FAQ New Zealand
FAQ United Kingdom
Q. How will Europe Clicks help me?
Q. What is financial aid?
A. Europe Clicks has been sending students to Australia and
other countries since 6 years. Europe Clicks International
has trained counselors who have got experience and expertise
to assist students. All our offices provides student with
FREE counseling and information on various courses and institutions.
Travel and accommodation arrangement Procuring Residential
Facilities with Pakistan for students going abroad
Q. Are Credit transfers possible?
A. As the Australian Government recognizes the Pakistani Universities,
credit transfers are possible. However for this the students
are required to submit their course syllabus to the institution
and it can take minimum 6 months for credit to be granted.
Q. Are Australian degree recognized worldwide? Why
is GMAT and GRE not asked for by all Australian Universities?
A. Australian Universities are recognized worldwide.
The reason why Australian Universities do not insist upon
students going for a GMAT or GRE etc. is because these exams
are for American Universities so students have to give these
tests to be judged by American Standards. Australia and India
recognize each other's degrees.
Q. What are TAFEs and how is the quality of education?
A. TAFE stands for 'TECHNICAL AND FURTHER EDUCATION' and the
courses are more vocationally oriented and on completion,
the students are ready for a job. Diploma and advance Diplomas
like Hospitality, Multimedia, Aviation, Fashion and Automobiles
etc. are offered. Alternatively, after completion of Diploma,
one can directly articulate into a Bachelors program at a
university in Australia.
Q. How do you know which University is the best in
A. One can not rate universities in Australia as there are
numerous universities and all are regulated under the Vice
Chancellors Committee, which follow the code of ethics. Students
generally follow the market trends like MBAs or BBA, MIT etc.,
but it would be unfair to judge universities as one can only
compare the course structure and faculty.
A. Australia's tertiary education system is quiet flexible
and hence caters to the high demand of computer related courses.
If one has a Bachelor's Degree with 1st or 2nd class in any
discipline then he can do a one year Graduate Diploma in Computer
Studies and then proceed to 1-3 year Masters Degree in computing.
Q. Is it Possible for International Student to get
A. Yes, It is possible for International Student once their
course is completed.
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A. Financial aid is a means by which students can reduce or
eliminate the expenses that they will incur in the course of
their education overseas.
Q. What is cost of education?
A. Cost of education is a cost incurred for your tuition fees
at the university. It varies from countries to countries and
from university to universities.
Q. What is the cost of living?
A. Cost of living is a cost incurred throughout your stay
at an overseas Country where you will pursue your education.
Q. What are costs before admission?
A. These are costs of test registration fees, application
fees, and mailing costs.
Q. What are costs after admission?
A. These are living expenses, medical, personal and expenses
incurred during your stay at the university.
Q. What is TA (teaching assistantship)?
A. Teaching assistants assist a professor by teaching an undergraduate
class or checking exam papers. They are paid for this job,
which covers most of their expenses while at the university..
Q. How much does a TA earn?
A. As compared to the cost of studying in Pakistan only, going
abroad can seem to be steeply expensive. However one must
keep the possible returns in mind which are in the form of
quality of education, international exposure and boost to
ones career when evaluating the costs of studying abroad.
A student can rely on sources like family funds, bank loans,
scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships etc to provide for funds
required by him.
Q. What is RA (research assistantship)?
A. Research fellowship/assistantship is an award that allows
you to work in the capacity of an assistant to a professor
on the research project assigned to him.
Q. How much does a research assistant earn?
A. As a research assistant the student receives a tuition
wavier or pays in-state tuition fees and earns additionally
to sustain living expenses through their education
Q. What is a guarantor?
A. A guarantor is the person who legally co-signs your loan/financial
aid documents. The guarantor takes the responsibility of assuring
the bank that you can and will pay back the loan. If, in case
you do not pay back then it is the responsibility of the guarantor
to repay the loan.
Q. Can I get a loan to study overseas?
A. Yes! There are a number of loans for students looking to
Q. What is a loan fee?
A. This is the fee paid for processing your loan application
Q. What are SFG's
A. This is an initial for Scholarships/Fellowship/Grants.
Q. What is an application package?
A. An application package consists of the material required
by the university:
â€˘ Application forms
â€˘ Application fees
â€˘ Financial aid form
Q. What are financial aid packages?
A. A university offers a financial aid package, which consists
of scholarships/grant and an on-campus employment program
for the student. Hence this package helps you pay a large
amount of your total cost.
