Top ten Boarding Schools in India

The sector of schooling and education is reaching new heights. There are a lot of schools that have many things they claim to be teaching their students. It often becomes very difficult to arrive at a decision with so many choices. When we think of boarding schools there are certain areas of concern like the academic growth of the students, the safety norms followed by the schools, the reputation, the past results, the teaching culture, the atmosphere created for the students. While selecting an educational institute for your children or for yourself, these points need to have clear answers in your mind.

On the basis of the above-mentioned points we have a list of the top ranking Boarding Schools in India for your review:

  1. The Doon School, Uttarakhand

 



The School that hardly needs an introduction. The Doon school is a boys-only boarding school that holds a position in the top ten schools in India with boarding facility and a strong curriculum.

 

  1. Bishop Cotton School, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

 

The Bishop Cotton School Shimla is one of the oldest and most reputed schools in the country. It has a heritage 158 years of education. The institution has a Boys only campus in Shimla and a girl’s only campus in Bangalore.

 

  1. Welham Girls School, Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

 

The Welham School for girls was established in 1957. The school has been listed in the top ranking schools with boarding facility since 2013.

 

  1. Mayo College, Ajmer, Rajasthan

 

Mayo College, Ajmer is again a heritage college known as ‘Eton of the East, since its establishment in the year 1857. A boy’s only college with a very good reputation and exclusive in-house facilities and museum for students.

 

  1. John’s International Residential School, Chennai

 

St. John’s International School, Chennai is a very well reputed school in South India. They have a tagline of ‘Educating and Educaring’. Has also won an award for Computer Education by  Late. Dr.Abdul Kalaam.

 

  1. The Scindia School, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh

The Scindia School has been educating India since 1897.In those times; the school was open for only royal princes especially from the Maratha dynasty.  However, now the school is open to general public. The Scindia School has a strict student teacher of 1:12.

 

  1. New Era High School, Panchgani

The New Era High School is one of the first Bahá’ís education projects in India. It was founded in 1945.The school gained popularity after its presence in the movie Taare Zameen Par.

  1. Sarala Birla Academy, Bangalore

 



The Sarala Birla School, Banglore is a well reputed residential school only for boys. The school follows the IGSE and IB Diploma program, one of the most popular and competitive programs today.

 

  1. Sherwood College, Nainital

 

The Sherwood College is one of the oldest colleges in India. It dates back to 1869.The school has a very large library and, attention is given to co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.

 

  1. Joseph’s School, Darjeeling

The schools opened doors in February 1888. And has since had students coming from different geographical and cultural backgrounds. St. Joseph’s School has a very keen interest in sports along with academics.

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TOP 5 FOREIGN STUDY LOCATIONS FOR INDIAN STUDENTS

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‘Father of the Indian Nation’  Mahatma Gandhi, Our first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, the man who laid down the framework of Indian Constitution Dr. B. R. Ambedkar…..they all studied in foreign countries. Today, Indian students are eagerly in search for a perfect foreign study location that helps them excel not only in their studies but also in their career.

There are many reasons behind this migration to a foreign country for education and career growth. One of the main reasons is the increased population of our country and the competition level. The seats in colleges are limited and because of that even brilliant students will not get admissions. Another reason is the courses foreign universities offer. Many students will start searching and reasearching on subjects they like even from the high schools itself.

We are listing here the top 5 foreign study locations that is suitable to Indian Students;

  • USA

No doubt majority of students opt to study in USA.  Student life in the USA is very ease going one and the courses you get from the top universities are the most beneficial one. With the high valued  degree from the top American Institutions, a candidate will not find it difficult to get a good profile job. Here I am listing the most featured American Institutions that are ranked Internationally as indicated below.

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – 1st
  2. Harvard University – 2nd
  3. Stanford University – 3rd
  4. California Institute of Technology (Caltech) – 5th
  5. University of Chicago – 10th

  • UK

The United Kingdom is another perfect location for Indian Students. The classes are taken in English, with the accent familiar to Indians. It makes the students feel more comfortable when they are being exposed to a different culture for the first time. When compared with USA, education costs are lower in UK. Loans/ Scholarships and work oppurtunities also make the UK one of the most favoured study location for Indian Students.

