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Study Abroad FAQ 2016-10-12T13:30:45+00:00

Smart Move 2 Study Abroad is one of India’s leading overseas education consultancies.

We have compiled a list of study abroad FAQ that are regularly asked by students/parents when they are considering studying abroad. We have attempted to put all the information in one place.

Kindly note that whilst we have taken a lot of pains to verify the authenticity of the information, all information is subject to change without notice, please do not take this as advice and speak to our counsellors for the latest and up to date information for studying abroad, you can call +91 966 448 3215 or +91 22 2850 9883 or email support@sm2sa.com.

Nearly 4.3 million students are enrolled in university-level education outside their home country. USA, UK, France, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are the traditional destinations for Indian students. Recently we have also seen increasing interest in places like Singapore, Dubai, Mauritius and Malaysia. At SmartMove2StudyAbroad our trained counsellors help students to narrow down their preferred courses and the countries to study in. To book a complimentary consultation with our counsellors please call +91 9664 483 215 or +91 22 2850 9883.
Quality education, giving their careers an international edge, option for settling abroad are the top 3 reasons for Indian students pursuing higher education in a foreign country. Students are increasingly pursuing opportunities in countries like UK and France where they can get paid internships and also Canada, Ireland, USA, Australia and New Zealand which offer Post study work visas.
SmartMove2StudyAbroad represents more than 221 universities in almost 25 countries. We offer advice on courses from Management to Medicine, Art to Aviation, Fashion, Culinary and many more courses. More than 21 countries with 1000+ courses. To speak to our counsellors for a course or your choice please call +91 9664 483 215 or +91 22 2850 9883.
Studying abroad is an exciting option and one that can be accessed at any time during your studies. While a majority of students prefer to read for their Masters/Post Graduate degrees, it is also possible to get ‘transfer credit’ during your undergraduate years to complete your graduation in your chosen foreign country. To know if it’s the right time for you, you can discuss with our trained counsellors, please call +91 9664 483 215 or +91 22 2850 9883.
Getting a Scholarship to study abroad make whole experience to study aboard easy however there is high level of competition for the same. Students have choices of full scholarship or part scholarship directly from University or private bodies it is generally advisable to start with the process at the earliest. Some of the criteria used are need of the student, academic qualification and field of study.
Funding your education from ‘self funds’ i.e. savings of parents or taking money from relatives is acceptable. Students can also opt for educational loans (pay starts after a year of completing the course). There are also full/part scholarships and free ships available for certain category of students. When opting for a loan always ensure that you have checked if the Immigration rules have specified a list of Banks from where the loans will be acceptable.
At SmartMove2StudyAbroad we advise student on university that are accredited and registered with relevant authorities minimizing any risk when they start the programme. To know more your chosen University or educational institution, you can discuss with our trained counsellors, please call +91 9664 483 215 or +91 22 2850 9883.
There are 1000s of courses on offer when a student decides to study abroad and at times the process becomes cumbersome even for the most patient of us. Now you can visit the SmartMove2StudyAbroad office with Originals (+ 1 set photocopy) of your academic transcripts and our experience and our friendly team of counsellors will assist you in creating a tailor made checklist based on your preferred criteria Visiting the University website is also a good place to review the course content.
Every University / Higher education institute has its own admission criteria in terms of the marks secured by the candidate in various exams (Std. X, XII and Graduation). If your academic grades don’t meet the criteria we can advise you on the various pathway programs that will help you to get admission to your preferred institution. To know more about pathway programs that will enable you to study abroad you can discuss with our trained counsellors, please call +91 9664 483 215 or +91 22 2850 9883.
We advise students to explain the time spend during academic period to explain the gaps (and provide documentary evidence to strengthen their claims). You will be required to clear your logs to make any application to the Universities also if there are many logs then the merits of application will be low and the student may be advised to pursue the pathway programs route. To see how this may affect your application, you can contact a SmartMove2StudyAbroad advisor, please call +91 9664 483 215 or +91 22 2850 9883.
Typically to secure admission to Universities applicants are required to submit the following documents: valid passport, academic transcripts/ mark sheets as specified by the Universities, results of the entry tests (GRE, GMAT, SAT etc), results of English language tests undertaken (IELTS, TOEFL, PTE etc), the applicant’s statement of purpose and letters of recommendation. Please note that this is not exhaustive list of documents, your SmartMove2StudyAbroad advisor will let you know if any additional documents are required to strengthen your application.
The Immigration rules for different countries have different requirements for instance UK would require pre entry Tuberculosis test report and chest X ray report to be submitted if the stay for the course is more than 6 months. In addition you would also be required to have Student Medical Insurance at the time of applying.
Yes, most of the countries permit you to work part time up to 20 hours a week during term time and 40 hours during holidays. However, students are advised to check as there are also list of countries that do not permit to work while studying example Singapore.
An internship is an invaluable part of a program, there are several courses where internships are offered in the degree. To find out if a particular program offers an internship component, students should contact your SmartMove2StudyAbroad advisor for specific details, please call +91 9664 483 215 or +91 22 2850 9883.
The general rule is to start your application process at least 5-6 months in advance as deadlines vary for all programs. Most countries have intakes in January and September, for some countries like Australia February and July, Germany intake are in January and July while some countries have rolling intakes. To know more about your course deadlines you can speak to a SmartMove2StudyAbroad advisor for application deadline for your preferred country and course, please call +91 9664 483 215 or +91 22 2850 9883.