Q. How do I apply for financial aid?
A. Ask the universities, to send you the financial aid form,
which you should finish and submit before the financial deadline
date mentioned in the application package of the respective
Q. What is a transfer option?
A. A transfer option is to complete at least 2 years of the
Bachelors program and then apply for a transfer to the university
that you want to attend in the US. The years waived off in
your transfer status will depend on the courses covered in
India and the grades for the same.
Q. What are tuition-waivers?
A. Tuition waivers are awards that waive your tuition fees.
These could range from partial to complete tuition waivers.
Q. What documents do I send with my financial aid
A. The documents sent are:
Financial aid form
Bank letter or Tax documents
Q. What is a Bank letter
A. A bank letter is the letter issued by the bank confirming
the amount your parents can pay for your education.
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Q. Will the qualifications I gain at an Irish institution
be recognised internationally?
A. Any academic award achieved from an Irish University is
of a very high standard and will be recognized internationally.
Before undertaking a course at an alternative institution
you should ensure that the qualification is approved by the
Higher Education and Training Award Council (HETAC), a body
established by the Irish Ministry of Education. Qualifications
awarded by this body are internationally recognized by academic,
professional, trade and craft bodies.
Q. How do I find more specific information on my
chosen area of study?
A. Each of the individual institutions will be able to provide
you with comprehensive information on course content, fees,
academic entry requirements etc. Their individual websites
are an excellent starting point.
Q. How much should I budget for accommodation and
Costs vary depending on the course of study, the length of
stay and the lifestyle of the student. However, we have calculated
that, on average, a student can expect to pay between Euro
6,500 and Euro 10,000 in living costs per year. For a more
detailed breakdown of costs please refer to our 'Costs and
Living Expenses' section.
Q. What additional services are available to international
A. Most of the universities have an International student
office with trained staff on hand to deal with any issues
arising for overseas students. This office usually organises
an orientation programme at the start of the academic year
to assist students in acclimatization to Irish life and college
procedures. Other events such as day and weekend excursions
and sporting and cultural activities are also run by the international
student offices. Overseas students are also encouraged to
join the many clubs and societies enjoyed by their Irish counterparts.
Q. Will my children have to learn the Irish Language
if they are joining the Irish education system having had
part of their education overseas?
A . Students exempt from studying Irish are those who:
a) have had their primary education outside of Ireland and
enroll in the Irish Education System after 11 years of age.
b) Have lived outside of Ireland for the three years prior
to their enrolment and return after 11 years of age.
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FAQ's New Zealand Q. How much are the fees and what is the refund policy?
A. Fees are determined by the individual institution concerned.
One year's fees (or the total fee for courses of less than one
year) must be paid before a visa will be issued or a permit
extended if a further course is to be undertaken for students
studying at tertiary level. Fees must be paid in internationally
acceptable, convertible currency. An institution may refund
fees to a student who withdraws from a course. The refund must
not exceed the difference between the total amount paid and
the cost of the course up to the time of withdrawal. Private
training establishments must provide every prospective student
with a written statement of the total course costs and other
financial commitments associated with each course of study or
training before accepting that student's enrollment. Students
enrolled for courses of study or training at a private training
establishment may withdraw from the course at any time within
seven days after the first day of the course and receive a partial
Q. What are the accommodation arrangements?
A. A written guarantee of accommodation is required before
a student visa can be granted. Some institutions may be able
to arrange residential accommodation for students who are
not staying with relatives or friends. However, you may wish
to arrange accommodation for yourself. You should indicate
whether or not you want assistance in finding accommodation
when you apply to the institution.
Q. Are dependents allow to come along?
A. Your dependents, who may include a spouse, de facto spouse,
fiancĂ© (e), and children, may a company you to New Zealand
or join you later. They must apply for and meet the normal
requirements for the type of visa requested (visitor, work,
or student). School aged dependants will be required to pay
full fees for enrollment in primary and secondary courses
Q. Can I transfer to another institution?
A. If you wish to transfer to another course or institution,
you must apply to the New Zealand Immigration Service to obtain
a variation to your student permit, specifying the course
and institution and, if appropriate, the extended validity
of the permit.
