Five sure questions you might have about Studying abroad

Study-Abroad- sptember 2017

Q Which are the popular countries for pursuing higher studies abroad?

Canada, Australia and New Zealand are most preferred for higher studies in IT, Engineering, Accounting, Business, Hospitality, Nursing, etc. While USA tops for IT studies, engineering qualifications earned from Germany, Sweden and Norway are gaining global attention. Singapore is increasingly becoming popular for cost-effective western university qualifications. Countries like Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Latvia, and Lithuania, Azerbaijan, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Malaysia, Philippines, China offer quality and cost effective courses in medicine studies.

Q What are the different ways of financial support for my studies abroad?

The different methods to support your studies abroad are: Education loans, Sponsorship by individuals / organization; Scholarships by Indian/foreign governments, private trusts and also individual universities.

Q What are the post study job prospects available abroad?

Most countries offer stay-back options for students to explore job opportunities on successful completion of their studies. The Co-ops and internships during the study help the students to network and search for employment opportunities after the completion of the course. Countries such as Canada, Sweden, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, etc, encourage students to stay back and explore job and PR opportunities after their successful study and few years of work/stay in the country, subject to certain conditions. Your family can accompany you for your studies; however, the work rights for your dependents are subject to the laws of that country which may change from time to time.

Q What services can I expect from a study abroad consultant?

Experienced and trusted consultants like Santa Monica provide candid counseling in choosing the right study options as well as assist you in applying to the institutions of your choice, getting offers, availing bank loans and scholarships, payment of tuition fees, visa documentation, pre-departure guidance and domestic (Global SIM card , air tickets, money exchange) and post landing assistance including (airport pick up, temporary accommodation, job search, community connections, legal issue helps, etc) to help ensure you have a smooth transition.

Q What are the entrance tests/proficiency tests/ important requirements to study/ migrate abroad?

All the western countries insist that the students belonging to non-English speaking countries should be able to handle the English language fluently while studying in their country for English taught program. English language proficiency is therefore an important requirement to assess your visa application and hence we would recommend having English language proficiency scores. English Language Tests: Pearson’s PTE Academic (PT)/IELTS/TOEFL are the most common English language proficiency tests accepted by the institutions and immigration authorities across the world. Please check individual institution/official immigration department website for their requirements.

For MBA/Engineering studies in many countries Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) standardized test used to get admissions in various graduate schools or business graduate schools in various English speaking countries, especially the United States. Graduate Management admission Tests (GMAT) scores are used by graduate business schools to make admission decisions.

Still have more questions kindly visit your nearest Santa Monica branch or mail us at You may also call us at 0484- 4140999/+919645222999 or visit for more details.

Santa Monica Overseas Education Expo 2017 – Sep 23rd and 24th @Taj Gateway Kochi– Your Study abroad Expressway

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At a time when employers around the world are seeking individuals with international education and exposure to be part of their futuristic enterprises, informed parents and students have  risen up to the fact that studying abroad is their best bet in ensuring a rewarding career at a global stage. This is evident from the ever-increasing trend of students embarking to foreign institutions.  As per latest industry estimates, over 4 Lakh students opt to enroll for various programs ranging from certificates to Diploma’s to graduate, Postgraduate and Doctoral studies in international universities/institutions every year. However, with a gamut of universities and institutions across the globe, offering a myriad of study programs across streams, it is quite normal to get confused as to which one to choose that would be best in one’s interest.

The Overseas Education Expo September 2017 organized by Santa Monica study Abroad Pvt. Ltd in association with Malayala Manorama co. Ltd. on 23 rd and 24th September 2017 at Taj Gateway, Kochi, intends to demystify overseas education and would serve as the ideal platform for students and parents to explore various study options abroad, offered by 100 + top class universities/ institutions from 25+ countries in varied fields ranging from Engineering/IT, Business and Management, Medicine, Nursing/Healthcare, Hospitality, Tourism and more. Visitors will have the opportunity to have a one on one session with university/ institutional representatives and clear queries regarding courses offered the admissions process, entry requirements etc. Exhaustive seminar sessions by experts on topics ranging from job centric programs, Education loans, scholarships/internships,  stay back and work rights visa, PR options, Part time/ full time jobs will be held as part of the Overseas Education Expo September 2017 . It doesn’t matter even if one hasn’t decided on which program or university to choose, which, one certainly will, after visiting the expo.

