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Verdant beaches, picturesque landscapes and friendly people beckon students and professionals alike to Ireland. Students seeking to study abroad find Ireland to be the perfect backdrop for realizing their dreams of a bright future. Even more interesting is the fact that, skilled expat professionals are actively recruited to work in Ireland to address skill shortages in the local workforce, which is why universities retain global talent and serve as conduits for skilled manpower, which enrich the local economy.

The service sector dominates the job market and key industries in the country like beverages and brewing, chemicals, computer hardware and software, food products, medical equipment and pharmaceuticals. Opportunities can be found in a number of major industries including the growing technology sector, where the demand for IT workers is high. Further, Ireland’s rising popularity as a holiday destination has led to the growth of the hospitality and tourism industry, which is in constant need of both skilled and casual workers.

There is also good news for the talented foreign students, who seek gainful employment after completing their masters/research degrees in the Irish mainland. The Third Level Graduate Scheme allows non-EEA students, who have graduated with Level 7 on or after 1 January 2007, to remain in Ireland for 6 months and those who graduate with Level 8-10 to continue staying for 12 months after their program ends. This allows them to find employment and apply for a General or Critical Skills Employment Permit. You can visit the following site for detailed information: http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/moving_country/moving_to_ireland/working_in_ireland/coming_to_work_in_ireland.html#l1f4da.

Graduates with an award at Level 9 or above on the National Framework of Qualifications will be granted permission for twelve months initially. This will be renewed for a further period of twelve months (subject to the overall eight-year limit) where the graduate satisfies the immigration authorities that he or she has taken appropriate steps to access suitable graduate level employment (e.g. attendance at job interviews, signing up with graduate employment agencies, etc.). Such legislations have made Ireland an attractive destination for students from the world over.

As an Indian student, you will need an employment permit to work in Ireland. There are nine different types of permits, including a general permit and critical skills permit. Non-EEA nationals, who have been invited to attend an interview for employment on the Highly Skilled Occupations list, will be granted a Highly Skilled Job Interview Authorisation, allowing them to remain in Ireland for a maximum of 90 days. Also, the employer must employ you directly – this means that applications from recruitment agencies, agents, intermediaries or companies who intend to outsource or subcontract you to work in another company are not accepted. For more information on the types of work permits and application procedures, please follow the link https://dbei.gov.ie/en/What-We-Do/Workplace-and-Skills/Employment-Permits/.

Foreign nationals who wish to take up work in Ireland must obtain a Personal Public Services Number (PPS Number). An employer can only pay employees with a PPS number, and funds will usually only be paid to an Irish bank account. Students will also be required to comply with the Universal Social Contribution (USC), Pay Related Social Insurance (PRSI), employment laws and taxation requirements. For the various rights and protections offered to any worker in Ireland, please follow the link https://www.workplacerelations.ie/en/What_You_Should_Know/Wages_and_Methods_of_Payments/#National_Minimum_Wage.

Apart from incomes, the greatest consideration for anyone looking to work in Ireland is the living expenses.  Dublin ranks amongst the top 20 expensive cities in Europe, Outer London and Milan are cheaper than Dublin.  The Dublin cost of living calculator will have three components that make up the major chunk – Property rentals, Insurance premiums and childcare. Dublin car insurance premiums are some of the highest in the world. So the minimum salary in Dublin should be 50,000 Euros a year.  This would also put you in the highly skilled work permit segment, for which the mandatory requirement is that the annual compensation should be above 30,000 Euros.

Most foreign workers will find that the cost of expatriate life in Dublin is comparable to any major European city and they will most likely end up living on the south side of the river. Areas preferred by senior executives with high salaries are – Ballsbridge, Donnybrook, Ranelagh, IFSC, Grand Canal Dock, Spencer Dock, Merrion Square, Milltown, Adelaide Road and pretty much any nice street in D2. Average cost of renting a 2 Bedroom is 1500-2000 Euros a month in these areas. A 3-bedroom house would cost about 3000 Euros/month to rent. For more details, please visit http://www.dublin-insider.com/dublin-for-expats/cost-of-living-in-dublin-for-expats.

Given the vast scope for employment in Ireland, where unlike the rest of Europe, English and Gaelic remain the two national languages, it comes as no surprise that expats prefer working in Ireland for its liberal policies as much as its scenic beauty. Also, as the saying goes, there’s no better hospitality to be had than with the Irish and their warm hearths.

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Studying abroad is increasingly becoming the norm among Indian students, especially for those living in the cities. While pursuing higher studies in a top university is the dream of every student who aspires to go abroad, the job prospects that are available to students locally is the deciding factor that comes only second to the program specifics. The Netherlands is a dream destination for every international student in terms of work, study and leisure.

In the Netherlands, a student can choose from internationally acclaimed universities like Erasmus University and Utrecht University, which offer a diverse range of programs from the liberal arts to pure sciences. Once you have completed the admission process, you must approach the Dutch consulate closest to you, in your home country to begin the student visa process. For both, short study (up to three months) or long study purposes (over three months), you need to apply for a Provisional Residence Permit (MVV) – an entry visa.

