Monday, 31 July 2017

How get student visa?

What is a student visa? 
A student visa is for someone who has applied at a university and has received an admission letter from the institution. 

Why do you need a student visa? 
You need a student visa as a part of legal proceedings that are to be carried out for entering your study destination and for pursuing university/college education.

Classification of Student Visas Student visas is classified into two types depending on 

1. Duration of a course/program 

2. Type of a program or student Duration of a course/program 

For the duration of a course or programme, the visas may be classified into short term or long term student visas.

However, this is depending on the tenure of your course. 

A short term visa is given when a student is planning to undertake a short course of up to 3 months E.g Summer school, Language Program or any diploma/certificate course. 

On the other hand, a long term visa is given when the duration of the program extends beyond 6 months. This comes when students are planning to pursue degree programs or diploma courses of more than 3 months.

Type of a program or student 
Some countries have classified types of student visa on the basis of a student type, that is, if a student is going to be an undergraduate, graduate or doctorate. 

How long will I have to wait to get my student visa?
If you’re applying for a student visa, the wait could be measured in a few weeks or months. 

However, you can’t apply for a student visa until you have been accepted on to a course in the country you intend to school. So, if you haven’t already done so you need to submit an application for the course you wish to study 

Different countries have differing visa systems and acceptance procedures, however, the fastest visa processing is done by the US.

You go for the interview and at the end of the whole interview, the visa officer tells you ‘Congratulations, you got the visa’ or he might say, ‘I’m sorry this time your visa has been denied but you can try next time’. 

In the case of other countries, like in the UK, Australia and countries in Europe, the usual period to get a student visa is between three to four weeks. It all depends on the high commission of the respective countries. 

Documents needed for student visa application 
Different countries are governed by separate immigration laws and students must adhere to the laws that govern the destination country. 

Therefore, requirements for documents may vary depending on your study destination. However, there is a list of documents that remain common for every visa application irrespective of your study destination. 

They are; 

1. Valid Passport 
When applying for a visa of any type, you always need a valid passport. 

2. Admission Letter 
For student visa, you need to showcase a legit admission letter from the institution of admission 

3. Language Proficiency Proof
You need to demonstrate your proficiency in a language that will be the medium of instruction at your study destination. 

4. Financial Capability 
For a successful visa application, it is mandatory that you prove your financial capability of managing tuition and living expenses.

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If you plan to study abroad, you will have to apply for a student visa in the country you are interested in schooling.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Why study abroad in Singapore?

Singapore has a worldwide reputation in terms of high standard education, research opportunities and innovative teaching and learning.

According to a UNESCO report, more than 50,000 international students arrive in Singapore each year and it was rated the 6th best student city in the world by QS World University Rankings. Due to a melting-pot society, international students don’t have any problem with adjusting to the bustling Singapore. Here are other good reasons that make this city a place worth considering for a degree abroad:

1. English is the official language used in all educational institutions

English is the main language of instruction used in all universities from Singapore so this won’t limit your study options; you can choose any degree that is provided by the university. The only condition is that you deliver proof of your English language proficiency, usually an internationally recognised test.

In addition, English is spoken by around 75 % of the population in Singapore, so communicating and fitting in will be quite easy.

2. Join a diverse student population

Foreign students from all over the world choose Singapore for their higher education, especially since local universities have partnerships with leading universities from other countries. An extensive and diverse student body leads to an enriching study experience provided by the exchange of different ideas and acquiring knowledge about other cultures.

3. Singapore is one of the safest cities in the world

Despite its hectic, always busy and thriving city life, Singapore was actually rated as one the safest cities in the world (number two on the list of the safest cities in the world established by TripAdvisor). The very strict laws, police efficiency and well-developed infrastructure contribute to the overall security environment in Singapore.

4. Singapore has a great city life

Singapore is that kind of city that truly satisfies anyone’s taste so there is nothing that you can’t do here. Singapore has it all: numerous cultural attractions, night life venues, a wide selection of restaurants, countless shopping stores and the city is alive and vibrant including during the night. You could say it has “the city that never sleeps” type of feeling.