Note: The New Zealand Immigration Service will revoke a student
permit if an international student withdraws from a course
of study at an institution
Q. Is health insurance compulsory?
A. It is strongly recommended that all international students
obtain medical insurance cover because most temporary students
are not entitled to publicly funded health services while
in New Zealand. A condition of your student visa is that you
must have an adequate allowance and this should include coverage
of medical costs.
Q. Can I work while studying?
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A. Some formal courses of study include a requirement to complete
up to three years course-related work experience. The training
provider will try to help you find suitable employment. There
is some flexibility on how this employment may be obtained,
example suitable post-education work or the possibility of
doing the work experience in your home countries (under qualified
supervision). Students undertaking a full time diploma or
degree course that takes at least two academic year to complete,
and students undertaking a full time course of study that
would attract points under the General Skills category of
Residence policy, may be allowed to work up to 15 hours per
week. To do this you must request a 'Variation of Conditions'
to your study permit after beginning the course of study.
No application form or fee is required for this Variation
of Conditions. If your student permit is for more than 12
months you may apply for a Variation of Conditions to work
over the Christmas New Year Holidays. No offer of employment
is required. You will need to pay a Variation of Conditions
fee. If you have completed a polytechnic or university qualification
that has a minimum completion time of three years, you may
apply for a work permit that allows you to work up to maximum
of two years. An offer of employment relevant to your qualifications
is required. Further information on student visa applications
can be obtained from the New Zealand Immigration website www.immigration.govt.nz.
Q. What are the entry requirements
to study at educational institutions in Singapore?
A . Entry requirements vary from institution to institution.
As English is the common language of instruction, most institutions
require students to meet a minimum standard of English.
Generally, certification of competence in English is in the
form of :
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)
Test of English As a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Besides English, different institutions and courses have different
minimum requirements. These requirements are usually stated
in the course prospectus, brochures or websites of the institutions.
Q . How do I apply to study in Singapore ?
A . Application procedures are dependent on the type of institutions
the students are applying to.
Q . What is the difference between private and public
A . Public Schools - In Singapore, there are 11 gazetted public
holidays and three scheduled school holidays in a calendar
Private Schools - There are various types of private schools
in Singapore. Private schools are generally run by private
companies or non-profit organisations. There are also some
private institutions that receive public funds, eg. NAFA (The
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts), SMU (Singapore Management University)
and LASALLE-SIA college of the Arts.
Q . Do I need a Visa and Student's Pass to study
in Singapore ?
A . Any international student wishing to study full-time in
Singapore is required to apply for a Studentâ€™s Pass and visa
(if applicable) from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority
(ICA). For applicants who require a visa to enter Singapore,
please ensure that your application for the Student Pass is
submitted to the ICA at least 2 months before the commencement
date of the course.
Currently, nationals from 28 countries are required to apply
for a visa prior to their arrival in Singapore.
Q . How much are the school or tuition fees ?
A . Fees vary according to type of course and type of school
(private or public). For course fees of private schools, please
check directly with the institutions.
Junior College : $240 per month(excluding other charges eg.
Polytechnic : $2,150 per academic year(excluding other charges
eg. exam fees, miscellaneous fees, sports fee, student union
University : From $6,220 per academic year for non-lab based
courses to $17,820 per academic year for medical / dental
courses (excluding other charges eg. exam fees, miscellaneous
fees, sports fees, student union fees, etc)
Q . How much does it cost an international student
to live in Singapore?
Accommodation : $200 - $1,500
(rental varies with geographical area, type of accommodation,
demand, facilities provided and the number of people sharing)
Utilities : $50 - $80
Food : $300 - $450
Public transport : $20 - $100 (varies with types of student
Telecommunications : $30-$50 (varies with usage and package)
Books & Stationery : $30-$100 (varies with courses)
Medical Hospitalization Insurance : $5 - $8
Personal expenses : $100 - $200 (varies with individuals)
Estimated : $750 - $2,000
Q . What are the accommodation options available
for international students and how much do they cost?
A . 1. University ~ Halls of Residence
2. Private Hostel
3. Room in public housing
4. Whole unit in public housing
5. Whole unit in private housing
Please note that the estimates were derived based on prices
as at April 2003. Rental varies depending on geographical
area, demand, facilities provided and the number of people
Boarding fees cover lodging, meals, laundry, tutorials, pastoral
guidance, 24-hour security, recreational facilities, orientation
& development programmes.
