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.