Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I study abroad?

Having an education abroad experience is once-in-a-lifetime, life-changing opportunity with enormous benefits. Whether you wish to learn a new language, fulfill requirements of your major, or simply focus on general electives, having an experience abroad will set you apart from your peers, enhance your studies, and engage you as a citizen of the world.

Education abroad is more than travel and adventure. You will gain skills in cross-cultural communication, learn to think critically, and develop self-confidence, flexibility, and an appreciation of diversity. Most importantly, you will increase your awareness of the interconnected nature of the world. These skills are an essential component of your college education

How do I adjust to the culture abroad?
So you are feeling tired all the time, both physically from trying to understand the language, customs and a myriad of unfamiliar daily tasks; and emotionally, because as hard as you try to reach out and connect, you realize that you will never really be one of the locals. Disappointment can set in. Suddenly, the food is inadequate, the facilities aren't clean enough, people are abrupt, and the bureaucracy is relentless. These symptoms are signs that you know enough about the culture to recognize the differences. Now is the time to use some proven techniques to help yourself through the culture shock and into the next stage of adaptation and enjoyment.

Acknowledge that culture shock is normal and will pass write about your concerns in a journal and sleep on them before you call home or act on your grievances Keep busy and set some concrete goals; resist withdrawing into yourself or surrounding yourself with Indian citizens. Avoid being judgmental; look on the positive side of diversity and difference take care of yourself with enough sleep and exercise. Revive your sense of humor Remember that you are the visitor; you are there to learn about a new culture, not to change it. Prior to leaving India, spend some time finding out about the country you will visit. Think about the:

  • Course & University selection
  • Application Submission
  • Offer Acceptance
  • Visa Counseling
  • Tuition fee payment
  • Pre-departure orientation

How do I take care of my personal safety?
Your behavior and the choices you make play a large role in your personal safety. Do not walk alone at night; always travel in pairs or larger groups. In large cities, this may also be true during the day. Wear clothing appropriate to the location. Example: In some cultures shorts are very inappropriate, as are bare arms. Know the culture of the country and conform to it. You are there to experience another culture, not to change it. Do not give money to beggars. They may not be satisfied with the amount you give them and may demand more by using force. It may also encourage other beggars to approach you.

Do not carry large amounts of visible cash and do not place anything valuable in your waist pack or backpack. Wear your waist pack in front of you where you can see it and hook the straps through your belt loops. Important documents such as passport, travel documents, traveler’s checks, money, credit cards should be kept in a money belt or neck wallet under your clothing to keep them out of the reach of a pickpocket. If your money belt is difficult for you to access, it will also be difficult for a thief to get. Keep small amounts of money in a more accessible place so you don't have to go into your money belt or neck wallet for cash for a soda. You do not want to display your cash or valuable papers any more than necessary.

It is best to limit the number of credit cards you carry and to keep a list of your card number(s) and the company(s) phone number. Leave a copy at home in India. If you lose the card(s) you or your designated representative can call the company to report the loss. We know you have heard it before, but DON'T hitchhike. You know the consequences and they can be deadly. Remember that one of the major crimes is robbery, which sometimes becomes assault. Think about things you might do to avoid being a victim and what you might do if you are robbed.

Remember, your life is worth far more than anything you have. If need be, throw your stuff away from you and run in the opposite direction. Scream, act out a seizure, act out of control, throw-up, cause a scene, do whatever you need to do to draw attention to the situation and to get to a safe place.

How do I make the most of my time abroad?
While your experience abroad is fresh in your mind now, take pictures, write a blog or keep a journal about familiar pieces of your everyday life. It's possible that you'll return to the same place again someday, but it will not look the same as it does this first time.
  • Try to make friends with the locals; don't just cling to the Indians that are there.
  • Do not expect locals to make friends with you, you will have to make the effort.
  • Do not spend all your time on Facebook and Skype.
  • Do not go into the country with pre-determined assumptions of the culture. Be open-minded and wait until you get there.
  • Take pictures of your favorite people, places, foods etc.
  • Make a list of the top ten people you want to stay in contact with and gather their contact information.
  • Make a wish list of all the things you still want to do/accomplish before you leave and do them!
  • Visit your favorite places or go to places you haven't had a chance to visit yet.

