Study abroad has a beneficial impact on employability

Employee-Engagement.jpgIIE today announced a new study that demonstrates links between international educational experience and the critical skills needed for employment in today’s workforce. The study shows that studying abroad for longer periods of time has a high impact on subsequent job offers and career advancement as well as the development of foreign language and communication skills.

Gaining an Employment Edge: The Impact of Study Abroad on 21st Century Skills & Career Prospects, released at the IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad in Washington, DC found that studying abroad has an overall positive impact on the development of a wide range of job skills, expands career possibilities, and has a long-term impact on career progression and promotion.

The study was based on a survey of more than 4,500 individuals who participated in short-term mobility since the 1999-2000 academic year. Among the participants, 30 individuals were selected for more in-depth interviews, which also contributed to the report.

More than half of survey respondents believe that study abroad helped them get a job, and longer-term study abroad experiences had a higher impact on subsequent job offers.
For those who were unsure whether study abroad helped them in employment, they still believed that study abroad was useful to their careers, particularly as they were promoted to management-level positions where communication, interpersonal skills, and the ability to understand and work with the difference were key criteria for promotion.

IIE identified 15 soft and hard skills rated as most desired by 21st-century employers. The top five skills, with more than 70% of respondents saying their study abroad experience contributed to a significant degree of improvement, were intercultural skills, curiosity, flexibility/adaptability, confidence, and self-awareness.

In addition, more than 50% noted significant gains in interpersonal and problem-solving skills. To a lesser degree, teamwork, leadership and work ethic were skills that were also reportedly improved through study abroad.

STEM graduates gained significant soft skills outside of their subject during study abroad, and it had a positive effect on their career. Among science majors that went on a program outside of the sciences, 47% reported their study abroad contributed to a job offer, whereas among those who went on a science-focused experience, only 28% reported it did so.


StudyAbroad: STEM students may have better alternative than Trump’s USA

where-to-study-abroad-800x500_cIndian science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students planning an overseas higher education are losing sleep over reports that US President Donald Trump may roll back the extension of optional practical training (OPT). During the OPT period, students can work on a student visa. Currently, in America, about 1.6 lakh STEM students are allowed to stay on for up to three years, after they graduate, to work or look for jobs.

When the period was extended for STEM graduates from one year to up to three, during former President Barack Obama’s administration, it became a bigger attraction; students often banked on it to gain experience and in the hope that US companies would sponsor them on the H-1B work visa thereafter.

Studies followed by OPT followed by H-1B followed by green card is the route taken by many international students, especially from India, to the promised land. Thousands of kilometers away, however, one country, Ireland, has slightly different plans from those of Trump. Recently Ireland announced a decision to double the “stay back option” for master’s and Ph.D. students from 12 months to 24. “By increasing the window, we are moving in the opposite direction to other overseas education destinations.

There are many attractive job opportunities in Ireland, and the Irish government is the view that many bright Indian students will now find a compelling option to gain post study work experience and join the diverse workforce in Ireland in sectors such as software, biopharma, engineering, ICT and finance,” Rory Power, director, India & South Asia of Enterprise Ireland, an economic development agency, told ET Magazine.

In 2015, over 2,000 Indian students went to Ireland for higher education; the figure would have gone up by at least 10 percent in 2016. Declan Coogan, an international student recruitment manager at Trinity College Dublin, felt that the announcement of the two-year stay back graduate visa will reinforce Ireland in the minds of Indian students as a welcome destination for world-class education and research along with career opportunities.

But clearly, it’s the US that has the maximum appeal. “The STEM OPT extension in the US is especially appealing to Indian students in master’s programs in engineering and computer science. Data from the Student Exchange & Visitor Program indicates that in 2016, 83 per cent of Indian students were enrolled in STEM programs,” says, a US-based provider of career services to international students.

Better Alternatives

That may result in advantage Ireland — now the only English-speaking education destination in the European Union — even as non-English speaking destinations are emerging as alternatives.

“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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The German parliament has also implemented an EU Blue Card and an unlimited work and residence permit to grant foreign graduates of German universities unrestricted access to the job market. India ranks second in countries of origin of international students enrolled in Germany. Some 83 per cent of Indian students going to Germany opt for STEM programs and, in 2015-16, around 14,000 students were enrolled.

Likewise, Indian students who graduate from French business and engineering schools can extend their stay in the country for up to two years in order to acquire work experience. Every year, 4,000 Indian students go for higher studies in France, a number that the French government hopes will increase to 10,000 by 2020.

Procedures for Indian students wishing to study in France have been simplified. Furthermore, Indian alumni who hold a degree at the master’s or higher level from a French higher education institution are being granted tourist or business visas with a five-year validity period. Finally, the talent passport, a newly created long-term residence permit (four years), is designed for highly skilled foreigners (researchers, scientists, artists) wishing to settle in France,” says Anne-Laure. first counselor at the French embassy in India.

