Studying Abroad

This Site will provide valuable information, advice and opportunities for students as it regards studying abroad, getting the right schools, colleges and universities to match their needs for both graduate and under-graduate programs, scholarship programs for disabled, local and international/foreign students

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Phoenix Online Education

The University of Phoenix is one of the most popular online education providers in the world.The University's online education is ideal for professionals who want a flexible, reputable education.

If you are ready to learn new ideas, think creatively and connect with peers worldwide, then University of Phoenix Online is right for you. According to http://uofponline.net/online/aboutus.aspx, the University of Phoenix offers 40+ degree programs in Business (Associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree in Business: accounting, administration, e-business, finance, information systems, marketing, retail management, criminal justice, human services and management, global management, human resource management and more), Technology (Bachelor's and master's degree in Technology: information systems, information technology, e-business, management and more), Education (Master's and doctoral degrees in Education: administration and supervision; curriculum and instruction - adult education; curriculum and technology - computer education; early childhood education; special education; educational leadership and more), Health Care (Master's and doctoral degrees in Health Care and Nursing: health administration, health care management, health care education, nursing, integrative health and more) and more. In just 2-3 years on average, one will not only graduate with a degree but also have real-world job skills.

Academic Counselors will plan your degree program for you, including your exact graduation date, and check in with you on occasion. All this will happen from the moment you contact University of Phoenix Online until the day you graduate, They have a highly responsive staff support and faculty.

ADMISSIONS?..
Undergraduate requirements
University of Phoenix Online does not require an SAT score for admission. To be considered for admission to an undergraduate program, applicants must:

• Hold a high school diploma or equivalent
• Be at least 21 years of age upon enrollment
• Be employed at the time of enrollment, or have access to an organizational environment that allows application of the concepts learned in class

Undergraduate students may want to take advantage of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) to earn up to 30 transferable semester credits. Find out more about CLEP at www.collegeboard.com.

* Specific degree programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Graduate Requirements
University of Phoenix Online does not require a GRE score for admission. To be considered for admission to a graduate program, applicants must:
• Hold an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or one that is a candidate for accreditation. A comparable degree from a recognized institution outside the United States is also acceptable
• Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5
• Be employed at the time of enrollment, and have at least three years of significant work experience. If not employed, applicants must have access to an organizational environment that allows application of the concepts learned in class
* Specific degree programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Doctoral Requirements
To be considered for admission to a doctoral program, applicants must:
• Hold a Master's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university from a regionally accredited college or university, or one that is a candidate for accreditation. A comparable degree from a recognized institution outside the United States is also acceptable
• Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
• Be employed at the time of enrollment, and have at least three years of full-time professional work experience, including supervisory or managerial experience. If not employed, applicants must have access to an organizational environment that allows application of the concepts learned in class
* Specific degree programs may have additional admissions requirements.
Financial Aid
University of Phoenix Online students have access to several options for tuition assistance, including Federal Student Aid, alternative loans and scholarships. Also, tuition reimbursement may be available through your employer; check with your benefits department for details.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Distance Learning

According to www.ohsu.edu/vcs/glossary/ Distance learning is the incorporation of video and audio technologies so that students can "attend" classes and training sessions that are being presented at a remote location. Distance learning systems are usually interactive and are becoming a highly-valuable tool in the delivery of training and education to widely-dispersed students or in instances where the instructor cannot travel to the student's site. Other definitions include The process by which technology is used for education in ways where the student does not have to physically be in the place where the teaching is taking place. Access to the instructor is gained through technology such as the Internet, interactive videoconferencing and satellite(www.netnet.org/students/student%20glossary.htm).

Distance Learning brings a mind blowing flexibility to the traditional studying abroad belief of having to be a foreign exchange student or have to be physically present 24/7. With a pc/laptop, internet access, notebook and a pencil, you can earn a degree from an accredited University in Spain, Italy, Germany, etc while leaving in South Africa.

Distance Learning allow students to schedule their courses and requirements to fit their tight schedules, plans, desires and individuals that wish to see the world, work, do other things and further their education at the same time. But please guys, distance learning programs are not for the lazy, faint-hearted they are for the self-directed and independent students that have a high level of initiative and self-motivation

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

1 requirement to Study in the USA is...

