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thescholarsheep http://thescholarsheep.com Scholarships to study abroad Fri, 18 May 2018 12:53:14 +0000 fr-FR hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.12 Useful apps to follow you everywhere you go during your abroad studies http://www.highered.me/en/2017/05/17/useful-apps-to-study-abroad/ Wed, 17 May 2017 14:51:13 +0000 http://www.highered.me/?p=2196 Nowadays our smartphones do all the work for us and they are pretty useful when it comes to new situations. For example, when you study abroad you can need it to find a place to go, a good restaurant… I found out for you some really great apps so you might want to have a […]

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Nowadays our smartphones do all the work for us and they are pretty useful when it comes to new situations. For example, when you study abroad you can need it to find a place to go, a good restaurant…

I found out for you some really great apps so you might want to have a look. I’ve tried some of them and they are so useful you’ll probably not be able to stop using it even when you are back home.

To help you find free wifi wherever you are

WiFi Map

 

To stay in touch with the ones you love

WhatsApp : Many people use it in their daily lives but I think it’s much more useful when you’re abroad and need to stay in touch with people. They’ll need to have the app too of course and you can even create group conversations.

Facebook : Well, who doesn’t know Facebook nowadays? Thanks to Facebook messenger you’ll be able to talk in private with people and thanks to Facebook you’ll be able to see what they are up to and share your daily life.

Skype : What’s better than a phone conversation instead of just writing text messages? Well, a video conversation of course! And thanks to Skype you’ll be able to video chat with one or even several persons.

 

To help you understand people

Google Translate : Need to know the meaning of a word or a sentence? Google helps you 🙂

The Intepreter : You don’t understand people’s accent? Their way of talking? Or you just need to make yourself understood? Well, this app is perfect as it recognises the voices and is able to translate them. A daily useful tool.

 

To brag about the amazing places you’ve seen

Instagram : Perfect for those who want to share amazing photos on a social network dedicated to that.

Snapchat : Want to send short videos or photos that’ll only remain a few seconds on your friend’s screen? Then Snapchat is made for you.

Facebook

My PostCard Photocards : Send postcards of photos you took with your phone camera to the people you love and pay for them online. Fast and easy.

 

To help you travel

Skyscanner : For those who want to find the cheapest flights.

AirBnb : Hotels are too expensive for your small budget? Then renting a room or even an entire flat to private individuals on AirBnb might be the solution for you. It’s cheaper than staying at hotels and makes you meet new people.

Tripadvisor : What about this restaurant? Is it good or not? Read the opinions(and even photos) of people who went there and discover if you should try it or find another oneto have dinner at.

Uber : Taxis can be really expensive. Find a cheaper solution thanks to Uber. You can book your drive online.

GoogleMap : If you are like me and have no sense of direction, Google Map will help you find your way!

Around Me : Need help finding bars, coffee shops, gas stations, movie theaters, hospitals, hotels and many other places? Around Me is the app for you.

 

To be careful with your spendings

Money lover : Are you scared to spend too much during your trip? Money Lover is especially here for you to help you keep track of all your expenses.

 

Do you have any favorite app yourself and do you want to share it with us? Then do it in the commentary section and I might add yours to the list 🙂

 

-Emilie, Community Manager

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How to find a job abroad http://www.highered.me/en/2017/05/03/how-to-find-a-job-abroad/ Wed, 03 May 2017 07:45:41 +0000 http://www.highered.me/?p=2102 The post How to find a job abroad appeared first on HigherEd.Me.

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Many of you will study abroad soon and will want to earn a living by working once in your host country. I’m giving you a few tips to find a job once you are settled.

 

1- Before everything, check if you are able to work in the country you are currently in

 

Every visa has its own particularities and some may not allow you to work in the country you chose to study in. That is why it is really important to choose carefully what visa you’ll get before leaving.

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You can’t be angry if you haven’t picked the right visa, I warned you to be careful!

 

2- Look for opportunities

 

When you start searching a job, you should begin with the university’s career center. Not only they can help you but they also can prepare you for job interviews.

