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FAQ - Study in USA

1. Who is eligible to apply to an American college or university?

High school graduates are eligible to apply for undergraduate study. This means either a two-year Associate of Arts degree (AA), or a four-year Bachelor of Arts (BA)/ Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. Those students who already have an undergraduate degree from a reputable Turkish university are eligible to apply for a graduate degree. This means either an academic program, such as Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS) or doctorate (PhD), or a professional program, such as Master of Business Administration (MBA), law degree (LLM/JD), or medical degree (MD). US universities also offer a variety of non-degree programs, including certificate programs and intensive English courses.

2. I’m confused, why are you talking about college? I have already finished high school in my country.

In the US, the terms “college” and “university” both refer to schools that offer an undergraduate education. Universities are usually larger and can contain multiple “colleges” within them. A four-year college not attached to a university may not offer graduate (MS, MA, PhD) degrees.

3. Do I need to speak English well before I go? Do I need to take an English proficiency test?

Yes on both counts. All courses of study cited in the answer to the question above, except for the intensive English course, require a strong command of written and spoken English. Your listening and reading comprehension must be excellent. The coursework will be challenging enough for you do not need without the extra burden of struggling with English. Competitive American colleges and universities require a high score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exams. Furthermore, most colleges and universities require students applying for undergraduate study to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the ACT. There are similar tests for those applying to graduate school. The most common tests international  students take are the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). If a US college or university is worried that your TOEFL score is too low, it may offer you conditional admission. In this case you will be required to attend an intensive English course and your progress will be evaluated closely.

4. I want to take the TOEFL. How do I start?

As of December 2010, the internet-based TOEFL exam (IBT TOEFL) costs 185 US dollars. There are testing centers in most countries. They offer the exam regularly. You can find a list of these centers, register for the test and find sample questions at www.toefl.org. Many US colleges and universities also accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, offered by a UK based testing service.

5. I am a high school student and want to register for the SAT or ACT. Where do I go?

The SAT I and II exams are offered seven times a year.  For information and registration for the SAT, visit www.sat.org. The ACT (www.act.org) is offered five times a year.

6. What do you mean, SAT I and II? Isn’t one set of tests enough?

The SAT II, or SAT Subject Tests, measure students’ knowledge in particular academic fields, such as history, biology, physics, literature and foreign languages.

7. I have finished my undergraduate study and want to study at the graduate level in the US. What tests do I need to take?

You will need to take the TOEFL if English is not your native language. If you are applying for a master’s or PhD degree, you need to take the GRE. If you are applying to business school, you must take the GMAT. If you are applying to LLM programs, you are only required to take the TOEFL. Those applying for a Doctor of Jurisprudence, or JD degree, should take the Law School Admission Test, or LSAT.

8. Do I need relevant work experience to get into an MBA program?

Generally, yes. Only in extraordinary cases will reputable MBA programs admit students who have no full-time work experience.

9. Is it expensive? How much money do I need?

Yes, higher education in the US is generally expensive. For the 2010/2011 academic year, the College Board and the Center for Global Advancement of Community Colleges (CGACC) reported the following average annual tuition costs for international students:

  • Four-year private universities (BA or BS): $27,200
  • Four-year public university (BA or BS): $19,600
  • Two-year community college (AA degree): $6,500

Living expenses vary, of course. thecost of living will be higher in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City than in Texas or Minnesota. For students, national average living expenses per year are:

  • Room and Board: $7,400
  • Books and Supplies: $1,100
  • Transportation: $1,000
  • Personal Expenses: $2,000
  • Health Insurance: $700

This means the total average cost will run:

  • Four-year private universities: $40,500
  • Four-year public university: $32,300
  • Two-year community college: $14,600

10. That’s exorbitant! How can I get financial aid to study in the United States?

It is. Many American students go into great debt in order to pay for their studies. That said, some colleges and universities offer generous financial aid, often in packages that include scholarships, loans and work/study programs. Undergraduate study: It is almost impossible for foreign students applying to undergraduate programs to get financial aid from a public university. Private universities, however, are more generous, and sometimes award scholarships to students of exceptional academic ability. You should explore school costs at the beginning of your research, in order to avoid applying to a school it will be impossible for you to afford. Education USA centers can provide information about the 900 US universities that provide scholarships between $10,000 and $50,000 to  international students.

Graduate study: The situation is better for graduate students. Generous fellowships, research and teaching assistantships, and other financial aid packages, especially in engineering and natural sciences, enable many foreign students to complete a master’s or doctoral degree at a US university without incurring serious debt.

11. Can I get a loan from in an American bank to pay my tuition fees?

Banks in the US give student loans to citizens of other countries only if they have a co-signer. This must be a US citizen who is responsible for repaying the loan if you do not. An alternative is for you to take a loan in your country and use that money to pay your tuition fees and living expenses.

12. Can I work in the US while studying on a student visa?

According to current US immigration regulations, international students can work part time – up to 20 hours per week – on campus while school is in session during the academic year, and upto 40 hours per week during school vacations. Students working 10-15 hours a week can earn enough to pay for books, clothing

and personal expenses, but are unlikely to make enough to meet major expenses, such as tuition or room and board.

13. Can I stay in the United States and work after  finishing my degree?

In some cases yes. Students who have completed at least nine months of degree study in the US may be eligible to participate in “Optional Practical Training”, which allows foreign students to work in their field for up to a year. Students in fields of science, technology, engineering, and medicine may be eligible to work in the US for up to 29 months.

14. I am about to receive, or have already received, a bachelor’s degree from a university in my country. Should I apply for an undergraduate or graduate course?

Those staying in the same academic field should apply to a graduate program. Students who want to pursue a different but related course of study – for example a student with an engineering degree who wants to study business - should have little problem applying to such graduate programs, particularly if the applicants have relevant work experience. Graduate schools will require considerable information about your undergraduate coursework. They always ask for official transcripts and may ask for course syllabi to learn more about what you studied. This material, translated into English, helps them decide whether your undergraduate record is strong enough to enable you to do graduate level work.

15. How do I choose a college or a university?

Before you choose a college or a university, you should have a clear idea of the following:

  • Your field of interest/study
  • How you will pay
  • Your career plan

Your answers should lead you to decide what type of degree you will seek, and in what field. (Remember that undergraduate students at US colleges and universities usually declare their major during their sophomore year). Then take the following factors into consideration when considering what colleges or universities to apply to:

  • Accreditation status
  • Competitiveness/ranking
  • Cost/availability of financial aid
  • Types of courses offered
  • Facilities
  • Tests required
  • Location
  • Size

16. How do I find out the accreditation of a US university?

Unlike many European countries, the US does not have a central government office that approves educational institutions. Instead the US relies on a system of voluntary accreditation carried out by non-governmental accrediting bodies to evaluate schools. To check accreditation, go to:

http://www.chea.org/search/default.asp

http://www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation

17. Which schools are ranked best for my field of study?

Many books and magazines rank US colleges and universities based on perceptions of academic caliber. Each rater uses its own set of criteria which may or may not be yours, to “grade” schools. The US News & World Report rankings are one of the most recognized annual surveys. 

18. What books do you recommend for researching schools?

The major guides to US universities are the Fiske Guide, the Princeton Review Guide, the College Board guides, the Insider’s Guide, and Peterson’s Graduate Guides. All are available for purchase online.

19. I don’t think I’m ready for a four year school. What about a community college?

Community colleges offer an associate’s degree. These schools are less expensive - and generally less prestigious than schools that offer the four-year bachelor degree. However, community colleges often have strong ties with their state’s universities, a connection that makes it easier for students to transfer to one of these universities for the last two years of a bachelor’s degree. Many American and international students attend a community college for the first two years, taking advantage of lower costs and easier admission policies, and then transfer to a regular college or university for their last two years. Community colleges are also a good option for students with low English language proficiency.

20. When should I start the application process?

Early! Plan for delays, emails that disappear in space, and snail mail that never arrives. You should begin the application process at least 14 months before you plan to attend school. For most students, this means you start the process in the summer of the year before you wish to begin. So in June or July of the year before you want to enroll you should do serious research into what school is right for you. By November, a student should have taken the TOEFL and other required exams (SAT, GRE, GMAT etc.). Students should have prepared a rough draft of their personal essays. In these short essays, the students write about their academic and personal background and explains why they want to study at the specific institution.

Application

By this point, the student also should have secured the necessary letters of recommendation from teachers or professors. Application deadlines can be confusing. Some selective colleges and universities offer “Early Action” or “Early Decision” admissions for those applying for undergraduate study. These colleges and universities have specific rules and require students to have submitted their applications by late October. The usual deadlines for standard undergraduate and graduate admissions are between November and January. That said, some schools offer “rolling admissions,” which mean the school reviews applications as they arrive throughout the academic year. Admissions officers at colleges and universities deliberate over the applications and reach a decision in late March or early April of the following year. At that point you will be informed, and must decide by early May which school you will attend that fall.

21. Does the application process cost money?

Yes. By the time a student is through with filing applications, mailing them and securing a student visa, he may have spent around $800-$1000.

22. What happens after I have accepted admission to a school?

The college or university sends an “I-20” form to the student who has accepted admission. The student must then pay the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee of $200. After that the student must apply for a visa at their native country.

23. What type of visa will I be eligible for?

Most non-US citizens needed for school in the US apply for an F-1 (non-immigrant) student visa. In rare cases, such as a special non-degree vocational program, the student will receive another kind of visa, but the process described here remains the same. All those applying for the F-1 visa must appear in person for an interview with a consular officer.

24. If I receive a scholarship to a prestigious university, am I guaranteed a visa?

No. All students must prove that their social, financial and/or professional ties to their native country are strong enough that they will return home after receiving a degree in the US.

25. What else should I know about the visa application process?

Be aware that you cannot apply for the visa more than 90 days before you will leave your country, nor can you enter the US more than a month before your classes begin. The public affairs section of the US Embassy does not handle visas. Visa forms are available online at http://evisaforms. state.gov. After filling in the application you will call the consular section to make an appointment. The Consulate will ask you to submit your documents a week before the interview,   (I-20, valid passport in good condition, financial documents and your visa application forms). You are informed of the consul’s decision after the interview.

 

 FAQ - Study in UK

1) Why Study in UK? What are the benefits of studying in UK?

The UK education system offers a high degree of sophistication, a matchless charm, and above all, educational quality that's backed by centuries of tradition. The United Kingdom is just the right place to give your career that global edge.

Apart from the well-known Oxford and Cambridge, UK has a large number of other universities which rank among the best in the world and offer a wide range of courses.

While considering the education system prevalent world wide, one major advantage of U.K. education for the international applicants is its one-year Masters Degree for almost all courses, saving considerable time and money. Also, unlike those in other countries, most UK universities recognize the system of 3 year graduation prevalent in most of the Asian countries.

Another factor that makes UK stand out in the crowd is the flexibility with the student visa. You are allowed to work 20 hours per week during studies and Full time during vacation.

2) How does the UK Education System works?

The UK education system offers the following degrees in more than 150 institutes of higher education.

First Degree Courses in Arts and Sciences (Bachelor's degree) are normally of three or four years' duration and are largely taught courses. At times these include the preparation of a short written thesis.

Sandwich Courses are where the coursework is accompanied by practical work. A student could either complete 2 years of college, then a year of commercial training before returning for a final year in college. Or, he/she could do a 4-year course with 3-6 months training interspersed each year favoring the advantage of real experience while in the learning mode.

Higher National Diploma (HND) offers a 2 year course in a vocational subject and is awarded by Vocational and Technical Educational Councils.

Vocational Courses offer an opportunity to enter the university system slowly. Most students opt to take 1-2 years of, for example, BTEC courses before being transferred to a degree programme.

Postgraduate study may take the form of an independent piece of research under supervision or a taught course, and leads to a variety of degrees and awards. The taught courses normally last for one or sometimes two years. Completion of a doctorate normally takes a minimum of three years. Many post-experience courses are also available, either leading to a qualification or providing a refresher course for graduates wishing to update or extend their knowledge.

3) What are the eligibility criteria for Bachelors studies in UK?

Under the British education system, students undergo thirteen years of pre-university education as opposed to twelve years in India.

For those who do not, as yet, have these qualifications, there is a range of access or foundation courses available. Foundation courses range from four months to a year.

While applying the applicants must satisfy both general and course requirements for admissions.

4) What are the eligibility criteria for Masters Studies in UK?

Though most of the UK universities accept the Indian graduation system of three years for entry into most of the postgraduate courses with a completion of 15 years of education, some courses and universities may require a qualification equivalent to British Bachelor (Honours) Degree, which requires 16 years of formal education, which would mean another year after graduation or a four year degree course like B.E., B.Tech or other such courses.

An Indian bachelor degree like B.A., B.Com or B.Sc. is equivalent to a British Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree and for most Universities, a good first degree from a leading university in India or its equivalent is essential to apply for Masters in UK.

5) What is the procedure to get a Student Visa for UK?

Candidates seeking student visa for UK, visa applications have to be made on IM2A forms, which are available free of cost at the British Embassies. This form has to be filled up by the student and submitted to the embassy, along with the Visa application fee and the required documents:

1. A letter of acceptance from the institution confirming your place for the program in the institution
2. Financial documents as evidence that you can meet with the course fee structure and can support yourself during your stay.

6) What is the minimum IETS or TOEFL score required to get into a UK Institution?

Though the requirement is university specific, a minimum overall score of 6.0 for IELTS and 80 on the iBT TOEFL is sought by most of the universities.

7) What all points should I consider while applying to any university in UK?

While considering to a university in UK, ensure the following :

·         Availability of the program


·         You meet with the admission requirements


·         The expenses are within your range


·         Scholarships and financial aid, though a difficult option in UK


·         Look out for helpful organizations in the location

8) How are universities ranked in UK?

In general rankings are based on subjectively perceived "quality," on some combination of empirical statistics, or on surveys of educators, scholars, students, prospective students or others.

The G-Factor is another indicator of the popularity or importance of each university's website from the combined perspectives of the creators of many other university websites. The G-Factor measures the centrality of each university's website in the network of university websites.

9) Do universities in UK provide online or distance learning education also?

Yes. But very few offer online and distance learning options for international applicants.

 

FAQ - Study in Australia

Q1: What is so good about Australian education and training compared to other countries?

Australia is an internationally recognized source of high quality education as well as research excellence. Our universities, vocational and technical education colleges and schools are world-class. And Australia is a world leader in English language courses for international students.Australian Government legislation requires quality assurance agencies and codes of conduct to be in place so that international students in Australia and their parents enjoy a level of service and financial protection that is unrivaled.

Multicultural Australia is a safe, friendly, sophisticated and harmonious society in which students can learn and travel in an English speaking country. Australia also offers excellent value for money and a high standard of living.

Q2: What are the entry requirements to study at Australian institutions?

Students must meet minimum academic requirements and need a sufficient level of English language proficiency for entry to Australian education and training institutions. Institutions will assess whether you meet the selection criteria set for your proposed course of study. They will look at the level and content of the study you have completed in Australia or your home country.

To be accepted to study on a student visa in Australia you will need to demonstrate a sufficient level of English language proficiency, and meet minimum academic requirements. English language skills are a requirement for receiving an Australian student visa. IELTS is the only test accepted by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) for visa purposes.

Institutions set their own English language requirements for course entry, and the IELTS score needed for your course may be different to the score needed to secure your visa. You should check entry requirements with your institution.

Q3: Which is the entrance test for applying colleges in Australia for admission?

STAT - Special Tertiary Admissions Test, aptitude test for non-school leavers.

UMAT - Undergraduate Medical Admissions Test, required for undergraduate entry to many Australian and New Zealand undergraduate-entry medical schools.

GAT - General Achievement Test (VCE   Students - Victorian Certificate of   Education).

HSC - Higher School Certificate.      

Q4. What is the visa process for study in Australia?

To be granted a student visa you must complete a visa application form, lodge it with the evidence required, pay the application charge and satisfy the student visa requirements. You can be granted a student visa only if you intend to study a registered course on a full-time basis and comply with a number of visa conditions after you have entered Australia.

Q5. What is the minimum IETS score required to get into a Australia Institution?

Min. overall band score of 6.0 IELTS or Overall band score of 5.0 IELTS plus max. 30 weeks ELICOS.

Q6. How much are the living expenses for International Student?

An Australian Government survey showed that in terms of total costs—including tuition fees and living expenses—Australia was consistently less expensive than the USA and UK. Tuition fees will vary depending on the course or institution this website provides average costs as a guide. Living costs too will vary by location, course and lifestyle.

There is no doubt that Australia is the perfect place to enjoy a quality education and outstanding quality of life. What makes it even better is that Australia offers excellent value for money, with living expenses and tuition costs comparable to the United Kingdom and Unites States.

Australians enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the world - without the expensive price tag. An average international student in Australia will spend about A$360 a week on accommodation, food, clothing, entertainment, transport and telephone. Remember, though, that this figure depends on your location, lifestyle and even your course. You should seek further information on living costs from your institution.

Q7. What are the entry criteria for studies in Australia?

Undergraduate
 To gain entry into an Australian undergraduate course you will need to have an Australia Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (Year 12), or the overseas equivalent. Some undergraduate courses may also have specific per-requisite subjects.

Postgraduate
 As well as the satisfactory completion of at least one degree at undergraduate level, your institution may take research ability or relevant work experience into consideration.

 Vocational education and training
 Generally there are no other entrance exams for VET institutions. However some courses may have specific per-requisite subjects or work experience requirements.

Schools
 Entry requirements can vary between schools in Australia, depending on the state or territory you will be studying in. Academic performance and ability is considered during the selection process.    

Q8. How are Australian institutions ranked?

Australian institutions are not officially ranked. However, there are some commercial publications available that compare achievements of universities and institutions in meeting certain criteria such as use of technology or student support services.

All of Australia's education and training institutions offer high quality, internationally relevant courses because Australian Government legislation requires them to be registered and meet quality assurance measures. Excellence in teaching, research, facilities and support services is found across Australia's diversified education and training system. Prospective students should focus on finding institutions that offer the course most suited to their particular needs and aspirations.

 

FAQ - Study in Canada

 

Canadian Educations System and Study Requirements

Q1. What are the Eligibilities  to study in Canada

A: To be eligbilible to study in Canada, a person :

  • Must have been accepted by a school, college, university or other educational institution in Canada.
  • Must prove that you have enough money to pay for your:

        -  tuition fees

        -  living expenses for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada and

        -  return transportation for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada.

  • Must be a law-abiding citizen with no criminal record and not be a risk to the security of Canada. You may have to provide a police certificate.
  • Must be in good health and willing to complete a medical examination, if necessary.
  • Must satisfy an immigration officer that you will leave Canada when you have completed your studies.

Q2. What are the Visa application requirements?

A: The documents required for visa application are given below:

  • Completed Student Application form.
  • Completed Supplementary Questionnaire for students and postdoctoral researchers.
  • Official letter of acceptance from Canadian university, college or Technical Institute.
  • Certificate of Acceptance from the province of Quebec (Only if you plan to study in province of Quebec)
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores if applicable
  • Passport, valid for at least one year from the planned date of entry to Canada, plus valid passports of any accompanying dependents.
  • Bank Draft for the applicable visa processing fees

Q3. What should I know about schools and universities in Canada?

A: Canada is the country of choice for many foreign students looking for an international experience. Schools and universities in Canada are of a high caliber and much less expensive than many American schools. Also, foreign students who complete an educational credential in Canada may be eligible to apply under many different programs to obtain Canada permanent residency. 

 Below you will find a description of the different types of educational institutions including universities in Canada. 



Elementary & High Schools (Primary & Secondary):

Education in Canada is regulated at the provincial level, which means there are different admissions requirements for each school, depending on where it is located. Dependent children of foreign workers or foreign students, are often granted Canada study permits so their children may attend elementary and high school in Canada. 


