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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.

For more information on studying in Ireland, contact our expert counsellors today and we will help you realize your study abroad dreams.

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 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.

Salut, mon ami!  The luxury industry has dramatically changed in recent decades, through continued evolution in digital technologies, international markets, and consumer trends. Today’s successful companies are the ones that have preserved their heritage and fundamental values of beauty, creativity, and exclusivity, but at the same time, adapted to new trends and made the most of emerging opportunities.

Luxury management requires you to be both highly imaginative and highly disciplined. These are exciting times for the luxury industry, where the focus is on expanding to fascinating yet challenging new markets. Leading these expansions are international managers equipped with cutting edge management tools and creativity, who are very much in demand. Pursuing an Executive Masters in Luxury Management (EMiLUX) is a unique opportunity for talented international professionals, who desire to advance their career in this dynamic industry.

France has some of Western Europe’s leading business schools offering an MBA in International Luxury and Brand Management, the top ranker being the ESSEC Business School. Similarly, the MSc in Luxury Management & Marketing by the Emlyon Business School is at No. 8 in the Eduversal 2018 Best Business School Rankings. EMiLUX is a post-experience, modular executive program, taught over 13 months and spread over 5 cities. Doors that never existed till then will start opening to the participants of this program.  Their acquired knowledge will enhance their competency, thereby helping them successfully meet professional and personal goals.

The requirement for getting admission to the program is a university degree (in any discipline) with a minimum of 5 years of work experience (not necessarily in the Luxury industry). Moreover, the candidate must be at least 27 years old and must furnish a TOEFL or equivalent English proficiency test with a band 7 or above since English is the language of instruction across all business schools in France. Further, an added advantage of studying in France is that most of the EmiLUX degrees are double degrees, a coalition of two leading business schools, be it MIP and Neoma Business School in Paris or the Qualification degree by ESSEC Business School and specialization certificate by SDA Bocconi School of Management. Admissions to the Masters in Luxury and Brand Management and the MBA begin in September/October and the course is of 12 month duration, full time.

The course in luxury management is offered by business schools outside of Paris as well and schools featured in the Eduversal rankings. The fees for the course range from 30,000 Euros to 37, 000 Euros, depending on the location and ranking of the school.   The admission interview is the most crucial round for getting selected, and the resume of the prospective student also plays a large role in getting shortlisted. In addition, the candidate must be able to eloquently and succinctly prove his/her inclination towards the luxury segment.

Student housing in France is streamlined, and there are rooms earmarked in the university residences, also called cités U (U-residences), managed by the CROUS (Regional Centres of University and Academic Services), which is the most cost-effective student lodging. You can choose to contact the international relations department of your institute to find out if they have a specific agreement with the CROUS that is if you are planning to study and live on the Paris campus.

Private residences, though expensive, can have their own advantages. Check out the Résidences Estudines, Association pour le Développement Économique du Logement Étudiant (ADELE) and Centre de Logement pour Etudiants de France (CLEF) for housing facilities in the small cities and towns of France that are not served by CROUS. The average rent should range from 300 Euros to 600 Euros per month, excluding the cost of utilities, food, telephone and other such services. An international student with a study visa in France can take on paid work for a total of 964 hours in a single year as long as he/she possesses a valid residency permit. On the other hand, long-stay visas act as residence permits and are called VLT-TS, which can be availed by all international students, who wish to enrol in a course at a French institute of higher education.

Most of the business schools in France have a strong alumni association and routinely place students with avant-garde fashion labels after the successful completion of the course. Given that the business of luxury goods is not susceptible to routine economic market fluctuations, there is concrete growth in the sector and it is predicted that the demand will only grow with time. For a student of luxury brand management, studying in France will provide a strong knowledge base, which would allow one to be alive to evolving trends such as the ones experienced there. At ESSEC, the placement office boasts that 95% of those with an MBA in International Luxury Brand Management find positions within the luxury sector with salaries ranging from 40,000 Euros to upwards of 65,000 Euros, depending on experience.

So if you have an interest in luxury brand management, then you would be most benefitted from a degree in the same from France. Contact our expert counsellors today to know more about the study opportunities in France.

Exponential growth and foresight in building strengths have brought Singapore to the fore in the education arena. It is the leading choice for international students who comprise around 20 percent of the university graduates. The question that begs an answer is what gives Singapore the edge over countries like China or even, Japan. The answer lies in the unique cultural and progressive outreach that has distinguished Singapore through time. Also known as the Lion City, Singapore prides itself on being one of the world’s leading financial centres that maintain strong connections with the West.

As reported by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Singapore ranks fifth in the Human Development Index worldwide, the only country in Asia on the list, and its citizens enjoy a high quality of life. Compared to other Asian countries, the living expenses are low in Singapore as compared to other studies abroad destinations. However, the average cost of living in Singapore is S$750 to S$2,000 approximately per month (Rs. 37,500 to Rs. 100,000). Travelling from one part of Singapore to another is a breeze with the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), buses and taxis. Housing in Singapore can be expensive and the rent for a condominium unit or house can range from S$1500 to S$15000, the latter being the average rent for a house or a condo in a posh suburb without factoring the cost of utilities. Most prospective graduates opt to stay in the university’s residence halls and if not, they can choose to share accommodation with their friends off campus or even, rent a room in a government flat or condo.

The majority of graduate programmes at Singaporean universities will admit students twice a year, in August and January, each intake having a specific deadline for application. The universities admit for bachelors, masters, doctoral and graduate diploma programmes in over 370 disciplines spanning fields like medicine, arts, humanities, engineering etc.  The average amount could be anywhere from (SGD) $2,000 to $12,000, on a monthly basis, for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. The educational cost for undergraduate students comes to around INR 12-20 lakhs per year. This depends on the program and the university chosen. There’s a wide range of public and private universities, apart from NUS and NTU, like the Singapore Management University, Singapore University of Technology and Design, INSEAD Asia, among others. The degrees offered are either research or coursework oriented, depending on the program and discipline being opted for. The medium of instruction is English and for non-native English speakers, there is a prerequisite of clearing TOEFL or IELTS with a band score of 90 or 6.0, respectively. Additionally, a student must have a minimum GRE score of 320 and if applying to business school, a GMAT score of 650 and above. For those applying for postgraduate programs, it would be an added advantage if the student has shown a marked inclination for research through paper presentations, published papers, attending conferences etc.

In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018, the country’s two main public universities are in the top 100, with National University of Singapore coming 22nd and Nanyang Technological University moving to the 52nd place. National University of Singapore (NUS) has been ranked number one in the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2017. Also, Singaporean universities have strategic knowledge partnerships with top universities abroad, resulting in cross-bred universities in Singapore such as Yale-NUS (Yale-National University of Singapore), Duke-NUS, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University with Imperial College in London and many others. The government of Singapore and the universities also enable the funding of education with scholarship opportunities for international students.

While Singapore offers top quality education, the fact that most of the world’s reputed multi-national corporations and Fortune 500 companies have their Asian headquarters in Singapore speaks volumes for the potential opportunities that graduates can look forward In fact, two thirds of the graduates from NTU have found themselves employed even prior to graduation by multinational corporates like JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank, Seagate. Furthermore, the degrees offered by the universities in Singapore are internationally recognised, so it does not matter if the students intend to work elsewhere after graduation.

With the world-class education and research facilities, the universities in Singapore have outranked their counterparts in Asia. The potential of Singapore as the leading destination for education has been hailed by Prof Subra Suresh, who once headed the US National Science Foundation as Director and as of 1st January 2018, is the President of the acclaimed NTU, Singapore. With the wealth of knowledge, bustling economy and cultural potpourri, Singapore is the gateway to a world-class education with the brightest minds while also, making it enjoyable and memorable with its cultural repartee.

A growing economy and recognition of its world-class education make Ireland a desirable study destination for international students. Students pursuing the undergraduate, graduate and PhD degrees will get access to top-quality education and professional experience thereafter. Top multinational companies and IT companies in Ireland’s very own Silicon Valley have set up offices in Ireland, thereby providing abundant internship and work opportunities to aspiring students. This article will give you a holistic view about the education system, work environment and stay options in Ireland.