There are also a lot of websites helping you find the perfect job for you.

https://www.reed.co.uk/ (UK)

https://www.seek.com.au/ (Australia)

https://www.monster.com (US)

https://www.indeed.fr/ (France)

http://www.infoempleo.com/ (Spain)

Also, you might want to have a look at supermarket chains and other important industries.

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3- Get a kick-ass resume and motivation letter

 

 

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No more boring CVs please! Express yourself through your motivation letter and your resume. It takes time to personalize each letter but trust me, it’s important and your soon-to-be employer will appreciate it.

 

4- Be prepared for the interview

 

 

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Prepare in your mind all the questions you can be asked and what you should answer. And if a question pops up and you don’t know what to answer, don’t panic and take your time. You can do this!

 

5- Success!

 

 

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We knew you could do this.

And if you still need help to find your study abroad program, we are here to help you 😉

 

 

-Emilie, Community Manager

 

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How to get a French VISA when you’re a foreign student http://www.highered.me/en/2017/04/24/get-a-french-visa/ Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:49:36 +0000 http://www.highered.me/?p=1930 The post How to get a French VISA when you’re a foreign student appeared first on HigherEd.Me.

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There is a question, other than the one about the Scholarships, that is often asked and it is the question about the VISA. It’s not something easy to figure out and I understand why you’re at a loss sometimes and that is why I’m writing this article : to help you.

 

“ Should I get a VISA? “

It will depend whether you’re an EU national or not.

You don’t need it if : you are an EU national or national from the EEA, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland. The two only things you’ll need is a passport and an ID.

You need it if : you’re from other countries! 😉

 

“ Which VISA should I get? ”

I hope this doesn’t come as a surprise that there are different kinds of visas. Anyway, I’ll let you know a little more about them and help you find out which one you need.

 

  • Schengen student visa or court séjour pour étude for those who don’t want to stay a long time.

Only a three-months stay? Well then you’ll only need the Schengen student visa but make sure you won’t stay any longer because you won’t be able to with this visa. Moreover, you can only get it once so be careful when you choose to do it.

And guess what? It’s free of charge!

Pro : Free of charge

Con : Can’t be renewed

 

  • Long-stay visa or “visa de long séjour pour études” for those want to get the best from France and stay more than six months. It lasts during all your studies. So what should you do now? Contact the French embassy from your country to get further information.

Pro : It acts as a residence permit.

Con : You have to provide information on your academic background, French language proficiency and information about your financial resources (around 615 a month)

 

  • Visa to take the entrance exams for those who aren’t sure they’ll pass so they only need a visa for a little time.

The “visa de court séjour étudiant concours” is meant for students who want to come in France only to take one or several entrance exams. If you succeed and pass your exams, you are then eligible to apply for a renewable, one-year residence permit without leaving France to get it.

If you want to know more about it, contact the admissions department of the French institution of the University you want to join.

Pro : If you succeed, you don’t have to go back to the country you live in to get a longer visa, you can stay in France and enjoy.

Con : You will have to get another visa in order to follow your studies if you pass the entrance exams.

 

  • Temporary long-stay visa for those who want to study in France up to 6 months. You’ll have to stay in France between 3 and 6 months to get this visa.

Pro : You don’t need to apply separately to a residence permit.

Con : It’s not renewable and you can’t stay more than 6 months.

 

“ But how do I apply? ”

That’s probably what worries you the most. But it’s not that difficult.

  • You apply through Campus France (it’s an official national agency). If you don’t know whether you have to apply through this agency, check the list of the countries who need to do it
  • Contact the French consulate from your home country. If your country is not listed, you’ll have to take care of both your University application and your student visa application. But be careful! You can apply for a visa application ONLY if you are accepted in a University program. You’ll have to provide the French Consulate with :
                • An official acceptance letter to an accredited program at a French institution
                • Proof you have the money to live there
                • Proof of return ticket home. A ticket/reservation showing your date of departure
                • Proof you have somewhere to live
                • Proof you have a medical insurance
                • Proof of your level in French if you are taking a French-speaking program

Here are the big steps, I’m here if you have any further questions.

And come read our article on “why you should study in France?” and on “the French scholarships for international students”.