The last concluded overseas education  expo, conducted at four prominent locations of kerala, Trivandrum, Calicut, Kottayam and Kochi had seen participation of over 80+ universities /institutions from 20+ countries, generating a footfall of 5000+ students and parents from various parts of Kerala. To draw maximum benefit of the expo, students are requested to bring the following when they visit the expo:

Copies of education certificates from 10th to degree or their latest qualifying examination and or professional history (CV)

Pass port size photographs (4 numbers)

IELTS, PTE score if they have one

Student’s can use the dedicated expo website www.overseaseducation and view full list of exhibitors, which would give them a fair idea about the participating universities/institutions. For more information on the Santa Monica Overseas Education Expo September 2017 and  registration log on to the dedicated education expo website at the earliest or call 0484-4140999.

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With well-informed parents and children settling for nothing short of the best education possible, the number of students embarking on overseas studies is increasing day by day. Technological changes and growth of the internet has brought top notch universities/ institutions around the globe closer to us than never before. It is a common sight to see scores of students, visiting seminar venues and overseas education expos accompanied by their parents, with palpable excitement of finding a course abroad that fits their interests and aspirations. However it is observed that, many students, who seem highly positive about embarking on international studies, drop their plan at the funding stage.

Though higher education does not come cheap by any means, considering this as a long term investment with high returns and relatively easy availability of education loans there is no point why one should end his /her overseas education dream for the paucity of funds when overseas education loans range generally from Rs 7 lakh to Rs 35 lakh and more, in case of certain banks. The main hindrance observed here is the lack of information or misinformation regarding the process involved in securing education loans. Banks have well-defined criteria for sanctioning loans and knowing about them can reduce your effort by atleast half. The first things are with regard to the eligibility criteria, which stipulate that the student seeking educational loan should be Indian national and that he/she should have secured admission to foreign university/institution.

Generally what is covered with an education loan?

• Tuition and library fee

• Laboratory fees, cost of books and instruments required during the course,

• Airfare, living expense, insurance premium etc

What is the usual payback period?

The loans are offered with a moderate interest rate allowing enough time to pay back (normally over a period of 5 to 7 years) after one year of studies or six to twelve months of getting employed, based on various factors and subject to providing security Interest rates .Banks offer a choice between fixed andfloating rate which can vary between 10% and 15%.

What are the documents required?

•Passport size photographs,

•Photo-ID of the co-applicant if any,

•Residence proof of the applicant and co-applicant,

•Academic documents of the student

•Proof of admission to the course

•Scholarship/foreign exchange permit

•Estimation of expenditure of entire period of study

•Financial documents which include 8 months’ bank statements of the applicant  and co-applicant, income proof, proof of  collaterals – Immovable property (flat, House, non-agricultural land), etc

Things to keep in mind for hassle free educational loans

• Decide the amount of loan on the basis of your total course fee and expected living cost.

• Choose a bank that will provide the best moratorium period, interest rate and terms to pay back the loan.

• Check if you are allowed to pay EMIs in advance or make part payments towards the loan. Know about all the service charges that are applicable on your loan.

• It is ideal for students to avail education loans from nationalized banks which are recognized by immigration authorities in countries like UK, Canada, New Zealand, etc also because education loans taken from a private or government banks come with tax benefits under Sec 80-E of the Income Tax Act.

• One should, without fail, keep a record of all copies received from banks related to education loan.

These details are to be taken as a general rule followed by the banks and are subject to change from bank to bank and from time to time.

We at Santa Monica Study Abroad provide credible advice, assistance in education loans owing to its status as a   referral  associate  of  banks who readily offer loans to students who plan to Study Abroad.For more info kindly visit your nearest branch of Your most trusted Overseas education consultant in south India or call 0484-4140999


What makes Europe an Irresistible Study Abroad Destination?


