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Are You Plan Study in India

If you’re considering studies in engineering and technology,  in particular, the quality of India’s offerings in these areas are particularly impressive  — known for their constant pursuit of teaching excellence and boundary-pushing research.

But India’s offerings are far from limited to these fields of studies. From politics to philosophy and biology to business there’s something for everyone in India’s massive higher education system. Which brings us to our next point.

2. It’s Home to the World’s Second-Largest Higher Education System

What do you get when you combine 343 universities and 17,000 colleges? The second-largest education system on the planet. Comprising bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, the vastness of the Indian higher education system and its global network of students and faculty directly translates to increased diversity and enhanced opportunities for both academic and personal enrichment.

3. Unique Courses Abound

India’s higher education system isn’t just vast in size; it’s also vast in academic offerings. The country’s rich past and vibrant future mean a breadth and depth of courses are available — from the classic to the cutting edge. In addition to being exposed to the latest frontiers of science and technology, students also have access to traditional subjects, such as Ayurveda, Sanskrit and Hindi.

  4. It’s Affordable

Compared to many of the world’s finest institutions, India’s low cost of education is a bargain. Additionally, various scholarship, loan, and financial schemes are available to offset the cost. But it’s not just less expensive tuition fees which make studying in English a smart financial choice. The cost of living in India is also budget-friendly. How much so? According to Numbeo, rents in the US and UK are 509 percent and 456 percent higher, respectively, than in India.

 5. It’s Diversity Extends Beyond Academia

If your goal is to see the world, a visit to India is an amazing start. This large country offers incredible things to see and do — from the mountains of the Himalayas to remarkable scenic — and often undiscovered — beaches like Goa, Lakshadweep and Andamans.

When it comes to hospitality, meanwhile, Indians can’t be beat. Where else can you find a popular saying insisting “Athithi Devo Bhava” or “the guest is God.” Factor in opportunities to explore your spirituality, magnificent history and architecture, mouthwatering cuisine and extraordinary shopping, and the list of reasons to visit India continues to grow.

Woried about culture shock? Indeed, it’s a fact of life when traveling to a new country. However, the benefits of stepping outside your comfort zone are far outweighed by the temporary period of adjustment.

Study Engineering in France

French engineering programs are well-known for their rigorous curricula aimed at positioning graduates for successful careers following graduation. France’s selective Grandes Ecoles d’Ingénieur fuse advanced theoretical concepts with practical applications, such as small workshop sessions and paid internships. They also integrate business training, foreign language study, and communication skills, all teaching Diplôme d’Ingénieur recipients to deliver creative solutions to some of today’s most complex challenges.

Standing behind today’s French engineering degrees is The Engineering Title Committee (CTI), the monitoring body tasked with ensuring the ongoing excellence of the country’s engineering education system.

2. Learn In a Culture of Ages-Old Engineering Innovation

Need more proof of the strength of French engineering programs and the capabilities of their grads? Just take a quick look at the country’s legacy of engineering innovation, starting with the TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse or “high-speed train”). World record holder for speed, the TGV is considered to be a technological marvel for its combination of performance, comfort, and commitment to eco-mobility.

And the TGV is hardly alone. The 17th century, 150-mile Canal du Midi which spans from Toulouse to the port of Sète in the Mediterranean is so extraordinary in both vision and execution that it’s earned Unesco World Heritage Site status.

And of course no discussion of feats of European engineering is complete without mention of the Eurotunnel. A joint project of France and the UK, the Channel Tunnel took more than 13,000 workers and five years to complete, and has since been declared to be one of the seven wonders of the modern world.

What do each of these have in common aside from their impressive engineering schemes? They were considered unthinkable until French engineers put their minds to the task. In fact, France recently topped all other European countries for innovation based on Thomson-Reuters’ roundup of the “Top 100 Global Innovators.” With the world facing so many challenges ahead, these past accomplishments speak to the potential of French-educated engineers to make a profound difference in society.

3. The French Language Adds Value

While the importance of knowing English is widely touted, the value of bilingualism is often understated. But as globalization continues to break down conventional barriers to communication, knowledge of a second or more language adds irrefutable value.

In addition to enhancing a student’s ability to communicate, studying French also affords students otherwise unattainable access to understanding French culture and context. These cross-cultural capabilities serve graduates well — both when working alongside other French speakers as well as when communicating with other international students, as well.

In short, adaptability is a “must-have” attribute in today’s complex economic landscape, and amplifying your ability to communicate goes a long way.

  4. It IS France, After All

Mere mention of the word “France” makes most people swoon. While engineering programs are indeed demanding, you won’t spend all your time studying. When you’re not hitting the books, France offers an abundance of unforgettable things to see and do and taste and discover.

And while Paris may get all the buzz, there are plenty of other phenomenal French cities for international students, such as the European metropolis of Lyon. A major technological, industrial and economic hub, Lyon plays host to an impressive network of engineering schools.