So, not as difficult as it seems, right? 😉

-Emilie, Community Manager

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What are the French scholarships available for international students http://www.highered.me/en/2017/04/12/french-scholarships/ Wed, 12 Apr 2017 12:52:07 +0000 http://www.highered.me/?p=1898 France is becoming more and more attractive to international students. Is it its beautiful landscapes, its pastries or its arts? Whatever the reason is, many of you think it will be too expensive to join a School there and want to know more about the Scholarships you can get when studying in France as an […]

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France is becoming more and more attractive to international students. Is it its beautiful landscapes, its pastries or its arts? Whatever the reason is, many of you think it will be too expensive to join a School there and want to know more about the Scholarships you can get when studying in France as an international student. So I made some research especially for you and came across different Scholarships that you can get to come study in France. So get ready because here are the most famous ones:

Eiffel Excellence Scholarships

It helps bring the best foreign students in the French higher education institutions for masters and Ph.D. degree programs. It was developed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Those who can get this scholarship will receive an allowance of €1,181 for the Master’s programs and of €1,400 for the Ph.D. program.

Moreover, the return trip, the health insurance, and the cultural activities are included and you can even be eligible for an additional accommodation allowance. Though, you’ll be charged with the tuition fees.

 

Scholarships offered by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development

French government scholarships are allocated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for studies, training courses and language courses in France.

There is one organism that grants the majority of scholarships and that the students should contact: the SCAC (Cooperation and Cultural Action Departments) in their country of origin in order to get comprehensive information about scholarships, the criteria, the required documents or any other useful information.

 

ERASMUS Mundus Joint Master Degrees

This scholarship covers the student’s participation costs that are to say :

  • tuition fees,
  • library
  • laboratory costs,
  • full insurance coverage
  • many other costs related to your participation in the Master.

It also provides the students a contribution to their travel and their installation cost. Plus, it includes a monthly allowance for the entire duration of the program.The requirements are the following: you must have obtained a first higher education degree or an equivalent and live outside of the European Union.

 

Scholarships offered by Schools

  • ENS International Selection Scholarships. This scholarship enables some students to get a monthly grant of 1,000 Euros for three years. Indeed, the “École Normale Supérieure” organizes every year a selection of several international students who seem to be the most promising in order to offer them a scholarship. They’ll have to study Science or Arts & Humanities and follow a three-year Masters Degree at the University.
  • Emile Boutmy Scholarships for Non-EU Students at Sciences Po. It has different levels and you can get from 3,000 Euros to 19,000 Euros for the three years. To be eligible, the students have to be first time applicants, from a non-European Union state, and who have been admitted to the Undergraduate or Master’s program.
  • Grenoble Institute of Technology Foundation Scholarship program. If you are applying for a Master’s degree at Grenoble Institute of Technology, you can be offered scholarships for international Master’s degree students. You can get up to 5000 euros per semester (2 terms maximum).

 

Many other Schools allow the students to get scholarships, so you might have a look at what a School offers. Most of the time, it will depend on your grades and your personality. So make sure to work well during your high school and undergraduate years!

If you want to know about the other scholarships available in France, visit this website.

And if you are looking for other worldwide scholarships, follow our Twitter account that retweets every scholarship offer from all over the world: The Scholarsheep Twitter Account.

So, ready to study in France? 😉 Then make your study abroad wish on our platform

 

-Emilie, Community Manager

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English Language Certificates – Conclusion and Comparison chart http://www.highered.me/en/2017/04/07/studying-abroad-english-language-tests-certificates-conclusion/ Fri, 07 Apr 2017 09:34:08 +0000 http://www.highered.me/?p=1831 The post English Language Certificates – Conclusion and Comparison chart appeared first on HigherEd.Me.

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Choosing between all these tests and certificates

We hope that all the details we gave you about these certificates and standardized tests helped you understand them better and will help you make a choice. There are so many parameters to take into account before taking your decision. Do I want a real certificate or a standardized test? what level do I need?  TOEIC or IELTS or Cambridge?

You can find below a chart of comparison between the different tests based on levels.

If you had to compare the ETS tests to the Cambridge tests  we might add that the Cambridge are better suited if you are planning to join a British school and The ETS ones if you are going to the US. Although it is not definitive. You can indeed study with a TOEFL in the UK and about everywhere. Conversely your IELTS or CAE will be recognized about everywhere. In the end it is just about what certificate or test the school you have set your mind upon will accept.

