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When a student decides to go abroad for further studies, meticulous planning follows. But after everything seems to fall in place, what if the student is deported to his/her country even before he/she gets a chance to join the college? In the recent past, many students have had to undergo this traumatic experience due to various reasons. In this interview, Harjiv Singh, founder and CEO, Salwan Media Forum and convener, One Globe Knowledge Conference, sheds light on the reasons behind this problem and how to avoid it.

Why are Indian students deported back home? How does it impact them?
We see two main sources of fraud. While the occasional applicant may wilfully fudge his or her credentials to get a student visa, it is clear that the two biggest sources of fraud are shady universities and unscrupulous recruitment agents. Students get caught in scams, often not realising how serious the consequences are until it is too late.
For instance, several months ago, Air India offloaded 19 students in Hyderabad, saying the schools they were about to join — Silicon Valley University in San Jose and Northwestern Polytechnic University in Fremont — were under suspicion. In June, a real school, the Western Kentucky University (WKU), found that 40 of the 60 Indian students admitted in the computer science programme did not meet admission requirements. News reports said at least 25 of them would be forced to leave the university and thus faced deportation, because student visas are university-specific. Interestingly, in an aggressive effort to attract Indian students, WKU paid international recruiters based on the number of students they brought in.
The impact of fraud on students and their families can be devastating. Firstly, there’s the psychological sense of failure and regret. Secondly, the lakhs of rupees spent on the application process — coaching fees, application fees, exams such as SAT or GMAT, agent fees, visa and travel costs — are wasted. Lastly, deportation is an indelible blot on your immigration record which can permanently damage your chances of studying or working abroad.

Why do several students get stuck at the port of entry in the U.S.? What is the difference between U.S. Visa and the port of entry?
It is important to understand that your visa authorises you to enter the United States, but does not guarantee entry. The port of entry is where you literally enter a country — for example, Los Angeles International airport or JFK airport. At the port of entry, you still have to clear immigration. Regardless of your visa, if an immigration or security official has reason to believe you are entering the country illegally, or with illegal intentions, they are within their rights to deny you entry.
It is important to understand that even after you enter the country, it is your responsibility as a student to “remain in status”.
This means you must always comply with all the requirements for your visa, such as being registered as a full-time student (generally foreign students in the U.S. cannot be part-time), not doing unauthorised work, ensuring your I-20 form is renewed on time, and so on.
Every university has an office for international students that will guide them.

What are the mistakes students make while choosing a university abroad?
I think the biggest mistake students make is to rely on someone else at the cost of doing their own research to decide where and what they want to study. They should not set too much store by rankings and reputation. Seek help during the admission process, but do not outsource your own responsibility.
Also, do not let money decide for you — just because you can afford a programme does not mean it is right for you. Conversely, if you can’t afford a programme you really want to sign up for, that does not necessarily mean it is not meant for you — seek scholarships, ask questions and do not give up.

What can students do to ensure that their college application and studies proceed without mishaps?
There are many good college search engines available these days. Sessions by Education USA, CampusFrance, DAAD and other agencies can also help students to understand the process of going abroad. Seek out official information by referring to the websites of embassies and high commissions, and the universities you want to apply to. This should be the basic homework, in addition to any information you get from study fairs, university-promoted information sessions, study-abroad agents, and so on. If you are applying for a specialised programme, especially at the postgraduate-level, reach out to the university or professor you are interested in, and ask questions about the programme you are considering. It costs almost nothing.

Basic research skills are necessary to succeed as an international student. Think of the process of applying abroad as a way to polish your research skills. This will help you discover programmes and possibilities that you had not thought of before, and are more likely to find programmes that you are really excited about. And you will become better at detecting fraud when something looks too good to be true.


A student applying for the admission in an English speaking country needs to prove his or her English proficiency through taking up special test like TOEFL or IELTS. Here, IELTS means International English Language Testing Services while TOEFL means Test for English as a Foreign Language.

What will you choose Toefl or Ielts for admission

IELTS and TOEFL both are designed to test the English language proficiency of the non-native speakers. Students from the countries those are non-native speakers of English language interested in pursuing higher studies in English speaking nations need to take up any of these tests. These tests will evaluate student’s reading, listening, speaking and writing skills to the required extent. The fee for these tests will vary between $150 and $250.

The aim and testing procedure of the both tests are similar, but carried out totally in a different ways. This is causing into little confusion to select which one is better for their successful admission needs. Also, very commonly few aspirants will deliberately ask which one is easier too. Here, speaking part of the test is the major difference between both tests. This speaking part is carried out face to face by the examiner in IELTS while it requires answering 6 questions through microphone with TOEFL. These will be evaluated by the special examiner in the recorded version.