Colleges & Universities in Canada:

After high school, there are many post-secondary options for students in Canada. There are a total of 83 universities in Canada, and many other colleges. Seven of Canada's universities are located in Montreal, Quebec, the most of all Canadian cities. Each university or college has their own entrance requirements, including varying levels of English or French proficiency. 

Private institutions & vocational programs/schools 

Canada has many private educational institutions that offer programs in an array of different fields of study. There are different academic requirements for admission depending on the school, as each institution is free to establish their own entrance requirements and fees. It is important to verify that the school is accredited in the province where it is located.

Language Training Schools 

Canada has two official languages and many educational institutions are specialized in teaching English & French to foreign students. Most language schools in Canada are not regulated by a provincial government body, so ensure your school is accredited by the province. If you are interested in pursuing a language-training program, you may wish to consult various public institutions or universities in Canada.

Q.4 How do I find information about schools, colleges, universities or other educational institutions in Canada?

A: Here is a list of Canadian College / University campus websites, where you can find complete list of recognized universities and colleges in Canada that leads you to information on admissions, courses, degree programs, student loans, scholarships, grants, online education, student community life and much more.

Q5.  What are the admission requirements for Canadian universities?

A: Each Canadian university sets its own policy regarding admission requirements. It would be advisable to identify which universities in Canada offer the program which interests you, and then contact those universities directly regarding their admission requirements.

Q6. Will the certification I receive after finishing my study program be recognized in other countries?

A: A certificate, diploma or degree from an accredited Canadian institution will be recognized by employers and institutions around the world. To find out if the institution where you plan to study is accredited, you should contact the university directly.

Q7. Are Canadian degrees acknowledged by the global community?

A: Yes, Canadian degrees, diploma and certificates are acknowledged globally the same as those from the United States and the Commonwealth Countries.

Q8. How long does it take to complete a Program in Canada?

A: Canada has a ladderized system of education. The duration of your study could range from six months to four years, depending on the programs and the credential you want to earn. The lengths of studies according to the credentials are:

  • Certificate - 1 year program
  • Diploma - 2 year program
  • Advanced Diploma - 3 year program
  • Degree - 4 year program
  • Post-graduate studies - 1 year program
  • Master -2 year program
  • Doctoral - 3 to 4 year program

Q9. When do the classes begin in Canada?

A: The regular classes begin in September in the fall season of each year. In January (winter season), there will be some programs to be taken, and the co-op programs usually start in May in summer.

Q10. How can I arrange to study in Canada?

A: You can go as an independent student by applying to one or many universities or colleges.  Acceptance to these institutions depends on the strengths of your application. You will pay the applicable tuition fees to attend school and you may follow a complete program of study to earn a Canadian degree, certificate or diploma. Or you can come to Canada through an exchange program.

Q11. What is a “College” in Canada?

A: In Canada, each University College is associated with a university and offers undergraduate programs.

Community Colleges are institutions that offer technical programs and professional training. Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology are also community colleges.

In Quebec, these colleges are called Cegeps (Collèges d’enseignement général et professionnel) and offer a three-year professional diploma. They also offer a general two–year program that qualifies students for university.

Q12.  Is it possible to begin a university program after completing a college diploma?  

Yes, there are programs of study that provide alternative paths to admission to a university. It is the host university in Canada that determines how many credits may be granted.

Q13. What is a “Certificate?”

A certificate is a 30-credit program lasting one year, in which almost all of the courses are focused in one area of study.

Q14. Can I be a part-time student in Canada?

A: No, foreign students must be regular students. This means that you must study full time in Canada.

Q15. How do I apply?

A: Go to the website of the institution of your choice and fill out an application form else you can register with Gleaming Oulook(GO). We fill help you with the application process and narrow down your options.

Q16. Is an “admissions application” the same thing as a “registration application?”

A: No, applying for admission and registration are two different steps that are required for you to be accepted into a Canadian university or college. “Admission” pertains to the overall program of study, whereas “registration” is related to specific courses. The first step is to submit an admissions application for the program of study you are interested in. Second, once you have been accepted, you must register for a specified number of courses.

Q17. Can I choose any program of study I want at a Canadian institution?

A: You have access to most of them, but not all. Some are “closed” or subject to quotas (as is the case in Medicine, Physiotherapy, Dentistry and Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences). However, within these same faculties, some programs may be accessible to some foreign students. A nursing program, for example, may be accessible to foreign students in one university, but not in another. Make sure you take a close look at the websites for the departments where you are interested in studying.

Please note that there are English-language universities that accept some foreign students in Medicine for example, owing to their requirement that students complete an undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s degree) in science as a mandatory prerequisite for admission.

Q18. . How can I find a program?

A: Gleaming Outlook(GO) can help you find  the right course/ university that fits your aspirations and skill set. However you can also explore your options  at : http://oraweb.aucc.ca/dcu_e.html

It is recommended that you engage a counselor of your choice to help you narrow down on option best suited for you.

Q19. Are there deadlines for admissions applications?

A: Each university has its own deadline. Deadlines for admission in the fall semester, which begins in September, generally vary between January 1st and March 1st.

However, there may be a second, later date, for example, in May. Make sure you check website specifications very carefully.

Q.20. What are the admissions criteria for Canadian universities?

Your admission is based on the merits of your application and each university has its own criteria.

Q21. When will I receive a response regarding my admissions application?

A: According to the program and level you are applying for, you can expect to wait from one to three months before you receive a reply.

Q22. Is there any age limit to continue studies in Canada?

A: To continue your studies on the degree program, you must be at least 18 years old or graduate from high school. There’s no maximum age required, you will be able to continue your study as long as you meet the requirements and you have a valid student visa.

Q23. What are the basic requirements to get into a College in Canada?

A: Most of the Colleges in Canada will require you to:

  • Graduate from high school
  • Pass the English language proficiency test with a proper score using IELTS (International English Language Test, TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language of 500 – 550 or TOEIC of 6 – 6.5 (Test of English for International Communication).

Q24. Can I transfer to another program in the middle of the academic year?

A: Yes, you are allowed to transfer to another program, as long as the program has available slots for you.

Q25.  What is SPP program?

A: SPP in short means Student Partners Program (SPP). It is an administrative framework that has been established in partnership between the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) and the Canadian Embassy in India and for the purpose of expediting and improving the outcomes of visa applications. The SPP came into effect from April 2009. The SPP is applicable to Indian students only.

Q26. What should I do if I want to study in Quebec?

To study in Quebec, you first need to get a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (certificate of acceptance) from the province of Quebec. Then you can apply for a study permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

 

Study Permits

 

Q27. Can I apply to a Canadian university for a study permit [and possibly a CAQ (certificate of acceptance) if I intend to study in Quebec] at the same time?

A: No. You can only apply for a study permit after you have received your acceptance letter from a university or college.

The same applies if you are going to study in Quebec: first you must be accepted at a university, then you can request a CAQ, which you must receive before requesting a study permit.

Q28. How long does it take to get a CAQ and a study permit?

A: It will take approximately four weeks to obtain a CAQ. The waiting period for a study permit is five to seven weeks, but may be shorter, depending on the time of year.

Q29.  Do I need a Study Permit (Student Visa)?

A: Anyone planning to study for more than six months in Canada needs a Study Permit. If you plan to study for less than six months but may decide to stay longer, you should apply for a Study Permit before coming to Canada for your studies. International students from certain countries may also need to obtain a temporary resident visa in addition to the study permit.

Q30.  What is a temporary resident visa?

A: A temporary resident visa is an official document issued by a Canadian visa office. It is placed in your passport to show that you have met the requirements for admission to Canada as a temporary resident. Depending on your citizenship, you may need a temporary resident visa to enter Canada.

Q31. How do I obtain a Study Permit for Canada?

A: International Students must apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for a Study Permit once they have received an acceptance letter from a qualified Canadian academic institution. if you have received this acceptance letter, you may use our Study Permit Application kit to prepare your application. Students will have to show that they have sufficient funds to study and live in Canada, and in some cases undergo Medical Examinations and provide Police Clearance Certificates.

Q32. How do I apply for a temporary resident visa?

A: If you need a temporary resident visa in addition to your study permit, you do not need to submit a separate application or pay an additional fee when you apply for your study permit at a visa office. The visa office will issue your temporary resident visa at the same time as your study permit if your application is accepted.

Q33. When should I apply for my study permit?

A: You should apply as soon as you receive your letter of acceptance from the educational institution (school, college, university). The time needed to process an application to study in Canada may be different depending on the visa office.

Q34. What if I want to study in Quebec?

A: International Students who have been accepted into a qualifying educational institution in Quebec must obtain approval from the immigration authorities of the Province of Quebec. To study in Quebec, you will need to first apply for a CAQ (Certificat d’acceptation du Québec) before you apply for a study permit.

Q35. How do I pay the fee for a study permit?

A: You must pay a processing fee with your application. The fee will not be refunded, even if your application is refused. Check the website of the visa office where you submit your application to find out the options available to you to pay the fee.

Q36. How long is my Study Permit valid for?

A: A Study Permit is valid for the duration of your study program. Should you need to extend the validity of your Study Permit, you must file an Application to Change the Conditions or Extend Your Stay in Canada with Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Q37. I am a citizen of one country, but have lived in another country for a long time. Should I apply for a Study Permit in my country of citizenship or my country of residence?

A: You can apply for your Study Permit in your country of residence, your country of nationality or the country where you have been legally admitted.

Q38 . Will my study permit need to be renewed?

A: Expiry dates of study permits can vary. Often permits are valid for the duration of the program of study. To successfully renew a study permit, the student must have a valid passport and, if applicable, a valid CAQ (a Certificate of Acceptance required to study in Quebec). Students should start the renewal process at least two to three months prior to the expiry date.

Q39: Is there any chance that my studies in Canada will not require a study permit?

A: Study permits are not needed for the following:

  • programs that are completed in six months or less and can be completed within the period of time you are authorized to visit Canada
  • courses that are not academic, professional or vocational in nature
  • courses included in tour packages as a tourism activity
  • nursery, pre-schools or kindergartens

Q40. How do I renew my study permit while I am in Canada?

A: If you want to renew your study permit, you must apply before the permit expires. If your study permit has expired, you must leave Canada. In some cases, you may be able to apply for restoration of status. However, you are not allowed to study until your status has been restored.

Q41. How do I pay the fee for a study permit?

A: You must pay a processing fee with your application. The fee will not be refunded, even if your application is refused. Check the website of the visa office where you submit your application to find out how you can pay the fee. In most countries, you can pay in the local currency.

You can find a list of Canadian visa offices in the I Need To… section on the right-hand side of this page.

Q42. How do I get a copy of a lost study permit?

A: If you lose any immigration document issued by the Government of Canada, you can get it replaced. You must complete an application and pay a fee. Contact the Citizenship and Immigration Canada Call Centre (see Contact Us at the top of this page) or see the Related Links section at the bottom of this page for more information.

There is a fee for replacing immigration documents that have been lost, stolen or destroyed.

Q43. How do I renew my study permit while I am in Canada?

A: If you want to renew your study permit, you must apply before the permit expires. If your study permit has expired, you must leave Canada. In some cases, you may be able to apply for restoration of status. However, you are not allowed to study until your status has been restored.

Q44. I am already in Canada and have a valid study permit. I would like to change my school or program of studies. What do I need to do to modify my study permit?

A: If you are changing schools and/or your program of study but remain at the same level (e.g., secondary level), you do not need to modify your study permit.

However, if for example you are a student at the primary school level and you are moving on to secondary school, or if you are a secondary school student and you are moving on to post-secondary studies, or if you are moving from post-secondary studies to secondary studies, you need to submit an application to modify your study permit at the Citizenship and Immigration Canada Case Processing Centre in Vegreville, Alberta.

 

Work permits for students while studying and after graduation

Q45. How do I find out if I can work while studying in Canada?

A: Foreign students can work in Canada during their studies, and after they graduate. In most cases, you will need to apply for one of the student-related work permits, which are required if you want to work in a co-op/internship placement, off campus, or after graduating from your studies (Post-Graduation Work Permit Program).

The Off-Campus Work Permit Program allows certain foreign students to work off campus while completing their studies. To qualify, you must be a full-time student enrolled at a participating publicly funded post-secondary educational institution or in an approved program at an eligible privately funded institution. Please note that not all programs offered by private post-secondary educational institutions qualify.

To work off campus, you must apply for a work permit. Do not begin to work off campus until you have received your work permit. The work permit authorizes you to work up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions, and full time during scheduled breaks (for example, winter and summer holidays, and spring break).

For some academic programs, work experience is part of the curriculum. Foreign students who wish to participate in a co-op or internship program must apply for a work permit as well as a study permit. To be eligible for a work permit, you must meet the following conditions:

  • You must have a valid study permit.
  • Your intended employment must be an essential part of your program of study in Canada.
  • Your employment must be part of your academic program, certified by a letter from a responsible academic official of the institution.
  • Your co-op or internship employment cannot form more than 50 percent of the total program of study.

Q46. If I receive an off-campus work permit, for how long is it valid?

A: Your work permit will generally be valid for the same period as your study permit. It will allow you to work off campus until you complete your studies, as long as you still comply with the program requirements and with the conditions of both your work permit and study permit.

Q47. If I am eligible and the institution where I study is participating in the program, can I apply for a job off campus right away, or do I have to wait until I receive my off-campus work permit?

A: You can apply for a job right away, but you cannot legally work off campus in Canada until you receive an off-campus work permit. If you begin to work off campus before you receive an off-campus work permit, you could become ineligible to participate in the Off-Campus Work Permit Program. It is illegal for you to work in Canada without a valid work permit.

In some cases, there may be restrictions on the type of job you can hold. 

Q48. Are there any restrictions on how many hours I can work once I receive my off-campus work permit?

A: Once you receive your off-campus work permit, you can work up to 20 hours per week off campus while classes are in session. You can work full time during scheduled breaks, including summer or winter holidays and reading weeks.

While classes are in session, you must be studying full time and retain satisfactory academic standing to keep your off-campus work permit.

Q49. I am considering studying in Canada. Can I apply for an off-campus work permit at the same time as I apply for my study permit?

A: No, you cannot apply for a study permit and an off-campus work permit at the same time. To qualify for the program, you must already hold a valid study permit, and you must have been a full-time student at a participating institution for at least six of the last 12 months before you apply.

Q50. How do I find out if the institution where I study participates in the Off-Campus Work Permit Program?

A: You can check the list of participating institutions at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/institutions/participants.asp

Q51. If I am eligible and the institution where I study is participating in the program, can I apply for a job off campus right away, or do I have to wait until I receive my off-campus work permit?

A: You can apply for a job right away, but you cannot legally work off campus in Canada until you receive an off-campus work permit. If you begin to work off campus before you receive an off-campus work permit, you could become ineligible to participate in the Off-Campus Work Permit Program. It is illegal for you to work in Canada without a valid work permit.

Q52. Are there any restrictions on where I can work or the type of job that I can apply for under the Off-Campus Work Permit Program?

A: You will be able to work anywhere in Canada as long as you remain a full-time student with a satisfactory academic standing while classes are in session and you comply with the conditions of your work permit.

In some cases, there may be restrictions on the type of job you can hold. For example, you may be required to undergo a medical examination for some occupations, such as:

  • workers in the health services fields
  • teachers of primary or secondary schools or other teachers of small children
  • domestic workers or live-in caregivers
  • workers who give in-home care to children, the elderly or individuals with a disability
  • day nursery employees and
  • some agricultural workers.

Q53. Why is the Off-Campus Work Permit Program not available to foreign students when they start their studies?

A: The likelihood of students quitting their study program is highest during the first few months of study. Citizenship and Immigration Canada wants to ensure that work permits are issued to legitimate students. When they apply, these students will be required to prove they have been studying full time for six of the last 12 months at a participating institution.

Q54. Can my accompanying spouse work in Canada during my studies?

A: Your spouse or common-law partner may apply for a work permit if you are a full-time student at:

  • A public post-secondary institution, such as a college or university or collège d’enseignement général et professionnel (CEGEP) in Quebec
  • A private post-secondary institution that operates under the same rules and regulations as a public institution, and receives at least 50 percent of its financing for its overall operations from government grants (currently, only private college-level educational institutions in Quebec qualify) or
  • A Canadian private institution authorized by provincial statute to confer degree

Work permits for your spouse or common-law partner are valid for the same period of time as your study or work permit.

Note: Accompanying spouses or common-law partners of foreign students (including spouses or common-law partners of foreign students with post-graduation work permits) are eligible for an open work permit, which means they do not need a job offer or a labour market opinion from Service Canada.

Q55. Can I work in Canada after finishing my studies there?

A: The Post-Graduation Work Program allows most international students to gain Canadian work experience upon graduation of a program which is at least eight months in duration. Please note that you will need a Work Permit to work in Canada after finishing your program of study.

Q56. What is Post-Graduation Work Permit Program?

A: The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program allows students who have graduated from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution to gain valuable Canadian work experience.

A work permit under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program cannot be valid for longer than the student’s study program. For example, if you graduate from a four-year degree program, you could be eligible for a three-year work permit if you meet the criteria. If you graduate from an eight-month certificate program, you would be eligible for a work permit that is valid for no more than eight months.

To obtain a work permit after your graduation, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must have studied full time in Canada and you must have completed a program of study that lasted at least eight months.
  • If in your last semester of study you are registered as a part-time student because you only need a few courses to graduate, but you have been studying full-time during your studies, you are eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit.
  • In addition, you must have graduated from an approved and participating institution.
  • You must apply for a work permit within 90 days of receiving written confirmation (for example, a transcript or an official letter) from your institution indicating that you have met the requirements for completing your academic program.
  • You must have completed and passed the program of study and received a notification that you are eligible to obtain your degree, diploma or certificate.
  • You must have a valid study permit when you apply for the work permit.

Q57. Can I get a job while I’m studying in Canada?

A: Yes, you can get a full time job on campus, as long as you are a full time student and have a valid student permit. A job permit wouldn’t be needed when you work in campus. You can get a job oncampus, for a maximum 20 hours per week during the regular semesters and full time during the scheduled long breaks.

Q58. What is a Co-op program?

A: Co-op or Co-operation program is an internship program with earnings. Besides the job experience, you will also get a salary of CAD$ 13 per hour or between CAD$ 1,500 to CAD$ 2,500 monthly.

Q59. Can I work while studying in Canada?

A: Yes, with certain conditions. International Students holding a valid Study Permit may work on the campus of their educational institution without a Work Permit. However, in order to work off the campus, you must apply to CIC for an Off-Campus Work Permit.

Q60. What is an Off-Campus Work Permit?

A: An Off-Campus Work Permit allows International Students to be employed off the campus of the educational institution they are attending in Canada.

Q61. Who is eligible for an Off-Campus Work Permit?

A: International Students with valid Study Permits who are registered in a participating educational institution are eligible for Off-Campus Work Permits, if they are in satisfactory academic standing at that institution. In addition, students must have been studying full-time for six months out of the year preceding their application for an Off-Campus Work Permit.

Q62. What is satisfactory academic standing?

A: Satisfactory Academic Standing is determined differently by each academic institution. Students must make sure that they meet the requirements for satisfactory academic standing at the institution they are currently studying at in order to be eligible for an off-campus work permit.

Q63.  Who is not eligible for an Off-Campus Work Permit?

A: International Students who are receiving awards or scholarships from Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade or from the Canadian International Development Agency are not eligible for an Off-Campus Work Permit. Students participating in the Canada-China Scholars Exchanges Program, in the Organization of American States Fellowships Program Exchange or in the Equal Opportunity Scholarship Program, Canada-Chile may not apply for an Off-Campus Work Permit. Visiting students are also ineligible, as well as students who are registered in English or French as a Foreign Language programs, even if they are enrolled in participating institutions.

