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National Exit Exam – Ensuring standardization of skills and knowledge for future Doctors


If one were to go by the draft Indian Medical council amendment bill 2016, introduced by Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Mr. JP Nadda in Lok Sabha on July 19, 2016, the year 2017 looks highly promising to students who are currently pursuing their medicine studies in various countries abroad and those who are seriously contemplating about taking up medicine studies abroad. Let us see how.

To  put  it  simply , the draft Indian medical council amendment bill 2016, makes it mandatory for all students, irrespective of whether they have studied medicine in India or abroad  to  sit for an national Exit test (NEXT)  after completing their  five and a half year medicine course, whereas,  till  now, such a test was only mandatory for foreign educated medicine graduates in the  form of  foreign medical graduate exam (FMGE),  which  they had to clear to practice in India. Such a practice was seen to having a discouraging effect on many talented young men and women on exercising the option of pursuing medicine studies at top medical universities in Europe and south East Asia after failing to gain entry to a medical college in the country through the entrance exam route.

This amendment is being widely perceived by many as one that creates a level playing field, whereby all medicine graduates are treated at par and their suitability for the medicine profession is tested through a uniform test  called National exit test (NEXT) which  also  does away with the complex practice of conducting multiple test like the NEET for postgraduate study, recruitment  test for central health services and the (FMGE) exam which is held for Foreign educated medicine graduates and is expected to provide medicine study aspirants, options to  seek admissions to reputed WHO listed medical institutions in Malaysia Philippines, China, and European countries like Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Serbia, Azerbaijan etc and after clearing the   NEXT  or the National exit exam, become part of the Indian medical system,  which  is expected to  go a long way in ensuring  that students with the right  education , skill  and exposure armed with a highly rated  international medical degree  would  enter this noble profession which is expected to  make a significant change in our  health care domain and to a large extend  help  in  tackling  the huge shortage of Doctors, which is over 500,000 doctors, based on the World Health Organization (WHO) norm of 1:1,000 populations).



SP Jain School of Global management, (website one of the top ranked B schools of the world, announces holding of SP JAT ENTRANCE TEST on the 22nd of October 2016 at Kochi for selecting eligible young graduates / students in their final year of graduation for a 5 day all-expense paid trip to its Dubai Campus as part of its Student Ambassadorship program. The student ambassador program apart from including Institution /industry visits, expert talks etc would make each selected student eligible for enrolling in a tri city campus program: masters in global business.

The student ambassador program intends to offer a glimpse of what to experience as a student in its Dubai campus and helps one gets a feel of the Middle East culture through its tourist attractions and also gain valuable insights into the business practices of region and interact with students from different parts of the world and share experiences.

         The Selection Process                                                                             

  • Objective  test
  • Shortlisted candidates( Toppers)  from the above test will be interviewed by an SP Jain Interview panel

           Date of SP JAT Entrance test –22nd October 2016 Saturday

            Time- 1.30pm – 3.30pm  

Venue: Santa Monica, Bio Arcade Building, Layam road, Kochi 682011 (Corporate office)

Kindly bring updated résumé when you appear at the examination venue.

Students are requested to register in advance for the entrance test to confirm their candidature.  For registration and any further queries please call 0484-4140999



Every business venture, irrespective of its size,  needs to be marketed well in order for it to be a success. Even, well established businesses with firm footing in the market are no exceptions, as every new product or service that is offered, need to be managed and marketed in the most optimum manner, so as to create new customer base and retain existing ones. With such vital importance, it is no surprise that Masters in Business Management (MBA) degree figures prominently among courses that continue to be in demand.

Apart from the conventional specializations including Finance, Marketing, Hr, Banking ,there has been an increase in more specialized business programs and diversification like MBA in supply chain management, MBA in health care management ,MBA  in Hospitality management, MBA in sports management, MBA in media and Entertainment, MBA in aviation management, to  mention a few.  However, irrespective of the specializations one acquire, it all ultimately filters down to the reputation and ranking of the business school that decides how acceptable one would be with the employers.

