US Visa interview: Tips to make a favourable impression

VISA-INTERVIEW

The visa interview is the final step towards studying in the US. After the grueling college admissions process, visa interview is the last but equally important hurdle. After convincing the admissions’ officers about your caliber, you also have to convince the visa officer about your intent of studying in the US. It is crucial that you prepare for the interview and address all concerns of the visa officer. Going prepared to the visa interview is the only way to get the F1 visa stamped onto your passport. We cover the most important aspects of the interview process and give you some tips on how to handle the question-answer session.

1. Language

For the student visa interview, you will be expected to speak only in English, unlike another type of visas. The reason being that if you have to convince the visa officer that you can take up the academic lectures given in English, you should be able to converse with them in English. This is the main reason why all universities ask for an English standardized test. English is the medium of most of the courses in the US, and you will have to show your spoken skills to the visa officer at the time of interview.

2. Positive attitude

When your turn for the interview comes, greet the officer with a warm hello or hi. S/he may ask you ‘how are you doing’. Reply politely and thank them for asking. If your visa is granted, thank them politely and leave. If your visa is rejected, don’t argue with the officer or create a scene. In such a situation, ask the officer the reason for rejection and what additional documents you need to bring next time to avoid rejection.

3. Look and act the part

Dress formally, like you would going to work. A well-ironed shirt and a pair of formal trousers should do for both male and female applicants. Do not show up in a three-piece tuxedo suit with a bow tie. It is an interview, not a dinner party. Reach the consulate 30 minutes before appointed time. You may have to wait for a long time before your turn comes, so be mentally prepared and keep patience. You are not allowed mobile phones inside the consulate so don’t bring one along. Only the applicant will be allowed inside for the interview; don’t bring your parents, spouse, or kids along. You will be made to stand in the queue according to the number assigned to you, so don’t consider breaking the line to reach the front first.

4. Proving ties to family and India

If you look at the situation like this, things might get easier to put in perspective: all non-immigrant applicants, including students, are viewed as intending immigrants unless proved otherwise. This statement is just to make you understand how important it is to convince the visa officer about your plans to return to India once your education is completed. If the officer is unconvinced, you may not be granted visa as you will be seen as a threat to the US immigration policy. You must, therefore, show that you have more important reasons to return to India than those of remaining back in the US.

5. Know your program

It is important to know all the details of your program, project, and course to be pursued in the US. You should be able to answer questions about your course easily and should not hesitate in giving answers. Do preliminary research about your college and university to make it clear that you are a genuine student. Apart from this basic knowledge, you should be able to explain how studying in the US and particularly this course will help your future profession in India.

6. Give precise answers

The visa officers are pressed for time and will have hardly 2 minutes for your interview. The whole process will be quick and short. These two minutes are crucial as this will be your only chance to form a likable impression upon them. Your first impression will decide your fate. The trick here is to provide important information which fulfills the officer’s questions in short answers to avoid wasting time.

7. Complete documents

The officer may or may not ask you for your academic mark sheets, but you need to have all your academic transcripts in place. Once you present them to the officer, they should be organized in such a way that it should be clear to the officer in one glance what those documents signify. This is again to save time as you only have two minutes. So come prepared with an organized documents folder.

8. Do not mention hopes of employment in the US

Remember, you are applying for a student visa not work visa. That means you will be there only to study and will return back to India upon completion of the course. So during the interview do not make the mistake of mentioning how you want to further your career prospects by working at some American corporation after finishing the course of study. You need to make it clear you will return to India and will work in India.

9. Dependants

If your spouse is applying for an F2 visa, you will appear for the visa interview together. Both of you will be questioned separately, and you must not answer the questions directed at them. If you are not taking your spouse and kids along, you will have to answer questions on how they are going to sustain themselves once you leave for the US. You should be able to show a stable source of income to sustain your family as if you are not able to, the visa officer will get an impression that you will send them money in US dollars by working illegally in the US. This will lead to rejection of your visa immediately.