 

FAQs – Study in Singapore

 

Q1. What are the entry requirements to study at educational institutions in Singapore?

A: Entry requirements are mostly the same for all Institutes & Universities. As English is the common language of instruction, most institutions require students to meet a minimum standard of English. Generally, certification of competence in English is in the form of: (Any 1)

·         General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)

·         Test of English As a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

·         International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Besides English, different institutions and courses have different minimum requirements. These requirements are usually stated in the course prospectus, brochures or websites of the institutions.

Q2. Why should I go to Singapore?

A: Singapore is a premier education hub in Asia, offering quality education opportunities at all levels to local and international students. Building on the strengths and international recognition of Singapore institutions, the Singapore government is actively promoting and developing the Education industry in Singapore for all international students from around the world. There are already more than 50,000 international students in Singapore, of which about over2,000 are Indian students pursuing education opportunities at various levels. Many international students are attracted to the quality UG and PG programmes offered by Singapore's local universities: National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University, as well as the PG courses offered by the 10 leading international universities based in Singapore. These leading international universities include top European MBA school, instead, top US universities such as University of Chicago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Johns Hopkins University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Stanford and Wharton School of Business. Students choose because they know Singapore offers quality and broad-based education programmes with a global perspective that serve as a springboard to a brighter future.

Diverse cultures, languages and religions give Singapore a cosmopolitan look and a safer place to students. Singapore is crime free, pollution free, corruption free country.

Q3. What is the Duration of the Bachelors and Masters Courses in Singapore?

A: You can complete your bachelors degree in 2 years if you start your Bachelors after year 12th and if you will start you Bachelors after year 10th then you can complete the same degree in three years. But the duration for IT courses is  3 and 4 years. The duration for MBA is generally one year.

Q4. In Singapore, why the Bachelors Degree is for 2 years and Masters for 1 year?

A: Most of the Singapore institutes provide affiliated degrees from top USA, UK and  Australian Universities. They do refer the same curriculum and subjects as the  parent University,  but in Singapore you will get less holidays. Hence, a student can complete the same degree in less time.   

Q5. Is there an Application fee to apply to Singapore institution?

A: Yes, some of the Singapore Institutions do have an application fees. You can visit the institutes websites to know specific amount of the application fee for each Institute. In some cases you can avail the application fee waivers which are available with us.

Q6. Can I work Part-time in Singapore?

A:  International Students are normally not permitted to work part time during the studies unless the college offers them an internship. This is quite common in Singapore institutions. Students Studying in national University and Government owned Polytechnics are allowed to work part time up to maximum of 16 hours per week.

Q7. Do I need to give IELTS to apply in Singapore? What are the English Proficiency requirements?

A: NO, IELTS is not compulsory in Singapore. They need a letter of instruction from your education institute to know if your last qualification was in English or not. However, it is recommended to take TOEFL, IELTS to improve your chances of admissions.

Q8. Will I get the financial Support?

A: Yes, Scholarships are available in Singapore. These are merit based scholarships.

Q9. What is the difference between private and public institutions?

A: Public Schools are government schools. They are registered and managed by the Ministry of Education , Singapore.

Private Schools - There are various types of private schools in Singapore. Private schools are generally run by private companies or non-profit organisations. Some private institutions receive public funds as well.

Q10. Student visa requirement is exempted,  if you are: 

A: Any student meeting following criteria is exempted student visa requirement :

·         Dependant's Pass holder studying in a Government/ Government-Aided/ Independent school/ Foreign System School/ Kindergarten registered with MOE or Childcare centre licensed by MCYS;

·         Immigration Exemption Order holder; or

·         Visitor who has been granted a short term Visit Pass at the Singapore Checkpoint    and wish to attend a short course that can be completed within the validity of the initial Visit Pass granted to him/her at the Singapore Checkpoint or 30 days, whichever is shorter.

Q11. Do I need a Visa and Student Pass to study in Singapore?

A:  Any international student wishing to study full-time in Singapore is required to apply for a Student's Pass and visa (if applicable) from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA). For applicants who require a visa to enter Singapore, please ensure that your application for the Student Pass is submitted to the ICA at least 2 months before the commencement date of the course.

Q12. What is the Visa procedure?

A: After receiving the Offer Letter or Acceptance Letter from the institute, you must proceed to apply for a Students Pass. Please ensure that your application for the Student Pass is submitted to the ICA.

Q13. How do I apply to study in Singapore?

A:  Once you apply for the University, then you have to fill the form 16 and form 36v, and submit to your institute or university. They would apply for you. As your  counselor Gleaming Outlook would check whether all the details submitted are proper or not.

Q14. How much are the school or tuition fees?  

A:  Fees vary according to type of course and type of school (private or public). For course fees of private schools, please check directly with the institutions.

Q15. Are there any special support services for international students?

A:  Educational institutions generally provide special support services for international students. Some even have an International Students Office to cater to your specific needs. Assistance rendered range from helping you look for accommodation to advice on financial, social and other matters. Please approach your school Student Services or International Students Office for more information.

Q16. Should  my medical examination be done in Singapore?

A:  If you are a new applicant and not in Singapore, the medical examination can either be done in your home country or in Singapore by a qualified doctor. However, the medical examination required for subsequent renewal of the Student Pass must be done in Singapore. The doctor must record and certify the results of the medical examination in the designated medical report form. The medical report should not be issued more than 3 months from the submission date of your application or renewal. If a medical report was submitted to ICA or MOM not more than 2 years from your submission date, there is no need to re-submit a fresh medical report. (The above requirement is not applicable to applicants who are below 15 years old.) 

Q17. How do I collect my Student Pass? 

A:  Upon the approval of your Students Pass application, you will receive an In-Principle Approval letter through your respective Institute of Higher Learning. After you have arrived in Singapore, you may then arrange to collect your Student Pass in person or through your respective Institute of Higher Learning at the Visitor Services Center, Immigration & Checkpoints Authority. To collect the Student Pass, you need to produce the In-Principle Approval letter, your original travel document showing you have valid stay in Singapore, the white Embarkation/Disembarkation card (which you will complete on arrival in Singapore), results of your medical examination certified in the designated medical report together with the laboratory report, Student Pass and visa fee as well as a hard copy of your electronic Student Pass application Form 16 duly signed by you. Your Student Pass will be issued if the conditions as stipulated in the In-Principal Approval letter are fulfilled.

Q18. What is the Education System in Singapore?

A: The Education System in Singapore is as given below :


I. Nursery (1 yr), Kindergarten (K1 & K2) (2 yrs) (total 3 years) 


II. Primary (PSLE) (6 years) 


III. Secondary (O Level) (4 years) 


IV. Secondary (N Level) (4 years) > Secondary (O Level) (1 year) 


V. Junior College (JC) (Pre-University) (A Level) (2 years) 


VI. Polytechnic (Poly) (2, 3 years) (only top few % go to University) 


VII. Institute of Technical Education (ITE) 


VIII. University

19. What is the Cost of Living in Singapore?

The standard of living in Singapore is amongst the highest in Asia. An international student in Singapore spends on average about S$750 to S$2,000 a month on living expenses. This amount of course, varies depending on your individual lifestyle and course of study.

Q20. When is the intake in Singapore?

A: Singapore university have major intake in the month of January, where some universities also allow admission in month of March, July and October.

Q21. Is the degree of Singapore valid in my home country?

A: Singapore degrees are recognized internationally. However additional education or exams may be required for regulated programs, where registration is necessary such as MBBS, Nursing, Law and Teaching etc.

Q22. How much security deposit is required upon approval of the students pass applicant?

Upon approval of the student pass application, an In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter will be submitted to the applicant. The security deposit, if required, would be indicated in the IPA letter to the applicant. Indian Students are required to deposit Sing $5,000 (approximately) in the form of Banker's Guarantee from any established banks in Singapore or Cashers Order.

Q23. What are work opportunities after studies in Singapore?

A: In general, after course completion the students are allowed to stay in Singapore for 1 month on Social Visit Pass. Employment pass is required to work in Singapore: the employer applies for the same on the behalf of employee. More than 7000 MNCs along with 100,00 small and medium companies have set up their base in Singapore. Thus Singapore offers limitless career and networking possibilities to the students studying there. Singapore enjoys a very high employment rate.

Q24. Can I get Exemption in Security Deposit?

A: Exemption from the security deposit requirement may be granted to:

·         Holders of valid Dependent’s Pass, long term social visit pass and work pass

·         Foreign students who study in kindergartens registered with Ministry of Education / Childcare centers          

          licensed by MCYS

·         Foreign students who attend a full-time course at an approved Private Education Institution that is awarded

          Singapore Quality Class for Private Education Organization, or SQC(PEO) by SPRING, Singapore

·         Foreign students who pursue a full-time university degree (Graduate / Post-Graduate) programme at an

           approved private education institution, except for the University of London (UOL) tuition programme.

·         Below 16 years old at the point of application

·         Malaysians / Brunei nationals

·         Children or Spouse of Singapore Citizens / Permanent Residents

Q25. Is there any difference between a Singapore student pass and a Singapore student visa?

A: No, In Singapore, every visa is referred to as a "pass". So there are:



·         Student pass


·         Social visit pass


·         Dependent pass


·         Long term social visit pass


·         Employment pass


·         S-Pass (a form of employment pass)

All these "passes" might be called visas in some countries. In Singapore they are called "passes". Otherwise, they are no different from visas.


Q26. Is it advisable to take College accommodation or private accommodation?

A: College accommodation will be little expensive than private accommodation.



Q27. How do I get a refund of registration fee if my Singapore Visa rejected?



A: Registration fee is not refundable.



Q28.  How soon can we get a ‘Letter of Offer’?



A: Within seven days to one month, depending upon the university.



Q29.  How much does Gleaming Outlook charge for admission?



A: Free of Cost



Q30. Is GRE or GMAT required for admission into MSc programs?



A: No. There are private college where students can study MBA in Singapore without taking GMAT.



Q31.  What are the basic entry requirements for Master’s programme at any University in Singapore?



A: The entry requirement for Masters programme at any University in Singapore is a good First Class Degree (60% and above) in graduation, in a related stream.



Q32.  Eligibility to Study MBA in Singapore?



A: The Applicant should fulfill the following criteria’s:- 



·         Minimum 2- 3 year’s Full Time work experience after graduation. However, there are private college, where

          students can pursue MBA without work experience. 


·         First class degree in graduation.

 

Tuition and Expenses

Q64. How much are the tuition fees in Canada?

A: The tuition fees (including student health insurance) in Canada College should range between CAD$8,000 to 14,000 per annum. It  varies according to the College and the programs you take.

Q65. How much money should I prepare to live and study in Canada?

A: Apart from the tuition fees, students should also prepare for living allowance. The averages living allowance in Canada are between CAD$ 10,000 to 12,000 annually. This amount should cover all the basic needs such as food, groceries, accommodation, school transportation and books.

Q66. In what ways can I pay the tuitions fees?

A: The tuition fees can be paid by wire transfer, credit card or bank draft.

Q67. How will I pay to study in Canada?

A: You may need to obtain a student line of credit from a bank, or a student loan from the government. If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you may be eligible for a Canadian or Quebec student loan to help you pay for your education.

Many students work part-time while studying, both to obtain work experience and to make ends meet. Find out about work permits and work opportunities for foreign students.

 

Medical

Q68. Do I need a medical examination to study in Canada?

You will need a medical examination if you will be in Canada for longer than six months, and you come from a  country for which Canada requires a visa. To find out whether you require a medical exam, please visit this site:
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/medical/dcl.asp

Q69. Should I buy health insurance in Canada?

A: Yes. Under Canadian law, all foreign students are required to hold valid coverage for the duration of their studies. Before you leave your country, ask your host university or college in Canada about the terms and conditions involved in belonging to a health insurance plan, which will cost you approximately CAN$700 for the year.

Language

Q70. What level of English language should I have for studying in Canada?

A: Most of the colleges in Canada require a minimum score of 500 - 550 for TOEFL, or a band 6 - 6.5 overall (with at least 6.0 in each section) for IELTS.

Q71. What if I haven't taken the TOEFL or IELTS test?

A: In many colleges in Canada, there is a program of ESL (English as Second Language). ESL is an intensive English class with duration of minimum four months in every term. The tuition range between CAD$ 1,100 – CAD$ 2,253 per session. After finishing the ESL program, you don't have to take the TOEFL or IELTS tests.

Q72. What if I need to improve my French/English?

A: Most universities and colleges have language courses, often free to international students. You could also try a language exchange with another student. For example, if you speak fluent Mandarin, but need to improve your English, perhaps an English-speaking student will be studying Mandarin and need your help!

Q73.  I would like to study English or French in Canada. Are there awards or grants available for studying a language in Canada?

A: Unfortunately, there are no grants or awards available for language study programs (English or French). Awards are available to international students only for masters or doctoral programs (except for some programs, namely medicine and tourism). Some language schools do provide promotional arrangements.

 

Living / Travel for  Student and Dependants

Q74. Can my family visit me while I study in Canada?

A: Yes, your family can come and visit you in Canada, as long as they have valid tourist visas from the Canadian embassy.

Q75. Can my spouse and children join me in Canada, while I study?

A: Yes, your student visa allows your spouse and children to join you in Canada as your dependents.

Q76. Where will I live as a student?

A: There are multiple housing options for international students in Canada :

·         Most colleges and universities have student residences or dormitories. Bathrooms are often shared, and

          meals are served in cafeterias. Some schools have student apartments and shared student houses as on-

          campus housing options.

·         Some schools have programs where students live with volunteer ‘sponsor’ or ‘billet’ families who provide you

          with your meals, and a bedroom in their home. Inquire with your school to see if this is an option.

·         You can rent an apartment off-campus. You can rent your own apartment or share one with other students.

           Most colleges and universities have student classified ads where you can find apartment listings, and other

           students to live with which helps to keep costs lower.

Q77. Am I allowed to return home for a visit or travel outside Canada during my studies?

A: If you leave Canada and want to return, you must have:

·         A valid passport or travel documents

·         A valid study permit if you are returning to study in Canada and

·         A valid temporary resident visa if ou are a citizen of a designated country for which Canada requires a visa.

If you are a citizen of a designated country and you travel to a country other than the United States, Greenland or Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, you will need a multiple-entry visa to re-enter Canada. If your temporary resident visa has expired or if your visa was only valid for a single entry, you must re-apply for a temporary resident visa at a Canadian visa office outside Canada before you can re-enter Canada.

Q78. If I need to leave Canada during my studies, will I be able to re-enter?

A: Yes, but you must travel with your valid passport, study permit and, where required, your temporary resident visa. You must present these valid documents to the immigration officer upon returning to Canada.

Q79. Can I travel to United States from Canada on my student permit?

A: No, You will need a separate visa to enter US

Q80. Can my spouse or common law partner come with me to Canada?

A: Yes, however specific guidelines apply. Review government requirements closely.

Q81. Can I fill out one form for my entire family if we are traveling together?

A: No. Each individual applicant must complete and sign the appropriate form for the purpose of their trip to Canada, including any other supplementary forms as required. For example, you may require a visitor, student permit or work permit application form. Each applicant aged 18 and over must also complete the Family Information (IMM 5645) form.

You can submit all family member application forms in the same envelope with one payment receipt for the total amount of all your applications.

 

Weather

Q82. Do I need special clothing for the winter in Canada?

A: Canada has four different seasons and we highly recommend you bring clothing for all seasons. During the winter months (November to March) you will need a warm clothes, a winter jacket, warm hat, scarf, some gloves and winter boots. All buildings and houses are heated during the winter to about 20ºC indoor temperature. In Canada, most schools are in session between September and June:

Season: Fall

When: September to November

Temperature variation: Between 20ºC and 5ºC

Average: 10ºC

Season: Winter

When: November to March

Temperature variation: Between 5ºC and -25ºC

Average: -10ºC

Season: Spring

When: April to June

Temperature variation: Between 5ºC and 20ºC

Average: 10ºC 

Season: Summer

When: June to August

Temperature variation: Between 20ºC and 30ºC

Average: 25ºC

 

Permanent Residency

Q83.  Can International Students get Permanent Residency based on their studies?

A: Post-Graduation Work Program is a very good option for people who have studied in Canada because it may lead to being eligible for Canadian Permanent Residency under the Canadian Experience Class or Quebec Experience Class categories of immigration.

 

Miscellaneous

Q84. I have finished two years of my program in my home country. I would like to finish the last year of my program in Canada. Will a Canadian institution accept my first two years of study and allow me to start in the third year of the program in Canada?

A: Each university in Canada has its own policy regarding transfer credits from other institutions. Contact the university directly to find out which transfer credits, if any, can be applied towards your intended program of study. You may also want to research if your current institution has any agreements with institutions in Canada that would allow for credit recognition. The international relations office of your university may be able to help in that regard.

Q85. Is it all right to bring photocopied books, pirated CDs or unlicensed software in Canada?

A: No, it’s not. You can be deported if you’re caught bringing those things to Canada.

Q86. Can I have bank account, buy and drive a car in Canada?

A: Yes, you can.

Q87. Can I get a scholarship or bursary to study in Canada?

A: Many educational institutions in Canada have scholarships for international students. You will need to contact the institution directly to find out more about the scholarships or bursaries they have available for international students.

Q88. We have been living outside Canada for many years, but my child is a Canadian citizen. Which grade will my child go into when we return to Canada? Does my child need to apply as an international student?

A: Education in Canada is under the jurisdiction of the provinces, so you will need to contact the province where you plan to live. You may also want to find the contact information for the school board where you will live and contact them directly to find answers to your questions about which grade the child will enter. 

Your child, as a Canadian citizen, would not be required to apply as an international student, and would not need a study permit.

Q89.  Are there any grants or awards available for studying at the primary, secondary, pre-university or undergraduate levels?

A: Unfortunately, there are no grants or awards available to international students for study at these levels. There are only opportunities for awards at the graduate level (masters and doctoral levels) .

Q90. How will I meet people?

A: International Student Associations are available on most campuses. These student groups will provide you with helpful information about life in Canada, and often hold activities where you can make friends with other students.

Multiple other student groups and associations exist on every campus. It is important to get yourself involved in them if you truly want to meet people and get the most out of your student experience. Enjoy a sport? Try out for the school team! Are you a fan of classic literature? Join the reading group! Ask a representative from the students association for information on the student groups available to you.

Q91. What are the top 10 universities in Canada?

A: Macleans, a Canadian weekly news magazine, ranks Canada's Universities every year. Below is their ranking of the top comprehensive and Medical Doctoral universities in Canada. Comprehensive universities have a significant degree of research activity and a wide range of programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including professional degrees. Medical Doctoral universities offer a diverse selection of Ph.D programs and also have medical schools.

 

Comprehensive Universities

Medical Doctoral Universities

1. Simon Fraser

2. Victoria

3. Waterloo

4. New Brunswick

5. Guelph

6. Carleton*

6. Memorial*

7. York

8. Regina

9. Windsor

10. Wilfred Laurier

1. McGill

2. UBC

3. Toronto

4. Queen's

5. Alberta

6. McMaster

7. Dalhousie

8. Calgary

9. Saskatchewan

10. Ottawa

11. Western

 

Q92.  Do my children need to complete the application form?

A: Parents or guardians can assist children in filling out their forms. Parents or guardians must sign the forms on behalf of any children under the age of 18.

However, if your child is aged 18 and over, they must complete and sign their own application forms as well as any other required forms.


Q93. I am already in Canada and have a valid study permit. I would like to change my school or program of studies. What do I need to do to modify my study permit?

