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(Passes valued at $10.50 for concession or $13.50 for an adult.) # Prize order may change # Terms and conditions apply Links to Australian Institutions English Language Course Providers Australian Capital Territory ANU College University of Canberra New South Wales AG Mate Academy Aust Institute of Commerce & Language Aust School of Business & Technology Avondale College Byron Bay English Language School Coffs Harbour Education Campus (CHEC) International House Sydney OISE Sydney Intensive School of English SIS International College Surf English Australia Sydney International College TAFE NSW - International Student Program TAFE NSW - Sydney Institute Uniworld Colleges University New England Language Centre Wollongong University College Tasmania University Of Tasmania English Centre Western Australia Alexander Language School Australian Institute of Golf Management Emmanuel College Edith Cowan University International Centre Language Links English College Victoria Auston Melbourne Language Academy Box Hill Institute Hawthorn English Language Holmesglen Institute of TAFE Northern Melbourne Institute TAFE English RMIT English Worldwide University of Ballarat Victorian Government Schools Queensland Australasian Golf Academy Australian Language Institute Bond University, Gold Coast Brisbane North Institute of TAFE Cairns Language Centre HHH International College Hilton International College Language Studies International Mackintosh International College Moreton Institute of TAFE Southbank Institute of TAFE SPELT English College Sunshine Coast English College Tropical North Queensland TAFE South Australia Bradford College Northern Territory Charles Darwin University ELICOS Australian High School Course Providers New South Wales Avondale College Uniworld Colleges Queensland John Oxley College John Paul International College, Brisbane Moreton Institute of TAFE Victoria Box Hill Institute Holmesglen Institute of TAFE Victorian Government Schools Western Australia Murdoch College Australian Tertiary Institutions Australian Capital Territory Australian National University University of Canberra Spherion Education New South Wales Aust College of Applied Psychology Aust Institute of Commerce & Language Aust School of Business & Technology Australian International Conservatorium of Music Avondale College College of Law Comparity Training Computer Graphics College Dimension Data Learning Solutions Elizabeth Bence School of Fashion La Trobe University Programs National Art School Netprep Solutions - Microsoft Partner Power Business Institute Raffles LaSalle Institute SAE Technology College, Sydney Spherion Education Sydney Business & Travel Academy Sydney Graphics College Sydney International College TAFE NSW - Illawarra Institute TAFE NSW - International Student Program TAFE NSW - Sydney Institute The Australasian College–Nails, Beauty, MakeUp, Hair Uniworld College University Of New England Wesley Institute Wollongong University College Northern Territory Charles Darwin University Queensland Australasian Golf Academy Australian College of Applied Psychology Bond University Brisbane Commercial College Brisbane North Institute of TAFE Cairns Business College La Trobe University Programs Mackintosh International College Moreton Institute of TAFE QANTM SAE Technology College, Brisbane SAE Technology College, Byron Bay Southbank Institute of TAFE Spherion Education Tropical North Queensland TAFE South Australia Bradford College SAE Technology College, Adelaide Spherion Education Murray Wine & Food (Division of Murray TAFE) Tasmania University Of Tasmania Victoria AMES International Auston Melbourne Institute of Mgmt and Tech Australian College of Applied Psychology Box Hill Institute College of Professional Photography Holmesglen Institute of TAFE Latrobe APESMA - MBA Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE Oceania Polytechnic Institute of Education SAE Technology College, Melbourne Spherion Education University of Ballarat William Angliss Institute of TAFE Western Australia Australian Institute of Golf Management Alexander Hotel and Tourism School Alexander Institute of Technology Alexander Olympia College Emmanuel College Edith Cowan University, Perth La Trobe University Programs SAE Technology College, Perth Spherion Education Sterling Business College Why Study in Australia ? Many international students choose Australia as their preferred overseas study destination for the following reasons: Australia offers world class standards of Education and Training Australia offers flexible online and distance education programs Australia has a standardised National System of Qualifications International students may qualify to work in Australia Australia offers affordable tuition fees and costs of living Australia offers great sightseeing and travel opportunities Australia offers a safe and clean environment Australia is a land of great variety, and this is especially true of the educational and cultural programs on offer to international visitors and students. From the bush to the beach, friendly Australians are opening their homes and farms to international guests. Some stay for a day, while others stay for many months, even years. Australian Education System The Australian education and training system can be divided into six sectors: English Colleges Vocational Colleges Technical Institutes Universities High Schools Distance Learning You can obtain more detailed information about study opportunities in Australia by completing our Send me information form and by subscribing to our newsletter HyperNews. Living in Australia Living Costs You are advised to set aside $10,000 – $12,000 per academic year for accommodation, daily travel, books materials for your course and general living expenses. This does not include tuition fees. Overseas Student Health Cover International students are required, by the Government, to join Overseas Student Health Cover which is a private health insurance scheme. The OSHC premium cover must be paid before a student visa is issued. You will need to pay the OSHC premium at the same time as the tuition fees. The OSHC entitles you to free hospital cover and 85% of standard doctor's fees. For more details about Overseas Student Health Cover offered by BUPA Australia Health Click Here Australian Visas Student visa eligibility and conditions of entry vary from one country (of origin) to another. Once granted your visa will be issued for the duration of your course, plus four weeks extra after the course finishes. All student Visa holders must pay for Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), to cover the costs of any medical or hospital treatment needed during your stay in Australia. For more details about Overseas Student Health Cover offered by BUPA Australia Health Click Here For more information on how to obtain entry to and stay in Australia as a student Click Here For answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Student Visas for Australia Click Here Links to New Zealand Institutions New Zealand English Schools Auckland Region Auckland English Academy Auckland Language Link Bridge International College of English Community English School (Northcote) Dominion English Schools Hawthorn English Language Centres Linguis International Institute Massey High School New Zealand Institute of Commerce New Zealand Language Academy New Zealand School of Travel and Tourism Royal English College Wollongong University College Dunedin Region University of Otago - Foundation Yr Bay of Plenty Region Otago Polytechnic Bay of Plenty Language School Christchurch Region Avon College Canterbury Language College Dominion English Schools English Language College Garden City English School International College of English New Zealand School of Travel and Tourism NZIS English Language School Royal English College University of Canterbury Hamilton Region Waikato Institute of Technology Palmerston North Region ETC Learning Centres Wellington Region ETC Learning Centres NZIS English Language School Regent NZ English Academy The Campbell Institute Wellington College of Languages New Zealand Tertiary Institutions Auckland Region Advanced Training Academy AMES Training & Resource Centre EDU-COL Tertiary College of Arts & Media International Travel College of NZ Media Design School New Zealand Institute of Commerce New Zealand School of Travel and Tourism Spherion Education Thames Business School Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design Wollongong University College Dunedin Region University of Otago - Foundation Yr Bay of Plenty Region Adventure Education Christchurch Region New Zealand Skydiving School Going Places Education New Zealand School of Travel and Tourism Spherion Education University of Canterbury Hamilton Region Advanced Training Academy Waikato Institute of Technology Palmerston North Region ETC Learning Centres Wellington Region New Zealand Institute of Sport Regent NZ New Zealand High Schools Auckland Region Massey High School Why Study in New Zealand ? Many international students choose New Zealand as their preferred overseas study destination for the following reasons: New Zealand offers world leading Courses and Degrees New Zealand offers flexible and online programs New Zealand offers very affordable tuition fees New Zealand offers high qualify and affordable living conditions New Zealand has a British based Education System New Zealand offers great sightseeing and travel opportunities New Zealand offers warm and welcoming environments New Zealand is a land of great variety, and this is also true of the educational and cultural programs on offer to international students and visitors. From the rugged mountains to the sandy beaches, friendly Kiwis are opening their homes and farms to international guests. Some stay for a day, while others stay for many months, even years. New Zealand Education System The New Zealand education and training system can be divided into six sectors: English Colleges Vocational Colleges Technical Institutes Universities High Schools Online learning English Language Schools Most English Language schools in New Zealand offer General English courses and some exam preparation courses. All English Schools in New Zealand offer General English, full-time or part-time. A course in General English may include; Speaking Listening Reading Writing Grammar Pronunciation Vocabulary Most English Schools offer exam courses. You should check with the school to see when the course starts. Lots of English Schools in New Zealand offer English courses with activities. For example; skiing & English snowboarding & English windsurfing & English surfing & English art & English Primary, Intermediate and Secondary Schools Most children in New Zealand start primary school at age 5 and move to intermediate school at 11, then secondary school at age 13. Some primary schools go right through to age 12. Secondary School (called High School or College) Most secondary schools are state schools, but there are other schools that have special philosophical or religious traditions. The courses and educational standards at all secondary schools are similar and all schools prepare students for the same national qualifications. Year 9 (age 13), Year 10 (age 14) All students take compulsory "core" subjects: English, social studies, mathematics, science, and physical education, plus electives which differ from one school to another. Year 11 (age 15) National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) - Level 1* Students begin to specialise in the subjects they choose to study, though Mathematics and English are still key subjects to meet requirements for NCEA Level 1. Year 12 (age 16) New Zealand Sixth Form Certificate All students study English or Te Reo Maori, and choose four or five other subjects. Year 13 (age 17) New Zealand Universities Bursaries Entrance Examination Students choose up to five subjects, usually relevant to their intended course of study at a tertiary institution. There are no compulsory subjects. To take languages and sciences at this level, these subjects must first have been studied at Year 11 and 12 level. *Please note: From 2002, the qualification that was previously known as School Certificate has been replaced by the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 1. As a new era for the New Zealand secondary system, the National Certificate programme will enable students to better link their secondary study to their tertiary study. 