FAQ’s


General FAQs

What is a transcript?

A transcript is the marks list, originally issued by the university or institution. A transcript contains your academic grades, the marks you have obtained, the maximum marks along with an explanation of the grading system (if any) that your college follows. Please note that photocopies of the student’s marks sheet is not treated as a transcript.

Do all universities offer scholarships?

Most of the universities offer scholarships to international students. The basic criterion of availing a scholarship is your good test scores and fair academics. Scholarships (when granted) generally start from $500 to full fee waiver and even a stipend to cover living expenses. It depends upon the university to provide you with the same.

What is a conditional and unconditional letter of offer?

Unconditional Offer: If the university is offering an Unconditional Offer to the applicant, he will not have to meet any further academic or English language requirements.

Conditional Offer: If the University is offering a Conditional Offer to the applicant, any conditions applying to your offer would be stated in your offer letter. These are usually a requirement for completion of studies at a particular level, e.g. obtaining your First Class in your graduation, or English Language requirements, e.g. IELTS or TOEFL. When you have met the conditions at a level described in your original offer, applicants are required to provide transcripts and other official documentation so, that the University is able to issue applicant an Unconditional Offer Letter.

Why is US better than other countries for higher education?

Because of world-class technology that’s being taught there and also because of the flexibility in enrolling, transferring and continuing in different programs at various levels.

What are the different types of colleges and universities?

There are community colleges (also known as two-year colleges), four-year colleges and universities.

What is the ‘sophomore’ year?

The second year of the four-year Bachelor’s degree is called the ‘Sophomore Year’

What is the length of an Associate Degree?

Two Years

Which type of colleges offer Associate degrees?

Community colleges

Will student get financial aid at the PhD level certainly?

Not necessarily, since universities may offer admission even without aid too, based on the interest and financial situation of the department concerned.

Test Information

What are the pre-requisite tests for admission into various programs of US universities

TOEFL or IELTS for English proficiency, SAT for undergraduate level programsGRE for MS programs and GMAT for Management-related programs.

What tests are required for MBA admission?

GMAT and TOEFL

Will GRE be accepted for MS admission?

Yes. GRE score is required and accepted for MS admission

For MS in Financial Management, which tests are required?

GMAT

For MS in Accountancy, which tests are required?

GMAT

What is the Test fee of TOEFL?

US $ 165

What is the ASR fee for GRE?

US $ 20. ASR is Additional Score Reporting, which has to be done by a student if he/she were to send score reports through ETS for additional universities than allowed by ETS.

What is the maximum score one can obtain in the AWA section of GRE?

6.0 out of 6.0

What is a good score in IELTS for admission in decent universities?

6.0 to 7.0

Is IELTS offered as a computer based test?

Only every alternate month at other centers and once a month in British Council, New Delhi.

What is SAT II Test? Is it mandatory?

SAT II Subject tests are offered in twenty different subjects, one or some which are required by US universities for admission into their highly competitive programs, in addition to SAT 1 Reasoning test.

Pre-application Process

When does one start the application process?

One should start at least 6 to 9 months before the start of semester.

Which is the ‘right’ semester to seek admission?

Fall semester, starting in August/September of every year may be considered as the ‘right semester’ since by that time, most students will get their results (in qualifying exams)

If financial aid is required, when should one apply for each semester?

At least 9 to 12 months before the start of semester.

What are the different semesters in which admissions are given?

Fall and Spring are the main semesters in which most universities offer admission. In many others, admissions are given even during Winter and Summer semesters too.

Admission deadlines for each semester?

Fall (Aug./Sept) – 31st March
Spring (Jan.) – 30th September
Summer (April)  – 30th November
Winter (November) – end May

Do all universities follow the same semester system and deadlines?

Not necessarily. Each university is independent and follows its own admission policies.

Is there a possibility to apply late for some universities?

Yes, some universities are flexible and may allow students to apply even two months before start of semester. At Impel, we have many universities that allows late application.

If deadlines are over, what will universities do with applications?

They will keep the applications pending and consider them for the next semester admission.

Application Process

How to apply? Online or Offline?

Online is the best and fastest method to apply.

What are the documents required to be sent after applying?

Universities generally require transcripts up to the end of third year and even up to end of the 7th semester (Ist half of 4th year). If a student has not sent his/her transcripts accordingly, these have to be sent after applying.

What care need to be taken while applying?

Name must be given exactly as in the passport. The family name or last name must be definitely included in the applications and must be indicated within the Passport of applicants.

What are the essential contents of an SOP?

Academic background, achievements, interest in the field of study chosen, future plans and why a specific university was decided upon (to apply/join)

What is the difference between an SOP and an Essay?

SOP is a Statement of Purpose, which is meant for admission at the MS level. Essays are multiple in number, on specific situations and required for MBA admissions in many universities.n)

How many recos. are to be obtained?

Three are normally required.

Who should not give recommendations?

Those who have NOT taught the student or interacted with him in any capacity should not give recommendations

Should recos. be sent directly to universities?

Some universities always request recommenders to send their recos. directly. Most accept the recommendations’ inclusion along with other application material. However, they must be in sealed envelopes, with the signature of the recommender across the flap of the same, confirming that it was not tampered with.

How to pay the application fee?

Best way is online, with a credit card.

Is application fee waived for international students?

No

When does one start following-up with universities about admission status?

After at least 3-4 weeks from applying.

