Frequently Asked Questions
Qus. When is the right time for submitting an application to the Universities?
Ans. Every foreign Country/University/College has their intakes during a year. Some have two intakes while others may have three or only one or a rolling intake during the academic year. Majority Institutions in a particular country follow the same intake. Hence, you should initiate steps for admission process at least one year in advance for the respective intake. In some cases, you could begin these steps 3-4 months in advance as well.
Qus. What are the entry requirements to be accepted into a course?
Ans. Every University has it's set of eligibility criteria which mostly includes minimum academic requirements, English language and entrance test requirements, relevant work experience etc.Your education counsellor can help you identify relevant programs as per your profile
Qus. What if one does not have the minimum entry qualifications?
Ans. For Undergraduate Studies If the student does not have formal qualifications, he/she can undertake a Foundation course, which normally lasts one academic year.
Qus. Student has below average grades in high school or college. Will he/she get admission?
Ans. Yes, one can get admissions even if he/she has below average grades in academics. There are several good Universities abroad and they understand that students sometimes lose focus and do not concentrate on their studies. They also understand the Indian education. These Universities will be ready to give one a second chance.
Qus. Can one work while studying overseas?
Ans. It depends on the length and type of program you will be attending. Your eligibility to work will be shown on the immigration stamp in your passport. Most international students are allowed to work for 20 hours per week during term days and full time during holidays.
Qus. What are Sandwich and Foundation programs?
Ans. Sandwich programs are made-up of a combination of periods of study and time spent working in Industry. The course duration extends to 4-years instead of the usual 3-years, for all bachelors courses and upto 3 years for masters courses (country specific).
Qus. What are financial aid packages?
Ans. A University offers a financial aid package, which consists of scholarships/grant and an on-campus employment program for the student. Hence this package helps students to pay a significant amount of their total expenses while studying overseas.
Qus. How can one apply for financial aid?
Ans. Your education counsellor coordinates with the Universities, to send the financial aid form, which you should finish and submit before the financial aid deadline date mentioned in the application package of the respective University. The students aiming at financial aids must start application in time to meet scholarship/grants deadlines.
Qus. Is it tough to get Visas?
Ans. Student visas are obtained given proper documentation. Most of the applicants from India who provide a confirmed offer from a University/College abroad and evidence of financial support for tuition fees and living costs with clean legal and immigration record are issued visas.
Qus. How much money do I need to show at the time of applying for Visa?
Ans. There is no upper-limit to an amount of funds that you should show for your Visa Interview. However, you should show a little more than is necessary to cover your tuition and expenses abroad.This changes from country to country.
Qus. What question will they ask me in the Visa interview?
Ans. There is absolutely no need to be nervous about the 'Student Visa Interview.' The people at the counter are friendly and will not harass you. However, you should be thoroughly prepared for the questions. Your counsellor will help you prepare for the same.
Qus. Is Studying Abroad a good decision?
Ans. If you are inclined to it, you should definitely do it, because it opens you up to new world of opportunities, new people, and also lets you experience other cultures. Studying abroad also makes it easy for you to travel internationally without much problems from immigration in future.
Qus. I am below 18 can I still Study Abroad?
Ans. Yes you can. If you are below 18 your parent or guardian will have to write a letter indicating that they are aware you are going abroad for studies, and are the ones funding your studies.
Qus. Why should I Study Abroad?
Ans. There are so many great reasons to go abroad and it comes with numerous benefits. The most important reason to study abroad is the access to a world class education that comes with the first-world nations, popularly called western countries. Tthe curriculum is highly sophisticated and research oriented constantly evolving and practically applicable. You will also return home as a global citizen who is more independent, mature, and tolerant of cultural differences.
Qus. What benefits do I have access to as an International Student?
Ans. As an international student in another country, you can enjoy subsidised/free medical care, scholarships for international students, rent good houses at affordable prices, open a bank account, work in your free time, travel extensively and even own a vehicle if you want.
Qus. What factors should I consider when choosing a country for studies?
Ans. The factors to consider before studying in a country are:financial outlay, possibility of international students working there, cost of living, availability of good accomodation for students, how safe the place is, post study stay options and settlement options etc.
Qus. What Are The Challenges Of Studying Abroad?
Ans. A new environment will bring new challenges. Some of these are:
Qus. Is it Safe To Study Abroad?
Ans. Studying abroad can be quite safe for international students, as long as they adhere to the prescribed safety measures. Before you apply for studies in a country, you can also check the crime rate.
Qus. What's The Eligibility For Studying Abroad?
Ans. Eligibility requirements varies from one institution to another. Typically, students must be at least >55% marks holder. The minimum cumulative GPA usually varies between 2.50 to 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, while more competitive programs have a higher GPA requirement. Other qualifications may include a personal statement or letter of recommendation. Consult your university or program provider for specifics, and plan accordingly so you can meet all of the requirements by the time you want to study abroad.
Qus. What Are The Documents Needed To Study Abroad?
SSCE Results (Certificate and Statement of Results)
Graduation Certificate /Transcript of Results (For Post Graduates)
Other Academic Transcripts
Valid Means of Identification
Reference Letter (Personal and Academic)
Personal Copy of your Essays (Differs from Schools)
SAT/ACT, GRE/GMAT or TOEFL/IELTs (Differs from Schools) and etc.
Qus. Should I be able to speak the language of the country?
Ans. Language proficiency is not compulsory for many countries. However, you need to make efforts to understand the basic words of that country if it’s not an English-speaking nation. N countries like Germany, German basic(A level) is the least requirement.
Qus. Should I have IELTS Or TOEFL before studying abroad?
Ans. While having an IELTS or TOEFL result is a necessity for Studying Abroad in various countries, most countries can waive these requirements if you studied in a country where you were solely taught in English language, or previously completed a study in a major English speaking country like Canada, UK, or USA. Check with the college’s admission requirements to be sure.
Qus. What if I havenot received my IELTS Or TOEFL yet, can I still apply?
Ans. Yes, you can. If you have all your other documents and meet all the requirements, the college may give you a conditional offer letter and once you submit the IELTS or TOEFL you can receive an unconditional offer letter.
Qus. What Should I Consider While Choosing A University To Study In?
Ans. While choosing a university, try to find out if the university is international students-friendly, is located at a good area, has housing for students within their vicinity, offers scholarship opportunities, has courses with prominent career opportunities, has work placement programs, offers social activities, library resources, career opportunities etc.
Qus. Where can I find the admission requirements for the course I want to study?
Ans. On the college website, visit their courses or programs section, once you see their list of courses, click on the course you want, there you want will find the admission requirements.
Qus. Do I need to pay an application fee?
Ans. In some colleges, application for a course is free and for others, a small amount is charged for your application to be processed.
Qus. What Is a Conditional Offer Letter?
Ans. A conditional offer letter is the letter a university sends to you when you have been accepted to study at their college, but you still need to submit some documents. This can be for you to submit your English language test or international passport if it was missing in your initial application. In some cases, the letter might state that you need to take extra English classes, a foundational program or a postgraduate certificate program before you can be accepted into your program of choice.
Qus. What should I do after I gain admission?
Ans. Once you have been accepted to study at a university, you should pay your college fees and then start processing your visa for you to be able to travel abroad.