What do postgraduate students in the UK really think about the quality of their course and teaching?

The UK’s Higher Education Academy has published this year’s Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES), which collects feedback from students about their experiences of their taught postgraduate courses. According to the report, 93% of students in the UK said the quality of teaching on their course was generally or consistently good (an increase from 2012, when the figure was 92%), and a greater number of students are satisfied with their teachers’ assessment and feedback.

When it comes to skills and personal development, the scale generally had high scores, with just over four in five students agreeing that their programme developed their research and transferable skills. Scores were also high for professional development, and 77.5% of students said their future employment prospects were better as a result of their postgraduate studies.

What are Pre departure briefings?

Before you begin your studies abroad, there is a lot to think about and prepare. But help is at hand!

Future Abroad runs ‘pre-departure briefings’ for many countries for students who are planning to study abroad. At these events, Future Abroad staff gives you advice about what to pack, travelling abroad, settling in and much more.

What are the English language requirements in Australia?

English language proficiency is now a requirement when applying for a student visa. The IELTS is the only test accepted by the Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs for student visa purposes. Institutions set their own English language requirements and may have different IELTS entry levels for the proposed level of course than those required for a student visa. You should check the entry requirements with your proposed institution.

What if I do not meet the entry requirements?

If your English language proficiency score is not high enough, there are many English language courses with starting dates all through the year to prepare you for further study in Australia. All Australian universities have their own English language center or have links with English language colleges and you can reserve a provisional place in your proposed course. Bridging courses, such as a Master Qualifying program, are also offered. It is suggested that you seek advice from the institution about meeting their entry requirements before applying for admission into your selected courses. If you do not meet undergraduate course entry requirements you may be able to enroll in Foundation Studies which prepare you for further study in Australia.

Are International students allowed to work in Australia?

International students studying in Australia on a student visa can apply for permission to work once they start their course. A visa with permission to work enables you to work up to 20 hours a week on a casual basis during course time and full-time during vacation periods.

What are the Language Requirements in Canada?

You have to be proficient in English or French, depending on the University you choose. Most English universities require a score of 560 + on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a score of 70 on the Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL). Canadian French-language universities usually assess applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Is a Canadian degree globally recognized?

A degree from a Canadian University is recognized around the world and is usually equivalent to an American degree or a degree from another Commonwealth country

What are the housing options abroad?

Most universities offer the option to live on-campus either in residences designated for international students or in residences generally available to all students on campus. There are other housing options too outside the campus.

What is the Climate in New Zealand?

January and February are the warmest months; autumn is from March to May, winter from June to August, and spring from September to November.

What are the English Language Requirements in New Zealand?

An IELTS (International English Language Testing System) band score of 6 with no band less than 5.5. IELTS is used at many tertiary institutions in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and North America. It assesses your ability to read, write, speak and listen in academic or general training contexts. It is developed and managed by the University of Cambridge, the British Council and IDP Education Australia.

With so many universities courses available how can I select the most appropriate course for me?

Since the number of Universities/Institutions and the courses are very vast it’s better to take the help of an organization like Future Abroad with professionally trained persons to guide. Future Abroad can help you to find out the courses and institutions of your choice. Future abroad has specialist counsellors for each country and when you visit us we encourage meeting as many of these specialist counsellors as you wish. They explain the intricacies of each country, institution & course thus empowering you to make the right decision. All this is for free.

What are the other expenses apart from my Fees?

In addition to your Fees the other expenses will include Room & Boarding charges, Personal Expenses (clothes, Laundry, Entertainment), Books & Supplies, Transportation (Daily Travel, Trips home per year), and Airfare.

Can I apply to more than 1 university in more than 1 country?

