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Some varsities are global brands

Studying Abroad

Dear Madam,   

I am currently in my 5th semester of automobile engineering. I want to do MS in Germany. What are the exams I must write? How to prepare for those exams? What are the financial aspects, How much does it costs? Is there any financial help?
Dear Vinod,

To study MS in Germany the eligibility criteria may differ from university to university. So please refer to the University website for the eligibility criteria for the course that interests you. General eligibility criteria for post-graduate study at a University in Germany are a Bachelor degree in similar field, proficiency in German Language, and if the course is in English, then proof of proficiency in English – TOEFL ( or IELTS ( Some universities also ask for GRE ( There will be improved chances of admission if you have relevant work experience in the field of further study, demonstration of technical ability, extracurricular activities.

German Federal Government has been funding Primary to University Education at public institutions. There is no tuition fee in some states, and it is only the other costs which you will need to bear. Even if there is a tuition fee it would be less compared to other countries. Look at the specific university’s portal for exact details of the tuition fee for the relevant course. This may vary even from course to course in the same University. Website will give you a better knowledge about cost of study and financial aspects of other expenses.

As there is nil or nominal tuition fee, universities do not provide any scholarships. But International students can apply for scholarships from numerous organisations such as DAAD (provides scholarship only to Graduate students pursuing Masters, Doctoral students pursuing PhD, for Post doctoral work/ research etc). Study affiliated foundations and business related organizations could be thought of. Check with the relevant organization for eligibility criteria & apply directly.

International students are allowed to work so that you can earn while you learn, without hindrance or distraction from the primary goal which is completion of your course of study.

Dear Madam,

My son is a topper throughout his studies from I std. till date. He is completing his B Tech, (mechanical engineering) form VIT this year by May. His CGPA is 9.03. He is very much interested in studying at MIT or Stanford, USA for his Masters and PhD. He is interested in Automotive engg. I will not be able to provide for his study abroad. He is preparing for GRE and TOEFL. He will get good grades.  I request your guidance and help in the matter for getting scholarship for tuition and other expenses.
Vaidyanathan D.K.

Dear Mr Vaidyanathan,

It's great to have a big dream such as this. It is admirable to be so career driven. If your son gets admission in a reputed university like Stanford, he may get University Scholarship, federal grants, Cal grant program etc. Another way to cover his financial aid package is to try for outside scholarships. Student employment is another way for him to cover part of the fees by working part-time during the academic year. There are a wide variety of job opportunities both on- and off-campus. If he would prefer to borrow rather than work during the academic year or over the summer, he will also be assisted in obtaining a student loan. For more information visit and for MIT look into

Dear Madam,

I'm a 3rd year Electronics and Communications Engineering student under VTU. I've an average of 80.7% in my first year and 83.8% in my second year. I would like to pursue my masters degree in Embedded Systems from a UK university. The reason for choosing UK university is that it offers a 1 year masters program and therefore I will have to pay for just 1 year. But recently I've been hearing from friends and friends of friends that the UK 1 year degree is not largely recognized and may not be considered while applying for jobs. I'm really confused and disheartened. It's my dream to study abroad and I cannot give up on this. I come from a middle class family and I'm largely dependent on bank loans and scholarships for a foreign education. It would be really helpful if you would guide me on the same. Is UK 1 year degree recognized? Will I not get a job because I've a 1 year degree? Please guide me on this.
A student

Dear Student,
The UK has an extremely competitive job market. The job market remains tough, but UK graduates remain highly valued by employers through out the world. Unfortunately you cannot enter  UK, study and then get a job in UK itself due to recent immigration policy.

Post graduate courses are cheaper and shorter  in UK  but you probably will not be able to work in the UK while you are in University,  which makes it tough to afford, and harder to find scholarships and grants as an international student. If you're self funding, UK is definitely cheaper, if you're hoping for funding to finance your studies, it's extremely difficult.  Some universities where you study  will have an amazing reputation in the UK but not well known otherwise. Some selected universities are a global brand though.

You can also set your mind to think of masters in countries like New Zealand, Switzerland, Australia, Malaysia,  where MS is comparatively cheaper. Doing Masters in any reputed institutes in India could also be thought of, if you can clear the entrance exams.

Dear Madam,
I have completed my BHM(hotel management in 2012 and I would like to pursue my MBA in Australia/New Zealand. Can you please guide me with the admission process and the admission deadlines. I would also like to know the right time to take up IELTS in order to start my MBA this year.

Dear Gururaj,
Studying for a MBA at an Australian/New Zealand  university can be economical and efficient. For most good business schools in New Zealand, a good grades /scores in Graduate is essential. Before you choose a program, make sure you do some research to figure out what kind of program best fits your interest and career goals. Most NewZealand/Australia  business schools expect work experience of three to five years for admission. You  are  required to take English Language test, IELTS (International English Testing System). Most universities accept GMAT scores, though it is not essential everywhere. It is good for you to contact your  chosen institution 15 to 18 months before the proposed date of admission. The main intake for all Australian Institutions is February. There is also a Mid-year intake offered by some Australian Universities during July (It is available only for limited number of universities and limited courses). Check on University website for intake information and other procedural details. Letter of reference or recommendation letters, personal essays and/or statement of purpose  play a very important part in MBA admissions. Visit Websites to know and identify the admission process and other details in selection. Scholarship information can be followed in

Dr Malini works as a career counsellor and has a PhD in Human Development.
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