Frequently asked questions

Studying in a foreign country is all about self-empowerment. It is certainly a life changing experience where learning extends far beyond classroom. Some of the important reasons why an aspirant should explore education in foreign options are: 

vTo learn a new language

vTo experience another culture

vTo improve one’s job prospects

vTo gain a unique appreciation of one’s native home country

vTo meet different people from around the world

It’s a personal choice. You can ask yourself some basic questions like the following that can help you pick a program:

 vIn which part of the world would you like to study?

vWhich country would you like to study in?

vWhen do you want to go?

vFor how long do you want to go?

vWhat do you want to study?

vWhat language of instruction would you prefer?

vDo you want to have other opportunities such as internship or job along with your academic course?

vWhat type of housing would you like?

vWhat is the cost of the program?

Telephone and internet access may vary as per the location of your program. You can keep in touch with your friends and family by using phone cards, that can be easily available every where. The internet also offers a variety of ways to keep in touch through email, blogs, websites, facebook, MySpace, IM, and skype. 

It completely depends on the student. An appropriate “cure” for homesickness is to participate in a lot of activities and interaction with myriad people. Don’t let this worry you – most students who study abroad experience some level of homesickness or culture shock.

Employers seek graduates who have international experience. Skills like international knowledge, cross-cultural communication skills, flexibility, resilience, and the ability to adapt to new circumstances are enhanced through foreign education, and are important to employers in various fields.

Early planning is the key. Hundreds of study abroad opportunities exist; they differ in location, duration, curriculum, language, cost, and many other factors. To find the program that is the right “fit” for your personal and academic objectives, you should begin planning your study abroad experience at least one semester before you plan to depart. 

The cost of studying in foreign country varies from country to country. It depends on the living cost of the place one chooses. Generally, programs with equal excellence in developing countries are less expensive than those in developed countries. The costs include tuition fees, housing with meals, transportation charges, travel and excursions, cultural activities and personal expenses.

Yes, of course. Your entry to a university is based on your academic performance. In most cases, the universities scrutinize the applications through various parameters such as statement of the purpose and your earlier expertise in the proposed field of study and few other things. So, the percentage of marks is not the only entry requirement that is considered for the admission. 

We, International Education Service, are there to assist you in making a right and a balanced choice after understanding your requirements and capabilities. 
We work as a friend and an advisor with the aspirant in making the best possible and most appropriate choice. 

It varies from institute to institute. Approximate time taken by a college or a university would be around 5 to 8 weeks. 
However, IES try its best to get the University’s response about students’ acceptance at the earliest. 

A student can choose an accommodation of his/her choice. The options are:

 vUniversity halls, hostel of residence;

vSelf-catered – where the students can cook their own food;

vCatered – where the student is provided with the food;

vPrivate accommodation;

vRented shared apartment (Students can make their own group of colleagues or could directly join other people living in an apartment in a separate room on rent)

vStay in a hotel or a guest-house

Not necessarily. The banks in whole world are quite encouraging these days in terms of providing education loan facilities to students. A collateral security either by your parents or by an acceptable sponsor can be used to secure the loan. 

Most of the countries do not enforce any entrance exams, except a few special category programs such as medical and dental. 
However, all the countries will require a language testing score or comparative assessment as an entry requirement. The types of test they prescribe vary from country to country. Please contact our office for further details.

About Berlin

Berlin is generally thought to have been founded sometime in the 13th century AD, although the exact date is unknown. The first written mention of Berlin (or more precisely its then neighbouring village of C�lln, which was since merged into Berlin) was in 1237, and this is the year generally taken as the date of Berlin’s founding.

In 1987 Berlin celebrated its 750th anniversary, with separate events in East and West Berlin.

Without doubt Kleine Eiszeit in Prenzlauer Berg.

The Television Tower (Fernsehturm), which is also the second tallest building in Europe.

The U7, which runs for 31.8 km between Spandau and Rudow.

Apparently 15 grams in Berlin, though over the border in Brandenburg it’s just 6 grams.

From the Verkehrsmanagementzentrale (Traffic management centre) site at http://www.vmzberlin.de/. At the top right there’s an option to set the language to English, though not all reports are completely translated.

Technically it’s not entirely legal, but Berlin (as with much of Germany) is a pretty tolerant place, and as long as they’re not disturbing anyone, no-one is going to “do anything about it”.

In Sch�neberg’s Hauptstrasse. Our page Gay Berlin has the full details.

That would be Wittenbergplatz, on the U2 platform towards Ruhleben.

The chances are that you’ll run into a plain-clothes patrol and end up having to pay a 40 Euro fine. (Murphy’s Law dictates that if you have a valid ticket you won’t meet any ticket inspectors, but the day you forget your ticket, there they are).

Check out our Berlin for Free list.

The Tiergarten is about 210 hectares (about 520 acres) in size. See the Tiergarten page for more information.

The “Berlin Fence” is another, rarely used description for the Berlin Wall.

In the Reichstag. The graffiti has been partially preserved and is visible to visitors.

Berlin’s main river is the Spree.

The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, in German Kaiser-Wilhelm-Ged�chtniskirche.

Here: Berlin bookstores with English books

This question comes in quite a lot from searchers, so here’s the lowdown: Berlin is the capital city of Germany.

The name of the model train show is LOXX Berlin.

Berlin’s unique hostel-on-a-boat is the Eastern Comfort, moored on the Spree near Schlesisches Tor.

Not yet, but strict anti-smoking laws will come into force from 2008.