2003 will see the introduction of NCEA Level 2, replacing Sixth Form Certificate, and 2004 will see the introduction of NCEA Level. University New Zealand has eight national universities offering degree programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in academic and professional studies. All universities offer a broad range of subjects for degrees in commerce, science and the arts. Each university has also developed its own specialist subjects, such as engineering, computer studies, medicine and agriculture. Polytechnics and Institutes of Technology There are 27 Polytechnics, some of which are named Institutes of Technology. These provide education and training at tertiary levels ranging from English Language studies through to full degree programmes. Courses emphasise practical experience and application to work situations. Qualifications are designed to allow students to enter and exit at different levels appropriate to their academic level and English language ability. "Staircasing" allows you to enrol for a certificate that will give you credit towards a diploma or degree if you continue to study. Courses in disciplines such as agriculture, art and design, building and construction, business, engineering, marine studies, forestry, science and technology, media studies and tourism and hospitality are developed in association with advisory groups representing industry, commerce, the professions and the community. Contributions from these groups ensure that courses are relevant, up-to-date and innovative, so that graduates have skills that are valued by employers. A degree from one of these institutions has equal status with a university degree. Many polytechnics and universities also offer English language training. Colleges of Education Specialised training for teachers is available at Colleges of Education, which provide studies in early childhood, primary and secondary education. Additional university studies may be undertaken as part of the courses. Distance education There is a comprehensive system of distance education, providing courses similar to those in conventional New Zealand educational institutions. Distance education standards are high and qualifications are fully accepted by other institutions. Private training providers There are also many private tertiary institutes and training providers, including English language schools. How to Apply / Enrol Decide which course/s you wish to apply for. Complete the relevant application form(s) and return them to the institution. This can often be done online, but you will still have to post or courier documents. Include a photo, educational documents (originals or certified photocopies) and certified translations, as required. The institution will send you an 'Offer of Place' letter confirming commencement dates and course details, and an invoice for the tuition fee. Pay the fees The institution sends you a receipt and/or certificate of enrolment. You need this for step six. If you intend to study for more than 12 weeks, apply for a student visa at your nearest New Zealand Embassy, Consulate or Trade Commission. If your country has a visa-free agreement with New Zealand, you do not need a visa, and can apply for your permit after you have arrived in this country. (See Visa Requirements below) Let the institution know when you are arriving, so accommodation can be arranged and you can be met at the airport. English Language Requirements The main language of instruction in New Zealand is English. Your institution will want to know whether your English skills are adequate for the course of study you choose. Tertiary institutions will ask for original documents or certified photocopies of one of the following: an IELTS band score of 6. a pass in English in the New Zealand Bursary examination a pass in English in the GCE (General Certificate of Education) 'O' level examination a TOEFL paper test (not the computer test) score of 550 and a TWE (Test of Written English) score of 4 Grade C3 or above in SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia) English 322 some other recognised English proficiency test Secondary schools Requirements vary. Most will take beginners. Some offer English Language courses. Language schools Language schools offer courses from beginner level, i.e. for people who can say 'hello' and 'goodbye' and have basic knowledge of the alphabet. For absolute beginners, who have no previous language learning experience, private tuition can be arranged. Entry Criteria Tertiary study The criteria for entry to tertiary study vary, depending on the institution. In general, you will need to provide: evidence of your English proficiency (See English Language Requirements above) and evidence of your suitability to study at this level, such as: - a New Zealand 'B' Bursary or better - GCE 'A' Levels - STPM (Malaysia) - Hong Kong 'A' Levels - Australian Matriculation Year 12 Certificate - Canadian Pre-University Programme - a similar qualification, as listed by the NZQA and in the Australian NOOSR report The institution will advise you if it wants you to have your qualification assessed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. Recognition of prior learning If you do not meet one of these criteria, you may be eligible for admission if the institution is satisfied that you are able to meet the demands of the course. Assessment is based on educational qualifications, life experience and work experience. This is called RPL (Recognition of prior learning). Secondary school The school will assess your English and academic abilities and put you in the appropriate class. Classes or grades are called "years" with the final year, for 17-18 year-olds, being Year 13. Visa requirements & How to get one Studying in New Zealand as a visitor If you are in New Zealand as a visitor, you may take a single course of study that lasts less than three months, without needing a student permit. If you want to take more than one course, and/or study for longer than three months, you can apply for a student permit while you are in New Zealand Going to New Zealand to study If you are outside New Zealand and planning to study full time for more than three months, you will need a student visa and a student permit. Application requirements Application forms are available from your nearest official New Zealand representative office and from education agents. To get a student visa and permit, you have to be enrolled in an approved course at an accredited institution. You application will require: A recent passport-size photograph. Payment of a non-refundable application fee. An 'Offer of Place' from an educational institution which states that you have been accepted by the institution, the name of the course, the minimum time required to complete the course and the course fee details. This 'Offer of Place' will be sent to you by the New Zealand institution that confirms your enrolment. Evidence of payment of the fee or exemption from the fee. (Not necessary if your application is being approved in principle.) A written guarantee from a New Zealand education institution or person that suitable accommodation is available to you in New Zealand. Evidence of sufficient funds to live on while you are studying. A return air ticket to your country, or evidence of sufficient funds to buy one. For courses longer than 24 months, you'll also have to provide medical and x-ray certificates that are less than three months old, and a police certificate to show that you are of good character. If your application is approved, your passport must be valid for three months after your planned date of departure from New Zealand. Living in New Zealand New Zealand’s awesome landscapes, lush forests, amazing wildlife and pleasant climate make it a haven for many outdoor activities, and a great place to unwind. New Zealand society is diverse, sophisticated, and multicultural, and the honesty, friendliness, and openness of Kiwis will impress you. And the great advantage of New Zealand is that all of its diverse physical, cultural, and artistic landscapes are so close to each other! History With over a thousand years of human settlement, New Zealand has a colourful and dramatic history, dominated by the relationship between Maori and Pakeha (Europeans). Culture New Zealanders have a unique and dynamic culture, with European, Maori, Pacific and Asian influences. It’s a culture that celebrates the many different lifestyles we live, and the stories we have to tell. Nature Stunning landscapes, lush vegetation, and unique wildlife make New Zealand a paradise for nature lovers. Key Facts Finding out is easy; all the information you need is at your fingertips. Services, currency, climate and culture, everything you could possibly want to know before your visit. Once you’re here, well developed tourist services and our Visitor Information Centres will see to the rest! The Tourism New Zealand website is an introduction to tourism in New Zealand. Through this site, potential visitors will be able to learn about the diversity of what New Zealand has to offer and how their visit can become a fantastic experience. Copyright 1999-2001 Tourism New Zealand Working in New Zealand You are allowed to work in New Zealand only if: you are a tertiary student you are studying here for two years or more you work only in the summer holidays or, if during the academic year, for not more than 15 hours per week. You have to get a "variation of conditions" to your student permit. This