If you plan to stay in the Netherlands more than three months, in addition to your entry visa, you will also have to apply for a Residence Permit (VVR) – an ID card that stands as a study visa. Alternatively, your university may apply for the VVR on your behalf for a stipulated charge. If needed, the VVR can be extended to an additional three months, plus the preparatory year. After you arrive in Netherlands, you have to register in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BPR) in the municipality you are going to reside in.

Once you finish your studies, you may search for employment within the country. You don’t have to speak Dutch to work in the Netherlands – in fact, English is the main business language in many companies – but it increases your chances if you do. If you don’t speak Dutch, you will probably end up working in the Netherlands for a large international company. If you work for a smaller company then you will generally need to be able to speak Dutch in order to participate in a meeting or make a presentation. Expats who speak French, German, Flemish or a Scandinavian language are always in demand. To learn Dutch, you can find many Dutch language courses in the Netherlands.

Highly skilled workers are in great demand for jobs in the Netherlands and they must earn 30% higher than the minimum wages set for their age group. Click on the link https://www.iamexpat.nl/career/employment-news/new-income-requirements-residence-highly-skilled-migrant-netherlands to see the chart for the year 2018. This group includes engineers, those with technical skills, IT specialists, those working in finance, as well as people with experience of working in sales, marketing and customer service. To be employed as a highly skilled migrant, you must have an employment contract for a minimum of four months with an employer recognised by the Immigration and Naturalisation Department (IND). Your employer will then be a recognised sponsor. Please click on the link https://ind.nl/en/work/Pages/Highly-skilled-migrant.aspx for more details on the process for applying as a highly skilled migrant. These minimum wage thresholds however, do not hold true for graduates eligible for or holding an orientation year permit who need to only earn EUR 2,228 a month or secure a contract that would pay them over that limit, to secure a permit. Other in-demand jobs in the Netherlands include professionals and graduates working in health care, tax, interim managers and education.

In terms of salary, according to the Dutch university and college guide, Keuze Studiegids, dentistry is the most lucrative profession to pursue in the Netherlands. The Dutch usually work a 36–40 hour week, sometimes spread over just four days. Work in the Netherlands is very well-structured within organisations, most of the work is done during normal working hours, the employees are not usually expected to work overtime.

If your stay exceeds 90 days, in most cases your employer will be able to apply for a single permit (gecombineerde vergunning voor verblijf en arbeid or GVVA) in your name, which combines the Dutch residence and work permit in one application via the IND. Also, a Dutch work permit is employer specific. If you have a permit to work for one company and then want to switch jobs, you will need a new work permit. Generally, single permits are issued for a maximum of one year. However, there are some exceptions, such as the intra-company transfer work permit, which can be issued for a maximum of three years.

Given the plethora of banking, finance, education, research positions in sectors that constantly need an influx of highly trained and specialised individuals, these have opened avenues for hopeful young graduates as well as experienced professionals from across the globe. With its fair business practices, employee friendly policies and excellent work-life balance, the Netherlands would be a preferred destination for any professional or graduate wishing to work with the best in the field.

Psychology, as the name suggests, is the study of the human mind (Animal mind too!). Although this discipline is a cardinal social science, its applications vary from business, neurology to even sports and music. Globally, universities provide undergraduate programs in psychology that help students initiate their careers in the same. But, an undergraduate degree is hardly ever considered to be capable of assessing a psychologist’s repertoire. But a heavy emphasis is laid on his/her potential during the graduate tenure. Unlike other fields, this enables students from different backgrounds (Economics, Science, Arts) to establish themselves as psychologists with a graduate degree program.

Graduate psychology programs all over the world are roughly divided into the following four academic tracks: Clinical, Developmental, Social and Cognitive.

Clinical psychology involves the assessment of the functioning of the brain to prevent psychology related disorders. Developmental psychology is the study of how the human mind changes/modifies/develops itself over its entire lifespan. Cognitive psychology is the study of the ability of the human mind to think. Social psychology helps us understand how people behave socially.

Graduate education in any such sub-discipline of psychology is heavily researched biased in the top tier universities all over the world. These only enrol students who are intent on pursuing a doctorate or a PhD, which generally spans over four to six years. As a research-intensive program, a ‘terminal Master’s degree is rarely offered by universities. That being said, students can opt for Master’s level programs in community colleges or private institutions.

The eligibility criteria set by universities for admitting students for graduate programs are academic performance, recommendations, English proficiency (GRE/IELTS/TOEFL) and research. Research is very crucial and is underestimated by potential applicants. Students with an undergraduate in psychology have maximal scope to bolster their potential in the form of academic and research projects as compared to those having the non-psychology background. This, by no means, should imply that the latter are impaired in this avenue. They can always engage themselves in internships and extra-curricular projects that emphasize on psychology. This coupled with recommendations from experts in the fields and sincere intent expressed in the Statement of Purpose would enable their parity with students from a psychology background.

