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Many of us often have the qualities and knowledge , we even familiar with Canadian society and surely can contribute to the Canadian economy after 4 years of studies and graduated in Canada.

Now the good news to share is that you can make a successful transition from temporary to permanent residence. You should have knowledge of English or French and qualifying work experience.

Applying to stay in Canada permanently in your case is simple. You can do this under the Canadian Experience Class. Check out all the guides, information and forms you need to apply here at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/cec/index.asp

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The new ranking of National Higher Education 2012 :

  1. United State
  2. Sweden
  3. Canada
  4. Finland
  5. Denmark
  6. Switzerland
  7. Norway
  8. Australia
  9. Netherlands
  10. United Kingdom

The ranking is based on research at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research (University of Melbourne) on 20 different measures critical to what makes a ‘good’ Higher Education system, grouped under four umbrella headings:

  • resources (investment by government and private sector),
  • output (research and its impact, as well as the production of an educated workforce which meets labour market needs),
  • connectivity (international networks and collaboration which protects a system against insularity) and
  • environment (government policy and regulation, diversity and participation opportunities).

The ranking is organised by Universitas 21, a global network of research universities.

source: The Guardian, Universitas 21

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The University of Iowa College of Education may soon offer a shorter, three-week program to education majors who would like to fulfill their student-teaching requirement abroad.

Margaret Crocco, the dean of the education school, said the standard study-abroad program offered to education majors is seven or eight weeks long — roughly half of the 15-week student-teaching period required. She has recently looked into creating a shorter program because the eight-week commitment is a long period of time and quite costly.

“We want to see if there is a way if we might create a shorter term of student teaching or observing in the classroom that would be available in May or June as little as three weeks,” Crocco said. “We think it is so important — we want to give people a taste of teaching and living overseas.”

Spending some time teaching abroad is beneficial for education majors, Crocco said. Sixty-five students in the college have studied abroad as part of their student-teaching requirement in the last five years.

“It’s not common that those numbers are small, because we place a couple hundred people in student teaching each year,” she said. “We’d like to see more people get involved.”

Mary Heath, a UI Office of Education Services official, said students who teach abroad pay a full semester’s tuition. The cost last year for in-state residents was $4,028, $12,139 for nonresidents.

Jennifer O’Hare, a recent graduate from the UI elementary-education program, volunteered at an elementary school in Costa Rica for a few weeks one summer but has never officially studied abroad through the university.

“I think that the more teaching experience that varies from one another, the better,” she said. “You will be more prepared when thrown into a new teaching position where the environment may not be familiar.”

Crocco said students generally focus on English-speaking countries, and the school has had students teach in Ireland, England, New Zealand, and Australia. However, small number of people have taught in countries with different native languages, including Spain and Switzerland.

“We’re placing people in local public schools, so they need to speak the public language,” she said.

Based on the feedback from both students and employers, Crocco said, when students put studying abroad on their résumé she feels it’s an enhancement to a job application.

“Students who go to another country and teach effectively must be independent, mature people,” she said.

A study-abroad expert at Michigan State University agreed with Crocco, noting experience matters when applying for a job.

“The words ‘study abroad’ on a résumé alone does not help a student get a job,” said Linda Gross, an associate director of career services at Michigan State. “What matters is the experience and the skills [they learned while abroad].”

Gross has worked with education majors who have studied abroad at Michigan State University through workshops where she teaches them how to “unpack” their study-abroad experience. A lot of students do not feel what they learned in another country is relevant in America schools, she said.

“One of my favorite questions to ask them is ‘how would you bring your study-abroad experience into the classroom [in America]?’ ” she said. “It’s not necessarily going to get them the job alone, it’s really how they talk about their entire preparation.”

source by AMY SKARNULIS, The Daily Iowan

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Going to a foreign land in pursuit of further study has enticed many with its offer of worldly experiences and opportunities. Three individuals speak about what it is really like studying abroad.

Anthony Michael

Becauseof its worldwide recognition and long history, Anthony chose the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology to pursue his interior design course.