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language

If you have the desire to study any programme in the United States, you almost certainly have to take the test. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is an English language proficiency test taken by around 900,000 people around the world each year and is major requirement. A waiver for the TOEFL exists by some colleges in the United States for non-native speaking candidates, if the candidates have studied in an English-speaking country for at least three years. Since assumption is the mother of all mess-ups, I would advice you to please check with the school of choice before assuming you do not need the test.

The best place to get quality online information on the TOEFL is from their website at www.toefl.org. A booklet/bulletin can be gotten from the site by mail from administrators or the US embassy. This bulletin is free and provides the best information on how to register for the test, registration forms, test centres, fees, payment methods, sample questions, etc.

The TOEFL is a computer adaptive test (CAT), which means that the software that administers the test will adapt the questions offered to the ability of the test taker – so if you are doing well it will feed you harder questions, but if you are not doing so well it will feed you easier questions! But, you get more points for getting the harder questions right.
The test has
1. An introductory tutorial session and
2. Four mandatory sections, which assess:
• Listening (30-50 questions)
• Structure (20-25 questions)
• Reading (44-60 questions)
• Writing skills (you will be required to write an essay). In total, the test is around four hours long.

There are some countries where the TOEFL is still offered as a paper-based test only, and occasionally as a paper-based test in addition to the computer-based test. For further information, consult the TOEFL Website and the TOEFL bulletin.

The test costs approximately US$110. To register by fax or by telephone you need a credit card: payments by mail can be made by several methods, all detailed in the TOEFL bulletin. The fee includes sending official score results to you and four educational institutions of your choice.

There are no set dates for the computer-based test – at the time of registration you can indicate your first five preferences for a test date. You can register as little as two days before you wish to take the test.But you have to consider the following: duration for the test results to reach the school (take test minimum of say 4weeks to application deadline) and the possibility of certain test centres to be full, especially in urban cities. Once you registration has been processed, an actual test date and the full test centre address would be given to you. For the paper-based test, there are set dates and strict registration deadlines. In many countries there are detailed security procedures on the day of the test, so make sure you know what identification you will have to take with you to the test centre.

Familiarize yourself with the test format, and practice some questions beforehand. The amount of practice you need will depend on
1. Your English language ability
2. The time you have available before you take the test
3. Degree of familiarity with the test format.
The TOEFL information bulletin provides some sample questions, but there are also various TOEFL preparation materials available. Materials are available for purchase on the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Website, and may also be available in bookstores. Before buying practice materials, check what is included and whether the materials proved preparation for the computer-based or paper-based TOEFL.
For the test training courses, tutors, etc. that usually charge fees for their services, please consider these before signing up for a course:
• How many hours of tuition are provided
• If the course is offered at an English language school, check what accreditation the school holds
• Whether the tuition is provided on videotape or by a ‘live’ teacher
• What training and experience the teachers have
• How they measure your improvement throughout the course.. If you are not sure about a course, ask if you can sit in on a class as an observer and/or ask to speak to past participants.

On the day of the test, you will be given the choice of viewing your scores or canceling them. Unfortunately you cannot view the score and then cancel them! Approximately two weeks after you take the test (five weeks if you hand-write your essay), your official scores will be mailed to you and any educational institutions you have designated. For those candidates who can’t wait for the scores to arrive by post, scores are also available by telephone the day they are mailed, on payment of an extra fee.

The exact score needed for entry into a US degree program varies and depends on the particular institutions minimum setting. Ranging between 133 and 250 (450 and 600 on the paper-based test.) Check each college catalogue or the university website for specific requirements.
English language test scores are just one part of the admission process for colleges, but an important part. Plan ahead, read the registration information thoroughly and give yourself plenty of time to prepare. For further information on the TOEFL, consult www.toefl.org and other aspects of applying to study in the USA.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Choosing a study abroad program

Before choosing a program to study abroad, a couple of things have to be considered. These things would apart from giving you the primary goal of getting a sound education/prevent waste of your, parents hard earned cash, it allows you see the world from a better point of view – your view and learn another culture as you learn about your self. Start by knowing what your needs are and what you are looking to gain from your time abroad.