10. Visa interview questions

The visa officer will ask you questions related to your study plans, university choice, academic capability, financial status, and post-graduation plans. The questions on study plan will probe into your interest in the academic field of your choice. Officers need to know why that course is better than the ones offered in India. The questions related to the choice of university will also look into why the particular university is better for your future profession. The officer might also ask you questions on your academic capability, your test scores, GPA scores etc. These can all be evaluated to determine the likelihood of your success during the program. American education is very expensive compared to domestic education, so you need to have a financial plan in place and should be able to explain it to the visa officer. Your plan should include funding tuition fees along with living expenses too. Your post-graduation plans should be in sync with the current course you will be pursuing. “What will you do after you graduate?” is the most common question visa officers put to applicants, so give your answer some thought before putting it across.

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Engineering in Canada – Tips and Guidance

Engineering-Skills

Engineering happens to be one of the oldest disciplines of study. With a number of fields to choose from, Civil, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering, happen to be considered as the “big four”. Engineering has remained a popular choice among students as a form of further studies. Engineering courses are all about the combination of theoretical knowledge and practical applied work. A field that is destined to stay in demand for a long time to come, students who complete a course in engineering are taught to apply mathematical and scientific principles in order to develop effective solutions to real-world, technical problems.

Why choose Canada

Affordable tuition fees, quality education, post-study work options as well as world renowned institutions have made Canada one of the leading destinations for studying abroad. With degrees and certificates that are recognized the world over, engineering colleges in Canada follow very high academic standards and rigorous quality controls that ensure that the students get high quality education. While the quality of education and living standards in Canada are amongst the highest in the world, the cost of living and tuition fees for international students are generally lower than as compared to other countries

Choosing an institution

Of the large number of engineering colleges in Canada, it is important to be able to choose the college that would be right for the student. This is a decision that must be taken after due consideration. The factors that one must consider before selecting the institution are:

  • Infrastructure: not the building of the college, but mainly the intake capacity of the college.
  • Faculty
  • Facilities
  • Placement Records
  • Extra-curricular Activities
  • Location

Requirements

The particular requirements of taking admission into engineering program in Canada vary from institution to institution as every institution has a different idea of the minimum qualifications required for their courses. But the basic requirements are:

  • Academic Qualifications: The minimum admission average is determined annually.
  • English Language Proficiency score
  • GRE Scores ( Not Mandatory for all Canadian Institutions )

Partner Institutions

Acadia University | Algonquin College | Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology | Camosun College | Capilano University | Dalhousie University | Georgian College | Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Science | Navita -ICM- International College of Manitoba | Navitas – FIC – Fraser International College | Prince Edward Island University | Royal Roads University | Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology | Selkirk College | St. Francis Xavier University | Trent University | University of Ontario Institute of Technology | University of Waterloo | Vancouver Island University

Other Courses offered in Canada

  • Applied Science
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Bio-Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Management
  • Health Science
  • International Business
  • MBA
  • Nursing
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Social Science
  • Wireless Networking
  • Information System
  • Project Management
  • Masters
  • IT
  • Science
  • Post-Graduation
  • MS
  • Pharmacy
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How to prepare an Academic Resume for MBA Applications Abroad

MBA Resume

For an MBA aspirant, unfortunately, the resume becomes the least significant document they think they have to prepare. Amidst their GMAT preparations, essay development and gathering of recommendation letters from their supervisors, colleagues and faculty, resume development seems like a piece of cake to them. Most MBA applicants believe that a resume requires updating and not development whereas it is the other way round, the reason for it being that they feel they have to JUST include in the resume what they have been delivering professionally. What exactly an MBA applicant needs to understand is that the top MBA colleges today are emphasizing as much on an applicant’s CV as their essays, if not more.

Presenting a bad CV may greatly hamper your chances to gain admission into a reputed MBA college to prevent which, we bring to you a broad guideline that will help you build an effective and impressive CV for MBA application. Here are tips on how to make your MBA Application stand out from the word go.

Build the Resume from Scratch

Most MBA applicants try revamping their old CV, which, is not greatly appreciated by the Admission Committee. Revamping our old CV to a large extent means updating the CV with your recent and present professional/academic experience. It is a widely known fact that we evolve with time, similarly does our writing skill, which you must put to use while preparing your resume instead of making a few changes here and there. It is highly advisable to thoroughly scan your resume for the quality of content along with ensuring its logical flow.

Showcase Your People Management Skill

When an MBA resume reflects an applicant’s team/people management/leadership abilities, it escalates their chance of securing a seat in the college by a significant margin. You must remember that a resume does not have to be your autobiography, instead it has to present a concise yet detailed summary of your candidacy. Thus, make sure you replace the ambiguous and irrelevant data in your resume with logically related information.

