Study abroad: When is the right time to plan foreign education?

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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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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.

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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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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: 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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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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“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%).

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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.

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

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

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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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STUDY ABROAD: UAE: Destination of choice for education

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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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