TOEFL / IELTS / CECR Levels comparison chart

English certificates comparison chart

More certificates and tests we did not mention :

The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE academic) by  by Pearson Language Tests is an Australian test  to assess non-native English speakers’ readiness to follow university-level studies. It is recognized in the UK, the US and many other countries like France, Spain, China, Italy Malaysia… in prestigious universities like Harvard, Yale, business schools like London business school, HEC and also a number of art and music schools.

Test scores range from 10 to 90, using the GSE (Global Scale of English) .

ECL English language test by the  ECL – European Consortium for the Certificate of Attainment in Modern Languages.

The ECL provides a standardised test system customised to the languages of the EU member states. The test system is based on the recommendations of the CEFR.

The ECL language exam can be taken on four levels based on CEFR levels:

  • A2 – Waystage
  • B1 – Threshold
  • B2 – Vantage
  • C1 – Effective Operational Proficiency

The exam consists of four parts: oral communication, listening, written communication and reading comprehension. The test does not grammar tests and translation tasks.

The exam can be taken in 15 languages.

Other european test systems are available in multiple languages like the TELC managed by a German organisation and the DCL run by the French ministry of National Education

Let’s mention the GMAT or Graduate Management Admission Test before we finish. It is a test in English language partially managed by Pearson that can but the test assesses more than just English proficiency.

Indeed it measures several skills considered essential for students who pursuing admission in a graduate management program, such as an MBA so it assesses certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for that purpose. We have included this one to be complete but this one is borderline. It is a language test but not entirely a language test.

Talking about completeness, there are more than 50 different English language tests on the market and we did not include every one of them. Chance is you can take one of those we mention near your place because we have tackled the most renowned tests and certificates in the world today. They are recognized for their quality and so you know what you are getting and chances will be greater than your school recognizes it.  Whatever your decision regarding which examination you should take, we have to insist that it is better to contact the school first and read their requirements for admission. They usually list a batch of tests or certificates they accept for admission and we obviously advise you choose one of them. If you think we have missed a major actor on the market or you have in mind one you would like us to mention, please leave a comment below.

See you soon for the French language certificates…

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The IELTS

The IELTS or International English Language Testing system is conjointly managed by the British Council, Cambridge English Language Assessment and IDP Education Australia.

The IELTS is accepted by a majority of higher education establishments in the English-speaking world and schools offering international studies.

It is the main competitor to the TOEFL in many  aspects insofar as the difficulty level is comparable, and both vie for the first place in popularity,  and they both serve the same purpose: Testing students ability to study in English.

One particularity of the IELTS is that speaking exams take place during an interview in front of the examiner, whereas the TOEFL spoken English test is recorded and assessed later.

Every candidate must choose between the General Training module and the Academic module. You will most likely choose the later as it will give you access to higher education in English. The General Training will be of interest for those seeking to gain work experience or for immigration purposes.

  • The IELTS costs $190 and is considered valid two years unless the students prove that they have worked to maintain their level.
  • Four communication (skills, speaking, writing, listening and reading) are assessed and given a score from 1: “non-user” to 9: “expert”.
  • Like the TOEFL, no minimum score is required to pass the IELTS
  • All in all, the test takes about 3 hours.

The Cambridge English examinations (CAE)

Cambridge English Language Assessment is part of the university of Cambridge. They have been providing English language tests and qualifications for more than a hundred years.

They were involved in  the creation of the Common European Framework of reference for languages (CEFR) and its examinations are aligned on it.

As stated above, the institution manages the IELTS conjointly with the British Council and  IDP Education Australia.

Besides this very popular test, Cambridge provides several high ranking diplomas that benefit from the aura of the university.  They are called the Cambridge English examinations or sometimes just the Cambridge, which might lead one to think that there is only one diploma.

However the Cambridge English examinations provide several certificates, and this time we are not talking about mere standardized tests. This has several consequences for the exam:

  • Those tests procures a qualification. Consequently, they do not have a validity time and do not get obsolete.
  • Diploma means it is possible to fail the examination. Candidates will have a grade from A to E. They will pass if they get a grade between A and C and fail if they get a D or a E. However, all candidates receive a Cambridge Statement of Results with their results and their CEFR level.
  • Each certificate corresponds to a CEFR level:  However, if you get an average grade it is possible to get the CEFR below the level of the certificate. On the other hand, it is possible to get the level above if you do extremely well.

