FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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 medicine 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 at Life Planner Studies & Opportunities Pvt. Ltd.
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 at Life Planner Studies & Opportunities Pvt. Ltd. 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 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.
Is it possible for my family to accompany me during and after my studies abroad?
You can take you family to accompany you while travelling to countries such as UK, New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, etc. However, the work rights for your dependents are subject to the laws of that country which may change from time to time. You may update it by referring the concerned official websites or approaching our counselors at Life Planner Studies & Opportunities Pvt. Ltd.
How will Life Planner support my studies abroad?
Life Planner provides candid counseling in choosing the right study options as well as assists you in applying to the institutions of your choice, getting offers, availing bank loans and scholarships, payment of tuition fees, visa documentation guidance and support and post landing services to help ensure you have a smooth transition.
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
Statement of Purpose(SOP) expressing your interest, motive and plans to study
What should I do if the institution rejects my application for a particular program?
If an institution rejects your application, you can re-attempt to apply for a suitable program matching your profile in the same institutions itself with more supporting documents or choose an alternative option in other institutions where your profile would be eligible. The Team at Life Planner Studies & Opportunities Pvt. Ltd. will help you identify such programs which would match your academic profile and applying to institutions where your profile would be accepted.
What are the necessary documents required for applying for visa?
Documents required for applying for visa in a normal case are:-
Proof of English proficiency test like IELTS, TOEFL.
Academic documents from 10th onwards
Work Experience documents
Statement of Purpose/ Explanation
Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) from Passport Seva Kendra
Can I pursue MBBS abroad?
Yes, various countries offer studies in Medicine for international students. However, the cost and requirements vary from country to country. You can also pursue MBBS studies in European countries like Bulgaria etc. at reasonable cost as compared to studying in UK, USA, Australia, etc or even studying in India. There are good universities in Philippines and China who offer MBBS studies at minimum cost when compared to the total cost of studying in Indian institutions.
What would be the average amount I would need to spend for pursuing my studies abroad?
Your total cost of study would involve the tuition fees as well as the cost of living and other miscellaneous expenses such as air tickets and visa fees. Normally, this may vary between 10 lakhs to 30 lakhs depending on the country, the institution and the program that you chose to study.
Would I incur any financial loss in case my visa is rejected?
In the event your visa is rejected, most institutions do refund your tuition fees after a nominal deduction of administrative charges which is usually mentioned in the offer letter or the concerned institution’s website. However, your visa fees may not be refunded in the event your visa is rejected.
What are the options available in case my visa is rejected?
In the event of a visa rejection, you can either resubmit your application by providing explanations and documentations to alleviate the concerns raised by the High commission/ embassy. Alternatively, the team at Life Planner would also direct you to study options in other countries and also assist you with the refund of your tuition fees that you have made to the institutions.
What is the post landing assistance that I can expect from Life Planner?
Life Planner coordinates with the institutions abroad/ overseas coordinators to provide pick up and accommodation assistance as you reach the destination country. Our dedicated travel desk would be equipped to assist you with all possible support that you would require post your landing including pick up, accommodation and other legal matters, and taking up further studies in the host country after successful completion of your current study program, etc.
Can I visit my home during my studies abroad?
Most countries allow students to visit their home country during vacations. If you have a multiple entry visa you would be allowed to visit your home during your study period easily.
What are the entrance tests/proficiency tests demanded by the institutions?
Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) and Graduate Management Admission Tests (GMAT) are the most common and popular entry tests while IELTS/TOEFL/PTE are the most popular English language proficiency tests demanded by the institutions. You may refer to the websites of the institutions for the details regarding the requirements or alternatively can seek the advice of the counselors at Life Planner.
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 that 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.
Which are the programs/professional categories abroad, that yield higher job prospects and beneficial to the international students?
Almost all professional programs have high job prospects while you study abroad as most the programs are tailor made in tandem with the requirements of the global job market. However, the most in demand professions that have a higher job prospect are: