Going Global

Experts offer students various options on universities, courses, scholarships, bursaries, loans and competitive exams during the second phase of dna`s Global Education Seminars. Prachi Rege reports.

Updated: Dec 10, 2013, 00:45 AM IST

Experts offer students various options on universities, courses, scholarships, bursaries, loans and competitive exams during the second phase of dna`s Global Education Seminars. Prachi Rege reports.

The second phase of dna`s Global Education seminar began in the first week of December. Sponsored by the Bank of India, the first of the lot was held at K J Somaiya College of Science, Vidyavihar on December 4, and the second at Jai Hind College, Churchgate, on December 5. The workshop aimed at guiding students aspiring to study abroad in making informed decisions.

Alisha Mashruwala, dna’s overseas education counsellor, gave information on universities, courses, scholarships and job opportunities. Elaborating on the application requirements, she said a well-written statement of purpose that clarified a student’s academic and work goals would impress the admission officers. A student should thoroughly research about the credibility of the courses they wish to pursue abroad, she advised.

“A high ranking university may not necessarily be good for the programme you want to pursue.” A background check on funding and research faciltities at the university your choice was nevessary, she said, adding that students must not hesitate to get in touch with the professors directly.

While addressing the issue of part-time jobs Mashruwala said part-time work hours were different in different countries. “Students can either go for research and teaching assitantship or work as residential advisor. This helps in cutting living expenses as you get to stay on campus.” She also gave students information on scholarships and bursaries. “Scholarships are either need-based or merit based. Tata, Mahindra, Rotract club and the IELTS scholarship are some of the competitive ones,” she said.

An international education is not possible if you have not appeared for the required entrance tests. Neha Sarwal, academic head, verbal, IMS guided students through various exams like GRE, GMAT and TOEFL and SAT. She highlighted the costs, score scales, exam facts and test formats of these exams.

Speaking about the visas, a team from US Consulate—Tania Romanoff, second tour consular officer and JP Hesford, second tour political officer, assured students that there is no glass ceiling to break in the US visa application process. “You start the visa process once you get your acceptance letter from the University. All you need to do is attach the correct documents and the details of your funding with the I-20 Form,” said Romanoff. Hesford stated that there has been almost a 20 per cent rise in the number of Indian students going to the US for studies.

“This proves that the visa process is hassle free and shouldn`t be a cause of worry,” he quipped. Preeti Prabhu, trade commissioner, Consulate General of Canada informed students to apply for the visa six weeks before their departure date.

Finances play a vital role in securing an education abroad. NU Goswami, assistant general manager, Bank of India, Mumbai advised students on the education loan prodecures. The maximum amount that a students could get as loan was Rs 20 lakh, he said and added that the current rate of interest was 12.5 per cent per annum. The quantam of loan was decided on the basis of the I-20 form which covered tuition fee and living expenses, and also the insurance cover of the student and the parents who awere co-borrowers. The workshops concluded with a lively question and answer session.


“Getting global education is no more a luxury but a necessity. Education is a borderless entity,”
Satish Ailawadi, director, KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research

“It is very rare that students get an opportunity to interact with experts on various aspects of overseas education under one roof. This is a wonderful concept,” NW Shivdasani, director, Jai Hind College


Questions Galore

1. Which exams are widely acccepted for MS programmes in US and Canada?

Some Canadian universities don`t require you to give the exam, a few also exempt English medium students from IELTS. However, in the US you need to give the GRE and Tofel.

2. Which is a good country to study Biotechnology- US, UK or Canada?

A Masters at any university in US or Canada will be a good option since these are more research-focused and also provide good funding opportunities for Phd students.

3. Do campus jobs pay enough to cover living expenses?

Only those working as Residential Advisors can take care of their living expenses as one gets to stay on campus. In the US the pay is not good enough as yu get to work only for a limited number of hours. Canada has a Co-op work programme, wherein students can work full-time with companies while studying.

4. Which universities offer courses in Animal Science and Zoology?

University of Guelph, Canada, Univserities of Sydney and Melbourne, The University of New South Wales in Australia and New Castle University, UK are some of the universities that offer these subjects.

5. Is there any crietria for applying for student loans?

Student should have secured a first class consistently throughout his/her academic life. Information on the job prospects of the student on completion of the course is also sought.