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Are you an overseas-bound student applying for admission to foreign universities? Whatever maybe be the level and stream of the program you are applying for, studying abroad can be an expensive proposition. Therefore, it is important to ensure that you have the financial wherewithal to support and see you through your study abroad endeavor, as the cost of the program requires budgeting beyond tuition fees to include your lodging, travel and day-to-day living expenses. This is where grants and scholarships can help you secure your study abroad funding process.

Before you can avail of the financial aid, it is important to understand the process of scholarships and grants and evaluate them to determine your suitability for the same.

Here is a look at the various types of financial aids that you can benefit from to enliven your study abroad dream.
Scholarships – Most of the scholarships are merit-based financial aid given to students with proven academic credentials, notable extracurricular or sporting achievements, community achievements, leadership qualities, character, etc.
Grants – These are need-based financial aids given on the basis of your family background, financial status, etc.

So what’s the difference here?

Need-based scholarships are usually provided to local students, for example, universities in the US prefer to grant scholarships to American nationals on a priority basis. This is the case with most countries, with each country giving preference to its own student community.

Merit-based scholarships, on the other hand, adopt the following approach:

The judges of the universities you are applying for will evaluate your entire profile which includes your overall academic grades and test scores like GRE and IELTS/TOEFL, your internships and jobs, personal accomplishments, community service, etc. So, it is important to make a list of all your achievements – both academic and extra-curricular. Mention if you have received any scholarships during your college or any awards during your professional work or internship.
Point out the leadership experiences and involvements in social and cultural activities that can distinguish you from the thousands of equally merited applicants.

Further, the university may offer scholarships along the following lines :

1. First-In-First-Out: This process follows the ascending order of application and the profile suitability of students. For example, NY Tandon and RIT in USA
2. While applying: Some universities provide you with the option of applying for scholarships online, during the course of your admission process. For example, TU Delft in Netherlands
3. Along with Admit: Some universities grant scholarships at the time of admission. For example, UIC, CMU, Ny Tandon, etc in USA
4. Apply at Admit: Some universities offer you the option to apply for a scholarship after you are admitted. For example, UT Dallas (USA)
5. Upon Checking-In: You can also apply for a scholarship once you are at the university and have cleared the personal interview rounds. This applies to majority of the universities ranging from GaTech to ETH to Stonybrook to University of Melbourne, etc

Most of the universities offer scholarships after you have cleared interviews with the admission panel and professors. You have to prove your worth at a holistic level, your skills and abilities to keep up with the coursework at the University will be duly tested. Most importantly, you have to convince your suitability for the grant by convincing the panel of contributing to the applying university and the host country as an international ambassador.

Sometimes, during the first semester, the professors may ask you to work on a minor project relevant to the course you are applying for on the basis of which he/she would consider you for a scholarship in the form of RA / TA which would commence from your second semester onwards. This gives you ample time to converse with the professors, discuss your interest in the course, work on your project and prove that you are worthy of the intended Assistantship and convey your serious intent to contribute to the ongoing research.

Furthermore, if you are looking for financial help through private funding, associations in India provide loans and scholarships.

You can apply for an interest-free loan ranging from INR 20,000 to 20,00,000, which you will have to repay as soon as you start earning. You can also apply for a scholarship ranging from INR 20,000 to 10,00,000.

If you are looking for interest-free loans and scholarships in India, you will have to do the following:

Essay & Letter of Recommendation :

You will be required to write an essay stating your goals and talk about how you intend to acquire knowledge and obtain a degree from a foreign university, come back to India and make a difference to the society by putting your learning and knowledge to best use. Ensure that your career goals India-centric. Also, make sure to talk about the social benefits that would accrue out of your professional work. How you intend to contribute to the economic development of India through your work?

You can also stress on how obtaining the scholarship would ease the financial constraints your family is likely to be subjected to in the event of self-funding. You also need to convince the donor about how being self-sufficient would enable you to pursue the program with poise, security, and confidence and motivate you to excel academically.

Your letters of recommendation should highlight your zealousness to acquire quality education from a foreign country and demonstrate your capability to contribute to the progress of India. It is a good idea to include how your learning at the university can help you in contributing to the benefit of the Indian society at large.

Interviews:

Here, you will have to interact face-to-face interaction with the panel responsible for granting you the loan or scholarship, and explain your position of wanting to be self-sufficient. Most importantly, you have to convince the panel of your overall worthiness to avail of the financial aid, and your desire to make a difference to your country and society upon completing your education.

