Advantages & Challenges of Studying Abroad

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March 2016

For many students, going away to college is the first time that they will live away from their parents or hometown. University life affords freedom, independence, and an opportunity to gain life skills that will be used your day to day life while this certainly is a major event, getting the most out of your college experience may involve going beyond your university’s campus.

Study Abroad

Off-campus volunteer and work opportunities may be the farthest you’ll want to venture from your college campus. But you may want to consider studying abroad.

Studying abroad offers a unique opportunity to grow academically, professionally, and personally while going on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. There are a number of other benefits to studying abroad; however, there are also numerous challenges. Consider the pros and cons, and decide if studying abroad may be right for you.

Advantages of Studying Abroad

Experience a Foreign Culture

Visiting foreign lands in person, however, is an entirely different experience. When you study abroad, you participate in the day-to-day life of a new locale, gaining first-hand understanding and new appreciation of the culture.

Improve Your Second Language Skills

You may already be fluent in a second language, or you might study abroad in one of the many countries where English is spoken as a first language. However, studying abroad can provide you with a perfect opportunity to learn a new foreign language.

Being surrounded by native speakers affords you the chance to immerse yourself in the language, which can expedite your retention and fluency. Furthermore, if you travel to a country in which the primary language is one you’ve studied in school, you can add to your vocabulary colloquial words and phrases that may not appear in the textbooks.

Explore Your Own Heritage

Students whose familial heritage stems from abroad will often choose to explore their ethnicity and ancestry. In fact, reports show that minority students benefit both personally and academically when they have studied abroad in the country of their family’s origin.

Pursue an Activity You Wouldn’t at Home

Studying abroad is a chance for you to be adventurous, explore the unknown, and try your hand at activities that may not be offered in your home state. For example, if you’re studying abroad in Argentina, you can try numerous adventure sports, from zip-lining, to rafting, to mountain biking. If you enjoy heights, you can try paragliding. No matter what you choose, it’s sure to be an unforgettable experience.

Learn How to Communicate Across Cultures

In today’s increasingly global society, it’s important to possess the skills to communicate across cultures – and this means understanding more than just a different language. Studying abroad helps you become familiar with the customs and traditions of the country in which you are studying, in addition to the language. By interacting with locals, you can develop an appreciation for the culture and its differences from your own.

Become More Independent

Studying abroad removes you from the normal support network that you are accustomed to back home. While on the one hand, being away from friends and family can seem daunting, it is also a chance for you to hone your own skills and gain some independence.

Whether it’s washing your laundry or buying groceries, you will learn to take responsibility for your actions. When you return home, your increased independence will be very useful – it can help you in your job search, at home, or in your day-to-day routines.

Manage Your Own Finances

One major aspect of being an independent adult is having the ability to manage your own finances. Regardless of whether your study abroad program is financed by a scholarship, grant, or another source of income, chances are that it will be your responsibility to pay the bills.

Furthermore, living in a new country will help you learn and understand a new form of currency, and familiarize yourself with the various living expenses. Understanding how to manage your expenses will especially be beneficial when you no longer rely on the support of your family.

Increase Your Employment Prospects

Employers value prospective candidates with international experience, foreign language skills, and the ability to communicate across cultures. If you’re interested in pursuing a career in international relations, diplomacy, or government, these skills will be especially useful.

Use your experience studying abroad to expand your set of abilities, and make these a determining factor that will separate you from the others in a pool of applicants.

Form New and Rewarding Relationships

Without your regular support group of friends and family, you will be confronted with new situations on a daily basis. However, studying abroad offers you the chance to meet new people and form friendships that may last a lifetime.

Whether you’re living with a host family or in a student residence, make an effort to form relationships with those around you. Not only will you have someone around to console you when you are homesick, you will also know people that you can have fun with. Recreation is an important part of the studying abroad experience, and you will likely enjoy sharing your experiences much more than spending your time alone.

Network for Your Future

In addition to making friends, you can also form professional contacts while abroad. Generally speaking, course loads tend to be comparatively lighter while studying abroad, so this can be an ideal occasion to intern, work part-time or volunteer while you’re studying.

Consult your college or university to see whether they help you find internships or work placements abroad. Sometimes, you can even get credit from your home institution. When you’re finished working abroad, be sure to ask for a recommendation letter to testify that you worked abroad, and to share with future prospective employers.

Challenges to Consider

Though there are a myriad of benefits to foreign study, consider some of the drawbacks before you decide whether it’s right for you:

Homesickness Can Occur Frequently.