  • Australia

The third most popular study location after the US and UK is Australia.  Australia welcomes students to the country wholeheartedly. The country is rich in cultural diversity, friendly natives and quality of education. Australia offers students with part time work oppurtunities along with their studies. The tuition fees are affordable for students from India.

  • New Zealand

New Zealand with its most beautiful nature and pleasant climate attracts students towards the country. English being the first language, students can easily follow up the lectures and travel around the city. New Zealand encourages students with stay back oppurtunities and PR for successful candidates. This may be the most important factor that attract Indian Students towards the country.

  • Canada

Canada is slowly making its way to become the most preferred study location by Indian students. They offer great study oppurtunities, that too in an affordable fee to students. Students are also showing a keen interest to study in Canada.  The Top 5 Universities in Canada are;

  1. McGill University
  2. University of Torronto
  3. University of British Columbia
  4. University of Alberta
  5. McMaster University

5 Most Beautiful College Campuses in World

College life is the most beautiful period in one’s life. That phase in life is the turning point in education, career, ethics etc. So it is utmost important to study in a college that gives equal importance in academics and ambience. Here, the world’s top 5 most beautiful campuses are given. If you are searching for colleges that match your preferences, you can find it here.

  1. University of Minnesota

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The University of Minnesota is locally known as the U of M, located at Minnesota and St. Paul, Minnesota which are nearby cities. The college is not only famous for its excellent academic section but also for its amazing campus. The campus attracts students with the great facilities like the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Pillsbury Hall which is the oldest building on the campus and the beautiful bridge that connects East and West coasts. Students can cross the Mississippi river through this bridge. Surely this campus will stay in your mind forever once you visit it.

 

2. North-western University

With a campus space of 231 acres, North-western University is situated in the city of Evanston.  The location of this campus adds more to its beauty. Throughout the year, students there can enjoy the beauty and breeze of the Lake Michigan. The North- Western University greets students by The Arch that is in the front entrance of the campus. With its late 1800’s architecture, one can feel like going back into the 19th century.

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3. Sweet Briar College

Sweet Briar College is situated in Sweet Briar, Virginia in the US. This is a women’s liberal arts college with beautiful campus and eminent academics. Janet Lee Bouvier, Teresa Tomlinson, Diana Muldaur and Molly Haskell are some of the famous alumni of Sweet Briar College.  The college is located at the foothills of Blue Ridge Mountains. The 130 acres Equestrian Centre draw attention of natives as well as foreigners.

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4. University of California-Santa Cruz

The vast campus lies in 2001 acres at the edge of the coastal community of Santa Cruz. One can get the view of forested hills overlooking Monterey bay and the Pacific Ocean. This institution is a perfect destination for students who wish to spend their weekends in the beach sides and goof around the redwoods.

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5. Furman University

One can see the elegant Georgian architecture here in the Furman University. The campus is in Greenville, South Carolina. Bell Tower is the most amazing part of the University that stands as a classical landmark. Buildings in the campus are surrounded by a beautiful lake. The place is named by the American Society of Landscape Architecture as one of the most beautiful places in the USA.

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If you find any of these college campuses interesting, let us know. We help you reach there.

Top 10 universities to study abroad

Top 10 International Universities

It is every student’s dream to graduate from a reputed university. Acadamic  certificate gained from such university is a golden mark on the student’s educational history. When an undergraduate desires to get admission in such an educational institute choosing the best often leaves the student wonder which is the best univerty. So, for them here is a list of top 10 universities; highlights about each have been mentioned.

Initially the task looks tough so, here is a vital guidance that will help one in selecting the perfect university; that will fit completely as per a student’s expectation.

The university will rank you based on your academic performance so before getting admission judge the university by going through its honours and achievements. 

Following are some tool ideas that will help you.

  • University ranking
  • University rating which is based on the performance of university in key areas including graduate employability, teaching quality and research quality.
  • Comments by experts and their speculation regarding future development
  • Attend university fairs and meet representatives to get a clearer idea about the life that you will live in the university during your learning period.
  • Study a bit about the location with respect to climate, language spoken, social sense, sports, music etc.

Times Higher Education (THE) which is formerly known as Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) is a London based weekly magazine that reports news regarding higher education.