How long does a university take to decide on applications?

Normally between 2 to 8 weeks, after full application material is received..

When can one expect an I-20 (Letter of Admission) after applying?

After at least 8 to 12 weeks.

In what ways can Impel help with application procedures?

By applying immediately and following-up regularly, Impel can speeden up the admission process

Can Impel help in May/June, for Fall admission?

Possible, for some programs, in a few universities.

Who are most ideal to issue recommendation letters?

Those who taught the student or interacted with him/her during lab work/projects etc.

With a three year degree, can one obtain admission in US?

Yes, admission is possible in a few programs in some universities.

What are the typical programs for which admission may be difficult?

Pharmacy, Medicine, Physiotherapy, Law, Dentistry  and other clinical programs.

How will Impel help students for PhD programs?

Unfortunately, we cannot help them directly at the moment. For a fee, Impel can shortlist universities for a given program, at the PhD level.

Financial Aid

Is financial aid available for international students?

Yes

What forms of financial aid are offered by universities?

Scholarships, Assistantships, Fee waivers, stipends etc.

Which is the best form of financial aid?

A scholarship, since it does not require any work in compensation.

Is aid offered based on merit or need, for international students?

For international students, aid is always offered based on merit and academic performance only. In exceptional cases, very few may be considered for need-based aid, very rarely.

What are the minimum requirements considered for granting aid?

Excellent academic performance – to be in the top 2-3 of the class and pre-requisite test scores for aid before enrolling.ly.

If aid is not available, what other resources are available for international students?

Part-time employment, on campus.

What will be the duration of aid?

Normally for one semester or year, depending on the type of aid.

How is a scholarship different from assistantship?

Scholarship does not require any compensatory work, whereas Assistantship (Research, Teaching or Administrative) require work contribution.

What is the difference between Teaching and Research Assistantships?

In Teaching Assistantship, a student is expected to teach students at a lower level and help with assignments/evaluation of students’ grades etc. A Research Assistant helps his guide in research work.

What additional qualifications are required for grant of a teaching assistantship?

A good score in TSE, which is a different test from TOEFL.

Visa Matters

What type of visa should one apply for, if one wants to the US as a student?

F-1 Student Visa.

When should I apply for student visa?

It is prudent to apply 120 days prior to the date of enrolment stated in the I-120 form

I am on F-1 visa. Do I have to study on full-time basis?

Yes. At the undergraduate level, this normally means at least 12 credit hours per semester. Graduate level full time is  9 credit hours per semester, in order to maintain Full-time status

What is SEVIS Fee? How can one pay that fee?

SEVIS is Student Exchange Visitor Information System, of the US Government, to keep track of international students arriving in the USA. To administer this service, a fee of US $ 200 has to be paid by each student, who enrolls in a university.

What are considered as important by any US Consulate to consider visa issuance for an applicant?

Intent to return back to home land and financial resources

If a student’s spouse is interested to join him/her, under what category can he/she apply?

On dependent visa – F2

What is the exemption for above?

When the student is on vacation or the university is closed for holidays, he/she can work full-time off campus.

One wants to seek employment, what category of visa should a student who is already in the US apply for?

H1b  Visa for temporary work in specialty fields

Is ‘change of status’ from one visa to another, possible within US?

While it may be possible for some categories, it may not be between F-1 (student) and H1b (employment) visas

What will happen if one loses his status of a particular type of visa?

The student has to leave USA or he will be forcibly deported back.

For what duration is a student visa issued?

For the length of the program.

Can one change a university after he initially sought admission in another?

Yes, with the assistance of International Admissions Officer of his university.

If one cannot use the visa for a particular semester, can he/she use it for another?

Yes, he/she can defer admission to another semester and use the same visa, if there is no change in the university or the program.

What are the financial requirements to apply for visa?

This requires detailed explanation. Please see ‘Visa Guidelines’ section under USA or click on the following link: https://www.impeloverseas.com/StudyAbroad/USA/USA-Visa-Guidelines.aspx

What is the present visa fee in US $?

As on 15th March, US $ 131, payable in Indian rupee equivalent amount

In which bank the fee has to be paid?

HDFC Bank’s designated branches.

What is the minimum time required to book a visa slot?

Two days after payment of fee.

When will the visa be granted and how does the student know?

Grant of visa will be informed by the visa officer and the student would know during the interview itself.

Financial Matters

What is the average cost of education and living in USA?

$ 20,000 to 30,000 per year.

How much money has to be shown for Bachelors level admission?

To cover the cost of 1st year education and living expenditure.

How much is required to be taken by a student when he leaves for the US?

To cover his/her first semester fees and living expenses.

How much should one ‘show’ for issue of I-20

At least one year’s costs – both tuition and living expenses put together.

For how long a period should one show funds for Masters admission?

Two years – the duration of program

In order to prove that one is financially sound, how much and what type of sources should one declare for visa purpose?

Liquid funds (bank balance) and immovable, revenue-generating properties to demonstrate availability of resources for subsequent use.

What are the various sources of funding for studying in USA?

Personal;, family, government, university, scholarships, grants and other forms of aid.

What are the minimum and maximum amounts considered as loan by banks?

While there is no minimum prescribed, the maximum varies from one bank to another.

What are the mandatory requirements for sanction of a bank loan?

Collateral security and guarantor

Are there are international loan agencies that provide funding for international students?

Yes – plenty of them.

What are the normal terms of such loan agencies?