After completing the program, graduates normally pursue a career as a researcher in an academic setting. Positions as a professor or a post-doctoral fellow in universities are very common and most sought after. Opportunities for graduate psychologists exist in government organizations (FBI, military etc.), in the form of counsellors who attend to the psychological disorders of employees and also study criminal or terrorist profiles. Psychologists are also required in the department of justice as a correction counsellor for providing therapy to inmates. Prospects also lie in management and marketing consultancy firms where graduate psychologists are required to be engaged in behavioural and market research. As a graduate in psychology, you can also look for opportunities as a research scientist in think tanks and research institutes. Further, they can also find employment as educational counsellors and work towards better learning and development.

An important aspect of establishing one’s credibility as a psychologist is a prerequisite to enter practice in a non-academic workplace. The licensure requirements and objects vary from country to country and even state to state in countries like the US. For example, California psychology board requires a degree from a US/Canada Institute. If it is a foreign university, they require the transcripts to be NACES verified. They also require 3000 hours of supervised professional experience of which at least 1500 should be post-doctoral. They also require you to take up and pass a couple of tests. Singapore, on the other hand, does not have a regulated psychology practice. Anyone who has majored in psychology can call themselves a psychologist there. Globally, universities provide undergraduate programs in psychology that help students initiate their careers in the same. But, an undergraduate degree is hardly ever considered to be capable of assessing a psychologist’s repertoire

For more information, contact our counsellors at Collegepond, who will offer you guidance about the best-suited program for you, help you get the recommendations as well as the academic statement, and also prepare you for getting your visa, provide post-departure services for licensure and so on.

Taking a year’s break between high school and college or between undergraduate and graduate studies is said to be a ‘gap year’. Taking a gap year is becoming increasingly popular with students today. This is a time when the student takes time away from academic pursuits and explores other ways that contribute towards personality development by volunteering in international programs or studying courses and gaining practical exposure in some field that interests him or her apart from college studies. These activities in turn contribute to one’s growth personally and professionally.

Taking a gap year is increasingly becoming the norm and university admission committees have included gap year justification essays as an important part of the application. In India, however, the concept is relatively new. If you need time to think over your choice of career, you can gain exposure by working in the relevant field and later on home on to the program of your choice with the assurance of having enjoyed the experience.

Sometimes, you may have to take a gap year if you have fallen behind in your grades and you need to take time off from the other coursework to clear the courses that you haven’t done well in. Sometimes, you may need time off to attend classes and prepare for exams like the SAT/GRE/GMAT, TOEFL or IELTS. Along with these, you can also plan on taking up online certification courses relevant to the program you will be pursuing. But you cannot justify that this is the reason for taking a gap year. Hence, you need to have a plan B in place. You need to simultaneously pursue activities that will help in building your profile or add a new dimension to it through volunteering activities, or work and gain exposure relevant to the field of interest. For instance, you could take up volunteering for the ‘Teach for India’ program or gain international exposure by taking up an internship abroad or even visit other countries as a volunteer. You could also study a diploma in the relevant field or take up courses in a foreign language.

Here are a few pointers that you need to remember when you write your gap year essay:

State the reason for your decision to take a gap year – You need to mention precisely why you took a gap year. It could be either due to illness, to improve grades, gain relevant exposure through work experience or to prepare for other exams.

Mention in detail about your pursuit of various activities – Add value to the time spent away from college by giving a detailed account of the time spent and how you enriched your personality through various activities.

Sum up your learning and advantage gained through these experiences – Showcase the growth you have achieved through your exposure as an individual and professional.

Here is an example of a gap year essay written by a student:

In 2010, upon graduating from high school, I had to leave my parental home and move to Pune City to pursue my undergraduate education. However, the tuition fees, living expenses, and adjusting to the new environment proved to be much harder than I expected. My father was the sole breadwinner for our family. In order to relieve the burden from him, I took up a part-time job at a coffee shop. I also assisted at the college library, then the college canteen, so on. New city, different educational standards, along with the interchanging part-time jobs took a huge toll on my academic focus which ensued in a deteriorated academic performance. Owing to my poor performance, I had to discontinue my undergraduate studies twice- once after my freshman year, 2011-12 and once after my junior year, 2014-15. During these years, I took up paid internships and was actively involved in social activities. In 2011-12, I interned with Sai Dhara Agro Industries as an Industrial Trainee for six months. My responsibilities involved managing the wages of the employees, inventory, and also the production schedule. Another internship in 2014-15 I picked up was with Heramba jacks and centring material, in Operations and Process Improvement for one year.

Along with the industrial exposure, I actively volunteered for ‘Swapnapurti Foundation’, an NGO that focuses on raising awareness about the importance of education, health and hygiene, and the environment in the rural areas. We took up tree plantation drives, and also organized blood donation camps. However, my most memorable experience was travelling to remote rural areas in Maharashtra and providing the students and their parents there, the information about the educational opportunities available to them, along with the ways to achieve them. Coming from a small village myself, I was able to guide them through my personal experiences and the students and their parents were looking at me as if I had achieved an extraordinary feat. Sharing my experiences and guiding other undergraduate aspirants from these villages brought a sense of satisfaction to me. At the same time, it inspired me to pursue my education with a strong focus.