A: If you are a student at the primary school level and you are moving on to high school or if you are a high school student and you are moving on to post-secondary studies, you need to submit an application to modify your study permit at the Citizenship and Immigration Canada Case Processing Centre in Vegreville, Alberta. However, if you are enrolled in a post-secondary program (doing studies after the high school level), you may change your school, level, program and field of studies without applying for a new study permit. You don’t need to apply for a change to the condition of your study permit either. You may continue to use your study permit as long as it is valid.

 

FAQs – Study in Singapore

Q1. What are the entry requirements to study at educational institutions in Singapore?

A: Entry requirements are mostly the same for all Institutes & Universities. As English is the common language of instruction, most institutions require students to meet a minimum standard of English. Generally, certification of competence in English is in the form of: (Any 1)

·         General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)

·         Test of English As a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

·         International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Besides English, different institutions and courses have different minimum requirements. These requirements are usually stated in the course prospectus, brochures or websites of the institutions.

 

Q2. Why should I go to Singapore?

A: Singapore is a premier education hub in Asia, offering quality education opportunities at all levels to local and international students. Building on the strengths and international recognition of Singapore institutions, the Singapore government is actively promoting and developing the Education industry in Singapore for all international students from around the world. There are already more than 50,000 international students in Singapore, of which about over2,000 are Indian students pursuing education opportunities at various levels. Many international students are attracted to the quality UG and PG programmes offered by Singapore's local universities: National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University, as well as the PG courses offered by the 10 leading international universities based in Singapore. These leading international universities include top European MBA school, instead, top US universities such as University of Chicago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Johns Hopkins University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Stanford and Wharton School of Business. Students choose because they know Singapore offers quality and broad-based education programmes with a global perspective that serve as a springboard to a brighter future.

Diverse cultures, languages and religions give Singapore a cosmopolitan look and a safer place to students. Singapore is crime free, pollution free, corruption free country.

 

Q3. What is the Duration of the Bachelors and Masters Courses in Singapore?

A: You can complete your bachelors degree in 2 years if you start your Bachelors after year 12th and if you will start you Bachelors after year 10th then you can complete the same degree in three years. But the duration for IT courses is  3 and 4 years. The duration for MBA is generally one year.

 

Q4. In Singapore, why the Bachelors Degree is for 2 years and Masters for 1 year?

A: Most of the Singapore institutes provide affiliated degrees from top USA, UK and  Australian Universities. They do refer the same curriculum and subjects as the  parent University,  but in Singapore you will get less holidays. Hence, a student can complete the same degree in less time.   

 

Q5. Is there an Application fee to apply to Singapore institution?

A: Yes, some of the Singapore Institutions do have an application fees. You can visit the institutes websites to know specific amount of the application fee for each Institute. In some cases you can avail the application fee waivers which are available with us.

 

Q6. Can I work Part-time in Singapore?

A:  International Students are normally not permitted to work part time during the studies unless the college offers them an internship. This is quite common in Singapore institutions. Students Studying in national University and Government owned Polytechnics are allowed to work part time up to maximum of 16 hours per week.

Q7. Do I need to give IELTS to apply in Singapore? What are the English Proficiency requirements?

A: NO, IELTS is not compulsory in Singapore. They need a letter of instruction from your education institute to know if your last qualification was in English or not. However, it is recommended to take TOEFL, IELTS to improve your chances of admissions.

 

Q8. Will I get the financial Support?

A: Yes, Scholarships are available in Singapore. These are merit based scholarships.

 

Q9. What is the difference between private and public institutions?

A: Public Schools are government schools. They are registered and managed by the Ministry of Education , Singapore.

Private Schools - There are various types of private schools in Singapore. Private schools are generally run by private companies or non-profit organisations. Some private institutions receive public funds as well.

Q10. Student visa requirement is exempted,  if you are: 

A: Any student meeting following criteria is exempted student visa requirement :

·         Dependant's Pass holder studying in a Government/ Government-Aided/ Independent school/ Foreign System School/ Kindergarten registered with MOE or Childcare centre licensed by MCYS;

·         Immigration Exemption Order holder; or

·         Visitor who has been granted a short term Visit Pass at the Singapore Checkpoint    and wish to attend a short course that can be completed within the validity of the initial Visit Pass granted to him/her at the Singapore Checkpoint or 30 days, whichever is shorter.

 

Q11. Do I need a Visa and Student Pass to study in Singapore?

A:  Any international student wishing to study full-time in Singapore is required to apply for a Student's Pass and visa (if applicable) from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA). For applicants who require a visa to enter Singapore, please ensure that your application for the Student Pass is submitted to the ICA at least 2 months before the commencement date of the course.

 

Q12. What is the Visa procedure?

A: After receiving the Offer Letter or Acceptance Letter from the institute, you must proceed to apply for a Students Pass. Please ensure that your application for the Student Pass is submitted to the ICA.

 

Q13. How do I apply to study in Singapore?

A:  Once you apply for the University, then you have to fill the form 16 and form 36v, and submit to your institute or university. They would apply for you. As your  counselor Gleaming Outlook would check whether all the details submitted are proper or not.

 

Q14. How much are the school or tuition fees?  

A:  Fees vary according to type of course and type of school (private or public). For course fees of private schools, please check directly with the institutions.

 

Q15. Are there any special support services for international students?

A:  Educational institutions generally provide special support services for international students. Some even have an International Students Office to cater to your specific needs. Assistance rendered range from helping you look for accommodation to advice on financial, social and other matters. Please approach your school Student Services or International Students Office for more information.

 

Q16. Should  my medical examination be done in Singapore?

A:  If you are a new applicant and not in Singapore, the medical examination can either be done in your home country or in Singapore by a qualified doctor. However, the medical examination required for subsequent renewal of the Student Pass must be done in Singapore. The doctor must record and certify the results of the medical examination in the designated medical report form. The medical report should not be issued more than 3 months from the submission date of your application or renewal. If a medical report was submitted to ICA or MOM not more than 2 years from your submission date, there is no need to re-submit a fresh medical report. (The above requirement is not applicable to applicants who are below 15 years old.) 

 

Q17. How do I collect my Student Pass? 

A:  Upon the approval of your Students Pass application, you will receive an In-Principle Approval letter through your respective Institute of Higher Learning. After you have arrived in Singapore, you may then arrange to collect your Student Pass in person or through your respective Institute of Higher Learning at the Visitor Services Center, Immigration & Checkpoints Authority. To collect the Student Pass, you need to produce the In-Principle Approval letter, your original travel document showing you have valid stay in Singapore, the white Embarkation/Disembarkation card (which you will complete on arrival in Singapore), results of your medical examination certified in the designated medical report together with the laboratory report, Student Pass and visa fee as well as a hard copy of your electronic Student Pass application Form 16 duly signed by you. Your Student Pass will be issued if the conditions as stipulated in the In-Principal Approval letter are fulfilled.

 

Q18. What is the Education System in Singapore?

A: The Education System in Singapore is as given below :


I. Nursery (1 yr), Kindergarten (K1 & K2) (2 yrs) (total 3 years) 


II. Primary (PSLE) (6 years) 


III. Secondary (O Level) (4 years) 


IV. Secondary (N Level) (4 years) > Secondary (O Level) (1 year) 


V. Junior College (JC) (Pre-University) (A Level) (2 years) 


VI. Polytechnic (Poly) (2, 3 years) (only top few % go to University) 


VII. Institute of Technical Education (ITE) 


VIII. University

19. What is the Cost of Living in Singapore?

The standard of living in Singapore is amongst the highest in Asia. An international student in Singapore spends on average about S$750 to S$2,000 a month on living expenses. This amount of course, varies depending on your individual lifestyle and course of study.

Q20. When is the intake in Singapore?

A: Singapore university have major intake in the month of January, where some universities also allow admission in month of March, July and October.

Q21. Is the degree of Singapore valid in my home country?

A: Singapore degrees are recognized internationally. However additional education or exams may be required for regulated programs, where registration is necessary such as MBBS, Nursing, Law and Teaching etc.

Q22. How much security deposit is required upon approval of the students pass applicant?

Upon approval of the student pass application, an In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter will be submitted to the applicant. The security deposit, if required, would be indicated in the IPA letter to the applicant. Indian Students are required to deposit Sing $5,000 (approximately) in the form of Banker's Guarantee from any established banks in Singapore or Cashers Order.

Q23. What are work opportunities after studies in Singapore?

A: In general, after course completion the students are allowed to stay in Singapore for 1 month on Social Visit Pass. Employment pass is required to work in Singapore: the employer applies for the same on the behalf of employee. More than 7000 MNCs along with 100,00 small and medium companies have set up their base in Singapore. Thus Singapore offers limitless career and networking possibilities to the students studying there. Singapore enjoys a very high employment rate.

Q24. Can I get Exemption in Security Deposit?

A: Exemption from the security deposit requirement may be granted to:

·         Holders of valid Dependent’s Pass, long term social visit pass and work pass

·         Foreign students who study in kindergartens registered with Ministry of Education / Childcare centers licensed by MCYS

·         Foreign students who attend a full-time course at an approved Private Education Institution that is awarded Singapore Quality Class for Private Education Organization, or SQC(PEO) by SPRING, Singapore

·         Foreign students who pursue a full-time university degree (Graduate / Post-Graduate) programme at an approved private education institution, except for the University of London (UOL) tuition programme.

·         Below 16 years old at the point of application

·         Malaysians / Brunei nationals

·         Children or Spouse of Singapore Citizens / Permanent Residents

 

 

Q25. Is there any difference between a Singapore student pass and a Singapore student visa?

A: No, In Singapore, every visa is referred to as a "pass". So there are:



·         Student pass


·         Social visit pass


·         Dependent pass


·         Long term social visit pass


·         Employment pass


·         S-Pass (a form of employment pass)

All these "passes" might be called visas in some countries. In Singapore they are called "passes". Otherwise, they are no different from visas.


Q26. Is it advisable to take College accommodation or private accommodation?

A: College accommodation will be little expensive than private accommodation.



Q27. How do I get a refund of registration fee if my Singapore Visa rejected?



A: Registration fee is not refundable.



Q28.  How soon can we get a ‘Letter of Offer’?



A: Within seven days to one month, depending upon the university.



Q29.  How much does Gleaming Outlook charge for admission?



A: Free of Cost



Q30. Is GRE or GMAT required for admission into MSc programs?



A: No. There are private college where students can study MBA in Singapore without taking GMAT.



Q31.  What are the basic entry requirements for Master’s programme at any University in Singapore?



A: The entry requirement for Masters programme at any University in Singapore is a good First Class Degree (60% and above) in graduation, in a related stream.



Q32.  Eligibility to Study MBA in Singapore?



A: The Applicant should fulfill the following criteria’s:- 



·         Minimum 2- 3 year’s Full Time work experience after graduation. However, there are private college, where students can pursue MBA without work experience. 


·         First class degree in graduation.

FAQs – Study in Singapore

 

Q1. What are the entry requirements to study at educational institutions in Singapore?

A: Entry requirements are mostly the same for all Institutes & Universities. As English is the common language of instruction, most institutions require students to meet a minimum standard of English. Generally, certification of competence in English is in the form of: (Any 1)

·         General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)

·         Test of English As a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

·         International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Besides English, different institutions and courses have different minimum requirements. These requirements are usually stated in the course prospectus, brochures or websites of the institutions.

 

Q2. Why should I go to Singapore?

A: Singapore is a premier education hub in Asia, offering quality education opportunities at all levels to local and international students. Building on the strengths and international recognition of Singapore institutions, the Singapore government is actively promoting and developing the Education industry in Singapore for all international students from around the world. There are already more than 50,000 international students in Singapore, of which about over2,000 are Indian students pursuing education opportunities at various levels. Many international students are attracted to the quality UG and PG programmes offered by Singapore's local universities: National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University, as well as the PG courses offered by the 10 leading international universities based in Singapore. These leading international universities include top European MBA school, instead, top US universities such as University of Chicago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Johns Hopkins University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Stanford and Wharton School of Business. Students choose because they know Singapore offers quality and broad-based education programmes with a global perspective that serve as a springboard to a brighter future.

Diverse cultures, languages and religions give Singapore a cosmopolitan look and a safer place to students. Singapore is crime free, pollution free, corruption free country.

 

Q3. What is the Duration of the Bachelors and Masters Courses in Singapore?

A: You can complete your bachelors degree in 2 years if you start your Bachelors after year 12th and if you will start you Bachelors after year 10th then you can complete the same degree in three years. But the duration for IT courses is  3 and 4 years. The duration for MBA is generally one year.

 

Q4. In Singapore, why the Bachelors Degree is for 2 years and Masters for 1 year?

A: Most of the Singapore institutes provide affiliated degrees from top USA, UK and  Australian Universities. They do refer the same curriculum and subjects as the  parent University,  but in Singapore you will get less holidays. Hence, a student can complete the same degree in less time.   

 

Q5. Is there an Application fee to apply to Singapore institution?

A: Yes, some of the Singapore Institutions do have an application fees. You can visit the institutes websites to know specific amount of the application fee for each Institute. In some cases you can avail the application fee waivers which are available with us.

 

Q6. Can I work Part-time in Singapore?

A:  International Students are normally not permitted to work part time during the studies unless the college offers them an internship. This is quite common in Singapore institutions. Students Studying in national University and Government owned Polytechnics are allowed to work part time up to maximum of 16 hours per week.

Q7. Do I need to give IELTS to apply in Singapore? What are the English Proficiency requirements?

A: NO, IELTS is not compulsory in Singapore. They need a letter of instruction from your education institute to know if your last qualification was in English or not. However, it is recommended to take TOEFL, IELTS to improve your chances of admissions.

 

Q8. Will I get the financial Support?

A: Yes, Scholarships are available in Singapore. These are merit based scholarships.

 

Q9. What is the difference between private and public institutions?

A: Public Schools are government schools. They are registered and managed by the Ministry of Education , Singapore.

Private Schools - There are various types of private schools in Singapore. Private schools are generally run by private companies or non-profit organisations. Some private institutions receive public funds as well.

Q10. Student visa requirement is exempted,  if you are: 

A: Any student meeting following criteria is exempted student visa requirement :

·         Dependant's Pass holder studying in a Government/ Government-Aided/ Independent school/ Foreign System School/ Kindergarten registered with MOE or Childcare centre licensed by MCYS;

·         Immigration Exemption Order holder; or

·         Visitor who has been granted a short term Visit Pass at the Singapore Checkpoint    and wish to attend a short course that can be completed within the validity of the initial Visit Pass granted to him/her at the Singapore Checkpoint or 30 days, whichever is shorter.

 

Q11. Do I need a Visa and Student Pass to study in Singapore?

A:  Any international student wishing to study full-time in Singapore is required to apply for a Student's Pass and visa (if applicable) from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA). For applicants who require a visa to enter Singapore, please ensure that your application for the Student Pass is submitted to the ICA at least 2 months before the commencement date of the course.

 

Q12. What is the Visa procedure?

A: After receiving the Offer Letter or Acceptance Letter from the institute, you must proceed to apply for a Students Pass. Please ensure that your application for the Student Pass is submitted to the ICA.

 

Q13. How do I apply to study in Singapore?

A:  Once you apply for the University, then you have to fill the form 16 and form 36v, and submit to your institute or university. They would apply for you. As your  counselor Gleaming Outlook would check whether all the details submitted are proper or not.

 

Q14. How much are the school or tuition fees?  

A:  Fees vary according to type of course and type of school (private or public). For course fees of private schools, please check directly with the institutions.

 

Q15. Are there any special support services for international students?

A:  Educational institutions generally provide special support services for international students. Some even have an International Students Office to cater to your specific needs. Assistance rendered range from helping you look for accommodation to advice on financial, social and other matters. Please approach your school Student Services or International Students Office for more information.

 

Q16. Should  my medical examination be done in Singapore?

A:  If you are a new applicant and not in Singapore, the medical examination can either be done in your home country or in Singapore by a qualified doctor. However, the medical examination required for subsequent renewal of the Student Pass must be done in Singapore. The doctor must record and certify the results of the medical examination in the designated medical report form. The medical report should not be issued more than 3 months from the submission date of your application or renewal. If a medical report was submitted to ICA or MOM not more than 2 years from your submission date, there is no need to re-submit a fresh medical report. (The above requirement is not applicable to applicants who are below 15 years old.) 

 

Q17. How do I collect my Student Pass? 

A:  Upon the approval of your Students Pass application, you will receive an In-Principle Approval letter through your respective Institute of Higher Learning. After you have arrived in Singapore, you may then arrange to collect your Student Pass in person or through your respective Institute of Higher Learning at the Visitor Services Center, Immigration & Checkpoints Authority. To collect the Student Pass, you need to produce the In-Principle Approval letter, your original travel document showing you have valid stay in Singapore, the white Embarkation/Disembarkation card (which you will complete on arrival in Singapore), results of your medical examination certified in the designated medical report together with the laboratory report, Student Pass and visa fee as well as a hard copy of your electronic Student Pass application Form 16 duly signed by you. Your Student Pass will be issued if the conditions as stipulated in the In-Principal Approval letter are fulfilled.

 

Q18. What is the Education System in Singapore?

A: The Education System in Singapore is as given below :


I. Nursery (1 yr), Kindergarten (K1 & K2) (2 yrs) (total 3 years) 


II. Primary (PSLE) (6 years) 


III. Secondary (O Level) (4 years) 


IV. Secondary (N Level) (4 years) > Secondary (O Level) (1 year) 


V. Junior College (JC) (Pre-University) (A Level) (2 years) 


VI. Polytechnic (Poly) (2, 3 years) (only top few % go to University) 


VII. Institute of Technical Education (ITE) 


VIII. University

19. What is the Cost of Living in Singapore?

The standard of living in Singapore is amongst the highest in Asia. An international student in Singapore spends on average about S$750 to S$2,000 a month on living expenses. This amount of course, varies depending on your individual lifestyle and course of study.

Q20. When is the intake in Singapore?

A: Singapore university have major intake in the month of January, where some universities also allow admission in month of March, July and October.

Q21. Is the degree of Singapore valid in my home country?

A: Singapore degrees are recognized internationally. However additional education or exams may be required for regulated programs, where registration is necessary such as MBBS, Nursing, Law and Teaching etc.

Q22. How much security deposit is required upon approval of the students pass applicant?

Upon approval of the student pass application, an In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter will be submitted to the applicant. The security deposit, if required, would be indicated in the IPA letter to the applicant. Indian Students are required to deposit Sing $5,000 (approximately) in the form of Banker's Guarantee from any established banks in Singapore or Cashers Order.

Q23. What are work opportunities after studies in Singapore?

A: In general, after course completion the students are allowed to stay in Singapore for 1 month on Social Visit Pass. Employment pass is required to work in Singapore: the employer applies for the same on the behalf of employee. More than 7000 MNCs along with 100,00 small and medium companies have set up their base in Singapore. Thus Singapore offers limitless career and networking possibilities to the students studying there. Singapore enjoys a very high employment rate.

Q24. Can I get Exemption in Security Deposit?

A: Exemption from the security deposit requirement may be granted to:

·         Holders of valid Dependent’s Pass, long term social visit pass and work pass

·         Foreign students who study in kindergartens registered with Ministry of Education / Childcare centers licensed by MCYS

·         Foreign students who attend a full-time course at an approved Private Education Institution that is awarded Singapore Quality Class for Private Education Organization, or SQC(PEO) by SPRING, Singapore

·         Foreign students who pursue a full-time university degree (Graduate / Post-Graduate) programme at an approved private education institution, except for the University of London (UOL) tuition programme.

·         Below 16 years old at the point of application

·         Malaysians / Brunei nationals

·         Children or Spouse of Singapore Citizens / Permanent Residents

 

 

Q25. Is there any difference between a Singapore student pass and a Singapore student visa?