Australia too has emerged as an attractive destination. Current regulations allow all graduating students (bachelor’s and master’s), who have studied for a minimum of two years in Australia, to get what is referred to as a post-study work (PSW) visa for two years irrespective of the specialization. Research students are able to get a PSW for up to four years. Many Indian students in Australia opt for studies followed by PSW followed by work permit and then permanent residency (PR).

“Some students are able to apply and get the PR directly after the PSW without the need for the work permit. The minimum salary required for the work permit is A$54,000. Besides, Australia has just introduced additional points for permanent residency for STEM graduates in a bid to attract talent,” says Ravi Lochan Singh, MD of an educational consultancy firm.

Canada, which is the other huge draw for Indian students, offers a post-graduation work permit for up to three years. Postgraduate work experience in Canada may potentially make Indian students eligible for permanent resident status. In 2016, over 40,000 study permits, or student visas, were issued to Indian students.


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StudyAbroad: STEM courses in Germany: Scholarships, job opportunities; all you need to know

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StudyAbroad: While US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand have been ranked among the top five destinations for international students, Germany is quickly picking up the pace with a 14 percent increase in its number of international students.

The number of international students in Germany has jumped from 2,82,201 to 3,21,569 in two years since 2013.

In the past decade, India has witnessed a rise in a number of students aspiring to fulfil their higher education in overseas study destinations. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) courses have gained popularity all over the world and among Indian students studying abroad.

Lucrative job opportunities play a big role in this attraction. 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.

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1. Universities:
This European nation is home to 396 recognised education institutions of which there are 181 universities and 215 specialised universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulen). Some institute like IUBH. In the current CHE Ranking 2016, the IUBH achieved outstanding results and positioned itself in the field of business administration as Germany’s best private university of applied sciences with the most rankings in the top group.

Germany offers 15000 Bachelor, Master and PhD degree programs. Germany is among the most desired destinations to study abroad for Indian students is Germany, a European nation with over 330 state universities and 100 percent free tuition.

Currently, there are 13,740 Indian students studying in Germany.

2. Fees:
Public higher education in Germany is free and inexpensive for both native and international students. Some tuition-free universities in Germany

3. Languages:
The courses at these universities are taught in German and English although most universities offer master’s degree programs in English exclusively for international students, especially in the fields of engineering technology.

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4. Scholarships:
Engineering students from India take the benefit of numerous scholarships including Bilateral Exchange of Academics, DLR-DAAD Research Fellowship Programme and Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowships.

5. Jobs:
As a country that is primarily focused and driven by its manufacturing capabilities, Germany offers lots of job opportunities for engineers. It actively invests in advanced research and applied technology and 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 per 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 “Agentur für Arbeit” (Federal Employment Agency).

The German federal foreign office grants students an 18-month extension of visa after studies for the purpose of seeking a job.

Who has been living in Germany for over three years and is now doing post-masters molecular life science and working as a technical assistant in the medical technology company in Schwerin, North Germany. The visa extension did influence her decision to opt for Germany.

The German parliament has also implemented an EU Blue Card and an unlimited work and residence permit to grant foreign graduates of German universities unrestricted access to the job market. India ranks second in countries of origin of international students enrolled in Germany. Some 83 per cent of Indian students going to Germany opt for STEM programmes and, in 2015-16, around 14,000 students were enrolled.

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StudyAbroad:MBBS:Compulsory Rural Service only for Government quota medical students


The Karnataka Health Department has decided to crack the whip on specifically on government quota students for mandatory service in rural areas after having been unable to push medical students at large to work in the less developed regions of the country. This decision comes in the face of the department struggling to fill 1400 posts in the village health centers.

Soon, the mandatory rural service rule will be only for those who have secured seats under the government quota. The state cabinet has approved the proposal to amend the Karnataka Compulsory Service Training by Candidates Completed Medical Courses Act, 2012, during the ongoing legislature session. Earlier, this service rule was applicable for all medical graduates including the management and NRI quota candidates. Later students obtained a court stay on it.

Principal Secretary, Health, and Family Welfare said the amended rule would not act as a hindrance in doctor recruitments in rural areas. “The vacancies are high in the specialist’s category. It will be a problem of plenty if all MBBS graduates are made to take up rural service. That is why we are amending the rule so that there will be a regular flow of doctors as government-quota students cannot forgo rural service,” she said.

An absence of a conducive atmosphere that includes assault by patients’ relatives and harassment by followers of local politicians has created a sense of fear among doctors,” said a senior official of the Karnataka Government Medical Officers’ Association. It is reported that doctors are willing to work on lower pay scales in smaller urban hospitals rather than taluk hospitals or primary health centers. Poor infrastructural facilities in rural areas and specialists having to function as medical officers are primary reasons that keep doctors away said the official. The Health Department in a special employment drive will recruit 3,274 paramedics, 736 nurses with Diplomas, 245 Nurses with B.Sc. Nursing qualification and 1,659 junior health assistants report in The Hindu News.

