STUDY ABROAD: UAE: Destination Of Choice For Education


Tertiary enrolment in the UAE continues to rise as a direct result of its population boom and growing status as a destination of choice for overseas students seeking quality international higher education. According to an industry study, the UAE will need around 42,000 additional seats by 2020 to accommodate the expected influx of learners from all over the world.

In the last decade, the UAE has transformed itself into Asia’s top education hub and one of the globe’s important destinations of learning. Dubai is home to a number of well-respected international universities and renowned higher academic institutions with best-in-class and diverse science, technology, and engineering courses, to name a few. Students from the region and around the world are coming to the country to enrol in globally recognized academic programs in these premier institutions.

Managing Director, Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) and Dubai Knowledge Park (DKP), said: “The competitiveness of UAE universities has excelled over the years due in part to the tremendous focus of the country’s wise leaders on high-quality education in line with UAE Vision 2021. The UAE provides young and mature learners alike with unprecedented access to top-notch courses being offered by esteemed international universities operating here.

“The diversity of Dubai students is clear proof of the country’s popularity among a wide range of local, regional and international learners. According to a research released by the Parthenon Group, the transnational student market in Dubai is, in fact, one of the fastest growing sectors, which has expanded at a rate of 15 percent and enjoyed a revenue worth $148 million (Dhs544.3 million) over the past years. We are confident that this growth will continue as international interest remains high.”

In terms of education, the Emirates is enjoying unrivalled advantages and a competitive edge. Many academic institutions here boast of quality education and diverse in-demand courses, in addition to well-trained faculty members and state-of-the-art, technology-centric learning methods and facilities. More importantly, the local education sector offers exciting and all-encompassing scholarship opportunities.

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Work Part Time While Studying Abroad

Here is the guide to different countries and their rules. Benefits that you can get when you decide to work part-time while studying in a different country, and also about the different ways in which you can find out a part-time job while you are studying.

There are many benefits of working part-time when you are studying abroad. In some of our earlier stories, we told you about the many benefits that you can get when you decide to work part-time while studying in a different country, and also about the different ways in which you can find out a part-time job while you are studying abroad.

Once you are sure about your academic schedule and have a good understanding of how much free time you can devote to your part-time work, it is time to find that perfect part-time job. But before you start looking, it is important that you are aware of the various rules and regulations of the country so that you are within the rules and do not unknowingly get in any legal trouble.

Keep in mind that different countries have different requirements and conditions when it comes to working part-time while you are not a citizen of the country. It is important that you also check the facts from your international student handler and also check on them beforehand with the person you are in connection with from that particular country. A good place to check on the various rules and regulations to working part-time when you are going to study in a different country is the embassy of the country where you plan to go for your studies.Country wise information on working part-time while studying.


Here is a list of the rules and regulations associated with some countries that are important if you are looking to work part-time while you are studying:

United Kingdom: You can work part-time in UK while you are studying. If you are studying in the UK on a Tier 4 student visa for more than 6 months, you can work between 10 and 20 hours a week while in your stay period. The same changes to 40 hours a week during your vacation period.

Germany: The following applies to you if you are NOT a language student. You can work for up to 120 days a year on a full-time basis while you are a student. If you want to work part-time, you can work for up to 240 days a year while you are a student.

France: In case you do have access to an institution that has Social Security, or if you have a residency card yourself, you can be allowed to work for up to 20 hours a week while you are studying there. Remember that 20 percent of your salary will go as taxes.

Ireland: You can work for up to 20 hours a week during your term time, and full time during your vacations, if you study for at least an entire academic year.

Australia: You can work for up to 40 hours every two weeks and on a full-time basis during your vacations.

Singapore: If you are fully enrolled and if your university is listed by the government, you can work for up to 16 hours a week. You also have to be enrolled in a full-time degree course.

New Zealand: There are a lot of rules and conditions that you will have to follow. You can get up to 20 hours of work a week during your term if you have a student visa. However, do check with the embassy as their rules are very strict.

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Top study abroad destinations for Indian students

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As students become more aware of the overseas education opportunities, the top countries to study abroad have also undergone changes over the period of time. A decade back, the list of top destinations to study abroad for Indian students had only countries like the UK, the USA, and Australia. But today, with the changing trend, the students are experimenting with new countries and courses to get a degree.