Times Higher Education (THE) has used 13 individual performance indicators for judging world class universities considering their core mission which includes research, international outlook, and knowledge transfer. The THE ranking examines a university’s teaching, ambience including the learning environment, student ratio, teaching resource and more.

The Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2015-2016 have listed down best global universities based on each of their research, teaching, international outlook and knowledge transfer.

University – Country

  1. California Institute of Technology – United States 

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 Honoured with

  • Nobel Laureates
  • National Medal of Science
  • National Medal of Technology and Innovation
  • National Academies Memberships

  1. University of Oxford – United Kingdom

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The university has

  • 44 colleges & halls
  • 100 libraries (It is the biggest library system in UK)
  • An alumni network of more than 250,000 individuals
  • 120 olympis medallists
  • 26 Nobel Prize winners
  • 7 poets laureate

More than 30 world leaders including 26 UK Prime Ministers have graduated from this university.

 

  1. Stanford University – United States

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Honour

  • 21 Nobel laureates

Alumni includes

  • 17 astronauts
  • 18 Turing award recipients
  • 2 fields medallists
  • 38 new campus

  1. University of Cambridge – United Kingdom

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This university has 800 years of history which makes it the 4th oldest university.

Achievement

  • Nobel Prize have honoured 92 associates of the university
  • 150 faculties
  • 6 schools including Art and Humanities

Biological sciences

Clinical Medicine

Physical Sciences and Technology

Humanities and Social Sciences

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology – United States 

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Stars of this university

  • 85 Nobel Laureates
  • 58 National Medal of Science winners
  • 29 National Medal of Technology & Innovation winners
  • 45 MacArthur Fellows
  • Top alumni is Kofi Annan ( former secretary-general of the United Nations)

  1. Harvard University – United States 

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The most prominent university of United States. John F. Kennedy (1956) is among those 13 US presidents who have graduated from Harvard.

Its faculty membershave been awarded with Nobel prize, they include

  • Chemist Martin Karplus
  • Economist Alvin Roth
  • Notable alumni of Haward is Al Gore, former US vice-president, he was honoured with Peace Prize in the year 2007

  1. Princeton University – United States 

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It is known as the world’s chief research university. It has association with  over

  • 40 Nobel laureates
  • 17 winners of the National Medal of Science
  • 5 receiver of the National Humanities Medal

Its faculty members are honoured with Nobel Prize, they include

  • Chemists Tomas Lindahl & Osamu Shimomura
  • Economists Paul Krugman & Angus Deaton
  • Physicists Arthur McDonald & David Gross.

  1. Imperial College – London United Kingdom

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Imperial College London is UK’s leading institution which focuses mainly on four areas engineering, science, business and medicine. The college has near to

  • 15,000 students
  • 8,000 staff
  • Its staff includes 14 Nobel Prize winners,one of them being Sir Alexander Fleming (inventor of penicillin)

  1. ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich Switzerland

Albert Einstein graduated in 1901 – To get admission in this reputed institute one has to pass an entrance exam and for Swiss citizens a matriculation certificate is enough

  1. University of Chicago – United States

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 The university has always made headlines for providing supreme academic facilities. It is associated with

  • 80 plus Nobel laureates
  • 30 National Medal winners in all fields
  • 9 Fields Medallists
  • It has been honoured with nearly 50 MacArthur “genius grants”

As you are set to create a milestone in your academic field, do a bit homework and choose the best place where your qualities will be polished so that you be one-of-a-kind.

GRE or GMAT? MBA Abroad

GRE or GMAT: The Road to MBA Abroad

GRE or GMAT? MBA Abroad

Myth1: GMAT is your ‘only’ gateway to MBA Abroad.

Myth2: GRE is complex than GMAT.

If you are planning to study abroad, then it is likely that you must have heard about the GMAT exam. If you are particularly planning to study MBA abroad then you may or may not have heard about the GRE. GRE stands for Graduate Record Examination, is conducted by Educational Testing Service (ETS). Broadly speaking, it is one of the most widely accepted tests by the various business schools, primarily in the US.

The GMAT vs GRE. Why the tussle?