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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StudyAbroad: European scholarships: Indian students among greatest beneficiaries

Among 1,345 students awarded the European Union-funded Erasmus Mundus scholarships (The Erasmus program, the premier scheme for students throughout the EU who wish to study abroad, comes with a series of possible scholarships that are designed to aid the students in getting the placement they want. Students are split into categories for consideration as scholarship candidates.), Indians with 63 scholarships were the second largest beneficiaries after Brazil

studyabroadaliffoverseasSelected for 63 scholarships from among nearly 24,000 applicants, Indian students are the second largest beneficiaries, after Brazil, of the European Union-funded Erasmus Mundus Programme.
They will be studying for joint masters degrees in Europe and will have all costs of study covered for about two years. About 1,345 students from all over the world have been awarded the scholarships in 2017.

Erasmus Mundus started as a mobility scheme for higher education in 1987 with just 3,200 students in the first year. It now benefits 300,000 students per year.

An EU report released recently said the 2017 awardees were selected from nearly 24,000 applicants. EU students and others from five countries that have signed up and pay to take part in the Erasmus program will get 25% of the scholarship. The remaining 75% will go to students in partner countries. Scholars from over 120 countries will benefit from the EU-funded scholarships.

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Brazil leads the sending countries with 79 scholarships, followed by India (63), Iran (59), Bangladesh (58) and Mexico (49). The US, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Philippines, and Ukraine also figure prominently in the list.

Currently, there are 100 Erasmus Mundus joint masters degree programs on offer, involving 513 institutions. Each program is offered by a consortium of at least three higher education institutions.

The program provides opportunities for study periods and traineeships or apprenticeships for both higher education and vocational education and training, youth exchanges, volunteering and staff exchanges in all fields of education, training, youth, and sport.

studyabroad1,345 students from all over the world have been awarded the scholarships in 2017 (EC-DG EAC, European Commission)
Around 5,000 Indian students from all parts of India have been recipients of the Erasmus Mundus Masters scholarships between 2004 and 2016, making India the single largest beneficiary of the program.

About 40 new Masters programs will be added to the Erasmus Mundus program this summer. Existing offers include a wide range of subjects, including astrophysics, economics, nanotechnology, and business.

The application period for the next selection round will run from October 2017 to January 2018.

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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 enroll 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 unrivaled 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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Factors to keep in mind while applying for study abroad


Universities abroad seek holistically developed individuals, so you’re going to need a lot more than just good test scores and recommendations. You will need to start building your profile from a young age by pursuing your strengths and interests.

study abroad programs are becoming increasingly attractive as more and more college students seek meaningful ways to spend college breaks or explore a true diversity of cultures. As a result, not only has a great international program become more expensive but also a lot more competitive to get accepted into.

First and foremost step–Talk to parents, teachers, current students abroad as well as alumni to evaluate if you would be interested in studying abroad. Contact an education consultant who is looking into study abroad applications to understand what’s best for you, how you should plan your timeline of standardized tests and applications to colleges abroad. Remember to study hard for your standardized tests (SAT, SAT Subject Tests, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS among others) and register well in advance. Plan your test dates well so you have time to retake if required.

It is important to build your student profile with project work, summer internships, extra-curricular activities and volunteer work. If you know the industry you’re looking to get into, network with people in this industry to understand job trends and skill set required to enter the industry as it well helps you in selecting programs and schools for applications.

Shortlist universities with your education consultant and carefully evaluate the available options criteria such as offered programs, rankings, location, campus life, eligibility, scholarship and financial aid opportunities.

Some destinations like the US and the UK are well known to international students but the picture is changing and new study abroad destinations are making headway.

While researching for a college, it is imperative that you do not make rankings your foremost criterion. You need to get started early and make the official college website your Bible. Spend time in figuring out how the information you have garnered from websites/ brochures becomes significant to your academic goals and personal growth.

Keep these 5 things in mind

Know why the country/university is in news
In times of geopolitical changes like today, it is also essential to keep an eye on the study abroad destination and review its economic state, political events such as elections, university budget cuts and hiring trends across the industry. It is very important to have a good clarity around why you want to study abroad.

Money matters
Once you have made up your mind on studying abroad or giving a shot at the opportunity, it is always good to have an idea on how much are you willing to spend on education. Over last 10-15 years, the cost of education in many countries has increased. However, the budget should not be the only criteria dictating where to apply.

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Students’ Scholarship
Many universities have a number of tools such as aid, in-state tuition, and loans to help academically strong students. Also, some offer scholarships to support bright minds. Look at a number of factors when you decide on your study program, study location, and country choice.

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Make a list
The next important thing is to create a shortlist of colleges based on your interests, profile, grades, test scores etc. A good counselor should be able to guide and help you in the shortlist process, as there are thousands of colleges and options, and not all colleges and programs are equal. Key is to get a good list of aspirational colleges, good colleges where you have a healthy chance and a few backup colleges. You will also have to see which colleges match your study program and may even offer your financial aid. College location, reputation, environment, and placement play an important role.

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Plan it early
You need to make sure you start early preparing for your study abroad process and work hard towards achieving a good outcome. Many students do not pay enough attention to the process or give their best shot. Education is an important stepping-stone for your future career so it is always good to start early and take it seriously. This is the only way you can achieve good outcomes.

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