is issued by Immigration Services. There is no cost for the variation of conditions to allow you to work 15 hours per week, but a fee may apply for a variation of conditions to permit summer holiday work. Consult Immigration Services (ph: 09 914 4100) or the International Office at your institution for more information. Finding a job & wages Student Job Search is a national organisation that helps students find work. It has offices on many tertiary institution campuses. For student jobs, such as working in a restaurant or bar, or doing manual labour, you can earn around NZ$7 - $10 per hour before tax. Accommodation Most educational institutions will help you find accommodation. The main options are: Student hostels / Halls of residence - usually located on the campus or nearby, with single or twin rooms. Bed linen and cleaning are provided. Meals are eaten in a shared dining hall, with special dietary needs catered for. A warden lives on site, and social & sporting activities are arranged. Hostels usually have computer facilities and recreation rooms. Some institutions provide "self-catering" hostels where 6-8 students can have their own bedrooms & share a kitchen & living room. Cost: up to $200 per week. Some cities have self-catering private or independent hostels. Cost: furnished room, shared kitchen and lounge facilities, around $90 per week. Homestay/private board - a room of your own in a suburban house, usually with a garden and lawns. Your host family provides meals. Interacting with your host family and meeting their neighbours and friends is a good way to improve your English. The host family helps you make phone calls, read bus timetables, find a doctor and so on. But homestay is not like living in a hotel. Some "give and take" is expected, as you become part of the family. Cost: around $170 per week, plus one-time arrangement fee of up to $150. Flatting gives you more freedom, but requires a lot of maturity. You'll have to co- operate with flatmates to organise cooking and cleaning and paying the bills. For a good overview of the issues involved, see: http://www.waikato.ac.nz/language/otheraccomm.html Cost: bond, plus around $120 per bedroom per week (cheaper in smaller cities) plus food, power, telephone, etc. New Zealand Visas To enter New Zealand and study you may need a Student Visa. Students from eligible countries may enter New Zealand on a Visitor's Visa and transfer to a Student Visa once in the country. For more information Click Here It is recommended that most students apply and receive their Student Visa from their home country prior to arrival in New Zealand. For more information Click Here Links to UK Institutions UK English Language Courses London Bellerbys College London ELS Language Centres in London Embassy CES London Central Embassy CES London Greenwich Embassy CES London Roehampton King Street College Malvern House South Thames College United International College East Anglia ABC Languages - Cambridge Bellerbys College Cambridge Embassy CES Cambridge University of East Anglia - English School Central England Bellerbys College Oxford Embassy CES Oxford inlingua Cheltenham Oxford House School of English South-East Bellerbys College Brighton & Hove Berlitz Brighton Embassy CES Brighton & Hove Embassy CES Hastings Regency College The School of English at Hastings College South-West Bath Spa University College Bournemouth Business School International Exeter College Marjon - The College of St Mark & St John North East Harrogate Tutorial College Notre Dame Sixth Form College West Midlands Henley College Coventry Josiah Mason College University College Worcester Language Unit Wales University of Wales, Swansea UK Higher and Further Education London American Intercontinental University Foundation for International Education London School of Business and Management South Thames College University of London External Programme East Anglia University of East Anglia South-East Ashridge Business School Hastings College of Arts and Technology Hertfordshire Int'l College of Business & Technology University College Chichester South-West Bath Spa University College Bournemouth Business School International Exeter College Marjon - The College of St Mark & St John Plymouth College of Further Education University of Exeter - School of Business and Economics West Midlands Henley College Coventry Josiah Mason College Sutton Coldfield College University College Worcester Wales University of Wales, Swansea Why Study in UK ? - Quality standards for UK institutions are among the best in the world. - There are over 2500 institutions that welcome international students in the UK. - Receive a world-class qualification which is recognized throughout the world. - UK qualifications offer a solid foundation for building your future career prospects. - Institutions use a variety of teaching and assessment methods. - Many courses can be taken through distance learning in your own country. - The UK is a cosmopolitan place to study abroad, travel and live. - The UK has a diverse, open-minded, multicultural society. - There are also more than 250,000 study abroad students in the UK. - The national rail, air, coach and bus networks cover the entire UK - UK degrees can take only 3 years compared with four years in other countries. - This saves you money on both tuition fees and living costs. - Health care is quite often free for international students. - Thousands of scholarships are offered by UK institutions for international students. UK Education System Students come to study in the UK at many ages and many overseas students attend high school in the UK before proceeding on to higher education ie Universities and Colleges. Full-time education is compulsory up to the age of 16 and is provided by state- funded and independent, full fee-charging schools. State-funded schools follow the National UK Curriculum. Independent schools follow a very similar curriculum as well as having their own special areas of expertise. Preparatory & primary education Preparatory education provides basic instruction across a broad range of subjects. Students normally do two Key Stage tests as part of the National Curriculum at the age of seven (Key Stage 1) and at the age of 11 (Key Stage 2). Overseas students can enter preparatory education as boarders, at the age of seven and go on to an independent school for their secondary education at the age of 12 or older. Secondary education Secondary education is for pupils aged between 11 and 16. General education in the UK continues across a wide range of subjects until students are aged 14. They then continue with Maths, English, and science, and choose additional subjects to study for the GCSE (SCE Standard-grade in Scotland). These courses take about two years and finish with exams at the age of 16. The common age of entry for international students is usually 12 years, with other preparatory students moving into secondary education. At the end of compulsory education, students have the choice of either leaving studies to begin working or moving onwards to post-16 education. Post-16 education Students who want to proceed to a degree course in Higher Education stay in secondary education until the age of 17 or 18. They then complete A-levels in three or more subjects. Many schools offer International Baccalaureate as an alternative to A-levels. Students who want to train for a particular career pathway can choose from a broad range of vocational and technical courses, which are offered by Further Education (FE) institutions, colleges and schools. Further Education institutions can be state-funded or independently funded. They are all permitted to admit overseas students. State-funded Further Education institutions include: Sixth-form colleges Colleges of Further Education Tertiary Colleges Specialist Colleges Colleges of Further and Higher Education. Independent Further Education colleges offer a smaller range of courses than the state sector institutions. In addition to vocational/technical qualifications, many Further Education institutions offer GCSEs , A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and Foundation courses in order to prepare students for Higher Education degree courses. Post-18 education There are three main types of education available to students over the age of 18 in the UK: Vocational/Technical courses Degree courses Postgraduate study. Degree courses and postgraduate study are usually called Higher Education (HE). Most professional courses, such as accountancy, finance, pharmacy, dentistry, law, medicine, etc, are offered at the Higher Education level. Degree courses lead to the award of a Bachelor's degree (or, a Master's degree). They are available from Higher Education institutions (universities, Higher Education colleges and institutions) and some Further Education institutions. Universities range in size of student numbers from less than 3,000 students to over 15,000, and teach a broad range of courses. Higher Education colleges and institutions are usually smaller than the universities. Many offer similar programmes to the universities whilst others specialise in specific subjects. Postgraduate study offers a pathway to postgraduate certificates and diplomas, Master's degrees and doctorates. Living in the UK Accommodation One of the first things you will need to do after you have organised your study is to find accommodation. If you are looking for student accommodation, student housing or student halls of residence then use 'Accommodation for Students' - a search engine for student accommodation, student housing and student halls of residence in the UK. Health Care whilst you are studying in the UK The NHS (National Health Service) provides professional health care for people living in the UK. International students from European Economic Area (EEA) countries and those from countries who have reciprocal health care agreements with the UK usually qualify for NHS treatment. Full-time International students usually qualify for treatment under the National Health Service, provided they are on courses of 6 months or longer duration. Students’ dependants qualify in the same way as students. Working in the UK We've started working with UniServeUK. Click through to check out their Career channel, bringing you all the information you need about getting a part-time or full- time job. UniServeUK have articles ranging, from 'choosing what career is right for you' through to 'cv writing tips' and 'interview advice'. Don't forget to check out the USUK Directory for other useful student career sites, and take their famous 'Interview Quiz' to help you prepare for those nail-biting first interviews. Good Luck... UniServeUK have also teamed up with JustJobs4Students; the comprehensive on-line directory of employment opportunities for UK students at all stages of their career. You can access hundreds of vacancies across all regions of the UK, featuring everything from permanent opportunities for graduates to part-time, holiday, gap year