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predeparture checklist
PREDEPARTURE CHECKLIST Preparing to study overseas is not only exciting, but daunting as well. A lot of things need to be considered, and elaborate preparations needs to be done before you embark on your journey to study abroad.  However, the following pre-departure tips will make your preparation organized and stress-free: PREDEPARTURE CHECKLIST Important documents: predeparture checklist You must check the expiry date of your passport and renew it, if necessary. Also, it is advisable to carry a photo copy of the passport with you. Ensure that your visa is ready and maintain a photocopy of your visa as well. You must carry with you the details of your travel insurance along with its photo copy. You must carry your driver's license or any other valid documents that will help to identify you since these documents may be required to prove your identity. University-related documents: predeparture checklist Certain universities provide ID cardsREAD MORE
Finding the Right Roommate

Finding the Right Roommate

The prospect of studying abroad evokes myriad emotions. It makes you feel nervous, excited and anxious all at the same time. Meticulous planning and preparation is required to ensure that you comfortably settle in a foreign land. However, one of the most important aspects that will determine whether your experience will be a memorable one or not is finding a suitable roommate. Whether you decide to use your personal network, pick up an expert roommate service provider or sign up on Craigslist, it is important that you set your expectations right before your roommate-hunting drive. Try deliberating on the below-mentioned factors before you zero in on your roommate!  (more…)

Things to do before going to USA for Higher Studies
Things to do before going to USA for Higher Studies Preparing to study overseas is not only exciting but daunting as well. A lot of things need to be considered, and elaborate preparations needs to be done before you embark on your journey to study abroad. However, the following pre-departure tips will make your preparation organized and stress-free: Things to do before going to USA for Higher Studies Important documents: Things to do before going to USA for Higher Studies You must check the expiry date of your passport and renew it, if necessary. Also, it is advisable to carry a photocopy of the passport with you. Things to do before going to USA for Higher Studies Ensure that your visa is ready and maintain a photocopy of your visa as well. You must carry with you the details of your travel insurance along with its photocopy. You must carry your driver's licenseREAD MORE
Packing list for travelling Abroad Packing list for travelling to USA 1.T-shirts (round neck) - 8 2. T-shirts (with collar) - 3-4 3. Jeans (stick to blue/black) - 6-7 4. Formal shirts - 3 5. Formal trousers - 2 6. Undergarments - at least 15 pairs (very important) 7. Formal suit - 1 complete set 8. Ties - 2-3 9. Shorts/three-fourths - 5-6 10. Track pants - 2-3 11. Swimming trunks - 1 (if you plan to swim after coming here) 12. One traditional dress for festivals EXTRA APPARELS:- Packing list for travelling to USA 1. Towels (any kind, but I would prefer Turkish(Or Tunisian) – 1 turkish,3 Simple 2. Hand towels - 3-4 3. Leather belts - 1-2 4. Belt for jeans - 1 5. Formal leather shoes - 1 pair 6. Woodland all-weather shoes - 1 pair (very important) 7. Sneakers (optional) - 1 pair 8. Sports shoes (optional)READ MORE
Things to do after reaching USA on F1 visa

Things to do after reaching USA on F1 visa

Things to Do after Reaching USA on F1 Visa

One of the defining moments in a student’s life is when he clicks on the mail from his dream university and finds the acceptance letter waiting to be clicked open. Unadulterated happiness and ecstasy are soon dwarfed by anxiety about the university. After all, it’s the place which you will call home, where you will be spending years studying, growing and establishing the foundations for a successful career in your chosen field. There’s a lot of advice that applies to Indian students. First is to try to prepare for the culture shock by learning about the customs of your new country and coming up with strategies to deal when you feel homesick or overwhelmed.Things to do after reaching USA on F1 visa (more…)

Dos and Donts of Student Loans in India
Dos and Donts of Student Loans in India Increasing career benefits of a foreign education coupled with an enriching global exposure has increased the number of students who aspire to pursue their higher education abroad. In spite of a plethora of advantages of studying abroad, the exorbitant expenses involved discourage students from following their dreams. Although many scholarships and financial aid options are available, all students do not become eligible for them. As a result, educational loans become significant to the study abroad plan for the student. Education loans for studying abroad are provided by almost all the major banks in India, but parents and students are apprehensive about the complicated and cumbersome loan application procedure. With easy repayment options and reasonable interest rates, securing funding for study abroad plans has become much simpler than what is perceived. Below are a few tips to obtain student loans. Dos and Donts ofREAD MORE

In order to improve and expand the training opportunities, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is all set to issue a new rule regarding the student visa regulations on optional practical training (OPT) for students who are earning degree in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) from the US universities. As per this new rule, international students who are pursuing 12 months of OPT in the United States can now enjoy an extension period of 24 months, i.e 36 months of OPT in the U.S. This 24 month extension effectively replaces the 17 month STEM OPT extension that was previously available for the STEM students. (more…)

STEM OPT
A new rule is going to be issued by the federal government which is all set to change the future of many international students for the better! In all likelihood, the period of Optional Practical Training (OPT) which was extended from 12 months to 29 months for non-immigrant students who were on F-1 Visa and pursuing a STEM degree (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) will now be 36 months. As a result, of this new rule which will come into effect on May 10, 2016, foreign students who have earned degrees in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics will now become eligible to stay for three years for on-the-job training, i.e., seven months longer than the 2008 rule. This new rule is sure to bring a new light of hope for those students who wish to work in the US. Apart from offering graduates more experience in theirREAD MORE
What to carry while travelling to USA
Study Abroad

If you’re travelling abroad for the first time, here are some things you should be prepared with. Your decision to pursue your higher education in a foreign country has been based on myriad factors such as how the country is the centre of academic excellence, has state-of-the-art infrastructure, offers a flexible curriculum and research based teaching methodology etc. (more…)