Australian Education

25 Apr

Say Hurray! To Australia

With dreams in their hearts and a song in their souls, suddenly students from all walks of life have discovered that Australia is a destination of opportunities – for studying, foot printing, backpacking, emigrating, working etc.

Located in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, it is also the world’s largest island. Indian students have discovered that the ‘outback’ is suddenly attractive as a place of study. “English” is the medium of language, and so students find it easy to integrate themselves into the local environment.

Top 5 tips to prepare yourself as you get ready to take the ‘outback’ ride.

1. Start with The international English language Testing system (IELTS), the world’s best English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration. Approximately 6 million students have taken the tests in 2016-2017 as per IELTS co-owner British Council. With IELTS, you will be able to assess all of your English skills like reading, writing, listening and speaking – efficiently. The tests are designed in a way to train you how to use English as your natural medium while studying, talking, listening and learning.

Take IELTS ACADEMIC or GENERAL – depending on the University you are applying to, and make the most out of your opportunity to learn.

2. If you plan to apply to as many Universities as possible, you must consider PTE Academic, the world’s leading computer-based English test for studying abroad and immigration. PTE Academic has an advantage as the results are available within five business days. More importantly, the test uses real-life material and tasks, such as writing memos and messages, understanding discussions and newspaper articles, or participating in roundtable or classroom discussions.

PTE Academic is considered a fair and secure test. The highly accurate computer marking ensures consistent scores and rules out potential bias for the examiner. This gives Universities confidence in your scores.

PTE Academic is unlimited. Scores can be sent to as many institutions as you choose at no additional fees for extra score reports.

3. The OET is an English test that you need to take to work or study in the healthcare sector in the UK, Australia, New Zealand or Singapore. By taking the OET you will have proof that you have the right level of English, plus you’ll be learning the kind of language needed at work.

OET is recognised as the test for English proficiency for studying and working in the healthcare sector.

4. Visa processes are very simple and easy. Once the admission papers and payment done, the Visa comes after 7 days to 1 1/2 months.

5. As with any experience in many shifts, you may notice quite a few differences between Australia and your life in India. You may have been prepared for some, but there will always be others that will take you by surprise.

– Australians have a friendly and casual attitude. You may be surprised to find that it’s common to address tutors by their first names. Australians treat everyone respectfully, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, background or occupation.

– Australians use a lot of ‘Slang’ language and initially you may find it difficult to comprehend. Feel free to ask them what you don’t understand.

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Say Hurray! To Australia

13 Mar

With dreams in their hearts and a song in their souls, suddenly students from all walks of life have discovered that Australia is a destination of opportunities – for studying, foot printing, backpacking, emigrating, working etc.
Located in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, it is also the world’s largest island. Indian student have discovered that the ‘outback’ is suddenly attractive as a place of study. “English” is the medium of language, and so students find it easy to integrate themselves into the local environment.
Top 5 tips to prepare yourself as you get ready to take the ‘outback’ ride.
1. Start with The international English language Testing system (IELTS), the world’s
best English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration.
*Approximately 6 million students have taken the tests in 2016-2017 (quote source)
With IELTS, you will be able to assess all of your English skills like reading, writing,
listening and speaking – efficiently. The tests are designed in a way to train you how
to use English as your natural medium while studying, talking, listening and learning.
Take IELTS ACADEMIC or GENERAL – depending on the University you are applying
to, and make the most out of your opportunity to learn.
2. If you plan to apply to as many Universities as possible, you must consider PTE
Academic, the world’s leading computer-based English test for studying abroad and
immigration. PTE Academic has an advantage as the results are available within five
business days. More importantly, the test uses real-life material and tasks, such as
writing memos and messages, understanding discussions and newspaper articles, or
participating in roundtable or classroom discussions.
PTE Academic is considered a fair and secure test. The highly accurate computer
marking ensures consistent scores and rules out potential bias for the examiner. This
gives Universities confidence in your scores.
PTE Academic is unlimited. Scores can be sent to as many institutions as you choose
at no additional fees for extra score reports.
3. The OET is an English test that you need to take to work or study in the healthcare
sector in the UK, Australia, New Zealand or Singapore. By taking the OET you
will have proof that you have the right level of English, plus you’ll be learning the
kind of language needed at work.
OET is recognized as the test for English proficiency for studying and working in the
healthcare sector.
4. Write a paragraph on how to apply for Visa and immigration.