Many of our students are interested in applying for US Universities, as well as Universities in Australia or UK, or vice verse. With Future Abroad, you can do that conveniently. We counsel for countries like USA, Canada, Australia, UK and New Zealand. Each specialist counselor will assist you independently & for no charges.

Will I get admission if I have very poor grades in my high school or college / university?

Future Abroad can help you with your admissions even if you have very poor grades during your study. There are several good universities abroad and they understand that students sometimes lose focus and do not concentrate on their studies may be because they are unwell or may be due to family circumstances etc. These universities will be ready to give you a second chance. So, do not worry. Just contact us. We can surely help you find the right match for you. You can also get an opportunity to meet with university representatives at our offices & these personal interview meetings assist in evaluating your application for the course of your choice.

Can I work while studying?

Most countries allow students to work 20 hours a week off-campus during the term and full-time during the vacation period

How about the work permit after completion of course abroad?

It depends on the country chosen as each country has different rules that permit students to take different durations of work experience after completion of the course

What much do you charge for visa counselling?

Future abroad provides guidance to students with regards to Visa Application & procedures absolutely free of Cost, provided the student is going to the College/ University represented by Future abroad. If a student is going to any university/College which is not represented by Future abroad, then there are Visa Consultation Fees.

Is the counselling truly free at Future Abroad?

Future Abroad officially represents several institutions worldwide. It is due to this that we treat ourselves as the extension arm of an institutions international recruiting office. In light of this our management pioneered the "FREE COUNSELLING SERVICES" concept. We will charge only fees that are application fees if and when applicable and may charge a courier fee where applicable. No international service/Co. Fees are charged throughout the visa process for any student enrolling at an institution represented by Future Abroad.

What are Official Transcripts?

The Xerox or true copies of your mark sheets attested by the concerned University Registrar or Asst. Registrar or Controller of examiner in sealed envelopes are known as Official Transcripts.

How important are the statement of purpose and the recommendation letters?

The statement of purpose and the recommendation letters are the key documents for the academic committee to favorably consider your application. They need to be well written as they give the university insights into what kind of person you are.

What kind of off Campus jobs are available? Can one find them easily?

Jobs opportunities are plenty, as per the legitimate stipulated time fixed for students and if they go through right channels they can easily find jobs like - working at ticket counters, super markets, admin, gas stations, baby sitting etc.

What is the basic criterion for securing a student visa?

The consular officer will objectively take into consideration your entire profile. The profile compromises: a) Academic Qualifications b) Financial Capabilities and c) Ones intentions; if the consular officer is convinced about all the three, only then will he grant you the visa.

What financial documents are accepted?

a)Ability to meet the expenses (Bank Loan sanction letter, Bank savings either SB or FD balances proof and other cash assets), b)Proof that additional funds are available to the family, c)Proof of annual income and /or d)Other documents as the consular officer may deem fit.

Are bank loans accepted?

Yes, Bank loans are accepted as sources of funds for your study abroad purposes.

Who all can be my sponsors?

Generally parents are considered to be the natural sponsors of a student. Grandparents being part of the Indian family system can also sponsor a student. If one has enough work experience, then the company that has employed the applicant can also sponsor. To explore other possibilities, you are advised to contact the nearest Future Abroad office.

Can my relative, friend or close associate sponsor me?

it is generally advised that your parents sponsor you. However if any person other than your parents is sponsoring, you may have to provide strong evidences in favour of them. We strongly advise you to contact the nearest Future Abroad office for further details.

Do academic performance and test scores matter?

Yes. As the consular officer is going to evaluate your potential for further studies, through your academic background, it may influence the officer’s decision to a large extent. Likewise the test scores are also viewed quite seriously as they are supposed to demonstrate your ability to successfully pursue higher studies.

Does the university I am going to important?

Generally the consulate officers are not biased on the universities. However, the consulate officer may want to know the reasons behind your choice of universities. Hence as long as you can convincingly defend your choice it should not be a problem.

Do I need to have a specific career objective?