Interesting places to visit while in Singapore include Gardens by the Bay, Buddha Temple and Museum, The triple-towered Marina Bay Sands, The Museum of Art & Design (MAD), Singapore Flyer, the world’s largest observation wheel.

Why study an MBA in Singapore?

The name “Lion City” that was given to Singapore is related to its great economic and financial success, as the city is one of the four “Asian Tiger” economies (along with Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan). Global Finance Magazine placed Singapore in top three of the wealthiest nations in the world. Singapore itself is basically all about business, investment and entrepreneurship, all the things that interest future successful business people.

Well-known for the high standard education, worldwide employers will always be impressed by MBA graduates that gained their knowledge and skills in Singapore.

Teaching style in universities from Singapore

Study programmes offered by universities and business schools from Singapore cover a mix of team work, interactive class discussions, and a focus on acquiring critical thinking and problem-solving skills. MBA degrees integrate a strong alignment of curriculum, assessment, instruction and practical experience.

Most business administration courses have a core module, enabling students to attain key concepts of a general management education. The curriculum then advances to more complex topics, meant to teach students how to succeed in the global business environment.

Interesting aspects of MBA courses in Singapore universities and business schools:

1. All MBA programmes cover internship or work opportunities, networking and social activities.

2. Universities collaborate with local and international companies and organisations and often organise business workshops

3. Students work on team projects that run across the semesters and have to explore and learn more about organisational and managerial effectiveness and communication

Choose a suitable MBA programme offered by a university from Singapore and start building a fruitful career in the ever challenging international business world!

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Top reasons to choose Ireland as a study abroad destination

Lately, students have started exploring other countries, specifical nations in the European Union, for higher studies.

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.

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 educational 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.

Let us further explore the various factors that are leading Ireland to become one of the most preferred studies 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.

For example, Dublin Institute of Technology offers a Centenary Scholarship Programme for all international students pursuing a Master's degree at the institution. Similarly, the National University of Ireland in Galway offers several scholarships specifically for Indian students, such as the Max Arthur Macauliffe Special Merit Scholarship, and the Sir Peter Freyer Special Merit Scholarship.

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 well-being. 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.

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.

In conclusion, it can be said that Ireland is certainly becoming one of the most preferred studies abroad destinations among international students; and if you are a student hoping to study overseas, you should definitely consider the island nation to fulfil your education goal. (

Sunday, 23 July 2017

StudyAbroad: Indian domicile rules leave MBBS, BDS aspirants with limited college choice.

NEET 2017: Domicile rules leave MBBS, BDS aspirants confused, give them limited college choice
Lack of a uniform domicile policy could put an end to dreams of NEET-qualified candidates to pursue fulfilling careers in medicine or dentistry.

While some states like Maharashtra, and Punjab have barred candidates from other states from participating in counselling for admission to medical colleges (both private and government), Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka have no such restrictions.

Hundreds of candidates successful in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admissions to medical and dental programmes and colleges across the country, have been spending time, money and energy desperately seeking admission to colleges in various states of the country. Lack of a uniform domicile policy could put an end to their dreams to pursue fulfilling careers in medicine or dentistry.

While some states like Maharashtra and Punjab have barred candidates from other states from participating in counselling for admission to medical colleges (both private and government), Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka have no such restrictions.

The domicile policy puts students from states with few medical colleges at a disadvantage.

NEET rules say that candidates wishing to apply for admission in state medical colleges or universities or institutes using merit list of NEET-2017 have to follow the instructions of the state government or that of the authorities of the medical and dental colleges or university/institutes concerned for counselling.

States can reserve 85% seats for their students in government medical colleges and leave the 15% quota for students from across the country ranking high on the NEET merit list. There is no provision for any reservation in private medical colleges across the country in NEET rules.

“I couldn’t fill the online form to join counselling in Maharashtra as candidates are required to be state domiciles,” complains a student from Delhi.

MBBS aspirants from Delhi have also been left with limited options as the sprawling Capital has only nine government medical colleges out of which only eight admit students through NEET. The All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi, has a separate entrance examination.

Students from many north-eastern states such as Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland, Lakshadweep etc, which don’t have any medical colleges, say that if all states mandate domicile status, they will never be able to pursue MBBS education despite qualifying NEET.