1. Length of the Program

2. Cost - Please, guys most mistakes people make in planning usually happen as a result of wrong pricing. Especially when considering the length of the program. But be aware that the shortest program is not always the cheapest. Lindsey Parsons, a study abroad adviser at the Univ. of Georgia, recommends a semester-abroad program because the "per-day cost of studying abroad for the summer is much higher than for a semester." Make sure to look at what is included in the price of the program-many programs have hidden costs.

3. location and size - Smaller towns are usually not as accessible by rail or major roads, which can make traveling very difficult, but living in urban towns have its disadvantages. Big cities can sometimes be overwhelming and touristy. There is a tendency to be treated as a tourist most places you go thus making it kinda difficult to connect with the culture plus you have the issue of crime to dealk with and its usually more expensive to live there. In big cities there are usually more museums, restaurants, theaters, and concerts-there is always something going on. But in a smaller town you can experience the culture in a more personal way, feel like a part of the community, and you get a better sense of day-to-day life

4. Languaue - When the only way to communicate is in the local language, you will pick it up faster. But be careful: it can be easy to fall into the trap of only speaking English with the other students in the program. It would be best to surround yourself with international students so that you have no option but to speak the language of the country in order to communicate. Even if you have not studied the language, don't be afraid of a non-English speaking country. The learning and personal development that goes on when a student has to navigate another country without knowing the language is great and you will also learn a fair amount of the language by just being surrounded by it. (to be continued....)

Monday, April 24, 2006

Why study abroad?

There is the initial question often asked - why study broad? There is no assessment for studying abroad or objective reason for studying abroad. I personally feel studying abroad is a vital part of education.

There are as many "good reasons" or benefits to study abroad as there are good programs. To list a few would include:
• Exposing the student(s) to valuable global knowledge and cultural understanding irrespective of the students home country and forms an integral part of their education.
• The students learn new cultural systems and see their own from a new perspective.
• Students would become citizens
• They build resumes and relationships while growing intellectually and culturally.
• The opportunity opens doors to foreign language learning
• Empower students to better understand themselves and others through a comparison of cultural values and ways of life
• Some students can make/have life-long friends in the process.
I strongly believe that an important reason for studying abroad is that long-term immersion in other cultures could help the students to better understand themselves and others. Students who work, volunteer, study, or simply live for a period of time in a community—will tend to be more open to learning after having encountered cultural values and ways of life different from those they had hitherto taken for granted. I also believe that studying abroad is the most important educational opportunity for undergraduates, an opportunity that too few take advantage of—largely because they are not aware of the rewards and how to go about it.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Welcome Message

Hi Friends,

Welcome! This site is basically for students considering studying abroad. It would provide periodic free and quality information and advice for students on scholarship opportunities, getting the right colleges and universities, facts on studying abroad like finance, accommodation, books, best schools, etc. I would be doing reviews on some universities around the world including the USA, South Africa, Asia, and Europe comparing their prizes, programs, scholarships and aids, mode of payment, general requirements, plans for foreigners/international students, etc.

It is a popular opinion that students should have a study abroad experience sometime during college, but only 1 percent of students from say the United States currently studies abroad each year. This is a poor statistic by my standards and the value is even less for third world countries. This is as a result of inadequate information, exposure as it concerns the issue. I would try and list out the possible fears, causes and by reading this publications I pray would help in remedying this problems.

I also strongly believe that another hindering factor to studying abroad, even by those who know/have relatively good information, is within the individual himself. This aspect is slightly out of the scope of this blog but please permit folks. Consider this scenario, where a farmer does a good market survey for his products, gets good seeds from proven pedigree, hires reliable labour, applies the best technology, etc. but the soil in which he plants is not fertile or suitable for planting, I strongly doubt the productivity of his farm in the long run. So at intervals or where I seem vital, would include ways to clear those negative thoughts, believes and values that hold personal growth and development.

Also to be able to get the latest publications, you can bookmark this page, please feel free to use the RSS feed facility and where you feel you might help a friend, you can e-mail a link or page to that friend, you would be helping some one. So, as a friend of friend of my mine would say, as you read, ENJOY!