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Updated on August 11, 2012

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:

Passport

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).

Resume

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.

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      Hey its a great help, have a look at it.

      All information gathered from my personal experience.

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      Kasi 4 years ago

      Hey this is really good and interesting topic. my daughter also wants to go for higher studies specially to UK.

      Can please provide me with some information regarding overall expenditure required to study in UK.

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      Suryakantam 4 years ago

      some information from my side: visa rules for UK are changed. So please check the new rules of it

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      Prabhavati 4 years ago

      For design students: Your portfolio is very important.

      It should be specific and very interesting.

      Mainly It should be able to depict your talent, skills and attract the regarding department.

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      Sarita Prasad 4 years ago

      Hey its regarding IELTS: what is the minimum score required in each module to get into a good university ?

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      Lakshmi 4 years ago

      hmm good one. generally how much is the VISA fees ?

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      Rao 4 years ago

      Which are the top universities in the world for a masters degree in mass communication ?

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      sravs11 4 years ago from India

      Really a good one

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      Lakshmi: Fees for UK student Visa is around 289 pounds which is equal to 25200 inr in Indian currency.

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      Overall expenditure depends on your choice of university and course.

      For post - graduation course fees range from 9000 pounds to 14,000 pounds or even more. Mba are very expensive compared to all other courses. Living expenses totally depends on the city you going to live. London is very costly compared to other cities

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      Thanks for posting this

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      Thanks. Really its very important that you concentrate on your portfolio because your application mainly depends on it.

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      There are four modules in IELTS and to get into good university and avail scholarships your minimum score should be somewhat like this:

      Reading: 6.5 to 7.5

      Writing: 6.5 to 7.5

      Speaking: 6.5 to 7.5

      Listening: 6.5 to 7.5

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      Lakshmi: Fees for UK student Visa is around 289 pounds which is equal to 25200 inr in Indian currency.

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      Syracuse University - Newyork

      University of Illinois - Urbana

      University of Georgia - Athens, Georgia

      University Southern California - Los Angeles

      University of Colorado - Boulder

      University of Missouri - Columbia

      University of Miami - Florida

      Boston college - MA

      Marquette University - Wisconsin

      Winthrop University - SC

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      Thanks for the reply

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      sravs11 4 years ago from India

      very interesting and clean way of putting your experience

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      Kasi101 4 years ago

      Thanks for your reply and keep on posting more about it as it is very needful specially for me

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      Chinna11 4 years ago

      Thanks for your reply but VIS fees keeps on varying right ?

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      Suryakantam 4 years ago

      Ok fine. But where can I check for this

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      saritaprasad 4 years ago

      Ok thanks for the reply.

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      raoperi 4 years ago

      Thanks a lot for your suggestions

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      yes visa fees keep on changing as the pound value changes

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      afreenwajahat 4 years ago

      hey sravanti.......great job haaan........!!

      nice way and easy method of explaining everythng in steps..!! really luvd it..!!! totally rocking......!sharing ur experience...right??

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      Thanks dear

      Yes dear totally my experience

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      sravs11 4 years ago from India

      Hey now a days people are getting very confused related to their higher studies. I mean to say

      Which course they should go for ?

      Which university they should choose depending on their course ?

      Main and unavoidable part of it is finance. Which mainly obstruct some talented people dreams to get flourished.

      But definitely I would like to say that: Where there is a will there is a way.

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      Chinna11 4 years ago

      Ok thats fine. This year pound value increased to 87.2 rupees

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      Kasi101 4 years ago

      yes pound value increased. Basically it keeps on changing sometimes it increase and sometimes decreases but value of education which you are going to get from there will never

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      Suryakantam 4 years ago

      Yes you are right Kasi

      but remember only if you choose a good university depending on your course .

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      Prabhavati 4 years ago

      Sravanti I think you should also include tips for making design portfolio in your hub or create a new hub somewhat related to this.

      Which will be very helpful for design students.

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      saritaprasad 4 years ago

      Can you please suggest some agency which help with the whole thing related to studying abroad ?

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      raoperi 4 years ago

      yaa you should include tips for making a design portfolio ... being an Architect it is not a difficult task for you as you must have gone with different situations where a very good portfolio matters a lot.

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      @ sravs11 Yes you are right -Where there is a will there is way.

      Am suffering a lot because of finance. I tried for many scholarships but not lucky enough to get one.

      Still my hope is there and am not killing my dream of studying in a world's top University instead trying hard to cross all the hurdles coming in my way.

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      You are right, to make portfolio's is each and every Architecture student's main and important job and this starts from the first year of their bachelor's degree.

      I will try to create a hub on it

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      yes of course, Study Overseas is a very good agency which provide free service related to this and their branches are spread all over India. So, it will not be difficult for you to find out one near to your place.

      Myself also approached to Study Overseas.

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      Thanks for your suggestions and definitely I will try to publish a hub on this.

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      absolutely correct that too if you work hard and concentrate properly on your studies.

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      yes and value of British education is very high.

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      yes it is true

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      trust11 4 years ago

      Great piece of information. Really its very useful

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      Thank you very much for your comment

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      Pooja 4 years ago

      Really good Sravanti. Its helpful

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      Thanks for your comment dear

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      saritaprasad 4 years ago

      Hey can you write about the loan procedure in detail. It will be quiet helpful because sometimes it takes 2 to 3 months for it to be sanctioned.

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      Kasi101 4 years ago

      Yes she is right.. you should post one. If you tell in brief what all documents to be produced and all. Generally bank people play with you by not telling anything in clear but definitely not all. There are lot banks in our country which are time efficient.

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      Suryakantam 4 years ago

      If all the documents are correct then it will not take much time but be sure to check what all you require. Start applying for loan 3 months in advance so that you don't get late for your visa which may also take much time.

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      Prabhavati 4 years ago

      One should be well prepared in advance to same your time and to travel to destined country for your studies with tension free

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      Chinna11 4 years ago

      Make sure to get some INR converted to the currency of the country you are going for your studies.

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      raoperi 4 years ago

      Loan sanction letter is to be printed on a letter head with signature, stamp and seal. Am saying this because even if you get the loan and the sanction letter is not accordingly then your visa will be rejected.

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      Yes you are right. Very important factor to be considered.

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      Will write on it

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      Yes you are right, that's why I was pretty careful while taking a loan sanction letter.

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      That is a good advice and everybody must do it. One agency which will help with this is Thomas Cook

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      absolutely correct, otherwise you will be messed up with lots of stuff at the end.

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      Yes but some banks really irritate you. I my case it was horrible. Always I was there in the bank like am working there. Every other day they will ask about some other document and some other form to be filled. Its an irritating job and because of this I got late for my VISA. Guys so please do this in advance.

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      Thanks for your suggestion and will post one.

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      Yaa will write about it

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      you are welcome

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      Welcome dear

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      In the website itself

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      Actually currency value changes making it increasing and decreasing in amount you are going to pay in your currency for the Visa.

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      Will definitely post more about it.

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      Faced all this, so sharing my experience.

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      thank you very much. Yes it is totally my experience. Still going on and just now I got my UK visa. :)

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      thanks

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      Sravanti Peri 4 years ago from India

      Thank you very much

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