Needs just a co-signor, who is a permanent resident of USA.

Should a student or his/her parents need to pay interest and principal amount in EMIs during the study period of a loan?

Not required. Such payments may be made after six months from the date of course completion or after getting a job (by the student), whichever is earlier.

For what requirements are loans given?

Both for tuition and living expenses.

How can Impel help applicants with financial requirement?

By providing information about the funding requirement of universities specifically and by trying to secure financial aid, if possible.

Work Rules

Can an international student work while studying in the US?

Full-time NO. Part-time, YES.

Is the money made on such part-time employment taxable?

Yes, taxable.

When can one start working part-time?

After registering for the classes.

If a student does internship in a US company after education, is that considered as work?

Internship is not considered as work.

How long can a student stay back after his/her education?

Two years.

If a student works full-time illegally during college working days, what can happen?

He may be deported back to his country of birth.

What is a Co-op. program?

Co-op. program is also known as Curricular Practical Training. Details are available in the ‘USA’ section of this website.

Critical Issues

Can a student on F1 visa apply for H1b category visa?

He can, but without success.

Are dependants of such students/employees (F1 and H1b) eligible to work?

Just as applicable to the particular category of visa holders.

Can dependants study in the US, when they join spouses who are in the US on the above types of visas?

Yes, they can.

Can one apply for a second degree program and continue his/her education after the first degree?

Yes, definitely.

Can a student go back to US after he takes a break from studies and visit his home country for some reason?

Yes he can.

Can one change a university after such a break?

Yes the student can do so after proper authorization by his present school/university.

Does he have to re-apply for a visa if he changes the university?

Not, if he changes after reaching USA.

If a student provides false information or fictitious documentation, what could happen to him?

He/she will be permanently debarred from entering the US, on the student (F-1) visa.

General FAQs

Who is in the EU?

From 1st May 2004 the following countries are part of the European Union: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, and United Kingdom.

Which degrees the UK universities offer?

UK universities offer a huge range of degree courses both at undergraduate (Bachelors) and postgraduate (Masters) and doctoral level (PhDs). Universities also offer a range of access, diploma and other courses, including the new two-year Foundation Degrees. For more information about the different types of qualification contact the Quality Assurance Agency.

Is it advisable to take University accommodation or private accommodation?

It is advisable to take University accommodation as a new student you don”t have to hunt much for accommodation, don’t have to worry about landlords & contracts, no extra bills and mostly university accommodations are close in proximity to the place of study. How ever university accommodation has its own limitations the accommodation is slightly expensive, less space, limits things you do (throw parties and make noise) etc.

Does the University provide accommodation?

Accommodation is guaranteed for all international students. For more information check the university website.

What about research in UK Universities?

All UK universities undertake research and teaching, although the mission focus and balance of activities varies. Some institutions concentrate primarily on teaching while others are more research intensive. Universities also increasingly transfer knowledge out to businesses and other organizations. This process is known as knowledge transfer.

How many universities and higher education institutions are there in the UK? (Plus breakdown by England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland)

NUMBER OF INSTITUTIONS (AS AT AUGUST 2006)
Country      No. of Universities      HE Institutions       HE Colleges      Total
England                72                         09                         41                133
Scotland               13                         13                         07                 20
Wales                   03                         12                         00                 12
Northern Ireland     02                         02                         02                 04
United Kingdom     89                       114                         54                168

This table includes the University of Buckingham.

  • There are 114 university institutions in the UK, counting separately the colleges of Wales and London. If Wales and London are counted as single institutions, the total is 89.
  • There are also higher education students studying at a number of further education colleges
  • Currently, several university colleges have applied for university status to the Privy Council.
  • This list excludes providers of foreign providers of higher education operating in the UK.
    The Open University operates in all countries of the UK; its headquarters is based in England however. (Source: Universities UK)

Is there any discrimination towards Indian students?

UK is the favorite destination for students from all around the world; with students from various nationalities coming into the UK the law is very stringent in ensuring that no one adapts any sort of discriminatory activities. Added to this the rich cultural heritage of UK has been built on many centuries of relationship with India, which gives a perfect understanding of Indian cultural values and customs.

Visa FAQs

What is the present visa application fee?

UK Pounds 145, equivalent amount of which is payable in Indian Rupees (presently, at Rs. 80 per Pound, the visa fee is Rs. 11,600 as on 1st July 2009)

What is a very important factor for issue of visa?

Proper and genuine documentation

How long will the visa process take?

One week to 15 days.

Is an interview required for visa?

Normally no. But in case if there is a need for clarification or missing documents, visa interview may be called for.

Does the IELTS enhance my chances of success for student visa?

As proficiency in English is one aspect that affects the outcome of the visa application, IELTS sometimes does have a bearing on the visa prospects of the student. In the absence of an IELTS score the visa officer would base his conclusions regarding your English proficiency on the limited conversation he engages you in and also on your SSLC and HSLC English scores. As these could sometimes portray a picture different from the real one it is strongly advisable for the student to have an IELTS score at least from the visa perspective.

Do I need to fulfill IELTS / TOEFL requirement before applying?

If you are unable to submit the score card at the time of application, you would be offered a Conditional Offer of satisfactorily completing the IELTS / TOEFL requirement.

What are the criteria for issuance of visa?