Here is the list of scholarships we have collated. We will keep on updating this excel sheet.

Germany is regarded as the most sought after non-English speaking educational destination among Indian students to pursue higher studies. Over the years, the country has become a hotbed for graduate education, giving tough competition to the likes of USA, UK and Australia. A lot of students eyeing for Germany as their preferred educational destination opt for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) courses.

Owing to the stiff competition that students experience in securing an admission into German universities, we have listed the following steps that shed light on how you can go about the application process:

1. Selecting the course and university

Deciding on your preferred course (and the university, according to the program chosen), is the first step to apply to an overseas university. If you wish to apply for MS in Industrial Engineering, consider universities like RWTH Aachen University, Technical University of Berlin and Braunschweig University of Technology.

Unfortunately, there are only a few programs that are taught in English; the rest will have German as the primary language. The first few semesters will be taught in English before the coursework shifts to German-medium. Therefore, it is important that one has basic proficiency in the language.

2. Considering the admission criteria

After drawing up a list of universities, check the admission criteria for each. This will help shortlist the universities that are a perfect fit for your profile.

To be able to study in a German university, you are required a degree equivalent to a Hochschulzugangsberechtigung (HZB), which means a higher education entrance qualification. Getting an admission is largely dependent on your profile and qualifications.

Additionally, you will also need to fulfil the requisite language requirements. As a lot of courses are primarily taught in German, students will need to furnish the university with a proof of proficiency – which can be fulfilled by taking the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH) test, or the TestDaF (Test of German as a foreign language).

Note: While both tests are recognised in Germany, you should check which test is accepted by the university you intend to apply to.

3. Request for application forms

The application forms can be downloaded from the respective websites of the universities. They can also be requested by sending a query letter to the university.

4. Filling up the application forms

Following is a list of documents that need to be submitted along with the application form to the university.
• Transcripts from school/college
• Statement of Purpose
• Letters of Recommendation
• Resume (in case of MBA and other technical courses)
• Scorecard of:
o GRE
o IELTS/TOEFL
o German language proficiency
• Financial documents

Not all universities require you to take a GRE qualification. Saarland University and University of Kaiserslautern do not have GRE as definitive criteria, but they recommend that students take it. However, for some universities like RWTH Aachen University and Technical University of Munich, you will need to present your GRE scorecard. For MS in Industrial Engineering, a minimum score of 310 is deemed acceptable.

With regards to proficiency in English, securing a 7 band in IELTS and a score of 85 to 90 in TOEFL will fulfil the requirements.

To prove their proficiency in German, students can take the TestDaF or DSH tests. Check the admission criteria to ascertain whether the preferred university accepts the test.

5. Application process

You can directly upload the required documents on the university’s website. Some German universities also receive applications through the website www.uni-assist.de, a portal operated by the German Academic Exchange Service, dedicated solely for international students. However, not all universities accept applications through this website.

For universities accepting applications through Uni-assist, the processing fee is Euro 75, with Euro 15 for every additional application. For other universities, the application fee is between Euro 50 and Euro 100.

6. Receiving admission offer from universities

On assessing your application, if the university selects your candidature, it will make you an offer. Once you accept the offer, the university will send a final offer of acceptance.

7. Scholarships

Once the offer has been received, you can also apply for scholarships at German universities. Following are some scholarship opportunities for Indian students:

• DAAD WISE (Working Internships in Science & Engineering)

Offered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), students pursuing degree programmes in engineering can avail for this scholarship. As part of the opportunity, which will allow those selected a two- to three-month scholarship at German institutions of higher education and research, students will receive a monthly stipend of Euro 650, a travel subsidy of Euro 750 and health insurance coverage.

• IIT Master Sandwich Scholarship

The scholarship, available to students studying in Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) across India, entails an opportunity to pursue their master’s thesis project work under the tutelage of a German professor from a TU9 technical university. As part of the scholarship, the students will receive a monthly allowance of Euro 750 and health insurance.

8. Applying for a study permit

Indian students will need to apply for a Visa Type D/Residence Permit to be able to pursue studies in Germany. Valid for only three months (or 90 days), students are required to obtain their residence permit in order to extend their stay. In addition, they need to show relevant financial records to prove they have the requisite funds. Additionally, you will also be required to have your health insurance settled.

For more details, meet our counsellors today, who will guide you through the entire process and help resolve any queries.

