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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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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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.

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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.

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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

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Why UK Higher Education Is Attractive To International Students

International students play a fundamental role in the character of higher education in the UK. With 436,585 international students studying in UK universities in 2014-15, the UK is the second most popular destination in the world for international students. They contribute to a rich learning environment, and universities take a strong international student experience very seriously. This pays off, as international students themselves enjoy the opportunity to learn with and from people with a wide variety of perspectives.

studyabroad,aliffoverseasIt is excellent to see that outstanding satisfaction rates from international students acknowledge the universities’ efforts. At all levels of study and in all aspects (arrival, living, support and learning), international students’ satisfaction rates are extremely high: 89% for postgraduate taught students, 90% for postgraduate research students and 91% for undergraduate students.

Even more heart-warming for me was the realization that international students also actively recommend UK higher education more than other English-speaking destinations – Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

Their responses to our research using i-graduate’s International Student Barometer (ISB) clearly indicated the top decision-making factors are institutional reputation, the specific course of study and the quality of research.

There are a number of reasons why this continent such a popularly preferred destination for education. One reason is the freedom of movement between 26 countries of the European Union if the non-EU student has a Schengen visa. With the exception of UK and Ireland who have opted out of the EU, students can travel anywhere and there is a minimum hindrance in currency exchange as 19 countries have adopted the Euro. The ability of freedom of travel without restrictive visa conditions or long queues is most liberating.

Studying in Europe also brings the advantage of exposure to multiple old-world cultures and languages of each country. Students gain an insight of the distinctive development of Europe set against a background of history with all the religious, political and ideological variables that have impacted the region and the world.

One fantastic aspect of the higher education system is the introduction of the ECTS – European Credit System — which brought together the stakeholders and ensured the recognition of degrees at all levels. This includes bachelors, masters and research levels between EU countries and their institutions.

Most European universities teach programs enabling students the option to be in another country during their course at all levels including research. These options include study abroad year or semester and at times even a few weeks, research collaborations, and also for internships.

Europe recognizes the need of skills shortages for the future and hence has a policy through its institutions to attract the best talent. Many public funded universities offer programs at extremely low fees while some even offer courses for free. Scholarships are available but students generally need to cover their living costs of approximately Euros 10,000 (Rs 8 lakhs) per annum. Private universities in many of the European countries are substantially lower than those in UK and USA and offer a very competitive high standard of education.

A large number of the European countries allow students to work during the course of their study programs; some are more generous than others. Netherlands offer 10 hours per week whereas most of the others are 15-20 per week, whereas this is unrestricted in Sweden, but all are subject to seeking permissions. Most allow full time during the holidays.

There are a large number of countries that welcome students to join their workforce in the key skill shortage areas. These being in the areas of Engineering, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Cybersecurity among others. Many countries offer students the opportunity to work for a period of 1 and 2 years after their course completion, including Holland, France, and Germany. Switzerland and Belgium on the other hand do not. Hence it is important to verify these facts before finalizing your decision.

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.

Countries preferred by parents who want their children to study abroad

Every year, millions of students around the globe leave home to study abroad and many are financially assisted by their parents. A recent survey of 8,481 parents across 15 countries reveals which countries parents would like to send their child for studies abroad, and the amounts that parents spend on education across the world.





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.

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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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