If you have never spent much time far from home, this could be a serious issue. You may find yourself missing the people you left back home, and the less outgoing you are the more of a problem this can become.

Academic Programs Abroad May Be Less Rigorous

Of course, this comes down to where you currently study and the program in question. Ask other students who have participated in the program you’re interested in, to see if it will be worthwhile from an academic standpoint.

It May Be Difficult to Get to Know Locals.

In some countries, the locals will be warm and inviting, while in others, it might take a little more effort to make friends. If you’re concerned, find out in advance how Americans are typically received and treated in the area.

You May Experience Culture Shock – When You Return Home.

Once you become used to a foreign environment, your home might actually seem foreign to you. This effect will be most notable when returning from countries where cultural differences from your home are numerous.

Programs Can Be Expensive

While there are study abroad scholarships opportunities specifically designed for students who wish to study abroad, you may not be eligible. Is it worth racking up more student loan debt? If you don’t qualify for a scholarship, weigh the pros and cons to make the best decision, and be sure to expand your search – consult government-sponsored initiatives for further grants, if possible.

Credits May Not Transfer

If you’re planning to conduct research abroad, be sure to mention it to your college or university, as you may be able to transfer credits to your home institution. However, credits may not always transfer. This may not matter to some students, but to others it could be vital – especially when you consider the financial costs.

For complete information & enrolment on Studying Abroad, Contact Edwise on 1-800-200-3678 (Toll Free) / 08600911333.

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PTE Training at Edwise

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March 2016

Pearson Test of English Academic is an international computer based English language test. It measures the English language ability and can be used to apply to various educational institutions, professional and government organizations

How we train Students?

A mock test is conducted on the very first day of training, simulating the testing conditions to check where the student stands in terms of English abilities. Test scores are given to the individual once the test is over. We use the Pearson’s Official guide, which is an official publication on PTE, to conduct these classroom sessions

Speaking is conducted on a one on one basis, and is conducted on the lines of the test. Answers are then discussed once the section is complete. Scores and guidelines are provided to improve the scores

In Writing, the types of questions are explained with essay writing guidelines. Students are made to practice all the compositions of summary and essay types from the test software. Each essay is assessed and guidelines are provided to make the essay better

For Reading, details are provided about various question types, and approaches are explained to answer the same. These questions are then practiced from the test software. In this manner, all four tests are completed with the students

The Listening section is played nonstop, so students answer the questions as they listen. A discussion is then held where the faculty and students discuss the answers

After these classroom sessions, mock tests are then held, and scores are given for each mock test

Salient Features of PTE Training at Edwise

    • 30 hours of intensive training
    • Teaching involves enhancing the performance in all aspects of the test, i.e. Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing
    • Guidance with approaching different question types, and providing sufficient practice in all areas of the test
    • Qualified and experienced faculty
    • Personalized batch sessions
    • 3 full length mock tests
    • Availability of weekday and weekend batches under regular mode (Tuesday to Friday, 2 hours per day OR Saturday to Sunday, 4 hours per day)
    • Availability of fast track mode (Tuesday to Sunday, 4 hours every day) for people who want to complete it quickly
    • Facility of shifting to any branch throughout India


What Edwise Students Say…


“The edwise mock test for the PTE was amazing and really helped me understand the format of the test and the coaching helped me to thoroughly prepare for the test. “
Saher – PTE Coaching

“I am writing this testimonial to Edwise International and especially to my tutor for PTE. I was tensed before giving my PTE exam because I got my passport late and I had to clear the exam in a single attempt. I explained the situation to her. She helped me a lot. Those two sessions were really very very crucial for me as I scored 77/90 in PTE with 90/90 in speaking. This score has also helped me in getting a part time job in Australia as well. My tutor was very calm, understanding, I am really thankful to Edwise and for the overall experience with a Coaching Dept.”
Siddhesh Lad – PTE Coaching

Education Consultant

We at Edwise streamline and personalize the process for each student irrespective of the destination, institution, course or any level of study. Our team of experienced professionals will provide you individual attention and exceptional guidance throughout your process of application. We provide assistance related to course selections, admission, visa, bank-loan and scholarships. We also host University delegates for direct student interaction and all these services are provided free of cost. We have established since 1991 and have been maintaining strong networks with over 575 universities in 16 countries, hence giving us a unique insight into the finest educational establishments worldwide.