It all started in 2006. Until then, GMAT that is owned by the Graduate Management Admission Council was conducted by ETS. All of a sudden, in 2006, the GMAC decided to collaborate with ACT-Pearson to conduct its flagship GMAT exam. Since then, the tests have witnessed major changes in their pattern to entice leading b-schools. There is no doubt that the GMAT, over the years, has carved a niche; however, the GRE also is one of the widely accepted MBA exams.

Why GMAT?

  • The simple reason, which makes the GMAT as a widely accepted testing service, is its wider acceptance as a better indicator of a student’s performance and aptitude.
  • Secondly, GMAT is widely acknowledged by the b-schools across the world. The GMAT is usually chosen by the students who wish to do MBA abroad. Conversely, the GRE is a more ‘widespread’ test as it can be taken for any postgraduate course.
  • More than 5600 business programs at around 1800 universities accept the GMAT score, making it by far the most acceptable b-school test. Notably, GMAT can be given in one format – Computer-based test.

Why GRE?

  • GRE is considered an easier exam to crack than the GMAT.
  • Secondly, it can be taken by a student aiming to study any post-graduation course, making it a generalized test. Consecutively, taking a GRE is less likely to hit your ‘bank balance’. Additionally, the test can be taken in any format – ‘pen and paper based’ or ‘computer-based’.
  • The emphasis of the GMAT is to test an individual’s knowledge of the grammar, whereas, the GRE is a boon for those with a strong vocabulary. In addition, the Math Section of the GRE is comparatively easier than the GMAT.

Syllabus

The GMAT and GRE have similar sections, but the objective of both the exam is dissimilar. For instance, consider the Verbal Ability Section. In GRE, the objective of the exam is to encourage students to improve their vocabulary. Conversely, the objective of the GMAT is to test Grammar skills. Consequently, if you think that preparing for one exam will equip you to sit for both the exams; you have already started on a weaker foot.

Scoring system

The scoring system of both the GRE and the GMAT are as dissimilar as the North Pole and the South Pole.

GRE:

  • Analytical Writing: 0-6 Scale.
  • Verbal: 130-170 Scale.
  • Quantitative: 130-170 Scale.

Combined score: 260-340

GMAT

  • Integrated Reasoning: 1-8 Scale.
  • Analytical writing: 0-6 Scale.
  • Verbal: 0-60 Scale.
  • Quantitative: 0-60 Scale.

Combined Score: 200-800

Final Verdict

If the b-school you are applying to, accepts GRE then we would advise you to sit for GRE, as it will provide you a complete analysis of your score. Secondly, as GRE is necessary for other post-graduation courses, therefore, you will have the option to apply to other programmes. If you are still unsure, we advise you to try mock tests of the both.

top 5 Reasons to Study in the UK

5 Reasons to Study in the UK

top 5 Reasons to Study in the UK

Studying in the UK is something, which every student dreams off. Whether it is the historic Oxford University or the iconic London School of Economics, UK has something to offer to each one of us. The British higher education system is one of the best. State-of-the-art campuses, latest amenities, well-defined curriculum, and some of the most experienced faculty, make studying in the UK an enriching experience. Lately, students have started looking beyond the London based universities. No longer, students have to navigate through the chaos of London every day. Cities like Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, amongst many others have emerged as hot destination.

So what is that, which attracts a majority of us towards studying there? Why is UK the second most favourable destination of Higher education seekers? Here are the top five reasons.

1)     Academics

The UK is popular for a reason, and when it comes to academics, it is the best. A quality education programme monitored by some of the best assessing bodies has enabled the British universities to flourish. Over the decades, the British institutes have maintained their tradition of excellence. On top of that, the fact that a degree attained from a British University is recognized all over the world provides an added impetus to the students.

The Universities like the Oxford and the LSE can give any top American institute a run for their money. The students who aim to study in the UK get an added spur with a high reputation faculty.

2)     Placements

Earlier, finding a job in the UK was an ordeal for the Indian students as the stringent visa policies made it next to impossible for the students to work after the completion of their course. However, there is good news for you. The British Government is mulling a change in its visa policy that will allow the Indian students to work for two years in the UK after the completion of their course. Additionally, studying in the UK is considered as a boost to your academic profile, and your resume. For the employers who look for an International perspective, a degree from a UK based university is the icing on the cake.

Studying in a new country also allows you to expand your network of contacts, and interact with proprietors.