Having studied previously at a local institution, Anthony says that the learning programme at RMIT was more structured.

“I found the head of department and lecturers more approachable. There was more of a friendship than a strict student-lecturer relationship, which made it easier to seek assistance from them. The programme co-ordinator also set up regular one-to-one meetings to review student progress and for students to voice out concerns.”

According to Anthony, studying in a foreign university will give students international exposure as they mingle with both students and staff from other parts of the world. For a design student, he adds, this is particularly important.

He says those planning to pursue their education at an overseas institution should carry out extensive research beforehand on the chosen university and country. And whilst there, he advises them to make the best of the education offered and find time to join social groups on campus.

Of course, studying in a foreign land comes with challenges and Anthony was not spared. He says having to cope with the changing seasons, especially winter was rather difficult.

“Also because you are not at home, you are not in your comfort zone and being away from your family and friends can be rather tough at times.”

But studying overseas, Anthony continues, taught him to be more independent. For example when pocket money was running out, he took on part-time jobs that included telemarketing and leaflet-distribution to help sustain his lifestyle.

Anthony considered staying on in Melbourne once he graduated but as he was offered a job back in Malaysia, he chose to return home. He has since then moved to London where he works as an interior designer.

If asked to do it all again, Anthony says he would not hesitate in choosing the same institution. “I was very happy with the education I received and the study culture so I will definitely choose the RMIT experience all over again.”

Allan Kwek

The Charles Sturt University in Australia was Kwek’s choice to continue his tertiary education. Kwek studied advertising and says he chose Charles Sturt University because it was linked to his college.

He says that the study culture at the university was different from what he was used to in that people were more willing to participate in classes and were more outspoken, which he found to be good. However, what he found challenging was trying to understand the Australian accent.

Like most students studying overseas, funds were scarce so Kwek had to look for an alternative to supplement his pocket money. “I took on jobs as a chef at a few small restaurants cooking Chinese food. These restaurants allowed me a decent wage for my living expenses,” he says.

After graduating Kwek worked in Australia for two years but soon realised that home is really where the heart is; he decided to come back.

“Even though the wages and the lifestyle is better there, Malaysia is still home to me and I do not regret my decision at all,” Kwek says.

Kwek presently works as an animation producer, working mainly on commercials, TV series and anything that requires graphics or animating and has been in this field for about a year-and-a-half.

In his opinion, employers take higher education seriously but he feels that it does not stop there.

“One must have the passion and knowledge in his chosen field. Take advertising for example, you cannot be an advertiser solely through books as you need the passion for knowledge and selling. You need to be in the mind of consumers and think like them. It’s all about presenting and selling yourself at the end of the day,” he explains.

For those planning to go overseas, Kwek’s advice is to go with an open mind. “It was a good experience for me to wake up to something different and unfamiliar every day. If the opportunity presents itself, leave and come back with knowledge.”

“And when you’re there, never forget your roots.”

Audrey See Tho

A psychology major at the Stony Brook University in New York, See Tho says she chose to study at this university because of its high quality of research and teaching in psychology.

“I also chose the university because it is part of a network of New York state public universities called ‘State University of New York’ and it’s relatively near distance to New York City,” she explains.

See Tho says that everything is discussion-based in class and if you don’t raise your hand and ask questions, you lose out. “Professors are also very willing to mentor students and are always welcoming students to come to their office for questions or just a chat,” she adds.

Studying away from home has helped See Tho attain independence and leadership skills as she had to do everything on her own from grocery shopping to paying the bills. Together with the good, studying abroad brought with it a set of challenges.

“The distance from home also brings various stresses such as homesickness, loneliness and in winter when the sun sets really early, one can easily get depressed,” See Tho says.

She also had to cut down on her spending as she realised she could not just rely on her parents for funds so took up a job in the library as a student assistant.

See Tho says that she would definitely encourage students to study overseas as it has exposed her to so many different people and experiences and she now looks at things from new perspectives.

