Connect with official country representatives through GLAP
Planning to study abroad is one of the most important decisions in your professional life and requires counsel from multiple advisors right from family to admission counsellors. “The biggest mistake study abroad aspirants make is the lack of planning. One should consider guidance from experts before getting started with the application process,” says Kanika Marwah, Director of University Options, an education counselling process. In fact, one thing that majority of you would be confused about is what is the first step in the process of studying abroad, meaning, where do you start? While you have the option of registering with independent admission counsellors, what could also work to your benefit is connecting with country representatives of the countries you wish to pursue your studies in.
Which are these country centres for education?
Official country education sites are the one-stop destination for every kind of information about a country and its education system. Majority of countries have official bodies dedicated to guiding international students who wish to pursue education abroad. Here are some of the country education centres:
EducationUSA is the official education representative for students planning to pursue studies in USA. The body takes you through every aspect of studying in USA, right from admission procedure to the campus life in US universities. “EducationUSA is the official source for US higher education, supported by the US Department of State. It provides accurate and comprehensive information to students interested in applying to US universities,” says Dr. Diya Dutt, Deputy Director, USIEF. EducationUSA also conducts workshops and seminars to guide students through every aspect of the application process. And it does not stop there. It organises webinars and face-to-face sessions to help students with the visa application process once they get offer letters from the universities. Best part is that it also brings university representatives to the host countries so that international students can know about the universities from the respective admission teams.
As the name suggests, Campus France is the education wing of the French embassy whose focus is to promote higher education in France among international students. “France has a diversified network of over 3,500 higher education institutions and its internationally renowned research centres deliver top-notch academic programmes. Campus France works to take international students through all the advantages of getting a French degree,” says Sapna Sachdeva, National coordinator of Campus France. Campus France has over 80 sites across the world, which guides students with country specific information to study in France. Campus France holds regular seminars as well as webinars for international students explaining about the various aspects of studying in France. Also, the body reaches over 150,000 international students annually through fairs, forums, thematic visits and university tours. If you are planning to study in France, you can approach Campus France for information about the admission process in French educational institutes.
Study in Sweden:
The education wing of the Swedish embassy, Study in Sweden guides international students in finding the right educational opportunities in Sweden.The body helps you understand the education system in Sweden, including its education structure, admission process and scholarship opportunities, among others. Study in Sweden also offers language programmes in Swedish for international students planning to pursue non-English programmes in the country.
Study in Russia:
Study in Russia is the one stop destination for students across the world who want to explore education opportunities in Russia. The body also takes forward Russia’s 5-100 initiative which aims to put, at least, five Russian universities in the top 100 universities in world as per QS, THE or ARWU. Study in Russia guides international students through the entire study cycle of Russia and helps them find the university best suited to their education requirement. It also counsels international students on visa, immigration and work opportunities in Russia, both during and after studies.
Where to find them?
While international students can go to respective sites of the country bodies, they also have the opportunity to find them all in one place at the Global Live Application Platform or G-LAP. GLAP is an online event where you can interact with admission representatives of international universities as well as country representatives across domains and countries. GLAP allows you to connect with any of the listed international student bodies for advice on education opportunities in their respective countries. If your question is on how to connect; here’s the answer- GLAP enables live chat opportunity for registered members. Once you are a GLAP member, you can chat live with any of the country representatives. And if the university or representative you are interested in is not live, you can send them offline messages. GLAP is live all throughout the study abroad admission calendar. So, even if you missed the last GLAP, you can still register for the next GLAP sessions.
Here’s the GLAP calendar for the current academic cycle:
November 9 to 11, 2016
January 12 to 14, 2017
Click here to know more about GLAP
How to chat with official country representatives?
In order to be able to chat with official country representatives, international students have to register with GLAP and complete their profile. Profile completion is a simple method of ensuring you are directed to your best fit country and university. To complete your GLAP profile you need to enter the following details:
Personal details: Name, email address, contact
Education details: Education information regarding degree, scores and year.
Work experience: Details of work experience, if any
Exam score: Standardised test scores, if already taken
Preference: Preferred countries, duration, programmes, specialisation, scholarship, budget, among others
Click here if you want to chat with country representatives and universities across the world.
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