 was 414,946, up from 351,330 (an 18% increase) in 2015. 

“The number of international students coming to Canada continues to grow,” said Laroque.

India was the biggest single source of growth with an increase of 27,810 (57%)


“Over the past year, there has been a significant increase in student applications – even increases of 100% in some markets.”

She added that fastest-growing source markets were China and India, which represented 49% of all new student entries in 2016, and welcomed additional visa application centers in key markets such as China to aid with processing times.

According to IRCC, India was the biggest single source of growth with an increase of 27,810 (57%) students with a valid permit as of December 2016.

The IRCC top 20 sending markets for Canadian education

In October, Canada came out on top of an IDP research paper on global study destinations, due to its safe environment and policies which are seen as warm and welcoming.

While international students numbers in Canada continue to surge, the latest IIE Open Doors survey released last week revealed that US universities reported a decline in international students enrollments for 2016/17, prompting reference to the policies and rhetoric of the current US administration.

Despite political events south of the border, Canadian educators maintain it is their strengths, not US weaknesses, that has led to these increases.

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.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Missed the September intake? Apply for the January start




The road to becoming an international student is paved with deadlines. So are most of the milestones you’ll need to pass throughout the process, such as applying for financial aid, student visa, the language exam and others.

Have you missed the September intake application deadline? Do you feel frustrated at the thought of waiting for another year? Well, you don’t have to.

You’re not out of the running if you’ve missed the September deadline, in fact, you can still make up for it by applying now for the January intake. Remember it’s never too early to apply.

Most US, UK, and Canadian schools have two intake periods. The Fall semester begins in late August or early September and ends in late December or early January, whereas the Spring semester begins in January and ends in early May. The Fall intake is preferred by most Indian students because Bachelor’s programmes finish in June, which provides enough time to kickstart a Master’s programme in September. For Indian students who don’t manage to get their September application in on time, January intake is the more flexible option. Moreover, Indian students who’ve missed the September deadline get enough of a buffer period to plan their finances for January intake, and can avail of the benefits from the education loan

What course options are available in January?

Most universities offer a wide variety of course options for their Fall intake. Although the options for courses available are slightly limited for January intake, there is still an abundance of exciting courses to choose from. Indian students interested in pursuing engineering courses will be pleased to know that many UK, and US schools accept international admissions for engineering courses in January intake. Explore all possible options available to you and various courses on offer, as there may very well be a way that you can take the course of your choice in the Spring semester.

the application process you should start earlier, the better your chances of securing a spot! We understand how lengthy and stressful the application process can get, and the best way to get through it is to begin early so that you keep all the stress at bay, and have all the required documents with you on time. Moreover, it is better to start early to ensure that you get your visa application in on time. Applying for visas is a process in and of itself, so give yourself enough time to prepare the necessary documentation and planning for the interview process. Also, certain popular courses like engineering and business tend to fill up very quickly. Remember: It’s better to start as early as possible to reserve your spot.

University application deadlines vary from school to school, and many accept students on a first come, first serve basis. Bear in mind that submitting your application no later than November is your safest bet, but ensure that you know exactly when the January intake deadline for the school of your preference is, and how they run their acceptance program.

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.


Friday, 10 November 2017

Dubai scale ups its position as a regional education hub

The booming population of non-Emirate students in Dubai schools means the city is also growing in importance as a recruiting ground for third-country nationals planning to go on further education abroad.

But Dubai is also aggressively moving to grow its own higher education capacity, both by expanding the footprint of domestic institutions and by welcoming branch campuses operated by foreign institutions. Universities from 12 different exporting markets currently operate campuses in designated higher education “free zones” in Dubai, including those from the UK, US, Australia, India, Austria, and Russia.

Considering both international branch campuses and local institutions, there are now 62 higher education providers in Dubai. Those institutions had a combined enrollment of 60,300 students in 2016, including 33,600 foreign nationals.

The number of higher education institutions operating in the city began to expand rapidly around 2003, the year in which the first of Dubai’s free zones for education were established. Also setting the stage for more rapid enrolment growth within the past decade, the KHDA and University Quality Assurance International Board (UQAID) were established – in 2007 and 2008 respectively – in order to provide greater oversight and quality assurance for higher education in the Emirates.

As the following chart reflects, 39 of Dubai’s 62 HEIs are now located within the free zones, including 24 international branch campuses.


Keeping pace with this significant increase in the number of university seats, total higher education enrolment in Dubai has grown by nearly 65% since 2008, with overall foreign enrolment across the UAE growing even more quickly. UNESCO reports that the number of foreign students in the Emirates grew from about 48,600 in 2011 to nearly 74,000 in 2015 – a total increase of 51% in just five years.

Speaking at the recent International and Private Schools Education Forum (IPSEF) in Dubai, Dr Warren Fox, the KHDA’s chief of higher education, said, “Dubai has shown to the world it can become a leading global business hub, and is leveraging this success to attract international students to come to the Emirate to pursue higher education studies here. This reputation as a world-class commercial and trading center is one of the top reasons why international students are coming to Dubai.”


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.

Friday, 3 November 2017

50 per cent of Indian graduates not fit to be hired: report

NEW DELHI:  It's the season for staggeringly high cut-offs on campus, but one that don't necessarily make the cut in the corporate world. A new survey of graduate students across the country, conducted by Aspiring Minds says that more than half of them are not fit to be hired.


India produces 50 lakh graduates every year. Experts say with poor English language skills, computer training and analytical ability, making the cut from the classroom to the boardroom is not easy.

Himanshu Aggarwal, Co-Founder and CEO, Aspiring Minds says, "Our education system continues to be put down by the rote learning concepts. These rote learning concepts are not training people for functional skills who are going to be deployed into the industry in a more readily fashion without any extensive training." 

The survey also says women seem to be better candidates to be hired in most categories surveyed. And metros are still way ahead of non-metro cities in terms of skill sets.

Dr. Pradyuman Kumar, Principal of Hindu College, Delhi says, "Degrees are given for the sake of being given. The curriculum should be designed in such a way that it ensures more employability. We need more interaction between the students and the industry."

"I'm not in anyway ridiculing or undermining the importance of cognitive and technical ability. All I'm suggesting is a balanced approach where education is more holistic, more interdisciplinary and really new student centric or learner centric rather than teacher centric. We still produce are amongst the best in the world," says Nishchae Suri, Partner and Head of People and Change at KPMG.

The results of the survey though indicative, they could be a starting point for how we view not just our education setup but our corporate outlook. Some suggest that employment needs to be viewed as a two way highway, where both sides have some distance to go before they can arrive at their destinations.

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.



Thursday, 2 November 2017

Tips to Crack Student Visa Interview to Study Abroad

Students who would like to study abroad will first have to pass an student visa interview to study abroad- at the British, the US, France, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Australia, Embassies, etc. So How do we should answer the interview?


Student visa interviews are a crucial part of a student’s plan to study overseas. There is often a misconception in the minds of students that obtaining visas for some universities or majors is difficult or rather impossible. The truth, however, is that consulates are not interested in what university or major a student is going but are instead interested in seeking justification for the choice a student has made. Thus, it is very important that students have clear cut explanations for the choices they have made in terms of university or major.

While there are no sure shot ways to help a student crack a visa interview, there definitely are some tips that might come handy. Given below are some of these:


1. Prepare a full file under the request of the embassy, in accordance with each
circumstance and your course.

2. As mentioned above, consider as the interview as a conversation, so first you should
show them that you will have a fascinating conversation by your appearance. I’m not only
saying the beautiful or hot girl, hot boy can get a visa, but please pay attention to the
appearance a bit: neat hair, clean and polite dress. You should smile and let them see your friendliness with some good questions.

3. It is not fine for exchange students to speak negative question: Your English is not good enough like this, how you can learn English? Don’t get rattled. Tell them that my English is not good enough, so I registered short-term English courses before the formal course, with such a good learning environment and hard studying, my ambition, I will definitely meet my course

4. If you can’t hear, you can ask again. Do not be afraid of asking, because only so you
can correctly answer questions.

5. Of course, content of conversation will be determined by the interviewer, it will be so at
the beginning time, and sometimes you should think that you are the interviewer but then
it is doubtful, if you can divert theme, then you definitely have a visa.

Finally, the biggest obstacle for your visa is the employee’s suspect for your studying, you likely return home. Let’s build an academic program and working closely and logically, let them see that your country is really good, rich and beautiful, but I will return to my land with the best persuasive reasons.

Given the fact as to how crucial a visa interview is to materialize one’s plan of studying abroad, a student must dedicate a fair share of time towards its preparation to increase one’s chances of success. At Aliff Overseas, our representatives offer expert guidance to students to prepare them for visa interviews and also conduct mock interviews in order to give them a sense of what to expect on the interview day.

Good luck to you! And remember to share this experience with others when there is the
chance

What we can do for you!

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.


Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Study Abroad Improves Job Prospects

Studying at home – in your own city, your own state, even your own country - is so yesterday. These days, if you want to make the most of your investment in further education, from first degree to top drawer MBA program, you need to study abroad.


Everyone seems to agree.

Heads of HR at major corporations regularly complain about the lack of truly international talent, and urge universities and business schools to develop it. Education providers of all types have responded with a wide range of partner programs, study trips and internships.

A new study released by the Institute of International Education’s Center for Academic Mobility Research and Impact reveals positive impact for study abroad participants in the job market post-graduation. Participating in study abroad is known to increase global competence, including language skills and cultural literacy. However, there have previously been no measurable basis to determine what is needed to be globally competent and what should be taught in study abroad programs.