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3)     Experience Multi-culture Ethnic Society

Yes, UK allows you to do that and much more. UK is home to a multicultural community, comprising of multiple religions. The international student community comprises of students from China, India, EU, the US, Australia, amongst many other countries. Interestingly, UK witnesses more than 100,000 students from India and China. Religious and cultural tolerance are an integral part of the British cultural society. It is estimated that people belonging to more than 100 different ethnic groups reside in the UK.

From cosmopolitan cities like London, Cardiff, Manchester to traditional hubs like Yorkshire, Warwickshire, and Glasgow; UK offers a huge cultural diversity. It is a place of contrasts and culture, a place where contemporary architecture sits alongside primeval buildings.

4)     Language Skills

English, the national language of the UK, is recognized as world’s most popular language. It finds its roots emanating from the ancient British epistemology. A major in the English language enhances your employability. From John Lennon to Shakespeare, UK has produced some of the masters of the English language. A person fluent in English is expected to have a better employability than those who aren’t well averse with it.

Besides that, the UK universities offer language support to the students who lag behind their peers. Gone are the days, when English was a hindrance to having a successful career.

5)     Financial Assistance

Chevening Scholarships, Felix Scholarships, Gates Cambridge Scholarships, Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarships are some of the many scholarships offered to the Indian students. Some of these are merit-based scholarships, and others are “financial-condition” based. In total, the UK offers more than 100 academic scholarships to the Indian students. On top of the scholarships, some of the leading banks in the UK and India offer financial assistance in terms of short-term and long-term loans.

No longer, studying in the UK is a burden on your bank balance.

Until a few years back, studying in the UK lost its sheen because of a stern visa policy adopted by the British Government. However, the policy reform that has been proposed will bring in a positive change to this trend. Therefore, if you plan strategically, lock your target institute; there is nothing, which would stop you from achieving your dream – “To study in the UK.”

why learn a Foreign Language

Tips to Master a Foreign Language

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These days, almost every individual is planning to either study, travel, or work abroad. The desire to achieve self-improvement and experience a new culture is the prime reason for this. However, mastering a foreign language is a significant challenge, which an individual faces. It remains a key milestone in any person’s development. It’s ok if you are moving to an English speaking nation like the UK, the US, Australia, or Canada. But, what if you wish to study in Germany? Or Spain? Or France? Yes, learning a language is one of the stiffest challenge faced by an individual, as it requires both grit as well as a methodical approach. If you are a learning your first foreign language, these are some of the tips that may help you conquer the demons faced by you.

Motivation

Discover your inner motivation. It is very important that you discover the objective of learning the language. Use inspirational quotes, posters, write down reasons why you are learning the language, challenge your abilities. Perhaps obvious but it is important that yoy keep yourself motivated throughout the duration of your learning task.

Contextualize the vocabulary

Book reading is one of the easiest and simplest of habits to improve your vocabulary. However facile the book may be, it will ultimately help you gain the word power that you need. Moreover, reading a good book enables you to understand the complex structures of grammar. In addition, if you are able to read a book written in a foreign language then that is no mean feat. Bravo!

You are never too old to learn a language

It one of the most pervasive myths that was introduced as an excuse by the “lazier lot.” Children and Adults learn differently – adults learn systematically – and, children learn organically and through instinct. The smarter lot can easily combine the best of the both to contextualise sentence structures to develop command over the new language. The structure of the language you learn is the base of your vocabulary.

Travel

This option will only be viable for the affluent ones. Nonetheless, travelling to your education destination before the commencement of the programme may also help you master your abilities and complement your learning skills. It is important to realise that native speaker will not only help you develop the understanding of the key phrases and emotions, but this will also allow experiencing the native place first-hand. I would recommend that you use native speakers as a test to measure your progress.

Keep away from delving into the less spoken “regional dialects”. More often than not, these will muddle your chances of learning the language. These dialects are often used in different contexts in different situations. Sometimes, a language may be used formally in a conversation style. In other instances, it may be used in conjunction with the common words and dialects. It would be advisable that you choose to learn the two and do not be too worried with the lingos.