Since then, things took a miraculous turn for me and my family. My father was promoted at work with a hike in salary, which helped to end our financial crunches. With a sigh of relief and a renewed approach, I started my final year at college. My undergraduate education provided me a strong technical foundation with courses like Engineering Mathematics, Thermodynamics, Energy and Audit Management, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, and Quality Control. To deepen my understanding, I am pursuing online certification courses in Project Management, Basics of Supply Chain Management to understand how engineering and business management can be amalgamated.

Upon graduation, despite my tainted academic record, I was selected as a Graduate Engineer Trainee in the purchasing department at Classic Auto Tubes Ltd. I was an integral part of the indirect inventory management team owing over 18 months’ industrial exposure through my internships. Herein, I sourced suppliers, negotiated credit and delivery terms, and followed up for delivery. This required evaluating suppliers on the basis of techno-commercial parameters as well as manage documentation for accurate tracking of the bill of material. My efforts saved the company Rs. 2.5 million annually.

I am aware of the kind of dedication, resilience, and resolve that is required. I believe that I am adequately prepared, both in terms of the pre-requisite technical skills and the right mindset for the program. I hope I will be favourably considered for admission for the graduate study with possible financial assistance. I look forward to joining _________ University as a graduate student. Given an opportunity, I am determined to make the most of it and be an exemplary ambassador for the University.

With this example, we conclude the discussion on the Gap year justification essay module.

The construction of a structure or a building requires the synergized work integration of various agencies such as an architect, structural designer, project management consultant, contractor etc. Along with the yardstick of the timeline, it is of utmost significance to complete the particular project within the stipulated budget. The sub-discipline of civil engineering that emphasizes on these agendas right from the project planning to its complete execution is called Construction Management. It is the most sought after stream for graduate education in Civil Engineering in universities all over the world as every project is in need of a professional service that regulates the planning, design and construction of a project from the time of its commencement till its completion. This area of study has also gained importance as a major course in architecture. Hence, along with undergraduate civil engineers, many architects too apply to such programs.

The graduate program has a coursework that constitutes of: Building Information Modelling, Construction Finance, Construction Planning and Scheduling, Sustainability and Facility Lifecycle Management etc.. Students sometimes opt for research in one of these areas. Based on their interests, they apply for internships, RAs and TAs during the program tenure. The general trend is that students join the industry by taking up plum jobs, while few opt for a career in research.

With the exponential growth in good infrastructure and housing development projects to cater to the burgeoning population, Construction Management graduates are very much in demand. General Construction Contractors, Construction Management firms, Real Estate Firms and sometimes even General Consulting firms hire out fresh CM graduates. Sometimes even large institutions such as universities, factories and other large-scale structural facilities require a construction manager of their own to oversee their construction activities. Having a firm hold over BIM, Planning and tools such as AutoCAD, Bluebeam, Office and Primavera is very crucial for the student aspiring to venture into such firms. The job profiles a CM graduate engineer and in most of the cases placed in overseeing a particular construction activity, HR and project management, reviewing the project timeline and estimated costs and also analyzing and mitigating potential risks. Most commonly employed positions at the firm are Project Engineer, Site Engineer, and Assistant Project Manager and so on. The pay scale of a Construction Management engineer is the highest as compared to all other sub-disciplines of civil engineering, with salaries being higher than $60K per annum. After gaining substantial professional experience, students also have a viable option of pursuing an MBA to climb the corporate ladder later on. That being said, placing the right internship, having a good network, decent academic grades and suitable coursework will ensure a good job for a CM graduate.

Licensure is an important aspect of a professional engineer. Upon graduation, he/she will be designated generally as E-I-T (Engineer in Training). After that, obtaining the P.E (Professional Engineer) license is crucial to start our own practice as an independent engineer. Between EIT and PE, there is also an FE (Fundamental Engineering) license, which is mandatory. Both of these licenses have their own exams and requirements subject to the state/area you are in. For example, all over the US, the PE license normally requires 4 years of professional training under a certified PE engineer.

Students who wish to pursue a PhD after their masters, opt for a thesis program. Research areas differ from university to university and it is best to check the department website of each university and identify a suitable one based on their interests. Students who intend to pursue a Doctorate are preferred for RA positions. Also, sometimes a master’s level thesis forms the background for the student to work on the same during his PhD. After completing their PhD, students can try working at a postdoctoral level at a university, a research fellow at a private institution, a professor at the university or even get placed in the industry.