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.

Some of Ireland’s famed universities include Trinity College-Dublin, Dublin City University, Maynooth University, National University of Ireland, Galway, University College Cork, University College Dublin, University of Limerick, The universities are considered to be the world leader in Information Technology, Mathematics, Nanotechnology, Immunology, Engineering, Psychology, Politics, English and many more. They are also recognised as top international research centres for students looking out for research-based studies. Their rigorous academic programmes are complemented with an unparalleled array of cultural, social and professional experiences.  Their international student community comprises of students coming from more than 114 countries.

Along with the quality of education, Ireland also offers other benefits to international students. If you do not plan on giving your GRE exam or have secured a low score, then Ireland is the study destination for you. You only need to qualify for an English proficiency test, namely IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE. The score requirement for IELTS should be more than a 6 pointer in every section and 6.5 overall. Other options are TOEFL and PTE. If you are a medical student and desire to apply for a 4-year graduate entry program, then it is required for you to give GAMSAT examination, a specific test developed by the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER) for medical schools. The tuition fees for international students vary as per the course and university. The chart below gives a comprehensive understanding of the tuition fee structure in a broad spectrum for the universities of Ireland.

Field Fees (Euros) Fees (INR)
Medicine and related field 9,000 to 12,000 Euros INR 7,24,614 – INR 9,66,152
Engineering 9,000 to 17,000 Euros INR 7,24,614 – INR 13,68,715
Science and Technology 9,000 to 17,500 Euros INR 7,24,614 – INR 14,08,971
Arts and Humanities 5,100 to 13,500 Euros INR 4,10,614 – INR  10,86,921
Business 5,000 to 14,100 Euros INR 4,02,563 – INR 11,35,228

The above figures are indicative of the lower fee rate of Irish Universities when compared to other studies abroad destinations. Moreover, Ireland offers scholarships in abundance to international students and they all are merit-based.  So you stand to benefit only if you have a good GPA.

Life in 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 that you will celebrate Diwali and Eid at the University campus. The Ireland visa process is a lot easier, all you need to do is to fill an application online using the AVATS on-line facility and follow the instructions mentioned in the summary sheet. The entire Visa Application process takes over 3 months so it’s advisable to plan your visa application accordingly.

For more information, consult our overseas education counsellors and get a detailed overview of the study opportunities in Ireland.

When it comes to education abroad, the US has always maintained its position as the destination of choice, especially among Indian and Chinese students who comprise of majority of international applicants. A key factor influencing the choice of country has been the provision of Optional Practical Training (OPT). Under the OPT, a student upon completing his Master’s degree can choose to obtain valuable industry experience by working with a corporation based in the USA. While the OPT period lasts for 12 months after completion of the degree, under the Obama administration, students studying in STEM programs were granted the freedom to avail of a 24-month extension to the OPT. The prospect of gaining international corporate exposure in the heartland of capitalism while earning six-digit dollar salaries for a potential 36 months in total ensures that the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) programs attract the bulk of international student applications.

No surprise then, that any news regarding the OPT often causes a major hysteria (of elation or panic) among prospective international students. The latest article in the Times of India Students cannot work at client-sites during the OPT is the latest such media byte causing several students planning for their studies in the US to re-evaluate their academic strategy. According to the article, an interpretation of a particular clause in the set of employers’ obligations by the US immigration agency debars students who choose to avail of the OPT opportunity post completion of their degrees from working at the location of their employers’ clients. In case you are wondering what this bodes for you, this article would help you analyse the implications of the same.