International Students Tips

unduhan-49Let’s get this one done and dusted first. Money is often a major stress-factor for students and studying abroad is expensive. Anyone who tells you otherwise is probably trying to sell you something…expensive. But that doesn’t mean that you have to empty your savings or pile up debt to have a great experience. Here are couple tips for smart spending and saving money while you’re abroad:

  • Resist temptation

Don’t buy everything you see when you first arrive, no matter how cool things seem. Stick to necessities and save the souvenirs for the end of your visit. And remember – anything you buy you’ll want to take back with you, so consider your luggage allowance before buying a didgeridoo in Australia or a set of steel drums while studying in Jamaica.

  • Do like the locals

One of the best ways to save money while studying abroad is to live like a local. Cook local foods, or better yet, get a local to teach you how to cook their favorite food. And while you’re at it, ask them what locals do for fun – you’ll get a much better sense of the culture, and you’ll make new friends in the process.

  2. Use the money you saved to travel.

Souvenirs are great, but memories are even better. Use the money you saved by eating local grub (maybe literally in Peru) to travel and see the country and surrounding areas. Your camera and your journal will capture your time a lot better than a t-shirt or a snow globe.

  3. Eat healthy food on a budget.

We’ve already pointed out that eating local can help save money, but it can also help you stay healthy. Burgers and sweets or the go-to college foods (noodles and frozen pizza) might seem easy, but your waistline and your health will take the toll and no one needs that kind of stress. Before you even leave home, take some time to learn a few basic and healthy dishes. Soups, stews, and casseroles are easy and budget-friendly, and they don’t require a lot of complicated kitchen equipment. Learn the ins and outs of a chicken – one decent sized bird can feed a poor student for at least a week if you know what you’re doing with a knife and some basic ingredients. Once you’ve arrived, check out campus and community centers to see if there are any cooking courses offered for beginners or students. We’ve already suggested asking a local for cooking tips, but as an international student you probably have the combined culinary expertise of the United Nations at your doorstep. Why not organize an international food night and ask all your new friends to cook and bring their favourite food from home.

  4. Become a local-transport expert.

It’s tempting to hop into cabs when you’re in a new place, but if you can master the train, underground, or bus system, you’ll save yourself a bundle of money and time. Or better yet, start walking! While this may not be feasible all the time (especially if you live in a big city or a rural location) but you’d be surprised at how walking can often be the quickest, most enjoyable means of transportation. Plus, you’ll see lots of interesting sights and get good exercise along the way!

  5. Prepare in advance

You’ve probably already sussed out the cost of accommodations and transport, but have you considered mobile phone plans? Prescription drugs? Bank charges? All these things can add up, and it pays to plan ahead and know what to expect. Some things, like prescriptions, might be cheaper (or free) in your home country so something simple like talking to your doctor and getting a few months in advance could save you a lot of money and stress. Check with your bank before leaving and make sure you won’t wrack up charges by using your cards abroad. Your mobile phone might be permanently attached to your thumbs, but using it abroad could be a major money pit. Switch to a local SIM when you arrive, or just get a cheap pay-as-you-go phone for the duration of your studies.

  6. Make friends and have fun!

Landing in a foreign country will be a shock no matter what, so give yourself time to adjust but don’t just hide away in your room. Get to know your flatmates, classmates, and other people on campus. And don’t just stick with the other international students. If you’re having trouble meeting people, check out your school’s student associations and join a club or group that shares your interests. Sign up for excursions and get involved in on-campus activities. Go out and mingle with locals – take a dance class or volunteer. Whatever you do, relax. So many students worry so much about making their time abroad a memorable experience that they actually forget to experience anything – so have fun and live! Bon voyage!

What The Great Review in 5 News For Student

The figures are in, and international student mobility is up! In 2015 countries and institutions around the world reported growing and record numbers of international student enrollment. Many countries, including Australia, Canada, China, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, and Turkey have been working to increase their international student numbers and given the success of various initiatives, the trend in international student mobility looks likely to continue to the end of the decade. In 2015 international education became Australia’s fourth largest export, and the Australian government is working to continue growth in the sector. In the Netherlands, international student enrollment was lagging behind the European average, but in 2015 the country saw rapid growth and now international students account for up to 62% of student populations in some Dutch institutions. The US has long been a leader in attracting international students, but in 2015, the study-abroad powerhouse saw an impressive 10% increase in enrol lment, with a huge jump in STEM field enrollment.

  2. Countries Around the World Developed Partnerships

Growing numbers of international students show that programs designed to increase overseas student mobility are successful, and more and more countries are working to develop initiatives that draw students to their institutions and encourage mutually beneficial cooperation. 2015 saw a jump in collaboration between East and West, with the UK and China, the UK and Vietnam, Japan and Australia, and India and Australia all announcing cooperative plans to increase student mobility, simplify application and credit transfers, and open borders for education and post-graduate employment. All of the partnerships were based on the understanding that by working together to educate students, countries can grow their economies and support innovation.