“It’s fortunate that some states are not following domicile restrictions. If this happens then we will be left with only one option - 15% seat reserved under all-India quota in government colleges across the country. This, however, will benefit only the high-rank holders,” says a student who ranks below 20,000 in NEET 2017.

A Supreme Court order of June 7, 2012, states that the Directorate General of Health Services, ministry of health and family welfare, has to conduct online counselling for 15% seats under all-India quota for undergraduate MBBS and BDS programme.

Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Jammu & Kashmir have opted out of NEET.

In favour of domicile restrictions Dr Raj Bahadur, vice chancellor of Baba Farid University of Health Science, which conducts counselling for MBBS admission in Punjab, says “Every state has the right to protect the interests of its students.” Candidates clearing Class 12 from Punjab can apply for MBBS and BDS programmes in the state.

Many experts disagree.

“A state can impose domicile restriction for admission in government-run colleges but I don’t think the same applies for the private colleges,” says Gulshan Garg, chairman, Sankalp Charitable Trust. It was Sankalp’s petition last year which led to the Supreme Court ordering the implementation of NEET as a single examination for admission to MBBS and BDS programmes in the country.

“What’s the point of a one-nation-one-examination when each state frames its own admission guidelines?” he asks.

Students also complain that the criteria to define domicile varies from one state to another. Some states want Class 12 certificates while others ask from other documents such as birth certificate etc.

The order of the Tamil Nadu government reserving 85% of its MBBS and BDS seats for state board students was quashed recently by the Madras High Court. (According to - education)

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

StudyAbroad: Indian Engineering college’s move to hike fees by 250%

StudyAbroad: Students have opposed Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute’s (VJTI) decision to increase the fees for post-graduation courses by 150% to 250%.

The autonomous engineering institute’s board of governors recommended the fee hike, which has been approved. “All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) stopped funding our PG courses from 2008. All these years, we were hoping to receive some aid from the state or Centre, but to no avail. So we decided to increase the fees to keep these courses running,” said Dhiren Patel, director of the Institute.

VJTI is a University of Mumbai- affiliated college which was granted autonomy in 2004. It gets financial aid from the state for UG courses. Members of Nationalist Student Congress (NCS), the student wing of NCP, said the annual fees for MTech (aided section) may be increased from Rs. 23,665 to Rs. 83,734 — a hike of 253%. Those who have a sponsor may have to pay Rs. 93,734 from the current annual fees of Rs38,565. Similarly, the fees for pursuing PhD may rise from Rs. 26,092 to Rs. 83,954 for non-sponsored students and from Rs. 41,092 to Rs. 1,08,954 for sponsored students.

“Students are being victimized for a few crores. It seems that the government doesn’t want them to pursue higher education,” said Amol Matele, President, NSC.

Study Engineering in Germany  

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

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

Sunday, 16 July 2017

StudyAbroad: Why is Germany becoming the most preferred place to study

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

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

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

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

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

1.    Little to no tuition fees: 

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

2.    Availability of courses taught in English:

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

3.    Scholarship programs for engineering students:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why study Engineering in Germany  

The German federal foreign office grants students an 18-month extension of visa after studies for the purpose of seeking a job. Considering that most of the students would like to shift to the industry after studies, this extension gives us ample time to explore opportunities.
In terms of employment opportunities, especially in the field of IT and engineering, Indian students certainly have an edge over others with a majority of them holding engineering degrees. “This combined with Germany’s constant demand for engineers is a win-win for both Germany and Indian students.  

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Study Abroad: MBBS: About 50,000 students had applied for 3,080 seats this year.

Court has stayed release of list; officials confident of the State government winning case against NEET

The delay in the release of merit list for MBBS/BDS by the State government has only led to more confusion. Students who have cleared the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test remain uncertain about their prospects in the State.

The uncertainty is higher for students from other boards who have scored well in NEET and are hoping for a seat in the State government-run colleges through the All India Quota.

The last date to lock preferences under the All India Quota for seats under the 15% reservation ended on July 11. Counseling for these seats is expected to start from July 13.

It is in this situation that the court has stayed the declaration of merit list, which was expected on July 14.

The parents of a student, who had cleared NEET with over 300 marks, are still hoping that the State government would stick to its schedule and release the merit list.