Quantify Wherever You Can

If you possess professional experience, please mention it briefly yet clearly. When mentioning your professional role and responsibilities, you should emphasize on how to turn the responsibilities you essayed into your achievements and invaluable contribution to your team and organization. Always quantify, which means, you must focus on providing figures and data. For example, if you reduced expenses, mention how and by how much. Also mention the number of team members reporting to you.

For example:

  • Led a five-member team to evaluate the traffic received on the organization’s portal; activity led the team to generate 10% increased traffic based on the analysis.

Provide Enough Context

The Admission Committee may be aware of the designation and firm you are working with as well as the job title and role you are entrusted with, there are high chances the Committee may not be well versed with all these. To avoid this, you must explicitly mention your designation, department, organization name, city, a line about the organization’s profile and your role in the organization.

Don’t Forget Those Extra-curriculars

Along with your academic and professional and academic journey, you must make it a point to include your extra-curricular activities, academic & professional achievements, sports, honorary service, etc. Mentioning these will provide another perspective of yours to the Admission Committee that will add brownie points to your application. For more information, go through List of Important Headings in a Resume and Common Errors in a Resume.

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Advice for IELTS General Training Task 1 Letters

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If you are preparing for the IELTS General Training test, you will be asked to write a letter to a fictional person or organization. The reason for writing the letter and the details you need to include will be given to you.

That may sound easy to some of you but before you write the test, I think you need to sit down and ask yourself, “Do I actually know how to ORGANIZE a letter in English? If you are unsure, keep reading because this advice about proper letter structure could make a big difference to your performance.

This isn’t your typical DO and DON’T article. Instead, I am going to demonstrate ORGANIZATION for you using an example correspondence. What follows are two letters: The first is a request for letter writing advice and the next is my reply. In this way, you can read about and see how to organize your ideas.

As a BONUS, although this entry focuses on organization, if you look carefully, you will get some clues about how to use TONE or polite language when writing to a stranger. Remember, using the correct TONE is important in letters.


Dear Sir or Madam,

I signed up for the IELTS General Training exam and would like some advice about Task 1 letter writing.

I have a lot of questions but I will start with asking about how to organize my ideas. I write lots of emails, but I am not sure if I can write a letter well. How do I know if my ideas are arranged correctly on the test?

Your advice would be greatly appreciated.

Yours faithfully,
Mr. John Rochon


Dear Mr. Rochon,

Thank you for your letter. It would be my pleasure to help you prepare for the writing test.

You are wise to ask about the format of the IELTS letter. You may write letters or emails everyday but the IELTS letter is part of an exam so it’s important to be clear about what is expected. Knowing the most effective way to organize your ideas will improve your score.

The good news is that you already know a lot about the correct structure. In your letter to me, you began with a greeting. You used “Dear Sir or Madam” which was suitable because you did not know my name. You also ended with the complimentary closing “Yours faithfully” which signaled that the letter was finishing. Finally, to close, you ended with your signature. IELTS candidates lose points for forgetting these little details, so excellent work!

Between the salutation and closing is the body of the letter and it is made up of short paragraphs that are organized simply and logically. In fact, if your letter focusses on each of the bullets from the task assignment in a separate paragraph, you can be sure that your letter will be easy to read.

To help you a little more, I am providing you with some useful pointers for organization and a model letter.

If you have more questions, please call me at my office and we will set up a face to face appointment.

I hope you find this information useful and good luck with your exam.

Yours sincerely,
Mrs. Angela Rutherford


Here are some pointers for organizing your ideas in IELTS letters:

  1.  Think about how each sentence relates to the one before and after.  Choose words that clearly guide the reader from one thought to the next.For example, where appropriate:
    1. Use sequencers – “To begin with . . . Finally, . . .”
    2.  Use phrases to signal your ideas – “The reason why I need time off . . . The solution to this problem is . . .  “
    3. Use specific linking words to show contrast, similarity, cause – “similarly, however, as a result . . .”
  2. Avoid repeating key words in your answer.  Don’t be boring and repetitive – you want to demonstrate that you have a variety of words in your vocabulary bank.
    1.  Think of synonyms for words that you are repeating (the problem, this issue, these complications, another annoyance . . .)
    2. Use pronouns (she, them, these . . .)
  3.  Each task bullet point can be used to create the body paragraphs.
    1. Let the first sentence of the paragraph communicate the subject in some way.
    2. Either indent the first line of each paragraph or separate the paragraphs from each other with a space.
  4. Be sure the main purpose of the letter is clear from the beginning to the end.
  1. Open the letter with a short explanation of the purpose and close the letter with a call to action that relates to this purpose.

