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Follow these Tips for an Incredible Study Experience in Canada

Gees ConsultantsFebruary 12, 2020

Canada is quite accommodative in terms of study abroad experience; its rich diversity and all-embracing attitude as a nation put it at the top of the list when it comes to choosing study abroad destination. Now that you’ve decided to study in Canada, there are a few things you can follow for an amazing study experience here.

Brave the cold:
Canada is an extremely cold country where biting cold and chill can fall below the sub-zero temperature and test your endurance levels. With the right gear apparel and accessories, you can brace yourself to ward off the cold especially between December and February.

Stay safe:
Though Canada is an absolutely safe country to study and further work, you’ll be better off by registering with the country’s embassy in advance for all information. It is important to have the contact details of your campus security and other emergency numbers at your fingertips, in addition to your study abroad agency.

Managing your finance:
Ensure you have a full list of expenditures and spend where it really matters. Get the list beforehand from the international office at your college or university or, if possible, from your study abroad consultants. This will avoid undue surprise. Again being frugal in terms of spending and showing discipline in a foreign land will help you sail safely in financial crunch situations.

Cutting costs:
Canada falls in the list of expensive countries to live and it is important to check the dollar exchange rate against Indian rupee regularly and plan things ahead. Even studying in Canada requires adequate funds which are the case in almost any study abroad destination.

Choice of Accommodation:
There are usually two choices of accommodation when you study in Canada: on-campus boarding house and private homestays. Many prefer the later as they are comparatively light on the pocket, offer greater flexibility and the feeling of being at home. But do check out what the university or college has to offer in terms of accommodation. There are a number of universities in Canada to pick from if you prefer to study postgraduate in Canada. Please feel free to talk to us so that you’re at complete peace of mind if you choose to pursue higher studies in Canada.

Looking to Study Abroad in Australia? Check out these Tips First

Gees ConsultantsFebruary 5, 2020

Our previous blog threw some light on why one should consider Australia as a top study abroad destination, and the reasons were pretty much compelling. But is there any preparation that one needs to do before making the decision to study abroad? Here are a few quick tips.  

Do your research:
Do your bit of research as to the historical facts and culture of the country. There are in-depth resources including videos, articles, blogs, and magazines online that you can flip through for a deeper understanding and grasp of things in perspective.

Pack less:
Do you pack more than you can really deal with? Segregate the essentials from the non-essentials to reduce your burden and take the stress out of your trip.

Weather the ‘weather’:
Beat the weather is what anybody would look to do first up. But that isn’t easy if you don’t have a fair idea of how the weather would turn out. Thanks to the numerous apps and tools online at your disposal.

Start saving:
Because the cost of living in Australia can be on the higher side, savings is crucial to avoid financial crunch and maintain a decent lifestyle. The key is proper budgeting ahead of time and managing your expectations wisely.

Gear up for a different academic structure:
Australia has a different academic structure compared to the likes of the US with students having to retrain their brains when it comes to achieving their grades. In Australia grades usually begin at 0 and students earn grades from 0% to 50% with examinations and/or assignments. This said the study load is comparatively less to that of the US. 

Time Management:
With a bit of time management, you can manage the study-leisure equation as Australia, as a tourist destination, has a lot of exotic locations to explore to escape once in a while.

Talk to Alum:
If you know people who have already passed out of universities or colleges down under, feel free to talk to them and get the specifics required before you make up your mind to study in Australia.

Meet the Locals:
Aussies are usually affable and gregarious depending on what your interests are. You can get quickly acquainted with them if you join any local clubs or professional organizations with regular networking and meetups.

Having an open mind:
Keeping an open and diverse mind to the local culture, traditional practices, education system, and expectations will put you in good stead over how things shape up once you plan to study undergraduate or postgraduate courses in Australia.

Studying Abroad? What to Expect

Gees ConsultantsFebruary 3, 2020

Studying abroad can be a daunting experience for many, but it throws in a lot of opportunities hitherto unidentified such as learning a new language, practicing a new culture or simply adopting a global mindset. Even when you wake up with butterflies in your stomach of adapting yourself to a new land, the opportunity that it presents would be comforting, if not more. Therefore, what can you expect here as a student studying abroad, or in other words what are the underlying opportunities?

Diversified thinking:
Most professors and lecturers in the academic circles of foreign universities are not just tutors, but also make good mentors and help diversify their pupils’ thought process. This is important to develop a global perspective of things and crucial, as a skill, for you to work in a corporate firm or MNC later.