SmartMove2StudyAbroad advisors work with you to understand your needs and aspirations and your personal situation on the basis of this we prepare a short list of chosen Country and courses. We also help students to prepare their applications and submitting the same to the relevant institution. We also help you to secure education loan, purchase travel insurance and work with our business partners to provide special offers and freebies like SIM card for students. We also provide specialist search and selection services to enable students to apply for Tier 1/Ivy League institutions.
A dependant includes only spouse and children of the applicant student. Some countries permit student to be joined by their dependant spouse and children, if the applicant can show adequate funds to support them.
Each host country has its own set of Immigration rules and regulations that may or may not allow a spouse to work. It is best to check this with the Immigration experts. At SmartMove2StudyAbroad our advisors can let you know if your chosen destination will allow your dependant spouse to work and if there are any restrictions on the same.
Salary for part time work is paid as per employment laws of the country and as per industry norms in that country. Most countries guarantee a minimum wage, for example in France part time wages could be anywhere between € 400 – 600 a month.
Yes you will be able to re apply for your student visa if you are refused your student visa application from the embassy depending upon reason for refusal.
Most Universities will be able to refund your visa fees, after deducting administration fees. While some Universities offer the ability to pay the fees on arriving in the host country. To know more speak to your SmartMove2StudyAbroad advisor.
Students can opt for on-campus or off campus accommodation. Most Universities also offer accommodation with or without the catering option. In choosing off campus accommodations students can choose to rent a flat or share a house with others. Students opting for campus accommodation are advised to apply at the earliest as the options get filled in quickly.
The Universities make it easier for the students to settle in, they have student liaison offices, international student offices and variety of counselling options to help students manage in the new country.
The Universities make it easier for the students to settle in, they have student liaison offices, international student offices and variety of counselling options to help students manage in the new country.
Once an application has been submitted, it is reviewed by the University / College some of them would also interview students before selecting them. The University will review all applications to ensure students are properly qualified and academically suited to the chosen program. Students are then notified of their nomination status. Students may be receiving offer, either conditionally offer or reject the application. Those that have conditional offer must follow through with the conditions of the offer in order to be allowed to study abroad.
Once an application has been submitted, it is reviewed by the University / College some of them would also interview students before selecting them. The University will review all applications to ensure students are properly qualified and academically suited to the chosen program. Students are then notified of their nomination status. Students may be receiving offer, either conditionally offer or reject the application. Those that have conditional offer must follow through with the conditions of the offer in order to be allowed to study abroad.
Most of the universities would defer your course and ask you to come and take exams. Specific rules would vary from University to University.
At SmartMove2StudyAbroad, the programmes for which we register students are taught in English. We like to advise our students that learning the local language provides them a great opportunity to enhance their cultural experience and makes it easier for them to get part time work with local businesses. Some countries like France offer free language classes to students once they are in country.
It is possible for students to get vegetarian food when they are staying at University campus For the self catering students most supermarkets and stores stock up on vegetarian ingredients that are segregated from the meat. Places like UK, USA, Canada have plenty of Indian food options to make the students feel at home.
Generally most Universities will revert in 2 – 4 weeks with an outcome on the application.
If you would like to defer your offer, you can let your SmartMove2StudyAbroad advisor know, providing your application details and we will coordinate with your University to defer placement.
You can still apply even if you haven’t yet received all of your academic results. You will receive a conditional offer outlining what qualifications and grades you will need to achieve in order to meet our entry requirements. Once you have received evidence of obtaining your qualifications you can email them to us.
Each University has its own specific refund policy, should you want to apply for a refund please speak to your SmartMove2StudyAbroad advisor.
Yes, our Immigration division offers visa support services to applicants who have secured admission to a University. Our for fee professional services for visa applications are open to all students (even if you have not registered with us).
Depending on the country of choice you may be allowed to stay on a Post study work visa that will allow you to work full time in the host country. Most countries also allow applicants whose employers have applied for their work permits to remain in the country. UK allows graduate students to apply for Tier 1 Graduate entrepreneur visa start their own business in the UK if they have a business idea and about £50,000 in funds.
Though it is not possible to completely eliminate risk, it is possible to mitigate it to a great extent. At SmartMove2StudyAbroad we provide all our students emergency contact information prior to departure including medical services, Indian High Commission and name and number of a program coordinator.
If a student experiences an emergency abroad, he/she should contact International Officer at Office of International Programs. International students are made acquainted with the relevant department and officer to contact in case of emergency at the time of their orientation in their Universities.
If you are parent of student registered with SmartMove2StudyAbroad then our student advisors will be happy to share any and all information on the program.
We recommend that students contact you as soon as they can after arriving overseas. Most students will have cell phone and email access, but it may take a few days to get these things set up. We recommend that you maintain contact with your student, preferably not on a daily basis.
If you would like to visit your son or daughter while he/she is overseas, we encourage you to travel to your son/daughter’s host country only during university breaks or after the program ends.
Our SmartMove2StudyAbroad student advisors will be able to help you with specific budgets for individual courses. Broadly the investment includes:
– Tuition fees
– Housing fees
– Incidental expenses
– Contingency funds