The salary for each post differs substantially:

Designation Salary
Project Engineer $70,000
Project Manager $70,000
Cost Estimator $60,000
Quantity Surveyor $60,000
Postdoctoral Fellow $60,000
Assistant Professor $90,000

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Structural Engineering is a sub-discipline of civil engineering that involves the design of the built environment around us. In layman’s terms, these are the people that help design the components of a structure that enable it to withstand the various forces it is subject to. It is one of the most sought-after master’s programs chosen by undergraduate civil engineers. Architect undergraduates too can apply for such a program to establish a repertoire coherent in both: architecture and civil engineering. A master’s structural degree spans for two years generally if one opts for a research-based program. Otherwise, a non-thesis degree or course-work based curriculum sometimes referred to as M.Eng, has a study duration of one year. Nowadays, many universities have replaced the traditional structural engineering program with Earthquake Engineering.  With the added emphasis on the design of earthquake resilient structures, this program should be considered as something different from the core program.

A graduate level education in structural engineering helps students develop a firm foundation in this stream that is later strengthened by research or experience. Students opt for such a degree considering two career objectives: industry or research. Sometimes, a vocation switch proves extremely beneficial as it provides a research-based perspective while entering the industry and vice versa. Consider this, a masters graduate who has 5 years of experience of working in a structural consultancy firm becomes aware of the current industry trends and practices that will make him more competent for a doctoral program than someone who directly opts for one after a graduate degree. That being said, it is strongly recommended that students should make a firm decision about the same at the start of the program so that they can build a profile that is suited to prospective opportunities later on in that vocation.

Students who are more academically oriented and who wish to be involved in developing breakthrough and novel concepts in structural engineering that would eventually benefit the industry generally opt for research. Such students apply for a PhD after their Master’s. It is advisable that while pursuing their Master’s degree, these students should start connecting with the professors in the university by pursuing assistantships in teaching or research (TA/RA) from the very beginning of the program. These are excellent tools to aid/finance one’s education (average salary $30K per annum). Also, taking a research-oriented coursework would be more preferred by them. For example, including nonlinear analysis, risk analysis and computational method courses in one’s curriculum. After a PhD, one can continue working as a postdoctoral fellow (average salary $50K per annum) at the university or take up the position of a professor (average salary $70K per annum).

Alternatively, students who wish to begin working in the industry after attaining the degree should start hunting for internship opportunities as soon as the program commences. A consistent performance at such an internship will help the student build connections and get accustomed to the work culture of the firm. Later on, he can apply for a job at the same firm. Firms wherein structural engineers are hired to include infrastructure companies, structural consultancy firms and architectural firms. Also, after getting the job, it is significantly important to have a mentor, who would help you understand your job role and guide you to resolve issues successfully. This mentor can be the immediate senior/project engineer under whom you will be working on the initial projects of your career. Being under such tutelage will help develop a structural designer’s mindset that is unique. Salaries for beginners are around $60K annually.

Ireland is a beautiful island country with a rich cultural habitat. The fantastic combination of history, adventure, contemporary art and literature brings life at ease. Moreover, from the past 20 years, Ireland has grown to be among the wealthiest nation of Europe along with having a world-class education system.

Ireland has 12 Universities and Colleges, and 14 Institutes of Technology that offer over 5000 internationally recognised qualifications tagged with the best education system in the world. They have set their mark in research opportunities as the Irish Government invests over 782 million funds in the research programs. The research institutes rank first in class when it comes to courses like Natural Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences which builds up the confidence in students to take up research related programs. Ireland has an intake of over 35,000 international students each year coming from diverse 161 countries, so if you are looking for diversity, Ireland is the right place for you. It is one of the most amiable and well-equipped places to stay. Moreover, English is the spoken language, so communication would not be a challenge as opposed to other countries like Germany.

Life at Ireland is safe and secure. The universities in Ireland have a lot of diversity so if you plan to study in one of the Irish universities, it’s likely for you to celebrate Diwali and Eid at the University campus.

Below is a list of Ireland’s reputed universities, which are preferred by international students:

Trinity College Dublin

Ireland’s number one university, Trinity College Dublin, was founded in 1592 and is located in the heart of Ireland’s enthusiastic capital city. The university is also considered to be the word leader in Information Technology, Mathematics, Nanotechnology, Immunology, Engineering, Psychology, Politics, English and a lot more. It is recognised as the top international research centre for students looking out for research based studies. Moreover, Trinity College Dublin has a rigorous academic programme with an unparalleled array of cultural, social and professional experiences.

Dublin City University

Dublin City University (DCU) is located on the North side of Dublin with over 17000 students currently studying in the premises.  It has a diverse student body with students coming from over 114 countries. DCU has variety of clubs and societies associated with computer games, sports and academics. It is highly regarded for Engineering which has the most intakes followed by Health and Medicine and Computer Science and IT.

 Maynooth University

The youngest university of Ireland, Maynooth University was founded in 1997 and is as it is located in the Silicon Valley of Ireland, it is the conduit for providing fresh graduates to various multinational companies such as Intel, Facebook, Microsoft, HP and Google. Maynooth University has various schools and departments offering programs in Social Science, Science and Engineering, Arts, Celtic Studies, Philosophy and Languages. The University has over 1800 postgraduate students along with graduates having link to various research institutes. The University has won the StudyPortals Outstanding International Student Satisfaction Award in 2015 and is also the only university tagged as ‘Best Colleges’ in the Princeton Review Guidebook

National University of Ireland, Galway

National University of Ireland (NUI) is a research based university including fields such as Human Rights, Family Studies, Internet Technology, Stem Cell Research and Marine Science. It is ranked in the top 3% of universities in the world. It is famed for its over 150 student societies and sports clubs. Popular with international students, Galway is also regarded as the cultural capital of Ireland.