Here are the top countries to study abroad:

United Kingdom:

The UK has been an all-time favorite for Indian and international students making it one of the top destinations to study abroad. The country boasts of having the oldest and best universities in the world such as Oxford and Cambridge and offers a range of courses- right from various undergraduate degrees to one-year postgraduate degrees across domains like engineering and management. Around 5,00,000 international students are, currently, enrolled in universities in the UK of which over 25,000 are Indian students. One of the major factors that draw students to study in the UK is its wide range of scholarships which provide partial to full study waiver to students. Commonwealth, GREAT, Rhodes are just a few of the fee paying scholarships available to international students in the UK.

Top 5 courses to study in the UK:

No. Top courses No. of students
1 Business management 138,335
2 Engineering 59,015
3 Social Sciences 45,620
4 Physical and Life Sciences 42,505
5 Fine and Applied Arts 41,095

Top three sources of international students:

Country No. of students( 2013-14)
China 92,915
USA 26,975
India 21,000
Total students ( including all countries) 493,570


After the UK and the USA, the top destination to study for Indian students is Australia. The Australian education system has earned good reputation globally and a number of Australian Universities feature in the top 100 in global university rankings. The country has more than 12,000 higher educational institutions that offer vocational training courses, English Language Training to University courses like business, finance and sports management at undergraduate and graduate levels. What is Australia best known for is the group of 8 universities, which are research intensive universities along the lines of the famous Ivy leagues in the USA.

Top 5 courses to study in Australia:

No. Top courses No. of students
1 Business management 120,476
2 Engineering 26,845
3 Mathematics and Computer Sciences 21,271
4 Health Professions 19,380
5 Social Sciences 18,625

Top three sources of international students:

Country No. of students( 2014)
China 91,089
India 26,433
Malaysia 14,446
Total students ( including all countries) 269,752

New Zealand

Another major emerging study abroad destination, New Zealand has witnessed 400 per cent increase in the number of Indian students in its universities and institutes in the last five years. Around eight universities from New Zealand are listed in the top 500 universities in the world by QS making it one of the top destinations to study abroad. Some of its popular universities are the University of Auckland, Auckland Territorial University among others. In addition, the country is also home to 20 institutes of technology and polytechnics and many private training establishments(PTE), where students can hone their vocational skills. That said, New Zealand’s popularity among international students has only multiplied in the recent years. Currently, India is one of the largest sources of international students in New Zealand with over 20,000 students enrolled in the country.

Top 5 courses to study in New Zealand:

No. Top courses No. of students
1 Business management 23,637
2 Engineering 4,919
3 Social Sciences 14,629
4 Physical and Life Sciences 7,499
5 Maths and Computer Sciences 6,975

Top three sources of international students:

Country No. of students( 2014)
China 3,179
India 20,227
Korea 7910
Total students ( including all countries) 46,659


Another one fo the top countries to study abroad, Canada is an emerging study abroad destination as the country has witnessed a manifold increase in the number of international students in the recent years. The students flock to Canada for various courses such as Engineering, Business, Animation, Biotechnology, and Hospitality. In 2014 itself, nearly 30,000 Indian students were enrolled in universities across Canada which was a four-fold increase in the number of students traveling to the country to study. “This is primarily due to the advantages that Canada offers to international students in terms of quality education, cost advantages along with a safe and multicultural environment,” says Marie-Josee Charbonneau, Counsellor & Head, Advocacy Program, High Commission of Canada in India.

Top 5 courses to study in Canada:

No. Top courses
1 Business management
2 Computer Sciences
3 Life Sciences
4 Hotel Management
5 Liberal arts

Top three sources of international students:

Country No. of students( 2012-13)
China 87,329
India 37,399
France 17,693
Total students ( including all countries) 268,659


Germany is one of the top study abroad destinations in Europe. It provides quality education and with an increase of more than 70 percent Indian student population, the country proved to be a hotspot of higher education. Germany is touted as one of the top 5 destinations for international students by UNESCO. One reason why Germany is emerging as a favorite destination is that public universities in Germany charge low or no tuition fees, which automatically brings down the cost of studying in Germany. The country is most popular for its MS degrees. The best part is German degrees are internationally recognized, with many universities available in English. Over 9,000 Indian students are currently studying the country.

Top 5 courses to study in Germany:

No. Top courses No. of students
1 Engineering 71,352
2 Business management 52,168
3 Humanities 37,619
4 Maths and Computer Sciences 29,748
5 Fine and Applied Arts 24,412

Top three sources of international students:

Country No. of students( 2013-14)
Turkey 33,004
China 30,511
Russia 14,525
Total students ( including all countries) 301,350


With over 27,000 international students studying in its various universities, Ireland continues to steadily rise in the ranks among the top study destinations in the world. A network of research institutes with a focus on innovation is the major reason behind Ireland’s popularity among international students, including those from India. Around 1000 Indian students are enrolled in Irish universities making Indian students one of the top international student’s communities in Ireland. “The number of Indian students studying in Ireland has risen particularly in the last five years due to an increased awareness of Ireland, its culture, and the strong post-study employment opportunities,” says Barry O’Driscoll, Marketing Advisor, Education in Ireland.

