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Presidio graduate school is the one leading institute offering Masters in Sustainable Management. Presidio is the group of performers who believe in gaining knowledge and try to mould the world towards sustainability with the modern tools which helps in sustainable business systems. The view shared in New York Times goes like this “If you want to change the world, go to Presidio Graduate School”.

The Importance of sustainability issues in managing resources, planning for growth and other aspects in business makes it very essential and vital aspect for any profession because of which the degree in Sustainable Management becomes important.

The course comprises of 4 Semesters which gives an overall knowledge of the course.

Semester 1

Sustainability Principles

  • Principles in Sustainability
  • Systems Thinking
  • Economics and Society
  • Personal Leadership Development

Semester 2

Business Foundations

  • Operations
  • Marketing
  • Financial Systems
  • Leadership for Teams

Semester 3

Concentration and Leadership

Choose a concentration in:-

  • Finance
  • Public Policy
  • Energy
  • Food Systems

Semester 4

Internship and 2nd Concentration Internship

Choose a concentration in:-

  • Finance
  • Public Policy
  • Energy
  • Food Systems

The most essential benefit of Presidio Graduate School is that the student gets an opportunity to attend a 4 day intensive training program at the Islandwood Centre on Brainbridge Island which is in the lush green environment surrounded by cedar trees native to the US Pacific Northwest. It is closed to Seattle but entirely different world. Along with the Islandwood the students gets to attend class which is 8 hours per week in downtown Seattle. This gives an immense practical knowledge and also allows them to learn and experience the exciting entrepreneurial culture of this dynamic and globally connected region.

Seattle is a place with immense beauty and best quality of living. The art and sports are one the major attractions. The region has a great culture in food which has the abundance of fisheries and farms in the Pacific region.

Seattle is the 15th largest metro with a great population and economically a great place and has the best economic output which makes is a most popular place in terms of business and understanding the sustainable management course and enhances the knowledge of the aspirant.

Challenges while studying abroad and how to overcome them

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For every individual the transition from one country to another is significantly harder than anticipated but the learning curve is succeeding. So for every individual who is planning to study abroad there are various challenges that usually come across different challenges and each individual should be prepared for the same while applying and transitioning to a new country.

  • Isolated Feeling
  • Linguistic Barriers
  • Currency Differences
  • No Support Network
  • Cultural Differences

There are various other challenges also on an individual basis but these are the common ones faced by every individual.

Isolated Feeling

Let it be whichever country you are from and you are planning to shift it usually happens that you have an isolated feeling or feels like an outsider some or the other day. Sometimes you feel as if things are different for you and different for the localites. In some countries you are deliberately made to feel lonely just because you don’t belong to the same country and also becomes difficult because of the cultural differences.

But don’t let yourself get discouraged because of this as this makes you strong and enables you to face challenges. And once you get adapted to the environment these problems becomes small. There are various other aspects as well that makes you feel like an outsider but you always have the pathway to overcome this challenge.

Linguistic Barriers

Language barrier is one of the most obvious and the biggest challenge that every individual faces when he goes abroad for studies. To overcome a language barrier means that you are struggling for adapting and even learning a new language that too from starting or from the initial level. It takes time to get used to the language and try speaking it. At the later point of time the fluency in speaking and accent also becomes an essential part of the language barrier that people face. But these hurdles also vanish away after sometime as you get immerse in the culture and environment.

Currency Differences

The difference in the currency is also very challenging for every aspirant who enters the new country as we are not used to that particular countries currency. Remembering the currency conversion also becomes difficult.

You should try to work out quick system of currency conversion for yourself so that you can do the calculations in your mind while doing any kind of transaction in the local market as well. Also the help of locals can be taken in the market for regular transactions and getting used to it slowly.

Unlike the other challenges while overseas education this currency difference is also a big challenge may be not for a short term visitor but for student yes it plays a very important role.

No Support Network

Dreaming about study abroad is something that gives motivation and encourages us to do so and while we actually enter it is entirely a new and exciting journey that starts. But soon we realize that it’s not our own country and it’s so difficult to stay away from the network of people let it be your friends or family. They all are miles away from you and you actually come to know their importance after being away from them. The support network is always the best people you have around with you in every phase of your life but in this new country you have to walk alone and survive alone.

