Why UK is emerging as a preferred overseas education destination?

As the pandemic continues to impact our present and alter the course of our future existence, every nation is making concerted efforts towards establishing a new normal. But, one may wonder what does this new normal imply for an overseas education aspirant. It definitely requires them to reassess study plans in a post COVID world. [...]

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Collegepond June 19, 2020 0 Comments

UK’s new skills based immigration system – how this is likely to benefit international students?

There is something to rejoice about for all those Indian students who have been experiencing a sense of despair with regards to UK education dream. UK’s decision to introduce a new skill-based migration policy underpins its resolve to redefine its future by welcoming the best and brightest of international talents to study and work in [...]

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Collegepond June 1, 2020 0 Comments

UK’s New Points Based Immigration System : A Boon for Indian Students and Professionals

UK’s constructive attempt to transform its economy, educational policies and employment opportunities has led to the introduction of a new points-based immigration system recently. The new immigration system, being fair and meritorious, augurs well for aspiring Indian students and working professionals as it provides them with a befitting platform to realize their coveted UK dreams. [...]

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Collegepond April 23, 2020 0 Comments

How to Fast-Track your Fall 2021 Admissions?

Life can be strange and uncertain at times. While you may be gearing up to boost your academic credentials with the coveted international graduate degree -to compete with the best and the brightest in the world, you suddenly find your continuity plans interrupted by the foreboding coronavirus -disrupting life, livelihood, businesses, and education across the globe.

As the virus continues to spread its tentacles across nations, the pall of gloom that has befallen upon humanity is unprecedented, to say the least. These are trying times mentally, physically and socially, and we at Collegepond believe that trying times call for a more proactive, decisive and calibrated approach towards how we deal with the vagaries of life, achieve our objectives and sustain in the long run.

While the world continues to grapple with the shortage of hand sanitizers and face masks, you must be faced with the unforeseen  prospect of deferred college exams and re-scheduled GREs.

While we understand the deep sense of fear, panic, and uncertainty that you are left facing as an individual, we also realize that this is not an easy time to be an aspiring study abroad student.

As a result, apart from being concerned about your health, safety and well being, we are also equally concerned about enlivening our motto of ‘securing your future’, at all costs – by ensuring that your valuable time, efforts, goals, and priorities are never compromised at any point in time, as you navigate through this crucial and tentative phase in your academic life.

This has prompted us to incorporate proactive admission measures and prepone the admission process- this time around, to counter foreseeable delays in the form of impending college exams and GREs. In keeping with this, we would like to invite you for a free counseling session to discuss and address the following in a timely and concerted manner :

  • Your admission concerns
  • Reviewing your test preparations
  • Evaluating your academic prospects
  • Enabling you to secure your admission with thorough planning and forethought

As you must be aware that the admission process is time-consuming and demanding, we would urge you to sensibly plan your admission process and test preparations by meeting us well in advance. This will not only provide us with ample time to prepare you for graduate school admission but also enable us to keep you inspired and motivated through confidence-building measures such as mock visa interview,etc., so that you stand out when it comes to securing that coveted graduate admission.

Most importantly, you can avail of our ‘early application offers’ in the form of discounted fees. We are hopeful and confident that with our time tested counseling expertise, valuable career guidance and smart strategizing, we can help you make the most of the prevailing tough situation!  So, do join us for our upcoming session on ‘Fast-tracking The Graduate Application Process’.  The odds are certainly going to improve for you from here on!

You can Fast-track your Fall 2021 applications by availing a free online counselling session with us. To book an appointment, contact at [email protected] or 022-26103135.

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Collegepond March 18, 2020 0 Comments

Coronavirus – The Pandemic and the Higher Education Pandemonium

As the world finds itself entangled in the rapidly spreading Covid-19 pandemic with the resulting travel restrictions that the alarming situation has caused, students across the globe are experiencing a sense of uncertainty. Following gruelling hours of test preparations and tedious application processes, most students were awaiting their admits with bated breath when the virus raised its ugly head. Travel restrictions also raised questions concerning the timely commencement of the next intake. Amid such uncertainties, the epidemic, which has now been declared by the WHO as a pandemic, is being viewed as an impediment threatening to dampen students’ international education experience. The situation demands closer scrutiny, and our research has led us to believe that universities are equally concerned about the situation as the students.

Universities, especially those without state or public funding, run the risk of losing out on a significant chunk of their annual revenue as a consequence of the failure in meeting enrolment targets.