Top courses to study in Ireland:

No. Top courses
1 Engineering
2 Computer Sciences
3 Data Science and Analytics
4 Physics
5 Information and Communication Technology


An unlikely contender among the top countries to study abroad, UAE still manages to attract a fair amount of international students, especially, from India. Needless to say, the country is most popular among Indians who want to explore work opportunities. However, in the past few years, UAE has witnessed a sudden spurt of Indian students willing to explore the education scenario of the country which offers many popular courses. Of course, it is Dubai which attracts the largest contingent of Indian as well international students. And why not? Dubai is not only known for some domestic highly ranked universities but is also home to branches of international universities like the University of Wollongong and Manchester Business School, among others. Currently, there are over 2000 Indian students studying in the UAE.

Top courses to study in UAE:

No. Top courses
1 Business management
2 Banking and finance
3 Engineering
4 Medicine


Known for its diverse population, Singapore is abuzz with hyperactivity and enjoys its reputation as the financial center of Southeast Asia.  A rapidly growing economy, the island country is home to a slew of institutions which includes its own highly ranked universities in addition to subsidiaries of international universities.  In terms of studies, it is most known for its management programs which attract a sizable portion of international students. The fact that the country happens to be a center for businesses with MNCs like Unilever, DHL, IBM or General Motors, is enough to generate a buzz among management aspirants, hence, making it one of the top destinations to study abroad. Given a large number of exchange students from Europe, the country is the perfect place to experience global education. The country has over 1,00,000 international students currently.

Top 5 courses to study in Singapore:

No. Top courses
1 Business management
2 Banking and finance
3 Engineering
4 Computer Sciences
5 Law


As the world’s largest country, it’s hardly surprising that Russia is home to so many universities — 950 of them, to be exact. What may come as a surprise? How many of its higher education institutions offer world-class, globally recognized educational opportunities. Russia now participates in the Bologna Process, and many of its premier universities are members of the European Universities Association. A whopping 22 Russian universities, meanwhile, earned spots on the QS World University Rankings 2016-2017.

Russia recently earned a plum spot on Bloomberg’s roundup of the world’s most innovative economies, but its innovative spirit is not limited to the financial sector. A Russian education uniquely fuses traditional academic rigors with a commitment to innovation in the form of competency-based education across a breadth and depth of areas of study. And while we’d be lying if we didn’t say that studying in Russia was demanding, a degree from a Russian institution is highly prized by the world’s employers — making it well worth the effort.

No. Top courses
1 Engineering
2 Law
3 Economics
4 Medicine
5 Information and Communication Technology

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Study abroad: When Is The Right Time To Plan Abroad Education?


The parents or students should ideally start planning about higher education from Class 9 onwards. Do a full research of the university/ course you are planning to pursue

While most state board examinations are over by now, students must be thinking about getting admissions in various colleges. However, keeping the high cut-offs in mind, students should think about their backup plans. Many must have given a thought to study abroad. However, Indian students often underestimate the amount of time it takes to apply to foreign universities, especially the United States. You can avoid common pitfalls and stress by having a plan in advance.

Students and families will need sufficient time to thoroughly research the institution and/or programme that will best serve your academic and professional goals. Then you must meet the application deadlines of the universities to which you apply, which may be up to 10-11 months before the beginning of the school year.

Remember schools with highly competitive admissions, the application process takes a significant amount of time and effort. You will need to write personal statements and request recommendations from teachers or others who know you well. Even if you are applying online via the common application, you will want to get started early.

University websites and other academic Internet sites may provide quick and convenient access to the required application forms, but you still need time to research your options, contact teachers and institutions to provide recommendations and transcripts, and sign up for required entrance exams in time to meet application deadlines.

Broadly speaking, we recommend the following based on what grade the student is.
Class 9: Time to get started. Get a general exposure to the college admissions process and what college admissions officers look for, goal-setting, assessment of strengths and interests, high school course selection, 10th-grade curricular planning, summer activity options, standardised testing.

Class 10: Halfway there. A deeper review of the college application process explores how colleges assess application components including grades, rigour, testing, activities, recommendation letters and essays. Begin an extracurricular resume. Check in on academic and extracurricular activities. Discuss summer activity options, 11th-grade curricular planning, standardised testing plans, college suggestions and the college research process. Also, review your family’s finances to determine affordability and potential scholarship opportunities.