and year out jobs. Job seekers can apply for student job and graduate vacancies directly from the website via emai. UK Visas People who have secured a place to study on a full-time basis at some form of educational institution may enter the UK as a student. In practice, at least 15 hours a week must be spent in study and the student must be able to meet the cost of the course, maintenance and accommodation without working. However, those on student visas may work 20 hours/week during term time and 40 hours/week during holidays. Normally there are no restrictions on a spouse and children working in the UK, if the student will be studying longer than one year. For more information on how to obtain entry to the UK as a student Click Here To visit the official government student visa website Click Here Links to Irish Institutions Irish English Language Courses Griffith College Dublin The International Study Centre Berlitz Language Centre, Dublin Annalivia School of Language Irish Higher and Further Education Griffith College Dublin Trinity College Dublin Why study in Ireland? This study abroad Ireland information is provided by the International Education Board. The Board has representation from all interested sections of Irish education- Universities, Institutes of Technology, Independent Colleges and Language schools as well as from other Government Departments and agencies. IEBI is actively supported by Enterprise Ireland, Embassies and the Irish Tourist Board(Board Failte) network of offices. Ireland's long and honourable tradition in educational excellence is recognised the world over. Dating back to the Middle Ages, Ireland held the position of one of the principal education providers to the western world. Successive modern governments have continued to regard education as a key priority and investments in this area have been sustained for a long period. This has resulted in one of the highest education participation rates in the world today which, in turn, has had positive implications for the strong economic growth and development of our country. The consistent increase in the numbers of students from overseas coming to study in the "Land of Saints and Scholars" over the last decade reflects the fact that Ireland offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy a novel mix of high education standards combined with an exciting cultural experience. As the Gateway to Europe, this modern, English speaking country, whose vibrant Celtic origin continues to regulate the pulse of the nation, offers a truly rewarding experience for the visiting student. Irish Education System This study abroad Ireland information is provided by the International Education Board. The Board has representation from all interested sections of Irish education- Universities, Institutes of Technology, Independent Colleges and Language schools as well as from other Government Departments and agencies. IEBI is actively supported by Enterprise Ireland, Embassies and the Irish Tourist Board (Board Failte) network of offices. Ireland has a long and honourable tradition in education. As a result of a sustained investment in this area Ireland now has one of the highest educational participation rates in the world - 81% of Irish students complete second-level and approx 50% go on to higher education. This dynamic, educated population has made its mark at home and abroad with international companies looking to Ireland again and again when hiring graduates for top class positions. Responsibility for education lies within the Department of Education and Science. It administers all aspects of education policy including curricula, syllabi and national examinations. Attendance at full time education is compulsory in Ireland from six to fifteen years of age and is free in the majority of schools, and at undergraduate third-level. Education is considered a fundamental right under our constitution. The Irish Education System was traditionally divided into three basis levels: Primary (8 years), Secondary (5 or 6 years) and third level which offers a wide range of opportunities from post-secondary courses, to vocational and technical training, to full degree and the highest post-graduate levels. In recent years the focus has expanded to include pre-school education and adult and further education as the concept of lifelong learning becomes reflected in the education opportunities available within the Irish education system. Third Level Institutions The third level education system in Ireland is broad in scope and encompasses the university sector, the technological sector, the colleges of education and private, independent colleges. The first three groupings, which comprise 34 institutions, are autonomous and self governing, but are substantially state funded. The numbers participating in higher education in Ireland have increased significantly in recent decades with an estimated 55 percent of second level students now going on to higher education - one of the highest participation rates in the world. Entry to third level education for Irish students is based upon performance in the final secondary school examination, the Leaving Certificate. Entry requirements for oversea students are determined individually by each institution and are generally based on national examination performance and English language aptitude Third Level Institutions (cont) The Universities in Ireland and the Dublin Institute of Technology confer academic awards on successful students in their own colleges. Most non-university colleges receive academic qualifications from the Higher Education and Training Awards Council HETAC which was established by the Government in June 2001, under the Qualifications (Education and Training)Act 1999. Hetac awards qualifications and sets and monitors standards at all levels of higher education and training up to PhD level.The quality and standard of Irish educational awards is fully recognised globally.All Irish awards are included in the national framework of qualifications maintained by the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland The following academic awards can be achieved at Irish third level institutions: One-Year Certificate: One year full-time course National Certificate: Two year full time course National Diploma: Once year after National Certificate/ 3 years in total Bachelors Degree: Normally a three or four year course Graduate Diploma: Designed for graduates seeking a vocational reorientation - usually a one year course Masters degree: Either by research or through a taught programme. Normally one- two year(s) duration Doctorate (PhD): Usually takes a minimum of three years of original research The academic year typically runs from September to June and is divided into either two or three semesters with holidays in December (Christmas) and April (Easter). Most universities run a semesterised system and modularisation has been introduced in the majority of colleges to allow greater flexibility for students. Teaching at undergraduate level generally involves a programme of lectures supplemented by tutorials, practical demonstrations and laboratory work (where relevant). For more detailed information vistit The Department of Education and Science website at www.education.ie Living in Ireland This study abroad Ireland information is provided by the International Education Board. The Board has representation from all interested sections of Irish education- Universities, Institutes of Technology, Independent Colleges and Language schools as well as from other Government Departments and agencies. IEBI is actively supported by Enterprise Ireland, Embassies and the Irish Tourist Board(Board Failte) network of offices. About Ireland The Republic of Ireland is a small independent nation situated on the West Coast of Europe, with a population of under four million people, over 40 percent of whom are under the age of 25. The Island of Ireland, including Northern Ireland which is administered by the United Kingdom, has a population of five million. Ireland - a member of the European Union (EU) since 1973 - is a thoroughly modern nation. The economy is currently experiencing an unprecedented boom, particularly in the well developed manufacturing and international services sectors. For a number of years now the Irish economy has boasted the highest growth rate in the EU and indeed, one of the highest growth rates in the world. Growth in 2000 was estimated at 10.5 percent - hence the much invoked "Celtic Tiger" designation. The quality of our education system is often highlighted as a major contributing factor to the rapid rate of economic growth. Ireland is beautiful - much of the countryside is still unspoilt providing an excellent natural habitat for a flourishing flora and fauna. Ireland's landscape provides a rich environment for the many outdoor leisure pursuits for which it is famous. Water sports, hill walking, rock climbing and caving are just a few of the many activities which can be enjoyed when needing a break from study. Almost 60 percent of Irish people live in urban areas, with 1.2 million living in or around the capital city Dublin which is located on the east coast of the island. Dublin is a young, vibrant and cosmopolitan city where many nationalities are represented. A large variety of cultural attractions, musical entertainment venues, museums, art galleries, theatres, clubs and restaurants can be enjoyed in Dublin and in Ireland's other major cities; Cork, Waterford, Galway, Limerick and Belfast. Ireland is easily accessible by both air and sea with excellent services to the United Kingdom, continental Europe and North America. About IEBI Established by the Irish government in 1993, the International Education Board's remit is to facilitate and support the development of Ireland as an International education centre. The Board has representation from all interested sections of Irish education- Universities, Institutes of Technology, Independent Colleges and Language schools as well as from other Government Departments and agencies. IEBI is actively supported by Enterprise Ireland, Embassies and the Irish Tourist Board (Board Failte) network of offices. IEBI's mandate includes the following goals and objectives: To promote Ireland as a quality destination for students and trainees. To promote and support the international activities of Irish education institutions. To act as a national point of contact and referral to and from Irish suppliers of education services and the international market place. To promote Irish education expertise as a valuable resource for international institutions, development agencies and governments. To liaise with education interests and government to identify and remove barriers to the development of the international education sector. The IEBI responds to numerous first line enquiries from overseas students interested in the study options available in Ireland. It promotes Irish education overseas via advertising, developing and circulating generic information and by participating at education fairs, seminars and workshops. Irish Visas This study abroad Ireland information is provided by the International Education Board. The Board has representation from all interested sections of Irish education- Universities, Institutes of Technology, Independent Colleges and Language schools as well as from other Government Departments and agencies. IEBI is actively supported by Enterprise Ireland, Embassies and the Irish Tourist Board(Board Failte) network of offices. Immigration Regulations: International students coming from a state not included in Table 1 should contact the Irish Diplomatic Mission in their home country. Those who do not have an Irish diplomatic mission in their home country should apply directly for a visa application form, well in advance of their departure, to: Department of Foreign Affairs The Visa Office 13-14 Burgh Quay Dublin 2 Ireland Tel: +353 1 4780822 (open from 14.30 to 16.00 Monday to Friday) Fax: +353 1 4751201. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site:www.irlgov.ie/iveagh Links to Canadian Institutions Canadian English Language Schools and Colleges Alberta English Language Canada NorQuest College British Columbia Camber College Embassy CES Hawthorn English Language Centre - Vancouver North Island College Pacific Language Institute Selkirk College The University College of the Cariboo YMCA International College Ontario Brock University - ESL Services Carleton University- School of Linguistics Georgian College Humber Institute Pacific Language Institute The Language Exchange Quebec Concordia University Language Institute - Montreal Canadian Career Colleges & Post Secondary Institutions British Columbia North Island College Selkirk College The University College of the Cariboo Ontario Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine Centennial College Humber Institute Georgian College Why Study in Canada ? A degree or diploma from Canadian educational institutions is instantly recognized around the world as being of the highest standard. Tuition fees for international students in Canada are much lower than comparable countries. Canada spends more per capita on education than any other country in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) There are 100,000 international students from all parts of the world annually in Canada. Your educational experience is sure to be truly international. Canada is renowned all over the world for its tradition of hospitality and tolerance. A remarkable multicultural society ensures that you will be welcomed and made to feel at home during your stay in Canada. More than 600,000 Canadians trace their roots back to India. Canada is a world leader in software development, telecommunications, aerospace, engineering, urban transport, biotechnology, mining technology and environmental industries. As a student, you have a wealth of research and scholars to draw upon a variety of disciplines. For all that it offers, Canada has a remarkably low cost of living. Its inflation rate has remained one of the lowest in the industrialized world. Canadian Education System Education in Canada is under the complete jurisdiction of the provinces and territories and as such, there is no federal education system in Canada. In keeping with the national commitment to education, public education in Canada is free up to and including secondary school in all the provinces. However, each provincial system, while similar to the others, reflects its specific regional concerns, and historical and cultural heritage. At the post-secondary level, institutions are divided into community colleges and universities. There are significant differences between the education systems of the different provinces of Canada. Secondary schooling in Canada could go up to Grade 11, 12 or 13, depending on the province unlike in India, where Grade 12 is standard all over the country. Post secondary education is offered by four types of educational institutions: Universities University Colleges Community Colleges/Technical Institutes Career Colleges Universities Canadian universities are largely public funded, and, as a result, offer consistently high quality education at lower tuition rates for international students than their counterparts in competing countries. They offer a broad range of courses and degrees from undergraduate to doctorate and also certificate and professional degrees. University Colleges As a component of the Canadian university system, university colleges offer students a choice of either academic oriented university degree programmes or the more practical-oriented college diplomas and certificates. As a part of the Canadian college system, university colleges are distinguished by their strong student support services, small classes and strong campus environments. They also offer combined degree/diploma programmes and university transfer programmes. Community Colleges and Technical Institutes They typically have a more vocational-related curricula, with small classes, off- campus course offerings, a greater ratio of laboratory space to class room space, and an interactive teaching style. The uniqueness of Canadian colleges lies in the combination of employer-centered curricula. These institutes have the primary function of responding to the training needs of business, industry, and public service sectors. Most colleges and technical institutes offer diplomas and certificates rather than degrees, however, more and more now grant degrees and applied degrees. Technical/ Career College This is a privately owned and operated school with the main objective of preparing students for the job market after a short period of instruction. The emphasis at career colleges is on practical skills over a broad range of programmes. They specialize in such areas as business, computers, and secretarial skills. Although privately owned, these institutes are provincially approved and regulated, ensuring that programmes standards and quality are maintained. The academic year usually starts in September and ends in May, and is normally divided into two semesters. Some institutes operate on a semester or trimester system and admit students in January and/or May as well as September. Many institutes offer a limited number of courses and special programmes during the summer session. Type of Certification Certificate is a qualification awarded upon successful completion of a programme which is usually one year in length, and is offered at colleges. Diploma is the qualification awarded on the basis of one or two year's successful study, and is offered at colleges. Undergraduate/bachelors degrees are awarded by a university after four years of full-time study, and lead to graduate level studies. Graduate/post graduate degrees lead to advanced degrees, diplomas and certificates. A pre-requisite to participate in graduate studies is a bachelors/undergraduate degree (4 years). M.B.A. programmes will typically require a minimum of two to three years of relevant work experience, GMAT score of 580-600, TOEFL score of 560-600, and a 4 year degree, and are generally 2 years in duration, though a few institutes offer a fast track option. Doctorate or Ph.D. is a degree ranking above a master's degree, and generally requires four to seven years to complete full time. A combination of course work, original research, and a thesis is required. Prerequisites are typically a master's degree, although direct entry from a bachelor's degree to a Ph.D. programme may be possible depending on the school and programme. Minimum high-B grade in Canada (high 70's) is required; where relevant, demonstrated research competence equivalent to at least a B+ grade; at least two academic letters of reference; and other qualifications as specified, ie., TOEFL, GRE general and or subject test. Post-doctoral programmes are much more specialized, research oriented programmes. One of the most important factors in granting post-doctorate fellowships is the personal network established between the interested applicant and the faculty member within the institution. Living in Canada Health Insurance The following provinces cover international students under their Provincial Health Care Plans: Alberta: Under the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan, students must register within three months of their arrival. Coverage costs approximately $34 CDN per month and is available for the term stated in the student authorization, which must be valid for more than three months. A letter from the student or educational institution confirming the intent of 12 month residency is required to determine eligibility. British Columbia: Under the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP), a student must hold a student authorization upon entering Canada to be eligible for medical coverage. As of January 1st, 1998, new medical regulations state that international students with student authorizations for six months or longer must be covered under the province's medical service plan. There is a three month waiting period and students should apply immediately upon commencement of studies. The cost is roughly $36 per month. Students should take out private medical insurance for the first three months OR if they will be studying for less than six months in total. Those studying for longer than six months should not acquire private medical insurance for any longer than this time period as it will still be mandatory for them to be covered by MSP. For more information contact the B.C. Medical Services Plan, PO Box 1600, Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 2X9. For telephone enquiries, call 1-800-663-7100. Saskatchewan: Under Saskatchewan's medical plan, students must register immediately upon arrival. Coverage, which is free, is available for students and their dependants for the duration of the student authorization or visa. The following provinces do not cover international students under their Provincial Health Care Plans: · Manitoba · New Brunswick · Newfoundland · Nova Scotia · Ontario · Prince Edward Island · Québec International students studying in these provinces must arrange for private medical coverage through private insurance companies. Please note however that international students attending an Ontario university or affiliated college are required to purchase the compulsory University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP). Accommodation - Temporary Hotels - A wide range of hotels is available for temporary stays upon arrival in Canada. A Canadian hotel is defined as having inside access, private rooms, and daily cleaning service. It is always best to make reservations in advance, and during the peak tourist season, it is essential. From May until August, hotels are booked most heavily (90 per cent full), and finding a reasonable place to stay without a reservation can be challenging if not impossible. Although most reservations can be made with a week's notice, be sure to check