5. As with any experience in many shifts, you may notice quite a few differences
between Australia and your life in India. You may have been prepared for some, but
there will always be others that will take you by surprise.
– Australians have a friendly and casual attitude. You may be surprised to find
that it’s common to address tutors by their first names. Australians treat
everyone respectfully, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, background
or occupation.
– Australians use a lot of ‘Slang’ language and initially you may find it difficult
to comprehend. Feel free to ask them what you don’t understand.

Hurray! From India to Canada

20 Feb

I knew there was some magic around Neeraj (representative name) when he walked into
my office along with his mother. “Good morning Sir,” he said loud and clear, with the
confidence of a young man who knew his mind. “Please sit,” I responded. He pulled out a
chair for his mother, who I noticed for the first time. “This is my mother,” he said. I notice a frail woman, who seemed too young to be Neeraj’s mother.
We got down to our discussions. Neeraj started by telling me a little bit about his family
background. After having lost his father quite early on, he went back to stay with his
grandparents. His mother enrolled for a diploma in teaching and joined a nearby school
after her course. She supplemented her income by giving tuitions. Thus Neeraj grew up in an academically charged environment. Some of his mother’s old students joined universities in Australia and Canada, hoping to make it big in the world outside. Neeraj would meet some of his mother’s old students, who would talk about the immense experience gained from an overseas education. Most of them managed to get good jobs and settled down either in Australia or Canada, and some even in New Zealand. They spoke of their life in a different part of the world, learning, growing and living a great dream.
This got Neeraj thinking about going abroad for studies. Born with an inherent research-
oriented mind, Neeraj started contacting some of his mother’s ex-students, wanting to
know more about the various processes. “My mother and me – we don’t have much
money,” he told them. They assured him that wouldn’t come in the way if he had good
marks for his graduation, and might even manage a scholarship, which would help him with his education. Neeraj was a bright boy. He knew his limitations and his strengths. He was not fluent in English and his grammar was not perfect.

One of his friend’s suggested that he travel to Bangalore and join one of the reputed training institutes that prepare students for an overseas education. As he started on his research, he came across IELTS and PTE training conducted by these institutes. He became confident of overcoming his lack of proficiency in English. Finally, he decided to come to the city to try and understand how the system works. He heard me out on PTE – The Pearson Test of English Academic and IELTS. Suitably impressed with our interactions, he requested to sit in one of the training sessions. Neeraj returned two weeks later, in time to join the Master Class for PTE and IELTS. He worked hard, and gave it his best shot. He shared his dreams of making it big in a developed country and taking his mother along with him.
That was some years ago! “Hello Sir,” said a bright young voice. There was Neeraj with his trademark smile. Gone was the lean hungry look a few years ago. His handshake was firm, his voice unwavering and demeanour confident. “I graduated this summer from the Monash University and would be joining a consulting firm soon,” he said. He told us that he would like to address one of the current batches preparing for universities in Canada. “I wasn’t even sure I would make it there, but it’s turned out well. It’s a great big bold world out there. With students from every corner of our world, the possibilities are endless”.

Now, get to work on your English. Remember, you need to perfect your listening, reading
and speaking. British Council’s International Language Testing System is the most popular one out there for higher education and global immigration, with over 3 million students taking the test last year. Get cracking and wish you all the best! “I’ll be back after a few years with gifts for all of you,’ he said before leaving. I could imagine the buzz in his village. “Our Neeraj makes it big in Canada’.
When my wife and I co-founded Hurray 9 years ago, we had a dream. We wanted to help students who aimed at going overseas for their education – by way of training,
counselling and helping with immigration processes. Having lived and worked abroad, we have seen the immense opportunities some of these Universities offer students. If you have a dream, you need to go ahead and do all you can to make it work. May there be many more Neerajs. Well, if you want to, you should. And, remember you can do it. Let’s make it together – Hurray!
*All characters are imaginary and representative.
(Sanjit Chatterjee is the Co-founder of Hurray, a top rated IELTS & PTE training center in Bangalore, India).

 

Why Australia is inching towards the Hotspot Destination for MBA for Indian students

12 Feb

Imagine you are a young student, all out to set your sails for higher education outside India. In India, we have the best of colleges and best of courses. Why then set your sights on overseas destinations?