University College Cork

The first 5 star university of Ireland, University College Cork (UCC) was founded in 1845 and is located in Belfast, Cork and Galway. It ranks in the top 2% of the universities in the world and has a Green Flag campus. It has over 4000 post graduate students in over 100 post graduate courses. UCC has built an international reputation, which draws 3000 students from over 100 countries contributing to its cosmopolitan culture.

University College Dublin

University College Dublin (UCD) happens to be the first university to have a Global Lounge for international students. It has the largest urban campus in Europe offering world class amenities with extensive options. Having global centres in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Beijing, Delhi and Kuala Lumpur helps provide a first point of contact for students and parents. UCD has a post graduate intake of over 8000 students, which covers 26% of the student body. Moreover, it is renowned for its Engineering, Science, Culture, and Sports departments, which have nurtured professionals who have joined various industries.

University of Limerick

University of Limerick (UL) has one of the largest cooperative education programmes in the European Union and at UL it is undertaken as an integral part of the academic programme. It has a good Student Support Network, which includes more than 70 clubs and societies. It has gained recognition with its distinctive research and offering courses such as Information and Communication Technologies, Materials and Surface Science, Bioengineering and Biosciences, Energy and Sustainable Environment, Applied Mathematics, Study of Knowledge in Society. Moreover, University of Limerick is considered to be very generous at giving scholarships to international students. So, Limerick can be considered as a good option for students who are looking out for scholarships.

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Since its inception in 1855, ETH Zurich has stood for world-class academic excellence for research which benefits of industry and society, and for the education of highly qualified subject specialists. The fact that 21 Nobel laureates have studied, taught or carried out research at ETH Zurich confirms its outstanding reputation, the most famous of them being Albert Einstein, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in circa 1921 for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially, for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect. Few know about the brilliance and erudition with which Einstein illuminated the halls of his proud alma mater, ETH Zurich

The past decade has seen the evolution of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs, which has become a boon to students wishing to gain the requisite professional experience abroad. If you are a STEM aspirant, then, Switzerland’s highest-ranked university, ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) is currently placed 10th in the world and is the only non-UK European university to rank within the global top 10. ETH Zurich – Chair for Research on Learning and Instruction deals with the modalities of STEM learning and in the cultivation and enhancement of the Swiss version of STEM, which is MINT (Mathematics, Informatics, Natural sciences, and Technics), where The MINT-Learning Center is part of EducETH, the ETH competence center for learning and instruction. The goal of the MINT Learning Center at ETH Zurich is the sustainable optimization of school-based learning opportunities in the STEM subjects. In order to optimize teaching of science through learning and instruction research, the Institute of Behavioural Sciences, together with the MINT Learning Center, is conducting a longitudinal study with selected schools in Switzerland.

Due to its continued emphasis on improving and cultivating MINT inclination, ETH Zurich has an award winning program with core disciplines in MINT subjects. Laudably, in the Times Higher Education 2018 ratings, ETH Zurich bagged 9th place in the world rankings for its Engineering discipline.  In the QS World University Rankings by Subject, ETH Zurich is currently ranked fifth in the world for the engineering and technology broad subject area, and sixth for natural sciences. Currently, the medium of instruction at ETH Zurich at undergraduate level is mainly in German, while most master’s courses are instructed in English.  To enrol for the courses, one must fulfil the requirements as per the program’s eligibility criteria. , Unlike the U.S, ETH Zurich does not mandate any GRE test score submission and prospective students are evaluated on the basis of their academic accomplishments, including the publishing of white papers etc. For more detailed information for each program, you can visit https://www.ethz.ch/en/studies/registration-application/master/application/admission-prerequisites.html

Like any form of education, studying at ETH Zurich costs money. In addition to tuition fees and semester fees amounting to CHF 649, most importantly there are living costs to consider too. It is estimated that students spend CHF 16,000 to CHF 26,000 on study and living costs, each year. The Housing Office of University/ETH Zurich arranges accommodation between private individuals and ETH/UZH members. Further, the office provides useful information about living in Zurich. Also, there are food expenses, travel expenses and other costs which must be factored in. However, the good part is that the Swiss government is rather lenient compared to the North Americas when it comes to working hours for international students and most likely find jobs on campus after the first semester. As you can see, there is an ease to studying at ETH Zurich with a well-structured administration and its superior student facilities.

