The education system in Europe is one of the oldest and most popular in the world. Europe offers international Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD degrees in a wide variety of fields and programs. A growing number of European higher education institutions offer international study programs with English as the main language of instruction and there are very few programs which do not offer English-Taught Degree Programs. To study in Europe now has become particularly advantageous, as programs in English are common in the areas of Business, Management, Science, and Engineering. Any foreign student, who wants to study in Europe, can also follow study programs in other European languages: German, French, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Norwegian, Greek, Spanish, Italian, or Portuguese; provided that they have sufficient knowledge of that language.
One salient aspect of Europe study programs is the project called Erasmus. Erasmus (“European Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students”) is the European Commission’s educational program for Higher Education students, teachers and institutions. Erasmus involves student mobility, teacher mobility, and curriculum development based on co-operation agreements between Higher Education Institutions in different participating countries.
Belgium is officially the Kingdom of Belgium, and is situated in northwest Europe. It is one of the founding members of the European Union and hosts its headquarters, as well as those of other major international organizations, including NATO. It is considered to be the 15th largest trading nation in the world. Belgium’s economy is an open economy which is highly service oriented and is based on export of automobiles, iron, steel, diamond finished goods, textiles, plastic, petroleum, and non-ferrous metals.
Education is compulsory from the age of six to eighteen for Belgians. An estimated 98% of the adult population is literate; and the Programme for International Student Assessment, coordinated by the OECD, currently ranks Belgium’s education as 19th in the world, significantly higher than the average.
For a study-related stay in Belgium, you must apply for a Temporary Residence Permit for Study (Autorisation de Séjour Provisoire pour études/Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblijf voor studies) from the Belgian Embassy. You must submit the following documents:
The documents listed above are only the basic documents to be submitted in all cases. Additional documents may be requested by the embassy or consulate.
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Types of Student Visas in France
A student identification card is required for those students who are not French citizens and are planning to study in France for more than 3 months. There are different categories of student visa available:
Students are allowed a student-working visa for extra income. During the academic session, 10-20 hours of work per week are allowed. During summer vacations, 20-39 hours per week are permitted for work. There are a range of opportunities for students who want to apply for a student work visa in France. However, teaching would be the best option since it pays well, comparatively.
The student visa interview is a crucial part of the application process. The student should remember to fix the interview date well in advance as a lot of interview requests are received by the office regularly. It is essential to carry all original documents to the interview as they will be verified at the office on the same day. A designated officer of the Embassy of France will carry out the interview for getting a student visa. The consulates in Mumbai or Pondicherry are also authorized to conduct the interview.
A request for an interview should be submitted at:
Bureau de Coopération Linguistique et Educative (B.C.L.E.),
Service de Coopération etd’Action Culturelle,
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New Delhi – 110 011,
Tel: (011) 30410000.
Documents Required for French Student Visa Application All documents should be accompanied by two duplicate copies of each.
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Categories of student visa in Germany
There are mainly three student visas available in Germany:
In Germany, student work permits are granted for a maximum of 3 months. This depends on where you study and work can take place only during recess periods (e.g. semester holidays). However, student working visa is not granted for language course visa.
Two complete sets of student visa form should be prepared before you proceed. It is mandatory to submit student visa application form in person. Visa fees roughly amount to 30 € (to be paid in INR, subject to exchange rate).
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A PhD student is treated as an employee of the university, not a ‘student’. This is because all kinds of research are deemed to be ‘work’ by law in Netherlands. Other students have to apply for a work permit in case he/she wants to work. Work should be of an academic persuasion, like lecturing, research, and student internship. On holding a residence visa, one is allowed to work for maximum 10 hours per week or work should be of a seasonal nature. The employer, in this case, must apply for the requisite student visa work permit. The application form for the visa must be duly filled and documents presented at least 3-6 months prior to the departure as the procedure for obtaining student visa is time consuming.
For students who want to stay for less than three months, the Short Stay Visa (VKV) is available. For a longer stay than this, the Temporary Stay Visa (MVV) is suitable. If you find that the stay would extend beyond the limit of three months, then the Residence Permit should be applied for. It is important to do this within three days of arrival in Netherlands.
The student visa application form for a Netherlands student visa should be submitted 3-6 months prior to departure as it takes at least that much time for the student visa to be issued. You need:
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1. An Offer of Acceptance: Before a student can apply for a student visa, a valid offer letter from a CRICOS registered Australian institute is required.
2. English Proficiency: An IELTS score is a mandatory requirement and evidence of this must be included at the time of application for the student visa. The TOEFL exam is not accepted.
3. Financial Capacity: Student visas are granted when a student can prove that they have adequate funds to support themselves in Australia, pay for their tuition and care for dependant family members included on the visa.
4. Work Permit Rules: As a student in Australia, you will only have a limited working allowance on your student visa. Therefore adequate funding to pay for living expenses and tuition are important and must be evidenced to gain the student visa. If you take time off from study to work, you will fall below full-time study levels, exceed your work allowance on the student visa, or will fail academically. Any of these things can lead to your student visa cancellation.
5. Bonafides: In order to get a student visa the student needs to submit their past academic records for verification as well as a statement of purpose for undertaking the desired course.
6. Health cover: Because Medicare, the Australian national health system, is not available to overseas students under student visa, you must maintain your Overseas Student Health (OSHC) cover while in Australia.
7. Non-Immigrant Intent: You must leave Australia before your student visa expires. The other requirements are that you be a genuine student, have good health and be of good character-without a criminal record.
The main aspect to gaining an Australian student visa for various Australia study programs is to obtain an electronic confirmation of enrolment (eCoE) from the university.
.Submit the relevant completed application form. This must be signed personally and given with the non-refundable student visa application charge in the form of a demand draft in favour of the Australian High Commission – New Delhi.
Provide an ‘Offer of a place in a course’ letter from your education provider to the visa processing office.
Wait patiently for approximately 2-3 weeks. If you meet the basic requirements you will be issued a preliminary student visa assessment (PVA) and further steps will be directed. After you receive your PVA, you will be advised to undergo a medical check-up from a prescribed doctor of the High Commission. You are also required to pay for the first semester tuition fees and the OSHC premiums after getting the PVA.
On receipt of payment, the institution issues an electronic confirmation of enrolment (eCOE), which comes directly to the Visa Office. You are now required to submit your passport to the visa office to get your student visa.
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