Start your education abroad with valuable information on everything you need to know about studying abroad from study permits, temporary resident visas and how much it costs, to finding a program

Do visit your nearest Edwise branch & choose your university carefully under our expert guidance and ensure that you have all your paperwork in order. Once you apply, and the wait is over, you can really begin to look forward to not only studying in a beautiful and vibrant country, but also to a life experience quite like no other.

For any queries on PTE, For complete information, Contact Edwise on 1-800-200-3678 (Toll Free) / 08600911333.

Strategies for GRE – Quantitative

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March 2016

The Quantitative Reasoning measure of the GRE revised general test assesses your basic mathematical skills, understanding of elementary mathematical concepts and the ability to reason quantitatively, and to model and solve problems with quantitative methods

The Quantitative Reasoning measure has four types of questions

    • Quantitative Comparison questions
    • Multiple-choice questions- Select one answer choice
    • Multiple-choice questions- Select one or more answer choices
    • Numeric entry questions

Each question appears either independently as a discrete question or as part of a set of questions called data interpretation. All of the questions are based on the same data presented in tables, graphs or other displays of data

In the computer based test, you are allowed to use a basic calculator- provided on screen, on the Quantitative Reasoning measure

Quantitative Comparison Questions

Questions of this type will ask you to compare two quantities and then determine which of the statements describes the comparison

Tips for Answering

    • Quantitative Comparison questions usually have the same answer choices, so ensure that you go through every answer choice
    • Do not spend time solving computations, simply transform or estimate the given quantities only as much as is necessary to compare them
    • If one or both numbers are algebraic expressions, you can substitute easy numbers for the variables and compare the resulting quantities in your analysis
    • If both the quantities are algebraic or arithmetic expressions, and you cannot establish a relationship, try to simplify the comparison

Multiple choice questions- Select one answer choice

In multiple choice questions, ensure that you select only one answer choice

    • Your answer is in one of the five options, ensure that you read the question properly, and do not miss out on any important detail
    • Consider each of your answer choices separately, determine if you can make a relationship between the choices that will help you find the answer
    • Scan the choices, before solving the problem to get a better sense of what the question is asking

Multiple choice questions- Select one or more answer choices

These questions ask you to select one or more answer choices from the given list. A question may or may not specify the number of choices to select. These questions are marked with square boxes beside the answer choices, not circles or ovals

    • Consider all of the choices, determine the ones that are correct and select them. In some cases, there may be only one correct choice
    • Knowing the least or greatest possible value may enable you to quickly determine all the choices that are correct
    • Avoid lengthy calculations by recognizing and continuing numerical patterns

Numeric Entry questions

Questions of this type ask you to either enter your answer as an integer or a decimal in a single answer box or enter it as a fraction in two separate boxes, one for the numerator and one for the denominator

    • Considering there are no answer choices to guide you, read the question thoroughly and make sure you provide the type of answer required
    • If you are asked to round your answer, make sure that you round it to the required degree of accuracy. If no rounding instructions are given, enter the exact number
    • Examine your answer to see if it is reasonable with respect to the information given. Always double check your answer

For any queries on GRE, For complete information, Contact Edwise on 1-800-200-3678 (Toll Free) / 08600911333.

Right Place, Right Time – Study in Canada!

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March 2016

Canada is known for its quality education & competitive entry requirements. Canada offers various opportunities to study further, work and settle forever. Canada is a land of opportunities, allowing people from the entire World to come over and settle down, it meeting Canadian immigration requirements. Prior knowledge about the foreign country where you’ll be studying not only helps you to understand the new culture and people, but also makes you adjust to the new surroundings.

Study in Canada

Here are a few things that you should know as an international student

studying in Canada:

Free Advice

Edwise provides assistance to help you get into those Universities that would best suit your Personal, Academic and Financial Profile/parameters, and not limited to the Universities we represent. With the wealth of knowledge & experience our counselors have we save you time and money map you to the right university for you after carefully reviewing your profile.

World recognized Universities

The fantastic universities would obviously be the number one reason why you chose to study in Canada.

There are 98+ universities in Canada and most of them are publicly accredited and funded. The degrees awarded by Canadian universities are recognized all over the world and can open a sea of opportunities for you.

Tuition fees

Canadian Institutes, charge lower tuition fees for international students than their counterparts in competing countries and at the same time, maintain excellent educational quality. However as the fees are more affordable, admissions are more competitive. Over the last three years, Canada’s inflation rate has remained one of the lowest in the industrialized world.

Earn while you learn

Students in Canada are allowed to work part time on campus during the first 6 months of their program and off campus part time thereafter. The duration permitted is upto 20 hours per week. Several programs may even have a paid co-op term where one gets hands on experience in working in the industry. These may even be paid co-ops. Further students on the completion of their program of 1 year can work upto 1 year and students applying for 2 years program can work for 2-3 years.