Companies choose to recruit students from a long-term perspective. No employer, be it an OPT employer or otherwise, would prefer or can afford to recruit personnel only for training purposes. Therefore, when a student is granted employment by a company during the OPT period, it is always with the vision of incentivizing a long-term commitment from the employee. It is for this purpose, that immediately after recruitment under the OPT is finalized, employers begin to apply for the H1B Visa for their international recruits. Of course, various rumours regarding the H1B Visa have been in the air, and from our side, we have sought to correct the narrative by helping prospective students to accurately assess the impact of such policy shifts, which contrary to un-informed opinions, hold good news for students destined to the US. You may refer to the article that we have published on the H1B issue Strict H-1B Visa Norms – A Boon for F1 Visa Students

Moreover, almost no employer would want to commit the mistake of false bravery by putting an untrained and under-experienced recruit in a client-facing role immediately after hiring. Most companies upon hiring have elaborate well-designed training programs that hope to polish a student’s raw skills to industry level expectations. Therefore, by the time an employee on OPT is in a position to have extensive client interactions, there is a very high probability that he would have managed to secure the H1B Visa.

In addition to this, another factor that plays in favour of international students is the lack of supply of local (read American) STEM Masters graduates to fulfil the employers’ quantitative demand for new talent. As seen from the Foreign Students and Graduate STEM enrolment, in a scenario where a high majority of STEM graduates are international students, the US policy-makers cannot afford to create a situation of disenchantment for its STEM programs among prospective international students without creating a serious shortage of high-skill tech workforce and researchers.

Coming to the legal technicalities, the clause under question falls under the Employer’s Training Obligation, which states that STEM OPT employers shall not devolve the student training obligations to their clients or customers. You can read the list of compliance requirements by following this link USCIS mandated STEM OPT compliance regulations for students and employers. According to the rules, both the student and the employer have to formalize a set of training goals and regularly update the Designated School Official (DSO) of the student’s progress by submitting annual training progress as specified in the Form I-983 . The reason for the existence of the clause under discussion (that OPT employers should not devolve the student training to their clients) is because the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) needs to have access to the students. They can have this access only at the location of the E-verify Participating STEM OPT Employers. The clients of such employers may or may not be registered under E-verify, and as such, if the student is at such a client’s location, the DHS may not have access to the student. Under normal circumstances, in case the DHS wishes to have such personal access to the students, it sends a notice to the employer 48 hours prior to visiting the office of the employer. It is only and only on account of a complaint regarding the non-compliance of OPT rules that a DHS visit without issuing this prior notice is triggered.

Clearly, an unintimated visit by the DHS would be a rarest of rare occurrence, because OPT employers would try to ensure they do not attract any scrutiny and potentially incur litigation costs. One needs to remember that the clause which the TOI might be referring to has always existed in the past; it is not a new policy that is sought to be introduced for legislation. Therefore, if there is status quo in terms of policy, definitely there would not be any different result due to implementation of the said policy. The US is not a country where such a policy could have been knowingly side-stepped by such a large number of employers in so many cases of OPT employment in the past. Thus, if the existence of such a policy has not created any compliance-related problems in the past, there is no reason to believe that the continuation of such a policy would pose any such problems in the future. Perhaps, this is a reason why it is only the Times of India that has published an article on this issue; no other major news outlet, Indian or international, has made any recent mention on the topic.

TL: DR:

  1. There is no new interpretation of the policy clause – it has always been there and is so clearly spelt out that there is no scope for an alternate interpretation. Employers have always complied with in the past and will continue to do so. So, if international students’ interests have not been hurt in the past, they would not be in future.
  2. The policy shifts with regard to granting of H1B Visa will ensure a smoother and faster progress from F1 to H1B for students availing of the OPT.
  3. The US needs highly skilled international technical workforce as much as the as the said workforce wants to pursue studies in reputed American institutes and gain few years of experience in working with innovation-pioneering American MNCs. The American dispensation is wise enough to not disturb this harmonious order.

Close on the heels of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (UCIS) policy memorandum issued on February 22, 2018 that said its visa officers could seek detailed documentation and more evidence from firms to establish that they have specific assignments in a specialty field for the H-1B beneficiary, the Donald Trump Administration has made their second move towards protecting local jobs in the US and preventing them from moving off-shore. The Base Erosion and Anti-Abuse Tax (BEAT) will be levied on companies with gross revenue of $500 million that outsource their work offshore to captive units. Effective January 2018, the rate of tax will be 5%, which will double to 10% in 2019. In parallel, the US has also considerably reduced the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%, thereby incentivising companies to hire more people in the US.