This feeling stays in the initial few months while studying abroad but slowly as the time goes you will build up a new support network in a year’s time so slowly things will be fine.

Cultural Differences

As you are new in the country you are not aware about the local culture and the unwritten rules that every person follows in that particular country. We do know the written rules before heading towards the destination but we don’t know the unsaid rules. It is natural that you would make mistakes and might land in some awkward situation but don’t get embarrassed just try to take a lesson out of it so that you will not repeat it again. Those cultural misunderstandings make you more tough and confident and slowly it becomes easy to understand these unspoken agreements too.

To exemplify we can say that the types of handshakes also varies from country to country. In the US they follow a firm handshake else the person is thought to be weak. On other hand in European Countries they believe a person with hard handshake may be perceived a little rude.  To avoid these kinds of cultural misunderstandings you should observe how others do and even you get the local people happy to talk about and share knowledge about the culture.

You need not worry about all these challenges as everything will work out once you push yourself through the challenges.

My Enlightening First Year In The Land Down Under [UNSW]

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Student Experince @ UNSW

Student Experince @ UNSW

The first time I ever set foot in Australia was when I decided to enrol for my Masters at UNSW Business School. Everything was so different from what I was used to. The city of Sydney, which is considered to be among the great cities in the world, is not just vibrant and thriving but warm, friendly and welcoming. The UNSW campus was sprawling and unlike many other international universities that are tucked away outside the city precincts, this campus took great pride in being where people lived and worked. It was part of UNSW’s USP to embrace the external environment and in fact, to draw it into the campus itself. I found this not just refreshing but it made me realize that education can and should never be divorced from the real world.

Study in UNSW

The time I spent at UNSW will remain among my most cherished. Having spent all my life in the wonderful city of Kolkata with its openness and alive culture, UNSW reinforced my values about multiculturalism and diversity. I realized how important it was to know and learn about other cultures, especially those that appeared so completely different from my own, whether in terms of cuisine or their way of seeing and doing things. This is what life and global living is all about and UNSW gave me that incredible insight. Here was a campus of 56,000 students of whom 21,000 were international students and came from 130 different countries! I simply could not have asked for more!! I made some wonderful friends and that alone would have made my university experience worth it.

But there was more to it. The approach to education was so fundamentally different from what I was used to in India. Here, the focus was on learning. The teacher facilitated. Books and articles were recommended for reading and it was our responsibility to ensure that we did so. We were treated as grown-ups and as adults. There was no spoon-feeding. Nothing to memorize. All we were repeatedly told was to learn to work as a team and to solve problems. The cases we were asked to examine were real life studies. This learning culture was something I found challenging because I was used to a different way of being taught. Yet, it is something I welcomed open-heartedly because it put me in the driver’s seat. After all, problem-solving and team-work is what life is essentially all about.

Gradually, the pedagogy shifted and we were taught to anticipate problems and resolve them even before they occurred. Creating a futuristic mindset is one of the key drivers of the UNSW pedagogy. If we cannot anticipate a problem, we would always be fire-fighting. This is a waste of productive resources and human capital. Efficiency lies in being able to cut through the fog and look beyond the routine.

I had the great opportunity of not only interning with a Singapore-based company but also attending workshops on campus. This experience provided me the opportunity of understanding of what I was studying and applying theory to practice.

In retrospect, I could not have asked for a better university experience. Not only were the academics excellent and internships exciting, but the whole experience of studying in Sydney and at UNSW taught me so much about life and the world that lies ahead. I feel I am better prepared to make a difference.

Studying at the internationally-ranked UNSW is worth it. What’s exciting is that the university is holding a series of absolutely out-of-the-box India Open Day’s that would simply wow you! They commence from 18th November and would be held in DelhiChennaiPune and Mumbai. I promise you that you would get an insight into what education really should be!

Author:  Ms. Aayushi Pandey, Post graduate from UNSW Business School.

IELTS Acceptance in USA

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Acceptance of IELTS in USA also

It’s a great news for all the aspirants who are willing to study abroad especially USA that USA has finally said a YES to IELTS. The American universities are accepting the IELTS score as the medium of testing and giving admissions on the basis of the IELTS scores.