“New York City has broadened my vision of the world. I have been provided with so many opportunities and have met so many interesting people during my time here,” she elaborates.

Once she graduates, See Tho plans to stay on in the US if she is offered an opportunity. “I do not, however, intend to live here for the rest of my life. Malaysia is my home and I want to bring better changes to my home country with the knowledge I have gained overseas.”

Source by Gregory Basil, New Straits Times MY

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As a third-year commerce student at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business, Marcel Glaesser spent an academic semester at the University of Mannheim last year. After completing his studies in Germany, he decided to stay longer and landed a six-month contract with BMW in Munich.

A worker puts an emblem on a BMW 5 series car at the plant in the Bavarian city of Dingolfing.

“The coolest thing is that I got to do so many things,” he recalls, citing marketing-related assignments that included preparations for the company’s annual meeting held in a stadium, complete with a display of prototype cars.

His experience typifies a growing trend among undergraduate and graduate business students to study and work abroad while earning their business degree. For Mr. Glaesser, Germany held appeal because he was born there before his family came to Canada 10 years ago. He took his classes in English at Mannheim, but had to brush up on his German to work at BMW.

His advice to other students is “go abroad, go abroad. It will set you apart.”

The same message comes from Canadian business schools, some with formal and informal arrangements to promote international experience opportunities for students before they graduate.

For example, Beedie recently signed an agreement with the British Columbia and Caribbean branches of the Certified General Accountants for an accounting student to spend a work term in Barbados every year.

“We feel it is a great opportunity for students because they get to work and learn,” says Andrew Gemino, associate dean of undergraduate programs. “We would love to do more,” he adds. “It is a matter of finding those opportunities and working on them.”

About 1,700 Beedie commerce undergraduates – about half of the enrolment – are at one stage or another of the school’s co-op program, either completing a prerequisite semester, applying for a placement or actually on the job. Every semester, between 170 and 240 students are actually working, with about five per cent choosing to go abroad.

“Through a variety of different ways, the students are becoming more comfortable and more interested in working internationally,” says Shauna Tonsaker, co-op education program director.

Her office provides financial and other assistance to students before, during and after their work stint. Prior to departure, all students complete an online course to minimize culture shock. This summer, students have chosen placements with major firms in half a dozen countries, including China, Japan and Germany.

“They get the experience of working in a culturally diverse work environment, gain experience for the first time of living on their own and get a global perspective,” she says. “It is of huge value when they are out there to apply for careers, locally and internationally, and can bring that [experience] to the workplace.”

Now completing his fourth year at Beedie in business marketing, Mr. Glaesser says the biggest bonus of working abroad was his new level of confidence. “It was the first time working in any big organization and seeing how it works from the inside,” he recalls. “For me, it was really valuable.”

excerpt from The Globe and Mail, by JENNIFER LEWINGTON

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By Sean Coughlan, BBC News education correspondent


Students have drawn up a protest petition to highlight the delays to processing visas

Overseas students in the UK are complaining they are trapped in a legal limbo by visa delays which mean they do not have the right either to stay or go back home.

Students claim they have waited for up to five months without their passports.

Hundreds have signed a protest petition claiming their “basic rights” are being denied by delays in processing visas.

The UK Border Agency said applications from students would be “worked through by the end of the summer”.


The National Union of Students (NUS) says this is becoming a “serious problem” and a “complete outrage” which puts at risk the ability of UK universities to attract overseas students.

A US student, Jordan Junge, who has just finished a £17,000 masters degree at the London School of Economics, says she has been waiting for almost five months for her visa to be processed and her documents returned.

Students should come to the UK to study, not work. That is why this April we stopped the automatic right for students to stay on and find work after their studies”

UK Border Agency

The student from Colorado says that this became “extremely stressful” when her grandmother was taken seriously ill and her parents told her to come home.

“Even if you order a pizza from Domino’s you can track its progress – but I’ve no idea about what’s happening to my passport.”

She says that there are other students who have children that they cannot get back home to see.

