Raghav, an engineering student, has been making rounds of many study fairs looking for information on foreign universities. “I am planning to pursue MBA abroad. But the problem I am facing is that I am not sure of whom to approach,” he says. Raghav is only a part of an ever increasing number of prospective international students who want to explore study opportunities abroad. There are over 6 million international students in the world? And that number is set to increase with even more students willing to experience life at foreign campuses.
However like Raghav, accessibility to right information is an issue for many students. While many like him go to study fairs to meet with university representatives others, who do not have access to these study fairs, are limited to finding information on the internet.
To help students get direct access to universities across the globe and find their best fit colleges, Careers360 presents Global Live Application Platform or G-LAP:an online platform for one-on–one interaction with university representatives across the globe.
What is Careers360 G-LAP?
Global Live Application Platform or G-LAP by Careers360 is an online event where you can interact with admission representatives of international universities and schools across domains like engineering, management, medicine and even hospitality. So, you have the option to directly chat with over 100 university representatives from anywhere in the world with the help of internet and a computer. What more? GLAP gives you the option to explore study opportunities in top study abroad destinations like the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Malaysia and the UAE, among others. Besides universities, GLAP also has government country counselors like Education USA and NUFFIC NESO Netherlands to answer your queries about visa and immigration related to the countries.
Click here to know more about G-LAP and get direct access to universities abroad
How to find your best fit college?
What is the point of having so many universities if you cannot find the one which you are looking for? Of course, you do not want to spend hours surfing through medical schools when what you want to pursue is MBA! Don’t worry GLAP has already solved that for you.
A unique element in GLAP is the Profile Compatibility Index or PCI, which is an indicator of compatibility between your profile and a University’s Admission Criteria. So, basically if you want to pursue MBA, GLAP will only take you to business schools. GLAP though takes things a step further by even calculating your scores against the demands of the universities. Let’s say, your score in GMAT is 700 and the requirements of a particular university is above 650, GLAP will automatically take you to that university hence filtering the colleges for you and, of course, students for the colleges. How will that happen? Well, what PCI basically does is to attach customised points against universities in the list to help you find your best fit university.
How does PCI work?
As mentioned, the Profile Compatibility Index or PCI is a customised indicator of your compatibility with a university. In practice, through PCI, GLAP attaches points to your profile against a university, which is between 0-1000. Once you fill up your profile, GLAP matches your profile with that of the university’s admission criteria and you will have a fair understanding of what are your chances of getting through a university of your choice. So, if your PCI against a University A is 300 but that against University B is 600, you definitely have better chances at the latter which would well suited to your profile.
But for the PCI to work effectively, you need to complete your GLAP profile, which is simple form where you fill in your academic and interest details.
Click here to register and complete your profile.
How do you complete your profile?
You need to first complete your profile as it is through the details you input, the GLAP will calculate your compatibility with the university.
You profile completion will run through 5 essential stages. They are personal details, education, work experience details, exam score and preferences.
Here’s a step by step procedure on how to complete your profile in GLAP:
First step- Register: Open GLAP and register. You can register with www.glap.careers360.com
Second step-Personal Details: Fill your personal details. This step will ask you to fill the following information:
Third step-Education: You need to fill your education details regarding degree, scores and year. Here’s what it will ask you:
Graduation degree: Fill in the degree you have cleared or is about to clear starting from below 12th up to post-graduation. So, you can also include degree like BBA, MBBS, B.Tech, MA. A dropdown filter will take you to the relevant option.
Graduation marks: You need to fill in your average marks or percentage here. So, if your three years average percentage is 65% that’s what you fill in rather than the three years separately. You can also fill in CGPA details. For those who have not cleared their final exam can
Graduation year: Here, you need to fill in the year in which you have graduated or will graduate. Students whose education qualification is less than that can input the year on which they will clear their 12th or 10th.
Fourth step-Work experience: This step requires information on your work experience. Of course, aspirants with no work experience can select ‘No’ and continue to the next step.
Candidates who have prior work experience can fill in details about their industry, organization and the number of years in the fields. Aspirants who have experience in more than one organisation can add details by clicking on ‘Add another item’.
Fifth step-Exam score: Here you are required to fill in the details of the exams you have appeared for or are planning to appear. You need to fill in the exam details depending on the exam you are expected to take. For example, for MBA courses, you might either go for GRE or GMAT. If you have not taken GMAT you can select ‘no’, which takes you to the next question,” are you planning to take the test?’ If your answer is yes, you have to enter when you plan to take the exam and what do you expect your score to be.
Sixth step-Preference: Once you have filled in your details regarding exam, work experience and education, you can state your preferences with GLAP. Mentioned below are the preference fields to be filled up:
Country: You can name any country that you prefer as your study abroad destination.
When are you planning to start: Indicate your tentative year to start your programme at the university.
Preferred institute: This very interesting. If you have any preference for some college you can select the universities.
Programme duration: Enter your preferred programme duration, if any.
Preferred specialisation: You are given three options to select your preferred specialisation.Selecting at least one option is mandatory here.
Preferred Industry: This works similar to specialisation.You can choose any preferred industry that you are looking forward to working in the future or are already working.
Scholarship: You can indicate whether you want to explore scholarship opportunities or not.
Acceptable fee limit: You can indicate your tuition fee limit in this field.
Here’s the GLAP calendar for the current academic cycle:
25 - 27 August, 2016
5 - 7 October, 2016
9 - 11 November, 2016
12 - 14 January, 2017
Stay tuned to www.studyabroad.careers360.com for more news and updates on GLAP