Several options open

K. Bhagavathi, a CBSE student who has cleared NEET, said he had hoped to get into a government college. “I did not think the State Board students would get good scores in NEET.

“But there are many who have scored over 600 so I don’t stand a chance. Two of my friends who have scored better than me and have qualified under the unreserved category have other plans. One of them has applied for deemed university and another has taken a year off to prepare for NEET,” he said.

Several organizations continuing their protest against NEET has not helped matters.

A senior official of the State government, however, said the government would win the case against the imposition of NEET this year as Tamil Nadu had not followed in the footsteps of Gujarat, which had adopted the Central government recommended syllabus three months prior to NEET.

Counselling put off

The second phase of counseling for admission to undergraduate courses offered by the constituent and affiliated colleges of the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University has been postponed till the medical and engineering admissions are completed.

S. Mahimairaja, Dean, Agriculture, and Chairman - Admissions, said that after the first phase counseling, which ended on June 24, there were just three vacancies in the constituent colleges and 210 vacancies in the affiliated colleges. However, there were a lot of dropouts in the last two or three weeks.

“In order to avoid further dropouts, we are waiting for the medical counseling to get over,” he said.

As studying medicine in India gets tougher due to limited seats and high capitation fee, a number of medical aspirants check out the options abroad to become qualified doctors. Although taking the overseas route in the healthcare industry has been in prevalence for quite some time, over the past few years there has been an average increase of about 10-15 percent increase in the number of students going abroad for studying medicine.
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Monday, 10 July 2017

Study In Germany: Top Universities, Entry Requirements And Application Process

In recent years, Germany has emerged as one of the favored destinations for higher studies among Indian students heading for studies abroad. In the field of technology and engineering specialists, the number of students heading to Germany has grown exponentially. One of the reasons which make Germany more appealing to students is the low tuition cost. Most of the public universities in Germany are funded by the government and hence require zero to very less tuition fee for admission. In addition to the low tuition cost, Germany is also one of the European countries where the living cost for students is relatively low. 

While for admission to many programs, an International student might need proficiency in the German language, there are many universities which offer a variety of courses in the English language too. 

Admission Requirements

A student from outside Germany needs to have Hochschulzugangsberechtigung (HZB), which means 'higher education entrance qualification'. For undergraduate students, this can be a high-school diploma, school-leaving certificate or university entrance exam result. Indian students are eligible to apply for a Bachelor program in Germany if they fulfill any one of the following criteria:
The student should have completed the first year of a Bachelor degree program from a recognized university in India in a relevant subject. 
The student should have cleared the IIT JEE or JEE Advanced exam. 
The student should have passed in Feststellungsprüfung entrance examination after attending a preparatory Studienkolleg. This is a full-time course with about 32 hours of instruction per week and usually, takes up to two semesters to complete. The two components of the course are German language and subjects relevant to the study program you want to register for later. The minimum eligibility criteria for enrollment in a Studienkolleg are a valid school leaving certificate (12th) with relevant subject combination and proficiency in the German language (approx. B1 level based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). A student's subject knowledge and if applicable German language proficiency is tested in an entrance exam (Aufnahmeprüfung) by the course coordinators before enrollment in the foundation course.

How to Apply?

In order to apply, first, go through the DADA website for admission requirements and other important information for International students. The next step is to gather more information about the university where you wish to apply. Once you have all the required information and you are sure of your eligibility for the said university and course, you can send a request for the application form to the University and carry forward the rest of the process. 

The STEM subjects offered at TU9 universities:

RWTH Aachen University.
TU Berlin.
TU Braunschweig.
TU Darmstadt.
TU Dresden.
Leibniz Universität Hannover.
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
TU München.

Why study Engineering in Germany

The German federal foreign office grants students an 18-month extension of visa after studies for the purpose of seeking a job. Considering that most of the students would like to shift to the industry after studies, this extension gives us ample time to explore opportunities.
In terms of employment opportunities, especially in the field of IT andEngineeringg, Indian students certainly have an edge over others with a majority of them holding engineering degrees. “This combined with Germany’s constant demand for engineers is a win-win for both Germany and Indian students.

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