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A clearer picture about studying abroad

Maria Fernandes|NT KURIOCITY

Choosing to study abroad is an important decision and requires intensive research, planning, decision-making based on many factors. To help students and parents in this respect, The Navhind Times Planet J organised a seminar on studying abroad on June 10. Conducted by migration agent and director of Yes Migration Solutions based in Australia and Goa, Rashmi Patil, the seminar covered five countries namely USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. More than a hundred parents and students attended the well-planned and executed session at Dempo House in Panaji.

The session began with Patil explaining the benefits of studying abroad, highlighting the quality of education, better career prospects, personal development and networking for the future. She then spoke about the importance of planning at least one year in advance to avoid losing a year, and preparing for the required tests like GRE, GMAT and SAT and English language proficiency test. She added “Some countries like UK require the candidate to show an X amount in their account for a minimum of one year unlike other countries that do not require such a long period. Each country has different requirements and candidates need to prepare for the same.”

In the session that covered the education system in different countries, she explained the various courses, like undergraduate as well as postgraduate courses and their duration along with the QS ranking of different universities. This gave participants an idea of the top universities in the world and the ones they should look at more closely. The admission process which is rather complicated to most was clearly elaborated upon and through her well-formulated presentation she gave the approximate fee structure of the five focus countries.

Participants who had come with many doubts regarding the application process, visas, funds, etc, had many questions to ask which Patil answered patiently and clearly. She mentioned several new rules and regulations that most participants were unaware of. “IRCC (Canada) has made an announcement on June 8, about the Student Direct Stream (SDS), which is available to students applying for a study permit from China, India, Vietnam and the Philippines. Students who demonstrate upfront that they have the financial resources and language skills to succeed academically in Canada will benefit from faster processing times,” she shared.

While covering the topic of personal statement she emphasised the need to write accurately and in keeping with the requirements of the country. “When writing your personal statement it is imperative to cover points like why have you chosen that particular country, course and location. It is equally important to state how the chosen course will contribute to your future educational or career goals,” she added.

Saurabh, a student who is presently studying in Australia was also present at the session and shared his experiences with the audience which was extremely helpful. Signing off, Patil again stressed on the need to research all aspects of studying abroad and said: “Besides the routine information, students and parents should also consider food, culture, climate, etc, before zeroing on a country. Studying abroad is a lifetime investment and a decision should be taken after comprehensive research and thought.”

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