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Study Abroad

In our globalised post-COVID world, students have amazing opportunities to pursue higher studies in the best international campuses – often with scholarships! However, the application process is complex and timely information about scholarships often hard to come by.

Our End-to-End Solution from guidance to preparation for admissions in top campuses, ensuring that your potential as a candidate is clearly reflected, includes:

Statement
of purpose
Letter of
Recommendation
CV/Resume
Writing
Scholarship/
Financial aid
Essay
Shortlisting Courses
& Universities
Visa Advice & Application
Process Support
Complete Application Support

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World-renowned
Campuses

ICS has guided students to world-renowned campuses like:
USA

Harvard University, Stanford University, Berkeley University, Yale University, Cornell University, Duke University, New York University, University of California, Mt Holyoke, New York University, Columbia University, Amherst College, Colgate University, The New School Parsons, and more.

UK

Cambridge University, Oxford University, London School of Economics, London Business School, King's College London, University College London (UCL), Durham University, Edinburgh University, Imperial College, Warwick University, University of Strathclyde, Leeds University, SOAS University of London, Nottingham University, and more.

Canada

University of Toronto, Waterloo University, Carleton University, McGill University, University of British Columbia, Western University, Richard Ivy Business School, OCAD University, McMaster University, Queen's University and University of Alberta, and more.

Singapore

Singapore Management University (SMU), National University of Singapore (NUS), Yale NUS, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD), LaSalle School of Design, and more.

Australia

Australian National University, University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, Monash University, and more

New
Zealand

Auckland University, Auckland Technical University, and more.

Ireland

Trinity College, Dublin

Hong
Kong

Hong Kong Technical University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Guidance for
statement of
purpose (SOP)

A Statement of Purpose is an essay that details your reasons for
applying to a particular college or university for a particular course. It is a
great tool to share your ambitions, skills and experience with the
admission committee. It is also a mandatory document when applying
to educational institutions abroad, and is often required by various
Indian colleges and universities too.

01

What you want
to become

02

Your motivations for your chosen career path

03

Why you are applying to a specific institution to pursue a particular course

04

Important details about your personal circumstances

Most colleges and universities have a standard format/template of SOP. However, the content in the SOP varies with different students applying to different institutions to pursue courses of their choice. Also, their reasons and motivations for choosing their career paths, and their personal life situations make their SOPs unique

The SOP can be broken down into 3-4 paragraphs, as follows:

01

The first paragraph usually
highlights the student’s key motivation for pursuing a given course

02

The second paragraph details the student’s background, academic and professional achievements, as well as short-and-long-term goals

03

The third and fourth paragraphs
talk about why the student wishes
to pursue the course from a particular college/university to
which he/she is applying. It should explain how the chosen institution will help the student achieve his/her career goals and ambitions

04

The concluding paragraph should be impactful. Here, students should highlight how their experiences and learning will positively influence their peers and benefit the educational institution that they wish to join

SOP
For UG

A graduate school Statement of Purpose focuses on the academics, professional qualities, accomplishments and goals of a student. It informs the admission committee about why a student is interested in a particular graduate programme, their journey thus far, their future career plans, etc.

Guidance for Letter of Recommendation
(LOR)

Letters of Recommendation (LORs) provide a comprehensive insight into the applicant’s suitability of candidature for admission into a given educational institution. Crafting an impressive Letter of Recommendation is just as important as creating a winning SOP.An ideal LOR should be from someone who knows you well, and should showcase aspects of your personality that are not mentioned in your SOP or resume. Including qualities and accomplishments that are unique and authentic will add to the strength of your application. Irrespective of the course (UG, MS, MBA, or PhD) and country, every student requires at least three letters of recommendation from either their college or professional background.

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Who knows you well

Readily agrees to provide specific
instances of your valued
contribution and excellence

Has personally witnessed the
quality of work delivered by you

Most of the universities require the LOR to be on
the official letterhead of the recommender or the
organisation he/she represents.

LOR
For UG

These can be taken from teachers, professors, school counsellors or the principal.

LOR
For PG

For master’s level applications, college professors, internship supervisors, or team lead/managers from the company where you have worked can issue recommendation letters.

Guidance for CV
writing

A Resume or a CV is a summary of your academic history, professional skills, achievements and delivered contributions. It’s your first impression on the admission committee and, hence, should be designed very carefully.

The resume must capture the attention of the admission committee within the first few seconds. Here are some important points to keep in mind while drafting your resume:

Content:

Divide your resume into relevant headings like Academic Qualifications,
Professional Qualifications, Projects, Internships, Seminars, Workshops,
Presentations, Achievements, Technical Skills, Extra-Curricular Activities,
Sports Participation, etc.

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Length:

The CV must not exceed two pages

CV
For UG

An undergraduate programme aspirant must focus on their academic credentials, extra-curricular activities and internships

CV
For PG

Master’s level applicants must emphasize their professional background and achievements, research, skills, awards, etc

Guidance
for Essay

Admission Essays are documents sought by colleges and universities abroad to consider your candidature for specific courses. The essay is a chance to make a great first impression and show the university administration why you are the right fit for your preferred course and institution. You can also use it to highlight your commitment to your educational and career goals.