Europe has long been known for their high academic standards, cutting-edge research and their value for money. With more and more of these institutions introducing English as the language of instruction Europe is now better placed to deliver course of study that meets one’s career needs in today’s global market. There are endless choices from highly ranked research universities to smaller, specialized European colleges that give you an education that employers around the world will really value and respect. Diverse range of higher education study programmes are on offer across Europe – Most higher education study programmes have a ‘modular’ structure. This means that you can build a personalized programme by choosing several different modules or units of study each year from a wide selection.

From Business and Economics to Engineering, Life Sciences (including medicine), Social Sciences and Humanities subjects, the popular tag of Europe as a most desired study destination is here to stay.


• Home to some of the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities and attractive student cities

• High quality academic programs with close collaboration with Industries

• Cutting-edge laboratories and facilities

• Research intensive environment

• Internationally-recognized degrees

• Improved career prospects

• Schengen visa with access to

25 countries

• Excellent value for money

• Abundant Scholarships and funding opportunities

• Support services for international candidates

• A great choice of cultural and leisure opportunities

• Highly affordable for students, while maintaining highest quality standards

To gain more insight, exhaustive information on  job oriented  study programs across Europe , most suitable for you, visit Santa Monica study abroad Pvt. Ltd., your most trusted study abroad consultant  based in Kochi with 15+ years of experience and professional expertise facilitation overseas admissions to over 300 universities/ institutions across 30 countries or call at 0484-4140999.



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It’s a common knowledge that IELTS tests especially academic test slots gets booked before months. As these test dates are published in advance,  the rush is obvious. You may be appearing for the first time or this might be your second attempt  getting the test slot  that goes along  with your intake plans  is crucial. Here is great news for students embarking on overseas studies through Santamonica especially those eyeing January intake. IDP is opening an exclusive IELTS test venue in Kochi for our candidates registering for 16-Sep 2017 test date.

A sneak peak at IELTS tests


 The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes


Your score card will be posted to you/your agent 13 days after the test


Applicants will receive a score between 1 and 9, with the latter being the highest.


2 years

As Gold member of British council IELTS program Santa Monica  Study Abroad can assist candidates to register to appear for IELTS test anywhere in India.

For registrations  visit santa monica study abroad Pvt.Ltd. your trusted overseas education consultant in Kochi or call on 0484-4140999




Employers of all sizes are in search of a truly international employee, the one who really understands how business is done in key markets around the globe which brings to the fore front the relevance of a truly International management; program which strongly leans on Problem-based learning, real life case studies, and flexible specialization structure, solution-oriented approach to mention a few undergraduate and graduate levels of Business and management degrees are available spanning subjects including accounting, finance, business administration, economics, marketing and management each of which provides further opportunities for specialization. Employers are more than happy to have business graduates with international experience who would be job ready right from day one.

A foreign degree and international experience set them a class apart and provides excellent job prospects, social status and a fat pay globally or on a national level. Students can earn a better taught and recognized course abroad in just one year and push start their career early as against studying a 2 year MBA program in a top B-school in India.

There are various cost effective programs with scholarships options offered by various universities and colleges in countries like UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, etc. It is essential to seek the advice of expert consultants who can guide the students in choosing the right choice based on their background.

Hot specializations on offer

Digital marketing Management/ Market analytics management/Business Analytics/Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management/ International Business Management/ Project Management, Media management, Social entrepreneurship……


• Triple accredited MBA (AMBA / EQ UIS/AACSB) – Ireland, U.S.A, U.K, France, New Zealand etc.

• Global Tri-campus MBA (Singapore + Dubai + Sydney).

• MBA with 3 months to 1 year internship in the UK.

• Masters in strategic entrepreneur ship in Sweden

• Masters in General management with 2 semester study + 1 semester internship.

