People interested in studying abroad can have several questions in mind - starting from the basic down to the most complicated ones. It's hard to keep one’s thoughts, especially if it involves career planning.
There can be tons of queries about studying abroad. But in this article, we wish to cover the most popular topics raised by our existing and soon-to-be members. Have you been keeping a list of questions yourself? Well, now’s the time to find out the answers! Read the 10 frequently asked questions about studying abroad and satisfy yourself with our responses below.
Will I be able to sustain my tuition and daily living expenses?
Frankly, it depends on your willingness to find work. Although international students are expected to be financially prepared, they usually take charge of their expenses by relying on their jobs. Most likely, the ability of a student to find work relies on its eagerness to take any decent opportunity available.
Whichever country or program you choose, hundreds of jobs are available if you aren’t too picky. If you want to make sure that you can live through your financial needs, find a job, and start ASAP. You can always discover better options once you start meeting new connections.
How long will it take for me to get a Permanent Residence permit?
There are various factors to consider if one chooses to pursue a PR status. Aspiring applicants must check the type of program enrolled, length of study, and work experience gained.
Students under a 2-year program are most likely able to switch since it offers a pathway to Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). However, Fil-Global has received many feedbacks from its members that they were able to change to work permit prematurely (while their studies are still on-going).
This method also offers a chance for students to get a PR without having to go through PGWP.
Is finishing a course beneficial in terms of employability?
Absolutely. There is nothing more important than finishing your studies even if you have received an invitation for a job on a sponsored work permit.
Why is that so? Employers prefer applicants with an internationally accredited educational background. Combined with skills and hands-on experience through internships, these help you stand out from the rest of the candidates.
Further education also opens the gateway to specialized studies, which can enhance your opportunity to build a brighter career under your chosen profession.
Is it safe to study and go abroad despite the COVID-19 crisis?
There is no absolute answer to this question. But, you can check on the country’s case rates and see if the place offers a safe environment for the students.
One way to stay COVID-free while you pursue your ambition to study, work, and live abroad is to choose a country with a good reputation in terms of health and safety control such as Singapore and Canada.
But is it worth the risk? In recent news, the Canadian government has removed work restrictions for healthcare-related students and is starting to look at all temporary residents who are currently in the country. The officials are examining how they can make it easier for these people to become immigrants.
Considering all the factors involved, I must say the advantages greatly outweighed the risks.
Can I bring my family with me?
A lot of programs allow families to travel together with the student. But to be on the safe side, dependents are advised to fly a few months after the departure of the main applicant. This strategy will help prove to the immigration officer that genuine studies have taken place.
For those programs that allow dependents, bringing your family can be beneficial especially for those planning to stay indefinitely. Canada, for one, offers free education for children, and spouses are allowed to work full time.
Can I apply for a scholarship?
Students are eligible to apply for a scholarship. Some schools offer a generous discount of up to $1,000.
Qualifications may vary and applicants are advised to check on the program details during the one-on-one orientation. Requirements may include meeting subject grades and other class prerequisites.
Do I need to take an IELTS proficiency exam?
Taking an IELTS exam isn’t necessary for some programs. But if you need one, Fil-Global has its own English Academy Center that would help assist students in their English review.
Fil-Global strives to present the best program for Filipino students. Out of this effort, you’ll find that some offers provide a special exemption to Filipinos.
What do you mean by the ‘fly now, pay later’ promo?
Members are normally required to pay for certain fees in full such as the Visa Processing fee prior to the lodging of the application.
Some schools would also require 50-100% full payment of the school year tuition. But when a school is featured by Fil-Global for the whole month, members get to enjoy the ‘fly now, pay later’ scheme.
It allows students to pay any remaining fees on an installment basis once they arrive in their country of destination. Sounds fantastic, isn’t it?
Would you be able to provide a job while we’re studying?
Unfortunately, this isn’t part of the services provided by the company. Fil-Global can only offer school placement and visa processing assistance and aren’t allowed to issue jobs to its members. But, this isn’t something worthy of worrying.
There is plenty of work available for foreign students in whichever country you choose to go to. On a lighter note, a lot of the programs offered have paid Co-op or internship opportunities. Students wouldn’t have to fret about not being able to find a job related to their course, though initially it’s highly recommended to take on any jobs available to help with one’s financial needs.
What do you mean by Co-op programs?
These are programs that have incorporated paid internships on a school’s partnered institution. A lot of the programs now have started to include this in their modules, it helps students build their skills and assist them to become job-ready.
One of the advantages of Co-op programs is the ability of the company to absorb trainees. This feature offers a huge convenience for graduates.
Do you have other questions in mind? Reserve those while you book for a one-on-one orientation with the Fil-Global agents! Visit us now at www.fil-global.com or leave us a message on our Facebook page.