Open the letter with a short explanation of the purpose and close the letter with a call to action that relates to this purpose.


Sample Question and Model Answer

You recently ordered a small item online but when it arrived it was unusable.
Write a letter to the company that sold you the item:

  • give details about the order you made
  • explain what was wrong with the item
  • tell the company what you want them to do about it

Dear Sir or Madam:

Three weeks ago I ordered a cover for my Samsung phone from your online store. I was excited when it arrived but very disappointed to find that the product was poorly produced and unusable. I am hoping you will replace it.

In relation to the specifics of the order, I purchased this leather wallet/phone case through your website called Phone Fun on January 14th using my PayPal account. The order number is 257380 and I am attaching a copy of my receipt.

The issue with the cover is that the credit card pockets are sewn shut and I am unable to store my cards inside securely. The picture of the item on your website clearly shows cards safely stored in the little pouches so I’m sure this is a manufacturing flaw.

As a solution, and because I really like the functionality of the cover, I am hoping that you will agree to send me another one for free. Otherwise, I would like a full refund and I will be contacting PayPal complaints if I do not hear back from you in regards to this within a week.

Thank you for giving the matter your attention and I hope to hear your reply soon.

Yours faithfully,
XYZ

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English speakers and the IELTS test

IELTS and english speakers

The IELTS test is a high-stakes scenario. There are many reasons why people take the test, but those reasons are rarely recreational. Education opportunities, immigration status and working in your profession often hinge on an IELTS score. If you speak English as a first language, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the expectations of the IELTS test. Or perhaps you have not prepared for the IELTS test at all, thinking that as a native speaker you are fluent and do not need help. That high band score is virtually guaranteed, right?

The reality

The IELTS test is demanding and requires significant preparation, even for native English speakers. The four modules of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking – have questions specifically designed to challenge you. These questions are not merely comprehension checking; they are designed to elicit a wide range of thinking skills and expression on a wide variety of topics. This is the reality of the IELTS test.

Once you have decided to sit the IELTS test, you will need to prepare seriously for the challenges it will present. Here are some tips to consider.

  • Get comfortable with the material. Prepare for the test with official IELTS test prep materials. These are available online at www.ielts.org and at book stores.
  • Join the IELTS community. Online and in-class courses will familiarise you with the structure and timing of the test – both crucial to your success. Courses give you the opportunity to receive feedback from experienced IELTS instructors and learn the nuances and expectations of the test.  A community of people is out there waiting to support you on your IELTS journey.
  • Slow and steady. Start preparing for the IELTS test several months before your test date and practice in a test-taking environment.  Find a quiet place and use a timer to create the conditions of the IELTS test.  Eventually, you should prepare for the test in a public space (a library or coffee shop) with more activity to ready yourself for the inevitable distractions you will encounter on test day.

The Speaking test

Perhaps the most challenging part of IELTS is the Speaking test. Examiners meet enthusiastic people from every corner of the globe during the test, but often find native English speakers are the least willing to engage with them.

There are many very competent native English speakers who perform poorly during the Speaking test.  Examiners may think the candidate is highly fluent, but without evidence to satisfy the band descriptors the examiner is unable to award the desired band score.

The Writing test

The IELTS-trained marker is looking for very specific elements in your Writing test responses.  These include your ability to fully answer a prompt and develop a well-considered response; your use of cohesive devices and coherence in the response; and the flexibility and range of vocabulary and grammar. Again, familiarising yourself with the band descriptors and the structure of the test beforehand will save you valuable time during the test so that you can focus on writing a strong response.

In daily conversation and written expression, you may rely on prescriptive language and jargon related to your field of work or study. Taking some time to familiarise yourself with the test structure and completing practice tests will encourage you to think outside of your field and engage in a wider range of topics. An ability to communicate on a variety of subjects is paramount to IELTS success in both the Academic and General Training tests.