• 5 star rated MBA in Australia

Looking for  a top notch management programs abroad look  no further, contact Santa Monica Study your most Abroad Pvt .Ltd  your most trusted overseas education consultant Cochin ,Kerala t with over 15 years experience o make your dream of overseas studies a reality 



Pursuing higher studies in Engineering at reputed Universities/ institutions abroad has become a fad among youngsters on the lookout for a promising global engineering career, thanks to superior quality of study programs offered by these institutions which are highly applied in nature that expose students to laboratories based on cutting edge technology and offer integrated industry experiences.

All these coupled with strong interdisciplinary coursework, and research opportunities enable students to remain a step ahead of the competition in today’s highly competent global job market. Apart from the quality of the study programs the other pull factors especially for students from India are the part-time work rights which allows them to budget their overall education expense, along with the post work permit of up-to 3 years which in a way facilitates them to realize the investment made on their education and at the same time explore opportunities in their specialized domain. With Engineering and its varied specializations figuring prominently in the shortage occupation list of several countries like Australia, Canada, New Zealand, further brightens their Permanent residency prospects.

Masters programs accredited by various prestigious Engineers accreditation bodies like Washington Accord, EURACE, Engineers Australia/ New Zealand, enhances global employability factor and further adds to their charm.

Engineering Abroad – Advantages

• Unmatched quality of study programs

• Programs are highly applied in nature

• Strong interdisciplinary coursework

• Excellent exposure to laboratories based on cutting edge technology

• Industry endorsed internships in most modern units of multinational companies

• Post study work permits for easy access to job market

• Personal growth by way of recognition as an international degree holder

• Brightens prospects to gain Permanent residency to settle down with family

• Scholarships and/or free tuition, student grants and paid internships

• Program accredited by prestigious professional bodies worldwide

To gain more insight, exhaustive information on highly job oriented  Engineering study programs across the world, most suitable for you, visit Santa Monica study abroad Pvt. Ltd., your most trusted study abroad consultant  based in Kochi with 15+ years of experience and professional expertise facilitation overseas admissions to over 300 universities/ institutions across 30 countries or call at 0484-4140999.


Singapore- A promising Asian study destination

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Beyond the traditional International study destination like Canada, Australia, New Zealand US,  UK etc there is a growing and changing landscape of mobility of Indian students to certain Asian  countries Though multiple factors are at play, four key factors, contributing to this shift are the first being the increasing standards of domestic institutions in these countries, coupled  with the trend of foreign Institutions setting up their campuses there which has transformed the quality of education par excellence, second, the cost of education is comparatively lower in terms of tuition and living expenses; third, Asia is closer to home and fourth, the economies in Asian countries are growing at an unprecedented rate, which means getting a job post study is easier than ever before. With these factors continuing to grow stronger these certain Asian countries are projected to attract a large chunk of students from Asia and from across the world in the years to come in fact this trend is are day catching up  Singapore is one country that figures prominently as a  hot study abroad destination . Let us explore why

• Obtain a recognized international degree from U.S, U.K without having to travel to these countries.

• Study options with/without IELTS requirements

• A safe city with low crime rate and a stable political situation.

•   Proximity to India Singapore is only a few hours apart by air.

•   Multilingual county that provides a conducive environment for students to study

• Enjoy high standards of living, health care and education

  • Excellent job opportunities due the  presence of many multinational companies

• Location of World’s busiest port hence high Job outcome for logistics and

Supply chain students

  • Singapore Enjoys its reputation as the financial centre of Southeast Asia

Prestigious qualifications one can acquire by studying in Singapore

  • TUM ( Technical university of Munich, Germany Master’s programme awarded in Asian


SIM GLOBAL (Singapore Institute of management offering Programs awarded by

• LSE London school of Economics U.K

• RMIT University of Australia

• UOW University if Wollongong, Australia

• Buffalo state University U.S.A

• WARWICK University, U.K

• University of Stirling, U.K

• University of Birmingham, U.K

To gain more insight, exhaustive information on study programs in Singapore   and across the world, most suitable for you, visit Santa Monica study abroad Pvt. Ltd., your most trusted overseas Education consultant with 15+ years of experience and professional expertise facilitation overseas admissions to over 300 universities/ institutions across 30 countries or call at 0484-4140999.