International students must apply for a national “D” visa in person at the Swiss diplomatic mission (embassy or consulate general) at their place of residence. It is important to note that a Schengen visa will not render you eligible to take up residence in the country. Irrespective of whether you require an entry visa, you must have a residence permit for your period of study in Switzerland. After six months, you can work for up to 15 hours a week during term time and full-time during holidays. You must apply for this in person within 14 days of your arrival at the Citizen’s Registry Office at your new place of residence or at the respective “Kreisbüro” if you live in the city of Zurich. Students pursuing the Bachelor’s program from non-EU countries must have lived in Switzerland for at least 6 months to obtain a work permit. During their first 6 months in Switzerland, Master students from non-EU countries can only obtain a work permit for a job at their ETH department. Also, after graduation, a non-resident can stay in the country for upto six months only on the student visa, where they may search for jobs in their field of study.

Pursuing your higher studies at ETH Zurich would indeed be a dream-come-true that would provide the perfect launch pad to your career ambitions! For more information, consult our study abroad counsellors, who will provide you with the right options and information and help you embark on your career path for an illustrious future.

The education in Russia has been focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), with its spectacular feats of sending the first man, first dog to the Moon. There cannot be better proof of the merits and efficacy of the education system in the country. The charm of Russia with its unique history and political narrative is one that has taken centre stage internationally. From the stark weather in Siberia to the warm hospitality of historic townships of Leningrad and Moscow, Russia has a wealth of experience as being a beacon of progress, leadership and innovation, since the period of the industrial revolution.

Having maintained their reputation for being technologically advanced, Russian universities offer preparatory programmes (training for enrolment on Bachelor’s, Master’s and Specialist Degree courses), short courses (summer university, a single term in Russia, summer schools), Russian as a foreign language courses, professional development and additional vocational training. There are 896 universities in the 85 regions of the country, from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok where 657 subjects in Bachelor’s, Master’s, Specialist and Postgraduate Programmes (medical traineeships, postgraduate military courses), and internships and assistantships are offered to national as well as international students.

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Saint Petersburg State University, Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Novosibirsk State University among others are a few which find place of pride among the QS, THE and ARWU rankings, which is a testament to their commitment to excellence. Also, the universities are renowned for being the most reasonable when it comes to tuition, medical expense, living expenses etc. when compared to education in Singapore or even, China. Not surprisingly, there are more than 210,000 international students from about 200 countries of the world, currently studying at the Russian State Universities, whose degrees are internationally recognised.

For admission to any of these universities, it is imperative that applicants send the documents certifying their previous education (a diploma or a certificate), a cover letter, and they confirm their level of English with either an IELTS or a TOEFL certificate. At some institutions you need to submit a CV, a portfolio, references from teachers, and complete an interview in English (by phone or Skype). For further details, please visit https://studyinrussia.ru/en/why-russia/world-university-rankings/.

While most of the courses are taught in Russian, there are certain courses like MBBS, MD, Masters in International Relations etc. that are taught in English in order to attract foreign students. For admission to the Bachelors of Medicine/Dentistry degree, the minimum eligibility is 50% aggregate in Physics, Chemistry, Biology at the Class 12 Higher Secondary Level plus the other requirements stated above. The university fees for the course per year ranges from 1.8 lakhs to 3 lakhs, depending on the university. Similarly, for Engineering, the fees range from 1.8 to 2.5 lakhs per annum.

The fees are subsidised by the Russian government by almost 80% and thus, these benefits also pass on to students from foreign countries through Russian government sponsored scholarships, in your home country. Allocation of quotas is carried out by Rossotrudnichestvo (The Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Humanitarian Cooperation) through its international network of offices, as well as through embassies of Russia abroad.  However, the government quota for admission is only applicable to Russian nationals and citizens of Russian declared fellow countries.

Once the university offer is received, the student must apply for a visa at the nearest Russian consulate. Initially, a student visa is issued for three months. After this period you should apply to the local division of the General Administration for Migration Issues of the Interior Ministry of Russia for a visa extension. For the required documents for the issue of a student visa, please visit https://studyinrussia.ru/en/life-in-russia/arriving-in-russia/visa/. Furthermore, there are mandated medical tests that must be completed for the visa process.

The economy in Russia has been slowly advancing and the current government welcomes foreign investment which has led to the privatisation of sectors, bringing an influx of expats and foreign companies. However, your stay in Russia is limited to your study period and if you wish to extend your stay and work, you would need to apply for a work visa permit. Read more about the particulars of the work visa requirements at https://studyinrussia.ru/en/actual/faq/get-job-after-completing-studies/. The greatest demand for workers is in the following: sales managers, sales executives, skilled employees and engineers.

The medical and pharmaceutical sector faces a deficit of skilled labour, while marketing specialists, lawyers, and advertising professionals are far too many. The most competitive jobs in Russia for English speakers are in governmental institutions, publishing and mass media. The average pay for a graduate would be roughly three times greater in Moscow than in Leningrad or St. Petersburg. Moscow also enjoys the lowest unemployment ratio in the country. For more information on the various placement agencies and websites to search for jobs, please visit https://www.expatica.com/ru/employment/Jobs-in-Russia_509599.html.