The study found that study abroad increased a number of skills, including cognition, curiosity, flexibility, adaptability, confidence, self-awareness, intercultural skills, interpersonal skills, communication, problem solving, language, tolerance, teamwork, leadership skills, and work ethic.

Findings
  • Study abroad was seen to increase career possibilities due to interviewees having a broader understanding of career possibilities and more confidence to pursue them.
  • The skills gained through study abroad had long-term impacts on progression and promotion. Interviewees answered that study-abroad helped contribute to a job offer, to skill development in jobs, and to be promoted to management-level positions where communication, interpersonal skills, and the ability to understand and work with others were important.
  • Long periods of study abroad had a high impact on subsequent job offers and the development of skills, while short-term programs were effective in developing teamwork skills. This is possibly because short-term programs tend to be more structured and team-oriented than longer term programs, where independent study is more common.
  • STEM majors highly value the gains made in skills outside of their majors during study abroad. Those in these fields said that study abroad programs were less diverse than regular programs, and that they were able to develop more “soft” skills that other programs in their fields lacked.
  • Choosing a less familiar destination was positively associated with skill development and sense of career impact.
  • Student intentionality and highly structured programs contribute to skill development.
  • The conclusion of the study states, “Across U.S. higher education, there is a strong emphasis on preparing U.S. students to secure jobs after graduation

in order to ensure their own economic prosperity and to contribute to the economic development of their communities, states, and the country as a whole. Study abroad provides a unique opportunity for students to gain work-related skills in a global context. This study has found that study abroad contributes to the development of transformable skills and positive employment gains in different ways depending on program characteristics, study destinations, and the intentionality of students in leveraging study abroad experiences for employment. Most notably, the ability to understand differences between cultures and individuals emerged as a skill that contributes to individuals’ career progression. Within the context of today’s global economy, most students will move into jobs where they work for or do business with international companies, as well as work with diverse colleagues. Accordingly, the work-related skills gained through study abroad can be powerful tools for career success.”
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Monday, 30 October 2017

Top affordable destinations you can choose to study abroad

Access to education is one of the basic rights of people across the world, and many are extremely lucky to have had the chance to complete at least high school.
However, when it comes to pursuing higher education from reputed institutions, especially those that are based in an international destination, it seems there are only few who can afford to study abroad in the destination of their choice.

Although there are several student loans and scholarships made available for young scholars who demonstrate academic excellence, there are external factors like cost and standard of living that determine the overall cost of studying abroad.
While strict financial planning / management is one way to manage costs while pursuing studies in an international university, it is extremely important for students hoping to study abroad to choose from those countries that have considerably lower cost of living than most nations.
1. Germany
As an emerging education destination, Germany saw a 14 per cent increase in number of international students from 282,201 to 321,569, enrolled in its universities between 2013 and 2015. Additionally, it has one of the best education infrastructures in the world, and is also considered by many as one of the top countries to specialize in engineering and technology.
Despite being a central-European nation, cost of living in Germany is quite low compared to other European countries. Apart from little to no tuition fees for studying in German universities, the country has a lower cost of living than Denmark, Switzerland, and Luxembourg. According to the German Academic Exchange Service, international students spend an average of 725 euros on daily expenses, while German students spend 864 euros for their expenses.
2. Canada
Canada has been a favorite destination among international students for quite some time now. Apart from being one of the most peaceful, safe, and student friendly nation, Canada is also known for its high standard of living and low cost of living for students. International students typically spend anywhere between 20,000 to 30,000 Canadian dollars annually that covers their tuition as well as living expenses.
3. New Zealand
 New Zealand has an excellent and flexible education system that suits the budget of every student. While the annual living expenses of international students are determined by the university chosen by them, the New Zealand government suggests that students have at least 15,000 dollars to cover their expenses during their first year.
4. Australia
Australia has one of the best cost of living in the world, with living & tuition costs significantly lower than either the United States of America or the United Kingdom. However, the Australian government still advises international students to prepare a budget for the duration of their stay in the country prior to enrolling in any university to manage their finances better. Students can also check if they are eligible for scholarships, which could help reduce their financial burden by a certain margin.
 5. The United Kingdom
Just like New Zealand, the overall cost of living in the United Kingdom is determined by the place and/or university selected by a student. For example: University of Liverpool suggests that students have at least Euro 5,500-7,000 to spend per year on cost of living (excluding college and tuition fees). Apart from that, the country's official website for international students suggests preparing a budget that includes college fees (including tuition), food, accommodation rent, travel, and other miscellaneous expenses.
No matter where a student chooses to study, it is evident that planning well in advance and preparing a budget can go a long way in ensuring they have a comfortable and fruitful stay through the duration of their course

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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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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.