The Certificates provided by Cambridge have changed over time but nowadays they include:

  • the First Certificate in English (FCE) : Corresponds to CEFR level B1/B2,  IELTS 5.5 / 6.5
  • The Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) :

Corresponds to CEFR level C1 / C2, IELTS 6.5 / 8

  • The Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) :

Corresponds to CEFR level C2,  IELTS 8, is the most advanced level

Keep in mind that, as mentioned above, an excellent or an average mark can modulate your level. An excellent score at the CPE might be equivalent to IELTS 8. 5 or 9

  • The Cambridge is divided in four parts: writing, reading and language use (grammar, vocabulary and collocations), listening and speaking.
  • The speaking is taken face-to-face with two candidates and two assessors. Only one of the assessors ask questions and interacts with the candidates.  Their speaking skills are both evaluated in interaction and in monologue.
  • The pricing is around 220 euros but diplomas do not expire.

The Cambridge English Business Certificates (BEC)

Cambridge also provides the Business English Certificates (BEC) that aims to assess the students’ skills in professional context and may be required by some MBA.

You can take the  Preliminary (B1), Vantage (B2), or Higher (C1)

 

If you want to read more about some of the tests or certificates we left out, or you are interested in our test and certificate level comparison chart, or maybe you are up for a couple more words of advice,

 

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The TOEFL

The Test of English as a Foreign Language, or TOEFL is a standardized test to assess the ability of non-native speakers wishing to enroll in English-speaking schools or universities to follow courses in English. The Us-based nonprofit organization ETS has been administering the test since 1964, date of its creation.

it is considered the most popular English test in the world, along with the IELTS.

It is recognized by more than 9,000 higher education institutions around the world. It is present in more than 130 countries.

  • It costs $250 and is considered valid for two years.
  • It lasts four hours and students are assessed in four skills: reading, writing, listening, speaking.
  • Student is recorded and assessed later, unlike the IELTS which places the candidate in front of an examiner.

It exists in different forms :

  • PBT: Paper based test
  • IBT : Internet-based test
  • iBT: Scores range from 0 to 120.  A score of 79 / 90 is required to pass
  • PBT :  final scores range from 310 to 677 and does not include written exam score.

TOEFL iBT and  TOEFL PBT

Since the ETS introduced the TOEFL internet-based Test  in 2005, it has progressively replaced the paper-based Test (PBT) and the computer-based test (CBT). The CBT was discontinued in September 2006 whereas it is still possible to pass paper-based test in limiteds areas.

Minimum scores for admission in colleges and universities

Each university or college sets a minimum score for admission into the school or into a programme. It is not possible to state a minimum score here as each establishment is free to set a different minimum accepted score. To illustrate this, minimum scores for admission can range as low as 61. On the other hand, a university like Oxford requires a score as high as 111 out of 120 for admission.

The TOEIC

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The TOEIC is the second standardized test here is managed by the US-based ETS. They have been administering it since its creation in 1979 by a Japanese team backed by the Japanese Ministry of Economy.

It is a bit different from most other “certificates” here because it is an enterprise oriented.. As such, it was not originally designed to measure English skills to follow courses in English. It was originally created in 1979.

Quoting the ETS, the Test of English for International Communication, or TOEIC for short, is “an English language test designed specifically to measure the everyday English skills of people working in an international environment.”

However, some schools accept if for admission, for instance in the United States.

The TOEIC listening and reading test

When people refer to the TOEIC, they usually refer to the TOEIC listening and reading test.  As you probably guessed, it only assesses your English comprehension skills.

The TOEIC gives you a score from 10 to 990 (Basic Proficiency to International Professional Proficiency).

The scale corresponds to CEFR levels A1 to C1, which is fairly lower than the level of the TOEFL and the IELTS.  Like those two,  s it is a test – and not a diploma –  so it is not possible to fail it.  However, universities and colleges require a minimum level for admission.

On top of that, schools will often encourage students to take it for recognition of their proficiency after their studies. But most of the time, some schools require it for graduation. For instance, in France, scoring a TOEIC with 785+ is required to validate an engineer’s degree. Some diplomas require 750+. You will need to consult your school’s admission requirements for up-to-date details.

If your school requires it for graduation rather than for admission, you should not take it in advance before the TOEIC scores are supposedly valid for only two years. It means the test centers do not have to retain your data longer than this period of time. However, schools usually accept TOEICs passed one year before admission.

The TOEIC speaking and writing test

Complementary to the listening and reading test, you can also take the TOEIC speaking and writing test, which assesses expression skills. This complementary test is graded from 0 to 400. This one is rarely required by businesses or universities so our advice is to only take it if it is specifically required by your school.  The writing and speaking tests can be taken separately and are graded from 0 to 200.

 

Of course, the ETS is not alone on the market. The IELTS is the TOEFL’s toughest competitor and there are plenty of other solutions on the market.

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So do you want to study in the United States? or do you want to study in the United Kingdom? Maybe you have a prestigious school or university in mind? Harvard? Yale? Berkeley? the MIT? Oxford? Cambridge? Of course your university of choice may not be as famous as one of those I have just mentioned but you will do just as good. Or maybe just want to study in Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, etc.

Wait, you do not need to study in an English-speaking country but you just want to study abroad? And this international programme you are interested in just so happens to be in English because yes, English is the language of international studies.

Whatever your choice is, the universities will require to prove your proficiency in English. This is why you need to get a language certificate.

A university may require a specific language certificate or give you a choice between a selection of certificates and will also specify the expected level. If you remember the previous article, this level will be either expressed by a grade or by a specific certificate.

Here we are using the word “certificate” liberally. Indeed, you will notice that most of what we call certificates here are technically  just standardized tests and do not lead to a diploma. Rest reassured, we will detail the differences between tests and certificates in this article.

English is an extremely popular study language – it sits at the top of the list of the most studied foreign languages in the world. As a result, there are more than 50 different English certificates on the market today and it would not be possible to list them all here. The aim of the article is not to detail each of them, we will focus on the most prominent certificates and help you make out the differences.

 

TOEFL and TOEIC and :  the American references

ETS, an American nonprofit organization whose goal is “to help advance quality and equity in education”, manages these two very popular language “certificates”:  the TOEFL and the TOEIC.

It might be abusive to call them certificates though. Technically they are standardized language tests. That means you cannot fail them and the score is interpreted as your level in English language. In practise, schools use your score to accept you or to refuse you. If you do not meet their requirement, you are not going to get admission. The ETS is thus just a service provider that give standardized tests that is recognized everywhere. So the tests do not entitle you to a certificate or a diploma.

But as those tests have become globally recognized, they have become references and people often write them in their resumes and it’s still relevant even though they are past their validity time. And as such it is no surprise that people have started calling them certificates abusively.

Different tests will test different English. English for studies, English for work, etc. This is why your test will have a limited time of validity, unlike a diploma  that you keep for life, like a bachelor in English for instance.

 

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Be notified by sms when a school matches your profile! http://www.highered.me/en/2017/04/03/sms-notification-new-feature/ Mon, 03 Apr 2017 15:08:27 +0000 http://www.highered.me/?p=1537 The post Be notified by sms when a school matches your profile! appeared first on HigherEd.Me.

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Hello, everyone! Great news today. Our dev team is testing a new feature on the HigherEdMe platform.

We try to make things easier for everyone when it is about study abroad, as much for universities as for you. And to do so, we have listened to what you have to say about it.

How did we do things before?

Until now, when a university decided to send a message to a student, we notified the lucky student with an email. It was simple, and worked fine for us. But for you, dear students, it appears that maybe we could use another, better way to contact you.

 

Why aren’t emails the best way to contact you?

Emails are great for many things, but emails are less and less used. With so many apps that are helping communication, fewer and fewer students are checking their mailbox every day.
We know that it doesn’t mean that you are not interested in messages from the universities. It only means that you use other ways to communicate. So the question is how? How can we contact you to tell you the good news?

 

We simply have to ask you

I admit we have taken a bit of time, but last summer, we asked you on our Facebook page which way you preferred to be notified about university and school messages. The answer was clear: by text messages.
So ok, go with the SMS.  Therefore last year, I took my survey with me, and went to talk to our CTO and said: What about SMS notification for HigherEdMe student users? And I got for answer, of course. But in reality, we had a lot of things already going on and not enough time to work on that matter. However, we were all convinced that it was an important step for our platform. Finally last week, after a long work, after deploying the new design for the school side (I will tell you about it really soon 😉 ), our dev team started to work on it.

How have they developed Sms notification?

Before they even started to write any piece of code, our dev team had to research what services were the best to help us in this task. They already knew some of them, but they searched for more to compare. Only one kept our attention: Twilio. I have a tip for you if your clients are developers, take care of your documentation, they love it so much. And the Twilio team did it well, so the choice was simple.

We had only one minor issue, due to the security chart of Twilio, we had to prove that HigherEdMe was a real start-up and that we had good intentions in sending SMS to a lot of people. To regularize the situation, we decided to send them a nice email with a lot of information to present our work and what HigherEdMe was. They kindly replied to us in the next hours and all was clear. Eventually, what took our dev team the most time, was to test the feature and check that everything worked well (the difficulty was to develop the feature with different behaviors on our testing environment from that on the real platform that you used).

What to do if you want to be notified by sms too?

Thanks to our dev team, SMS are ready to go whenever a school is interested in one of you. But if we don’t have your mobile phone number, it will never happen. You can easily change that in a few minutes. Connect to your HigherEdMe account, go to your profile and add your phone number (don’t forget your country dialing code).  We will only send you one SMS by school message and we will not use your number for any other purpose without asking you for your agreement first.

I hope you will like this new way of being notified and please ask me any question about it in the comment section!

Hi everyone.
Maybe you have noticed that usually your host is Emilie, our community manager. But not today. Today it’s me, Pauline HigherEdMe’s Wishmaker. I manage with Emilie the student side of HigherEdMe. And I really wanted to share this good news with you 🙂

Pauline

Wishmaker, HigherEdMe

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The eSports a future brand new job, how can you study it? http://www.highered.me/en/2017/03/29/esports/ Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:16:38 +0000 http://www.highered.me/?p=1507 The post The eSports a future brand new job, how can you study it? appeared first on HigherEd.Me.

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Hello everyone, I’m Aimen, an intern at HigherEdMe. One of my hobbies is eSports. I’m going to tell you about its development and more specifically about its presence in High Schools and Universities. 

What are eSports ?

eSports, also called electronic sports, were born in the United States. This discipline can be played alone or in a team, allowing players to compete on online games for a place at the top of rankings (best teams by region, continent, country or even the world ). eSports have been around for 15 years, even if it has only been professionalized for some time in France.

How have eSports developed ?

The first professional events have remarkably developed since the first tournaments in 1997. The same year, the Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL), founded by Angel Munoz, hosted a competition which brought together about 300 participants around a single game, Quake (first person shooter video game). In early 2003, the Lanagame Nantes tournament reached 820 players over 3 days, becoming the first provincial Lan-party. In January 2007, eSport landed on television with the Championship Gaming Series on DirecTV.

The beginning of year 2010 is marked by the release of Starcraft 2, Street fighter or Counter Strike Global Offensive and the explosion of MOBA, mainly with League of Legends by RIOT. In 2016, the audience exploded with more than 2,750,000 spectators and over 500,000,000 dollars worldwide.

eSports in schools

There are schools that have embarked on the eSport, including the University of California, in Irvine in the western United States, and Robert Morris University, the first in the United States to Offer an eSports program.

Robert Morris University (RMU) is a private university based in Chicago. RMU offers great scholarships for students involved in competitive gaming, especially in League of Legends, where they can learn the different trades that can be found in this environment:

  • professional player
  • Animator / streamer
  • Journalist / blogger
  • Network technician
  • E-sport event organizer

 

It should be noted that this area is not only populated by players, there are also qualified people who make the world of eSports.

For my part, I have been a Counter strike player for 2 years with the G2 Esports team. From my point of view, eSports are developing positively and are beginning to reach more and more people, including schools that are beginning to integrate it into their courses and in the future, eSports will keep on growing.

 

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