1. There are sports fields, gyms, courts everywhere
2. The town is adorable and an easy 90 minute
train ride from London
3. It's a lovely campus to walk around with
architecture from all different time periods and
lots of green space.
University of Edinburgh -OIS Alumni Mihika Varshnei
1. 43000 students in three colleges
2. Amazing sports facilities which cater to ultra
athletes as well as everyday people who just
want to be active
3. Amazing vet facilities for large and small animals
University of Strathclyde
1. Incredible links to industry throughout the university
2. Big clustered city campus with housing on site. Cheaper and easier to find
3. Has some 3 year accelerated programs as well as 5 year combined courses in
addition to the normal 4 year undergrad degree
University of St Andrews - OIS Alumni Vvidhi Agarwwal
1. Joint degree with William & Mary (US
and UK experience) for classics, econ,
English, film, history, IR
2. Home of golf. Weather is milder than
you think. Never gets hot but they
also rarely get snow so you can play
sports outside year long
Just before winter break, I visited “the land down under”, while this is a song title from my high school days, it was a pleasure to finally visit Australia. It was also an honor to represent OIS during Monash University’s Career Counselor workshop. Australia is of increasing focus amongst OIS students. After my visit, I left with confidence that this interest will only continue to increase as students look to join Monash’s inspiring and innovative educational community. On Thursday, January 30th, OIS hostedMonash University a workshop involving Mumbai area counselors. Parents and students wishing to get in touch with Monash staff are encouraged to contact Ms. Pinky Desai, our local representative, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monash’s motto is “If you don’t like it, change it!”
During my visit, I saw ample examples of how this high-ranking, “Group of Eight” top research university and Australia’s largest, is producing world-class professionals and continuously improving upon their already exceptional programs and facilities. In fact, Monash is the youngest university to be amongst the top 100 universities worldwide, is the #1 ranked university for engineering, pharmacy, and education degrees, and this year beat out all other Australian universities in securing research funding. Monash’s Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Professor Elizabeth Croft, who is originally from the University of British Columbia (UBC), and their Provost and Senior Vice President, Professor Marc Parlange, has taught and led curriculum development at UBC, Johns Hopkins, and UC Davis before joining Monash in 2017. Prof. Croft is leading the development of Monash’s robotics and new Co-op program. “Designers must have the perspective of the customer base,” declared Prof. Croft as she shared her goal of ensuring that the engineering student base better reflects society’s gender balance. Currently, 24% of Monash’s engineering students are women.
Known for their international and multi-disciplinary focus, Monash’s double degree opportunities are expansive with 39% of students electing to add a 4th honors year to a typical degree program. Students can choose to pursue a degree in architecture while earning a degree in civil engineering. Or, how about paring Applied Data Science with Psychology/Digital Humanities. Within the School of Engineering (entry granted with an IB Predict of 33), students study common courses during the initial year and choose their specialization, often changing their pathway, before their second year.
Monash professors conduct research but their primary focus is teaching. They are in the classroom/lecture hall and intimately engaged in each student’s learning process. New programs for 2020 include Applied 25 25 Data Science, Mechatronics/Robotics, Criminology, and PPE (Philosophy, Politics & Economics) with Biomedical Engineering planned next year. Closely linked with industry trends, Monash is always innovating and investing in its programs and facilities. Ranked amongst other top worldwide universities, Monash has more affordable and accessible programs. Monash's Biological Sciences, for example, is ranked on par with the U of Pennsylvania's program ($51,000+ USD/year) and only a few ranking slots below UBC (Canada) ($29,000+ USD/year), the U of Chicago (U.S.) ($58,000+ USD/year) and U of Edinburgh (U.K.) ($33,000+ USD/year). Monash's program has a minimum entry requirement of 28 IBDP points whereas the other programs range from 32 to 39 IBDP points.
The three campuses, scattered in and close to Melbourne's city-center, are inviting with trendy, well-lit buildings and sustainable landscaping. I felt at home and a sense of calm on each campus. I loved their thoughtful nooks and unique mix of spaces for group and individual learning interspersed with cafes, restaurants, and shops that cater to nearly every student's need from banking services and health care to hair salons.
Monash houses its own heart hospital with a new children’s hospital under development. Their Makerspace, an engineer’s library, is a treasure trove, where I interacted with four competitive student teams: their Nova Rover team placed 14th in the world, the Motorsport team aims to prepare industry-ready students and the High Powered Rocketry team placed 2nd in Australia during their first year of competition, successfully launching rockets at 1.8 mach to 30,000 feet to test micro-gravity impacts and gathering payload research data. The Precious Plastic team designs and fabricates creative materials out of recycled plastics, mentoring local children from area schools. When asked what Monash seeks in a future engineering student, Prof. Croft highlighted the following: Chemistry or Physics, the ability to apply mathematical and scientific skills into everyday life, coding and scripting skills, an aptitude for quantitative and science skills with creativity and design learning being an integral part of success. Students who see ideas and can use their creativity to make something happen, who have strong collaboration skills and are multidisciplinary in focus are sought after. Monash is also developing a new Co-op program to broaden pathways for employment.
