What is Study Abroad?
Usually it refers to an educational program that you take in a foreign country. Some people study abroad to develop foreign language skills or to improve their ability to work productively with other cultures.
What is the Eligibility for Studying Abroad?
To begin studying as an international student, there are a range of entry requirements you may have to meet.
Students who are looking to pursue higher education abroad would have to appear for language exams such as the IELTS, TOEFL and PTE and may be some general exams such as SAT, GMAT, GRE and ACT to be eligible for some USA universities. Over the years, statistics have shown a lot of Bangladeshi students traveling to destinations abroad such as United States of America (USA), Canada, Australia, United Kingdom (UK), and Germany among many others for the purpose of education. It goes without mention that student looking to study abroad would be required to appear for language and general exams depending on the requisition of the course and the University of choice of the candidate.
Our expert counsellors will help you assess your eligibility for different programs and guide you on the courses and locations that best meet your preferences.
How much will it cost to study abroad?
Getting a quality education does not come cheap! Especially when you think of countries which have an excellent education system, there without having a budget of five-figures it looks impossible. While university fees and other living expenses are continuously rising across the countries, students are looking for options to pursue a recognized degree that too without feeling too much burden on their pockets. This brings us back to our question, can students’ study abroad for free?
You will be relaxed to hear, theoretically…yes! Now comes the next step, how is it possible? It is possible to study abroad for free but there are a lot of elements to it. The below-mentioned aspects can help students in covering their tuition fee partially or fully. We will also inform them that how they can get a quality education at minimal cost.
Scholarship that too fully funded scholarship is one of the ways of pursuing higher education without feeling too much pinch on your pocket. However, getting a fully funded scholarship is extremely difficult, because the number of applicants is huge whereas the number of scholarships awarded is limited in numbers. There are different types of scholarships like general scholarships and some are specialized funding schemes. Also, scholarships are offered by individual universities, government agencies, charitable institutions, and some private enterprises.
Two types of expenses covered under scholarships:
- Tuition fee
- Living expenses
- Scholarship granted by Individual Universities
Some universities automatically consider those students for scholarship whose profile is above 50% of the class medium. It means some universities automatically consider students for a scholarship if their profile is above 50% of the criteria set by the university. Also, some universities also consider students for need-based scholarships, so, they can pursue higher studies without worrying about tuition fee.
- German Public Universities
Public universities in 15 out of 16 German states charge no tuition fee from students irrespective of their nationality. Only universities in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg (South-west Germany) charges EU €1,500 per semester from students. Generally, students need to pay nominal administrative or registration charges which range from €50 to €250. This fee also includes a regional transport pass, which is beneficial for students only and also includes student union membership. Germany’s strong economy, excellent education system, and low education costs make it a favorite among students and parents globally. Also, more than 40 German universities appeared in the QS World University Rankings which is a testimony of its prominence in the education arena.
People have a perception that they can study for free in German universities, however, getting admit in a German university is challenging as the profile of the candidate should be outstanding, also, various universities asked for the knowledge of German language as well. Also, because of no tuition fees, the number of candidates applying to German universities is always high, which raises the level of competition. Even if you are successful in getting admission to a German university, you still need to bear the living cost. A candidate needs to show around €8,700 (US$10,400) per year for getting a German student visa. Apart from this, one needs approximately €9,600 (US$11,500) to live a comfortable life in Germany. So, all those who think of pursuing higher studies in Germany at free now should be clear in their mind that they have to bear at least the living cost themselves.
In addition to this, MS (Graduate) and Ph.D. scholars are also awarded financial support in the form of assistantships. There are different types of assistantships for both Ph.D. and MS scholars are:
- Graduate Assistant
- Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)
- Teaching Assistant
- Research Assistant
These scholars or graduates are responsible for supporting (assistantship) the university or teachers/professors while working on their research or pursuing their graduation. Attending graduate schools or doing research can be a costly affair for some. Assistantship hours can vary between 15 to 20 hours a week depending on the college, department, discipline or the work they are assigned. These Assistants are remunerated in the form of a stipend and it depends from college to college. This stipend helps the students in focusing on their studies/work instead of working full-time.
Those who are planning a career in academics may gain invaluable experience from the teaching assistantship. Moreover, this also helps them in understanding the subject better and can also help them by developing a relationship with the professors. This networking opportunity can work wonders for them in future in case they need letters of recommendation.
What should I consider when choosing what and where to study?
When deciding what and where to study, start by thinking about your academic interests and career goals
Take some time to research specific courses, subjects and options for internships or work placements
Look at the campus location, rankings, the amount of time you would like to spend away from home and the total cost of studying and living overseas. A country’s economic, political and social stability are also some of the factors you should consider when studying away from home
Think about what kind of lifestyle you prefer – do you want to be in a cosmopolitan city, or a quiet country town? Would you prefer to choose a city where there are other students from your nationality? Do you want to be close to the beach, forest or desert? Do you want to live on campus?
If you would like to explore the option of staying in the country to work after your studies you will need to find out about the migration policies in place and visa conditions. Also, be aware that these government policies can change at any time during the course of your study
When considering what and where to study, your IDP counsellor will be able to guide you on the courses, institutions and locations that best meet your preferences.