 

When you decide to go abroad for further studies it should be with one thing in mind:

 

  • Yes, I have set my sights outside of India for Bigger, Better and Bolder opportunities
  • I want to ensure that I can secure a job in the same field which would allow me to scale up on the career graph.

 

The education in Australia when done right does just that. Postgraduate education in Australia has become the new hub for international students around the world especially from Asia. Not only does Australia allow students to stay back for three years after completion of their education, but also allows them to work while studying there for a certain number of hours which ensures that the actual expenses incurred while living there is much lower and the learning of working makes you ready for a job.

 

Many students have the option for looking for universities with scholarships. Australia is also a relatively safer, thus allowing parents to allow their kids to study there with a peace of mind.  That however, is not the least thing that a young adult gets out of studying in Australia. The kind of exposure that most students receive is unparalleled in the country. During the course of their education they can prepare themselves with making friends all over the world and creating a network that goes beyond what studying in India would have to offer. They could look for opportunities in places they would not have thought to venture to. The courses have a curriculum that prepares a student for international careers and helps them realize their dreams of reaching heights.

 

We at Hurray take all of this into account when recommending a college, which could potentially be the most important decision a student would ever make. We take all of these factors as well try to ensure that a scholarship to the required university can be arranged for the student in order to reduce the burden of education expenses on the parents. Even though it might seem intimidating to go so far away from home, we are right there ensuring the process goes on as seamlessly as possible for the

Overseas Education in Australia for Commerce Graduates from India

24 Oct

The commerce field is a diverse and vast field of expertise, encompassing subjects such as marketing, human resources, finance, international business, accountancy and many other up-and-coming fields.

Commerce graduates in India hold the degrees of B.Com, B.B.A., B.M.S., B.B.M or Honours degrees in any of the commerce and management subjects. These degrees are generally three years in duration.

Popular destinations for Indian commerce graduates are the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany and Singapore. North American universities in Canada and the United States require a four-year undergraduate degree. Therefore, Indian graduates in commerce who have a Master’s degree can apply to North American universities.

Australian universities are particularly attractive to Indian students because of the large opportunities for skilled employment after graduation. Also, permanent residency in Australia is quicker for finance and accountancy graduates who can prove their skills as accountants, after two years of Master’s degree.

Notable universities in Australia for commerce graduate courses include:

  • The Australian National University
  • The University of Melbourne – Melbourne Business School
  • The University of Sydney
  • The University of Queensland
  • Monash University
  • The University of New South Wales
  • Griffith University
  • Bond University
  • Curtin University
  • University of Adelaide

The post-graduate degrees offered by these universities are:

  • Master of Commerce
  • Master of Management (with many specializations)
  • Master of Finance
  • Master of Professional Accountancy
  • Master of International Business
  • Master of Accountancy
  • Master of Applied Finance

The degrees are of one, one and a half or of two years duration. They are based in cosmopolitan cities like Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide.

The requirements that these universities expect are:

  • First Class degree in a commerce subject from a recognized Indian university.
  • An IELTS/ PTE test certificate that is not older than two years or,
  • English medium of instruction certificates from college.
  • Complete transcripts of university studies.
  • Letters of recommendation.
  • GMAT or GRE score (for M.B.A. only).

Students with 2 or 3 years of experience may apply for M.B.A. courses in Australia, as Australian universities expect work experience prior to enrolling in this degree.

The intake for these degrees varies from university to university. However, the usual intake semester is in the middle of July. Intakes are also available in February. Very rarely, intakes are also available in September or November, for specific courses.

What students can expect during their studies in Australia:

  • World-class infrastructure with well-equipped classroom and libraries.
  • Well qualified lecturers and professors.
  • Industry integrated practical programmes.
  • Internship opportunities in Australia.
  • Post-study work visa for graduates completing two years of Master’s degree.
  • Exemptions from taking certain examination from professional bodies such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand etc.

General Information about Australia:

  • Highly developed country with a high standard of living.
  • High per-capita income and earning potential.
  • Strong welfare system with subsidized healthcare and education for residents.
  • Access to New Zealand for work and education is easy.
  • Considerable Indian population in major cities.