Public housing refers to government-subsidised flats developed
by the Housing and Development Board, commonly called the
The classified advertisements in the local newspapers is a
good source of listing of rooms and apartments for rent.
Q . As a foreign student at the local universities
or polytechnics with a student pass, can I do part-time work
during term time?
A . Full time undergraduates of Polytechnics and Universities
are allowed to work part-time of up to 16 hours per week during
school term. However, they need to obtain permission from
the Students Liaison /Affairs Office of their respective Polytechnics
and University . During their vacations, they are allowed
to work full-time as the Ministry of Manpower has exempted
them from applying for work permits.
Please note that other international students are generally
not allowed to engage in any form of employment, whether paid
or unpaid, or in any business, profession or occupation in
Singapore during the validity of their Student's Pass, unless
they have the consent in writing from the Controller of Immigration.
Violators will be prosecuted by law.
Q . Are there any special support services for international
A . Educational institutions generally provide special support
services for international students. Some even have an International
Students Office to cater to your specific needs. Assistance
rendered range from helping you look for accommodation to
advice on financial, social and other matters. Please approach
your school's Student Services or International Students Office
for more information.
Q . How do I submit the Student's Pass application
via the SOLAR system?
A . The applicant will have to log on to the SOLAR system
from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority website with
your assigned SOLAR application number obtainable from your
respective Institute of Higher Learning and your personal
particulars. Once you have logged on to the system, you may
proceed to complete the Student's Pass application form (Form
16) and submit the application online to ICA for processing.
Q . What is the processing time for applications submitted
A . Student's Pass applications submitted via SOLAR are processed
in 3 working days for foreigners who do not required visa
to enter Singapore. For foreigners who require a visa to enter
Singapore, the processing time is 10 working days. Some applications
may take a longer time to process.
Q . Must my medical examination be done in Singapore?
A . If you are a new applicant and not in Singapore, the medical
examination can either be done in your home countries or in
Singapore by a qualified doctor. However, the medical examination
required for subsequent renewal of the Student's Pass must
be done in Singapore. The doctor must record and certify the
results of the medical examination in the designated medical
report form. The medical report should not be issued more
than 3 months from the submission date of your application
or renewal. If a medical report was submitted to ICA or MOM
not more than 2 years from your submission date, there is
no need to re-submit a fresh medical report. (The above requirement
is not applicable to applicants who are below 15 years old.)
Q . How do I collect my Student's Pass?
A . Upon the approval of your Student's Pass application,
you will receive an In-Principle Approval letter through your
respective Institute of Higher Learning. After you have arrived
in Singapore, you may then arrange to collect your Student's
Pass in person or through your respective Institute of Higher
Learning at the Visitor Services Centre, Immigration &
Checkpoints Authority. To collect the Student's Pass, you
need to produce the In-Principle Approval letter, your original
travel document showing you have valid stay in Singapore,
the white Embarkation/Disembarkation card (which you will
complete on arrival in Singapore), results of your medical
examination certified in the designated medical report together
with the laboratory report, Student's Pass and visa fee as
well as a hard copy of your electronic Student's Pass application
Form 16 duly signed by you. Your Student's Pass will be issued
if the conditions as stipulated in the In-Principal Approval
letter are fulfilled.
Q . Can I sponsor my spouse and child for a Social
A . Upon your submission of a Social Visit Pass application
to the Visitor Services Centre of ICA, a 6-month Social Visit
Pass may be considered for your spouse and child if your Institute
of Higher Learning is sponsoring your application. All applications
are considered on its own merits.
Q . Are foreigner undergraduates of Polytechnics and
Universities allowed to work?
A . Full time undergraduates of Polytechnics and Universities
are allowed to work part-time of up to 16 hours per week during
school term, However, they need to obtain permission from
the Student's Liaison/Affairs Office of their respective Polytechnics
and Universities. During their vacations, they are allowed
to work full time as the MOM has exempted them from applying
for work permits.
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Q. Is there another name for Switzerland ?
A. Yes, it is also called "Confoederatio Helvetica",
therefore the abbreviation "CH".