If one were to go by Economic Times report, out of 3.5 lakh Indian MBA graduates, only 35,000 were employable, which is roughly 10% while the remaining 90 % end   up doing odd jobs against their wishes. Outdated curriculum which is totally out of sync with industry requirements to a large extent is the main culprit. Under these circumstances it is no surprise that large number of Indian students are looking to pursue their MBA studies abroad, especially in countries like USA, UK, Canada, Germany, Australia, France New Zealand,  Singapore, UAE, which are considered as  hot  study destination for management programs especially MBA. MBA curriculum at prestigious management institutions are designed to meet the stringent industry standards and requirements. These institutions abroad adopt Innovative teaching methodologies that go beyond theoretical classes and case studies, laying stress on developing a student’s skills in areas like interpersonal communication, complex problems solving, taking up leadership roles etc. The exposure that comes with it is irreplaceable so is the network of peers that one gets to build as an international student. In short these Management institutions do not just provide an MBA degree but equips one to emerge as successful business leader in a global marketplace.

To gain more insight, exhaustive list of MBA programs 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.

Hospitality Studies Abroad –A cut above the rest


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Hospitality industry has witnessed phenomenal growth the world over, increasing demand for hospitality professionals in varying capacities. A specialized qualification in hospitality management from an accredited institution opens up countless avenues with the best of remuneration with potential employers including hotels, motels, Airlines, cruise liners, resort in diverse areas ranging from front office management, housekeeping, food and beverage management, tour planning, event planning, management, marketing and sales and revenue management to mention a few. Of late the number of graduates setting up their independent businesses in the hospitality domain is also steadily increasing.

When it comes to programs in hospitality management is concerned there are many highly reputed institution abroad  who offer programs ranging from certificate, diploma,  bachelors  and MBA which seeks to  inculcate sound theoretical as well as practical edge to students  and are designed to meet the expectations of both students and the industry.  All aspects of the hospitality industry including hotel and lodging, restaurant and food services, recreation, gaming, and meeting and convention planning  and specialized areas like Business management, team building, strategic planning, marketing, quality control  etc   are often covered depending on the  program one choose. Studying hospitality programs abroad offer the best opportunities to kick start ones dream hospitality career with the best names in the industry, as many top hotel chains known to sponsor quality international students or offer them intern positions gauging their talent and skills.

Though U.S.A., owing to its largest tourism industry in the world boasts of some of the most prestigious hotel management & culinary colleges in the world.  Canada with affordable education coupled with generous work permits and internships are gaining popularity among students from all over the world especially India. Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland and Singapore are highly rated owing to various factors varying from post study job / internship opportunities to stay back and lucrative salary offerings.

To gain more insight into the options and benefits of studying hospitality programs 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

Santa Monica Medicine Studies Abroad –Gifting Global Doctors of tomorrow


Santa Monica Medicine studies wing took shape as a humble effort towards addressing the pressing shortage of Doctors in India, which according to the Parliamentary standing committee report on the Medical Council of India (MCI), clearly states that perhaps there is only one Doctor available for 2,000 patients. An alarming figure when the WHO mandated ratio is 1: 1,000, this at a time when our medical institutions do not have the capacity to admit even one third of aspirants who appear for various medical entrance examinations every year.

Many a bright student miss out on quality medical education because of the thought that only the rich can afford it or that the procedures are too tedious,  when the reality is that medicine programs at some of the prime medical institutions in European and Southeast Asian countries can be pursued at half the cost one would incur in India. Santa Monica medicine studies constantly endeavors to do its bit in materializing the Doctor dreams of many, by facilitating cost effective medicine studies abroad and through its effort intends to play at least a minor role in addressing the issue of huge shortage of Doctors India faces.

Santa Monica Medicine studies wing has been facilitating admissions to reputed WHO, UNESCO, IMED listed medical institutions in Western, European and South east Asian countries including U.S.A. UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ukraine, Poland, Armenia, Philippines, Hungary, Bulgaria, China, Georgia, Lithuania, and Malaysia to mention a few.  There are many internationally accredited universities in these countries that have adopted highly advanced teaching methodologies with instruction in English with regularly updated curriculum that are in sync with changing trends in the medical arena. The focus is always laid in offering theoretical & practical knowledge with patient-centered clinical training. Excellent opportunities for clinical exposure are made available at university run hospitals, where, along with practical trainings, one receives excellent guidance from experienced academics and medical professionals.  All this ensures that on successful completion of  their medicine studies  one can earn a prestigious Medical degree highly rated all over the world  leaving open  vast employment avenues in best hospital and research institutions of the world.