The UK student visa is commonly termed as a student friendly visa. The major criteria for the issuance of Student Visa are:

 

  • Financial credibility of the student or his sponsor in supporting UK education
  • Overall Academic record of the student
  • English Proficiency

 

  • Post study plans of the student

How do I get a refund of my security deposit if my visa is rejected?

The security deposit is refunded only if the student shows the letter of rejection of student visa issued by the British High Commission. In most cases the University refunds the deposit within a period of 1-2 months upon the University receiving the formal letter for refund along with the letter of visa rejection.

How do I prepare for my visa Interview?

Primarily, the candidate is expected to have all the required documents in order. Presentation of self is also very important. As the student is going to be tested for his English language skills in a very crisp way his answers need to be precise and to the point. Knowledge of course and University the student is going to is very essential as the student would be questioned on this. General information on UK education, lifestyles etc would be an added advantage. Finally the student is expected to have a clear plan of action regarding his post study plans.

Admission FAQs

How soon can we get a ‘Letter of Offer’?

Within seven days to two months, depending upon the university.

How much do we charge for admission?

Our services are totally FREE OF COST.

What is the duration of Bachelors degree?

Three years.

How much does it cost to study MBA?

UK Pounds 7,500 to 13,500

What is the duration of Masters degree?

One Year

Is GRE required for admission into MSc programs?

No

Can we apply online?

Yes

What are the basic entry requirements for Master’s programme at any University in U.K?

The entry requirement for Masters programme at any University in U.K is a good First Class Degree (60% and above) in graduation, in a related stream.

Do I require IELTS / TOEFL score to apply to any University in U.K?

Applicants with a minimum of 70% in English in Class 12th would not be required to appear for IELTS / TOEFL. However, those with less than 70% would be required to score min of 6.0 in IELTS / 213 (CBT) in TOEFL/79 (IBT) in TOEFL.

What is the eligibility for the MBA program at any Universities in U.K?

The Applicant should fulfill the following criteria’s:-

  • Minimum 2- 3 year’s Full Time work experience after graduation.
  • First class degree in graduation.
  • Age of Boys should be minimum 25 years and that for Girls should be minimum 24 years.

For Fresher’s, there are some universities which would give the admissions. For MBA who are from different stream, admission into MS programs is possible.

Are there any scholarships available for Postgraduate programme?

Most of the departments offer scholarships for postgraduate programme that depends   on Universities.
Eligible Criteria for getting scholarships is that, “the applicant should have 65% marks in his graduation and IELTS-6.5 / TOEFL -230 & above”.

How can I open a bank account?

British banks, in common with their counterparts across the globe, have introduced the regulations about opening new bank accounts. Security procedures have been implemented which can lead to delays for overseas students who try to open an account on arrival. It is almost impossible to open a UK bank account whilst you are overseas.

As it is very difficult to open a bank account in the UK, its recommended that students have bank account in their home country that has a UK branch or keep their existing accounts at home until they are able to open a bank account here. This way you will still have access to funds.
To open a bank account you will need to show the following identification:
?         Passport
?         College acceptance/offer letter
?         Proof of your home address
?         Proof of your UK address, usually in the form of a utility bill or hall of residence receipt

How do we get to know the ranking and accreditation of Universities?

Independent and privately-funded colleges and institutions must accredit themselves to the British Accreditation Council www.the-bac.org. Till end 2008, visas were granted to those students who obtained admission in properly accredited universities. Quality Assessment Authority (QAA) – Checks, controls and plans the academic standards and quality of universities in UK.

In the UK, universities are subject to strict quality control. As such, there are no ‘official’ rankings given either by the Government or private bodies, since all the universities are considered ‘good’ for education.
However, rankings are given by publications like the Times Education Supplement, The Guardian etc. subjective and are neither endorsed by the university or Government. If you wish to know more about the ranks, please see the following links:

http://education.guardian.co.uk/universityguide2009/0,,2276673,00.html and/or

http://extras.timesonline.co.uk/tol_gug/gooduniversityguide.php

What is the last date for filing University Application?

Most or all of the UK Universities offer admission to students on a first-come-first-serve, provided the student fulfill the entry requirements, hence there is no official closing date for application filing with most of the Universities. As the student is required to get his visa, which might add some more time to the process it is recommended that the student file his application at the earliest by February or at the latest by early July for the September intake and by November for the February intake.

An early application apart from enhancing the student chances of getting a successful offer would also give the student the added advantage of applying for scholarships and ensuring the best of accommodation.

What are the documents required for admission?

All academic documents, IELTS/TOEFL score, Bank Statement and Affidavit of Support. Photo, Passport copy (first two pages)

How should the students pay tuition fee and when?

A Tuition Deposit is payable before issue of Letter of Admission. Balance is payable before registering for the classes, after reaching the university.

When will an Unconditional letter of offer be issued?

After payment of tuition and accommodation deposit and clearing all the conditions as laid down by the university while issuing the Conditional Letter of Offer

What are the entry requirements for UK universities?

Each University course has different entrance requirements and you should your counselor at Impel  for information on the entry requirements for their courses. You will be able to find the entry requirements for undergraduate level courses at www.ucas.com . Individual university websites also provide information on entry requirements for each course. If the course does not list information about requirements for international students, Impel will do the needful for you.

Do Universities allow me to pay my fees in installments?

Most Universities collect their fees in installments. For a one year PG program the student could pay the fees in 2 installments the first being paid at the start of his course and the second installment at the beginning of the second term. Understanding the earning potential in India most Universities offer this sort of Flexible fee payment options

Why do Universities collect security deposits?