Extra-curricular

Canadian universities are known for their special extra-curricular activities like sky diving, rock climbing, surfing, and much more. This gives you an opportunity to explore many new places and also experience extreme climates. Did you know Canada is the second largest country in the world?


What Edwise Students says…


“It was a super cool process. Edwise provided me end to end services. The process from application to the university till visa application got eased up because of all the counselor who are always happy to help you.”
Name:Sneh Kochhar
Country: Canada
University: University of Victoria

“It was an excellent process. Fastest visa process too. The counselor was the best at work and an amazing follow up by her.”
Name: Devarshi Hiteshkumar Mandalia
Country: Canada
University: George Brown College

“Very good. Got appropriate advice, guidance & assistance at every stage of the admission process. It was a very smooth and hassle free task. My counselor was very co-operative and pro-active to get me through the entire procedure. Thank you!!”
Name: Suheel Gaikwad
Country: Canada
University: Fanshawe College

Educational Consultant

We at Edwise streamline and personalize the process for each student irrespective of the destination, institution, course or any level of study. Our team of experienced professionals will provide you individual attention and exceptional guidance throughout your process of application. We provide assistance related to course selections, admission, visa, bank-loan and scholarships. We also host University delegates for direct student interaction and all these services are provided free of cost. We have established since 1991 and have been maintaining strong networks with over 575 universities in 16 countries, hence giving us a unique insight into the finest educational establishments worldwide.

Start your education in Canada with valuable information on everything you need to know about studying abroad from study permits, temporary resident visas and how much it costs, to finding a program.

Do visit your nearest Edwise branch & choose your university carefully under our expert guidance and ensure that you have all your paperwork in order. Once you apply, and the wait is over, you can really begin to look forward to not only studying in a beautiful and vibrant country, but also to a life experience quite like no other.

For complete details on Study in Canada
Contact us on 1-800-200-3678 / 08600911333.

GMAT Training at Edwise

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March 2016

Edwise offers one of the most intensive, comprehensive, affordable and value for money training services for GMAT in India. One of the most salient features of training at Edwise is the focus on building foundations of Mathematics, with rigorous practise. Our faculties devote sufficient time in making students strong with the fundamentals. The Verbal section focuses on making students work with different types of questions, guiding them with approach and reasoning and giving them ample practise so they are prepared to answer any type of question.

Teaching methods for the GMAT

For the quantitative part, every teaching session begins with concept learning of a particular topic. After thoroughly explaning the concepts, the faculty solve different types of problems to show how the concept is applied. The students are given 25 questions of Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency to solve in class. As the students begin to solve problems, our faculties guide them if they face any difficulty. Assignments are given to students to solve at home, difficulties of previous home assignments are discussed towards the end of the session

The Integrated Reasoning section of GMAT strongly focuses on the data analysis of students, students pratice different question types using the online official resource

The Verbal section starts with a detailed introduction of different question types i.e Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning and Sentence Correction. Exercises are assigned from the GMAT official guide. Furthermore, students practise one question type at a time, so as to develop sound reasoning and proper approach, which will in turn enhance their expertise and confidence. After completion of individual exercises, a detailed discussion is taken in which our faculties try to understand the reasoning and approach followed by students. If a student is not following the right approach, our faculties guide them

During the Analytical Writing Assessment, topics are chosen from the official pool and then discussed with the students. Guidelines are provided with regard to ideas, structure and the language to be used for composition of the essay

Salient Features of Training at Edwise

• Mathematics for MBA by RS Agarwal, GMAT Official Guide and Barron’s GMAT issued as courseware

• 100 hours of intensive training

• Qualified, experienced and trained faculty

• Maximum of 8 students per batch, making the sessions personalized

• Availabiliy of weekdays and weekend batches under regular mode (Tuesday to Friday, 2 hours per day OR Saturday and Sunday, 4 hours per day)

• Availability of fast track mode (Tuesday to Sunday, 4 hours per day) for people who want to complete it quickly

• Facility of shifting to any branch throughout India

For any queries on GMAT, For complete information, Contact Edwise on 1-800-200-3678 (Toll Free) / 08600911333.