A: No, In Singapore, every visa is referred to as a "pass". So there are:



·         Student pass


·         Social visit pass


·         Dependent pass


·         Long term social visit pass


·         Employment pass


·         S-Pass (a form of employment pass)

All these "passes" might be called visas in some countries. In Singapore they are called "passes". Otherwise, they are no different from visas.


Q26. Is it advisable to take College accommodation or private accommodation?

A: College accommodation will be little expensive than private accommodation.



Q27. How do I get a refund of registration fee if my Singapore Visa rejected?



A: Registration fee is not refundable.



Q28.  How soon can we get a ‘Letter of Offer’?



A: Within seven days to one month, depending upon the university.



Q29.  How much does Gleaming Outlook charge for admission?



A: Free of Cost



Q30. Is GRE or GMAT required for admission into MSc programs?



A: No. There are private college where students can study MBA in Singapore without taking GMAT.



Q31.  What are the basic entry requirements for Master’s programme at any University in Singapore?



A: The entry requirement for Masters programme at any University in Singapore is a good First Class Degree (60% and above) in graduation, in a related stream.



Q32.  Eligibility to Study MBA in Singapore?



A: The Applicant should fulfill the following criteria’s:- 



·         Minimum 2- 3 year’s Full Time work experience after graduation. However, there are private college, where students can pursue MBA without work experience. 


·         First class degree in graduation.

FAQs – Study in UAE

 

Q1. What are the entry requirements to study in UAE?

A: The entry requirements for students from UAE are listed below.

·         For  undergraduate Bachelors degree - The minimum academic entry requirements and admission criteria for depends upon the type of high school studies program you have followed and admissions are given on case to case basis. However, broad desired  minimum averages  are as given below. However this are representative figures and admission decisions are given on case to case basis.  

Ø  Students Holding a High School Certificate or its Equivalent (Science or Literature Sections): A minimum average of 70% is required for admissions to the following colleges:

-          Shari’a & Islamic Studies

-          Business Administration

-          Law

-          Fine Arts & Design

-          Communication

-          Arts Humanities and Social Sciences

Ø  Students Holding a High School Certificate or its Equivalent ( Science Section) :

-          A minimum average of 70% for admission to the College of Sciences 

-          A minimum average of 75% for admission to the Colleges of Engineering and Health Sciences.

-          A minimum average of 80% for admission to the College of Pharmacy.

-          A minimum average of 85% for admission to the College of Dentistry.

-          A minimum average of 90% for admission to the College of Medicine.

·         For a postgraduate Masters degree

Ø  Bachelor degree GPA 2.75

Ø  A recognised pre-Masters course

·         English language requirements - In addition to the academic requirements listed above, you will need to provide evidence that you meet the required level of English language. To complete the requirements for admission to any college/school for any given semester, applicants must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS (Academic). A minimum score of 71 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) or 6.0 on IELTS (Academic) is required. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two calendar years

only.

 

Q2. What are the Tuition fee and scholarship options

A: Your tuition fees will vary depending on the university and your chosen level of study. For full details please refer university prospectus. The International Merit Scholarship is given to well-qualified students applying for any full-time Bachelors or Masters course. Awards are made on the basis of academic merit and level of competence in English language. Once you apply for a course you will be automatically considered for a scholarship, and details of any award given will be included in your offer letter.

 

Q3. Do I Need a visa?

A: If you are an admitted student who resides outside the UAE then you require a student visa (citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries do not need a visa).  You need to complete Student  Visa Request Form. Visas cannot be processed for passports expiring within one year of the visa application date. Be sure your passport is valid for at least one year. Complete the form and send it to the Office of Enrollment Management before the deadline along with the requirements as shown on the form. The Public Relations Department will contact you as soon as the visa is issued to coordinate the delivery of the visa to you.

 

Q4. Need housing?

A: If you live outside the UAE or in another emirate and want to live on campus, then you must complete Residential Halls Form. Residential halls are ideal places for students to meet and get to know each other. Since a large number of students come from outside the UAE, living in the residential halls is helpful for them. It provides an environment that is safe and friendly, especially when you are away from home probably for the first time. Room assignments are made on a first-come first-served basis. Preference for specific types of rooms cannot be guaranteed.

 

Q5. How is the Weather in UAE?

A: The climate in UAE is idyllic from November to April with warm sunny days, cool evenings and low humidity. Daytime temperatures range from 18 to 30 C˚. You can expect some rainfall and tropical storms during January, February and March. From May to September, the climate is hot with midday temperatures in July and August reaching in excess of 45 C˚. Even the nights are warm, averaging 25 C˚.

 

Q6. How do I certify or attest my secondary school records?

A: In order for admitted students to complete their files and to register for courses at the beginning of their semester of admission, they need to submit certified or attested original secondary education certificates and grade reports. Students who prefer to keep their original documents can submit certified or attested copies instead. Students are encouraged to attest two sets of documents: one for their university files and the other for their own future needs.

 

Q7. What is the medical record form?

A: The Medical Record Form needs to be completed by a licensed general physician in your country. You could also have it completed at the  University Health Center (UHC). As part of the registration procedures, every student must be enrolled in a  health insurance plan.

 

Q8. Need to change your major?

A: Your letter of admission indicates the college/school and major to which you have been admitted. If you want to change your major, you need to complete Change of Major Request Form. The form should be emailed to the Office of Enrollment Management no later than the deadline given on the form. The request will be evaluated against your school grades and available space in the major you are interested in pursuing. You will be notified of the decision, and, if approved, you will receive a new letter of admission showing the new major.

 

Q9. Why is being accredited important to me?

A: Being accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, means  our University courses recognized internationally and are highly regarded. This means that your degree is recognized not only in the UAE, but also internationally and therefore you can get transfer credit if you study abroad.

 

Q10. When Can I apply?

A: You can enroll every semester  FALL (August/September) or SPRING (January/February). Please check our website for Application deadlines.

 

Q11. How do I apply for an undergraduate program? what documentation is required?

A: Completed Application form with following documents :

·         Application fee

·         Copy of official transcripts, academic records, diplomas, national examination results, certificates or degrees received from all secondary, post-secondary and university.

·         Copy of IELTS / iBT TOEFL (test date must be less than 2 years old)

·         Your personal Statement in the prescribed format.

·         2 letters of recommendation in the prescribed format.

·         2 recent passport-sized photographs.

·         Copy of your passport and Residence Visa (if resident in the UAE).

 

Q12. Can my application fee be refunded if I am not accepted?

A: Your application fee  will not be refunded.

 

Q13. Will I study in Arabic or English?

A: The medium of instruction for most universities of higher leraning is English but if you are a non Arabic speaker you are required to take an Arabic for foreigners course.

 

Q14. Is it true that Zayed University (ZU) has male and female students?

A: Yes,  ZU has both Male and Female students. In Abu Dhabi, male and female are on separate campuses.  In Dubai, male and female are on the same campus, but classes are scheduled at different times of the day.

 

Q15. What is the laptop policy for students?

A: As a general rule students must buy their laptop through university, because network, software and support are specially configured for specific models of laptops. 

 

Q16. What support can I get if I encounter difficulties in my studies?

A: If you have difficulties you may seek help from the following:

·         Office of Accessibility

·         Your Advisor

·         Counselors

·         Writing Center

·         Math Center

·         PALs Center – Peer Assistance Leaders Support Program

·         Library Peer Tutors

Q17. Can International Students get Financial Aid?

A: No, Financial Aid is not available to international students. However, you can apply for the are Tuition Waiver Scheme. Please contact the Office of Student Support for further details.

      

     Q18. Can US citizens with Israeli stamps in their passports legally enter the

     UAE?

Yes. UAE law does not prohibit individuals who have Israeli stamps in their passports from entering the UAE.


      

     Q19. What are the demographics of UAE?


     A: The UAE's population is about 8.3 million and it is one of the most ethnically diverse in the Middle East. Roughly 11 percent of the population is Emirati; with other major demographic groups including South Asians, other Arab nationals, East Asians, and Western expatriates.



                        

     Q20. Is there an official religion?


     A: The official religion of the UAE is Islam, although other religions are respected

     and practiced freely.



      

Q21. What is the currency used?


A: The currency of the UAE is the dirham, which is divided into 100 fils. The UAE dirham is fixed to the US dollar at a rate of 3.67 dirham to the dollar.



      

     Q22. Can you provide a little background on Abu Dhabi?

     A: Abu Dhabi is the largest of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab

Emirates. It occupies nearly 87 percent of the country's total landmass and includes the capital — the city of Abu Dhabi — and a second major city named Al Ain, located near the emirate's border with Oman. According to the 2005 census, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is home to over 1.3 million people, the majority of whom are expatriates.
The Emirate of Abu Dhabi holds 9 percent of the world's proven oil reserves and almost 5 percent of the world's proven supplies of natural gas. However, the government of Abu Dhabi is overseeing an ambitious strategy to diversify the local economy over the next two to three decades to ensure that the emirate continues to grow in a balanced and sustainable way.
From the government's perspective, significant and ongoing investment in education is central to the successful achievement of all of its social and economic objectives. Among the UAE national population, there are currently more women than men enrolled in higher education.
Established in 1971, the UAE is a federation with two separate levels of government. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, is also the president of the country.


      

Q23. How does one dress in Abu Dhabi?


A: Abu Dhabi is considered conservative but tolerant when it comes to dress code. Given the diverse nature of the population, one can see many different types of dress in Abu Dhabi (jeans, saris, business suits, dishdashas, and abayas). Visitors are free to wear the same clothes that they would wear at home, but both men and women typically refrain from wearing excessively revealing clothing out of respect for the local culture and customs. For most of the year, lightweight summer clothing is suitable. Warmer clothes are needed during the winter months, especially in the evening.



                       

Q24. What time zone is Abu Dhabi in?


A: The UAE is in Greenwich Mean Time plus four hours, or nine hours ahead of New York in Standard Time. During Daylight Savings Time, Abu Dhabi is eight hours ahead of New York.

                                                                        

Q25. What is the voltage in the UAE?

A: The voltage is 220 volts, so most North American appliances will require transformers, while small electronics will just require adaptors.

 

Q26. Is smoking cigarettes legal in the UAE?

A: Smoking is legal in certain places in UAE (except for Sharjah). Since 2008, there have been bans on smoking in enclosed public places (e.g., malls, restaurants). Under a January 2010 law, smoking was banned while driving a vehicle in the company of a child under 12 years.

 

Q27. Is internet available?

A: Yes. A person can apply to an ISP for internet access from home once s/he has obtained residency status and obtained a personal phone line. There are also internet cafes in the cities and computers at the hospital. All internet traffic in the UAE is processed through centralized servers that filter content that is contrary to Islamic values, so some sites will not be available, such as those with sexually explicit content, some entertainment sites, etc.

 

Q28. Can I open  a bank account in UAE?

A: Opening a new account is a simple process. The bank requires the following to open an account:

·         a valid passport copy

·         two recent photographs

·         a copy of your UAE national ID

·         a copy of your student ID

·         contact information in the UAE (telephone numbers)

 

Q29. How do I obtain a UAE driving license?

A: Students above  18 years can  obtain a license. You  need to do the following:

·         Visit the on-campus office of Traffic Police Department.

·         Obtain the necessary form, which must be completed in Arabic.

·         Take the form to the University Health Center for blood group verification.

·         Submit the form at the on-campus office of the Traffic Police Department along with the following:

Ø  a copy of your UAE national ID

Ø  a copy of your passport

Ø  a letter of enrollment— obtainable from the Office of the

Ø  Registrar

Ø  three recent photographs

Ø  payment for the required fee

 

Q30. How much does education in Dubai cost?


A: Being one of the prime attractions of tourists, Dubai is not pocket friendly. However, tuition fee in Dubai is not that high, hence, the total cost is not so high that it should bother a student. Tuition fees for an undergraduate programme in Dubai ranges between 37500 to 70000 AED (UAE Dirham) per year and the living expenses range between 2600 to 3900 AED per year. The tuition fees for a postgraduate programme in Dubai ranges between 55000 to 75000 AED per year and the living expenses range between 2600 to 3900 AED per year.

 

Q31. When can one apply to universities in Dubai?


A: You can apply to universities in Dubai in the months of January, May, July, August, September and November.

 

Q32.  What are the requirements to study in Dubai?


A: All the applicants must submit certified true copies of relevant documents along with the application form. The university will decide on the recognition of your academic background and will decide at which level you can qualify to enter. Once the application is successful, you will receive a conditional/ confirmation offer letter from them which can be used to apply for student resident visa. Visa procedure takes a week after you apply for visa. As you get approval for visa, you can book your tickets.

 

Q33.  What is the visa procedure to study in Dubai?


A: Student visa to Dubai is provided by all colleges and universities that you apply to. The administrative expense for a student visa will amount to AED 1,500 for a 3 years validity. This amount is usually paid at the time of registration. However, some institutions may include this administrative expense in their tuition fees.

 

Q34.  What are the documents required to apply for visa to Dubai?


A:  Student is required to submit the following documents along with the visa application:

·         All Indians with Indian passports valid for more than six months can enter the UAE.

·         A Note Verbal from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (in case of Indian Government Officials) or from the concerned Diplomatic Mission (in case of Diplomats or Officials working in a Diplomatic Mission).

·         A duly filled in application form (which can be downloaded from the Embassy website), signed by the applicant.

·         Two passport size photographs (one photograph pasted on the form and second photograph clipped with the form).

·         Proof of English language proficiency (results from IELTS & TOEFL tests)

·         Statement of purpose

·         Degree/ provisional certificate

·         Letter from college

 

Q35: How much will I be spending during my stay in Dubai?

A. Dubai is an expensive city and the cost of living is relatively high. International students are required to show evidence that they can contribute to the cost of living and studying in Dubai. This helps to ensure students are better able to make the most of their studies and have a safe and enjoyable experience in Dubai. The minimum annual living costs required by the Dubai Government are  30,000 AED. Depending on individual’s lifestyle, monthly expenses can  range between 2500 – 4000 AED, which includes rent, food, entertainment, transportation and other miscellaneous expenses.

 

Q36.  Can I work during the course of my study in Dubai?

A: 
International students can work part time for 20 hours a week in free zone areas. However they are required to get the permission to work from universities.

 

FAQs – Study MBBS / Engineering  in Russia

 

Q1.      Does the student have to give any entrance examination prior to joining the academy in Russia?

A.        Unlike the other countries, there are no pre-qualifying examinations like CET, TOEFL, etc for admission to the Universities in Russia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine. The admissions are based on the 12th standard marks for the Graduate courses and as per the equivalency of the Indian graduate degree with the Russian degrees for the postgraduate courses. All admissions are strictly on a first come first serve basis.

 

Q2.      What is the duration of MBBS course in Russia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine etc?

A.        MBBS duration is 6 year in all these countries in English medium.

 

Q3.      When does the academic year start?

A.        Academic Curriculum starts from 1st week of September in all three countries Russia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine.

 

Q4.      Can I get an education loan?

A.        Yes, We will fully assist you in applying for educational loan, the decision of sanctioning the loan is entirely depends on the BANK, and you need to meet the criteria devised by the bank for sanctioning of loan.

 

Q5.      What is the mode of fee payment?

A.        A Student can pay the University fees of the concerned university through wire transfer.

 

Q6. What would be the advantage of applying to a Russian higher educational Institute through Gleaming Outlook(GO)?

A: GO has close ties with the Russian universities and the founder members of GO have themselves completed their medical education from the Russian federation.

GO understands the Russian educational system absolutely from all the angles and hence can provide practical assistance to the prospective students willing to pursue medical and engineering education in Russia.

GO guides the students and their parents not only to secure their admissions but throughout their tenure during their education in Russia.

GO guides the students (and parents) about higher specialization courses in India and abroad. Further, we also  guide students on how to appear for the medical qualifying exams in India, USA, UK and other countries.

 

Q7.      What is the Eligibility Criteria for Indian students to get admission to MBBS course in foreign countries?

A.        As per Medical Council of India the minimum qualification for Indian Students to study in these countries is 50% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology in 12th standard. In case of SC/ST it is 40%. The minimum age should be 17 years.

 

Q8.      After completing the course can I do my internship from India?

A.        Yes, but first student has to qualify Screening Test of MCI.

 

Q9. Are the medical degrees from Russian Universities recognized?

A: As per the amendment to the Indian Medical Act, 1956, any Indian student intending to study medicine in any medical college anywhere abroad for a graduate medical course has to obtain an eligibility certificate from the Medical Council of India, New Delhi before joining the medical college abroad. After the successful completion of the course, the student is expected to appear for a screening test conducted by the National Board of Examination (http://www.natboard.edu.in) as required by the Medical Council of India (http://www.mciindia.org) prior to the registration with the Medical Council of India. The academic requirement for the eligibility certificate as defined by the Medical Council of India for the general is an aggregate 50% marks in the Physics / Chemistry and Biology and 40% incase of the reserved category. More details could be obtained from the Medical Council of India, either from their office in New Delhi or from their official website. GO guides the students to appear for medical qualifying exams in India, USA, UK and other countries.

Post Graduate courses from no where in the world are registered with the Medical Council of India or the Dental Council of India. This would mean that you would not be able to either work as a specialist in a government hospital or teach the specialization learnt. You would however, have your own private practice or work in a private hospital. Since you would be doing your specialization from a University, which is listed by the WHO in its "Directory of world medical schools", you would be eligible to appear for screening examinations to many screening examinations like PLAB etc.

 

Q10.    How many times can I appear for MCI Screening Test?

A.        Students get unlimited chance to clear MCI Screening Test. MCI conducts screening test twice a year i.e. March and September.

 

Q11.    Can I practice in my country or can I get a job in a government Hospital on my return?

A.        Yes, after clearing the screening test and getting your MCI registration with the state or central council, you are eligible for any government & private appointment.

 

Q12. Is student required to give any entrance examination before joining the university in Russia?

A: NO. The students need not appear for any entrance examination. The admissions are based on the 12th standard marks for Bachelor courses and as per the equivalency of the Indian graduate degree with the Russian degrees for the Masters  courses. All admissions are strictly on a first come first served basis.

 

Q13. What is the difference between Institute, Academy and university?

A: Institute is the basic of the learning process with minimal infrastructure and least specialization on any subject. Academy has infrastructure bigger than the institute and standard of teaching better than the institute, whereas university has the surplus infrastructure and resources, having latest tools and technology to assist the student in overall learning development. In Russia this hierarchy is allocated by Russian Health Ministry as per its norms and according to the teaching standards of that particular institution

 

Q14. What are Russian classroom environments like?

A: In most Russian universities, the general teacher student ratio of 1:10 is practiced giving students a more attentive and personal learning environment

 

Q15. What is Visa Invitation for education?

A: The visa invitation for education is the official document, which is processed by the department of passport-visa service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation. It confirms that the student is admitted to a particular University. It specifies your passport details and the full name of the University. This invitation support letter is required by the Russian Embassy to stamp the visa in your passport. Generally, it takes about 45 days to process the invitation at the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The invitation is valid for 90 days from the date of its issuance and you need to apply to the Russian Embassy for a visa during the validity of the issued invitation.

 

Q16. What is the Migration card?

The migration card is the document, which testifies that the student has crossed the border of the Russian Federation. It is an obligatory document for the further processing of the student registration and hence is an important document. Without the migration card the registration on the territory of Russian Federation cannot be done and the student would be deported back to the home country. The migration card is handed out by the flight attendant on the plane. It is also available at the airport at the immigration department. The card consists of 2 identical parts, which are necessary to fill. At the immigration of the International airport, the immigration officer stamps the both parts of the card and retains one while the other part is handed over to the student. Before leaving the immigration desk, it is important to check that you have received the stamped part from the officer. It is important and obligatory to retain the migration card till the departure from the Russian Federation.