Security deposit is collected from intending students as Universities have come to face a problem with many students not reporting to the Universities after entering UK. This has been an issue of great concern for the institutions as well as the immigration authorities as most of such students have an high potential of becoming illegal full-time workers. In order to overcome this hurdle recent years have seen the implementation of the security deposit scheme by most of the Universities. This has become the most effective way to judge the genuineness of the intending student and also partial payment of fees and the security deposit go a long way in proving the financial status of the student for visa purposes.

Financial options available to me for pursuing UK education?

Apart from self savings and family sponsorship from India & Abroad the student could also avail the following options to finance his studies in the UK Scholarships-University Scholarships, International Scholarships, regional awards and other scholarships.

Bank Loans-many nationalized banks are offering student loans for students undertaking studies in foreign countries. These have low interest rates and flexible repayment options and are mostly sanctioned with a few days on producing convincing collateral properties.
Part-time Work- As an international student studying in the UK you are entitled to work part-time for 20 hours in a week and full-time that is 40hrs in a week during vacation. With salaries ranging from £4-£6. Thus, enabling the student to cover a considerable amount of his living expenses through this.

What is UCAS?

Universities & Colleges Admission Services (UCAS) is the central organization that processes applications for full-time undergraduate courses at UK universities and colleges.

What are the benefits of applying through UCAS?

UCAS gives the applying student the advantage of applying to 6 different Universities on one form for a small fee. The student could also add to the 6 Universities through the clearing scheme.

Can I also apply directly to the University for a UG program?

Some Universities do take applications directly for UG programs but this happens mostly when the deadlines have lapsed and spot admissions are underway. Though the University might take an application directly from the student it still sends the application to UCAS to get the approval.

Can Impel give assistance in applying for Scholarships?

Scholarship assistance is a very essential part of our service. We would give in depth advice on applying to scholarships like Chevening Scholarship, Rhodes Scholarships etc and also provide you with information on regional scholarships, institution based scholarships and scholarships offered by Multi-national companies.

What are the entry requirements for UK universities?

Each University course has different entrance requirements and you should your counselor at Impel  for information on the entry requirements for their courses. You will be able to find the entry requirements for undergraduate level courses at www.ucas.com . Individual university websites also provide information on entry requirements for each course. If the course does not list information about requirements for international students, Impel will do the needful for you.

Work Permit FAQs

What are the highlights of the new Points based system?

Students can stay back for up to two years in the UK after their studies. They can apply for migration based on their UK qualification (except for PG Diploma or Certificate)

For how long can students stay after completion of a degree?

Two years.

Can I do part-time work during my studies?

All students can work part time for 20 hours per week and full time during vacations. Jobs can be casual, temporary in nature. For e.g.:- Shops, Food joints, Supermarkets, University Departments, Libraries, computer centre, call centers etc. Sometimes the Career Services will have notices for Part time / Vacation work.

What are the job opportunities after my studies?

With the job market scenario widening with the influx of MNC’s in India, opportunities in India are numerous and diverse. To work in UK, students would require a work-permit to work in UK. For more details visit thewww.workpermits.gov.uk section.

How is the job market in the UK?

As UK education is well accredited all around the world, you will have better job prospects than others. It provides wide range of job opportunities with higher potential salaries and rewards. Several organizations in UK are recruiting international students in various fields like, management, support, designing, analyst, finance. Therefore students looking for education in these sectors can expect good career scope in UK.

General

How does Impel help me?

Impel offers you a broad portfolio of excellently managed pre-visa to post landing services tailored to the needs of the students seeking for overseas education. Moreover Impel provides you online chat with its experts and login account for the students to clarify all their queries and get latest updates and reviews regarding overseas education. Impel processes applications for all Universities and Colleges that suits the student profile and ensures that the institutions applied for are accredited and reputed. Once students come to Impel, they need not go anywhere else as all their needs are looked after professionally.

Who can be the sponsor for my Australian Education?

It can be the applicant itself (self-sponsor), or their parents, grandparents (Paternal or Maternal), or spouse, or their brother or sister.

My IELTS score is less than the university requirement. Can I still apply for the admission?

Yes you can, with an option of pursuing ELICOS (English Language) course in Australia.

Do the colleges accept the sponsorship from USA or UK?

Yes It is acceptable.

What are the intakes for education in Australia?

The main intake is in February, while few universities commence some programs from the months of July & November.

Is IELTS mandatory for the visa?

Yes, IELTS is mandatory for applying Australia visa and the test should be taken within 2 years from the date of application for admission.

What are the intakes for education in Australia?

The main intake is in February, while few universities commence some programs from the months of July & November.

What is the minimum eligibility of IELTS for Australia Education?

It varies by the university. But most universities prefer the score bands of 5.5 / 6.0 as the minimum eligibility and also 7.0 for some universities

When should I start my admission process for Australia?

If you are planning for February intake, you have to start the admission process by September itself. And if you are planning for July intake, then you should to start the admission process by February and for November intake you have to start by June.

What is the course duration for Australian education?

Usually the course duration for Bachelor’s degree would be for 3 years and approximately 1.5 or 2 years for Master’s degree.

Visa FAQs

If a student has TOEFL score and got admitted in an Australian university, can he go for visa?

No, he/she cannot, since a score in IELTS is mandatory for visa purpose.