There is another difference between both tests that is scoring sheet. Here, IELTS rate the score between 0 and 9 while TOEFL offer it in numerical format grading. Also, TOEFL is conducted through a NGO education testing service while IELTS is conducted by British Council of the University of Cambridge ESOL examinations and IDP Education Australia in the pure UK English format. So, accent, spell variations and some more will always vary with each tests basing up on the examination conducting body too.
Interested in studying a good course abroad? Getting a scholarship can make it much easier for many students.
Study Abroad with TOEFL Scholarship

Educational Testing Service (ETS) has announced 10 scholarships worth US$70,000 (approximately Rs. 4,445,700) for students with excellent academic excellence. Each scholarship worth US$7,000 will support a range of of educational initiatives focused on helping students.

The scholarships will support TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)  test takers willing to pursue undergraduate or graduate study in India or abroad at any of the 9,000 plus institutes across the globe that accept the TOEFL test. Based on the applications, 100 semifinalists will be shortlisted and informed in August.

Following the announcement, all shortlisted candidates need to submit additional information as desired by September 8, 2015. Winners will be announced in the month of October.

All recipients will receive the funds later this year and they can apply for the fund money only for their academic expenses. The amount will be disbursed to the candidate once he/she arrives on the campus.

Eligibility: All applicants must be Indian residents who have started applying for admissions between June 2015 and May 2016 at any university or college listed in .

All applicants should mandatorily demonstrate proficiency in English language and have a valid TOEFL score. Also, every applicant must have a grade-point average of 80 or higher on a 100-point scale, or a 3.0 grade-point average or higher on a 4-point scale.

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The graduate record examination or GRE may not be the easiest examination to sit for but as 2014 showed, its popularity in India is increasing by the year.

“During 2014, the number of repeat tests reached an all-time high. Our research showed that nearly one out of four people in India take the GRE test more than once,” Dawn Piacentino, director of communication and services for the GRE Program at ETS, said in a statement.

1 out of 4 students take Gre test

The standardized test is an admissions requirement for most graduate schools in the US. Created and administered by educational testing service (ETS) in 1949, GRE aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills.

With the importance of the examination and its high difficulty level, students very often take the test more than once in an attempt to improve their scores. Score select, an option available with GRE tests, offers students up to five years to send graduate schools their best scores. In 2014, the number of people in India taking the GRE for a second time grew by 14 per cent compared to 2013. A new analysis by ETS revealed that most people who took the test a second time did better. More than 60 per cent students who took the GRE revised general test a second time in India scored higher in verbal reasoning measure, while 66 per cent scored higher on the quantitative reasoning measure.

MUMBAI: The dearth of quality higher education and increasing competition for limited seats available in existing institutions is forcing nearly 6.8 lakh Indian students to head abroad for studies, a recent ASSOCHAM study has revealed.

 As a fallout, higher educational institutions including the IITs are losing roughly $6-7 billion (Rs 50,000 crore approx) annually that these Indian students are spending on their higher education abroad. What's more, a miniscule number of them are choosing to return home, says the ASSOCHAM study on 'Skilling India: Empowering Indian Youth through World Class Education'.

More and more Indian students are aspiring to go to newer destinations such as Singapore, Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland, Canada, China and Norway, among others. This year, there has been a rise of 20-25% in the number of students travelling abroad to new destinations for higher education.

As per the study, more than 2.9 lakh Indians went abroad in 2013 and the count shot up to 6.8 lakh this year.

"An important reason for many Indians choosing to study abroad is the lack of good institutions in India and growing competition for limited seats amongst the existing institutes. Very few universities in India provide good quality education and thus the challenge of securing admission in them becomes more daunting each year," said ASSOCHAM Secretary General D S. Rawat in a release.

He cited the example of Delhi University, which has consistently set challenging cut-offs for admission. Most subjects require students to score in excess of 80%, with the cut-offs for popular subjects like economics ranging between 90% to 98%. Similarly, an engineering aspirant has lower than a one in 50 chance of securing admission into the IITs.

While the IITs with an annual enrolment of 10,000-15,000 focus only the brightest of the bright, not a single great worldwide patent has emerged nor have they produced a single Nobel Laureate, said the paper.

"This is despite the government pouring thousands of millions of rupees into their establishment and upkeep,'' the study noted.

While most of the IITians choose to go abroad for research, they do not return home after obtaining their doctoral programmes.

The study suggested setting up of a National Higher Education Commission (NHEC), an independent regulator on the lines of SEBI or CVC ( Central Vigilance Commission). The proposed NHEC must ensure mandatory quality rating of all universities and institutions of higher learning, be they government, state, autonomous or private, it said.