  3. Ireland Instituted a New Reform Program

University systems around the world have been struggling during the economic crisis of the last decade, but countries like Ireland are working to improve standards and remain top destinations for international students. In July, Ireland announced the new reforms aimed at simplifying application processes for international students and making it easier for students from abroad to live and work while they study at Ireland’s well-respected institutions. The Irish government planned to implement the changes this past autumn, so we’ll have to wait and see how they affect the international student experience in the Emerald Isle. Ireland’s initiative mirrors that of several other countries that are working to open borders to international education and help overseas students pursue advanced studies in an increasingly challenging economic climate.

  4. Obama Wants to Make Community College Free

Speaking of helping students financially, the American President Barak Obama wants to make higher education more accessible to American and international students. Earlier this year, Obama announced his intention to make community college universally free to students with GPAs above 2.5. The plan, if implemented, could cost the US $60billion in the next decade, but the President’s plan proposes dividing the cost between State and Federal coffers. Universal higher education exists in many countries, and in the US similar programs operate on a small-scale within individual states or communities, but it remains to be seen whether Obama’s initiative will have support from US law-makers in the Senate and Congress.

  5. Erasmus+ Got More Money and a Wider Scope

The Erasmus program is one of the world’s biggest players in international student mobility, and in 2014, the program announced the establishment of Erasmus+, which would incorporate all of the existing EU student mobility programs. The new program was a major success with record numbers of applicants and in 2015 Erasmus+ committed an additional €15 for the next funding cycle. Erasmus+ grants help to foster mobility and inclusiveness for students from around the world, and the next cycle of applications will focus on grants for under-represented areas. The new program was wildly successful, with overwhelmingly positive feedback from applicants.

Attracting Become A Students

A Look Back

A scant decade ago, a climate of higher education inclusivity in Iran was far from the reality. In fact, nearly 2.5 million high school age students in Iran were not even enrolled in high school, according to The Washington Post. Those who were, meanwhile, were in the right grade less than 50 percent of the time. Given that the university system during that time period accepted a mere 10 percent of applicants, it’s hardly surprising that many students opted out of college for the more attainable labor market.

The 2005 to 2013 administration of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad saw rapid change. By the conclusion of his term, more than a million university spots were available, largely due to a rise in part-time and distance-learning offerings. Now, according to Washington Post reporter Shervin Malekzadeh, “For the first time in Iran’s modern history, anyone who is willing to pay can go to university.”

A Dynamic Present

According to Malekzadeh, “As participation in post-secondary education has become commonplace, what was once an exception reserved for the extraordinary has become an expectation for all. Universal access to higher education has transformed the experience of going to university and those who attend, into the ordinary.”

In  particular, the rapid expansion of two schools alone — the public Payame Noor University (PNU) and the private Payame Noor University (PNU) — has had a transformative effect on Iran’s higher education landscape: Both universities currently enroll more than a million students each.

The opening of these doors is particularly relevant at a time when Iran’s population is remarkably young. Of its 80.8 million people, 24 percent are between the ages of zero and 14, 19 percent are between the ages of 15 and 24, and 46 percent are between the ages of 25 and 54. The 55 and over set, meanwhile, make up just 11.5 percent of the country’s population.

Couple the ripeness of the population with growing opportunities, and university enrollments reached a record-high of 4.4 million in 2014. It follows that demand for advanced studies is also expected to climb in the near future.

And while there are some growing pains associated with this kind of meteoric growth, the majority of Iranians now not only see the value of a degree, but also see it within their own reach. In fact, Iranian parents fork over more than $3 billion annual for higher education for their kids — opportunities they themselves most likely never had.

In fact, according to a brief from Brandeis University’s Nader Habibi, Iran is producing university graduates at a faster rate than any other Middle Eastern country. Equally as noteworthy? The majority — a full 60 percent — are women.

The International Scene

But interest in the Iranian higher education system is not just limited to Iranians thanks to President Hassan Rouhani’s favorable viewpoint of international mobility. Not only has Rouhani lifted several restrictions while supporting international academic collaboration, but the easing of sanctions is now allowing American and Iranian colleges to partner with each other.

Last summer, the Institute of International Education (IIE) sent a delegate of U.S. representatives to visit Iran’s universities and research centers. Said IIE CEO and president Allan E. Goodman,

Image courtesy of TK Danesh Institute

“One by one, there is already since President Rouhani’s election a flow of academic exchange that hasn’t existed for 30 years.” Goodman went on to say that  with faculty members already commencing travel to Iran, it’s only a matter of time before opportunities for students also arise.