IELTS has got the acceptance from around 3400 institutions in USA which also includes schools and all types of graduation and post graduation colleges along with Law institutes in addition. The American universities which approximately enrolls 1000 international students for all types of courses and now accepting the IELTS scores as the evidence of the English proficiency for the international applicants.

Why USA?

Pursuing carrier abroad is not just for the sake of getting degree but also practical knowledge and helps you in growing in your skills and capabilities. When we wish to study abroad the destination is the most crucial decision that has to be taken.

USA has the worldwide recognition for its quality of education and a well known knowledge provider for the international students who are gradually increasing every year.

Global Recognition

USA is globally recognized in terms of providing the higher education. There are around 4000 universities across the country which has a very prestigious higher education system which is actually acknowledged around the globe.

Flexible Academically

The education system in USA is very flexible which offers different choices of courses which can be taken as per the requirement of the aspirant. The universities provide tailored made courses which gives a great platform for the students to enhance their abilities and also get the accreditation in that particular field. It gives an opportunity to the students to be comfortable in their career path and can enjoy learning.

Post Course Opportunities

The USA universities make sure that their students are trained in such a manner that they can integrate with the global competition. This ability of the universities pulls the best recruiters from the world who gives best job platform to the students. The international opportunities give the tremendous growth to the students and helps in gaining the best of the knowledge.

Best Faculties

The strengths or the pillars in providing the best knowledge are the faculties for every university. The US universities always are prompt and assured about the faculties with strong background and long years of experiences. This makes it possible for the students to acquire best knowledge and the same way for the faculties to provide the best that they can which supports the overall development of the students.

On Board Life

The campus life in USA is varied and gives a lot of new experiences in terms of culture and encounter different students with different backgroundsand different parts of the world. The life in the campus offers a great amalgamation of academics and extracurricular activities by participating in various academic events as well as cultural activities.

Few Universities which accepts IELTS

  • University of Iowa
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Alabama, Birmingham
  • Auburn University, Auburn
  • University of Arizona
  • Arizona State University
  • University of Southern California
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • California Institute of Technology
  • University of California, Riverside
  • San Diego State University
  • University of San Diego
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Stanford University
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Yale University
  • University of Delaware
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • University of Miami
  • University of Florida
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • University of Central Florida
  • Emory University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Brigham Young University, Idaho
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • University of Illinois, Chicago
  • University of Chicago
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Boston University
  • Harvard Business School
  • Northeastern University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tufts University
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Wayne State University
  • Michigan State University
  • Iowa State University
  • Cornell University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Duke University
  • Ohio State University
  • Princeton University

Some of the other institutions accepting IELTS are:

  • ‘Iolani School
  • Washington College
  • T. Still University
  • Academy of Art University
  • Alliant International University, San Francisco Beach Street
  • Aims Community College
  • Aalborg University Copenhagen
  • Academy of Art University
  • Abilene Christian University
  • American Honors at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana
  • Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Online Division (The)
  • Youngstown State University
  • Willamette University

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TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

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TOEFL is the standardized test format which evaluates the ability of English language of an individual who is a non native speaker and willing to pursue the further studies in English speaking universities in the native English speaking countries. It is a combination of all 4 skills like Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking. TOEFL is accepted in almost all the English Speaking countries and universities which gives a plethora of opportunities to the students to select the best suitable for them. Appearing for TOEFL opens all the road blocks in terms of studying abroad. It is one the widely accepted English Language Test which has the greater weightage. This exam plays an important role in your journey to study abroad.

Something about the History of TOEFL

The group of 30 government and private organizations was brought together to discuss the problem about the English Language Proficiency Test which may ensure the language efficiency of the native speaker wishing to study in the English speaking Universities. TOEFL Exam was the step taken by the group and developed a format and pattern to test the English Proficiency of the students.

TOEFL (IBT) Internet Based Test was the format which lately replaced all other test formats like CBT (Computer Based Test) and PBT (Paper Based Test). This exam became the basic requirement for the students who wish to study in USA, Canada, France, Germany and Italy but now it is acceptable across the globe. At the time of inception or the initial stage the demand was very high and the seats available were comparatively less so the candidates had to wait for months to appear for the exams. But now the number of centers has increased so it is possible to appear within 1 to 4 weeks in all the countries.