Yes, you need to have made plans about your long-term career prospects. Only when you know what you want, you would be able to convince the visa officer about your intentions to return and that it’s a worthwhile investment for you.

Does my program of choice affect my visa prospects?

The program you have opted for should be in accordance with what you have studied and also enhance your career prospects here. You may have to be prepared to convince them, as to how will this program benefit you & the career prospects. After Sept 11, certain programs are under the alert list warranting a background check. Hence if you have not applied well ahead, your visa application may not be cleared by the time your semester starts.

How can I convince the Visa officer about my intentions to return to India?

Frankly speaking, there are no pre-defined methods / documents / profiles for success. Your strong communication skills should be oriented towards presenting the true picture about your career prospects, your intentions and the ties to your country, such that it convinces the consulate officer.

Do I need to have liquid cash for the entire period of study?

No. Liquid assets for the first year of study and access to funds for the rest of your study period would be sufficient. Also remember that the educational loan you would have availed is accepted as source of funds.

Can I reapply, if my student visa application is refused?

If your application for the student visa is refused, you can definitely reapply, after the elapse of the minimum number of days as prescribed by the consulate office at which you applied.

What are the pre-requisites to get an admission in USA?

a) You should have completed 16 years of education, if you intend to pursue a Masters Degree. You need to take TOEFL, GRE Tests as a prerequisite, and for Management Programs GMAT. Note: Only a handful of Universities offer programs for those students, who have completed 15 years of education, subject to certain conditions.

b) You should have completed your 10+2, if you intend to study a Bachelors Degree and take Mandatory Tests such as TOEFL and SAT.

I have completed my bachelors’ degree; can I pursue MBA in a US University?

Yes, but you need to do Pre-MBA or Bridge Program for the first one -year and then continue with your MBA for another 2 Years. You also have to take-up TOEFL and GMAT

I am planning for BS in USA so do I need to qualify in TOEFL and GRE?

Since you are planning for BS in USA, you need to write TOEFL and SAT exams.

TOEFL and GRE score reports are valid for how many years?

GRE Score report will be valid for five years whereas TOEFL score report is valid for only two years.

I have written GRE twice if I am reporting my scores to the University which score will be considered?

The University will consider the score that is highest.

Is it possible for me to shift my University in USA?

Yes, but you can do this only after one semester. However, it is advisable not to do so.

What is an 1-20?

I-20 is the formal admission letter given by the University officials upon acceptance

How much time does it take to get the I-20?

It will take minimum 8 - 10 weeks after applying to the university.

Is the application process the same for all the countries?

No, the application process varies from country to country in terms of documentation and the pre-requisite tests. It is important to know what the requirements are before you apply for a particular country.

Which countries offer Free Education?

All Scandinavian Countries like Germany, Sweden and Norway offer free education.As these countries offer free education; their selection process is also very rigid, they offer admissions only to the highly competent students.

Are pre-requisite tests a must for all countries?

The pre- requisite tests required vary from country to country and it is necessary for one to obtain high scores in these tests to secure the admission as well as the visa, for various universities in countries like USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany etc. However, most of the institutes / colleges / universities in countries like Singapore or Malaysia do not insist on the pre-requisite tests (excluding the top-notch universities).

Does every country allow students to work part time?

Yes, almost all the countries realize that international students have certain financial constraints and allow them to work part time. Other countries, which initially had not approved part time jobs for international students, are now reconsidering so as to enable the student to work part-time legally.

What role does my Letters of Recommendation play for getting admission?

A Letter of Recommendation is one of the most important components of your entire application material. It will help the admission committee in reviewing your qualities, abilities, strengths and weakness, overall it reflects the impression you hold over your professors, peers or whoever authors your recommendation. It gives a sort of insight as to what you are capable of, LORs also weigh your chances of getting an admission at times, when your academics, scores are not so strong.

What are the Intakes available in UK?

September and January.

What is the duration of the Masters programs in UK?

