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How to get free education in Europe - April 12, 2010

April 12 2010
00:02

Education abroad every year becomes more and more popular among Russians. After the start of a Russian Bologna process our applicants in Europe are no longer strangers. To graduates of Western universities are opened much wider perspective in life than to the graduates of domestic. Many, however, continue to believe that Western education is available only to rich people or geniuses.

Over the past year the volume of visiting educational tours of Russia increased by 2 times compared with 2009 and amounted to 45 thousand people. The most popular English-speaking countries: UK, USA, Canada, Malta. In the UK in 2009 went to study 25,000 people.

At present there are 2 ways to get free education abroad. The first is to get a scholarship. You find money, and then passes the entrance exams at any European university.

In Russia now has more than 100 foundations, ready to give you a scholarship. For example: the British Council in Russia (British Council Russia), IIE (Institute of International Education), Irex, American Councils (American Councils), the German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD, French Cultural Center, etc.

The first thing to decide to which country you want to go to learn. Decisive factor in the language, but there are exceptions. For example, in Germany and in several other European countries have the opportunity to study in English.

Then you need to choose a specialty. And not necessarily already obtained profile. For example, a graduate of a technical college may well try to enter the Masters of the humanities. Of course, we need good reason to get a grant for training in a specialty other than indicated on your diploma. For example, work in this area.

Most difficult to get a grant school graduates and other people without higher education. Funds, funding for college, very few (American Councils for financial support from the U.S. government).

With the master's and graduate programs the situation is much better. For example, the program Muskie gives grants to people with the Russian higher education (Bachelor, Specialist or Master), who wish to continue their education at the Masters (Master degree) in two years. In Fullbright spectrum is somewhat wider: in addition to Master Grants Program funds research work graduate students abroad. There are internship opportunities for English language teachers, workers of science and culture.

The procedure for obtaining a grant for all funds are almost identical. First you need to apply. The application shall be in addition to biographical data, biography and resume, you must attach an essay in a foreign language. In an essay you need to express their goals and justify the need for education abroad.

The essay should demonstrate your mind, and at the same time be very specific. Ambition, self-confidence are welcome, as well as business streak. Your resume should provide proof that you write the essay.

If you have properly and timely filed documents, and you approach the fund, after a month you are invited for an interview. The interview takes place in a foreign language, you must again set out and prove to all that wrote in his essay.

and the interview you must show himself a man of altruistic thinking individual, who not only strives for career growth, but also wants to contribute to the development of their country.

Those who liked and went, some time later invited to a language and professional tests. A passing score depends on your specialty. For professionals in the sciences, "techies" and people in the arts language requirement is considerably lower than for the humanities. If you have successfully passed all the tests before the end of winter, you can safely wait for the results.

All costs for flights and accommodation during the interview and tests for applicants from the regions, the fund incurs. For participation in the program you do not pay a penny. The Fund pays for your training, and pays you a stipend.

The main disadvantage of grants - you can not choose the university. Fund itself looks for a university that fits you, according to your estimates in the diploma results of language tests and specialty.

The second way to get an education abroad, is to appeal directly to the university and enroll in it. To enter the most prestigious Western universities can even penniless. Many universities in Europe and the U.S. themselves collaborating with numerous foundations and trusts, who are willing to invest in training deserving students. Your task is to act, and money to train there.

If you decide to do in Western universities, to start a company follows a year and a half before the scheduled school year.

Alex Vitvitskiy

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