A survey conducted by the Institute of International Education reveals that the scales are tilted in favour of international students. Higher education institutions in the USA are bending over backwards in adjusting their teaching methods to the current requirements. Of the more than 230 higher education institutions that responded to this survey, almost 37 percent confirmed that they were considering alternatives like ‘flexible study or distance learning, leaves of absence, refunds, or other opportunities’ owing to the fact that the Chinese students are unable to return to the campus due to travel restrictions. Around 76 percent of institutions acknowledged that student recruitment activities for the next intake would be rendered ineffective in China due to the cancellation of standardized tests. Therefore, they have started incentivizing Chinese students by offering application deadline extensions and deferrals. More on this can be read at: https://www.iie.org/en/Why-IIE/Announcements/2020/03/IIE-Releases-Survey-on-Effects-of-COVID-19-on-International-Students-and-Study-Abroad

Even in the UK, some of the higher learning institutions are considering extending deadlines for or waiving off the requirement for standardized tests. For instance, the London School of Economics has allowed its prospective graduate students to submit their applications without their GRE/GMAT scores. More information on this can be obtained on: http://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Graduate/Prospective-students/Entry-requirements/GRE-and-GMAT

As the outbreak escalates in major US states like Washington DC, California, Florida, Georgia, and New Jersey, many prominent universities have devised elaborate academic continuity plans to ensure that ongoing courses for their currently enrolled students are on track. The following link elaborates on the efforts undertaken by institutions and professors to leverage technology in helping students complete their programs: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1VT9oiNYPyiEsGHBoDKlwLlWAsWP58sGV7A3oIuEUG3k/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true#

At the heart of using these innovative, remote teaching-learning technologies is the intention of helping students maintain their F1 status. A delay in the program completion for their current batch of students might necessitate institutions to apply for F1 extensions for a large number of their students. Universities may also need to either hire more professors or reduce the number of seats for the next intake. Nevertheless, both these options could potentially burden them financially. Therefore, the online modalities of teaching, such as MOOCs and webinars, which were earlier not considered as part of main-stream teaching methods, are now being touted as the need of the hour. Professors are now familiarizing themselves with technologies such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom for webinars. Additionally, even the US government has stepped up in its efforts to provide a sense of relief to international students.  The Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has temporarily suspended the limitations on online class hours for all current international students within the USA. More on this can be read at: https://www.ice.gov/doclib/sevis/pdf/bcm2003-01.pdf

Such extraordinary measures being undertaken by educational institutions and the government highlight the fact that universities are now ready to explore previously unchartered territories to maintain their financial viability. This paradigm shift is bringing in numerous advantages for the international student community. As soon as the COVID situation subsides, universities would resume operations and expedite I-20 and other procedures with vigour. In the worst-case scenario, should travel restrictions prevent students from entering the USA for the Fall intake, there would be a high chance that the SEVP would extend its support. Students might be able to complete a considerable portion of their studies in a subsidized online mode in their home countries and still receive the benefits of the F1 visa and the OPT period once they enter the USA. In their procedural adaptations update, the SEVP has acknowledged the ‘fluid and the rapidly changing’ nature of the Covid-19 crisis, which seems like a ray of hope for international students.

Therefore, students must exercise patience for now and continue preparing for their visas. While, as of March 14, 2020, the embassy has canceled visa appointments in response to the declaration of national emergency in the USA, the embassy may be required to work over-time to compensate for the lost time as soon as the situation is brought under control.  Hence, in the given situation, the students should spend time in educating themselves about visa processes to minimise last minute hassles. In the current circumstances, we intend to serve our students to the best of our abilities and our team is all geared up towards resolving any visa queries that the students may have.

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Collegepond March 16, 2020 0 Comments

UK VISA Process

The UK is a hub for pursuing higher education and is renowned for its high standards of academic excellence. Students in the United Kingdom are encouraged to develop themselves to the best of their potential as well as enjoy a social life.   The UK is known all over the world for its history of warmth and welcomes [...]

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Collegepond September 20, 2019 0 Comments

UK REINTRODUCES TWO-YEAR-POST-STUDY WORK VISA: WHAT THIS MEANS FOR INDIAN STUDENTS?

Cheers! There is good news for all those Indian students who have been experiencing a sense of caution and despair with regards to advancing their current level of education in the UK. The palpability is justified and understandable in the wake of the abolishment of the two-year post-study work visa by the erstwhile UK government [...]

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Collegepond August 29, 2019 0 Comments
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