What is the visa application fee? Where should it be paid?

The present fee is Aus $ 540, equivalent of which is payable in Indian Rupees. As on 1st June 2009, the fee payable is Rs. 20,500, which may vary when there is a change in the Australian $ value. Since Impel files for E-Visa (Electronic Visa) for all its students, the fee has to be paid online, with a globally valid credit card

How long does it take to get a visa if applied in the regular process?

Two to Three Months

How long will it take to get an E-Visa?

One to two months.

Admission FAQs

Which is the main semester?

February

How long does the admission process take?

Impel can help you with admission within 2 days to eight weeks, depending upon the universities!

How long does the admission process take for a Diploma program?

Very short. Just two days to a week max.

What are the pre-requisite tests for MBA program in average universities?

IELTS and GMAT (for some top universities)

What is the cost of living in Australia?

Aus. $ 10,000 to 16,000 per year.

What are the average tuition costs for Diploma programs?

Aus. $ 9,000 per year but ranges between 5,500 and 18,000..

Work Permit FAQs

Which are the popular courses for good employment?

Hospitality, Accountancy and Management

What is the average hourly pay for part-time students?

$ 15 to $ 20 per hour, depending upon the job.

Which is the most popular city for international students?

Melbourne

What is the main criteria for students to obtain PR?

Points that they obtain for their education, age and other factors.

How good are Permanent Residency chances when one studies in Australia?

Very good, since an Australian qualification will help in getting additional points.

General

Who Can Take GRE?

Anyone who wants to pursue a master”s course in a US university in any stream other than management, law or medicine.

Does one have to be a graduate for taking the GRE?

Not necessarily. However, to do a masters course, one has to be a graduate in any stream.

How often can I take the exam?

GRE can be taken any number of times, since it is a computer-based test. Normally the test is conducted once in a month.

Which score will the college consider, when I have scores from more than two tests?

Universities consider the best score.

When is the exam held?

The exam is held in different cities across India at Prometric Centres on all working days. There are two time slots in the day. For more details log onto www.gre.org.

How can one register?

You can register by phone or submit the form physically at their centre. When registering through the phone, keep your passport and international credit card number ready, along with the expiry date.

What is the cost of the exam?

The charges for the GRE General Test are $180 as on 1st July 2009, payable to “ETS-GRE” in US dollars.

Cost of each GRE Subject Test is US $ 150.

What happens if one postpones the exam date?

If you postpone the exam at least seven days before your scheduled date, you would have to pay an additional fee to reschedule else the entire fees is forfeited.

How soon do I get my score?

You will see your score the moment you finish the exam, but official scores takes 21 days to reach the student.

What happens if I cancel the exam?

After taking the exam, you are given the choice of cancelling your score without seeing it. If you do so, the score is lost forever but it gets reported on all subsequent score charts that you had cancelled an exam.

How do I pass on my score to the college?

The universities only accept official scores sent directly by ETS. Scores to four colleges can be sent free of cost,while taking the exam. Subsequently, for each score report sent to a college, you would have to pay ETS $ 20.

How important is the GRE score in helping secure scholarships for graduate studies?

The GRE score, your past academic record and your application materials play a vital part towards securing not only admission, but also a possible scholarship.

What is the GRE subject test?

The GRE subject tests are specialized tests, to be taken only if your university asks for it. Check with them. In India, Subject GRE® is offered only once a year, in November.

What is percentile?

If you get 85 percentile it would mean 85 % of the students taking the exam in the past five years are below you and 15% are equal to or above you.

What is the GRE subject test?

The GRE subject tests are specialized tests, to be taken only if your university asks for it. Check with them. In India, Subject GRE® is offered only once a year, in November.

General FAQs

When should I register for TOEFL and what is its process?

You have to register for the appointment of TOEFL test at least 3-4 months prior to the test date. As the seats will be filled up soon, you have to register your appointment as early as possible. An easy way to register for TOEFL test is by online. Besides, you also have other options to register by mail or by phone

Who will administer the TOEFL?

TOEFL is written and administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS) of Princeton, New Jersey.

How many times can I take the TOEFL test?

You can take the test for as many times as you can. Your previous scores will be reported, but many colleges consider the higher and  most recent score. However, many students retake the TOEFL test.

How much does the TOEFL cost and what is the advantage if I register with Impel?

In India, students have to take Internet Based (iBT) TOEFL which costs US $165.When you register for TOEFL at any of the Impel””s offices, you will get a concession of US $ 10 and have to just pay US $ 155 only.

Can I guess the answers for unconfident questions on the test?

Yes you can do it. There is no negative scoring in TOEFL for incorrect answers. Therefore, you shouldn’t leave any question unanswered. Make a clever guess to select the good option. It is best to eliminate the options that you are sure that are incorrect and then select among the remaining choices.

When is the TOEFL administered?

In many areas, TOEFL will be administered once  every month. Consult the local Prometric Center in your city or contact their Regional Registration Center in Gurgaon for the test dates in your areas.

Can I change my test date after receiving my confirmation ticket?

No, it is not possible to change the test date after receiving the confirmation ticket. You have to freshly apply for the new appointment of the test. You may then request a partial refund for the first paid registration fee, within 60 days of the original test date.

Is TOEFL-iBT test much complicated to answer?

The test uses an entirely new approach. It measures the ability of integrating English skills and to communicate about what you read and hear. However, the reading and listening sections are not dramatically changed. The test has newly introduced a test of speaking, where test takers will be assessed their English speaking abilities.