Tuition costs for semester and full-year programs

Students accepted into a study abroad program for a semester or full year must pay tuition directly to University. This tuition covers the academic expenses of the program. The tuition fee does not include the cost of room and board, which will vary from country to country and from University to University, nor does it include additional costs such as airfare, books, visas, or personal expenses.

Housing fees

Payment of housing fees will depend upon a student’s chosen program. In some cases the institution will require that the money be remitted directly to the institute, most rented accommodation will require a safety deposit and at least one month’s rent upfront (in addition to any agency commission).

Incidental expenses

Generally incidental expense heads include:
– Transportation costs
– Books
– Meals & entertainment
– Visa fees
– Round-trip airfare
– Personal expenses (toiletries, immunizations, health insurance required by the host country, cell phone, etc.)

Contingency expenses

It is a good idea to provision at least one month’s living expenses as contingency expense, in addition to provision for return air fares for unforeseen travel.

At SmartMove2StudyAbroad we can advise you on a few of the things you can do to help prepare your child (and when they are in country):
– Ensure that at least one parent/family member of your family has an up-to-date passport and a valid visa, so that in the event of an emergency you can travel quickly.
– Familiarise yourself with your child’s medical insurance (coverage, inclusions, helplines etc) and help your child with the same too.
– Spend time with your child reviewing the Immigration requirements (do’s and dont’s) and specific deadlines.
– Familiarize yourself with the course content, timings and breaks.
– Read up about the place, culture, norms of where your child is going to study and help him/her to understand the same.
– Speak to the SmartMove2StudyAbroad student advisor for any queries/concerns.