Q.Can I determine the local language from the postal
A. Swiss postal codes consist of four digits. The numbers
1000, 2000 .. 9000 belong to the 9 major centers. From the
first digit, one can actually determine the region and up
to a certain degree the local language. However, there are
some regions that are bi-lingual. The following table shows
an approximate mapping
French & German
French & German
Q. Can I pay with Euro (EUR) in Switzerland
A. Switzerland is not part of the European Union and therefore
the Euro (EUR) is not an official currency in the Countries.
It is widely accepted but you cannot count on the fact that
a particular hotel or shop will accept Euro. However, you
can exchange Euro (EUR) for Swiss Francs (CHF) and vice-a-versa
at every bank or post office and at most railway stations.
Q. What are the official languages of Switzerland
A. German, French, Italian and Romantsch. However, official
documents and declarations on goods have to be provided in
German, French and Italian only.
Q. What are the largest cities in Switzerland ?
A. 1. ZĂĽrich, ZH (population 343'000)
2. Basel, BS (population 176'000)
3. Geneva, GE (population 172'000)
4. Bern, BE (population 129'000)
5. Lausanne, VD (population 117'000)
Q.What is the name of the Swiss currency ?
A. Swiss Francs ("Schweizer Franken"), its ISO symbol
is CHF. "CH" derives from Switzerland's other name
Q. What is the job status in Switzerland ?
A. It is easier to find employment in the large urban centers
like Geneva and Zurich. Each university has a job placement
office that provides information on student employment. Wages
vary between SFR 20 and SFR 35 according to the job and your
Q. What is B permit ?
A. B permit (permis de sĂ©jour, Aufenthaltsbewilligung, permesso
di soggiorno ) is an annual residence permit. It gives you
the right to live in Switzerland for 180 days a year or more.
It has to be renewed every year. It also gives the right to
your spouse and children below 18 to come and live with you.
Q.What is C permit ?
A.C permit is a permanent residence permit. It is valid for
as long as you remain in Switzerland. It has almost no restrictions
and enables you to do many things not possible with B permits
such as buying real estate without restrictions, moving from
one canton to another, buying weapons, becoming self-employed,
etc...Depending on your citizenship, you can obtain a C permit
after 5 to 10 years of residence with a B permit.
Q.What is CE permit ?
Q. What are the accommodation arrangements?
A.CE permit is a B permit for people with a EU passport. It
is valid for an initial period of 5 years and gives you many
rights not enjoyed by B permits, such as being able to bring
your spouse, financially dependent descendants and ascendants
(children, parents, grand-parents, nephews, nieces, great-grand-children,
etc...), buying Swiss real estate without restrictions, moving
within Switzerland without restrictions, becoming self-employed,
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A. Both Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students are guaranteed
accommodation by many universities in their Halls of Residence,
for at least their first year at the university provided they
inform the university within the given deadlines.
Q. How are the universities rated?
A. British Universities do not have a formal ranking system
but the government does take the responsibility to monitor
and control the quality of education provided by each university
through the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.
The Government conducts a Research Assessment Exercise once
in every 5 years. Which determine the level of research activity
in a university department. The departments are graded as
high as 5* and as low as 1. General League Tables prepared
by newspapers like the Sunday Times and Financial Times can
also be checked.
Q. What are Sandwich and Foundation programs?
A. Sandwich programmes are made up of a combination of periods
of study and time spent in industry. So the course duration
extends to 4 years instead of the usual 3 years. Foundation
programmes are of 1 year duration and are generally tailored
for students as an alternative route to bridge between one's
own qualification and that which is required for entry for
a degree program in a university/college.
Q. Are there any benefits offered to international
students while studying in UK?
A. Yes, There are 2 sources of benefit and they are
NHS: All international students studying in UK for the purpose
of education for 6 months or more quality for free health
care through the National Health Service.
NATIONAL UNION OF STUDENTS: Loads of discounts are negotiated
on behalf of their student members on things like books, stationery,
food, clothes, travel and entertainment. All students are
entitled to free NUS membership.
Q. Will I get refund if my Visa is refused?
A. If your visa is refused and you have paid a deposit to
your institution for tuition fees you will receive a refund
of the deposit when you send the institution a copy of your
visa refusal letter from the High Commission. A few institutions
deduct a small amount usually no more than 100 Pounds for
processing the refund payment.
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