Colleges/universities would provide the applicants a list of required questions or essays. These usually vary, depending on the unique requirements of a given programme and institution. The questions are designed very carefully to ascertain the eligibility of an applicant for a given programme. The aim is to find the right candidates for specific programmes.

Here are some tips on
writing a winning essay

Explain why and how studying abroad will make a difference in your educational journey

Outline your reasons for applying for a particular course

Provide details of your qualifications

Follow the instructions given by the college/university

Proofread your essays before submission

Types of Admission Essays

A

Word Limit - The actual length of the essay.

Short Answer Questions/Essays (200 – 500 words)

Long Answer Questions/ Essays (More than 500 words but less than 800 words)

Full-Length Essays (More than 800 words)

Rs. 5000

B

Content - What are the questions about?

Goals Essay
Leadership Essay
Career Progression Essay
Ethical Dilemma Essay
Achievements Essay
Failures Essay
Situations Essay

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Guidance for VISA application process

While getting admission in your dream university and course is great, fulfilling the visa and legal documentation formalities is what will actually make your studies abroad dream come true.

Every country is governed by its own Immigration Laws. These vary in terms of:

1. The documents
required
2. Proof of funds that are acceptable
3. What your visa would allow you to do apart from studying in the country
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Students are advised to plan their admission/application process according to the university deadlines and work backwards.

Students are required to appear for the English eligibility tests as per the university requirements, and have the required documents in place for the smooth processing of their application. Hence, a timeframe of 3-4 months is ideal to avoid any last-minute rush.
Candidates seeking financial aid, scholarships and education loans should add another couple of extra months to the process as these applications take longer getting assessed.

Documents Required for
Student Visa Application

Valid
Passport

This is the primary requisite. However, passport validity requirement may vary. Some countries require the passport to be valid till the end of the course even at the time of applying for the student visa. Some, on the other hand, may let you apply for the visa but request you to get the validity extended till beyond the period of your intended stay in the country.

Proof of being a student

If you are applying for any category of Student Visa, you must be able to prove that you are a bonafide student. This is often done by producing documents confirming your admission at an educational institution of that country.

Financial
Proof

Most countries require proof that the student has enough funds to cover his/her tuition, college and personal expenses for the intended study period. Some countries stipulate the amount that needs to be shown in the financial proof, while others have broader, more relaxed guidelines.

Language
Proficiency

Another requirement is to prove that you can communicate in the language that would be your medium of instruction. Since a majority of students plan to study in English-speaking countries, written and verbal proficiency proof is required for the same. This is usually done by taking English Language Tests like TOEFL or IELTS . Accordingly, if you plan to take up a course in any other language, you would be required to provide proficiency certification for that language.

Guidance for
Shortlisting colleges

Deciding on which colleges to apply to is one of the most critical steps for students
planning to study abroad. Given the amount of time and effort that goes into each
college/university application, it is extremely important to shortlist the institutions carefully.
Here are some key criteria to consider when working on your college list.

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University
Ranking

While ranking is one of the considerations, it is important to understand the parameters that it is based on. Ranking publishing agencies/organisations may give different weightage to different parameters. This the reason why we may see a difference in the rank awarded to a particular college/university across various publications.
Don’t just consider the overall ranking but also the weightage given to the individual factors that are important to you when selecting your best-fit college. Researching the ranking of the course that you want to pursue is also an important aspect.

Defining what is important to you

Every student has unique expectations from college life. So, while considering a particular college or university for higher studies, they must take these expectations into account. Some factors that influence students’ decisions on which colleges to apply to are:
Financial aid – Does the college provide financial aid to international students?
Sports – If you are interested in pursuing a particular sport seriously in college, shortlist institutions where that sport is popular.
Size of the college – Are you ok studying at a state college with 30,000 students, or would you prefer studying in a smaller college with just 3,000 students?
Campus – Some students prefer studying in a city campus, where there isn’t necessarily a college campus – university buildings are spread across the city. Others may prefer to study in a smaller city/town, where the university life is campus-based. The latter offers more of a community life.
Weather – If the college is located in a part of the world that gets very cold (or hot), it can impact your well-being.

Being realistic with college selection

While one should definitely apply to their dream colleges and universities, it is also important to apply to institutions where your chances of gaining admission are higher.

Gathering as much information as possible

The best way to find out information about a college is to connect with its students and faculty members. Admission officers, also a great resource, are usually eager to share necessary information about the college/university, student groups, clubs, alumni, etc.
Although not always possible, visiting a college/university that you aspire to join will give you a really good sense of the student life there.

Guidance for Scholarship

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Gaining quality education in top international universities is a dream for many students. However, arranging funds can prove to be a major hurdle in realising this dream. There are many scholarships provided by organisations, universities and governments to eligible candidates.

Below, we have provided a list of top international scholarships that students can avail of for pursuing higher education abroad.

Undergraduates
and Graduates

Academic scholarships

Need-based scholarships

Sports scholarships

STEM scholarships

Merit-based, etc.

Specifically for Graduates

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Fellowships

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