Towards expediting and simplifying the medicine admission process for students from India and adjoining countries, St Paul University Philippines, a premier WHO listed medical institution has set up its Southeast Asian regional office in Kochi, Kerala, which is managed by Santa Monica Study Abroad Pvt. Ltd.  Looking to pursue medicine studies abroad look no further visit your nearest branch of Santa Monica study Abroad Pvt. Ltd  or call us on 0484-4140999.

World class education abroad for a promising Global career


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With companies around the world, continuing to invest in the global market, preference for employees with international experience and skill sets continue to increase.  To succeed in such an increasingly competitive interconnected world, requires, youth of today to receive world class education, complete with global knowledge, skills and perspectives. Realizing this changing scenario, the trend of pursuing overseas education is catching up steadily According to industry estimates, around 3 Lakh students go abroad annually to pursue programs ranging from certificates to Diplomas’ to Graduate, Post graduate and Doctoral studies in diverse streams including Engineering/ IT, Business and management, Medicine, Nursing/Health care, Tourism and Hospitality and more. Overseas universities/ institutions are known for offering courses of top notch quality and for providing flexibility in choosing a subject of one’s desire, which unfortunately is very much limited in India. The sheer quality of foreign universities/ institutions in terms of infrastructure, International faculties, curriculum, collaborations with industries, research avenues etc makes foreign educational institutions distinct. Training, lectures, internships  help students to gain knowledge of latest technologies with real-time work experience, all these, coupled with part-time job and stay back options with full work rights and permanent residency prospects, makes overseas education highly desirable.

When it comes to facilitating overseas education, Santa Monica study Abroad Pvt Ltd, incepted in the year 2002 is counted among the best Overseas education consultants in India with 23 branches and vast network of associates and representatives across the countries with a strong base in Kerala It is an authorized representative of 300+ universities / colleges across 30+ countries including USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland to mention a few.  It has been facilitating  over 1000-1500 overseas admissions  per year ,helping  students  make the most appropriate choice of course in the country and institution of their choice. It is a education New Zealand recognized Agency (ENZRA) Golden Member of British council IELTS program and are authorized managers of Pearson’s Test centre in Kochi.   Effective career counseling is offered by professional & certified team with firsthand experience led by international education experts each student approaching them gets professional guidance which suits their career goals aptitude and budget. The exclusive service ranges from university/ college short, liaising with institutions application submission, liaising with universities, visa guidance, scholarship and education loan assistance to pre departure and post landing assistance. Santa Monica study Abroad Pvt. Ltd is a recipient of numerous awards from government and foreign institutions

Looking to explore the best in overseas education? there cannot be a better opportunity,  visit South India’s biggest overseas Education Expo organized by Santa Monica  Study Abroad Pvt. Ltd in association with Malayala Manorama  on the 23rd and 24th of September at Hotel Taj Gate way, Kochi  for pre registration visit www.overseas education or call 0484-4140999


Frequently asked questions on Study Abroad


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The decision to study abroad is a crucial one as it is a high value investment both in terms of money and time and most importantly when it determines one’s future career hence a trial and error method would be the last thing anyone would have on their mind.  Questions of various natures are bound to surface. Though this may vary from student to student some of the frequently asked questions are as follows.

 What are the benefits of studying Abroad?

 World class education helps one to shape career successfully in the global market. An international qualification is recognized around the globe. Studying abroad gives one a chance to network with global citizens and work for multinational companies. It also provides platform to familiarize with the global market demands and enhance ones career prospects.

Which are the popular countries for pursuing higher studies abroad?

 UK, 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 and 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, Lithuania, and Poland Hungary Malaysia Philippines offer quality and cost effective courses in Medicine.

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

 The different means to support one’s studies abroad are: Education loans, Bursaries Sponsorship by individuals / organization; both Indian and foreign governments, private trusts and also universities and institutions.

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 Coops and internships during the study help Students to network and search for employment opportunities after the completion of study Countries such as Canada, Sweden, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, etc. encourage students to stay back and explore job and PR opportunities after their successfully completing their Study however, the work rights for your dependents are subject to the laws of that country which may change from time to time.