Opportunities to pursue finance and accounting master’s in Australia:

  • Courses are recognized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand and other professional bodies.
  • Availability of scholarships for students with high grades.
  • Opportunity to pursue summer internships in Sydney and Melbourne.
  • Ability to qualify simultaneously as a Chartered Accountant in Australia and New Zealand.
  • High demand for registered accountancy professionals in Australia.

Opportunities for graduates:

  • Wide range of professions in finance and accountancy are listed in the Australian skilled occupations list.
  • Ability to apply independently for permanent residence after meeting the requirements.
  • Summer internships may lead to full-time job offers.
  • Priority is given to graduates of Australian universities during employment procedures.
  • Better integration to the Australian work environment improves chances of securing employment.

Australia is definitely the best country for Indian graduates wishing to pursue post-graduate study. Many world-renowned companies such as PwC, KPMG, Ernst & Young operate offices in Australia. This improves the employment opportunities for graduates especially from the Finance and Accountancy backgrounds.

 

 

 

 

Opportunities for Computer Science Graduates in Melbourne

24 Oct

Australia is a very popular destination for higher education because of its attractiveness as a developed economy with a high standard of living. The quality of education and opportunities available for graduates is numerous. The ability to gain a reputed qualification and the chances of landing a full-time job makes Australia a top study destination.

Melbourne is Australia’s second-largest city. It is consistently ranked as one of the best cities to live and work in. Many world-class universities are located in this vibrant city. Multi-national companies based in Australia all have offices and some even have head-quarters in Melbourne.

The study of computer science is regarded as a very reliable and highly profitable stream of profession. Reliance on computer and information technology is growing day-by-day. Australian companies seek to hire candidates of information technology with the relevant skill sets and capabilities.

The availability of employment opportunity combines with the availability of quality education makes Melbourne a sought after study destination among other Australian universities.

The Universities based in Melbourne are:

  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology – RMIT
  • University of Melbourne
  • Monash University
  • La Trobe University
  • Victoria University
  • Deakin University
  • Swinburne University of Technology

All of these universities are ranked in the top 10% of universities world-wide.

The most popular degrees for post-graduate studies in computer science are:

  • Master of Science – Computer Science
  • Master of Data Analytics
  • Master of Information Technology
  • Master of Science – Cloud Computing
  • Master of Business Analytics
  • Master of Science – Robotics
  • Master of Computer Science and Engineering

 

The University of Melbourne and Monash University have a very competitive admission and selection process. Therefore, the expectation of candidates applying to these universities is a very good bachelor’s degree and a very good standard of English, as proven by high IELTS or PTE scores.

 

Other universities in Melbourne like RMIT, Victoria, Deakin and Swinburne provide a very good level of education and at comparatively lower costs.

 

Most of the courses offered by these universities are accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS). This accreditation ensures that the candidate is able to pursue simultaneous certifications in his/her chosen field.

 

The courses in computer science and allied fields offered by universities in Melbourne are usually of two years in duration. Students who have completed a similar undergraduate degree may complete the degree in one year or one and a half year’s duration.

 

What students can expect while studying computer science and information technology in Melbourne:

  • World-class degree and teaching.
  • Faculty have wide experience in their subject of expertise.
  • World-class infrastructural facilities in Melbourne.
  • Tailored career counselling from professionals in the university.
  • Ability to pursue summer internships in the various universities in the city or in Sydney.
  • Opportunities for exchange semesters with other universities around the world.

 

 Opportunities for students and graduates

Graduates of computer science are highly sought after in Australia.

  • Graduates with required skills can apply independently for permanent residence.
  • Full-time opportunities may be obtained for those who have completed summer internship.
  • Students who have completed two years of higher study in Australia may obtain a post-study work visa.

What students must know before applying:

  • A good undergraduate degree in a similar field from a recognised Indian university.
  • A percentage or grade equivalent of at least 60%.
  • Intakes in Australian universities are usually in July.
  • Some courses are available in February or November.
  • Transcripts, degree certificates, letters of motivation and English language certificates must be ready before applying.
  • Accommodation and health insurance details must be sorted before departure.
  • Visa information for student visa applicants is clearly given in gov.au.
  • At least 60 days’ time must be available for the processing the applications.
  • Pre-departure orientation.

 

Therefore, all these opportunities highlight that Melbourne is a very attractive location for pursuing a master’s degree in computer science or information technology. Greater demand for qualified professionals in this field also improves the chances of employment for graduates.