One with the host country:
This can be the biggest challenge, but certainly, you can do one bit at a time by constant learning of one’s culture and practicing them given the opportunity. Doing proper research about the host country would put you in good command over its culture in the long run without sounding too unnatural.

Practice the language:
Not that easy like it sounds. It requires continuous effort to win over the trust of the people of the host country by mastering any language in spoken and written form. There are several apps and tools available these days compared to just the pocket dictionary book of the yesteryears. Try reading signboards and billboards and conversing with basic word usages to gain the much needed confidence early on.

Respect and learn the culture:
It won’t suffice if you learn the language alone. Respecting and learning the local culture of the host country early on is critical not just to study abroad but also if you get a job opportunity there later on. Have a local friend or batch mate correcting you whenever you fail to stick to a particular cultural point. By this, you can master the nitty gritty things of one’s cultural norms. 

Document your travel:
Documenting your travel helps you relive your memory of the good times spent abroad. Keeping a journal of places you visited, local flavours tasted, seasons experienced, problems faced and words and phrases you learned would come in handy anytime you wanted to play the moments back in your mind.

Why Do Overseas Education in Ireland?

Gees ConsultantsJanuary 20, 2020

If you’re looking to study in one of the most beautiful places on earth that also boasts a fabulously rich history, then Ireland is the place to be. Ireland offers students a range of courses—both undergraduate and postgraduate—in different streams from short-term courses to comprehensive degree programs. Here is why you can prefer to study in Ireland:

# Ireland, better known as the ‘Emerald Isle’, is nothing short of ravishing beauty dotted with magnificent mountains and sparkling streams. With hurling, snooking, Gaelic football and Irish pubs, Ireland has everything that you’d look for in terms of sheer recreation and entertainment. 

# Irish universities offer a wide range of courses in different verticals, out of which pharmaceuticals, chemistry, and technology are some hot research areas to pursue here. Also, you can transfer your credits from any institution in Ireland to many other universities in the world where you want to finish the course.

# Though English is the most widely spoken language in Ireland, you can learn multiple languages including Gaelic and other local languages and dialects. 

# There are many universities that offer internship opportunities and study abroad loans. If the idea of working in Ireland after studies doesn’t appeal to you, you may be better off applying for a scholarship to study there.

# With the kind of exposure and diversity of cultures that universities in Ireland put you through you can easily amplify your global awareness and professional experience.

# Any course degree in Ireland may give you the required professional edge over the rest and looks great on your CV too!

#Though Ireland gained independence only in 1922, Irish history is as old as western history itself. You can find some of the oldest surviving forts and tombs here. You’ll instantly fall in love with its myriad of rich cultures.

# Ireland is known for its affable and hospitable people also identified with their professional and personal relationship, if nothing else. By choosing to study and work in Ireland, you’re simply planning to take your career to a new level.

If you’re passionate about studying and working in Ireland, we help you realize your dream today at Gees Consultants. We are just a call away.

Want to Study Abroad? Here are the Five Best Destinations

Gees ConsultantsJanuary 10, 2020

There are lakhs of Indians who aspire to study abroad every year. Not to mention job opportunities with fat paychecks right after completion of the course and even while studying in the college. But let’s not forget that it presents its own challenges such as securing a permanent residence, job security and so on. If you’re looking to study abroad, here are the top 5 destinations to check out: US, UK, Canada, Australia, and Germany.

# United Kingdom: Universities in the UK have received about 30,000 Indian applications for admission until September 2019. This is an increase of 63% over the previous year. The biggest advantage of studying in the UK is that the PG courses are typically one year and this apparently lowers the cost of education. 

#United States: The number of Indian students who applied for admission in colleges and universities in the US last year was 2,02,014. In the US, students can enjoy the benefits of merit-based tuition waivers, in addition to getting scholarships and teaching assistantships.

#Canada: Canada received 1,03, 955 applications from India starting from January to October 2019. When it comes to the advantages of studying in Canada, the fee is relatively low in top universities, there is a work permit of up to 3 years post-course completion and getting a permanent residency is comparatively easy.

#Australia: The number of Indian students applying for university admission last year was 1,07,673—a 32 percent increase over 2017-2018. If you’re fresh out of college, you can stay and work in Australia for up to 3 years. The work visa is tad easy to obtain and so is the permanent residency. And if students are ready to move to smaller cities, they are likely to get one more year of work visa. 

#Germany: Universities and colleges in Germany received 20,180 Indian applications for admission for the winter semester of 2018-19. There are world-class universities in Germany for STEM, in addition to many PG courses in English. Students would get 18 months post-study work permit too. 

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