F1 Student Visa applicants are increasingly becoming apprehensive about the Section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, especially in keeping with the strict immigration policies introduced by the Donald Trump administration. But rest assured that it can be easily overcome if the required shortfall or documentation is fulfilled.

At the outset, let us understand about section 221 (g) and why it is issued to an applicant. Upon scrutiny of your visa application documents, the applicant is sometimes informed that a final decision cannot be made on his visa application immediately. In such a case, the consular officer raises the Section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act and informs the applicant that the case will be withheld till the applicant’s eligibility for the visa can be proved. The increasing number of such cases needed processing “time-out”.

Most often, the 221(g) cases for the F1 visa are related to the security aspect or alternatively to establish the genuine eligibility of candidate for study, wherein the consular officer requires additional time, information, or documentation before making a final visa decision. In connection to security, it has been observed that students who apply for programs pertaining to fields that fall under the Technology Alert List are subjected to the section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The reason for invoking this act is that the US does not want to collaborate on sensitive technologies with the wrong individuals, who may misuse knowledge to harm people or damage property. In such cases, the applicant is requested to provide a resume, list of publications in the relevant field, and a description of the program and career plan of the applicant. Very often, these clearances are a mere formality, which makes time for running the application through various security checks.

On the other hand, eligibility related issues may include investigations or verifications in India or requests for information or documentation related to the qualifications of the applicant for a visa like education, work experience, paper publication, past or current research, Statement of Purpose, funding, itinerary and co-travellers. A consular officer may seek to investigate or verify issues such as:

  • Employment of an applicant
  • Tax filings or information pension fund payments; authenticity of an education document
  • Intentions or existence of a sponsor in the US.
  • Authenticity of a statutory document, such as a marriage, birth, or divorce certificate.
  • Legitimacy of a marriage

Sometimes you are asked to furnish additional documents, which may include:

  • A police verification certificate that confirms the residence of the applicant after the age of 16;
  • Certified copies of court dispositions (arrests, convictions); confirmation of the date of a past departure from the US (e.g. visa overstay);
  • If working professional, then employer tax documentation; additional affidavit of support (e.g., if consular officer does not accept the submitted affidavit of support);
  • Financial documents to sponsor the education of applicant in a US university;
  • Additional information about the program to be studied in the US.

Sometimes, even though all your documentation and information is correct, you may end up with the section 221(g) letter. In such a scenario, the investigations that were carried out may have been inaccurate. For example, a consular officer may mistakenly believe that an applicant has a background in a technology that is on the Technology Alert List; a consular investigator may visit the wrong office address; a secretary who picks up the phone at the applicant’s place of employment may tell the consular caller that no such person works there when in fact the applicant does work there; a consular officer may be attempting to re-adjudicate a previously-approved employment petition by requiring additional documentation or sending it back to USCIS.

Therefore, being proactive in dealing with a 221(g) decision by a consular officer will benefit you by resolving the issue at the earliest. It is advocated that applicants should not only cooperate with reasonable consular requests but should also seek to aggressively challenge unreasonable requests or demands and extended delays in processing.

To provide the required information or documentations, you should submit the same at the nearest CGI document pickup location within one year from the date you received the 221(g) letter. Failing this, you will be required to submit a fresh visa application and pay all associated fees in order to continue with your visa application process.

Submission of 221(g) documents:

  1. Print a Document Submission Letter and complete the checklist manually.
  2. Visit the nearest Common Gateway Interface (CGI) document pickup location. Carry your 221(g) submission slip, the 221(g) letter given to you at the Embassy or Consulate, and all documents requested in your 221(g) letter.
  3. Submit your documents and the 221(g) submission slip at the CGI document collection office. CGI will acknowledge the 221(g) submission slip for you to keep for your records.
  4. CGI delivers your documents to the Embassy or Consulate.
  5. CGI returns your documents and your passport to you at your chosen document delivery pickup location. If the visa is issued, your passport will contain your visa or alternatively, you may also receive a new 221(g) letter.

Now that you have understood about Section 221(g), dealing with it would not be a major challenge. Meet our expert counsellors today, who have a 100% success rate on conversion of the observation under section 221(g) to an F1 visa holder. Visit our centers for abroad career counseling today and we will help resolve any issues on your visa applications and 221(g) status.

