Student Living Advice & Info
Thu, 23 Sep 2010 17:30:31 +0000
Best Study Abroad Destinations
Tue, 31 Aug 2010 17:50:44 +0000
With the course of time, numbers of Indian students in foreign universities have increased considerably. The prestigious Universities of UK, USA, New-Zealand, Australia attract number of international students globally. To study abroad these universities receive thousands of applications forms applying for different courses and programs in various streams. For example- Engineering, Medical, MBA, PhD and vocational courses receive a large number of students’ applicants.
The world class environment, advanced method of teaching, well qualified and experienced staffs summon students from all around the world. A large number of students travel abroad every year to find a degree which can secure their uncertain future. If you acquire a prestigious degree from abroad it could open the gateway of success for you. You could find multiple jobs waiting at your doorstep.
Today market is flooded with MNC and IT giants, these companies look for young graduates from prestigious universities to work with them. A degree from abroad defiantly brightens your prospects to get selected in these mega companies. Studying in abroad not only secures your future from uncertainties in career but also give you a lot of global exposure which builds up your confidence. It has become very accessible now to study abroad. Many countries have special departments which cater with the needs of budding students looking for higher studies in a foreign location. Besides this, candidates who are not able to afford the expenditure of foreign education are also given financial assistance by the government in the form of loan. You should also seek advice from overseas education consultants who can guide you about different universities admission procedure and courses and programs to apply for
This is true destinations like US, UK and Australia have always remained “numero-uno” for study. But today countries like France, New-Zealand, Russia have also captured a good place to study abroad. The common feature of most of the foreign universities is TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) examination. As the name suggests, this test is done in order to check candidate’s efficiency of speaking, reading and writing of English Language. To seek admission in foreign universities it is mandatory for every student to qualify good scores in this examination. The other entrance tests that you have pass through (depending on your courses and programs) are GRE (Graduate Record Examination) and G-MAT.
GRE is conducted for Graduate level programs in the universities of US, UK and other English speaking countries where as G-MAT is a computerized test in English and Mathematics which is essential for the Management studies in US, UK, New-Zealand.
To study in a foreign location also adds to your experience and teaches you a lot of useful things about the culture and heritage. Most of the prestigious Universities in abroad also provide its students financial aid and scholarships programs which are huge monetary support. This opportunity allows students to finish their education on time without any constant fear of money and uncertainties.
This is to advice you before studying abroad you should acquire all mandatory information regarding the University, country, culture and the people. It helps you to get acquainted with many unforeseen things in a new land at a shorter time and you confidence level remains high. Internet is a great tool to assist you with any fundamental information about university and place.
Free Tuition Universities For International Students – Found in Europe
Sun, 27 Dec 2009 17:50:45 +0000
Free tuition universities for international students had been so rampant in various parts of Europe especially the Western and Northern Europe. One of the case studies here is Sweden which is a well balanced country in terms of economy located in western Europe. Most universities in Sweden used to be free tuition universities.
In detail, The Swedish Government has been granting free education to international students since 2001. They have been in forefront of granting free education to international students then followed by others. Lots of people have gained so much from this – studying in the best European tuition free universities for free.
Not just restricted to tuition free universities but the European universities as a whole. Today, most people residing in Sweden are foreign students. One good thing about Sweden is that they allow foreign students to work. They didn’t ignore the fact that most people applying to study free in their country are not financially strong to finance their studies in other top ranking universities. Even to study in their home countries has not been easy to some of these foreign students.
A Nigerian student was once interviewed in Sweden and he concluded in saying that he was the luckiest person that’s enjoying free scholarship for international students in an economically balanced country. He studies in Malmo which is a tuition free school in Sweden and works in the same city as well.
Universities admissions in these free tuition schools have deadlines. The application deadlines differ from the deadlines of forwarding documents.
As Sweden stops granting free education to international students with effect from autumn semester 2011, other European countries still offer same free tuition to foreigners. These free tuition universities are under the control and influence of the Government. The Government can change their policy anytime and start charging tuition to international students just like that of Sweden.
Foreign Education Bill – An Education Revolution in India Or a Myth
Fri, 18 Dec 2009 17:50:49 +0000
The government has finally given its approval to the Foreign Educational Institutions Regulation of Entry and Operations, (Maintenance of Quality and Prevention of Commercialization) Bill 2010 (“Bill”). The bill seeks to regulate entry, operation and restriction of foreign universities in India. However shortly after the Union Cabinet cleared the long-pending draft bill that allows foreign education providers to set up campuses in India and offer degrees independently, most of the Indian opposition parties objected to the bill, slamming it as “commercially driven” and one that would breed inequity. As long as the opposition concerns over issues such as equivalence/parity of degrees, fee structures and equity in terms of access to all students remains, passage of the bill in the Parliament looks tough.
Though, the present FDI policy allows 100% foreign investment in the education sector including higher education, foreign universities are currently not allowed to directly offer degree courses in India. It is estimated that nearly 150 foreign institutes offer courses with Indian varsities under a twinning arrangement, i.e. a part of the course in India and remaining abroad but most of them do not have all required accreditation from the regulatory bodies. The existing arrangements are regulated by the All India Council for Technical Education Regulations for Entry and Operations of Foreign Universities in India Imparting Technical Education, 2005 (“Foreign Universities Regulations”), which is presently applicable only to technical and management institutes.
Some of the reported provisions forming part of the present bill approved by the Union Cabinet include:
? Different levels of registration process for getting registered with the University Grants Commission (“UGC”) or any like regulatory body. Subject to necessary approvals by the UGC, a foreign university could be registered as a ‘deemed university’ under the relevant provisions of University Grants Commission Act, 1956.
? A corpus fund of INR 50 Crore (US$ 10 Million Appox.) is required to be deposited by intending foreign university;
? Such foreign universities would be established as “not for profit” companies under Section 25 of the Companies Act and thus cannot take the profit back. Similar provisions are applicable to Indian private universities and deemed universities as profit making activities in education sector is frowned upon by the regulators;
? Foreign universities can however provide consultancy services, faculty development and other like activities and the profit generated from those projects can be repatriated back. Similar structures are being adopted by Indian private universities;
? a time bound process for granting approval to foreign educational institutions to set up campuses;
? scrutiny of proposals of aspiring institutions on the basis of their previous experience, faculty strength, reputation etc;
? Quota laws providing reservation for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes, may not be applicable to foreign universities setting up campuses in India.
It is indicated that various foreign institutes are already keen to set up campuses in India and these institutes are viewing the recent development with great interest. Thus, legislation of the bill would open a huge market for international educational institutions and collaborations with Indian universities.
The bill once finalized and enacted, is expected to bring huge foreign investment in Indian education sector and support the Indian Government in its commitment to increase public private participation in education sector and raise the college going ratio to 30 per cent by 2020 as compared to the present 12 per cent of all school-leavers entering college. It is also being claimed that this will put India as a “preferred destination for attaining education” on the global knowledge map as it will not only bring down the number of Indian students going out for higher education (estimated to be 1.6 lakh Indian students every year with an outflow of about 7.5 billion of foreign exchange per annum) but would also attract foreign students from south eastern countries.
Besides this, it is also expected to create new business opportunities for the Indian educational players and new and better salaried job opportunities for the teachers, administrative and technical staff.
While the bill is likely to benefit Indian students by increasing choices presently available to them and help in overall development of the education system in India especially the higher education system, there are still several questions left unanswered such as the lack of regulatory clarity and level of governmental inference, lack of independent regulator (non-government body), compliance with mandatory campus infrastructure and development requirements, flexibility in fee fixation, taxation, closure of universities, etc.
In the absence of the actual Bill being publicly available (it will be available once it is being presented in the Parliament) the above views are based on the earlier version of the Bill publicly available and recent public discussions on the bill.
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Scholarships in Russian Universities Proffer Apt Financial Assistance to Foreign Students
Mon, 09 Nov 2009 17:50:47 +0000