Monash is passionate about inclusion and giving back to the community. Students have helped develop sign language for science terminology while computer science and virtual reality is used for therapy, to preserve indigenous cultures, improve access for visually impaired persons and to protect heritage sights. The university will begin offering a new BA of Applied Data Science, adding to its 25 science majors available. To promote multidisciplinary learning, students who are majoring in science can take 8 out of their required 24 courses in complementary fields, thereby adding a minor or second major area of study. An impressive 50% of Monash students elect to pursue double degrees blending liberal arts, creative disciplines, and traditional STEM degrees. Their Global Challenges program blends science, business and industry learning with policy and world impact focus. Students become persuasive leaders and entrepreneurs. The Research Honors program seeks to develop effective consultants and leading scientists. It is impressive to learn that Monash offers double the laboratory time in comparison with other top Australian universities.
For students interested in Medical Science, Monash offers a 5-year Direct Entry program through which after successful completion of a 1-year internship, students can be registered as a doctor. They are ranked 32nd in the world by QS and in 2022 will open the Victorian Heart Hospital on campus. Cardiology is one of their research strengths along with a large genetics program. The ISAT test is required for the 5-year medical program and required face-to-face rolling interviews are scheduled from May to December of each year. To help students prepare, sample questions are available on the testing center’s website. On the Parkville Campus, Monash houses its pharmacy and pharmaceutical science programs – ranked #1 in academic reputation and Top 10 worldwide. Applicants must have an IB predict of 33 with HL Chemistry and Maths. Extremely diverse, international students comprise 30% of the student population. There is also a faculty-wide commitment to innovative, experiential learning and industry partnerships for employability. Law studies are also a wonderful route in Australia as there is no LSAT requirement. Upon completion of 4 years of study, students complete a year of tutelage (internship), after which they may begin practicing law without an exam. Students wishing to serve as a barrister must sit for an exam. Their innovative and application-based IT programs focus on contributing to society and cutting edge tech integration with studies in business information systems, computer networks/security, and others. Accredited by the Australian Computer Society, Monash’s IT certification is recognized in the US, Canada, and the UK. Every business and entrepreneurial-focused student gains industry experience while a broad range of double-degree programs enable students to supplement a commerce or business degree with a complementary faculty and area of strength.
Monash offers admission based on predicted grades to OIS students and has two primary intakes: February and June. IB Course students may also apply with submission of standardized test scores; Monash indicated that a SAT minimum of 1190 was needed. Science bound students are competitive with IB SL math, but HL in either AI or AA math is required for the new Applied Data Science degree program. To meet English Proficiency requirements, students need a 4 in IB English Language/Literature SL and a 3 in HL with higher-level courses requiring one mark higher. International merit and leadership scholarships are also available. In general, students are automatically considered for up to 10,000 AUD in scholarship with full leadership scholarships also awarded annually. Entrance requirements seem rather low given Monash’s reputation for excellence but this is because of their inclusivity and desire to be accessible to the average Australian student. Students interested in studying at Monash should apply for housing by September for the coming year, prior to submitting their application. They can wait to accept the housing offer when enrolment is confirmed.
The opportunities for academic and personal growth go on and on with Monash. They are always innovating and reaching out to industry partners to develop new programs and to ensure that the education they are offering tomorrow’s leaders is cutting edge. OIS encourages students to build their future at Monash in Australia! For a file on each of the major faculties at Monash, please consult this Google Drive and this folder with pictures from the Monash University visit.
Ojasee Datar (left) finished her undergrad at Durham University and is now pursuing an MA at King's College London.
Sara Sethia is pursuing MA Econ at London School of Economics.
Aahana Punjabi studying Sports Management at Loughborough University, UK
My experience so far has been unique, empowering, and truly magical. Going to college in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by cornfields, in a small town of less than 10,000 people is in stark contrast with who I am, or who I thought I was before I fell in love with this place.
On my way here from Mumbai, I didn't think I would ever belong at Grinnell because of its geographic isolation and rural setting. The college transition in itself is extremely transformative, but mine felt particularly drastic: going from 20 million people to 10,000, from the city skyline to a town where the tallest building is four storeys high, from the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city to, well, the middle of nowhere..
Never in my life have I been this happy while admitting that I was wrong. So, so wrong. Everything that I thought would make me feel out of place has truly helped me belong here. The small population has allowed me to foster meaningful and caring relationships, from friends to mentors. This network of support extends beyond college students and faculty, and into the town itself, where working at the pre-school, middle school, and high school has helped me meet a lot more new people. The college has also connected every international student with a host family, and I have had such a wholesome and wonderful experience with mine; my host 'sister' is seven years old and I've had so much fun bonding and goofing around with her!
