Studying Abroad FAQs

Studying Abroad FAQs. Here are the answers to your most frequently asked questions! Though there is no limit to the questions that students generally come across, some of the FAQs on Foreign Education, Visas and Immigration are answered here.

Why Foreign Education?

Foreign Education gives a definite edge to your career. It helps you assimilate the culture, knowledge, acumen, way of thinking and mannerism across cultures thereby broadening your mental horizon. Besides, the self-learning and practical components of the program help develop logical and analytical skills.

Which country to choose?
While choosing the country for further studies one must keep in mind the job market, economic condition and industrial setup of the concerned country, the prospects of the chosen program of study, and academic and financial viability of the student.

How to get authentic information on universities?
Before deciding upon a university, the student must thoroughly check the university’s website for the profile of the concerned university, course structure, costs, scholarship chances, practical training component, faculty, student services, admission requirements and procedure, and placement records for the particular course.

When is the best time to apply for admission?
Admission process for foreign universities takes time hence it is always advisable to start early. Admission procedure to US universities takes almost 16-18 months, UK 8-10 months, New Zealand and Australia 6-8 months, and 4-5 months for Singapore.

How to prepare for qualifying tests?
One must visit the official site of the concerned test that provides in depth information about the modules of the test, test resources, practice material and training tools.

How to apply for scholarships?
Limited Scholarships are available for International Students and are awarded on a highly competitive basis. The student needs to possess consistent bright academic records, must have participated actively in co curricular and community development activities and achieved high scores in qualifying tests. The student must check with the concerned department or the international admissions office and fill up the prescribed form for scholarships.

How much will a foreign degree cost?
The cost of program varies depending on the country and university or college.

Where can I find the rankings for universities?
Rankings of universities can be found on a number of websites like Princeton Review, Good Guides, Times Online, etc. However one must be careful to check the course specific ranking of a particular university or college.

What is the difference between state funded and private institutions?
State funded or Government funded institutions are owned, controlled, managed and funded by the ministry of education of the concerned country whereas private colleges are owned managed and funded by private agencies. Generally, private institutions are costlier than state funded colleges.

How do I find if the degree is recognized in India?
Most educational qualifications from well-established accredited universities abroad are recognized in India as well. University Grants Commission (UGC) also publishes a list of acceptable foreign degrees, which can be viewed online on the website of UGC. As regards law courses, the bar council of India also specifies foreign law degrees acknowledged in India.

What type of accommodation is available for students?
Most universities offer on campus accommodation, which comprises of halls of residence and rooms on twin sharing basis. The students can opt for the one, which suits his pocket. The student can also opt for off campus accommodation though certain programs require mandatory on campus residence especially at undergraduate level.

What are the job prospects after graduating from a foreign institution?
Most countries allow students to work for a year after completion of their study program. However, unlike Indian Education System, none of the foreign colleges or universities provide campus placements. The placements strictly depend on the merit of the candidate, his profile, and academic and professional skills.

What types of courses are offered abroad?
Most foreign universities offer a broad range of degree courses in varied fields viz science, engineering, business, law, arts at undergraduate, postgraduate and research levels. Besides they also offer vocational courses and diplomas.

I am an English medium student. Do I need to take English language proficiency test?
Yes, since English is not our first language, hence, despite being an English medium student you are required to take either IELTS conducted by British Council or TOEFL administered by Educational Testing Services (ETS).

Do all countries allow students to work part-time?
No. UK, Australia and New Zealand allow students to work 20 hours per week during term time and full time during vacations. On the contrary, Singapore government does not allow students to engage in part-time work. In USA, students are not allowed to work off campus for nine months and subsequently are required to seek permission from the university.

What documents are required for applying to foreign universities?
The student needs to send his academic certificates – 10th & 12th Marks sheets and pass certificates, graduation & post graduation marks sheets and degree certificates, work experience certificates, statement of purpose, reference letters and test score reports. Research programs require students to furnish research objective.

What is the procedure to obtain visa?
The process of applying for visa varies according to the country. However, generally speaking, the candidate needs to fill the appropriate visa forms, available online, attach all his academic certificates, offer letter from the institution, financial documents, experience certificates, and submit the same to the concerned consulate along with the visa fee.

What are the deciding factors for grant of visa?
The reviewing committee at the consulate takes into account a number factors while assessing a visa file like the institution the for which you hold the offer letter, your academic viability for the course, how would the course help achieve your future goals, prospects of the course in your home country and most importantly possession of sufficient funds to cater to the study and living costs.

Will I have to attend a personal interview for visa?
Not necessarily. While US consulate insists on a personal interview before grant of visa, for UK it depends on the consulate, which after reviewing the file may or may not call for an interview. Immigration New Zealand takes a telephonic interview while Australian High Commission and Immigration & Checkpoints Authority, Singapore do not take an interview until they need clarification on a particular point.

What is asked in the visa interview?
The interviewers at the consulate generally ask questions on your academic background, test scores, future plans, how you plan to finance your studies and your reason for choosing the particular course and university.

How much time does it take to get a visa?
The processing time for visa varies from consulate to consulate. It is advisable for students to apply for visa as soon as they receive their admission confirmation letter. Australian visa takes around 2-3 months, while for UK and USA it takes from a week to 10 days depending on the availability of interview slots.

What happens after completion of study program?
Most countries allow students to work full time for a year or two after completion of course. After which the student, if he wants to continue staying in the country, requires to follow the immigration rules of the concerned country.

What type of financial aid is available for International Students?
International students may apply for tuition waivers, which waive off entire or a part of the tuition fees, scholarship or fellowships, teaching or research assistantship where the student engages in paid work on campus. However, all of these are strictly granted on merit basis.

How much funds do I have to show for visa?
You need to show sufficient funds to cover your study and living costs and a little surplus.

What types of funds are acceptable for visa?
All liquid funds like bank deposits, bank loans, fixed deposits, PF, PPF, MIS, etc are acceptable for visa purpose.