Ms Junge says she wanted to carry out further study at the LSE which would have involved travelling outside the UK this summer, but the uncertainty over her documents is making this “very unlikely”.

And she says that the tightening of the student visa system is putting off many other US students.

Along with other students, she was particularly concerned about the inability to communicate with UKBA, and so far the information she has obtained has come via her MP.

‘Deplorable service’

A Canadian PhD student in Edinburgh, who submitted documents at the beginning of April, says the delays have been “incredibly stressful and distressing” – and she is still uncertain whether she will be able to catch her flight home in a few weeks.

An online petition, signed by more than 600 people, says “the deplorable quality of service provided by the UKBA ill befits a nation like the United Kingdom”.

The overseas students who have been caught in this delay are those who have finished their courses and have put in applications to remain longer in the UK.

Vulnerable students are now stuck in the UK unable to work, unable to go home to their families and unable to get on with their lives”

National Union of Students

These post-study visa applications cost more than £500 to process and require students to get their fingerprints taken and to submit their passports.

The visa rules changed in April – and it has been suggested that this prompted an increase in applications ahead of the deadline which has left individuals caught in a bureaucratic backlog.

A South American student, who has just finished a PhD, told the BBC that it had put students in an impossible position.

He said students could not apply for jobs in the UK because they had no proof of their right to be in the country – and they could not go abroad or return home for work because they had no passports to travel.

A UKBA spokesperson said: “Students should come to the UK to study not work. That is why this April we stopped the automatic right for students to stay on and find work after their studies.

“The remaining applications will be worked through by the end of the summer and applicants will be contacted once a decision is made.

“Anyone who wishes to withdraw their application and have their documents returned can do so by contacting the immigration inquiry bureau.”

But Daniel Stevens, international students’ officer for the NUS, said: “It is clear that delays to the processing of visa applications is becoming a serious problem.

“International students are facing the direct financial and emotional costs of an under-resourced UKBA.

“Having paid thousands of pounds in visa application fees and after facing a raft of bureaucratic procedures, their applications have now been put in put in a pile with little hope of being processed in a timely manner.

“As a result, vulnerable students are now stuck in the UK unable to work, unable to go home to their families and unable to get on with their lives.”

James Pitman, UK managing director at the Study Group international education firm, said: “We need to make the UK as appealing an education destination as possible – hold-ups like these do not help.”

Earlier this year, a group of UK universities called on the government to remove overseas students from immigration figures.

But the government rejected such suggestions, saying that targets to cut immigration could be achieved without “fiddling the figures”.

Have you been caught in these visa delays?

I have submitted my documents end of February and sent the biometric details in the beginning of April. It has been almost 5 months now and I have not heard from UKBA yet. My grandfather is currently in very bad health condition which is quickly getting worse. I’m planning to see him as soon as I get my documents back, just hoping I won’t be too late… My education at Edinburgh University cost my family over £70,000 (4 years of BEng and 1 year of MSc) – every penny paid from our pockets. If I had to choose where to go for studies abroad now, it wouldn’t be the UK.

Konstantin, Belarus

I have had to bear a lot of professional and personal losses due to the delays in the visa processing by UKBA. I have had to miss a couple of international conferences , which I could not attend because of the sole reason, my passport is held by UKBA for this PSW application processing. Networking is an important part of research career and inability to attend the conferences is indeed a great professional loss. I had great respect for the standards set by this country but this treatment by UKBA at the end of my student life in UK is greatly appalling and totally unacceptable.

Deepa, Sheffield

Shows a deplorably obtuse and short-sighted outlook. You simply cannot improve the government and economy of the United Kingdom if you encourage the best and brightest young minds in these fields to leave the country upon completion of their studies. I am an American, constantly teased about our “special relationship” with the UK yet I have seen no evidence of anything more than a cold dismissal and frigid jingoism with door after door being swiftly closed shut and my wish to remain in this country becoming an almost laughably naive hope

Louis, New Jersey/ currently in London

Coming to UK for the most important part of my education life is the worst decision I have ever made in my life. It is easy for UKBA, government, PM to change the rules to make things hard for student. At the same time, risking the country’s reputation. At least, I wouldn’t spend a huge amount of money for my kids to come here in the future.

