Not sure where to start on your quest to study abroad? You’ve come to the right place! Volant Overseas can help you decide on – and find – the best path toward your dream education. Below are some Frequently Asked Questions that might better help you use our services. Good luck!
What are the benefits of studying abroad?
World class education helps you to shape your career successfully in the global market. An international qualification is recognized around the globe. Studying abroad gives you a chance to network with students and employers/ industrialists from across the globe. It provides you a platform to familiarize yourself with the global market demands and enhance your career prospects.
Which are the popular countries for pursuing higher studies abroad?
UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Sweden, Norway are the countries for higher studies in Engineering / Business / IT / Hospitality etc. In addition to these, European countries, China, Russia and Philippines offer quality and cost-effective courses especially in medical studies etc.
Is studying abroad very expensive?
As compared to studying in your home country, studying abroad may be expensive. However, there are countries that provide education (specific courses) which are at par with Indian cost. However, the trend has been catching up lately due to easy availability of education loans and scholarships which help to finance your studies abroad.
What are the different ways of financial support for my studies abroad?
The different methods to support your studies abroad are 1. Education loans. 2. Sponsorship by individuals/organization. 3. Scholarships.
How can I avail overseas education loan to support my studies abroad?
Availing bank loans to support overseas studies is a common trend in the recent times. It can be availed subject to fulfilling the terms and conditions of the bank. The requirements vary from bank to bank and also depending on the level of program chosen by you and the amount you apply for. For more detailed information, we would advise you to contact your nearest bank or our counselors.
How can I avail scholarships?
Most countries provide scholarships to international students wishing to pursue studies there. The requirements may vary from institutions. The scholarships are highly competitive and based on the academic profile of the students. The details regarding the scholarships are provided on the University websites. We can also assist you in availing scholarships in various institutions based on your eligibility and requirements.
Can I work part time during my studies abroad?
Most countries allow international students to work part-time during their studies, however, in countries like Canada, Singapore, US, China, Bulgaria, etc. there are restrictions for students to legally work part-time.
What are the post study job prospects available abroad?
Most of the countries offer post study stay-back options for students to explore job opportunities post the successful completion of their studies. The Co-ops and internships during the study help the students to network and search for employment opportunities after the completion of the course.
What are my PR prospects abroad after my higher studies?
Students pursuing their studies abroad have opportunities to explore Permanent Residency (PR) prospects on successful completion of their course. Countries such as Canada, Sweden, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, etc. encourage students to stay back and explore job and PR opportunities after their study.
What are the necessary documents required for getting an offer letter for my higher studies abroad?
Documents required for getting offer letter may vary from institution to institution. The documents normally required by the institutions are certified copies of:-
- All Academics documents from 10th onwards
- All Work Experience certificates
- Language Award Certificates – IELTS / TOEFL iBT / PTE-A
- Statement of Purpose(SOP) expressing your interest, motive and plans to study
What are the necessary documents required for applying for visa?
Documents required for applying for visa in a normal case are:-
- Offer letter
- Proof of English proficiency test like PTE, IELTS, TOEFL.
- Academic documents from 10th onwards
- Work Experience documents
- Financial Documents
- Updated CV
- Statement of Purpose/ Explanation
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- Medical clearance
- Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) from Passport Seva Kendra
What is IELTS/TOEFL/PTE? Why are they an important requirement to study/migrate abroad?
IELTS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is one of the most popular English language tests opted by international students seeking to study abroad. It is jointly managed by Cambridge English Language Assessment, the British Council and IDP Education Pvt Ltd.
TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is a standardized English test usually undertaken by international students seeking to study in US. It is also accepted in many institutions across various English speaking countries.
PTE: Pearson Test of English (PTE) managed by the Pearson PLC group is also one of the English language tests opted by students seeking to study in Countries such as UK, Australia, and New Zealand. English Language tests are usually of 2 types – Academic and General. Students seeking to study abroad have to undergo the Academic tests while applicants seeking to migrate should undergo the General Tests. The English Language tests usually are a measure to ensure that the students belonging to non-native English speaking countries can understand the language and cope up with their studies in English speaking countries.
Are English proficiency tests like IELTS/PTE/TOEFL mandatory for higher studies abroad?
Most institutions in the English speaking countries do insist on English language proficiency to ensure that the students can cope up with their studies abroad. Hence English language proficiency test scores such as IELTS/PTE/TOEFL mostly figure in the entry requirements of the institutions. However, there a few institutions in some countries who assess the 12th grade English language score with a minimum score of 65% or alternatively administer English language test/interviews to assess the English proficiency before admitting a student. However, English language proficiency is an important requirement to assess your visa application and hence we would recommend having English language proficiency scores to seek admission while studying abroad.
What is the average score/marks required to pursue higher studies abroad?
The average English proficiency scores/academic scores requirement may vary from institution to institution, from course to course and the level of courses that you may opt for. However, our experiences show that having a score of below 50% may not be advisable to seek admission to institutions abroad as most institutions feel that an academically poor student would find it difficult to cope with studies and hence do not accept students with low academic/English proficiency scores.