What services can I expect from an overseas Education consultant?

Experienced and trusted Overseas education 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 (police clearance certificate, air tickets, money exchange) and international support (airport pick up, temporary accommodation, job search, community connections, legal issue helps, etc) to ensure a smooth transition.

What should I do if the institution rejects my application for a particular program?

If an institution rejects your application, you can re-attempt to apply for a suitable program matching your profile in the same institution itself with more supporting documents or choose an alternative option in other institutions where your profile would be eligible.

What are the options available in case my visa is rejected: Will I incur any financial loss?

In the event of your visa being rejected, you can resubmit your application by providing explanations and documentations to alleviate the concerns raised by the High commission/embassy.  Your visa fees are non-refundable but most institutions do refund the tuition fees already remitted to them, after deducting nominal administrative charges, which is usually mentioned in the offer letter or in the concerned institution’s website. The consultant can assist you for claiming the refund of your tuition fees from the institutions.

Can I visit my home during my studies abroad?

Most countries allow students to visit their home country during vacations. If you have a multiple entry visa you would be allowed to visit your home during your study period easily.

Why 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 scores Graduate Management Admission Tests (GMAT) scores are considered for gaining entry in to graduate schools or business graduate schools in various English speaking countries, especially the United States.

Should you have more questions we would  suggest you to visit the Overseas education expo 2016 organised by SantaMonica Study Abroad Pvt .Ltd  in association with Santa Monica study Abroad pvt.Ltd. to be held on  23rd and 24th of September at Taj Gateway Kochi or  Kindly visit your nearest Santa Monica branch or mail us at info@santamonicaedu in  you may  also call us at 0484-4140999/+919645222999or visit


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The most awaited Overseas Education Expo of South India, organized by Santa Monica in association with India’s leading media conglomerate Malayala Manorama will be held on the 23 rd and 24th of September 2016 at Hotel Taj Gateway, Kochi, entry to which is absolutely free for students. Over the years, the expo has been rated among the most prestigious overseas Education Expo’s of South India, a must visit for Students and parents looking for quality study programs offered by top notch overseas education institutions.

The Overseas Education expo has been seeing truly phenomenal growth in every edition. The last concluded edition of the Overseas Education Expo held at 4 prominent cities of Kerala, Trivandrum, Calicut, Kottayam and Cochin, saw participation of 90 + universities / institutions from 12+ countries and attracted 5000 + students from across kerala, which clearly indicates the growing appeal of the expo as well as the rising demand for quality overseas education in the state of Kerala. The upcoming edition of the overseas education expo, September 2016 will see participation of 90+ universities/ institutions from 12 + countries,  all set to showcase the best in world class education to the students of Kerala.

The expo is perfect for Students who have completed their 12th grade, those undergoing Bachelors degree or looking for diploma or Masters Programs.  Under graduate admissions are possible in varied fields ranging from Engineering/IT, Business and Management, Medicine, Nursing/Health care, Business, Hospitality, Tourism and more.

Expo visitors will have the opportunity to speak directly to university/ institutions officials,  clear their doubts/ gain more info on a particular institution, courses offered, admission criteria’s , intake schedules, application process, course fees,  accommodations  available  and other important details. Eligible students can also avail application fee waivers, spot offers, bank loans and scholarships assistance.

The Overseas Education Expo, September 2016 will have Study abroad seminar sessions by education experts, where students can gain information about study opportunities in various countries and institutions around the globe. These sessions are specially designed to engage and involve the audiences comprising of candidates and their parents in an interactive manner.  The pre expo registration process is already up and running at the expo website ww.overseaseducation  Hurry register today to gain accurate career counseling, course options based on the registration info submitted.  Bring copies of your education certificates right from 10th to degree or your last qualifying examination and or professional history (CV) Passport size photographs and IELTS or  PTE score (if you have one) Reaching the expo with the above said documents will help representatives  to give you a more accurate advice. For more information on Overseas Education Expo, September 2016 reach us on 0484-4140999, 09645222999.