Use news websites, television, movies, podcasts, radio, the Internet, and other forms of the spoken language to immerse yourself in the language and its culture – use subtitles if available but do not overtly rely on them. Learning a foreign language can become tiresome on occasion so maintain your motivation levels to rise above the obstacles. Ultimately, when you are in a foreign land and effortlessly conversing with native speakers, you know that all your efforts and time will have come to fruition.

Harvard University exterior compound

Study in the US: Harvard University

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Facts

The Harvard University is one of the most prestigious universities in the world. It is consistently ranked among the top five universities in the world. Located in the heart of Cambridge, the university came into being in 1636. It was founded by Leland Harvard, a former U.S. Senator. It is a leading co-educational teaching and research university. Interestingly, the university offered free education until mid-1930s. It is internationally renowned for the entrepreneurial character it gives to its students. There are 7,018 undergraduate and 9,118 graduate students, out of which 96% reside on campus. The university is spread on an 8,180-acre campus with 700 major buildings built across the most intellectually dynamic region of the nation. There are 2,118 faculty members and the university maintains an excellent record of 4:1 student to faculty ratio. The university houses 36 sport facilities at its residential campus, an estimated 13,000 bicycles, and 79 free Marguerite shuttles are present for the easy mobility in the city.

Courses offered

The university has seven academic schools, namely, the Graduate School of Business, Humanities and Sciences, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Education, and Earth Sciences. The school of Graduate Business offers a MBA, MSc, PhD, an executive program in social entrepreneurship, executive program for education leaders, and a number of certificate programs in entrepreneurship and leadership in the corporate world. The school of Earth Sciences offers courses in earth system science, geological sciences, geophysics, energy resources engineering, among others. The school of Education offers the undergraduate honours and minor courses in the field of education, a Master’s program, and a doctoral program as well. The school of Law offers a wide range of specialized courses in law. The school of Medicine offers courses like bio-engineering, dermatology, developmental biology, genetics, medicine, microbiology and immunology, neurobiology, pathology, psychiatry and behavioural sciences, radiology, surgery, urology and many more. The school of Humanities and Sciences offers anthropology, applied physics, classics, communication, economics, history, chemistry, linguistics, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, statistics, and a lot more. The school of Engineering offers courses in aeronautics and astronautics, chemical engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, management science and engineering, civil and environmental engineering, materials science and engineering, and others. The university also offers a host of interdisciplinary programs like African studies, archaeology, astronomy program, cancer biology program, creative writing, east Asian studies, ethics in study program, human biology, international policy studies, Latin American studies, mathematical and computational science program, Russian, eastern European and Eurasian studies, stem cell biology and regenerative program, urban studies program, and many more. The university has one of the highest numbers of courses ranging in different streams. According to the records, in the academic year 2011-12, the university awarded 1,715 undergraduate degrees, 2,278 Master’s degree, 764 doctoral degrees, and 366 professional degrees.

Student Life

Other than the academics, students’ life at Harvard is vibrant, happening and enriching through many traditional activities ongoing in the campus. For instance, Viennese Ball is a formal ball with waltzes. It is open for participation for all the students. Another one is a Mausoleum party, a 20-year-old tradition, an annual Halloween party organized each year at the Harvard Mausoleum. Furthermore, there are various clubs, societies formed and headed by students like the Harvard Kite Flying Society, the Harvard Axe Committee, the Harvard Robber Barons (a sketch comedy group) and the list goes on. Thus, students coming from different social, religious and cultural backgrounds mingle to ‘celebrate the diversity’ which is core value of the university.

The eligibility criterion for the students is same on educational qualifications. However, in case of the international students, there are a few more requirements. Firstly, fluency in English is a prerequisite for securing your admission in Harvard. The varsity demands that all the copies of documents must be in English, or at least be translated into English from an authorized source prior to submission. The SAT or the Act Plus writing is required for all the undergraduate applicants. For English test, the TOEFL test scores are although not mandatory, but it is highly recommended by the university to have them for all the non- native speakers of English. One can submit IELTS scores but remember they are not recognised as a measure for testing the proficiency of English. Finally, one must keep the competitive level also in the mind and choose their course accordingly.