Will studying abroad help me find a good job?
Various countries allow foreign students to do paid work for 20 hours a week, expect Sweden and Estonia which allows Full-time work. Like students with Canada students visa or New Zealand student visa can take a paid job/work for 20 hours a week. Most of the popular study destinations across the globe allow students to work for up to 20 hours a week while completing their studies. Generally, these are the maximum number of hours the students can work along with their studies, they are allowed to work for lesser than this. In part-time work, students are paid on hourly basis. Usually, the rate of pay varies from $10 to $12 per hour. The working hours are restricted because authorities don’t want that the part-time work will affect students lose their focus from studies in any way.
Your career prospects will benefit hugely from your experience of studying, living and socializing overseas. It’s your opportunity to develop a wealth of new skills, perspectives and stronger English language skills and seek work experience from the kind of employers you’d like to work for.
A recent study conducted with more than 4,500 ex-international students explored the exact skills employers in the US value when it comes to recruiting people that have studied overseas.
When should I start planning my study abroad procedure?
The key to a successful study abroad experience lies in the planning. Indeed, it is never too early to start; and some of the most successful reported study abroad experiences were by students who started planning during their first semester at the University or immediately after HSC.
We recommend you to meet with one of our expert student advisors and create an academic plan that you will follow during the rest of your career at the prospectus University or College. An academic plan is essentially a map that you will follow to complete your degree at the University. You will need to plan which classes you will take in and when you take them. You will do the same for the courses you wish to take abroad.
Course planning in preparation to study abroad is absolutely critical. You want to be sure that you are able to take classes abroad that allow you to make satisfactory progress with your University academic requirements so that you will graduate on time. Further, it is imperative to plan the courses you will take at the Universities prior to studying abroad as well as subsequent to your study abroad experience. You want to be sure that you are able to schedule required courses at the University in order to graduate on time.
Will my overseas qualification be accepted in my home country?
The skills and qualifications employers and professional registration bodies require will vary from country to country. Mostly our country very much gives priority to foreign degree holders during job interview shortlisting. Because the standard of our country’s education isn’t that high compared to the overseas’. Hence, the demand of studying abroad is a lucrative issue based on the situation of this country. Statistics shows that many foreign degree holders after returning to their home country, have opened up small businesses respective to their field of study.
How long does the application process take?
We recommend you begin your application process at least 3 to 6 months in advance to give enough time for your applications to be processed and to prepare for your time overseas.
Bear in mind that the academic year begins at different times of year in different countries. Semester dates tend to run as follows:
Semester 1: starts late February/early March to late May/early June
Semester 2: starts late July/early August through to November.
- New Zealand
Semester 1: from February to June
Semester 2: from July to November
- United Kingdom
Term 1: from September to December
Term 2: from January to April
Term 3: from April to June
- United States America
Fall Term: from August to December
Spring Term: from January to April
Summer Term: from May to August
Fall Intake: primary intake starts in August/September
Spring Intake: smaller intake in January/February
Summer Intake: limited programs intake in May/Jun
Do I need an Education Counselor?
Well you can apply to study directly to an institution; but you may choose to use the expertise of an international education specialist (also known as a student counsellor) to guide you through the process of choosing a university or school and enrolling. Using an accredited and trusted agent, like us, can help reduce the stress of choosing a school in another country, applying and preparing to leave.
We apply a rigorous application process for our students. We insist that our counsellors are of the highest standard and share ethical values. We will perform thorough screening on each student application after their office visits, meeting your guardians, reference checks, preparing sponsorship relevant documents. Most of our counselors have studied overseas themselves hence can offer first hand advice every step of the way.
Our service extends beyond study advice and applications. We can help you get all the essential services you’ll need while living abroad — health insurance, foreign exchange, air-ticketing, accommodation/hotel-booking, setting up a bank account and student loan, etc.
We organize pre-departure orientations that cover topics such as: student life in your new country, advice on adapting to the culture and how to deal with homesickness.
We also host welcome activities when you arrive in your new city where you’ll meet fellow and former international students from around the world.
Does it cost money to see a counsellor at Enzenius?
Our counselling services are free of charge for students. You do not have to pay anything to book an appointment with us. We even help students with Free IELTS online study materials in order achieve his desired score quickly for admissions.
Does Enzenius Consultancy Services Ltd. have any special relationship with specific institutions? How many universities and colleges do we work with?
- Yes, we partner with more than 300 leading universities and institutions around the world.
- We are professionally trained and certified education consultant, member of regulatory body and agent associations.
- We work with genuine education providers; possess local knowledge and industry specialization.
- We have high success rate in admission and visa application.
- We aim to give you extra value from the services you take and enrich our own value from our experience with you.
- We follow the British Council’s “Guide to Good Practice for Education Agents” in our conducts and the Principles of ”London Statement”. Our activities also incorporate guidelines of English UK, QISAN and ICEF. In addition to the professional code of conducts, we observe ethical, moral and personal values to maintain high standards in our work.