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   Q. What are the Benefits of Studying Abroad?
   Q. How much does it cost to study abroad?
   Q. Are scholarships available for studying abroad?
   Q. Is it possible to do an internship, work or volunteer abroad?
   Q. For which majors is study abroad beneficial?
   Q. Where will I live if I study abroad?
   Q. How do I submit a claim for my health insurance?
   Q. How will a study abroad experience enhance my employability after I graduate?
   Q. Do I need a bank account? How do I open one and what is the best way to transfer my money
       abroad?
  Q.I understand that getting a student visa is a very complicated process. Can you help me in preparing
       the documentation and all other formalities?
     

Q. What are the Benefits of Studying Abroad?

A. Overwhelmingly, students report that they come back feeling refreshed and invigorated from their experience. They develop new academic interests, change directions or bring a new focus to their studies and their lives.

The following are several more benefits one might consider when deciding whether to study abroad :
• The educational advantage of taking coursework in another culture to complement your    academic program
• The enhancement of language skills
• The understanding of another culture unavailable to you through academic study alone
• The deeper awareness of the values and way of life of your own country, your own place in
   that country, and its   place  in the world
• The educational challenge of participating in a different educational system
• The chance to learn more about your own heritage
• The provision of an international dimension to your intellectual and career development.

Q. How much does it cost to study abroad?

A. Studying abroad might vary widely from program to program. The student is required to show that he has sufficient funds to pay his tuition fees and his living expenses. Additional expenses are also included like travel, passports, visas and incidentals. Cost can also differ from country to country. Countries with lower living cost will be significally less expensive as compared to the one with higher living costs.

Q. Are scholarships available for studying abroad?

A. Yes. Scholarship totally depends on the individual's academics but some are specific to certain majors, or countries, or study abroad programs; others are open to a wide range of study abroad participants.

Q. Is it possible to do an internship, work or volunteer abroad?

A. A number of University students choose to work abroad, especially during the summer. There are selected programs, which can help you locate a job and obtain a work permit for a particular country. Internships are also available through other universities/organizations.

Q. For which majors is study abroad beneficial?

A. In today's global society, any person needs to be able to understand the culture of the society other than his or her own. Study abroad is beneficial for any major subject. Major helps a person to specialize in his/her specific area.

Q. Where will I live if I study abroad?

A. The most common types of accommodation arranged for study abroad students are: residence hall-type housing, homestays, or private apartments or rooms. Most students are housed in single rooms with shared bathroom, kitchen and "living room." These are often self-catering arrangements, in which students are responsible for buying and preparing their own meals. There is a great deal of more freedom and responsibility for the students. Students who plan to live in a private room or apartment must make all arrangements themselves for leases, payment of rent, utilities, etc., and must often pay a sizable deposit before being allowed to move in.

Q. How do I submit a claim for my health insurance?

A. Whenever you go abroad for your higher studies, you will likely be asked to pay for your medical care first and then  will need to seek reimbursement. When you submit claims for reimbursement, you will need to have the itemized bill(s) translated into English. Please be sure to take copies of all paperwork for your files.

Q. How will a study abroad experience enhance my employability after I graduate?

A. Employers increasingly seek graduates who have international experience and a study abroad experience will enhance your employability. International knowledge, cross-cultural communication skills, flexibility, resilience, and the ability to adapt to new circumstances are skills enhanced through study abroad that are important to employers in various fields.

Q. Do I need a bank account? How do I open one and what is the best way to transfer my money abroad?

A. For an extended stay abroad a local bank account can be very useful. You usually receive an ATM/Debit card that will make financial transactions much easier and more cost-effective. Most banks will perform international wire transfers to your new account abroad. It is also useful to give a friend or parent power-of-attorney over your account so that they can endorse cheques for you or transfer money from that account to you abroad. If you plan on using your ATM/Debit card abroad, it is a good idea to change your PIN to a 4-digit number since foreign ATM machines may only accept 4 digits.

Q. I understand that getting a student visa is a very complicated process. Can you help me in preparing the documentation and all other formalities?

A. The visa process is not too complicated. The High Commission (HC) has some set of visa requirements, which have to be followed strictly. As long as the student fulfils the requirements clearly, applications are processed in time. Yes we helps students in making the file as per the HC specifications and guide them on the process of fulfilling the requirements. The visa documentation requires proper guidance and clear understanding of the required financial  documents. This is how we specialize and assists the students.

 
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