New study destinations beckon aspirants

There is a saying that it is the rising sun that is saluted. So it is, that the land of the rising sun, China with both the economic strength and power and is now being explored as serious though a relatively new study destination option .

The country has made an enviable reputation for its universities and academia and a number of these are now ranked among the top 100 in the QS world ranking of universities.

While the language and the culture may be rather different from that of a typical Western Education, a degree in International Business from one of its premier Business Schools and the exposure of having lived in China is an asset for any multinational company looking to recruit graduates who can then be assigned there.

China is not only attractive for its Business Schools but also has been attracting a large number of Indian students for medicine for many years now.

In 2010 there were more than 2,65,000 foreign students studying there and the government plans to top this figure to more than 5,00,000 by 2012.

The students while primarily are from SE Asia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan etc. are also coming from other parts of the world. The fact that foreign universities such as the University of Nottingham have set up a campus there is an added attraction to many students from the Western world too.

Similarly, in the last two decades, Hong Kong has come up with lot of ambitious and international-minded institutions that are increasingly marking out Hong Kong as the flag-bearer of Asia’s status as a rising power in international education.

 In the recent QS ranking,Chinese University of Hong Kong and City University of Hong Kong were given 5th and 15thrank respectively.

With an education structure that was formulated during colonial rule and the language advantage gives HK a linguistic head start over much of the continent.

GMAC, the body that administers GMAT has acknowledged the growing interest of students towards Hong Kong, China and Singapore.

Recent survey shows that the number of students sending the GMATscores to universities in these countries have increased substantially and are now placed 6 and 7 in the list of country preferences after UK, USA, Canada, France and India.

5 hot tips for going abroad to study

* Insurance wise: Travel insurance is a must for all those who are going abroad. Students must ensure their belongings such as laptops and other expensive items.

*Foreign Exchange: Students can carry traveler’s cheques to meet initial accommodation costs. However students must also keep some emergency cash handy.

*Checklist of important documents: Right before leaving students need to make a checklist of important documents that they need to carry with them through immigration.These must be taken in their hand baggage with a copied set in their luggage.

*Stay medically equipped: It is a good idea to take medical insurance to stay equipped for any medical emergency.

* Stay connected: It is very important to always keep the university address and contact details at all times. Going to a new country could be quite an intimidating experience.
Thus for the first few months till students are familiar with the place, they must have all contact details with them at all times.

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