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

Study Abroad @Indian Cost!

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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.

Study Abroad!