New Zealand Education fair, April 2017

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New Zealand Education fair, supported by (ENZ) Education New Zealand, the New Zealand Government entity for building international education would be held at Hotel Taj Gateway, Kochi on the 28th of April 2017 from 11 am – 7 pm. This Education fair would see participation of   representatives  from 30 + top rated universities / colleges from  New Zealand  as well as emigration experts .Prominent among institutions participating are Lincoln University, Massey University, University of Canterbury, Auckland University of Technology , Victoria university of Wellington, Ara institute of technology , Canterbury eastern Institute of technology , Unitech institute of Technology , Universal college of learning , Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, South Institute of Technology, TOI OHOMAI, North Tec, Wellington institute of Technology, Whiteria, Waikato Institute of technology, Mankau institute Technology, Aspire 2 , New Zealand  Tertiary college , New Zealand academic and learning institute , Auckland institute of studies, INTUERI Education group, New Zealand aviation, The Cornell Education group, Air New Zealand Ltd. New Zealand Institute of education, New Zealand school of education, Avonomore Tertiary institute, Academic Colleges group (ACG), Media Design School, and AWI International Education group.

This fair would be the perfect opportunity for students to explore graduate and post graduate study programs with immense job potential in Engineering, Management, Hospitality, professional nursing, health care, along with highly rated courses such as media designing, pilot training and licensing programs, Engineering project management, construction management, structural and earth quake engineering, biotechnology, food technology, food science, professional accounting etc.

Apart from information on study programs, exhaustive and authentic information on admission/ visa process, research opportunities, scholarship, internship, job/ immigration scope in New Zealand could also gathered by visiting this expo. It is estimated that over 20,000 have embarked on Studies to New Zealand last year, which as per officials is expected to exceed this year. This one day fair is free for students. For more details and registrations, call–04844140999.

Study in New Zealand– Get future ready

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This island country, located in the South Pacific ocean, encompassing two main islands north Island and south Island and several smaller islands surrounding them is known the world over for its zest for adventure and fun, and can boast of some of the world’s most picturesque locations that have become part of many top bollywood blockbuster’s.  New Zealand has much more to offer than mere idyllic locations. New Zealand has a flourishing economy with exports playing a major part.  Chief item of export include agricultural and horticultural products, fishing, forestry and mining.

When it comes to offering quality education, New Zealand is recognized Global leaders more over New Zealanders are a welcoming community which makes international students feels safe and secure. The cost of living is much lower compared to other countries. The education system is based traditionally on the British model; the university learning system is research based ensuring high quality learning. The Universities and institutes of technology are government funded and focus on research based learning and maintains strong links with industry which is study in New Zealand is becoming popular among students. Cost effective industry endorsed programs with cutting edge research opportunities are available for Engineers- Civil, mechanical, Electrical, Electronic etc. New Zealand has worked up some serious reputation for its courses on Horticulture, Viticulture, wine sciences, food technology and veterinary science and more.


Scholarships are aplenty for eligible students. These are offered by institutions themselves government industry bodies or social organizations New Zealand Ministry of education provides a range of scholarships for students pursuing tertiary studies in New Zealand. Scholarships can be applied for at different education levels from Diploma to masters programs though may vary in what they cover, like some scholarships for study aboard in New Zealand like some scholarships only include tuition fees, while others include complete course costs and part of one’s living expenses also.

With regard to part time work rights students are permitted to work 20 hours per week (40 Hours during vacation) for courses above level 8 and few selected courses spouses are eligible for full time work permit  post study students are eligible for a 12 months graduate job search visa.

Meet representatives from 27+ top notch institutions from New Zealand and gain valuable information on how to pursue a course of your choice in New Zealand, visit New Zealand education fair 2017@ Hotel Taj Gateway on Friday the 28th of April 2017.  The event is supported by Education New Zealand (A crown entity of New Zealand government The entry is free for students. The education fair timing is from 10 am -5 Pm. For registration and more information please call on 04844140999.