Cost of Education

The next factor, which might have started sprawling in your minds, is the cost of education. All of us know, studying abroad is expensive and requires financial aid too. The good news is that the on-campus residence is a facility that is best provided by Harvard. As much as 96% of the undergraduates reside in the campus apartments. Further, in the financial aid system, the Finance office of the university caters to one of the largest number of applicants in the world, and serves the needs of as many as possible. However, the grant of financial aid depends upon the family financial circumstances. In other words, a candidate who seeks financial help needs to apply the form along with the admission form. Then, based on one’s family financial conditions the request for financial aid shall be accepted. There are 80% of the undergraduate students, which are admitted on some form of financial aid. The university firmly believes in spreading its education to the most brilliant minds regardless of their financial background. Therefore, getting the financial help is not a very complex process.

Career Prospects

Finally, the career prospects at the Harvard are boundless as its graduates are regarded as highly valuable ones in the industry. The university has such a good reputation that Forbes magazine once remarked, “It is almost impossible to name a leading-edge company in Silicon Valley that isn’t closely associated with Harvard.” Its alumni are today the founders of many giants like Google, Nike, Firefox, Wipro, Yahoo!, and many more. In terms of leadership, it has produced stalwarts, which include former prime ministers of Japan, Maldives, Honduras, US, among other nations. The Harvard has perhaps the richest heritage of sports; its students have won over 240 Olympic Medals. In the field of research, it is one of the most research- oriented universities in the world having more than 54 Nobel Laureates comprising its alumni, students, and faculty staff. Its Alma meter has 30 living billionaires and 17 working astronauts. Do I need say more?

Set your eyes to get the best education from one of the most reputed universities in the world and have a shining career ahead.

Old building of London School of Economics

Study in the UK: London School of Economics

Old building of London School of Economics

The London School of Economics and Political Science, better known as the London School of Economics (LSE) is a leading and one of the foremost social science institutes in the world. It is a constituent college of the federal University of London. It was founded in 1892, however, it was only in 1902 that the institute started awarding degrees. Today, the LSE is ranked together with institutes like the Harvard and Stanford, and is a one-of-its-kind, fully fledged social science institute. It has one of the largest research platforms in the world with 220 research centers for wide range of subjects offered under departments like economics, finance, science, and social science. The School has a global network with major academic partners like Columbia University, University of Peking, among many others. Only one third students of the School are from UK, the rest of the strength belongs to different countries round the globe. Thus, the LSE has the largest proportion for overseas students offered by any university in the world. Subsequently, it is of no surprise that over 100 languages are spoken at its campus. It is home to the world’s largest social science library. Thus, its students have the privilege of not only studying into the most reputed social science institutes, but also of living in the heart of the cosmopolitan city of London, which brings one closer to the stimulating, ‘real’ world.

Facts

The common perception is that being a college of political science and economics, it offers courses in just these fields, yet, it is far from the reality. Actually, it offers a wide range of subjects in humanities as well as science. The School has well organized, 25 academic departments offering courses in accounting, anthropology, economics, economic history, finance, demography, development studies, European studies, environment, gender, geography and environment, health, information systems and innovation, managerial economics, operational research, organizational behavior, public policy, strategy and operational research, international development, international inequalities, international relations, law, management, mathematics, languages, media and communications, methodology, philosophy, logic and scientific method, public affairs, social policy, social psychology, sociology, and statistics. Besides these, the LSE offers a general course of undergraduate nature whose duration is one year. Apart from it, there are other graduate as well as research programs that a student can choose from. Furthermore, the School also offers various executive education programs too.

Eligibility

The eligibility for the course varies from course to course individually. For knowing the entry requirements of each course one can refer to this link. Other than the eligibility criteria of a particular course, the overseas students need to meet an additional English requirement by giving IELTS test. The candidate requires to score 7.0 or above in all the four sections of the exam. This is equivalent to the commonly known TOEFL test. It is mandatory for the candidates whose first language is not English, i.e. those who belong to the non-English speaking countries. On a whole, the admission process of the LSE is highly competitive one with thousands of applicants seeking a place in this prestigious university.

Cost of Education

Given the high cost of living in the UK, the financial support is something that is the need of most of the international students. LSE offers generous scholarships and accepts various home government loans and grants as well to accommodate all the talented students regardless of their financial background. It offers over 40 scholarships to the various undergraduate and postgraduate courses. For availing it, the students are required to fill the LSE Graduate Financial Support Application Form after they have applied for the admission to its any of its program. Then, the financial support office will examine the candidature and the scholarship would be provided if considered eligible. The good news for all the overseas students is that the School offers guaranteed accommodation for the first year students.