The native English speaker has an advantage in many ways when taking the IELTS test and perhaps you view taking the test as a formality. However, a good attitude is imperative, so use the test as a chance to brush up on your language and communication skills so you can show your full capabilities.

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Education system in New Zealand

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From expert teaching staff to world-class facilities and a rich pool of natural resources, New Zealand is popular among students seeking a secure study environment and outdoor lifestyle.

For students looking for a secure study environment and an outdoorsy lifestyle, New Zealand provides an expert teaching staff with world class facilities and an abundance of natural resources. With a number of institutes for technology and polytechnics, private tertiary and training institutes, teacher training facilities, English language training centers and eight public universities, New Zealand has a plethora of study options for students pursuing their higher education. Additionally, the education system in New Zealand is centrally managed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) which requires the registration of institutes that enroll international students. The NZQA ensures that the education in the various universities and institutes are in compliance with global qualifications standards in order to maintain the integrity and high quality of the courses being taught in New Zealand. Five of the eight New Zealand universities have also been featured in the top universities in the world by Times Higher Education World University rankings. An epitome of education, New Zealand promises an unmatched learning experience for all its students.

The New Zealand tertiary education system is broadly divided into six sectors.

Universities

There are eight public universities in New Zealand, which offer undergraduate (bachelor) and postgraduate degrees. Universities are teaching and research-based. Five were listed in the 2013/2014 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

New Zealand has 22 Institutes of Technology or Polytechnics.Courses are usually vocational and skills-based, ranging from certificate level through to bachelor degree and postgraduate level.

Private tertiary and training institutions

There are a growing number of private tertiary and training providers offering an alternative study option. They offer professional certificates, diplomas and degrees in a diverse range of subjects including the arts, hospitality, computer studies, quality management, ecotourism and others. More than 800 such establishments are registered with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. About a quarter of these are Mãori owned and operated.

Teacher training

New Zealand is internationally recognised for its excellent education standards and for training high-quality teachers. There are six government-funded institutions that specialise in teacher training. Two operate within universities and the other four offer programs in collaboration with their local university. They offer training for teachers across early childhood, primary, secondary, special and tertiary (higher education) levels.

English language training sector

Private English language schools offer a variety of courses for all ages including adventure, business and academic programs. Adventure courses provide a balance of English language tuition and stimulating activity of students’ choice. There are courses in English for business purposes and courses to help prepare students for IELTS testing. Most tertiary institutions also provide English language preparation for further study or foundation courses.

Wãnanga

Wãnanga is the term for the Mãori providers of tertiary education and advanced study on Mãori tradition and custom, usually in the Mãori language.

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Post Graduation (PG) in Australia

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Australia is one of the most popular study destinations in the world for students looking to pursue post-graduation courses. The relaxed way of living, world class universities and the magnificent weather are a huge pull for students seeking admission in post-graduation abroad. If you are seeking admission in Australian universities for post-graduation study, you will have the opportunity to choose between either a research led course or a teaching-intensive course. The duration of these programs may last between six months to four years depending upon the course chosen by you.

Benefits of pursuing post-graduation in Australia

Australia offers an education experience that makes a real difference in the lives of students.

  • Universities majorly focus on enhancing the personality and leadership skills of the students
  • Both theoretical and practical knowledge are imparted in students to make them pro in their area of study
  • Students are made to do an internship in local companies so that they are able to gain an in-depth industry experience
  • Being a multicultural country, students are able to gain a better insight of different working environments of different countries from their fellow students
  • Students also get an opportunity to permanently work for many multinational companies in Australia after graduating from university.

How to select a University?

Plethora of universities in Australia offer post-graduation degrees in a variety of fields. But which university to choose for your masters is a difficult task to do. Here are some point to help you select a university

  • Gain insights – the best thing to do is study the prospectus or website of the university and look if it is matching your criteria of study and needs
  • Scholarships – though there are very few universities in Australia that offer scholarships, but if you are seeking one, do a thorough study whether your university offers one or not before applying
  • Courses – make sure the university you choose to apply in offers the kind of course that you want to pursue in your post-graduation
  • Compare fee – different universities have different fee structure. Compare them and see which one matches your budget criteria
  • Location – location plays a vital role in selecting a university. Thoroughly analyze the location and its connectivity with the rest of the country and world

Requirements for admission in Australia

Different universities in Australia have different requirements for admission. But here are some of the general requirements ask by the universities