The impact of these issues is being felt by US firms and they are reviewing their plans to establish or expand their R&D centres and businesses in India and other countries. Similarly, Indian companies are finding it difficult to deploy skilled professionals through the H-1B route. While it is a known fact that there is a demand supply mismatch in the STEM fields, these policy reforms will result in a larger void that cannot be fulfilled by the local American work force. Hence, Trump’s three-pronged strategy to protect local jobs has come as a fresh wave of hope to thousands of Indian students, who are considering pursuing higher education in USA. With these developments, plum job opportunities have opened up for STEM OPT (Optional Practical Training) aspirants. Therefore, pursuing higher studies in US universities has once again become a prime proposition for aspiring Indian students and professionals.

Given President Trump’s H-1B and visa policies, universities have experienced a lower enrolment from non-funded international students as evidenced by the steady drop in the number of F1 student visas issued. In 2017, the United States has seen a massive decline of 28% in the number of F1 student visas from India, which has led university admission officials to take proactive measures, including visiting India and evaluating students on ground as well as providing spot admissions. With Trump’s policy reforms, this could be a be a win-win situation for students as the competition to highly selective universities has reduced to some extent, thereby providing a greater opportunity to get into a better university, offering more job opportunities.

Considering that the USA is home to leading companies and innovations in the STEM field, a vibrant start-up culture, and enormous research opportunities at universities, getting an American degree far outweighs the education and research opportunities offered by institutions in other countries. Choosing to secure an American university degree will naturally bring in the best job opportunities globally. The state-of-the-art research facilities along with distinguished faculty, flexible course structure and excellent work opportunities through the STEM OPT, all make for a great learning experience. This is why American universities continue to draw Indian students to apply in large numbers. So if you desire to pursue top quality education, and be hand-picked by the best global organisations, then the USA will provide you with the best of these opportunities.

Meet our counsellors today who will clarify any doubts about the new policy reforms and guide you on how you could come up a winner in every way with an American degree and work-experience.

As computers revolutionise the world around us, spilling into every aspect of our lives, right from banking, financial markets, e-commerce, manufacturing, healthcare and many more sectors, the demand for computer technologists is on the rise. Similarly, several fields that intersect with Computer Science have surfaced, which require a combination of skill sets for successful execution. With students being absorbed in various roles in companies like Google, Microsoft and Facebook as well as at start-ups and small and medium enterprises, these graduates having diverse backgrounds are very much in demand. The combination of skills has helped them take up prime positions in industries like bioinformatics, medicine, finance, telecommunications, media and many others.

As young aspirants contemplate switching over to Computer Science or allied fields like Data Science, Computer Engineering, MIS or Business Analytics, they are wracked by apprehension, self-doubt and a feeling of moving out of safe territory. This has dissuaded many from changing their fields after graduating, and they continue to work in an environment that does not provide job satisfaction. Well, the good news is that one can make a smooth transition with a little timely planning and effort towards imbibing the requisite skills. Pursuing a Master’s level program in Computer Science related field that suits your interests, could very well allow you to change to the Computer Science field.

With more universities recognising this need and filling this gap by offering programs that are flexible regarding program pre-requisites, aspiring students can now take up this opportunity to pursue such a program and give wings to a career in fields allied to Computer Science like Data Science, MIS, Computer Engineering, Business Analytics. However, you will need to build your profile appropriately to be able to pursue a program in the Computer Science allied field. The work experience and training you currently have can help you, but you may need to do more to transition to the Computer Science or allied field. Focussing on the following aspects and systematically planning each step would indeed help your transition become a smooth and stress-free process: 