 

Q17. What is the Registration?

A: Registration gives foreign student a legal right to stay on the territory of the Russian Federation for the period of registration. Usually the period of registration is one year. Registration should be renewed annually 2-3 weeks before its termination.

Upon arrival at the University, the student should submit the required documents to process the registration within 3 days after arrival. The duration of the registration and processing is 10-15 days. The original passport of the student is taken by the concerned department. The registration is stamped on the migration card, There the address of the student hostel where the student lives is noted. The registration of the passport and the visa requires that the passport is valid for a minimum period of 2 years. It is recommended to renew the passport before traveling to Russia for the full period of study.

 

Q18. Will I have any additional expenses when I arrive in Russia?

A: When students arrive in Russia, they pay the officially established charges for the registration. It is about US $ 30. Sometimes, the University requires the student to be re-examined for HIV or medical fitness which would cost an additional US$ 15. HIV certificate is valid for 3 months.

 

Q19. What is life and health insurance?

A: Before the arrival of the student to Russia, GO processes the life and the health insurance on the behalf of the student. Within few days of the arrival to Russia, the insurance certificate is given to the student. The health insurance guarantees that the student gets the required medical aid in times of illness according to the program of the insurance cover. The insurance policy mentions the names and the telephone numbers of the doctors and the hospitals. The insurance company also informs GO of the illness of the student who apply for the medical help. GO therefore is in a position not only to monitor and supervise the condition of the student’s health but also to inform the parents of the student and keeping them informed about the progress of the student’s health. Without the life and the health insurance it is not possible to process the registration of the student. Therefore, the life and the health insurance is necessary and obligatory for all foreign students wishing to study in Russia.

 

Q20. Do students need to bring their own laptop?

A: Many students do have their own laptop. There are Internet ports available in Students Hostels, which provide fast Internet access, for a affordable fee. If you don’t have your own laptop, there are computers at the University premises that are available to use. There is an increasing amount of the curriculum, which is linked to the Internet.

 

Q21. Who is considered to be an international student?

A: Anybody who is not a citizen or permanent resident of Russian Federation is categorized as an international student for entry into the University.

 

Q22. Do I need to be proficient in Russian?

A: For the medical studies, the first three years consist of pre-clinical training and is more lectures oriented. The pre clinical subjects are taught completely in the English language. However, there are Russian language classes as a part of the curriculum from the first year itself. This is necessary since from the fourth year the students would start his clinical subjects, which would require him / her to attend the clinics and hospitals as part of his training and would have to interact with the local Russian patients and hence would require knowing the local language. Students are therefore required to be proficient in the Russian language so that they are able to gain the most out of their higher education in Russia. Also the knowledge of the local language is an added asset for the student to interact with the local population. In short, proficiency in Russian is a MUST if you choose to enroll in Russian Higher Education.

 

Q23. What if I want to go home or travel out of Russia during my studies?

A: When you know your travel dates out of the country, you MUST apply with the Russian University for what is termed as an "Exit-Re-Entry" visa, which allows you to leave and return again without giving up your student visa. You will need to submit additional photos, and to pay a fee. You should also apply for this at least 3 weeks before your planned travel dates, and you will need to specify the "travel window (exit and return dates)" during which this "Exit-Re-Entry" visa should be valid.
Do not lose this "Exit-Re-Entry" visa as entry to Russia is not permitted without this document. Re-application / replacement can only be processed by the University concerned. This may take between 4 to 6 weeks. All students are strongly advised to staple this visa slip to their passport as this is not done by the authorities.

 

Q24. Can my parents or family visit me while I study in Russia?

A: Of course, they can! However, the Russian university you are currently studying at and the Russian government is not responsible for the travel expenses or arranging accommodation for your family.

Students must apply to the University for an Invitation letter for your family. With this letter, your family then can apply for a visa for entry into Russia at the local Russian Embassy or Consulate. Please allow between 4-8weeks for the visa application process.

 

Q25. Is it necessary for me to have the policy of medical insurance during training in Russia?

A: Each student undertaking his training in Russia has to get a policy of medical insurance. The policy should be valid on territory of the country. Usually, the institute/university offers to international student’s assistance in getting the policy on services of the institution polyclinic. Nevertheless, it is not an obligatory condition. That is why students can use the service of any other national or international insurance company.

 

Q26. In what language teaching at the Russian universities is conducted?

A: MBBS programs sought after by international students are taught in English. However, most of the other programs at Russian universities are taught in Russian language. At the same time, some short-term and full-term programs in foreign languages (English, French) have been developed recently. That preferably concerns various programs in the field of medicine.

 

Q27. What services are included in the tuition fees?

A: The tuition fee covers most expenses concerning the studies: textbooks, instructions, access to seminars, lectures, required tests throughout the year, access to the Internet in computer rooms. Please, read carefully the information about universities' programs: some schools may include costs of accommodation and/or medical insurance into the tuition fee.

 

Q28. Is it possible to pay the tuition fee in installment plan?

A: Usually students of short-term programs (less than 1 year) are expected to pay for the whole program at once. The same is usually true for the first-year students. Other graduate students usually may choose how to pay the tuition fee: it might be paid either once per year or in two equal parts during the year (before the beginning of a semester).

 

Q29. Are the Russian engineering and aeronautical degrees recognized in India?

A: The entire Russian institutes where the admission are sought are duly recognized by A.I.C.T.E. and meets all desired norms and standards.

 

Q30. Is there any scholarship or grant available for foreign students?

A: The education in Russia is highly subsidized by the Government of the Russian Federation. Due to this no separate scholarships or grants are available from any individual universities. However, bank loans are now readily available from all nationalized, co-operative and the private sector banks. These loans are available at very low interest and are generally repaid in easy installments.

 

Q31. How much are the living expenses in Russia?

A: Generally a student can stay quite comfortably in around US$ 150 - US$ 200 per month. This figure is approximate and would differ from city to city, person to person based on his / her living standards.

 

Q32.    How Can Parents Send Money to their Children’s can they open bank account there?

A.        Student can take International debit card, forex card or hard cash (USD) with them. The International Student Department of the university will help students to open their bank account in respective Country.

 

Q33. Can a student open a bank account?

A: Yes, a student can open a bank account in his name.

 

Q34.    Can a student earn while learning?

A.        No, legally a person on student visa  can not do a job while studying.  

 

Q35. Where can I obtain foreign exchange for my studies in Russia and do I need to obtain permission from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for the same?

A: We assist students to obtain foreign exchange through authorized foreign exchange dealers.

 

Q36. Is  student required to be present personally for an interview at the Russian Embassy / Consulate for the issuance of visa?

A: No. GO on the behalf of students applies for the Visa with the Russian Embassy or the Consulate.

 

Q37. How do I make my travel arrangements?

A: GO assists the students to make their travel arrangements like the air ticket, immigration clearance etc.

 

Q38. What would I need to carry with me along to Russia?

A: Make sure you carry with you the following documents:

·         Passport (original)

·         Air Ticket

·         Copy of the visa invitation (To be arranged by GO)

·         Copy of the visa

·         Foreign exchange for the fees / living expenses

·         Mark sheet as well as certificate of 10th , 12th std.

·         Degree mark sheet and transcript for P.G. students.

·         Internship completion certificate (for P. G. students only)

·         Admission letter

·         20 colour photographs of 3.5 X 3.5 cm size.

·         HIV free medical certificate

 

You are requested to refer to the list of items to be carried during traveling.

 

Q39. Would anybody from GO be there with the students while traveling?

A: YES. As a part of service extended from GO, officials of the company receive the students in Russia and ensure their safe passage to their universities / institutes.

 

Q40. What is the type of accommodation that is given by the Universities in Russia?

A: University provides enough space in the hostels for all international students with comfortable living condition. All hostels are supplied with cold and hot water and central heating system, each room contains beds, a desk, chairs and storage space and telephone facility.

 

Q41. Does the University and the Hostel have mess facilities?

A: Cafeterias and mess facilities are available. Indian, Chinese, Arabian, Italian and Malaysian mess is also available

 

Q42. What would be the type of food generally found in Russia?

A: All types of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food is available. There are rich variety of milk products and fruits available.

 

Q43. How do I contact my parents or friends down in India?

A: Telephone and internet facilities are available all over Russia. Students have free access to internet at university. Also students can buy mobile phone with which they can contact their friends and parents down in India.

 

Q44. Who does the student contact in Russia if he / she have any queries or problems at the University / hostel?

A: Students can contact the relevant authorities at the University / hostel to solve their problem. Also you can contact GO regarding your problem in case you need.

Q45.    It is known that Russia is a very cold country, what the arrangements are made by the university to protect?

A.        Even though Russia is a cold country, severe winters would last for 2–3 months in a year. All the establishments like homes, hostels, classrooms, shops etc as well as the public transports are centrally heated. In case of the establishments the heating is regulated by the local municipal departments. Therefore, the heating and the hot water in the bathrooms are started by the Municipal departments and not the University. Students are also advised to buy reasonably priced water and room heaters if they find the heating arrangements to be inadequate. Every student should also take care by wearing warm clothes like fur coats, caps, gloves etc when they go outdoors.

 

Q46. When does the university have vacations?

There are two types of vacations in Russian medical universities.
Winter vacation: 20th January to 5th February
Summer vacation: 1st July to 31st August

Note: In summer and winter vacation students can visit their home town or can stay there in Russia.

 

Q47.    What do you mean by a signing of a contract with the university?

A.        As per university rules, all foreigners need to sign a contract ever year. This contract would specify educational responsibility on the part of the university and the contracted fees, which would remain stable. This contract is general in nature and statutory requirements in these countries.

 

Q48.    Will the University refund the fees, in case the student is unable to complete the course because of home sickness, expulsion, sickness etc.?

A.        At the time of your admission the University makes all arrangements to receive the student once the student is admitted to the University. This would include the study material, hostel arrangements etc. Therefore, University regrets refund of any part of the educational fees and other expenses paid by the student.

 

FAQs – Study in Hong Kong

 

General

 

Q1. Is tertiary education in Hong Kong expensive?

A: Hong Kong's high-quality post-secondary education comes at a reasonable price. Annual tuition fees for non-local students for undergraduate programmes range from HK$90,000-$140,000 (about US US$11,500 – 18,000). That's cheaper than what you would pay at comparable institutions in the U.S. or U.K. Furthermore, full and partial scholarships are available for outstanding students to fund their education.

 

Q2. What are the general entry requirements for undergraduate programmes offered by institutions in Hong Kong?

A: Institutions in Hong Kong enjoy a high degree of autonomy in admission of students; requirements for student admission may vary from institution to institution, and from programme to programme. Institutions will make admission decisions primarily based on the merits of individual applications. We advise you to read the course information provided by institutions carefully and contact the institution(s) you intend to apply for.

 

Q3. Where can I obtain the application information?

A: Application information is usually available at institutions’ website. Gleaming outlook can help you complete and submit application forms

 

Q4. What is the length of an undergraduate degree programme?

A: Most Bachelor Degree programmes are completed in four years of full-time study. Specialized fields (e.g. Medical Studies, Health Studies, etc) or joint/double degrees may require another year or two. Some non-local students may need to take a “Foundation Year” which better prepare them for undergraduate studies.

 

Q5. I can’t speak Chinese (Cantonese/Putonghua), how can I communicate with people in Hong Kong? how can I understand what professors said in the classrooms?

A: While Cantonese is the mother tongue of the majority Hong Kong people, most can also communicate in English. Street signs, restaurant menus, and government notices are bilingual. Announcements in train stations, buses and on ferries are given in Cantonese, English, and Putonghua (Mandarin). People in the service industry usually can communicate in at least three languages. 
Besides, English is used as the teaching medium in most university programmes. Some institutions offer beginner-level courses in both Cantonese and Putonghua. It is a good way to learn about the Chinese culture and enhance your everyday communication in Hong Kong.

 

Q6. I want to apply for scholarships, am I eligible to get a full scholarship?

A: Most scholarships and award schemes are administered by the institutions themselves, including the Government ones. You may contact the student affairs or international office direct if you want to learn more about the details (including eligibility) of various scholarships and award schemes available.

 

Student Visa

 

Q7. Do I need to apply for a student visa/entry permit to study in Hong Kong?

A: Pursuant to the existing immigration policy in Hong Kong, in general, all non-local students are required to obtain a student visa/entry permit prior to their arrival.

 

Q8. How can I apply for a student visa/entry permit?

A: Once you are admitted by our institution, the institution will provide assistance to non-local students in applying for a student visa/entry permit. The institution will act as the sponsor for the visa/entry permit application and forward the application forms to the Hong Kong Immigration Department for processing.

 

Q9. How long will my visa/entry permit application take?

A: It will normally take six weeks to process a visa/entry permit application for study upon receipt of all the required documents.

 

Prior to Arrival

 

Q10. When should I arrange my accommodation in Hong Kong?

A: Upon successful admission, you may start looking for accommodation in Hong Kong. Gleaming Outlook can help you to find a accommodation suiting your requirements. 

 

Q11. When should I buy my air ticket to Hong Kong?

A: After your student visa application is successful, you can purchase your air ticket to Hong Kong.

 

Q12. Can I live off-campus?

A: Sure! Non-local students can opt for on- or off-campus accommodation as they wish.

 

Q13. If I have decided to live in hostel provided by institutions, do I need to bring my own set of linens?

 

A: Most hostels do not provide bed sheets, pillows or blankets. You are advised to prepare your own set of bedding before moving in. Of course, you can buy these items after your arrival in Hong Kong.

 

After Arrival

 

Q14. Can I take up part-time job and summer job to help finance my studies in Hong Kong?

A: In general, a non-local student studying in Hong Kong shall not take up any employment, whether paid or unpaid. However, the restriction in respect of internship and part-time employment for non-local students has been relaxed.

 

Q15. Do I need to apply for a visa for visiting Mainland China?

A: If you plan to visit Mainland China during your semester break or holidays, in general, a visa is required. You must get your visa before departure.

 

FAQ – Study in  Switzerland

Q1.      Can I enroll on a degree course at an university or federal institute of technology? Are there special entrance requirements?

A.        With your foreign educational qualifications, you must submit an application for admission to your chosen university or federal institute of technology. The individual universities and federal institutes of technology are responsible for answering questions relating to matriculation eligibility. They will clarify their entrance requirements.

 

Provisory acceptance will be given on condition that you pass the 'Fribourg Examinations' (entrance examinations for students with foreign educational qualifications). If your educational qualifications are not recognized, you must take the full Swiss (or swiss state’s) Matura (High school exit exam, equivalent to A level education) examination. Moreover, proof is sometimes requested that you would be accepted onto your intended degree course in your country of origin and that the entry requirements for that course in that country are not more stringent than those in Switzerland.

 

Q2.      Is it possible to study medicine in Switzerland with a foreign Matura?

A.        As a Swiss abroad, you do have a chance of being accepted to study medicine in Switzerland as long as you have fulfilled the entrance requirements of your chosen university and have passed the compulsory aptitude test for medical degree courses in Switzerland. The individual universities and federal polytechnics are responsible for answering questions relating to matriculation eligibility. 

 

Q3.      If I have already done some semesters at a university abroad, can I finish my studies at a university in Switzerland? If so, will these semesters be taken into account?

A.        In most cases, the answer is yes but individual cases must be clarified with the relevant faculty. Often only a small part of the completed study time abroad is taken into account.

 

Q4.      Will the education or training I do in Switzerland be recognized when I return abroad?

A.        You must clarify the issue of professional recognition of education or training undertaken in Switzerland with the authorities of the overseas country. 

 

Q5.      Who can give me information if I don't quite know which education or training route I would like to take?

A.        Gleaming Oulook(GO), Global Education Consultants will be able to guide you through this process.

 

Q6.      Is it advisable to take College accommodation or private accommodation?

A.        College accommodation will be little expensive than private accommodation.

 

Q7.      How do I find affordable accommodation in Switzerland?

A.        Affordable accommodation in Switzerland is rare. We therefore strongly recommend that you begin your search in good time. Offers can be found on the internet, in newspapers and on the noticeboards of colleges and universities. Some educational institutions offer on-site accommodation. More information is available on the websites of some universities.

 

Q8.      What costs should I reckon with if I would like to study or train in Switzerland?

A.        The costs depend very much on what kind of education or training you do and on your personal requirements. Although semester fees are usually relatively low, the cost of living in Switzerland is quite high. Experience shows that for a university, federal polytechnic or college of higher education course, SFr 16'000.- to SFr 24'000.- per annum is what you should expect to need. Costs for an apprenticeship are lower because the apprentice receives a modest salary from the first year of the apprenticeship.

 

Q9.      Do I need a good knowledge of the Swiss national languages if I want to study or train in Switzerland or is it enough that I speak very good English?

A.        Good knowledge of at least one national language is mostly imperative for all kinds of education and training in Switzerland. Although good knowledge of English is an advantage, it is in no way sufficient, except in the case of some higher level studies (e.g. for some masters courses or courses in Universities of Applied Sciences). Many educational institutions require applicants with another mother tongue to take a language examination in order to be certain that the students have a good enough knowledge to be able to follow the teaching.

 

Q10.    Can I get a grant for a language course in Switzerland?

A.        Only a few cantons award grants for language courses. Therefore, you generally must bear the costs of language learning yourself.

 

Q11.    Is there any discrimination towards International students?

A.        No.

 

Q12.    Do I need a Visa to study in Switzerland?

A.        A foreigner must apply for a Student visa if he/she has been accepted by an  educational institution to pursue full-time studies in Switzerland.

 

Q13.    What is a very important factor for issue of Switzerland student visa?

A.        Genuine documentation.

 

Q14.    How long will the visa process take Switzerland student visa?

A.        3 – 4 weeks.

 

Q15.    Does interview required for Switzerland student visa?

A.        NO.

 

Q15.    Does the IELTS enhance my chances of success for Switzerland student visa?

A.        No. Only for admission in Switzerland colleges it is required.

 

Q16.    What are the criteria for issuance of Switzerland student visa?

A.        Financial documents and Academic records.

 

Q17.    How do I get a refund of registration fee if my Switzerland Visa rejected?

A.        Registration fee is refundable if the student visa gets rejected.

 

Q18.    How soon can we get a ‘Letter of Offer’?

A.        Within seven days to one months, depending upon the university.

 

Q19.    What is the duration of Bachelors degree?

A.        Three years.

 

Q20.    What is the eligibility for the MBA program at any Universities in Switzerland?

A.        The Applicant should fulfill the following criteria’s:-

·         Minimum 2- 3 year’s Full Time work experience after graduation.

·         First class degree in graduation.

However, there are some universities which give  admissions  to the freshers.

 

Q21.    How much does it cost to study MBA?

A.        It depends on the university and program you are attending.

 

Q22.    What is the duration of Masters degree?

A.        18 months.

 

Q23.    What are the basic entry requirements for Master’s programme at any University in Switzerland?

A.        The entry requirement for Masters programme at any University in Switzerland is a good  First Class Degree (60% and above) in graduation, in a related stream.

 

Q24.    How can I open a bank account in Switzerland?

A.        To open a bank account you will need to show the following identification:

 

·         Passport College acceptance/offer letter

·         Proof of your home address

·         Proof of your Switzerland address, usually in the form of a utility bill or hall of residence receipt

 

Q25.    What are the documents required for admission?

A:        All academic documents, IELTS/TOEFL score, Bank Statement and Affidavit  of Support, Photo, Copy of Passport copy

 

Q26.    How should the students pay tuition fee and when?

A.        1st year tuition fee should be paid before departure.

 

Q27.    Do Universities allow me to pay my fees in installments?

A.        From 2nd year.

 

Q28.    How do I apply to study in Switzerland?