Study Abroad -Explore a world of infinite career possibilities


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The appeal of studying in a foreign university/ institution is increasing every year.  According to industry estimates, around 3 Lakh students opt to enroll for various programs ranging from certificates to Diplomas’ to Graduate, Post graduate and Doctoral studies in international universities/institutions every year.

There are several reasons that draw students to universities / institutions abroad, the primary being the excellent quality of the courses they offer. The flexibility of choosing a subject of one’s desire is another reason, which unfortunately is very much limited in India. The limited number of seats at prestigious Indian institutions of International repute is well beyond the reach of many bright students. Apart from the systemic deficiencies in the education system, the sheer quality of foreign universities/ institutions with regard to state of the art infrastructure, International faculties, curriculum etc and the opportunity to gain international exposure makes overseas education highly appealing. Moreover owing to the sheer superiority and the highly industry centric course content, a student on completion of studies can rest be assured of a flourishing career there itself or in case he / she intends to return to India, shall enjoy a clear edge in the Indian job market.

Preferred overseas study destination by students

Though Indian students embark on overseas studies around the world, some destinations are highly preferred by them.  USA stands tall in this list, followed by Canada, Australia, U.K, New Zealand, Germany and Sweden. Countries like U.SA Australia, New Zealand, and Germany are highly considered for their science and technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs (known as stem subjects) whereas USA, UK, Canada, Australia and Singapore remains hot destination for MBA and business related programs. For quality Medicine studies Philippines, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Georgia and China are highly valued, considering the comparatively low cost of study without compromising on the quality front.

Applications and admissions

Universities/ institutions intake schedule vary from country to country and institutions.  Application process are mostly done online, wherein one will have to fill application form, attach academic records and submit a statement of purpose depending on the type of course he /she intend to take up.  Depending on the country and choice of course one will have to take English language proficiency tests and score as per the requirement which may vary from institution to institution. Common English language proficiency tests include IELTS, PTE, and TOEFL etc. For management/ business programs GMAT scores are required.  GRE are meant for graduate school and research institutes. Make sure you seek service of only credible overseas education consultants for your overseas admissions.

Funding and scholarships

Studying abroad is not cheap by any means; the main expense includes tuition fees and living expense, apart from travel costs, books stationeries, clothing etc. Thankfully several scholarships are offered by universities, governments or academic bodies to students who have exhibited outstanding academic or extracurricular talent.  Both public and private sector bank offer these loans to the eligible. Make sure to contact your nearest bank well in advance to start the process at the earliest.

An overseas educational qualification can be a shot in the arm as far as a high flying career abroad in India is concerned.  So what are you waiting for, get in touch with Santa Monica Study Abroad Pvt. Ltd., your trusted overseas education consultant, who can help you select the course and University of choice across the globe that fits your aptitude, interest and budget. Please do not forget to visit the Overseas Education Expo September 2016 organized by Santa Monica study Abroad Pvt. Ltd in association with Malayala Manorama co Ltd on 23 rd and 24th September 2016 from 10 am -6pm at Taj Gateway, Kochi and  explore various study options abroad, offered by 80 + top class universities/ institutions from 10+ countries. You will have the opportunity to have one on one session with admission officers and clear queries regarding institutions, courses offered the admissions process, entry requirements etc. Kindly register using  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 call today on 0484-4140999 or visit your nearest office of Santa Monica.

The Overseas Education Expo, September 2016 –The best of world education all under one roof


At a time when employers around the world are seeking individuals with international education and exposure, studying abroad is the best option one might have towards ensuring a rewarding career.  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 2016 organized by Santa Monica study Abroad Pvt. Ltd in association with Malayala Manorama co Ltd on 23 rd and 24th September 2016 from 10 am -6pm 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 80 + top class universities/ institutions from 10+ countries. Here one will have  the opportunity to have a one on one session with admission officers and clear queries regarding institutions, courses offered, the admissions process, entry requirements and any additional details they would require. 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 2016 . 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 10+ countries, generating a footfall of 5000+ students and parents from various parts of Kerala. As the Expo proved highly beneficial to aspiring students and parents and considering the overwhelming response and interest of students have made the organizers conduct the second expo of the year

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 2016  and  registration log on to the dedicated education expo website at the earliest or call 0484-4140999.