ahead for any major festivals or events as it will be more difficult to reserve rooms during these times. Hotel services, price and quality vary. Rooms in larger cities will generally be more expensive. In general, however, you will find hotels in Canada to be clean, comfortable and reasonably priced. Most hotels accept major credit cards, and reservations can be made either directly or by a travel agent in your home country. Here are some general estimates for the cost of hotel accommodation per night. Please note that prices vary according to occupancy rates, location and season. Low price range: $45-$75 CDN (It is advised to carefully check accommodation in this price range, as good quality hotels at these prices can be difficult to find, particularly in large cities.) Moderate price range: $55-$135 CDN Expensive price range: $135 - $250 CDN Five-Star Hotel price range: $250 CDN & upwards Bed-and-Breakfast - Another temporary accommodation option is the bed-and- breakfast. Rooms are located in private homes or locally-run establishments, and the cost includes your own room and a generous breakfast. Many rooms do not have private toilets and baths. Bed-and-breakfast accommodation comes in a variety of forms - it can be in a heritage home, modern townhouse, rural farmhouse, or seaside home. Most establishments are registered with a professional association, and are a great way to meet local people. Average cost of a room in a bed-and-breakfast: $35 to $105 CDN per night. Youth Hostels/YWCA/YMCA - Hostelling is a temporary and inexpensive way to stay in major cities. Accommodation is basic but economical, and primary facilities (toilets, baths and kitchens) are shared. Rates are calculated daily, and costs are less than other accommodation choices. A Canadian hostel must be inspected and approved by the Canadian Hostelling Association. Average cost of a room in a hostel: $10 - $20 CDN per night. Accommodation - Long Term 1. School Provided Accommodation Homestays - Many Canadian families welcome international students. This may be an effective way for you to improve your English or French, learn about daily life in Canada, and meet new, friendly people. Homestays also offer a more stable and secure environment for younger people coming to study in Canada. Typically, a homestay consists of a Canadian family hosting a student in their home while the student attends classes in Canada. Meals aNd a private, furnished room are provided in the home, and the host family welcomes and encourages participation in family and community activities. Homestays are arranged by the school and students are matched with families who share similar interests. Amenities and location vary from home to home, but preferences can and should be indicated to the school so that a suitable match may be found. Many schools can arrange for a school representative or homestay family to meet you at the airport when you arrive. Prices will vary according to location, and some homestay services will charge an initial placement fee of up to $200 CDN. For more information, contact the school you will be attending. Average cost of homestay accommodation: $400 - $800 CDN per month. Residence/Dormitory - Many schools have accommodation conveniently located on or near their campus. Rooms can vary in size and in quality, and many dormitories have shared kitchens, toilets, showers and laundry facilities. There is usually an option of having either a shared or private room, and dormitories are usually separated by gender. In some cases, there are cafeterias and meal plans that can be included in the cost of the room. Most dormitories come furnished, and are an ideal way to become involved in campus activities and meet other students. Average cost of residence/dormitory rooms: $3,000 - $7,500 CDN per school year. For more information, contact the school you will be attending. 2. OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING Renting - Renting is an option open to students, but price, quality and availability vary greatly. Rents are often quite high in the major cities, and places are not always available. Many students share accommodation to keep costs down and usually find places to meet their needs and preferences. Many schools offer an off-campus housing service, which can provide affordable listings that are near the campus. At this service centre, those seeking shared accommodations can also find roommates. Once on campus, you will often find a variety of postings throughout the campus advertising nearby housing, but it is always best to make arrangements before coming to Canada. There are different types of places you can rent as an international student. A house is usually too expensive for one student to rent, but many students share or rent suites (a self-contained unit with a kitchen, toilet, bath and bedroom) within a larger home. Apartments are another option, where one has a kitchen, toilet, bath, and one or two bedrooms. Most rental apartments do not include furniture or meals. Some, however, include the cost of heat and/or electricity in the rent. Listings of available apartments or homes are published in local newspapers. It is the responsibility of the student to determine suitability as schools do not inspect these places nor can they make any other arrangements. Most landlords require a damage deposit and rent is paid on a monthly basis in cash or by cheque. Agreements with landlords should be made with care. Carefully examine and know the terms of any lease before you sign it. Carefully examine the apartment or suite before signing a lease to determine whether anything needs to be repaired by the landlord before you move in. If you experience problems with your rental accommodation, you should contact a provincial residential tenancy office. Average cost of shared accommodations in Canada: $250 - $700 CDN monthly. Average cost of a suite or apartment: $400 - $1,500 CDN monthly. Things to remember when choosing accommodation in Canada: Try to make arrangements ahead of time but be especially sure to do so if you require accommodation during the summer months, and during holidays and festivals. Prices can vary greatly according to location and time of year, so try to investigate before you leave. Canada is a friendly and wonderful place, and having made the proper arrangements, you will undoubtedly enjoy your stay regardless of where you choose to live in Canada. Canadian Visas Following Content Sourced From: http://www.imahal.com/education/book/chapter_06/page_0020.htm#section_060100 Aside from several bureaucratic requirements, two items are fundamental to obtaining an international student visa. 1. An offer of admission into a full-time program of studies from a "recognized" or "authorized" college or university. You would know these colleges and universities from their specific information for international students on their websites, catalogues, or promotional materials. If such information is offered, the chances are that the college or university deals with international students and thus is recognized for visa purposes. 2. Proof of adequate financing to support oneself through the entire stay in the country. This proof of financing may include an offer of financial assistance from the prospective college, out-of-pocket financing, commitment of financial support from a sponsor (a close relative in the host country), and so on. The requirement of financing is perhaps the most challenging for international students and, thus, deserves additional comments. Do not consider this as just a bureaucratic hassle to get the international student visa, for which you can devise creative solutions to "fool" the immigration officials and get past the bureaucratic hurdle. It is truly a requirement for your survival in the new, host country; you need this money to pay for your education and for survival. The general thinking in India is that all you have to do is to "get there," and the money issue will resolve itself. This thinking is fundamentally flawed. The money issue will not resolve itself. You must ensure that you have adequate financing before leaving India, for your own survival and not just for satisfying the immigration officials. Do not engage in creative financial engineering, by temporarily collecting money in a bank to obtain a financial statement, to demonstrate adequate financing to the immigration officials. What will you do when you arrive in America or Canada, with the visa so obtained, if you don’t actually have the money? Who will pay your tuition and fees? Who will feed you? Who will house you? Who will clothe you? And so on. It really is true that money does not grow on trees in America or Canada. Being optimistic is good, but being unrealistic is foolish. Risks are too high and potential disappointment too great. It is your valuable life, worthy of nurturing and not for playing high-stakes games. In addition to the two critical items mentioned above, you would be required to submit a "standard" set of documents. Each application for a visa, including the student visa, is handled on a case-by-case basis. You may be required to produce additional documents, in addition to the standard set. You will also be interviewed by the consulate or embassy officials to assess your intentions and evaluate the integrity of the information you provided. Links to USA Institutions USA Study Abroad & ESL Institutions California ELS Orange, at Chapman University ELS San Diego ELS San Francisco ELS San Rafael, at Dominican University of California ELS Santa Barbara ELS West Los Angeles at West Los Angeles College Embassy CES - Los Angeles Embassy CES - San Diego Embassy CES - San Francisco SantaClara University Stanford University Colorado ELS Denver, at Johnson & Wales University Embassy CES - Denver Florida American InterContinental University - Fort Lauderdale ELS DeLand, at Stetson University ELS Melbourne, at Florida Institute of Technology ELS Miami Shores, at Barry University ELS St. Petersburg, at Eckerd College Embassy CES - Fort Lauderdale Georgia ELS Atlanta, at Southern Polytechnic State University Illinois ELS Chicago, at Dominican University Indiana ELS Indianapolis, at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Kentucky ELS Louisville, at Bellarmine University Maine Fryeburg Academy - College Preparation Massachusetts ELS Boston, at Emmanuel College Embassy CES - Boston Minnesota ELS St. Paul/Minneapolis at University of St. Thomas Missouri ELS St. Louis, at Maryville University New Jersey ELS Teaneck, at Fairleigh Dickinson University - Teaneck New York ELS Garden City, at Adelphi University ELS New York, k at Adelphi University ELS Riverdale, at the College of Mount Saint Vincent ELS White Plains, at Berkeley College Embassy CES - New York Embassy CES - Boston State University of New York, Oswego North Carolina ELS Charlotte, at Queens University of Charlotte Ohio ELS Cleveland, at Case Western Reserve University Oklahoma ELS Oklahoma City, at Oklahoma City University