A: Contact Gleaming Outlook via email or phone or visit our office at a location near you.

 

Q29.    How do I find out which institution offers courses I am interested in?

A.        Ps contact Gleaming Outlook for advisement on  educational institutions

courser of your interest in Switzerland.

 

 

FAQs  - MBBS / Dental Studies in China

Q1. Who is eligible to pursue Medical and Dental Studies in China...?



A: Eligibility criteria for undergraduate (MBBS) is HSSC with minimum 50% marks in PCB (Physics, Chemistry, Biology). 
For graduate (MS, MD)- undergraduate in medicine with min. 50%. For post-graduate (Ph.D) - graduate in medicine



Q2. How Long Does It Take To Complete A Medical Degree?

 

A: It takes appx 6 years (the final year is hospital training) to complete a clinical medicine degree (MBBS) at the medical college in China. Students may be allowed to serve their final year of hospital training in their own country, but this has to be arranged with the university in advance. For MS and MD course is 3 years.  A dental surgery degree takes 5 years to complete.

 

Q3. What are the  intake dates for MBBS /Dental course in China?

 

A: There are two student intakes in March & September/October every year.

 

Q4. What is the total fee of this course ... ?



A: The total fees for each university is given in our fees structure link.



Q5. Can a student avail loan to pursu MBBS/Dental studies in China?



A: Yes,  you can avail education loan in your home country.  Gleaming Outlook provides complete support to its students in this regard.

Q6. How do I get eligibility from Medical Council Of India (MCI) ? Does everybody get MCI eligibility?



A:  Yes everybody can get MCI eligibility subject to  satisfying admission eligibility criteria. Students need to apply for the same to MCI in a prescribed format.   MCI shall issue necessary certificate after appraisal / review of credentials. We will assist you for the same.  

Q7. Do we have to pay any extra fees for MCI screening test?

A:  Students have to pay the exam fees.

Q8. What happens if I fail to clear MCI screening test?

A: Normally a student who passes MBBS from WHO recognized college is expected to clear this test. One can also take coaching towards preparation for the same. So it is not likely to be deterrent factor. There is no restriction on attempts for appearing in screening test

Q9. Are All Chinese Universities Recognized Internationally?

 

A: No, hence it is  important for international students to register at an internationally recognized university for their medical degree. Also, not all Chinese universities are certified to teach in English. When you apply through us, we register you at a recognized and popular university that many international students go to. Further, you must also check that the university you want to attend is professionally recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO).

 

Q10. Will I be Allowed To Practice/Work In Another Country, Once I Finish?

 

A: Yes, a number of Chinese universities are recognized by international medical organizations but you would have to apply to your medical council / board of the country you want to work in before you're allowed to legally practice.

 

Q11. Can I practice in India on my return?

A: Yes, you can practice in India as a medical practitioner, you have to register yourself with the State or Indian Medical council. For this you have to appear for the screening test.



Q12. Can I get job in Government Hospitals or allied medical institutes in India?

A: Yes, after clearing the screening test and getting your registration , you are eligible for any government appointments. (subject to rules, regulations and employment availability)

 

Q13. How difficult is it to get a student visa for China?



A: Most admitted students are granted student visas as  China is promoting higher education for international students.

Q14. What are the documents required to in order to apply for a visa to China?

A: Student needs to submit following documents along with the visa application:

 

·        A valid passport as well as a copy of its information page. Your valid passport must have at least six months of remaining validity and at least one blank visa page in it.

·        Application form: One completed Visa Application Form with genuine information and your signature.

·        Photo: one recently-taken 2x2 square inch sized colour photo glued or stapled to the application form.

·        An original and a photocopy of the Letter of Admission, Foreign Student Visa Application Form (JW202) issued by the relevant Chinese government unit.

 

Q15. What are the documents required for the admissions?



A: The photocopies of all relevant documents proving academic eligibility and proof of requisite funds are required for the admissions. We will provide you complete list of documents at the time of enquiry.

Q16. What are the benefits given to Indian students?

A: The Indian students are provided with good hostel facility, Indian mess and even they can avail distinguished international students scholarship from China scholarship council (CSC)

Q17. Since when are the Universities established, and where are they located?

A: All these universities are established in 90's and before, gradually diversifying in many advanced courses.

 Most of the  universities are located near to Shanghai's International Airport in the heart of China.

Q18. How is the weather in China?

A: In China, the climate is severe to  moderate. In winter it goes up to -10 degrees. 
During summer, light clothing is recommended, in autumn jacket, umbrella is required and  fur/woolen coats and shoes are  recommended in winters.

Q19. What is the medium of teaching in China?

A: All the universities we are representing have English medium education.

Q20. Do International Students Have To Learn Chinese?

 

A: Yes, learning the language at a basic level during the first two years of the degree is compulsory for international students even though the course is taught in English. It helps students adjust and socialize in the country. Further, it helps  in patient interaction  during clinical classes and hospital work.

 

Q21. How Much Does It Cost To Study Medicine In China?

 

A: There are many variables affecting this answer but one could say that it costs roughly R115 000 to R138 000 ($11 500 to $13 800) per year if a student is staying in private accommodation.

 

Q22. What is the diversity of students Chinese universities?

 

A: There are hundreds with more coming in each successive year. However, they are divided up among the universities so it's best to find out which institutions are the most popular so you aren't stranded with only a few other English speakers in a huge foreign university. Foreign students come from South Africa, Canada, USA, UK, Switzerland, Mauritius, Zambia, Nepal, India, Pakistan and more.

 

Q23: Can I work during the course of my education in China?

 

A: According to government regulations in China, international students cannot work during their studies. However, part-time work or internships are sometimes allowed.

 

Q24. For how many days is the vacation period there? Can a student come back to home country during holidays?

 

A: The vacation period is of 6 weeks per year and students are free to travel during that period.  Students from September  intake can come between July/ August.  

Q25. What are the services offered by Gleaming Outlook  for students aspiring MBBS/ Dental studies in China

·         Free counseling to select right University

·         Arrange guaranteed admission in your desired University/ Course.


·         Assistance for visa, passport and foreign exchange


·         Assistance for education loan.


·         Reception of  student in China and help them settle down in Dorm / private accommodation.  

Q26. Is there any special provision for International students to solve their any personal problems or queries?

Every university has an International Students Department where a student could address their problems directly.

 

 

FAQs  - Study In India

 

Q1. Why Study in India? 
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A: India has the second largest Higher Education System in the world offering the widest spectrum of courses. The quality of education offered by Indian Institutions is globally recognized. Cultural and Religious diversity on Indian campuses contributes towards the all round development. Besides a safe learning environment, the cost of education is very reasonable.

 

Q2. Are the Programs offered by Indian Institutions Recognized?

The Universities / Institutions offering professional and technical courses in India need recognition by the national level statutory bodies established for the maintenance of quality standards in higher education system. Indian Degrees are recognized worldwide. Over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies recruit from Indian campuses regularly.

 

Q3. How do I choose a course?

A: Choosing a course is a matter of research and analysis. Many universities may offer a course in your chosen subject. You have to chart you geographical, climatic and locational preference, and analyze, apart from other things, the duration of the course, the fees, the living costs in that city, the faculty, the facilities, and the content of the course. Our profesional counsellors help to you in this matter.

 

Q4. What is the duration of the course?

A: Courses vary in their time schedules. Diploma courses are shorter that degree programs. Masters, usually are about two years in duration. Doctorate programs require longer time inputs. Similarly short-term certificate courses can be from a few weeks to a couple of months. Please consult individual program brochures for more details on the duration of a specific course.

 

Q5. What is the approximate cost of study?

A: The tuition fee depends upon the duration and type of course. Please refer to specific program brochures of the universities to get an idea of the exact cost.

 

Q6. What conditions do I have to meet if I want to study in India?

A: You must possess Senior Secondary / GCE `A’ level / any other examination equivalent to 12 years of schooling in India, with sufficient knowledge of English, for admission to undergraduate programs. However for entry into Diploma programs, the qualification required is 10 years of schooling. Admission to postgraduate courses requires an undergraduate degree in appropriate discipline.

 

Q7. Do I need to give GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS or any other test?

A: No. Indian Universities do not insist for the above scores. However, since the academic programs are taught in English, proficiency in English is a must. You should have studied for qualifying examination in English or English should have been one of the subjects.

 

Q8. When does the Indian Academic Year Start?

A: The academic year in India usually starts in the month of July. However, some institutions have the academic year beginning in August/September.

 

Q9. Who will I turn to for advice when I am in India?

A: Gleaming Outlook, Global Educations Consultant supports all its students,  and most of the institutions also have international  student advisers.

 

Q10. What options of accommodation can I have during my Study?

A: Most institutions will provide hostel accommodation for the International students in the institute hostels. However, students who wish to stay outside can do so.

 

Q11. Where do I stay and what kind of food can I expect to get?

A: Every university, which is part of the International students program, has prior arrangements to host you. This may either be in an existing hostel, or off campus in residential accommodation hired for this purpose. Whatever is the case, you will be explained about the facilities and the procedures involved in getting accommodation before leaving your country. India offers a wide variety of Indian, western and oriental cuisine. Most international students find it easy to adjust to food conditions here, and enjoy the flavors, aromas and the tastes that India offers.

 

Q12. Is there any health care facility for overseas students?

A: Most of the Indian Institutions have their own health centres where the students are treated for minor ailments. However, for specialized/major treatments, the students have to contact hospitals outside the campus. If students require, the institute will help the students to get a medical insurance cover. It is always advisable to get a medical insurance cover.

 

Q13. What is the Cost of Living in India?

A: The cost of food and accommodation varies marginally from city to city and again the university, which you intend to select for your study, is in the best position to offer you correct advice on this matter. Living expenses are minimal in India. You can live comfortably within US$ 100-200 approximately a month to cover food and other expenses.

 

Q14. Will I be able to get a Grant/Scholarship?

A: Indian Universities/Institutions do not provide grants for study. However, some institutions do offer fee concessions for Nationals from SAARC countries. Government of India offers scholarships for students from some of the developing countries. For details, please contact the Indian Diplomatic Mission in your country.

 

Q15. What is the procedure involved in coming to India for higher education?

A: For coming to India for higher education, you would require a student Visa. You need to produce confirmed letter of admission from University/Institution in India at the Indian diplomatic mission in your country for obtaining the student visa.

 

Q16. Who should I contact for further details on Study in India?

A: For all enquiries related to admissions contact our authorized representative in your country or contact Gleaming Outlook Ltd, Global Education Consultants.

 

Q17. Do foreign students need to undergo any medical tests before coming to India?

A: All foreign students coming to India need to undergo a medical test for AIDS. The Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) requires this test as a pre-requisite for obtaining the Residence Permit Form.

 

Q18. Is registration with FRRO office mandatory?

A: All  international students / PIO(person of Indian origin)  staying in India longer than 6 months are required to register with the Foreigners’ Regional Registration Office (FRRO). The following documents are required for registration:

•   Photocopy of the passport and initial visa

•   Four photographs of the applicant

•   Details of residents in India

•   HIV test report from one of the WHO recognized institutions for people in the

    age group of 15 to 60

•   Bonafide certificate from the university/college/institution

•   Proof of Bank Account/sufficient funds for non-scholarship students

 

 

Q19. Will I be allowed to travel to other parts of the country?

A: There are no restrictions on students traveling around the country. Provided the course offers you the spare time, you can visit places of your choice and enjoy the experience of different people, cultures and lands.

 

Q20. Are there any students from my country studying in India? 
At any given time, thousands of students from all over the world are studying in India. It is quite possible that there are students from your country as well. However, since India is very big geographically and universities are spread far and wide, you may or may not find someone from your country in your chosen university or chosen city.

 

Q21. I do not understand good English. How do I overcome this problem? 
English is widely spoken in India. More people speak English here than the USA and the UK put together. You should be able to become more fluent in the use of the language while living here. However, should you feel you want to improve faster; you can join any number of English speaking courses that are available.

 

FAQ - Study in New Zealand

Q1. How much are the tuition fees in New Zealand?

A: Type of Tuition Fees ($NZ)

·         English Language Courses approximately NZ$320 - NZ$400 per week

·         Secondary School normal tuition fees are from NZ$8,000 - NZ$10,500 per year for most schools but some private schools are more expensive

·         Polytechnic Courses these range from NZ$10,000 - NZ$15,000 per year depending on the course or degree

·         University Degrees from NZ$10,500 - NZ$16,000 per year for most under-graduate degrees

·         Post-graduate Degrees begin from NZ$15,000 per year and MBA Degrees are about NZ$22,000 

Q2. What is the cost to live in New Zealand?


A: The total cost depends on each students spending habits. However a student should be able to live in New Zealand for a total cost of living of between NZ$8,000 and NZ$10,000 a year including accommodation, transport and entertainment.

Q3. What is GST Tax?

A: GST stands for Goods & Services Tax. All goods and services in New Zealand including tuition fees have GST Tax of 12.5% included in the fee. There are some items that do not have GST and these include bank fees and residential rental payments.

Q4. How do I apply to study in New Zealand?

A: The first step is to select an institution and course and then make an enrolment application for that course. The easiest and quickest way is through  us as Gleaming Outlook(GO) will locate a suitable institution and course to meet your requirements.

Q5. Is there an age limit to study in New Zealand?

A: There is no limit on the age of a person wishing to study in New Zealand however the New Zealand Immigration Service needs to be satisfied that the applicant is a genuine student when they process the student visa application.

Q6. How many education institutions are there in New Zealand?

A: New Zealand has 8 Universities, 25 Polytechnics and/or Institutes of Technology and about 440 secondary schools.

Q7. What is the difference between Universities and Polytechnics and Institutes of Technology?

A: Historically the main difference had been that Universities focused on academic programmes and the Polytechnics focused on practical training. Over recent years both types of institutions have expanded their range of programmes and now there is significant overlap between Universities and Polytechnics. Over recent years the Polytechnic programmes have been expanded to include a wide range and number of degree programmes. A number of Polytechnics have also merged together and have changed their names from Polytechnics to Institutes of Technology to better reflect their focus. Cross-credits for courses completed at the Polytechnic can be credited to ongoing University study in most instances.

Q8. What is the difference between secondary school, high school and college?

A: There is no difference between these names. They all refer to the same type of institution - a secondary school offering classes from Year 9 to Year 13. Students graduate from Year 13 and proceed to study at tertiary institutions.

Q9. What is a tertiary institution?

A: This is the collective name given to all institutions like Universities and Polytechnics who offer course for students to continue their studies after secondary school.

Q10. Do I have to wear a school uniform at secondary school?

A: Most schools will have a uniform code which is likely to include the wearing of a standard school uniform up until Year 13. An increasingly large number of schools have a different school uniform or allow acceptable casual clothing in senior school. A small number of schools have a no uniform policy and all students at these schools can wear casual clothing although there are still dress regulations.

Q11. Do I need to have a good level of English to enter secondary school?

A: It is not necessary to have a good level of English to enter secondary school however some schools do require this. In this situation a student can attend an English School for a few months prior to entering the secondary school or alternatively AA Education Network will place the student in a school which has additional English learning resources so that students can improve their English within the school before attending mainstream classes.

Q12. How long does it take to get a Degree in New Zealand?

A: Most degrees in New Zealand are for 3 years but there are also a number of degrees which take 4 years.

Q13. Are New Zealand degrees recognized internationally?

A: New Zealand degrees are recognized internationally and will be accepted when applying for post-graduate study in most countries.

Q14.  Can I work part -time while studying?

A: Students undertaking a full-time course of study culminating in a recognized diploma or degree, taking at least one academic year to complete & students undertaking a full time course of study culminating in a qualification that would qualify for points under the Skilled Migrant Category may be granted a variation of conditions to their student permit to allow them to work for 20 hours per week and fulltime during term breaks.

Q15. How much can I earn when I work in New Zealand?

A: Those students who are able to work under their visa will probably work in casual jobs either tutoring at their institution or working in restaurants or other service industries. The normal hourly wage rate will be from NZ$8.00 - NZ$15.00 per hour and you will have tax deducted from your wages before you receive your payment. On these amounts the tax will normally work out at about 20 cents per $ and you should be able to obtain a full tax refund at the end of the financial year in April.

Q16. Do I need a visa to study in New Zealand? How long can I study in New Zealand? Are New Zealand degrees recognized internationally?

A: Everyone who comes to study in New Zealand from overseas must meet certain rules and requirements. If you are coming to New Zealand to study for more than three months, you will need a student visa or permit. Providing you pass your course and continue to meet the requirements of your student visa you can continue to extend your visa for as long as you wish. There is no limit on the time you can spend in New Zealand as a student. New Zealand degrees are recognized internationally and will be accepted when applying for post-graduate study in most countries.

Q17. Can I extend my student visa in New Zealand?

A: There is no problem in extending your student visa in New Zealand and this should be done in 1 or 2 days. You need to obtain a new school offer of place and pay the tuition fee, complete the student visa application and show that you have sufficient money or a financial sponsor to cover your living expenses in New Zealand.

Q18. Can my student visa be cancelled?

A: Yes. Your student visa can be cancelled and you requested to leave to New Zealand if you do not meet the requirements of your student visa. The main requirements are that you must attend the classes and do not commit any crime or unlawful acts in New Zealand. If you have your student visa cancelled this is very serious as it will be noted in your passport and you will have difficulty travelling out of your home country in the future.

Q19. What happens if my student visa expires?

A: This is very serious. You should make every effort to extend your student visa before the expiry date. If your student visa expires you have to make a special submission to the New Zealand Immigration Service which they may or may not approve. There is total responsibility on you to extend your student visa and keep the visa current at all times.

Q20. Can I change my student visa in New Zealand?


A: If you have completed your course of study and you wish to remain in New Zealand as a visitor or apply for residence this is possible providing you have not got a Limited Purpose Visa.

Q21. What is a Limited Purpose Visa?

A: A Limited Purpose Visa is issued when the New Zealand Immigration Service considers the applicant does not meet the normal criteria to study in New Zealand but is prepared to allow the applicant the opportunity to show they are a genuine student or a genuine visitor as the case may be. Limited Purpose Student Visas are issued for a specific period of time to allow the applicant to study a particular course. The applicant must meet the requirements of the visa and return to their home country before the expiry of the visa. If their course has not been completed they are able to obtain a short-term extension to complete their course. In some special circumstance it may be possible to extend or change a Limited Purpose Visa to a normal visa.

Q22. Can I apply for New Zealand Residence?

A: If you meet the requirements of the current immigration policy in New Zealand it is possible for you to apply for residence at any time. In particular the immigration policy encourages students who have completed their degree in New Zealand to proceed to apply for permanent residence.

Q23. What happens if I lose my passport?

A: In this situation you should report the loss to the local Police Station and then forward a copy of the Police Report your Consulate or Embassy to complete the requirements to have a new passport issued.

Q24. Can my parents visit me in New Zealand?

A: It should be no problem for parents to apply for a visitor visa and to visit their children in New Zealand providing they meet normal visitor visa policy requirements.

Q25. How long can I study in New Zealand?

A: There is no limit on the time you can spend in New Zealand as a student. The visa can be extended as  long as  you pass your course and continue to meet the requirements of your student visa.

 

Q26. What kind of accommodation is available for students in New Zealand?

A: In many cases, your accommodation will be only minutes from your place of study. Your institution can help you find accommodation before you begin studying. Viz

·         Halls of residence or student hostels -  These are usually located on campus or nearby, with single or twin rooms. Bed linen and cleaning are provided. Meals are eaten in a communal dining hall, with special dietary needs catered for.

·         Home stay or private board -  This gets you a room in a suburban house, usually with a garden and lawns. 

