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Higher education abroad ( mainly for Indians)
Why many Indian students opt for their higher education abroad?
There are many reasons behind this -
1, Not even a single Indian university is in the list of the world’s top 100 universities.
2, Better job prospects all over the world.
3, Kind of student life over there.
4, Good Scholarships and easy in getting admissions if your application is impressive.
5, You can support your studies by doing part time jobs.
Steps to be taken:
1, Decide which subject you want to go for. For example if you are a Bachelor of Architecture then options will be MA in Urban Regeneration & Development, MA in Landscape Architecture, MA in Green Architecture, MA in town planning etc.
2, Browse list of the top 100 universities in the world and check for your preferred courses available with those universities.
3, Check whether your selected university is good and famous for your course or not.
4, Check eligibility criteria for those universities, which English language test they accepts and accordingly appear for those exams.
5, List of those English language tests
IELTS: This is mainly accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian, Irish, New Zealand and South African academic institutions, over 3000 academic institutions in the United States, and various professional organizations.
Test Pattern- It mainly consists of 4 modules: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Test report form is issued to all the candidates with a score from 1(no knowledge) to 9(Expert User).
Minimum score required by you to get into a good college is 7. Some universities also accept 6 and 6.5.
TOEFL: Required by almost all the universities in the United States. The test is scored out of 300, and one has to get minimum 200 to be considered by a good university.
GRE: Required for students who want to go to the United States for Higher studies.
The test is scored out of 1600.
Apart from this there are many other tests also: SAT, TSE etc.
6, Documents to be ready before applying to the university:
Academic Transcripts - Provisional Certificate and Consolidated Marks Memo.
3 reference letter stating your achievements, character etc. (Which may be from your faculty or employer? It’s better to have 2 from your faculty members and one from employer).
SOP: Statement of purpose - It is one of the very important document which really helps the university to judge your candidacy. One should be very careful in writing this. Don't ever take anybody's help in writing this. It should all be in your own language as you may be asked regarding it.
What is this SOP all about? It is the statement which talks about your purpose of studying a particular degree from a particular university.
It should include - Purpose of Study, Academic Background and extra co-curricular activities, experience, why particular country, reason for choosing their university and conclusion.
Portfolio: If you are applying for any design related courses like Architecture and Fine Arts.
Your test score card depending on your choice of the university and country.
If available certificates related to your academic excellence, leadership qualities, sports etc.
7, Once everything is ready submit the application along with the above mentioned documents to the university.
8, Wait for the mail from the university, regularly check your mails from them and act accordingly.
9, Every university has their own student portals where you can join. These portals give access to the university, here you can track your application, accept or decline your offer, ask questions, pay your fees etc.
10, In the mean while check for different scholarships offered by the universities and others also.
List of some of the scholarships: Inlakh Sivasadini, Common wealth scholarships, Jubilee scholarships, Agha khan scholarships, Rhodes scholarships, Chevening scholarships etc.
11, Start applying for the scholarships from November itself if you are trying for September intake depending on the submission date of a particular scholarship. Some can be applied before getting an offer letter from the university and some after getting an offer letter from the university.
12, Alternatively check for different banks giving education loans for higher studies abroad and their interest rates.
Generally for loan amount of more than 7.5 lakhs interest will be around 12% to 15%, for girls there will be 5 % to 1% concession depending on the bank. Security has to be shown; property has to be mortgaged etc...
Ideally, a loan from a bank located close to place of study should be taken unless it concerns overseas studies. This facilitates easier access to funds. For courses where employment prospects are less (as per the bank's own evaluation), loans are sanctioned on the basis of the parents' income.
13, If you have your own savings that's really great.
14, Now once you have your offer letter in hand apply for CAS a unique identifier number provided by the university. This number confirms that UKBA has given the university permission to sponsor your Tier 4 application and to get it you have to pay the registration fees to the university. Very few of the universities provide you CAS without having to pay anything that too for a particular program.
Certificate of Eligibility Form if you are going to United States.
15, Arrange finance by above mentioned ways and apply for VISA.
16, Minimum amount of 10 lakhs is required for higher studies for abroad. Total amount should include your course fees, living expenses, air fare and VISA fees.
For example if you are going to the UK: Course fees will be around 12.300 pounds and living expenses depends.
But to get VISA you should show 7200 pounds for 9 months which is 800 pounds per month as your living expenses.
17, Documents required for VISA: Passport, Offer Letter, for UK CAS and Certificate of Eligibility form for US, Academic transcripts, Proof of the financial support etc...
18, Apply for VISA 1 month before as VISA processing takes minimum 15 days.
19, Once you get your VISA book your tickets, do some shopping get ready to fly and experience a different life at university.
20, There will be many orientation programs conducted by the university for international students to get settled in new place and adapt to a new lifestyle.
21, Once you get there you will be having ample opportunities to earn money to support your studies. If you want you can opt for different part time jobs and for this you can get assistance from the university also.
22, You can try different graduate level intern-ships also and once you graduate from there your profile will be enhanced and opportunities will be increased whether in that place or India.