Study abroad in USA/UK - FAQ's
FAQ’s – Study in UK:
1. Specialty about the UK Education system?
The UK education system gives you the liberty to combine courses and subjects from different areas of studies and tailor the degree as per your own needs and interest. The UK has an excellent reputation as a global study destination as UK education is value for money as students receive globally recognised degrees which can be tailored to your interests and often include specialised modules. UK gives the best study abroad options with high ranked universities, a large variety of specializations, more than 50,000 courses to choose from, in over 25 subject areas. Shorter and more intensive courses; easy admission and visa process; large number of scholarships and bursaries make this an ideal choice for international students. One-year Masters in the UK with two-year work placements is the best opportunity a study abroad aspirant can get.
2. What is UCAS? What is UCAS Postgraduate?
UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) is a centralised admissions service for undergraduate admissions. Applicants from UK, EU, and international students aiming to secure a full-time place at universities and colleges across the UK can process their applications through UCAS. Students can search, apply for postgraduate courses, and track the progress of their applications through UCAS Postgraduate which is currently used by selected universities.
3. Difference between applying procedures for undergraduate and postgraduate?
You can register and apply for an undergraduate course through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Postgraduate courses in the UK have their own particular entry requirements and application processes, so it is better to check the individual course websites for the relevant instructions.
4. Can I work in the UK on a study visa?
You can take a part-time job, work placement or internship alongside your studies in UK and the hours, type of work will depend on the type of visa and your sponsoring university or college.
5. Are internships available for international students in the UK?
Internships may be available as part of your course.
● You can opt for paid or unpaid internships and prepare for a global career while you are pursuing the program, during the vacation, or soon after graduation.
● Internships may be part-time or full-time. They are usually part-time during a university semester and full-time during the summer, winter or Easter holidays.
● Semester internships are available during spring, summer, fall, and winter semesters.
● The internships abroad usually last an entire semester and some may even last an entire year. The longer duration programs help you to explore the work processes and acquire the technical know-how.
● Some internships are paid while others help you to earn academic credits.
● The duration and stipend vary depending on the university or the organization.
6. Can we extend our stay in UK post studies?
If you wish to stay in the UK post studies, you may need to apply for a visa extension or for a work visa depending on the type of employment, your duration of stay and your current visa status.
7. Average annual cost to study in the UK?
The average annual costs for international students are approximately £ 20,000 in the UK which are lower than the annual costs borne by international students in the USA as well as Australia.
8. Do international students need private medical insurance in the UK?
International students do not need private medical insurance when studying in the UK. It will cost just £150 per year to gain access to the NHS and this cost has to be paid during your visa application.
FAQ’s - Study in USA:
1. Academic calendar for universities in the USA?
The academic year for universities in the United States is usually from August to May. Most universities use either the semester system (two terms), the quarter system (students attend three out of four total terms), or the trimester system (three terms).
2. Credit system in U.S universities?
A credit is a value assigned to each course reflecting the number of hours the class will meet the professor each week.
3. What is a GPA?
Grade Point Average (GPA) is a numeric indicator for a student's academic performance which is calculated on a scale of 4.0.
4. Can you work while studying in the United States?
As an international student you may work on campus up to 20 hours/week in the first year of study in the US and can apply to work off-campus in the subsequent years only with due permission of the International Student Office under CPT or OPT.
5. What is liberal art college?
A liberal arts college offers courses in humanities, languages, math, social and natural sciences, and students take 25-50% of their courses in their major.
6. English language proficiency requirements?
U.S. universities require an English language proficiency test before admission and the test requirements vary depending on the course you apply for English Language Ability Tests. The most common tests of English language ability are the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), and the Pearson Test of English (PTE).
7. What is CPT?
CPT is defined as employment which is an integral part of an established curriculum, including: “alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education in the USA, or any other type of required internship or practicum which is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school.”
8. Difference between a college and university?
Colleges in the U.S. offer only undergraduate degrees whereas universities offer undergraduate as well as graduate degrees, but the terms are often used interchangeably.
9. Difference between F-1 and J-1 visa?
An F-1 visa is a student visa that is needed to study at a college, school or university in the USA. A J-1 visa is for an exchange student for temporary stay in the USA.
10. Are any scholarships available for international students in the USA?
● Scholarships and grants are usually awarded to international students in the USA on the basis of merit, need or any other exceptional excellence like proficiency in sports, cultural activities or a remarkable contribution in community service. The scholarships are highly competitive.
● Many American universities also offer grants for foreign students who wish to study at their institution but these vary substantially from university to university.
● The Standardized Test scores play a vital role in U.S. universities granting scholarships