Oregon ELS Ashland, at Southern Oregon University ELS Portland Pennsylvania ELS Philadelphia, at St. Joseph’s University ELS Pittsburgh, at Point Park University Texas ELS Houston, at the University of St. Thomas ELS San Antonio, at the University of the Incarnate Word Tennessee ELS Nashville, at Belmont University Washington Central Washington University - UESL Program Embassy CES - Seattle West Virginia ELS Seattle, at Seattle University Marshall University Wisconsin Concordia University Wisconsin Why Study in the USA ? Following Content Sourced From: http://www.internationalstudent.com/study_usa/studying_living/ Institutions in the US have been welcoming overseas students for over 100 years and have a long experience of looking after your needs. Here are some of the key reasons to consider study abroad in the US: - Quality standards for US institutions are among the best in the world. - There are over 4000 institutions that welcome international students in the US. - Receive a world-class qualification which is recognized throughout the world. - US qualifications offer a solid foundation for building your future career prospects. - Institutions use a variety of teaching and assessment methods. - Many courses can be taken through distance learning in your own country. - There are also more than 1,000,000 study abroad students in the US. - The national rail, air, coach and bus networks cover the entire US - US degrees can take only 3 years compared with four years in other countries. - This saves you money on both tuition fees and living costs. - Health care is quite often free for international students. - Thousands of scholarships are offered by US institutions for international students. USA Education System Following Content Sourced From: http://www.internationalstudent.com/study_usa/studying_living/ The structure of U.S. education includes 12 years of regular schooling, preceded by a year or two of pre-school education, and followed by a four-stage higher education degree system (associate, bachelor's, master's, doctorate) plus various non-degree certificates and diplomas. In addition, there are special education services, adult basic and continuing education, leisure learning programs, and continuing professional education and training programs. Completion of each level or stage is a prerequisite for access to the next, and a variety of assessment and evaluation tools are used to determine learning needs, academic achievement standards, and eligibility to proceed to higher levels of education. Living in the USA Following Content Sourced From: http://www.internationalstudent.com/study_usa/studying_living/ If you are planning to study and live and grow in the United States, you already possess a well-known American characteristic -- the sense of adventure! As an international student, you will experience many new and exciting things. In this section, we hope to prepare you for some of the adventures involved in living in the United States. It is difficult, if not impossible, to discuss exactly what "Living in the U.S." means to everyone. This country's culture has been enriched by the values and belief systems of virtually every part of the world. From an international student's perspective, that diversity is very valuable: If you choose to live in a completely different environment, you may be challenged with new situations every day; but if you decide to live in a part of the U.S. that resembles your home country in some ways, you may find comfort in those similarities. Learning more about yourself is perhaps the most important part of your decision to travel to the U.S. Once you know what you want to achieve, then you can identify the right place to study and live and grow in the States. Culture Shock You are about to embark on totally NEW experience. NEW means "recently discovered, recognized, or learned about; different from the former; being in a position or place for the first time." You probably expect that things will not be the same in the United States as they are in your home country; but are you prepared to deal with those differences? NEW challenges always accompany NEW experiences. Occasionally in the United States, you may feel confused, unsure and uncomfortable. You may find that people have different values, and strange NEW ways of doing things. You may feel that everything has changed, including your immediate support system of family and friends. American Culture Great American Independence... As you may know, one of the hallmarks of U.S. culture is independence. Here is some advice about that, written by non-U.S. students just like you! In order to make friends, you must take the initiative to meet people. Because of the American value of independence, Americans will not always be looking out for you, or making sure that you are getting acquainted with other people. They assume you are taking care of yourself all right. If you don't ask for help, Americans will assume you don't need anything. So remember -- ask for help when you need it! Social Life Your interaction with other people -- your social life -- is an integral part of your stay in the United States. To make the most of it, get ready to introduce yourself in a positive way to fellow students, professors, and other people both on- and off- campus. One of your first introductions to social life on a U.S. campus will most likely be "The International Student Orientation Program," traditionally coordinated by the Admissions Office or the Office of International Programs. Orientation varies greatly from school to school, though the objectives are similar: to introduce the new non- U.S. students to each other, and to prepare you for campus life. Many times, topics include immigration, academic advisors, computer and library resources, telephone services, public safety, medical services, banking options and department store shuttles so students can purchase items they need. Arranging the details of off-campus accommodations is a bit more complicated. If your rent does not include utilities, you will need to request that the companies turn on the electricity and telephone service when you arrive. The landlord can provide you with the appropriate contact information. Money Matters As you may have already discovered, paying for a quality education in the United States can be very expensive. But with proper preparation, you may minimize the costs of this extraordinary opportunity. As with any country, it is not advisable to carry large amounts of cash around with you. There are other options such as credit cards, travellers checks or bank cards (debit card) which are all valid forms with which to pay for things in the USA. Safety Like most issues, safety in the United States is difficult to define because the United States covers such a large territory. In general, though, the US is a safe place to live. It is a good idea to educate yourself and take steps to reduce the potential for problems. By doing so, you will also feel more confident and comfortable. Developing a sense of "street smarts" takes time, and comes through experience. Pay close attention to your surroundings. Trust your instincts. If a situation appears scary to you, try to avoid it. USA Visas Following Content Sourced From: http://www.internationalstudent.com/study_usa/pre-departure/visa/index.shtml There are three different student visas that you could be issued with. They are: F1 - An F1 visa is issued to student who are attending and academic program or English Language Program. F-1 students must maintain the minimum course load for full-time student status. They can remain in the US up to 60 days beyond the length of time it takes to complete their academic program. They are expected to complete their studies by the expiration date on the I-20 form (Certificate of Eligibility for Non- immigrant Student Status). J1 - A J1 visa is issued to a student who needs to obtain practical training, which is not available in their home country, to complete their academic program. M1 - An M1 visa is issued to a student who is going to attend a non-academic or vocational school. Living with your Student Visa in the USA As you begin to think about funding sources for your educational and living expenses in the United States, remember that you cannot count on working in the United States unless you have been granted a teaching or research assistantship. When you submit evidence of your financial resources, you cannot rely on potential income. The income on which you base your application must be assured and must be equal to or exceed the costs of the first year of your studies. Immigration regulations are very strict with respect to working while carrying a student visa. F-1 status, which is the most common status for full-time international students, allows for part time, on-campus employment (fewer than 20 hours per week.) J-1 student status allows for similar employment, with similar restrictions, as long as permission is given by the exchange visitor program sponsor. The "F" visa is for academic studies, and the "M" visa is for nonacademic or vocational studies. M-1 visa holders for technical and vocational programs are not permitted to work during the course of their studies. The M-1 student visa applicants must have evidence that sufficient funds are immediately available to pay all tuition and living costs for the entire period of intended stay. If you are realistic about your financial needs, you will be better able to enjoy the exciting academic and cultural experience of living and learning in the United States. Links to European Institutions European Universities and Colleges Switzerland HTMi Hotel and Tourism Management School Spain don Quijote Spanish Language Schools Why study in Europe? Studying in Europe can change your life. You'll benefit from opening yourself up to new cultures, new ideas, and new ways of learning and living. The experience can enhance your ability to solve problems, adapt to new surroundings and appreciate cultural differences - all valuable skills in today's multicultural workforce. Growing numbers US students themselves are increasingly on the move. According to the Institute of International Education (IIE), over the past ten years the number of US students enrolled on credit-bearing overseas educational programmes has doubled to almost 100,000, and the number of overseas programmes available has doubled to more than 2,300 programmes in 80 countries. Choosing a programme To find the programme that best meets your needs, you’ll need to do a considerable amount of research. Start by talking to relevant advisers at your current university. Most American universities, for example, have a study abroad adviser (sometimes a faculty member or academic adviser) who is specifically appointed to provide information and guidance about overseas study opportunities, from the initial planning stages to departure. You’ll need to think about your academic and long-term goals, how deeply you want to be immersed in another