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: 

To learn a new language

To experience another culture

To improve one's job prospects

To gain a unique appreciation of one's native home country

To meet different people from around the world

·      Which country should I choose? What program is right for me?

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

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

Which country would you like to study in?

When do you want to go?

For how long do you want to go?

What do you want to study?

What language of instruction would you prefer?

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

What type of housing would you like?

What is the cost of the program?

·      How can I stay in contact with my friends and family while I am abroad?

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. 

·      Will I get homesick?

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.

·       How will a study abroad experience enhance my employability after I graduate?

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. 

·       When should I start planning to study in a foreign country?

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. 

·       What would be the cost of education?

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. 

·       I am an average student; can I go to foreign country for studies?

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. 

·       How do I make a choice about the university, the course and the place?

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. 

·       How long is the admission procedure?

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. 

·       What kind of accommodation will I get while I study abroad?

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

 University halls, hostel of residence;

Self-catered - where the students can cook their own food;

Catered - where the student is provided with the food;

Private accommodation;

Rented 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)

Stay in a hotel or a guest-house

·       Do I need to be financially rich to study abroad?

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. 


·      Do I need to write any entrance exams to apply for the universities?

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-

·       How old is 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 Clln, 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.

·      What is the best ice-cream shop in Berlin?

Without doubt Kleine Eiszeit in Prenzlauer Berg.

·      What is the tallest building in Berlin?

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

·      What is the longest U-Bahn line in Berlin?

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

·      What is the legal limit for marijuana possession?

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

·      Where can I get roads / traffic information for Berlin and the surrounding region?

From the Verkehrsmanagementzentrale (Traffic management centre) site at At the top right there's an option to set the language to English, though not all reports are completely translated.

·      OMG I've just seen someone sunbathing naked in the park, surely that's illegal!?

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".

·      Where did David Bowie live in Berlin?

In Schneberg's Hauptstrasse. Our page Gay Berlin has the full details.

·      Which Berlin station has a sign from the London Underground?

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

·      What happens if I don't have a ticket on the public transport system (U-BahnS-Bahn etc.)

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).

·      Where can I get free stuff in Berlin?

Check out our Berlin for Free list.

·      How large is Berlin's Tiergarten?

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

·         What is the Berlin Fence?

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

·      Where did the Soviet Army (Russian Army) leave graffiti in Berlin?

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

·      What is the name of Berlin's river?

Berlin's main river is the Spree.

·      What's the name of the ruined church in Berlin?

The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, in German Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedchtniskirche.

·      Where can I find English bookstores in Berlin?

Here: Berlin bookstores with English books

·      What is the capital city of Germany?

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

·      What is the name of the big model railway exhibition in Berlin?

The name of the model train show is LOXX Berlin.

·      Where's the floating hostel?

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

·      Is there a smoking ban in Berlin?


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

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