General FAQs

General FAQs

Who should take the IELTS test?

Students applying to study in the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA. Medical professionals planning to work or follow further study in the UK, Australia or the US. People planning to emigrate to Canada, Australia or New Zealand.

What is Academic Module?

The Academic Reading and Writing Module assess whether a student is ready to study or train in the medium of English at an undergraduate or post graduate level.

Why do I need to take the IELTS test?

IELTS assesses your English language ability. A good score (usually 6.0 and above) is an entry requirement for many colleges and universities worldwide.

How can I register for the test?

To take the test with the British Council in India you can either register online/offline. Impel is an authorized center for Test Date booking for British Council  and candidates can register through Impel in-order to appear for the test.

How much does the IELTS test cost and what is the advantage if I register for IELTS at Impel offices?

The fee for IELTS test varies from time to time. Currently the fee is Rs 7200, if paid at The British Council offices and Rs. 7,400 if the fee is paid with a credit card at IDP Education Australia offices throughout the country.

If you register for IELTS at any of the Impel offices, you will get a discount of Rs. 100.

How often can I take the IELTS test?

From 1 January 2007, the policy on candidates re-taking IELTS has been amended. The restriction on re-taking IELTS within 90 days has been removed and candidates will be able to repeat the test whenever they wish.

It should be noted however that IELTS scores are not substantially improved merely by taking the test on multiple occasions. To significantly improve a score it is necessary to engage in further study of a serious nature. Gain score studies carried out under the IELTS funded research programme indicate that scores are unlikely to improve dramatically without extensive English language tuition in the interim.

What is the mandatory level English (IELTS) in-order to apply for Australian student visa?

5 band s IELTS is a mandatory requirement for obtaining a student visa, in other cases where the student has less than 5 overall band score, then he/she might be required to take an English programme for an entire year.

What do I need to bring with me to the test?

You need to bring your passport, hall ticket and stationery for all the modules of the test. If, you have registered online then you also need to bring a colour passport-sized photograph on the day of the test.

What is the format of the test?

The test has four parts:
Listening – 30 minutes
Reading – 1 hour
Writing – 1 hour
Speaking – 13 – 15 minutes
The Listening, Reading and Writing tests are all taken on the same day. The Speaking test can take place up to seven days before or after the other papers. It is usually within one day of the Listening, Reading and Writing tests at British Council India.

How long is the IELTS qualification valid?

This depends on the receiving institution. Two years’ is the normal period of acceptance.

General FAQs

What are the requirements for the GMAT?

There are no education or nationality requirements. Any person disposed to pay the test fee can take the GMAT.

Are calculators allowed in the test?

No, calculators are not allowed on test day.

To whom GMAT is required?

All the students seeking  admission into  MBA and other management-related programs in USA, UK, Canadian, New Zealand, or Australian universities are required to take GMAT test.

What is the Maximum Time Limit of the Test?

The maximum time limit of GMAT test appointment is about 4 Hours. This includes two interval breaks for five-minutes, which are scheduled during the test administration. The time allowed for these breaks cannot be exceeded.

When are the Test Scores Available for the Applicant?

Informally you can get the test scores instantly after completion of the test, excluding the writing analysis section. The authorized GMAT score report will be mailed to you within two weeks after the test.

About Additional Score Report?

You can request for Additional Score Report either by Phone, or Fax, or Mail and you have to pay US $28 per university. If you haven’t registered online for the test, then you should submit your request by phone, fax, or mail for sending your scores to schools.

To whom the GMAT requirements are waived?

Some colleges/universities may waive the GMAT requirement if the applicant meets the following criteria:

  • Hold an undergraduate degree in business administration, engineering or science from an appropriately accredited institution.
  • Have earned an upper division (last 60 credits) undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • Have at least 4 years of managerial experience.

When can I take the GMAT?

As GMAT is a computer based test. You can make an appointment to take the exam at almost any time at the testing center nearer to you.

What does the GMAT measure?

GMAT test measures the basic verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing skills in the test takers, which are developed in their education and work.

  • Verbal section measures the competence of understanding and assessing the topic and also the competence of identifying the fundamental conventions of standard written English.
  • Quantitative section measures basic mathematical skills, elementary concepts, and quantitative reasoning skills.
  • Writing section measures your ability to think critically and communicate complex ideas in writing.

General FAQs

What does GMAT scores forecast?

GMAT scores are the good source to forecast the academic performance of the applicant in the first year of their management program. The median correlation between GMAT scores and first-year grades was 0.51 (perfect correlation is 1.0). The median correlation between undergraduate grade point average and first-year grades was 0.28. Thus, GMAT scores are usually a good option to forecast the applicant’s performance in the first year of the management program.

General FAQs

What is SAT?

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is designed for students who wish to pursue their further education at the Bachelor’s (Undergraduate) level.

How many types of SATs are there?

There are two types – one is the SAT I Reasoning Test and the other is SAT II Subject Test (in 20 subjects)

What is the difference between SAT Reasoning test and Subject test?

There are two types – one is the SAT I Reasoning Test and the other is SAT II Subject Test (in 20 subjects)

Do I have to take SAT Reasoning test or Subject test?

To know which test you have to take, contact the college/university in which you are seeking admission, to determine the type of tests and application deadlines. Many colleges ask for SAT Reasoning test for admission purposes, while a few colleges require Subject tests and some colleges do not require any tests at all!