culture, the type of learning style you prefer, and how much time you want to spend abroad. Don’t worry that you don’t have the time to study overseas. Study-abroad programmes range in duration from a few weeks to a semester or a year. You can even pursue your graduate degree overseas. You can choose a programme sponsored by your own institution, one sponsored by another institution, or one offered directly by an overseas university. Programmes can be ‘integrated’, meaning you study and live alongside the host institution’s own students; or ‘non-integrated’, meaning you study with students from your own country and the curriculum follows your own degree structure. Still other programmes allow you to combine academics with international work experience. (See the article ‘Finding a course’ on page 15 for more information.) Essential arrangements If you want your study abroad to count towards your degree at your home university, you’ll need to make the arrangements before you leave. Ask your adviser about your institution’s procedures for academic credit transfer. Find out how these procedures will affect your degree and graduation requirements before you commit yourself to a particular programme. If possible, get a written document before you leave, detailing the credit you will receive from your programme abroad. Keep copies of all your written work. Equally important are the arrangements for your return to campus. Liaise with your adviser about pre-registering for courses and securing on-campus housing for your first term back. You can often do this from overseas via the Internet or by telephone. Leaping the language barrier Finally, don’t let a lack of foreign-language skills prevent you from participating in a European programme. Opportunities abound for selecting an option that matches your competency in a particular language. There are also hundreds of programmes that provide the main classroom instruction in English and give you the opportunity to study the local language at an introductory level. ‘I do not speak a foreign language but I wanted to study in Europe, so I found a programme where lectures and discussions were conducted in English,’ says a student from Florida who studied international relations and diplomacy at an American university in France. ‘I also studied elementary French and by the time I left, I could hold basic conversations with the locals.’ Given the dominance of Spanish as a Latin American language, you might expect that the majority of Latin Americans would to go to Spain to study. However, for Latin American students who want to boost their English language skills, the most attractive country is the UK – although courses taught in English are also offered at universities throughout the Continent. (For more information about languages in Europe, see the article on page 24.) Time spent studying abroad is bound to have a lasting effect, so you must choose with care. ‘It is a lifelong investment,’ says LBS’s Gareth Osborne. ‘We see our students are thinking not in terms of their next job or the five or ten years but rather they are thinking about the rest of their lives.’ European Education System A COMMON LANGUAGE FOR ACADEMIC RECOGNITION The European Community promotes study abroad as a means of improving the quality of academic cooperation bringing benefits to students and higher education institutions. Studying abroad can be a particularly valuable experience. It is not only the best way to learn about other countries, ideas, languages and cultures; increasingly, it is an important part of professional and academic career development. Students envisaging a study abroad will be looking for: study programmes which are relevant to their final degree, full academic recognition which ensures that they will not lose time in completing their degree by studying abroad. ECTS helps higher education institutions to enhance their cooperation with other institutions by: improving access to information on foreign curricula, providing common procedures for academic recognition. ECTS can also be used within one institution or between institutions within one country. WHAT DOES ECTS OFFER TO THE STUDENT ? ECTS guarantees academic recognition of studies abroad. ECTS enables access to regular courses alongside local students, with the benefit of full participation in the academic life of the host institution. This characteristic of ECTS distinguishes it from many other student mobility programmes. ECTS enables further studies abroad. A student may prefer not to go back to the home institution after the study period abroad, but rather to stay at the host institution -- possibly to gain a degree -- or to move to a third institution. The institutions themselves decide whether or not this is acceptable and what conditions the student must fulfil in order to get a diploma or transfer registration. WHAT ARE ECTS CREDITS ? ECTS credits are a value allocated to course units to describe the student workload required to complete them. They reflect the quantity of work each course requires in relation to the total quantity of work required to complete a full year of academic study at the institution, that is, lectures, practical work, seminars, private work -- in the laboratory, library or at home -- and examinations or other assessment activities. In ECTS, 60 credits represent one year of study (in terms of workload); normally 30 credits are given for six months (a semester) and 20 credits for a term (a trimester). ECTS credits are also allocated to practical placements and to thesis preparation when these activities form part of the regular programme of study at both the home and host institutions. ECTS credits are allocated to courses and are awarded to students who successfully complete those courses by passing the examinations or other assessments. WHAT IS THE ECTS GRADING SCALE ? Examination and assessment results are usually expressed in grades. There are many different grading systems in Europe. To help institutions translate the grades awarded by host institutions to ECTS students, the ECTS grading scale has been developed. This provides additional information on the student's performance to that provided by the institution's grade, but does not replace the local grade. Higher education institutions make their own decisions on how to apply the ECTS grading scale to their own system. HOW IS ECTS USED BY STUDENTS AND INSTITUTIONS ? Planning the programme of study abroad Students who wish to study abroad contact their home departmental coordinator and study the information packages of other institutions to choose their destination and plan their programme of study abroad. This helps the student to select courses which are appropriate in their content and academic level, for recognition by the home institution as part of the student's final degree. Using the ECTS credits helps students to organise a study programme which is realistic in terms of overall workload. The ECTS credit rating demonstrates the relative weight of each course in the proposed programme of study. Further studies abroad As indicated, an ECTS student might wish to stay at the host institution - perhaps to get a degree or move to a third institution. This is possible provided that the institutions involved agree and that the student accepts the conditions to be fulfilled to get a diploma or to transfer registration. By providing a history of the students' academic achievements, the transcript of records is a particularly useful means of helping institutions to make these decisions further opening up Europe to student mobility. Higher education institutions are encouraged to introduce ECTS within the framework of their institutional contract with the Commission. Living in Europe Following Content Sourced From: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/europeanoffice/europeanoffice/page_text.cfm?pge=1569 Accomodation Student Accommodation differs from country to country and sometimes can be markedly different to Student Accommodation in this country - there are often mixed-gender facilities! The European Office has collected information on accommodation in most of our Partner Institutions which is available either from the European Co-ordinator in your school or on the European Office's web page under the institution to which you are going. There are links to the lists of partner institutions above. Funding It is estimated that a student would need approximately £3,500 to pay for his/her time abroad including travel, accommodation and living expenses for one academic year. This sum will vary depending on the length of your exchange, and which country you will visit. The cost of living in Scandinavian countries will be in excess of this. Electricity Remember to take adaptors with you, if you intend to take an electrical appliance. Insurance It is recommended that you take out insurance which will cover you for any accidents, additional medical cover, loss of money, passports, or baggage loss. Some companies, such as Endsleigh Insurance, offer special packages for students undertaking study periods and placements abroad. Health All students must obtain an E128 form (if you take an E111 you will be entitled to emergency treatment only). The E128 gives you medical cover equal to that of the national of the country visited. This applies for all EU countries. Form E128 is available from: Inland Revenue National Insurance Contributions Office International Services Longbenton Newcastle Upon Tyne NE98 1ZZ You can also obtain an E128 over the phone, provided you can give your name, age, address and National Insurance Number. The telephone number is 0191 225 4811. The E128 only covers you for the country you are studying in. If you wish to visit other countries whilst abroad you will also need an E111 which you can collect from the Post Office. If you are on any sort of medication and you need to take it with you then do not forget to obtain certificates from your doctor before you go. Also ensure that you pack your medication in your hand luggage, so that you have it with you at all times, even if your luggage goes astray. European Visas Following Content Sourced From: http://www.graduateshotline.com/suk2.html If you are not from the EEA (European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) you will have to meet certain immigration requirements. Nationals from many countries are required to obtain an entry visa or certificate before coming to the UK. They can do this at the British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate. Nationals from countries where an entry visa is not compulsory such as some Commonwealth countries should also consider applying for entry clearance before leaving home. This is to ensure a Right of Appeal in the unlikely event that entry is refused. To check if you need a visa visit the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Web Page We hope you enjoyed and greatly benefited from the … Why not invite your friends to download their free copy now.