Canada represents the land of dreams to Indian students and professionals. It is the hope of every immigrant that it will offer him progress, liberty, quality of life and a safe haven to live well and achieve professional excellence. The vast expanse of Canada, covering the northern hemisphere, is home to over a million immigrants from across the globe, enriching the native culture with their own unique colour. With a flourishing economy that easily rivals that of the U.S, Canada is outpacing other countries by introducing immigration reforms that promote the entry of Indians.

As a land of opportunity, Canada allows persons to migrate based on their reason for coming to Canada such as work, short-term education, medical visit etc. There are certain streams of immigration that create express pathways for a person to immigrate, sometimes the process can even be completed in less than a year’s time. Let us consider the various avenues through which one can enter Canada for work, gain a Permanent Residency and eventually, a Canadian citizenship. There are points given for years of experience, levels of education and experience in any one of the 347 occupations as notified by the National Occupational Classification system. Under the Federal Skilled Workers program, candidates receiving an invitation must submit a full application within 60-days. Similarly, every program has a set of requirements that allow the candidate to be assessed based on the parameters outlined by the program. You can search for a job directly at the Canada Job Bank, https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/occupation_search-eng.do, where you may also apply and have a job awaiting you on the other side of the shore.

The majority of job vacancies remain in the 10 largest industrial sectors in terms of employment, led by transportation and warehousing, manufacturing and accommodation and food services. Visit  https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/hotfields for more information. As a skilled worker or professional, you have several options to consider. For example, you may be eligible for applying under Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker Class or, if your intended destination is in Quebec, the Quebec Skilled Worker Program may be the pathway for you and your family. All these programs give you a Permanent Residence card, which is the pre-mandate for acquiring Canadian citizenship. Further, the Canadian government has made an allowance in which even an expired PR card is accepted for a citizenship application. For further information, visit site https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/canadian-citizenship/become-canadian-citizen/eligibility.html.

The Canadian Immigration system uses a point based evaluator to assess potential immigrants for their suitability to meet the mandated Permanent Residency guidelines. Visit https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/express-entry/become-candidate/eligibility/education-assessed/read-report.html for the requisite points to be garnered for acceptance to the PR program. Among the requirements, the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the standardized test that Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) recognizes as proof of English language ability for immigration purposes and is mandatory, if you are not a native speaker and do not have proof of having studied English in high school and above. The four sections of the IELTS (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking) are measured on a Band Score system from 1-9. To receive the maximum number of points for English language ability on a Federal Skilled Worker application, the applicants must obtain a Band score of 7.5 or higher in the Listening component and a 6.5 or higher in the other three components.

In addition to your IELTS scores, you must also fulfil the pre-requisites of police verification, medical check, completing the credential equivalence for all your educational and personal documents, including their translation into English or French. For more details, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/express-entry/become-candidate/eligibility/education-assessed.html to know more about the list of service providers designated by CIC for the purpose. The authority named Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is an easy to use, interactive portal, which eases navigation across the intricacies of immigrating to Canada through an online quiz. Taking the quiz determines your suitability to apply for specific programs. To learn more on this aspect, visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp?_ga=2.43536485.1733995998.1526705315-166780224.1526705315. Also, you must register at the CIC website to begin your online application for immigrating to Canada through the link, https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/account.html, In addition, you can also avail the Student Direct Stream program that Canada is providing for Indian, Chinese and Vietnamese students.  Moreover, your registration can be done online and it would be advisable to link your paper application to the online profile. Remember, your account will be the link for you to pay taxes, monitor benefits etc., well after you have even gained citizenship.

Inasmuch, there are fast-track Canadian immigration programs that allow candidates to receive a provincial nomination certificate. In most cases, a nomination certificate will allow candidates to immigrate more quickly than through other Canadian immigration programs. Also, if your relative fulfils certain conditions, you can live, study and work in Canada with them as your sponsor. If you are an international investor with the skills and abilities needed to contribute to our economy and integrate into Canadian society, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residence under the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital (IIVC) Pilot Program. To find out more about this avenue, please click on the link, https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/immigrant-investor-venture-capital.html

Additionally, there is The Atlantic Immigration Pilot, a partnership between the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. This protocol helps employers in the Atlantic region hire job candidates who aren’t Canadian citizens or permanent residents, please click on the link here for more details, https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/atlantic-immigration-pilot/about-atlantic-immigration-pilot.html. Similarly, for students who wish to find employment and are already in Canada, please see this link https://emploisfp-psjobs.cfp-psc.gc.ca/srs-sre/page01.htm?poster=1&lang=en for information on the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP).