Will the essays be assessed by the colleges?

Colleges can see a copy of the essay when you send an official score report to that college. They use the writing scores for the admissions decisions and possibly for the placement in English composition or related courses. Check how the colleges make use of your scores.

What kind of essay will be asked to write in SAT exam?

In the essay writing you will be asked to write on a particular issue and support them with examples from your studies and experience. It doesn’t require any prior knowledge to write the essays

What are the difference between SAT and PSAT/NMSQT?

Both the SAT and PSAT/NMSQT are the standardized test that determines the reasoning skills in critical reading, quantitative reasoning, and writing. PSAT/NMSQT includes actual SAT questions, but it is little easier than SAT. SAT scores are used for college admissions, whereas PSAT/NMSQT scores are used to now the feedback on the areas in which you could improve. PSAT/NMSQT gives you a chance to qualify for scholarship and recognition programs <>and is the best practice for the SAT.

Can I Retake the SAT exam again?

You can take the SAT test as many times as you can. Your official score report shows your current test score other than the scores of 6 SAT and 6 subject test administrations.

Who develops the questions on the SAT and subject tests?

The questions on the SAT and Subject tests are developed by high school teachers, college professors and other educational assessment specialists. The test development council ensures that the tests are consistent with curriculum standards

General FAQs

What Is Impel?

Impel overseas is a one of the top consultant companies in the field of overseas education. Impel is assisting hundreds of students to reach their study destinations. With excellent infrastructure and highly trained, committed and professional staff,  Impel helps you in every situation. . Impel is a one-stop service provider that processes applications for all the universities that matches your profile and ensures that the institutions you have applied are accredited and reputed. Click here for more information on Why Impel.

Is Impel an accredited company?

Impel overseas is a one of the top consultant companies in the field of overseas education. Impel is assisting hundreds of students to reach their study destinations. With excellent infrastructure and highly trained, committed and professional staff,  Impel helps you in every situation. . Impel is a one-stop service provider that processes applications for all the universities that matches your profile and ensures that the institutions you have applied are accredited and reputed. Click here for more information on Why Impel.

What are the services that Impel offers for me?

Impel serves several services to the students in various factors, which includes:

  • Career counseling
  • Selection of Course, University & Country
  • Admission Formalities
  • Registration for TOEFL with a discount of $ 10
  • Registration for IELTS
  • Visa Assistance
  • Bank Loans
  • Value-Add Service such as Insurance, Mobile connection, Foreign Exchange, Ticketing etc.
  • Pre-departure briefing &
  • Post departure Services

What are the auxiliary services that distinct ‘Impel’ from others?

Impel offers several additional services that helps you in creating awareness about the overseas education. These services includes

  • Online Chat with the experts
  • National Helpline – Call Our Experts
  • Quick Enquiry
  • Course Wizard (Information about various courses offered in USA, UK, Aus)

How does Impel make my visa processing easy?

Impel processes applications for many Universities and Colleges as a single window service that best suit to your profile. Besides it ensures that, the institutions you have applied for are accredited and reputed. Once students come to Impel, they need notworry about anything else and all their needs are looked after professionally.

Why should I register online?

Impel student login provides online access to the details and information that you require right from the day of your first contact with Impel to the pre-departure stage where you actually prepare yourself to leave to your dream destination and explore your new horizons.

What all do I receive from Impel student login?

Impel student login gives you access to the following proceedings:

  • View and update your postal address.
  • View your application status.
  • Use document store feature for a life time to manage your important academic and other relevant documents.
  • Request for information on any stage of your application
  • You can upload and send your academic, personal, financial documents through manage my documents feature.
  • View and confirm your course enrolment details.
  • View and print all the communication that we provide through your login id.
  • To manage your privilege account.
    And many more…

How to register online for Impel Student Login?

Online registration of Impel student login is very easy. You just have to provide some general information about yourself and start accessing our services. For more convenience you can look at the Sneak Preview in the website.

Does Impel provide discussion forums to the students?

There are several discussion forums joined by hundreds of Impel students belonging to different communities. They discuss about various academic programs and about the country overviews of their study destinations.

I am not a Hyderabad resident, can I still apply?

Yes, you can take advantage of our services from any part of India though you’re not a resident of Hyderabad. Impel also facilitates its services to the students from our offices localted throughout the country. As Impel has online servicing system it is easy to avail the services for the students staying away from the office.

Where is Impel Overseas Consultant located?

The corporate office of Impel Overseas is located in Hyderabad and is coming up with several offices in different places of India, with an intention to spread its wings across the country.

What is Impel-Course Wizard?

Impel provides you a good mode of searching for a course of study that as preferred by you.  The ‘Course Wizard’ has a huge database of various courses and universities of several countries. Thereby, you can easily find an appropriate academic program of an accredited university in an immense country.
Find Your Course – Course Wizard.

What is Impel-Campus Locator?

Impel is facilitating Campus Locator for the students to locate the university campus chosen by them. It enables you to view the locality of the campus and its environment, so that you can get awareness about its neighborhood before you reach there. This is powered by Google Maps. Click Here to view.

General FAQs

I came to know that Impel is offering Free SMS service, is that true?

Yes, Impel is providing free SMS for every individual. You just have to fill a small registration form regarding your general information like, name, email ID, phone number and start sending free SMS to anywhere in India.