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.

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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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Factors to keep in mind while applying for study abroad

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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.

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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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STUDY ABROAD: Why Indian students prefer MBA abroad?

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The pursuit to grab a seat in an IIM is immense, with lakhs of students preparing for CAT, MAT, and GMAT. In 2015, 1,79,602 students appeared for the CAT exam, and surprisingly the number of students registering and appearing for the exam is on a constant decline. According to a recent survey 81% Indian students preferred an MBA from abroad, and the same survey was conducted in 2016, according to which 76% of Indian students were more inclined to MBA abroad.

So what is that attracts Indian students for an MBA abroad?
More than 70% students are attracted by the reputation of the universities and their rankings on the global scale, 68% find the prospect of a possible career in the international country attractive.

The inclination towards the foreign MBA is also because of the lack of quality education in India. Out of 3.5 lakh Indian MBA graduates, only 10% of those graduates were employable, according to Economic Times. So, roughly 35,000 graduates are employable who find a decent managerial job, other 90% find half decent jobs and begin their career again.

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According to AICTE, 3,54,421 students enrolled in 3,364 institutions in 2015; Three Thousand Three Hundred and Sixty Four institutions, imagine that, and how many can you name? Maybe 20. So these 3,364 institutions cater for the need for these 3.5 lakhs, but not all are good or even half good.

Problems with Indian MBA institutions
The problem many of these institutions have is an outdated curriculum with little regard to the industry demand, and that is where the foreign MBA institutions excel. The curriculum is designed to meet the industry standards, demands, and requirements. For instance, if your go for an MBA in Australia at the Curtin University, is ranked in the top two percent of universities worldwide in QS ranking. The CGSB (Curtin Graduate School of Business) has been at the national forefront of management education since 1993 and is a dominant Australian player in the international MBA marketplace.

The other problem is the lack of industry exposure of students as well as lecturers. Many graduates join MBA right after graduation, where good foreign universities prefer students with industry experience, not many universities in India prefer that. Studying among individuals with industry experience enhances a student’s overall learning experience.

Thirdly, an MBA in India isn’t exactly cheap. Except for few Government funded institutions, MBA in India is expensive. Fees for a management program in NMIMS in 13.50 lakh, MDI Gurgaon 17.15 lakh, SP Jain 27 lakh approximately. And that’s not cheap.

These reasons push good Indian students to pursue an MBA abroad, and it is one of the most preferred courses among Indian students.

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France to Attract 10,000 Indian Students By 2020

India flag with France flag, 3D renderingFrench Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault recently visited Bangalore that time they announced a plan to attract 10,000 Indian students to French institutions by 2020, more than doubling the current population of Indian students. In the press, French Foreign Minister said,“In 2016, 4,000 Indian students went to France.  This is 50 times more than that of 20 years ago.  But it’s still insufficient in terms of the quality of the relationship between the two countries.”
Why the push?France wants to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries.  According to the French president and Indian prime minister, both agree that higher education and student exchange programs would continue to strengthen the partnerships between the two countries.  Annual trade between France and India reaches around $8.6 billion.

On the trip, French Foreign Minister also announced the Bangalore chapter of the France Alumni, an online, multilingual digital network to connect international students who have studied at French institutions.

The hope?  To encourage Indian students who have studied in France to work together. French Foreign Minister acknowledged that international student mobility is at its highest level.  He said, “4 million students studied in foreign countries in 2012.  Around the world, international student mobility has become a major issue.  This mobility is a guarantee of freedom.”  He predicted that international student mobility could reach 8 million by 2020—and he wants France and India to continue to have mutually respectful relationships, especially when it comes to higher education.

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UK government increasing emphasis on transnational education

In the recent conference, the UK minister reinforced the government’s support for an expansion of British TNE programs.

This aligns with the stated intention of a majority of UK institutions to further expand programming abroad.

At the same time, a recent survey of prospective student finds strong interest in UK branch campuses in Europe among both EU and non-EU students.

In the recent year when a British Council/UK HE International Unit report noted 13% growth in British TNE enrolment between 2013/14 and 2014/15. Moreover, a survey of UK higher education institutions at the time found that 4 in 5  planned to further expand their TNE provision over the next three years.

The latest figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) indicate a further increase in 2015/16 with 673,000 foreign students studying toward a British higher education qualifications in TNE programs during the year.

At the recent International Higher Education Forum in London, Under-Secretary of State at the Department of International Trade (DIT), placed a further emphasis on programming abroad.

The government’s stated intention to trigger Article 50 on 29 March, which will mark the beginning of the process of the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Minister said, “Britain may be a small country, but our universities stand tall in the world, Many countries with a large school-leaver population are without sufficient higher education in the country to meet demand. This presents a huge export opportunity for our top-class educational institutions…and we look to fill this demand.”

The Minister noted as well that DIT has recently appointed a new higher education specialist to better support British institutions in expanding their programs abroad.

International Student Survey 2017 point to a strong interest in British branch campuses among prospective students abroad.

Interestingly, the survey focused exclusively on international students who were already considering studying in the UK. It gathered nearly 1,000 responses from prospective students, EU and non-EU alike, over a 24-hour period in March 2017. Among the key findings:

3 in 4 EU students (76%) said that they would be “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to study in a branch campus of a UK university in an EU country other than their own.

58% of EU students said that “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to study in a branch campus of a UK university in their home country;
however, 36% said that they would not be likely to study at a branch campus in their home country, preferring instead to pursue an international experience.

7 in 10 non-EU students (69%) said that they would be “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to study in a branch campus of a UK university in an EU country.

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State Bank of India launches overseas education loan

State Bank of India has launched ‘SBI Global Ed-Vantage’, an overseas education loan for students who wish to pursue higher education abroad. 

SBI Scholar Loan scheme has been specifically tailored for those who get admission to a select list of 100+ top institutions in India covering management, engineering, medicine, law etc. 

Its key features include a collateral free loan at a low interest rate. The recent years have seen a steady increase in enquiries for financing studies at foreign Universities. Students seeking global exposure are trying for prestigious Universities like Stanford, Harvard, MIT and INSEAD etc. But the cost of education being on the higher side, they often find it difficult to pursue their studies for want of adequate finance.

The SBI Global Ed-Vantage aims to help those who are pursuing full time regular courses in foreign colleges/ universities. It will cover courses from regular full time graduate/post-graduate/doctorate courses in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medicine and management in institutions of the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Europe, Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong. The loan amount is upwards of Rs 20 Lakh to Rs 1.5 crore at up to 80% of cost of course is eligible for financing with a 0.5% concession for girl students

Student will be provided with up to six months post completion of the course to begin repaying the loan via EMIs.

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