All the fees for the processing of applications under various programs can be paid online through a credit card and must be paid in Canadian dollars. Also, please check the processing time for the application in the program of your choice on the specific link to know when to expect a response on your application. Also, if there are certain persons who cannot immigrate directly, there is an avenue called the Compassionate and Humanitarian program, which allows you to migrate to Canada under exceptional circumstances.

As per a report by the Business Development Bank of Canada, from a provincial perspective, Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Ontario are the engines of growth, while provinces in Atlantic Canada show slower rates in comparison, at about one percent and lower. The world economy is expanding and this offers incredible opportunities for Canadian entrepreneurs to position themselves for growth and take advantage of the global momentum Read the complete report here at https://www.bdc.ca/en/blog/pages/2018-economic-outlook-global-growth-brings-good-news-canadian-entrepreneurs.aspx.  Also, given the mushrooming of businesses and the fast paced technology boom, Canada is looking to expand and for that, it needs to fill its human resource deficit of over 15% which it intends to fill through the PR program as per the 2017-2020 plan. If you are looking to live in a highly developed nation with excellent quality of life, social benefits, low crime rate, Canada is the place for you and there’s no time like the present to get started on your CIC application.

Got a better admit after booking the visa date? Here’s what you can do.

After months of preparation, hard work, consulting mentors and contemplating for days together, you finally zero in on the best admit in your hand and book the visa interview. You inform your friends and relatives that you are going to X university and are in the last phase of negotiations for your apartment. You certainly feel apprehensive, yet you are uber-confident that you will breeze through the visa interview. After all, you have done everything right.

You wake up the next day to an email from another University (your dream University actually!) that you have been accepted.  While this is one of the most euphoric moments of your life, it can easily turn into apprehension filled days. What was just a waiting period could metamorphose into frenzied days of doing a lot of things all over again. Right from sending financial documents to the University and following up with them for the I20, to submitting the DS -160 and visa application, every step in the visa process needs to be reworked.

In order to ease your life, we decided to write this article so that we can systematically detail the process of changing your University after visa appointment booking. We have identified various scenarios so that you can take appropriate steps based on your situation.

Scenario 1 – You have paid the SEVIS and submitted the DS-160, but not yet made the Visa payment.

Step 1: Transfer SEVIS from University X to University Y.   The following is the procedure for the same:

I-901 Fee transfer requests can now be made directly from www.fmjfee.com. To request a fee transfer from the website, you will need to begin by checking your payment status. Once the information is entered, you will be taken to your I-901 records. If there is a valid fee payment on your record a request transfer button will appear next to the print confirmation button. Once you select this transfer option you will be prompted to enter your new SEVIS ID, School or program code and verify that your personal information is correct. After submitting your request, you will be sent an initial email informing you that your transfer request was received and then you will be sent another email either confirming the transfer with instructions to print your new payment confirmation or a denial email explaining why the transfer request could not be processed.

Requests for fee transfers can also be made by mail or e-mailing SEVP. SEVP will consider your request and determine if the fee can be transferred. See the section on the basic rules for transferring fees.

When emailing your request, please insert ‘Fee Transfer’ in the subject line of your request and provide the following details:

  1. Your name
  2. Date of birth
  3. The SEVIS ID number that you originally paid on
  4. The SEVIS ID number you want to transfer the payment to
  5. Explain why the fee needs to be transferred. It will help speed your request if you include a copy of your receipt number. Include information on how to contact you if there are any questions.

SEVP will review your request and determine if the fee can be transferred. If your request is approved, you will receive an email or letter indicating that you can now print your updated I-901 payment confirmation at www.fmjfee.com reflecting the SEVIS ID from your new Form I-20 or DS-2019.

When you apply for any benefit where the I-901 SEVIS Fee will be verified, you will need to provide a copy of the updated I-901 fee receipt.

(Source- https://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/faq#_Toc81222153)

Step 2: Create another DS- 160 – Since you submitted the previous DS-160, you will not be able to retrieve and update it.  You can fill another DS-160 with the details of the new University. Make sure you carry the new DS- 160 confirmation page for the interview.

Scenario II – You have submitted the DS- 160, made the visa payment on CGI federal and also booked the date.