  • bachelor’s degree or an equivalent certificate or diploma from a reputed university
  • proficiency in English
  • A good GMAT/IELTS/TOEFL score (as desired by the university for admission in the course)

Partner Universities

Australian Catholic University | Australian National University (ANU) | Bond University | Central Queensland University | Charles Darwin University | Charles Sturt University | Curtin University of Technology | Deakin University | Edith Cowan University | Flinders University | Griffith University | James Cook University, Brisbane | La Trobe University | Macquarie University | Monash University | Murdoch University | Queensland University of Technology | RMIT University | Southern Cross University | Swinburne University of Technology | The University of Melbourne | The University of New England | The University of Newcastle | University of Adelaide | University of Ballarat | University of Canberra | University of New South Wales | University of Queensland | University of South Australia | University of Southern Queensland | University of Sydney | University of Tasmania | University of Technology, Sydney | University of the Sunshine Coast | University of Western Australia | University of Western Sydney | University of Wollongong | Victoria University

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Before you arrive Poland : ways to learn Polish on your own

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Whether you are waiting for a job transfer to Warsaw or applying for a scholarship at our universities, knowing Polish can be more than helpful once you get here. The Polish language is seen as one of the hardest to learn, but fear not, here are our tips!

Good old books

The variety of the Internet resources is astonishing, but if you are a traditionalist, who wishes to learn Polish with a book in hand, there are a lot of them to choose from. Almost every European language has a student book dedicated for students of Polish and the number is still growing! Polski bez tajemnic was designed with German-speaking learners in mind, while Le Polonais en 4 Semaines is for the French. There are also numerous books with no specific target users, the most commonly used being probably Hurra!!! Po polsku or Polski krok po kroku. 

Learn online

If you still prefer using the web, try online courses. There is a wide range of websites offering Polish courses for foreigners who want to master this language. You can choose from those that are free of charge, as well as some paid ones. Duolingo is a good idea if you are willing to cut back on your expenses, whereas Rosetta Stone remains one of the most popular paid courses.

Podcasts are always a good idea

When you are comfortable with the basics, improve your comprehension.  You may not have easy access to the Polish television, but have a go with podcasts, which can be related to a variety of topics. Polskie Radio (Polish Radio) offers them on its official website. If you still need to brush up your basics, listen to some of the podcasts targetted at foreigners learning our language, such as PolishPod101.

Helpful Youtube

If you are looking for more laid-back listening materials, have a look at Youtube. You will find easily-accessible videos touching upon anything that may possibly interest you. The Polish-language section of Youtube is no different from the rest of the world – we also have gamers, beauty vloggers, sports fans, amateur chefs and many more. Get started with something you enjoy and explore it in Polish!

The written word

For those who prefer reading to listening, there is a whole new land to discover. Major Polish newspapers have their online editions (Gazeta Wyborcza, Rzeczpospolita), while bloggers, similarly to Youtubers, post basically about any topic that can be of interest to you. With your knowledge of the basics, a dictionary within arm’s reach and some motivation, this should be a task worthy of your attention.

Follow the Chinese

Does Polish still seem too difficult to you? Maybe music will do the trick? Watch this viral video of Chinese students singing a golden oldie originally recorded by the band Czerwone Gitary. Bear in mind that these students from Beijing Foreign Studies University have been learning Polish for just a year, so even native speakers are impressed. Are you feeling competitive yet?

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Part Time Work Options in Singapore for Indian Students

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Singapore boasts of some of the top universities of the world. A developed nation, it has rapidly become one of the top choice for international students. The close proximity of the country to India clubbed with easy visa processing rules has added to the many advantages of studying from Singapore. But we cannot forget that Singapore is one of the costlier countries. With the cost of living in Singapore almost at par with that of USA, some extra money is always welcome by students which can be earned by a series of part time work options. But what does the rule say about working while studying?

Work Permissions While Studying

According to the ministry of Manpower, Singapore, international students on a Student Pass in Singapore are eligible to work part time for about 16 hours a week during term and for unlimited hours during vacation, provided

  • They are a registered full time student in one of the approved institutions
  • They hold a valid Student Pass issued by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA)

It is important to note here that students studying in the university/ institution which is not on the list of approved institutions, are not eligible to work part time or full time both during term and/ or vacation.

