Study Abroad Career
The Guide for Students [Indian Citizens ] Planning to Study Abroad :
Get Access to Scholarships for Colleges across USA, Australia, Europe and Canada Are you from India and Interested in Studying Abroad in the US, Europe, Australia or Canada The Application Process for International Students starts a year prior to their first semester. There are three typical Admission seasons across the world - Fall,
Spring and Summer. Among them, Fall is the most popular time for International Students as majority of the Universities open their Applications around that time only. Usually, Applications open by the end of August for most Universities in the USA, UK, Canada, Australia and Singapore. While Applications generally close by February end or June, International Students, especially those vying for scholarships, are advised to Apply by the end of November or in the first week of December.
International Students can start Applying from September itself. But the actual
Process of researching for Universities and putting the Application package in
place should start, at least, 12–15 months prior to the start of the session.
The Admission teams of top Universities across the globe have very strict
selection Procedures that ensure only best Students are Admitted to their
Programmes. As such, International Students vying for places in these Universities
have to build an attractive Application package reflecting their achievements and
reasons for pursuing the Programme.
Academic transcripts: Academic transcripts include all qualifications to be listed
in the Application form. If you are going for a postgraduate Programme, you have
to submit your Academic mark sheets up to your previous degree, which in most
cases would be Bachelors.
Statement of Purpose (SOP): The Statement of Purpose is required by most
Universities for Admission to undergraduate as well as Masters Programmes. The
SOP details the candidate’s reasons behind Applying for the Programme and also
his goals in life. The University or department usually sets the word limit to the
SOP, though usually it is around 500 words.
LOR (Letter of Recommendation): The LOR is an assessment of your potential
by a third person, maybe a professor or an employer. Most Universities require at
least two to three recommendation or reference letters.
Resume: Some Universities require you to submit a resume along with the
Application. It contains Applicant's information like date of birth, Academic
qualifications and achievements.
Most International Students planning to Study Abroad are required to take
standardised tests. In fact, queries related to examinations form one of the top 10 Questions of Study Abroad aspirants. Here are some of the common tests:
IELTS: IELTS is an English proficiency test taken by International Students from
non-native English speaking countries. It is conducted by the British Council, IDP
Australia and Cambridge English. Most UK and European Universities ask for
IELTS scores. It is measured on a band score of 0–9.
TOEFL: Like IELTS, TOEFL, too, is an English proficiency test taken by
International Students from non-native English speaking countries. Most US and
Canadian Universities ask for TOEFL scores. It is conducted by Educational
Testing Service (ETS),
GRE: While Universities across the globe accept GRE scores, it is generally
required by the US and Canadian Universities for Admission to their Masters
Programmes. Some Australian, Singapore and German Universities also accept
GRE scores, especially for STEM (Science, Techonology, Engineering and
1. Costs: The costs associated with Studying Abroad far exceed the expenses
incurred in India. Apart from the expensive tuition fees, your child will need to pay
for accommodation, food, transportation and medical insurance. Exchange rates
also play a big role in determining how much you will be spending (a sizeable
sum of Rs 70,000 in India amounts to only $1,000 in the USA!). So, even if your
child receives a scholarship, Studying Abroad can be an expensive proposition.
2. Money management: Your child should have a local bank account while He /
she’s Studying Abroad to make the transfer of money convenient. To open an
account, He / she will need her passport, address proof and the proof that she is
a Student residing in the country. If possible, sign up with a bank that’s a part of
the Global ATM Alliance. Customers of these banks do not have to pay an
additional International ATM access fee while using ATMs of other banks. Call
your chosen bank to ask for facilities they provide to International Students.
3. Accommodation: Several accommodation options are available in most foreign
countries. So, choose the one which is affordable and suits your child’s needs.
Homestays are one option where your child would be hosted by a family. Usually,
he would be provided with a separate room and offered food. Your child will have
to pay for rent and utilities. If he chooses to eat there, he will need to pay for food
too. Apartments are a slightly more expensive option but afford more privacy.
However, the costs can be cut if your child can find someone to share the
apartment with. The cheapest option is to stay in a Student dormitory. Taking Care
of your child's accommodation needs before he leaves home is a must, as some
countries require proof that your child has a place to stay before allotting the visa.
A good way to find out about accommodation is to reach out to Students who
have Studied or are Studying in the country/city your child is traveling to.
4. Visa: A number of issues could turn up while Applying for a visa. So, make sure
that your child’s documents are all in order before Applying for the visa. Every
country has its own rules related to visa. However, the general requirements for
getting a visa include a valid passport, passport-sized photographs, receipt of
visa Application fee paid, proof of accommodation and a completely filled-in visa
Application form. Confirm well in advance the documents your child needs to take
to the visa Interview. A word of caution here — watch out for fraudsters who may
offer to obtain visas for your child in exchange for money. Apply for visa only
through credible, official sources.
