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Are you planning your higher education abroad?

Sep 04, 2013

Going abroad for higher education is a common practice these days among the youth. If you too are planning to study abroad, you must make sure you are completely prepared for it. Research shows there is a rise of 2.56 % in the number of students going abroad in the past 10 years.

There are certain aspects if carefully considered, your experience of studying abroad will be a pleasant experience. Here’s a checklist so that you don't miss out on the most important ones:

Passport: make sure your Passport is valid for a sufficient amount of time. Ideally 6 months is a good time before expiry to apply for renewal, to be on a safer side.

Visa: you have to be very sure to check and sort all your visa related documents before leaving the country.

Follow few simple steps to get a student visa.

1. Appear for an academic test, and clear the same.
2. Get yourself registered in a recognised College /University.
3. Apply for the student Visa.

You can even ask your university for assistance with Visa formalities.

Finances: listing down all expenses is a good exercise. Make a list of all expenses; don’t forget to include expenses related to food, travel and entertainment. Make sure to get an account in the bank that offers you international cash cards.

International Study Identity Card (ISIC): holding an ISIC card entitles you to lot of discounts around the world including Travel, Insurance; phone calls etc. make sure you get one.

Insurance: A major necessity for international students. Carefully choose a Travel Insurance policy that will cover you against travel, medical expenses and valuable belongings in case of theft. Insurance cost is India is 1/3rd the price of the schemes overseas.

Medical: visit your local doctors for a complete medical check-up before leaving the country. It’s also advisable to get yourself vaccinated and carry all relevant medical documents.

Language: make sure you learn the basic native language of the place of study.

Travel: It will be an economical option to purchase metro cards or airline tickets well in advance to travel within the country.

Get your overseas education financed by loan: following is the eligibility criteria for loan approval.

1. You need to be an Indian citizen.
2. You should have secured admission / Registration to a professional course abroad.
3. Preferable age is between 16- 35 years.
4. For loan of more than 7,50,000 you will have to submit a collateral security.
5. In case you have opted for a full time course, co- applicant is required.
6. You need to submit copies of your academic certificates.
7. Age and identity proofs are required.
8. You will have to produce all income related documents.

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