Career Prospects

The career prospects for the LSE students are enormous. It has been named “University of the Year for Graduate Employment” in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015, which itself speaks volumes about its placement record. The average salary of the LSE graduates from undergraduate degree is 29,000 pounds. It has contributed to the world by giving many global leaders, economists, and politicians. The notable alumni from India include K.R. Narayanan, former president of India, Najeeb Jung, Kaushik Basu, the chief economist at world bank, and the list goes on.

Study in the UK

Study in the UK: King’s College, London

Study in the UK

History

The King’s college, located in London, is the third oldest university in the UK. Having its main campus at Strand in central London, the college was incepted in 1829 by King George IV and Duke of Wellington. Since then, the college went on to become the largest study centre for graduate and post-graduate medical teaching and biomedical research in Europe. It is ranked 19th in the world as per the “QS World University Rankings 2014”. It is one of the best colleges to study in the UK. It is a member of the ‘golden triangle’, a group of elite universities in the UK, and is among the ones having the highest research incomes of all the British universities. So, let us see what this college has to offer-

Facts

The college has several faculties housing various subjects. In the faculty of arts and humanities, there are courses like French, classics, history, comparative literature, culture, media and creative industries, digital humanities, liberal arts, music, philosophy, Spanish, Portuguese, Latin and American studies, theology and religious studies, and film studies. In the faculty of life sciences and medicine, the courses include bioscience education, asthma, allergy and lung biology, cancer studies, cardiovascular studies, diabetes and nutritional studies, genetics and molecular medicine, and many more. In the faculty of psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience, courses are namely basic and clinical neuroscience, addictions, biostatistics, child and adolescent psychiatry, Neuro-imaging, psychology, forensic and neurodevelopment science. In the faculty of law, there are LLB programs, European law, construction law, philosophy, politics and law, transnational law, and much more. The other faculties include faculty of natural and mathematical sciences, faculty of social science and public policy, faculty of global affairs, and the Faculty of Dental Care. Thus, the college offers a wide spectrum of courses in the most possible fields in the world.

Entry Requirements

For securing a place in this college, the student must have a well set academic record owing to the high level of competition that takes place in admissions. Also, for the international students, the proficiency in spoken as well as written English is a must. Therefore, all the students who belong to the countries whose native language is not English i.e. non English speaking need to give the TOEFL test and present its scores beforehand the admission process. Further, a health form is to be filled up by the candidates stating all their past medical history and present medical condition. Another perquisite for the admission is a health insurance which is a must for every candidate otherwise the admission will stand cancelled.

Financial Assistance

King’s College, London recognizes the worries of international students who will reside in an expensive city like London for the first time and hence caters to their needs for accommodation as well as fees. The college has access to over 3,000 places with its own halls of residence and the residential accommodation at the University of London. The candidate needs to apply well in advance for the availing the accommodation facility of the campus. Owing to the high costs of living in London, the college ensures that talented students are not barred from the education just because of their financial restrictions. The college runs several scholarships for different courses like School of Law, LLM scholarships, King’s international Graduate Scholarship, King’s Scholars, and many others. The candidates need to check individually for the course they wish to apply to know what all scholarships are available for the same. Apart from this, there are external scholarship providers too, which offer scholarships to the Indian students like the Aga Khan Foundation, the Charles Wallace India Trust, the Goa Education Trust, to name a few.

Being one of the leading academic powerhouses in UK, it has a very high employment rate for the graduate students. It has an online job portal called Career Service which works incessantly for the employment of its highly qualified gradates. The college graduates work in fields like civil and foreign services, international law organizations, defence, security and strategic consultancies, and the list goes on. Also, many students are working in the field of academics in the college itself and others have taken up to pursuing higher education. The college has many renowned personalities to its fame like John Keats, Florence Nightingale, Sarojini Naidu, Kushwant Singh, Adnan Sami and many more.

So, set the target for this college and have a handsome experience of studying at one of the most renowned colleges in the world.