The duration is only 1 year. Some of the MBA programs may take around 1 and half years.

Is there any scholarship facility available for International students?

There are very few universities, which offer some kind of bursary in the form of tuition waiver for the students who qualify. It could be around £1000 - £1500.

I am B.Com Graduate i.e., I have only 15 Years of education can I enter into MBA?

Yes, U.K. Universities do accept students with 15 Years of education.

Is GMAT score & work experience necessary?

For some Universities work experience is mandatory, while GMAT is recommended.

What is Conditional Acceptance?

Acceptance is given on condition, either based on IELTS or payment of initial tuition deposit in advance.

Is part time work allowed?

Legally students are allowed to work part time 20 hour per week.

What is tuition deposit?

Most of the UK universities and colleges ask the student to pay a part of the tuition fee in advance as deposit before attending the Visa interview.

Is the tuition deposit refundable?

Yes, only if the visa is refused.

Can International student study part time?

No, International students are not allowed to study part time.

For how long is UK visa given?

Normally the duration of the UK visa is given for the length of the course and few grace months.

What are the major intakes of admission at Australian Universities?

February and July intakes are considered as major intakes at Australian Universities. September is considered to a minor intake as very few programs are offered for international students.

IS GRE/GMAT required for admission into Australian Universities?

Not required.

What is the right time to apply to Australian Universities?

If the student initiates his admission at least 5 months prior to semester; it is considered as right time.

What is ELICOS? When it is required?

Students who do not meet IELTS requirement specified by the University should take ELICOS. It is English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students.

What is the duration of ELICOS?

Duration of ELICOS depends upon students present score of IELTS. Based on the score of the student few weeks of ELICOS is designed by the admission department of Universities.

What is PQP and when it is required?

Students with low academic percentage and backlogs have to take PQP. PQP is Post Graduate Qualifying Program. Student has to undergo this program before he takes up the main course in Masters Program.

What are main benefits of studying in Australia?

A)It is very cost effective b) Fully accredited, recognized and globally accepted programs. c) Flexibility in admissions d) Flexible Visa norms e) Permanent Residence Option (Immigration) f) only IELTS required

How many hours of part time job can an international student do?

An international student can work for 20 hrs a week during the term, not including work that is formal registered part of the course. Unlimited hours, if you apply for permission to work after you start your masters or doctorate course.

What is PR?

It is called as Permanent Residency. Once the student gets the PR he will be Australian Citizen in due course of time (Conditions Apply).

What is the minimum duration for a student to apply for PR?

If a student completes the 2 Years masters’ course in Australia then they are eligible to apply for PR (Conditions Apply).

What are the areas of study where there is a good demand for PR?

There is a good demand forIT, Nursing and teaching.

What is a PVA?

It is Pre Visa Assessment. Once the student secures admission from the University he / she has to file for PVA to Australian High Commission along with his / her academic, financial documents with the Visa application fee draft in favor of the Australian High Commission.

What is the process time for PVA?

The average process time is 6 to 8 weeks but this may differ from case to case.

What is E-Coe? When is E-Coe obtained in case of PVA?

It is electronic confirmation of enrollment. It is obtained once the payment of pre paid tuition deposit is done by the student to the University after the clearance of PVA and medicals.

What is the process time to get E-Coe?

To obtain an E-Coe after making the payment it will take minimum of one to two weeks depending upon the payment method, wire transfer of funds or through Demand Draft.

What is an E-visa?

It is an electronic visa, student will be asked to pay the tuition fee draft such that E-Coe (Electronic confirmation of enrollment) is obtained from the University to lodge the visa application electronically.

What are medicals and when they have to be done?

Every student has to undergo some medical tests as soon as Australian High Commission clears their PVA or E-visa.

What is the process time for medicals?

The average process time for medicals is 2 weeks.

Is original offer of admission required at the time of PVA?


How many years of Income Tax returns have to be shown?

Income Tax returns of all the sponsors for the last 3 consecutive years have to be shown for an Australian student visa.