Your host family provides meals. Interacting with your host family and meeting their neighbors and friends is an excellent way to improve your English. Your host family will help you adjust to life in New Zealand.

·         Renting a house / flat - You can rent a house or flat (apartment) on your own or with other people. You choose your flat mates in single-sex or mixed accommodation, ranging from a two-bedroom apartment to a large house on its own land. Most rental properties are unfurnished, apart from an oven, a laundry, curtains and carpet.

 

Q27. What are the work opportunities after the complication the degree or diploma program?

A: New Zealand offers students a one year job search visa after completion of either a diploma or a degree program. The points based immigration system is one of the easiest in the world, and a lot many people from India have made New Zealand their home. During the study period also, students can work part-time, which helps them take care of their living costs.

 

Q28.  Can I get admission for MBA in New Zealand without work ex and with 82% in UG ? What is the IELTS requirement?

A: Most of New Zealand Colleges and Universities require at least 2 years of work experience after Bachelor degree for MBA admission. As you do not have same, you can plan to study Graduate Diploma in Business or International Business course. For more guidance, kindly share your details with us, our expert counselors will get in touch with you.


 

Q29. How the NZ education system is structured?

A: Education in New Zealand can be divided into below four areas:

·   Early childhood education (from birth to five years).

·   years 0/1-8 or primary/intermediate school (ages 5-13 years).

·   years 9-13 or secondary school (ages 13+).

·   Tertiary education (not compulsory - ages 16+).

      

Q30. Which documents are usually required for admission in Masters degrees in New Zealand?

A: Most New Zealand universities accept three years undergrad degree for entry into masters program. A 3 year bachelor degree like B.A., B.Com. or B.Sc. is equivalent to a New Zealand’s Bachelor (Ordinary) degree. However, some courses and universities may require a qualification equivalent to New Zealand Bachelor (Honors) Degree, which requires 16 years of formal education, which would mean another year after graduation or a four year degree course like B.E., B.Tech or other such courses. For most Universities, a good first degree from a leading university in home country is essential.

If the student is not proficient in English, he/she may be required to take the IELTS (International English Testing System). Every institute has its own minimum scores with respect to this test.

International students are required to take IELTS (International English Language Test), which is regularly administered by the British Council. A minimum score of 6.5 is usually required by most institutes.

If the student does not obtain the minimum score required by the institute, he/she will have to go in for a 3 to 9 month bridging course in English at the institute before the start of the chosen program of study. Some universities may accept TOEFL scores instead of IELTS score.

Q31. Are international students eligible to receive free health/medical care while studying in New Zealand?

A: International students are not entitled to publicly funded health/medical care services while in New Zealand. If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full costs of that treatment. It has now become compulsory under New Zealand law for international students to have travel / health insurance before coming here to study.

Q32. Will the University help me in finding job placement when I’ve graduated?

A: No. But the University offers regular career fairs where employers can meet with students who will soon graduate. The Student Job Service located on campus also has a current listing of positions available both for student jobs and graduate positions. There is also a Careers Center located in Student Services, which helps students to male informed career decisions about how they might use their qualifications and abilities to achieve their career goals. As a universal requirement if the student performs the course of study well all the expectations of the students will fall in place to achieve the career goal.

Q33. Can I study part-time?

A: No. All international students have to study full time to meet the requirement of their student permit with the NZ Immigration Services. However, a student on a NZ work permit is allowed to take a paper as part time, as long as they apply for a variation of conditions on their work permit with NZ Immigration Services.

 

FAQ – Study in Europe

 

Q1.      Why study in Europe?

A.        The EU is the biggest economy in the world. Renowned for its culture, innovation, tradition and diversity, Europe hosts the world's oldest universities in continuous operation and maintains a high standard of academic excellence. At the same time you will find Europe's university education very affordable when compared to the United States, Great Britain or Australia. Especially in Germany financial savings can be enormous.

 

Q2.      Can Study Europe make things easier for me?

A.        Unfortunately, setting up your life in Europe has been a notoriously hard task to accomplish. The sheer variety of options and the confusing amount of detail that need to be considered can cause a lot of frustration. It is our objective to spare you this frustration. We can help you choose a course and a university.

Gleaming Outlook(GO) will provide you with an initial assessment of your enrolment chances, handle all legal and academic paperwork, including visa, university, and work permit applications. Furthermore, we also provide general assistance such as initial accommodation, setting up a bank account, selecting an insurance provider, finding a suitable kindergarten for children, etc.

 

Q3.      Who can study in Europe?

A.        In general if you have a high school diploma or something comparable you can be enrolled at a European university.

For an initial assessment of your qualifications and enrolment chances we will need certificates of your educational qualifications. This assessment by Gleaming Outlook is free of charge!

If you want to study in Europe, but your high school diploma is not available yet, you also have the chance to take the University Entrance Examination for international students in Germany. This so called Studienkolleg will take around one year. After successfully passing this test you can be enrolled at a university in Germany.

 

Q4.      When should I study in Europe?

A.        In theory you can study in Europe as soon as you receive your high school diploma. But you can also move to a  European university after some semesters of study in your home country. You need go to Europe to study in a university; it is also possible that you only attend a language school to learn a European language, e.g. German, Italian, French or Spanish.

 

Q5.      What is the duration of Courses in Europe?

A.        It is possible to go on an exchange program for a semester. However, if you want to obtain a degree then you have to plan for a longer stay. In general you need around 8-10 semesters to finish a full Master's or Bachelor degree.

 

Q6.      Can I afford to study in Europe?

A.        Studying in Europe, especially studying in Germany, is much cheaper than going to the United States, the UK or Australia. Among other things tuition fees are much lower. This makes Europe an affordable destination for students, who might not be able to pay the tuition fees in other parts of the world, but still value a quality education.

 

On an average, you have to pay around 10000 - 15000  Euro per year in study fees in the United States, Australia, or the UK. In Europe, tuition usually don't exceed 4000 - 6000 Euro per year. Inmost German states there are no study fees at all. So you can save around 15000 EUR per year when you study in Germany, an amount that will also be more than enough to cover all your living expenses and even allow you to travel around Europe.

 

Foreign students also receive excellent health insurance and are allowed to work and earn some money during their stay in Europe.

 

Q7.      How can I find the right program for me?

A.        The main task is realistically assessing your academic preparation and researching programs that fit the education that you have received so far while also enhancing your career chances. We suggest that you carefully consider some preliminary questions, such as whether you want to live in a big city or a smaller town. If you need help, you can contact Gleaming Outlook, Global Education Consultants by mail / phone.

 

Q8.      What is the minimum English language requirement to study in Europe?

A.        Although the expected level of command of English may vary depending on the school and, above all, the study program or course, the usual average English language requirement you will be required to have to study in Europe is 550 points (paper-based TOEFL test), or 213 points (computer-based TOEFL test), or 79-80 points (Internet-based TOEFL test), or 5.5 - 6.5 score in the IELTS test. Please, be advised that the more competitive a course or study program is, the higher the level of knowledge of English will be.

 

Q9.      Do I have to speak German when I study at a German university?

A.        Some courses or programs at German universities are in English. But most of the courses or programs are in German. For attending these courses or programs the universities require a passed German test, e.g. TestDaf.

Gleaming Outlook can enroll you at a language school where you can learn German and take the necessary tests. Depending on your pre-existing knowledge of German, the language school program can take up to one year.

 

Q10.    What should you do if you don’t meet the minimum English language requirement?

A.        You should always contact the course or program coordinator before you decide not to apply for it. In some cases, schools may be flexible with the language requirement and you may be allowed to improve your language skills while studying your course.

 

Q11.    Are there scholarships for international students in Europe?

A.        Many universities in Europe offer scholarships, grants and loans to international students during the course of their education. These scholarships could me full merit-based scholarship or part scholarship and discounts. However, it is important that you have the funds to study abroad at the scholarships provided by universities are limited in ratio to the amount of students applying for them. Scholarships and grants are also provided in your home country by the government, private organisations and NGO's to help students studying abroad. Make sure to check for these types of aides also.

 

Q12.    How many international students study in Europe

A.        Europe is a very popular education destination among students from all over the world. However, some countries are more popular than others. 

As of 2014, nearly 4.6 million students are enrolled in university-level education outside their home country. 21% of  mobile international students choose Europe as their preferred destination to study abroad.

 

Q13.    What kinds of documents does Gleaming Outlook, Global Education Consultants require to enroll me at a European University?

A.        Once you've decided to apply at a European institution of higher learning, Gleaming Outlook, Global Education Consultants needs the following information and documents in order to process your application:

·         Photocopies of all school and other pre-university training certificates

·         German language certificate (if applicable)

·         4 current passport photos

·         A photocopy of your passport

·         Your desired subject and degree

Photocopies or copies of the necessary certificates and other documents need to be officially certified and translated in German or English. Correctness of translations into German must be officially certified by the German diplomatic or consular representation in your home country.

 

Q14.    What kinds of documents does Gleaming Outlook need for the visa application process?

A.        Once Study Europe has received the confirmation that your application has been accepted we will also need the following documents from you to start the visa application process proper:

·         High school  diploma (ICSE, CBSE, A level equivalent)

·         Passport (or equivalent documentation)

·         Bank statement or other proof of you having the necessary means to sustain yourself during your stay in Europe

 

Q15.    How much does Gleaming Outlook charge for its services?

A.        The basic counseling service are  free of charge. However, student pays administrative charges for their university applications. 

 

FAQs – Study MBBS/BDS  in Nepal

 

Q1. What is the framework of Medical Education in Nepal

A: In Nepal, medical studies start at undergraduate level. The program is of five and half years duration. There are three main medical bodies in Nepal - Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu University , B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences and Apex regulation body is Nepal Medical Council . The first two years of studies are called "Basic Sciences" followed by two and half years of "clinical sciences" and one year of internship. After the successful completion of this course, a student is awarded Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.) degree.

 

Q2. What are the Eligibility Requirements for Foreign Students to study MBBS/Dental course at Nepal

A: The eligibility criteria is a minimum of 50% marks at Advanced level (A/L) and O level.

A minimum of 2 credit passes and 1 ordinary pass in Physics, Chemistry, Biology (PCB) or 50% marks in aggregate of PCB at the 'A' level or equivalent examination. He or she should have at least a credit pass in English at the 'O' level and should have completed 17 years of age. (If there are 4 subjects - Physics, Chemistry, Zoology and Botany/ Mathematics then a minimum of 2 credit passes and 2 ordinary passes). There is no entrance Examination. viz; SAT / TOEFL is not required.

Note: To calculate eligibility they  take the mid point of each grade and this should total up to an aggregate of at least 50% in all the subjects taken at "A' levels and also when adding the grade for English at 'O' level.

 

'A' & 'O' level grades:

Grade (A): 80%& above Mid point-90

Grade(B): 70-79% Mid point-74.5

Grade(C): 60-69% Mid point-64.5

Grade(D): 50-59% Mid point-54.5

Grade(E): 40-49% Mid point-44.5

Grade (N): 35-39%

 

Students are requested to apply with photocopies of their A & O level grade sheets. For faster communication students may fax photocopies of their A & O level grade sheets. On receiving the photocopies of the mark sheets, if the student is found eligible, provisional admission will be offered. A seat may be reserved on receipt of the first installment.

 

Q3. What is the Medium of Instruction

A: The medium of instruction is English

 

Q4.  How to Apply to a medical college?

A: Following documents are required to apply for admission to medical  / dental school at Nepal

 

·         Application form

·         Advance Level Certificate (Students with pending results can apply with a letter from the Principal of their school)

·         Ordinary Level Certificate

·         Passport Copy /  Birth certificate (English Translation).

·         04 Passport Size photographs

·         01 Passport Size photograph of the Guardian

·         Registration fee

·         Substantial Financial proof

·         Reference from 02 teacher

 

Q5. What is the cost of MBBS course at Nepal

A: Total cost for the program varies from Rs 22 lakhs to 32 Lakhs depending upon the institute you join.

Q6. What is the duration of  MBBS  Programme

A: The MBBS batch commences every year, from the month of November, into the four and half years & course of study, divided into three phases; in addition to a year of compulsory rotating internship. Thus the total duration of the program is five and half years. The Medical Education is based on community orientation, integration and problem solving. The Curriculum thus reflects an innovation in undergraduate Medical Education

 

Q7. What are the accommodation options for students?

A: Most medical schools provide separate hostel facilities for boys and girls under the control of experienced wardens. Generally the  hostels are situated within the Campus. The management has proviides 24 hours security as well as all communication facilities including telephones, fax and E-mail. Air cooling and heating arrangements have also been provided in the hostels

 

Q8. Do I need a visa to study in Nepal?

A: All foreigners, except Indians, must have a visa. Nepali embassies and consulates overseas issue visas with no fuss.

 

FAQ – Study Medical at Barbados, West Indies

 

Q1.      American University of Barbados – Where, what, how?

A.        American University of Barbados (AUB) located at Barbados, West Indies, is an international medical university established to create better opportunities for international students to study medicine.

 

AUB uses a similar curriculum as that taught in the best medical schools in the

USA. We use US textbooks and course review materials. We use the shelf exams similar to US students to prepare our students.

 

Our graduate degrees are recognized throughout the world. Hence, after receiving the AUB medical degree, our students can take the entrance exams of their respective countries and can practice anywhere across the globe.

 

Q2.      Why join the American University of Barbados for medical studies?

A.  Salient advantages of studying medical at AUB are :

 

·         Comprehensive 5 ½ year MD Program for Motivated High School Graduates

·         4 year MD Program for B.Sc. Graduates

·         USA Styled Medical Curriculum

·         USMLE Focused Education

·         Hospital Integrated Program

·         USA Clinical Clerkship Rotations

·         Professional Guidance from Practicing US Medical Doctors

·         Curriculum Taught in English by Experienced MDs/PhDs

·         Excellent Student Teacher Ratio

·         University Established in the Caribbean, West Indie

·         Beautiful Country with Secure Living Conditions

 

Q3.      What is the background of the teaching faculty and the Board of Directors of American University of Barbados?

A.        Most of the faculty are MDs, MBBS or PhDs.

 

·         The Board of Directors has many years of experience in the field of Medical Education.

·         Board of Advisors are from the top league Universities of the USA (Harvard, Columbia, NYU, Yale, Albert Einstein, UCSF, Cornell, among others.)

 

Q4.      What are the teaching practices at the American University of Barbados like?

A.        Salient features are :

 

·         Complete focus and emphasis is given to the USMLE exams.

·         Weekly tests are given to train the students for the USMLE Exams.

·         AUB provides the students with its own USMLE board review course right from the first semester and continues till the student passes the USMLE Step-1 exam at the end of the Basic Sciences.

·         Students are prepared for USMLE Step-2 during their clinical rotations.

 

The university is dedicated to excellence in higher education and our faculty is committed to the best education and well being of our students.

 

Q5.      Is there an entrance examination for admission to AUB?

A.        No entrance examinations are required. We do however require a GPA of 2.8 and above for USA and Canadian students and over 65% score where percentiles score is calculated in different countries. An interview is required as part of the admissions process, for the Admissions Committee to make the decision on whether to admit the student.

 

Q6.      What is the duration of the MD Programs for high school graduates and B. Sc. Graduates?

A.        The available option for high school graduates (equivalent to secondary school / 12th Grade) and BSc graduates are :

 

Comprehensive 5 ½ year MD Program for Motivated High School Graduates:
Students can join our Pre-Medical program right after high school. AUB offers 4 semesters of Pre-Medical. Students can finish Pre-Medical in 16 Months and continue into the 4 Year MD Program as compared to USA and Canada where a student spends four years to study the same Pre-Medical curriculum. By studying at AUB a student can save 2 ½ years.

 

4 year MD Program for B.Sc. Graduates: First 5 semesters (20 Months)

are dedicated to Basic Sciences. Four semesters out of that are completed in Barbados, The fifth semester is completed in the USA. Emphasis is laid on USMLE Step I preparation that the student is ready to take the first board exam at the end of Basic Sciences. AUB makes it mandatory to pass the USMLE I exams in a maximum of three attempts before joining the clinical rotations in the USA and our affiliated hospitals in other countries.

 

Q7.      What are the room and board options available at AUB?

A.        American University of Barbados has the dormitories close to the campus. The Housing Department will assist the students in making arrangements for their stay before they reach Barbados. The apartments are comfortable and meet the needs of the students coming from North America and other parts of the world. All apartments are furnished with beds, living and dining room furniture, refrigerator, microwave and washer drier. All the apartments are air-conditioned. Both 110 and 220 voltage is available in the campus and in the dormitories.

 

A single room occupancy rent is US $ 500. On double sharing basis the rent

per person is US $ 300 per month. The total cost for room and board would be approximately US $800 to US $1200 per month.  Lunch and dinner is served at a very reasonable price.

 

Q8.      What about transportation?

A.        American University of Barbados provides free transportation from the dorms to campus and back to dorms. There is government and private bus service which can take you anywhere in Barbados from one destination to another for a fixed price of US $ 1. Students can also rent cars or buy used cars as per their needs.

 

Q9.      How secure and safe is Barbados?

A.        The  university is located in a very safe environment. Barbados does not have a  history of violence and has a very stable, democratic government. The standard of living in Barbados is similar to that of the USA, Canada and  UK, which makes the campus life and living conditions much more comfortable and easy for our international students.

 

Q10.    How well connected by air travel is Barbados?

A.        AUB students are only a 2 ½ hours away from Miami, USA. Most of the major airlines have daily flights to Barbados from USA, Canada, UK and Amsterdam. Barbados can be reached by connecting flights from most countries.

 

Q11.    What are the living standards like in Barbados?

A.        Barbados has a very high standard of living, just like any other developed

nation. All modern facilities and conveniences are available. Many American food chains can be found in Barbados such as Subway, KFC, Baskin Robbins. Most international brands of the clothing and jewelry are also available in Barbados. The supermarkets sell the same food products as that in the USA, Canada and

UK. Students can use their ATM cards at most of the banks. Royal Bank of Canada  is one of the major banks apart from the other major Caribbean banks.

 

Q12.    Would it be possible to transfer in medicine course or would Student have to do apply for the pre-medicine course?

A.        Yes, it is possible to transfer into univeristies’ MD Program, but first you are required to send what qualifications evaluated by world education service (WES).  It is an American evaluating company that will transfer your credits and GPA from your university to American credits, once this is done, we can then decide upon your placement.

 

Q13.    What steps would be required to practice medicine in the EU, USA, Canada or Australia. For instance USMLE or PLAB?

A.        Please be aware that different places require different qualifications to practice medicine in their country, here at AUB we prepare you to take your USMLE Steps 1, 2 and the clinical skills (C.S) exam, after passing, you are eligible to practice in the USA and Canada and the degree is recognized internationally.

 

Q14.    What about the structure of the medicine (MD or MBBS or MBChB) course?  How many years for pre-clinical basic sciences and how many years on clinical rotation? How often are university exams and is their time for USMLE and equivalent exams?

A.        The structure of our MD Program includes: Pre-clinical basic sciences that are 2 years, after which university  prepares you to take USMLE Step 1 and clinical rotations are also for 2 years where you are prepared to take USMLE Step 2 and the C.S exam. In the university, tests and exams vary depending upon the lecturer but usually they have 2 tests, 1 midterm and the final exam.

 

Q15.    Which references are  required from a) Academic b) Police (CRB etc)

A.        Academic could be from the dean, or head of the school, lawyer or practicing doctor. Police clearance certificate is required based upon your finger printing.

 

Q16.    Is the accommodation cost included  within the fees we pay or is it required to be paid separately? Does the university provide accommodation for the duration of the course?

A.        University  provides accommodation but students have to pay for it. Cost is  iroughly US $600 - $1000 per month and during clinical rotations in the US it is roughly US $800 – $1200 per month.

 
 
 
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