Please remember that during the term, a student must keep in mind that the work must be

  • Limited to a maximum of 16 hours a week
  • Is under the industrial attachment program conducted by your university or educational institute and contribute towards graduation requirements.

What students must understand here is even if you are studying in an approved university, if the university does not have an industrial attachment program (neither compulsory, nor elective), then you are not eligible for a part time work.

Type of Part Time Work Options

Unlike other countries, Singapore does not allow you to take up any work. The Universities in Singapore have internships which are related to the course you are planning to study. A student can only opt for these related internships. Also, most of the universities have partnerships with industrial houses which would provide the students to work part time.

So, if you are planning to study in Singapore, make sure to check with the University if the program comes with an industrial experience or not to determine if you would be able to work in the country.

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How to manage your money during Study Abroad !!!

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It can be expensive to be a student. Use these pages as a guide to help reduce your financial worries at university.

We suggest:

  • Looking at your personal situation and draw up an annual expenditure list
  • Looking at what your minimum income for the year when you have your financial support in place
  • Balance the two, work out what your budget should be and refer to it throughout the year to keep on track.

Sticking to a budget can be difficult, but it should help you to not overspend. It will also indicate how much the following years at university might cost you.


Income

On top of student funding, there are other possible sources of income to help with your living costs.

Gap years

Taking a gap year could help you earn extra money. Many students take a year out before starting university to gain money as well as experience.

Make sure you question your motives before embarking on a gap year. If money is an issue, consider how a gap year could boost your bank balance ahead of being a student.

Part-time work

There are plenty of opportunities for students to work during their studies. Income from working part-time should not affect your entitlement to loans and bursaries. Read more about student jobs.

Most universities have a student employment office that can help you find part-time work. Our university profiles also provide information.

Many universities also offer sandwich courses. This involves a placement year or industry programme integrated into your course. These can be great experience and good for graduate employability. Many include a salary.

Holiday jobs

Outside of term time there are opportunities to earn cash and develop skills for your CV.Several organisations offer placements or internships that can be sponsored and only last for a few weeks.

Banks

Banks are keen to help out students, because they are likely to bring in money in the future. They are sympathetic and can permit modest overdrafts to ease money problems. Make sure to be careful when weighing up different the offers available.


Expenditure

There are several different costs students have to face every day. It is important to think about what you spend. Students can underestimate their expenditure by as much as 50%.

Living costs

This is the biggest expenditure. Living costs include accommodation, food, and travel. We suggest:

  • Try not to be tempted by offers such as ‘two for the price of one,’ especially when you didn’t want one in the first place
  • Use local markets for groceries, charity shops for clothes, and students’ unions for stationary
  • If living with others, share essentials and buy in bulk if possible
  • Take time to look at different options, as there may be something cheaper available.

Studying costs

These are costs associated with your degree such as books, equipment, or certain fieldwork or electives. They can often be compulsory. You may be able to receive extra financial support for study costs.

For most students, there is a recommended reading list. Get to know the library at your university, and look for second-hand book sales from your students’ union or online bookshops. Sometimes fellow students are willing to share!

Other costs

University isn’t all about work. You will have other interests you may wish to pursue that come at a cost. Your students’ union should offer a selection of shops, places to eat and drink and other services at minimal expense.

The social scene – whether it be the cinema, nightclub, eating or drinking out – can be a significant cost. Keep an eye out for student discounts and offers.

Phone bills can also be a sizeable item. Make sure to weigh up the options to find the best package available as a student.

Insurance

You should have insurance for expensive possessions such as TVs, laptops, mobile phones and bikes.


How to budget

It is a good idea to estimate your annual budget. Do this by listing all your expected income. Include any savings you may take with you to university. See how this compares with your anticipated expenditure.

We suggest:

  • Don’t be too optimistic in your first budget
  • Start by identifying bills that you must pay, and include this in a small contingency fund
  • Be aware of what you do spend. Try writing down everything you spend over a week or so
  • Budget for big events on the university’s social calendar, friends’ birthdays, and travelling back home
  • Consider having two bank accounts – one for essentials, the other for non-essentials
  • Keep holidays in mind as you may want to budget more for these
  • There are budgeting apps you can download for free. These can help with day-to-day spending, and saving.

Remember to keep track of your finances so money worries do not detract from your studying and enjoyment of university life! Take a look at our sample budget.

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