The basics of evaluation are on the 4 different sections:

  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking

Test Format and Overview (Total 120 points)

Task Description Points Time
Reading 3–4 passages, each containing

12–14 questions

30 60 to 80 minutes
Listening 6–9 passages, each containing 5–6 questions 30 60 to 90 minutes
BREAK Mandatory break 10 Minutes
Speaking 6 tasks 30 20 minutes
Writing 2 tasks 30 60 minutes

 

Reading (30 points)

Reading section goes for around 60 to 80 minutes which may extend to 100 minutes depending upon the length of the passage you have got. Reading section has 3-5 passages of approximately 700 words each. Approximately you get 20 minutes for solving 1 passage at a stretch. You have to divide the time accordingly evaluating the difficulty level and time taken to solve them. Each passage has 12 -14 questions out of which the last question is extra long and difficult too. The passages are mostly about Science, History and Culture. It may differ but mostly based on it. For solving the passage you require the understanding of rhetorical functions such as cause and effect, compare and contrast and argumentation. The questions require the answers about the main ideas, details, inferences, sentence insertion, and vocabulary. Few new types of questions are also added which are completing the tables and summarizing.

Listening (30 points)

Listening section goes for around 60 to 90 minutes depending upon the number of recordings. Listening section consists of 6 to 9 recordings which are of approximately 3-5 minutes per recording with 6 questions to be answered. These passages include two student’s conversations and four academic lectures. They might be in the form of discussions also. It is not required to have specific subject knowledge to answer the questions. Each recording can be heard only once and the students can take down notes while listening which may help in answering the questions later. The questions are made in such a manner that it may evaluate the ability to understand the main idea of the conversation, important details and implications. The purpose of the conversation and the attitude of the speaker as well have to be taken care. It also tests the concentration and focus while listening and answering the questions.

Speaking (30 points)

The speaking section has 6 tasks in total for which you have 20 minutes in total.

Task 1 and Task 2 – Independent Tasks (Only Speaking)

Task 3 and Task 4 – Integrated Tasks (Reading & Listening)

Task 5 and Task 6- Listening

In the task 1 and 2 that is the independent tasks the test takers answers various kind of answers which can be the opinion based questions on familiar topics. This section is evaluated on the ability or the fluency in speaking and the spontaneous speech that is delivered and how the ideas are conveyed. In the Integrated tasks you may hear an academic lecture or a short passage or a small university conversation. Then you have to answer the questions accordingly. This sections evaluation is done on the basis of the harmony between the reading and listening both. How you synthesize and effectively convey the information that you have got. While listening you can make the notes hand in hand and then can take the help of the notes to answer the questions.

Writing

Writing consists of 2 essays which measure the ability to write and bring the thoughts on the paper and even analyzing the things that you have heard or read. The 2 essays consist of integrated as well as independent essays. In the integrated task you may get a passage to read or a passage to listen and then you are expected to write the summary about the topic that you have read or heard. And you have to relate it with the key areas of the passage.

In the independent task you have to write your own opinions or choices related to the topic. It won’t be evaluated according to the correctness of the topic but how you justify your opinion on that.

 

The TOEFL is accepted by more than 10,000 colleges and institutions in over 130 countries across the globe. Impel Overseas is the one stop solution for all your queries including the VISA requirements and the guidance for scoring well in the TOEFL exams. We will help you in finding out the best institute for the best suitable course as per your requirement.

The TOEFL test has over 50 test dates in a year and you can retake the exams as many times as you wish to but not more than a 12 days gap between 2 exams. We may provide you the preparation material plus the expert guidance which will lead to the required scores definitely. The cost of the test also differs from country to country.

Common Queries of a student before applying for VISA

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The cyclone of various thoughts that goes around in the mind after taking the decision of going abroad is the biggest challenge in a student’s life. The list of questions that arises in one’s mind before applying for the VISA can be picturized in this way:

  1. Where do I need to start from?
  2. Where should I apply for my students VISA?
  3. What kind of VISA is required?
  4. What amount do I need to invest for it?
  5. How important is English for it?
  6. Is my family allowed to travel with me?
  7. Is the students VISA includes the work permit?
  8. How long can I stay there on the student VISA?
  9. Are the government policies hard for International students?
  10. How to obtain more useful information about it?