  1. Follow the steps in Scenario I
  2. Create another DS- 160 – Since you submitted the previous DS-160, you will not be able to retrieve and update it. You can fill another DS-160 with the details of the new University. Make sure you carry the new DS- 160 confirmation page for the interview.
  3. Update the profile on CGI Federal website- Update the new DS -160 confirmation number and SEVIS ID in your profile on the CGI federal Website. This can be done by logging in to your account on CGI. You don’t need to repay $160 as you have would not have taken the interview yet.  In case you are unable to do this for some reason, carry both the previous DS-160 confirmation page as well as the new one for the OFC interview.  You can report it to the consulate before the OFC and they can update the details before your interview.

Scenario III – You have appeared for the interview already and now you need to change the University.

  1. Fill in and submit a new DS-160 with details of new University and again make the payment of $160 on CGI federal website.
  2. Transfer SEVIS as detailed in Scenario Type 1.

We hope this information is helpful.  For any further clarification regarding this, you can post your queries in the visa application module chatbox and the counselors will guide you within 24 hrs. We wish you all a fabulous visa experience this year!

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.

Georgia has become a popular study destination for prospective medical students who aspire to become doctors. Up to 55% of India’s 55,000 doctors graduate every year from private colleges, many of which charge illegal donations, or “capitation fees”. In Tamil Nadu, the cost of admission to medical college is Rs 2 crore for an MBBS seat. As an alternative to such practices, without compromising on the quality of education, Georgia has emerged as the hub for MBBS hopefuls.

While Russia and Ukraine too offer equally good medical education, it is worth noting that Georgian medical universities enjoy a higher ranking than the ones in these countries. Georgia is home to three reputed universities, which offer medical degrees such as MBBS (Bachelors of Medicine) and Masters in Medicine (M.D) programs. They are the David Tvildiani Medical University (AIETI Medical School), Akaki Tsereteli State University, University Geomedi, Tsiblisi State Medical University and University of Georgia. Given their popularity with international students from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Ghana, Nigeria etc., these universities have limited seats for their English medium MBBS and MD programs. Moreover, the admission process can be taxing given the competition for the seats. Furthermore, the greatest advantage of a degree from Georgia is the equivalence and acceptance of its validity across the EU, thereby giving it a greater value.

The yearly fee for the Tsiblisi University is $3500 at present, which can be paid as two semesters from the second year onward. The university follows the European Union syllabus, which makes it simpler for the transfer students. The overall duration in case of the MD [Diploma In Medicine course is 6 years, which is divided into 2 years of basic, 1 year of pre-clinical and 3 years of clinical courses. At AIETI, the duration of the educational process lasts for 6 years. It consists of three stages: Basic Medical Science (2.5 years), Clinical Science (2.5 years), Pre-diploma Specialization (Clinical Clerkship – one year). AIETI is included into the WHO AVICENNA Directory for medicine as well as a member of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE), Association of Medical Schools in Europe (AMSE) and Organization for PhD Education in Biomedicine and Health Sciences in the European System (ORPHEUS). The medical degrees offered in Georgia are recognised world-wide and students preferring to work in the U.S or Europe undertake USMLE, PLAB, MCI or other board certification exams to become licensed.

For Indian students, the admission requires a 50 % score in the 12th standard with a major in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Even better is that there is no IELTS/TOEFL requirement for those who have studied in an English medium program. Additionally, the tuition fee for the undergraduate medical program ranges from $5000-$7000 USD per annum with separate exam fees being charged. Furthermore, the admission intake is in February and September with the specific dates being released by the university. Look up the university website for more details. For a student visa, one must apply at the nearest Georgian embassy within the country and it takes 20 days to process the same. The ordinary visa is issued for 360 days with multiple entry permits or for 90 days with single or multiple entry permits. A foreigner working on Georgian territory should apply for a residence permit after his/her ordinary visa has expired.

While Georgia is sought after for its medical schools, the fact remains that most students choose to return to their native country or head to the U.S, Canada, UK after completing their medical degrees. With the limited scope for employment for medical graduates, given their professional degree, there is every possibility of setting up practice and practicing independently after course completion. Even so, once the degree is awarded, a lucrative career awaits the student in his/her home country or preferred destination, for which, he needs to appear for licensing exams. Given the ease and quality of training offered at Georgian universities, it is hardly surprising that each year the number of students seeking admission to their world class program has risen exponentially, when compared to the seats on offer. If you wish to embark on a career in medicine, this would be an avenue for you to achieve your dreams.

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