Class 11: Almost there. Set academic and extracurricular goals for the year and create a standardised test strategy. Begin college research, visits and selection. Receive a personalised and balanced list of suggested schools created by a college counsellor. Discuss application strategy, pursue teacher recommendations, and keep tabs on academic and extracurricular performance and summer activities. Complete pre-essay writing self-assessment activities, begin college essays and select courses for the 12th grade.

Class 12: Homestretch. Finalise the individualised college selection list, review application deadlines and requirements, and develop a strategic plan and completion agenda. Continue standardised test strategy, finalise college applications, resume, essays and interview preparation. Finally — submit those applications.

While this article focuses primarily on the Undergraduate Admissions Process, if you are planning on doing an M.S or an M.B.A., it is advised to give yourself at least 18-24 months to prepare and apply for an M.S. program and 24-36 months for an M.B.A. program at a top global college.

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Here Are 7 Ways Studying Abroad Can Help You Become An Entrepreneur

There is no better time than today to launch your startup dream. The Indian startup ecosystem is bustling with energy and promise. However, before you jump onboard the startup enterprise, do you want to polish your skills, build a strong network and equip yourself with the framework to deal with the challenges of running a business? If entrepreneurship is your way forward, you will significantly benefit from an educational programme in an international school.

Why consider overseas education before launching your startup company. Here are seven fascinating reasons why you must go for Study Abroad if you are looking to become a successful businessperson.

You may be technically savvy, but are you business savvy?

Have you thought of how you will grow beyond your geography?

As marketplaces have converged, geographical boundaries have diffused. Today, the entrepreneur is not limited to the local markets, but they can spread far and wide, using real-time technologies and marketing systems. A professional course on Business Management or Entrepreneurship will take care of the gaps in your education.

Also, while studying abroad, you get to interact with a diverse set of people from far-flung corners of the world. You can tap into this network through relationship building during your study period. Engage with the student alumni, share your experiences and knowledge on a larger exchange platform and gain a wealth of connections to network your way into broader markets.

Entrepreneurship needs strong leadership and team skills. Are you prepared?

One of the biggest challenges for an entrepreneur is managing a team. While your company is small, you can run a one-individual show for a while. However, as business imperatives grow, you will need to hire more talent. Most entrepreneurs who lack a basic understanding of workplace dynamics find themselves on the back foot. With a sound entrepreneurship course abroad, you can build on leadership and team building skills.

What’s more, you will also get hands-on experience of managing teams while studying abroad. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to lead or co-work in a team. Also, working with a team of international students, who add their own personal and cultural dynamics to the team, is an enriching and evergreen education. You understand the importance of communication, interpersonal relationship, and talent leveraging.

Can’t see the woods for the trees? You need to develop a global overview

Business leaders need to move with the agility of a leopard and the predatory instincts of a shark. An entrepreneur is always exploring new avenues for business. As business dynamics change, market preferences evolve, and competitors get more aggressive, the entrepreneur also has to accommodate the change. To stay on top of the game, you have to constantly think beyond the immediate problems at hand.

If you consider a foreign education in business or entrepreneurship, you will develop a global perspective while studying abroad. Instead of thinking horizontally or laterally, you will learn to approach a problem through multiple dimensions. A well thought out decision can save you time and money, which are crucial assets for every startup. If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you will gain tremendously with an international education.

Learn entrepreneurship specific skills on a multi-cultural platform

For every budding entrepreneur, this insight from a foreign education abroad can be a very valuable resource, especially when you have to make decisions that are beyond the curriculum. A foreign educational programme takes care of this need. You are automatically guaranteed a multi-cultural learning platform as soon as you sign up for an international course.

Pick nuggets of wisdom from mentors and successful founders of the world

Not only will you get to learn from the best educators of the world, you can also attend workshops, seminars, and guest lectures from celebrity business leaders, founders, and CEOs of top companies when studying abroad. Interacting with the best brains of the world will broaden your thinking, and give you a holistic understanding of the entrepreneurial journey.

What’s Plan-B, if entrepreneurship does not work?

Studying abroad, whether business management or entrepreneurship, equips you with many hard and soft skills which will help develop you into a strong leader. However, let me leave you with a caveat — if your project is time-sensitive and a one or two-year gap will dilute the value of your brand positioning, there is no better time than right now! Business trends wait for nobody, and you will be hard-pressed to find the right opportunity again. A business education does create better entrepreneurs, but it cannot recreate a lost opportunity.

Source: IndiaToday

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StudyAbroad: More Students Keen To Do MBA Abroad

studyabroad,aliffoverseas.jpgAmid 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.