We would like to share some information related to this which may help students in solving few of their queries.

  1. Where do I need to start from?

The application for the student’s visa can be made only after the student is accepted for the course in that particular university. So the first thing that you have to do is to submit the application in the University for the Course that you would like to pursue. And also you have to meet the countries visa requirements as well. There are different criteria’s on which the VISA acceptance is dependent like:

  • Your citizenship
  • The country you have chosen for the course
  • The course that you wish to pursue
  • The University you are aiming at
  • How are you going to fund your education and stay

These criteria’s are just for the information rather every country has its own rules and factors for approving the VISA for their own land. You cannot say that only these are the ones.

Some countries don’t require the prior acceptance of the universities some require the letter of approval from the university.

In some countries you have to prove your citizenship and funds arrangement for the survival there. Your intention of coming back to the home country is also the major factor for the evaluation and approval of visa.

Almost every country wants the command over the language.

It is advised to apply for the VISA as soon as possible.

  1. Where should I apply for my students VISA?

The student’s visa has to be applied in your own country only with the help of various visa application centers. You have to visit the application centers and submit the required documents and other paper works which is mandatory for the process including the biometric information for the unique identification. For the VISA of US you require to attend the interview in the embassy or consulate only then the process moves further.

  1. What kind of VISA is required?

If you are planning for your post 16 education in the overseas country you will need a regular student’s visa.

  • In UK it’s called a Tier 4 (General Student) visa
  • In US this is called F1 Visa
  • In Australia it depends upon your home country and your chosen subject.
  1. What amount do I need to invest for it?

This one of the most important question that every individual come across when he thinks of study abroad. It is a very important factor in the visa application process. You are required to prove that you have enough funds for supporting your living cost along with the educational expenses. The investment for different countries may differ as per their rules. The criteria also differ from country to country. In some country you have to prove the funds availability for a year and in some for full tenure if your stay there in the country for studying.

  1. How important is English for it?

It is an obvious thing that we are applying for an English speaking country so our English has to be good. It may vary according to the course you have applied for. It may require y to have a complete English language knowledge accompanying with the certificate. As per the immigration rules you must have a very good understanding of English language. And if you fail to prove that you can understand the language you may face the rejection in the VISA process.

  1. Is my family allowed to travel with me?

There are different rules of different countries for the family to travel with you.

Like in US you have to prove the relationship with the dependent which should be convincing for the travel.

In UK you must be pursuing a post graduate degree for at least a span of 12 months and if you are a government sponsored student it makes it easy for the dependents to travel.

In Australia you have to prove the availability of funds for the dependents that you are travelling with.

  1. Is the students VISA includes the work permit?

The answer for this question is YES. Generally on student visa you are allowed to work for maximum of 20 hours per week. Once you started with the course in the university you can start with working as per your need but it can’t exceed to more than 20 hours. The same way the dependent if any can also start working.

  1. How long can I stay there on the student VISA?

The student’s visa allows you to stay there for the said duration of your course which was initially mentioned in the VISA application. The entire course duration is the duration of your stay there which may extend from 60 days to 120 days maximum depending on the country you are studying in.

However it may extend if you are working with a company on the permanent basis and company is ready to sponsor you visa depending upon the destination you have selected.

  1. Are the government policies hard for International students?

We come across much news regarding the changes in the policies which that being formed which makes it difficult for the overseas students to pursue their career there but it is not like its appearing. It appears as if the countries are making the immigration process and laws strict but it is actually protecting the education system abroad.

It actually prevents the faulty and unrecognized colleges which offers poor courses just for the sake of money in which generally the international students gets trapped in. These rules ensure that you receive an excellent education from a genuine and a recognized university.

  1. How to obtain more useful information about it?

There are many websites that provide useful information about the student’s visa process. You can get complete details about the process and requirement for the same.

Few of the helpful websites can be:-

  • USA Student Visas Explained
  • UK Student Visas Explained
  • Canadian Student Visas Explained
  • Australian Government –Students Visas
  • Impel Overseas Student Visa Articles
  • Impel Overseas Advice Pages

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