  1. Chalking out your career goals and working backwards towards choosing a suitable program will help you identify your interests and pursue a program that would be extremely beneficial as you launch yourself in a new field.
  2. Check out your eligibility to apply to this program. Depending on the prerequisites, you need to build your profile in such a way that you meet the requirements of the program. Courses in Mathematics, Operating Systems, Data Structures, etc. that you may have covered during your college studies may help you meet some of these prerequisites. You then need to show the test result of that course. Sometimes universities ask you to take these prerequisite courses before the commencement of the graduate program.
  3. Gaining professional experience in the form of internship or a job role that is relevant to the program of your choice would increase your eligibility for the program. It highlights your capabilities in the particular domain and proves your readiness to take up the relevant Master’s program in a CS allied field.
  4. A strong Statement of Purpose (SOP) that shows your passion and interest in CS allied fields like Computer Engineering, Business Analytics, MIS or Data Science would work in your favour. If your reason is valid and acceptable enough, then Universities would definitely give you admission to the said program. Moreover, all the application essays need to be well-thought out and well-written.

Given below is information that would be beneficial in preparing for a career in a CS allied field:

Computer and Information Technology (MCIT)

Master’s of Computer and Information Technology (MCIT) Designed for students and professionals with minimal or no prior computing experience or formal education in Computer Science.
Benefit Students and professionals who desire to establish or advance a career in information technology or even prepare for doctoral studies in Computer Science
On Graduation Emerge as well-informed and competent professionals in a prime position in the job market. Excellent placements. Summer internships also lead to full-time employment opportunities.

Prerequisites

Basics in Software Development, Computer Systems, Mathematical fundamentals of Computer Science, Data Structures, Software Design, Computer Systems Programming, Algorithms and Computation.

Data Science

Data Science Prepares students for a wide range of data-centric careers, whether in technology and engineering, policy-making, consulting or science. 

 

Benefits Students and professionals who desire to establish or advance a career in Data Science or even prepare for doctoral studies in Data Science.
On Graduation Apply artificial intelligence techniques to a problem, build a computational model of real-world phenomena, statistically test a hypothesis, or analyze structured, textual or image data, apply data science and data analysis techniques to arrive at decisions.
Prerequisites

o   Undergraduate degree in economics, mathematics, engineering, business, computer science, statistics, or related field is preferred, but not required.

o   Demonstrated proficiency in computer programming in at least one of the following computer programming languages is required: Python, R, C, C++, C#, VB, Java, Pascal, or Fortran. Academic transcripts, certificates from online courses, or work experience may be cited to meet this requirement. 

o   At least one semester college level calculus course with a grade “C” or better required.

 

Relevant Work Experience Not required, but strongly preferred.

MIS

MIS Prepares students for challenging careers in the application of IT to analyze, design, implement, and manage IT applications and strategies to help solve business problems. MIS professionals are the “communication bridges” between IT and the business community. They first learn business processes and then analyze how to improve the processes using IT.
Benefits They can work in risk management, technology strategy, information management or project management
On Graduation They can work as a technology analyst, business analyst, project manager, or enterprise architect.
Prerequisites
  • A course in programming (Java, C#, VB, etc.)
  • A database course
  • A course in systems analysis and design
  • A course in business data communications

 

Relevant Work Experience Strongly preferred.

Business Analytics

Business Analytics A comprehensive program for aspirants with an analytical bent of mind and a keen interest in business. Applicants should be prepared for intense course work, a proclivity for mathematics and programming, as well as basic understanding of business fundamentals.
Benefits They can work at the intersection of business management and technology analysis to enhance smooth operation.
On Graduation Gain expertise to turn data into useable information for all levels of an organization.
Prerequisites Undergraduate degree in economics, mathematics, engineering, business, computer science, statistics, or related field is preferred, but not required.

Demonstrated proficiency in computer programming in at least one of the following computer programming languages is required: Python, R, C, C++, C#, VB, Java, Pascal, or Fortran. Academic transcripts, certificates from online courses, or work experience may be cited to meet this requirement. 

At least one-semester college level calculus course with a grade “C” or better required.

Work Experience Not required, but strongly preferred.

While the above information will lend clarity about profile building and enhance your chances of securing admission in the right college/university, you need to keep in mind that the competition will be tough for non-Computer Science students aiming to gain entry into the graduate CS allied programs. With proper planning and the right profile building activity completed in advance, you can achieve your goal of getting admission in the CS program and pursuing a career as a competent Computer Science professional.

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