Steve, Kuala Lumpur

I personally have been waiting since 26th of January, when I applied for my visa. I tried contacting the UKBA which basically just asked me to wait till 26th of July. I was told that the time limit for an application is 6 months and that I should call them after the 26th if I don’t receive it by then. I come from India. I must say even Indian authorities are more efficient than UKBA.

Prasanna, London

It has been the most frustrating period as I cannot travel outside the UK. I have several research projects and unable to utilise my research funds as it involves travelling outside the UK. My local MP wrote to the UKBA about the progress of my application but the reply from UKBA was even more frustrating as the letter from MP indicates that ‘due to the sheer volume of applications no indication can be given as to when your application will be dealt with’.

Shahina , Southampton

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Senior history major Eric Stein bags sand from Omaha Beach for his grandfather during the 2012 D-Day study abroad program. Stein’s grandfather landed on the beach during D-Day and asked him to bring sand back as a souvenir.
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The D-Day study abroad group poses for a picture in the American Cemetery at the grave of Louisiana war hero Sgt. John P. Ray. On D-Day, Ray dropped in behind enemy lines as part of the 82nd Airborne Division and was fatally shot in the stomach by a German solider. Before he died, Ray saw the German aiming his gun at two other American soldiers and saved them by shooting the German in the back of the head.

by Bryan Perissutti

We all know the story. On June 6, 1944 the Allied powers began the liberation of France from Germany on D-Day.

From June 16 through June 24, 24 Southeastern students went to the place where it all began to study first hand the D-Day Invasion. The trip was one of Southeastern’s study abroad programs and took the group from London to Paris, visiting numerous sites in between.

The trip was led by associate professor of history Dr. Harry Laver who believes that study abroad brings popular topics into a unique perspective.

“The topic has considerable interest among the general public which includes students,” said Laver“Walking the ground brings a greater understanding as I think most of the group saw.”

The group listened to guides, browsed museums, met new people and took in the culture all while earning up to six hours of college credit.

For history graduate student Natalie Worsham, this was exactly why she decided to participate in study abroad.

“I decided to participate in study abroad as a way to earn credits while visiting Europe, a chance of a lifetime,” said Worsham.

Among the sites in Normandy, France, the climactic moment for many students was visiting Omaha Beach, the site of the battle that was dramatized in the 1998 movie “Saving Private Ryan.”

“Being on Omaha Beach was surreal. Our grandparents were part of the Greatest Generation, the generation of soldiers that made the end of the war seem within reach on the sands of Normandy,” said senior history major Eric Stein.

For Stein, the trip was much more than class work, it was a way to walk in his grandfather’s footsteps. Stein’s grandfather, Nick Stein, landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day as part of the 1st Infantry Division known as “The Big Red One.” While on the beach, Stein collected two bags of sand to give back to his grandfather.

“Collecting the sand was an experience,” said Stein. “You go through all the emotions as you dig your hand into the sand and you become overwhelmed.  In the back of your mind, it’s like a scene from ‘Saving Private Ryan’ playing in a permanent loop.”

Graduate student Michelle Dufrene also collected some sand from the beach and is excited about sharing it with her students at Madisonville Junior High.

“I’ll be able to share first-hand knowledge, artifacts and pictures from my experiences abroad,” said Dufrene. “Want to know how to hook a kid into your lesson? Pass around a bag of sand from Omaha Beach.  That’ll get a discussion going.”

Laver expressed the possibility of doing this trip again next summer and suggested that students who were interested start the application process early. He believed that students with an open mind and adaptability were the perfect candidates for study abroad.

“For someone to have a successful study abroad trip, it’s got to be somebody with an open mind and somebody with flexibility and someone willing to adapt,” said Laver. “Eisenhower’s point, which we all learned within hours of starting in New Orleans, once the operation starts, throw all the plans out.”

Source: The Lion’s Roar

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