Also Read: Why Indian students prefer MBA abroad?

Also Read: Australia sees 15% increase in number of international students

Also Read: Trinity rises in World Rankings

Coventry University ranked 12th in UK in Guardian guide for 2018

New Zealand sees university rankings strengthened

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.

Also Read: Top study abroad destinations for Indian students

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A recent Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) survey states that nearly three of five prospective business school students (59%) intend to apply for programs 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%).

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UAE: Destination of choice for education

“Since November 2016, a growing share of international candidates say the

y 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.

The survey reveals that MBA remains the final sign-off or the predominant program considered by candidates with both prior business master’s degrees (61%) and non-business master’s degrees (86%).

Also Read: Canada has become a destination of choice for international graduate students

Europe is the place to be in

“These findings demonstrate that a business master’s degree is not necessarily the end of graduates’ business education,” said the president, and CEO of GMAC. “For many, their business master’s degree is a stepping stone to continued professional development that may include an MBA down the road, in either a full-time or part-time format.”

The two most important financial aspects that candidates evaluate when deciding where to apply are total tuition costs and scholarship availability. “Compared with 2009, candidates, on average, expect to cover a greater share of the cost of their education with grants, fellowships, and scholarships and a smaller share with parental support, loans, and employer assistance,” the survey says.

Also Read: European scholarships: Indian students among greatest beneficiaries

Ireland announces 24-month “stay back option” for abroad postgraduates

Abroad Visa: Canada skilled worker visas made easier to obtain

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Applying for scholarships to study abroad? Quick Guide


scholarship_applicationGetting a degree from a foreign educational institution can open up lucrative global career opportunities for deserving Indian students by giving them the kind of holistic education that is hard to access in India. However, the financial burden of studying abroad is prohibitive, especially if one opts for leading universities in developed countries. The high costs associated with day-to-day expenses and the tuition fees make scholarships the best way to afford such an education for many Indian students. But finding the right scholarship to suit your specific needs can often be a difficult and intimidating task.



Scholarships or financial aid can be received either from the university you’re applying to or from a foundation that has such funding programs. In many cases, such opportunities aren’t as well advertised as they should be. Finding out which scholarship and which institution is the best match for you, given your interests, achievements, and academic record requires you to research for them in detail. This can help you in finding the right scholarship for a quality overseas education that you deeply desire.


After reviewing all the potential opportunities, you should filter through them based on your interests. Try to select across a spectrum of choices: one should be aspirational, a great scholarship to the best university in the world, that you know might be difficult to get; one should be a safe bet. This ensures that at the end of this process, you haven’t either settled for too little or aimed for too much with nothing to bank upon.


There are few (if any) instances where there is a separate examination or interview for a scholarship. Most students have to follow the basic application protocol, and the scholarships are generally handed out on the basis of previous academic credentials and essays. Even in instances where there are specific scholarship interviews — usually when a public or private foundation is providing generic aid for students looking to study a specific course or in a specific country — the interviewers are looking to evaluate the same aspects of a candidate as in generic admission interviews. Make sure you brush up on your subject knowledge and prepare to answer questions that test your confidence, that ask why it should be you and not someone else getting the scholarship, and what your future aims and goals in life are. Base your answers to these questions on the background information about the scholarship, which will likely inform you as to what the foundation or institution is looking for in terms of ideal candidates.


If you are applying for a number of different scholarships or grants, as well as applying for the study abroad program itself, it can be difficult to keep track of all the different deadlines and application requirements. This may seem obvious, but make a calendar specific to your study abroad scholarship applications, with each deadline clearly marked. Staying organized is crucial when applying for more than one scholarship (or even just one!).


With the continued growth in the number of Indian students looking for foreign education, many institutions have come up to help students write out their applications. With their expertise, knowledge, and experience, these institutions often provide the insights and information that can mean the difference between being rejected and getting the scholarship. There is no reason to let ego play a role — these experts have helped write more applications and understand the systems far better than you do. Look around to find the right institution for you, given your background and interests, as well as where you’re planning to apply. These experts can help you strategically plan your application and can provide coaching for interviews that can help boost your confidence.

Applying for education abroad is often perceived as the sole privilege of the rich in India, who can afford the expense of foreign education.

However, with a large number of scholarships and with Indian students being seen as a great resource, many foreign universities are making it much easier for Indian students to gain access to their courses through scholarships.

Don’t let this opportunity go by — at the very least, consider the wonders of being educated abroad, along with all the opportunities it will bring to experience a new culture and a new perspective on education.

Source: India Today

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