IELTS Training at Edwise

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February 2016

Edwise offers intensive and comprehensive training services to students who aspire to obtain an acceptable score in the IELTS. We have a team of experienced, highly qualified and well trained teachers who will be guiding the students

How we coach our students

We conduct a mock test on the first day of training, simulating the testing conditions, to gauge where the candidates stand in terms of English abilities. Students are given their scores once the test is over. We then begin with the classroom training and use the Cambridge IELTS Books, an official publication for IELTS for classroom sessions

In the Listening section, the audio is played non-stop and students answer the questions as they listen. Once the test is over, the answers are given, explaining the focus on spellings, conventions of writing and marking scheme

For Reading, our trainers explain the various question types, and different approaches to answer the same. After the introductory discussion, students are given passages to solve. Towards the end of each test, every question is discussed with the students and answers are explained. In this manner, the students complete four tests. Discussion is an integral part of these sessions

In Writing, the types of tasks are explained with essay-writing guidelines. Each essay is assessed and guidelines are provided to improve the essay

Speaking is conducted on a one on one basis and is conducted on the same lines as that of the IELTS test. The answers are then discussed after the session. Scores are given, and guidelines are provided to improve the scores

After the training period is complete, mock tests are conducted and scores are given for each test

Salient features of IELTS training at Edwise

• Edwise offers/provides 30 hours of classroom training

• Teaching involves enhancing the performance in all aspects of the test

• Guidance towards the type of approach for different questions, with sufficient practice in all areas of the test

• Sessions are personalized, with a maximum of 8 students per batch

• 20 full length mock tests

• Well stocked library

• Availability of weekday or weekend batches ( Tuesday to Friday, 2 hours per day or Saturday and Sunday, 4 hours per day)

• The option of shifting to any branch throughout India

• The Cambridge IELTS, the official publication for IELTS is issued as part of the courseware

Free IELTS Training Scheme (FITS)

Edwise offers free IELTS Training Scheme. Under this scheme, if a student enrols in a university represented by Edwise and obtains visa for study purposes at the same institution, the student is entitled for a fee refund after deducting taxes and the courseware cost

For any queries on IELTS, For complete information, Contact Edwise on 1-800-200-3678 (Toll Free) / 08600911333.

9 Reasons Why You Should Consider Studying Abroad

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February 2016

If you’re thinking about studying abroad, but aren’t sure how to convince your parents or yourself, here are some of the best reasons why spending a semester or year overseas is the smart and fun thing to do.

1. Improve Employment Opportunities

Want to impress potential employers? Companies around the world continue to invest in the global market, and prefer to hire employees who have international experience. Not to mention knowledge of a 2nd language. Your resume will stand out from everyone else applying for the same position.

2. It Can Be Cheap

Depending on your school, tuition fees may remain the same. Additionally, there’s funding in the form of grants & scholarships that is available. In fact some countries allow you to study abroad for much less.

3. Personal Development

Break out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself with uncommon experiences that make you reconsider or strengthen your values. Get a better sense of who you are and what’s important. Discover what you want out of life. Become a more independent person. International travel shows you what you’re really made of.

4. Learn Foreign Languages

Language teachers say being totally immersed in a culture that speaks the language you want to learn is the quickest and most effective way to learn it. Mastering a foreign language opens up all kinds of new opportunities. As globalization brings the world together, it’s important to be competent in more than one language.

5. Acquire New Skills

When you study overseas, you can take courses you don’t have the opportunity to take at home. In addition to university classes, you can explore new hobbies or sports that aren’t as popular (or even possible) to practice. Traveling outside your home country is an education in itself, learning to interact with & navigate through a culture different from your own.

6. Forge Lasting Memories

Most students who’ve studied abroad claim their time overseas was the best year of college. You’ll meet new friends who will want to share their culture, ideas, and learn about yours. Create lasting memories and develop life-long friendships

7. Experience Different Cultures

Immersing yourself in a totally different culture is powerful. You’ll experience things like trying different foods, celebrating traditional customs, and learning the history of another country. A person’s culture reflects deep perceptions, beliefs, and values that influence their way of life. You’ll gain an understanding of this that can’t be taught with books.

8. Expand Your Worldview

Previously held beliefs about foreign countries will change once you’ve been abroad. However you’ll gain a completely new perspective on your own country too. It can be surprising just how much you know is slightly biased, based on where you’re from. It’s also a unique opportunity to educate others on your country, dispelling their stereotypes about you!

9. Earn Money

You can also earn while studying abroad. English is the international language of business and is an important language that many foreigners wish to learn. You can get paid for teaching, interpreting or translating English while studying abroad.

For any queries on Study Abroad, For complete information & enrolment, Contact Edwise on 1-800-200-3678 (Toll Free) / 08600911333.