Outbound exchange is also picking up after the past decade of economic and diplomatic sanctions. Today, estimates put the number of Iranians studying abroad somewhere between 50,000 and 80,000, with Europe, the UK and the US in particular demand, according to a report from TK Danesh Institute Managing Director Soheyl M. Ahmadi. At the Master’s and Ph.D. levels, meanwhile, Malaysia claimed the top destination spot, followed by the US, Canada, Germany and the UK.

While Iran is well on its way to achieving its official goal of having 60 percent of its college-age population enrolled in some kind of higher education by 2025, the potential impact is far from limited to domestic outcomes. Between its expanded capacity, ongoing demand, and new global perspective, Iran is well-positioned to take on a greater role in international markets in the years ahead.

Are You Plan Study in Iceland

1. It’s Incredibly Open

Let’s face it: you don’t go to college to close your mind to new things. If you’re looking to truly expand your horizons, there’s no better place than Iceland — home to one of the world’s most liberal populations thanks to pervasive commitment to gender equality, sexual and religious tolerance, and progressive laws.

In fact, Iceland recently claimed 4th place status in the Social Progress Index 2015 behind Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. Helping it earn this title? Support for personal rights, choice, tolerance, freedom and access to higher education, as well as its status as one of the globe’s most peaceful, ecologically sustainable places.

2. It Boasts a Rich and Dynamic History

The words “Vikings” and “boring” are mutually exclusive, but Iceland’s history is about much more than its medieval marauders. (And on that note, the Vikings themselves were about much more than medieval marauding.)

Whether you’re a political science or military history buff, fan of Old Norse sagas and contemporary Nordic crime lit, or an economic scholar, Iceland’s riveting history truly has something for everyone.

If you’re a believer in the supernatural, meanwhile, you’ll find yourself in good company in Iceland, where many locals believe in hidden elves and other mystical creatures.

Proud Icelanders celebrate their heritage with an abundance of local and national festivals meaning you’ll have plenty of opportunities to join in the fun while learning even more about Iceland’s fascinating past.

An added bonus? Due to its fusion of Nordic, European and North American cultures, most Icelanders speak at least two languages fluently, including English and Icelandic. Reykjavik is known as a popular international study location, with more than 5% of all students being international. Reykjavik University is located in the heart of capital and offers a variety of programs taught entirely in English.

3. Its Changing Landscapes Are Like No Other

Iceland’s Mid-Atlantic Ridge location makes it a truly unique destination any season of the year. Green open meadows, bubbling hot springs (Reykjavík translates to “smoky bay” in Icelandic), geothermal lakes, grand glaciers, brooding volcanoes, and crystalline fjords are just a few of the landscapes you can lay eyes on during your time in Iceland. And need we even mention those spectacular northern lights?

With such a breadth and depth of remarkable scenery, it’s not surprising that Iceland goes to such great lengths to preserve it, and is known as a world leader in conservation and sustainability management. Iceland is home to Europe’s largest national park, and  staggering 100 percent of its electricity derives from renewable sources. No wonder Iceland is such a popular destination for sustainability related programs, at Iceland School of Energy students can study Sustainable Energy programs and learn first hand about renewable energy technology and development. Or combine ecology, sociology, economics and business studies and consider a Master in Coastal and Marine Management at the University Centre of the Westfjords

And don’t get put off by the idea of snow: Iceland is renowned for its never ending summer. Schools like Bifrost Universityeven offer summer courses. They also offer various programs that will give you time to enjoy the landscape throughout the four seasons.

While Iceland is so beautiful that you may never want to leave, Europe’s second-largest island has yet another thing going for it: proximity. Not only is it a hop, skip and jump to other popular Scandinavian and continental European destinations, but it’s also close to the U.S. with abundant and affordable connecting flights.

4. Arts and Culture Abound

We’ve already mentioned Iceland’s literary legacy, but it doesn’t end there. The country — birthplace of Björk, Monsters and Men, and Sigur Rós — also lays claim to a vibrant and unique community of artists, musicians and designers. Annual events like the Reykjavik Arts Festival, the Reykjavik International Film Festival and DesignMarch attract attendees from near and far while offering inspiring outlets for artists.

All of this adds up to perfect backdrop for studies at the acclaimed Iceland Academy of the Arts, which offers a comprehensive range of degree programs in design and architecture, fine arts, music, theater and dance, and art education.

Film-making is also alive and well in Iceland and home to the popular Icelandic Film School, making it a premier destination for aspiring filmmaker. One of Iceland’s’ most recent famous film product? Star Wars The Force Awakens.

Between all of the things to see, do and learn in Iceland, it’s no wonder that more and more students are choosing Iceland for their international study pursuits. In fact, five percent of Iceland’s student body is international, and that number continues to grow. One final compelling benefit worth mentioning? Iceland remains one of a handful of countries still offering free tuition to public universities for all.