With the cosmopolitan environment and famed Russian hospitality, it is certain that students who choose to study in Russia enjoy their brush with history and the rich cultural heritage that Russia has come to exemplify. As a prospective student, you have the chance to see first-hand the seat of the former superpower, the U.S.S.R and to experience the wonderful education that has earned Russia a place of pride on the world map.

The Polish university education system has a history of 650 years of educating high profile professionals. Marie Skłodowska-Curie was one of the only four Nobel Laureates, who have received the prestigious prize, twice. The other notable Polish scientists include Nicolaus Copernicus, Johannes Hevelius, Henryk Arctowski, who have distinguished themselves in the fields of science, technology, astronomy etc. Excellence in the field of education is the trademark of Polish academia and this ingrained commitment has seen an increase in international students, who flock to Poland for their higher education.

With the academic traditions of Poland dating back to 14th century, the Jagiellonian University in Kraków was established in 1364 and is the second oldest university in Central Europe. Having maintained its high standards, today, it is ranked 14th in the QS EECA University rankings. A signatory to the Bologna Process, the European Credit Transfer System, which is applied in all academic disciplines and programs, allows both Polish students and foreigners studying in Poland to continue their education elsewhere in the European Union. Visit www.buwiwm.edu.pl for more information on the Bureau for Academic Recognition and International Exchange (BUWiWM) in Poland. Poland is an attractive destination for international students. The Erasmus Program (EuRopean Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) that was incorporated 28 years back is very popular among foreign students. The state-funded University of Warsaw is currently ranked sixth in the Emerging Europe and Central Asia (EECA) rankings, while Warsaw University of Technology is ranked the 19th .

The cost of pursuing a program in these universities is comparatively lower to that of programs in US universities. For international students, the tuition fees range from EUR 2000-6000 per year and depend on the institution and program. MBA programs cost about EUR 8000-12,000 per year. You can visit the university website for specific information on the fees structure. Further, students can avail various scholarships offered under programs such as the Fulbright program, Visegrad program, CEEPUS exchange among others, which help in funding studies in Poland. To qualify for admission to the programs, all international applicants must first meet the minimum requirements for entry into higher education in their own country, where they have cleared the preceding qualifying exam or equivalent and also have a good command of English (at least on an intermediate level). An IELTS band score of 7 or 8 should well satisfy the English proficiency requirements.

Once you have received an admit, students need to arrive in Poland with a student’s visa obtained at a Polish Embassy or Consulate, keeping in mind that these visas are granted for a maximum of three months. In order to extend the stay in Poland, it is necessary to apply for a residence permit for specified period of time in the Voivodeship office, 45 days before the visa expiration date. For further assistance, students are strongly urged to contact the International Relations Office of their university.

It is quite common in Poland to rent a room in a bigger apartment. Most of the out-of-town students share flats in this way. The cost varies between cities and it depends greatly on the location of the apartment as well as the size and quality of the room. The monthly rent is usually between EUR 150 and 200. Some landlords may require a deposit of a similar amount. The rent for the smallest, one-room apartment starts from about EUR 300 (in Warsaw). The cost of living in Poland is among the most reasonable than in any of the cities in Europe. However, it is recommended that students from non-EU/EEA countries purchase their own international medical insurance prior to their arrival in Poland. Otherwise they are required to sign a voluntary health insurance agreement with the National Health Fund (Narodowy Fundusz Zdrowia – NFZ) and pay their own insurance fees, which amount to about EUR 15 a month. For other queries on food, travel and other expenses, please click on the below link: http://www.studyinpoland.pl/en/index.php/education-in-poland/19-questionsanswers.

Most students enrolled at Polish universities seek off-campus jobs to supplement their living expenses, while also gaining enviable exposure. As an international student, you must apply for the work permits at the local voivode. It is issued for a fixed period of time, however no more than 3 years and may be extended. For more detailed information, contact the local Voivodship Office or visit the website http://www.paiz.gov.pl. Also, if you have intentions of acquiring a Polish citizenship, the minimum requirement is a C1 level proficiency in the Polish language. For more details, please visit the website at http://www.studyinpoland.pl/en/index.php/practical-information/63-polish-citizenship.

Poland’s primary industries include automotive manufacturing, food processing, banking and construction. However, expatriates working in Poland will most likely find opportunities in IT, finance, human resources, business services and management. As more than 95 percent of the population speaks Polish, there’s also a pronounced shortage of native English speakers. As a result, there are still plenty of jobs in Poland for teaching English, and in many cases, these positions pay more than a position in a large company with upward mobility. The country is also looking to privatise more infrastructure, like the energy sector, shipbuilding and even the postal market. So, university graduates stand a good chance to get hired in these sectors, where you could stay in the country after completing your education.

With its growth on the upswing, remarkable quality of education, comparatively reasonable costs, there is little wonder then that in the year 2017 alone, the number of international applicants to the Polish universities crossed the 30, 000 mark with Marie Curie-Skłodowska University being ranked first by the Perspektywy Education Foundation in their latest report, “International students in Poland 2017”. With such impeccable credentials, Poland is fast becoming the choice for young students seeking international degrees with excellent value.

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