The choice of country depends on the budget as well as personal interest of the student. Mostly all countries now are offering a very wide range of courses. A student must first of all choose which country offers him the best choice of course as well as provides him/her employment opportunities. Example: Taking the financial aspect into consideration the courses in UK are only for 1 year and that cuts down the cost of studies substantially when compared to USA / Australia. Pyramid Overseas Education Consultants and Immigration helps you make this analysis and then zero-in on a country that suits you best.
All the countries have university rankings; but this may not be the only distinguishing feature for a university. A university that suits the student best would be the one that: » Is accredited by the local Accreditation Council » Offers the course that a student is looking for » Accepts students qualifications for the interested course » Is situated in a location that student is interested in Once these 4 points are checked with, the student can then look into the financial part.
Generally, in most universities and colleges in UK and USA, there are two intakes, mainly in September and Jan/Feb; while in Germany the intakes are in April and October. It is advisable to procure admission 3 months prior to the intake month. This ensures a smooth process and a comfortable and timely preparation. That apart if the admission date is delayed, the seats in the university might get full and you may have to let-go of a golden opportunity and then compromise with either university selection or tuition fees or quality of education. To avoid all this we advice you to make your choices and decisions well in time.
It takes approx. 4-6 weeks to process a file. The breakdown is as under: » Selecting a university and preparation for application » Receiving Offer letter from University » Documentation for Visa File » Visa Interview Preparation » Interview Date » Receiving Visa » Flight Booking
UK: IELTS or TOEFL USA: IELTS or TOEFL and GRE or GMAT or SAT Germany: IELTS or TOEFL and GMAT or GRE Although, IELTS & TOEFL examination is not necessary for all universities, but it is definitely an important supportive document for your application form. Proficiency in English Language is a must in order to study in any country, as the medium of instruction is English. It is important that you as a student are able to understand instructional English in order to do well in your studies. IELTS / TOEFL exams are therefore accepted proofs of proficiency in English.
Yes! A student can apply while the results for the above are awaited. In this case a Conditional offer letter is given to the student. The results can be submitted later on.
No! Students have to give either IELTS or TOEFL depending on the requirement of the country of your choice.
Expenditure on studies abroad can be divided into 2 parts: » Tuition Fees » Living Expenditure Tuition fees of most universities are again different based on the Course, College Ranking and duration of Study.
Yes! Legally as per the Student Visa norms a student can work 15-20 hours per week. A student can also engage in a full time job during Vacation period (40-45 HPW) Jobs can be on / off campus in UK but only on campus jobs are allowed in USA. But a student CANNOT: » Engage in any business, self- employment or provide services as a sports person or as an entertainer. » Pursue a career by filling a permanent full time vacancy.
It is mandatory for a student to have an account in a bank in any foreign land. This is because you shall be making all regular payments in and out of this account. Some banks have special schemes for students; these can be checked out once you reach the destination country. In order to increase your chances of a favorable visa decision, there are several things you can do, such as : » Start the process as early as possible in advance of your departure date. » Assemble all the documentation that can help make your case. » Make sure you are well prepared if you are required to attend an interview.
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