5. Insurance: The cost of medical treatment Abroad is considerably higher. So,
get a medical/travel insurance for your child. This will ensure that your child does
not end up paying from his pocket for his medical expenses. Check with your
insurance company to see if your policy deals with these aspects. If not, most
colleges and Universities offer Student health insurance Programmes or Student
insurance plans. You can also opt for individual insurance through one of the
many reputed agencies. The policy should cover the following elements:
Medical emergencies: For emergency medical assistance
Emergency cancellation waiver: For cancellation of prepaid fees or
Twenty-four-hour assistance: A helpline to assist in difficult situations
Sports cover: Insurance against sports injuries
Personal possessions: Insurance for lost or stolen personal items
6. Language: English is the most widely spoken language in the world. However,
in some countries, the medium of instruction is their native language. If your child
is going to Study in one such country, he would need to learn the local language.
However, even if it’s not compulsory, knowledge of the local language will
definitely help your child get around. Check with the University to see if they offer
courses to help Students familiarise themselves with the local language or make
sure your child learns it before he leaves.
STEP - 1
Start with being sure! I have heard of many recently who are not sure of going
Abroad even after Applying for Admissions there. Be fully sure of going there and
getting comfortable with the type of syllabus and way of Study and the culture.
Many get a cultural shock.
STEP - 2
Once you’re sure, Do your research well. Many a times, Students are flown away
by the fad of going to a foreign place to Study. Check whether you find a suitable
course there. Get to know about them, the topics covered and how they benefit
STEP - 3
Post this, get yourself acquainted with some good overseas education
consultants for guiding you from point ABC to XYZ. They will take you through
everything from your insurance, travel, stay requirements, your visa details to
your course structure, Admission and Applying Process. You might even consult
them for Career related info.
STEP - 4
Last comes the physical factors, the miscellaneous part. Starting from your stay,
flight bookings, Internal travel, coordination with the University to settling
comfortably there and starting off with that lifestyle.
For scholarships, most Universities offer financial assistance to International
Students, either through scholarships or tuition waivers. These can be either
need-based i.e., based on the Applicant’s financial needs or merit-based i.e., on
the basis of the Applicant’s Academic merit. While some Universities demand
separate Application for scholarships, others may consider scholarship (usually
tuition fee waiver) at the time of Application. International Students vying for
scholarship have to do so by the first week of December as most of the
scholarships close by the month-end.
Studying in a foreign University in a developed country has long been seen as a
gateway to a better standard of living. This is either through the increased
knowledge obtained or through the increased job opportunities that result from
the knowledge. Universities in Europe, US, Australia and Canada expose all their
Students to people from different corners of the globe. Students do learn to work
with people from different cultural backgrounds as well as learn skills that will
make them more employable globally. Of course, it is important that they work
hard once they get there and make the right decisions; but they definitely have
the opportunity to a better life.
However, people from India looking to Study Abroad have several obstacles that
they need to overcome. The biggest burden is the financial one. People from
upper middle class and rich families can afford the fees needed for the high grade
of education. However, everyone else must scramble. There is the opportunity for
graduate research and graduate teaching assistanships. But those who are not
able to get these assistanships must rely on loans taken at very high Interest rate
in Indian banks. Given the cost of foreign education and salaries in India, it is
almost impossible to pay off the loan with an Indian salary. So, there is huge
pressure to get a job in the country of schooling. This can be difficult as most
jobs cater towards those with local citizenship.
Universities don’t ONLY look at your GRE or GMAT scores when making
Admission decisions; instead they look at a variety of different attributes when
evaluating you. They take a holistic Approach that extends beyond your test
scores to your Internships or work experience, personal traits, extra-curricular
activities and Academic Interests.
In a holistic Admission Process, for example, an Applicant with no relevant
research papers but strong and relevant Internships can be rejected. A Student
with an average GRE score who submits an articulate statement of purpose may
be Admitted over a Student with who has a high standardized test scores and
undergraduate GPA but unclear on his long and short term Career goals. There
are no grade cut-offs – instead a college is looking for the right fit.
This is the reason that numerous college websites either submit a range for the
standardized test scores or don’t publish them at all. Admissions counselors are also looking at a Student’s work experience, Interests, passion, talents and evaluating how they will contribute to the campus community when deciding whom to Admit.
So remember, there is no ONE thing you can do to guarantee Admission.
Instead, pursue your passion both inside and outside your work place or college, and maximize the opportunities and resources available to you.
What's included in this Chapter:
List of scholarships for US Universities
List of scholarships for UK and European Universities
List of scholarships for Australian Universities
List of scholarships for Canadian Universities
How to effectively submit an Application for a scholarship (Bonus)
If this sounds like what you want, then this book is for you.
Happy Landings ..........
Capt Shekhar Gupta
AirCrews Aviation Pvt Ltd
Start-Ups List :
Download our Apps :
#How much does it cost to be a pilot?
#Which country is best for pilot training?
#Which pilot training academy is the best for pilot training in
#Bangladesh for a low cost?
#How do I get a commercial pilot license along with pilot
training in India or abroad?
#Which country is relatively cheaper to get pilot training and
List of Top Link Blogs :