The isolation of Grinnell means there's a lot to do on campus itself- within the first few weeks, I had countless opportunities to explore what I'm passionate about. I got involved in Mock Trial, a Prison Teaching Programme, South Asian Student Organisation, and the All Campus Events Committee. I've found a community and family in everything I partake in, and it's made my experience so rewarding and fulfilling.
Academically, the rigour is unmatched and classes can be very challenging, but the faculty is incredibly supportive and the small class size means every single one of us is made to feel like no matter how tough it gets, we can do it.
Grinnell has already given me so much to be grateful for, and I cannot wait to see what I discover in the next four years!
Shubhika Devrani (OIS Class of 2019)
Does IB prepare you for university? Will it be different? Is the transition difficult? Is it hard to balance your academic, social and daily chores? Do you have the best time? Is it different as compared to high school? Is it too cold during winter?
YES. Living in a new country, I initially thought that it would be hard to have conversations with the people due to the difference in interests. But it all works out and you have the best time of your life. You stay up together with your new friends, procrastinate together, cry together before an exam, or pull all-nighters for no reason. During the week, its hell just like IB but after Thursday, you enjoy, meet new people every weekend, get lost in the woods and have new experiences. By meeting people from different countries, you learn so much about different cultures and experience different functions. You change as a person because you have to be responsible but can be irresponsible. In a few words, “College is academically and socially challenging, but rewarding.”
-Krtin Juneja (OIS Class of 2019)
Candidate for BS, Data Analytics and Business Studies
TBS has campuses in 5 places in the world - Morocco- Casablanca, Paris, Barcelona (oldest one), London, Toulouse
Fee is EUR 7500-8000 per year
Deposit is €4000
10% discount if you do your application before December
Bachelor program is Accredited by AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA
TBS belongs to very few business school’s that have these accreditations.
Values of the school- Excellence, responsibility, boldness, openness, agility.
25% international students.
5000 students in different programs (5650) and 350 staff
50% international professors - everyone speaks English
102 resident faculty
55 international Double Degree Programs
80 nationalities Represented
Three year program with specialization in year 3
Internships are compulsory
200+ partner universities
520 short programs (summer or winter)
140 Masters in Management agreements with partner universities (with accredited universities) in 48 countries
Research center is also highly regarded
Everyone is engaged in the research labs
Learning labs on campus - digital teaching, changing educational ways of teaching
New learning areas, innovation days, digital certification, workshops
They are the first business school to be part of the 40 Business schools in France.
TBS is first to get recognized for digital innovation
One of the Best ranked programs in France accredited by the French state and international accreditation too.
40% students go to work
60% students go to masters programs
Year 1 - choose a campus to start - Toulouse or Barcelona
Year 2- choose another location for semester abroad
Year 3 - choose a campus to specialize OR double degree options (Germany, Indonesia and Mauritius. Curtin university in Australia- coming soon)
112 international partner universities
Year 3 specialization - International electives, Business area , Professional path
Multi campus organization
630 students - 45 different nationalities
Only one bachelor's program
10 year old college
New campus in 2021 along with students residence next door
Partner University options in semester 4 for Barcelona students
Year 3 specializations -- Human resource management, Finance, Operation marketing
Or professional path - Luxury and fashion management, Entrepreneurship, Digital marketing
School was born under the umbrella of the chamber of commerce
3 excellence scholarships
5 TBS study abroad scholarships are available.
So far, I have been loving university life. There's a sense of satisfaction that I receive when I do my own laundry, cook my own meals and generally just have complete control over the affairs of my daily life. The actual academic part of university is brutal (maybe it's because all my courses are science and science labs) but having done a course in high school that already built skills that you need in uni, it almost felt natural to get back to the late nights and never ending lists of things to do. IB was hard but university is definitely more challenging in a completely unique way. It sounds cliche but it tests me both as a student and a person. Interacting with many different kinds of people can really change the way you view the world and your place in the world. I have been discovering new things about myself as a person everyday.
-Noyonika Parulekar (Class of 2019)
Istituto Marangoni located at the top floors of Ceejay House in Worli, Mumbai, has courses for Fashion, Art and Design. Their program is 1+2 or 2+2 - year 1 in India and then an opportunity to transfer to Milan, Paris, London, Shanghai or Miami.
They have professionals from the industry coming and conducting lectures throughout the semester for students to have industry explore early on.
Their collaborative work spaces are amazing and students have lots of space and resources to explore different facets of art, design and fashion.
The Final project students work on, is in collaboration with companies across the world.
More information can be found here - https://www.istitutomarangoni.com/en/campus/mumbai/