Frequently Asked Questions
Most frequent questions and answers regarding university placement services
What is InCIS?
We at InCIS are a group of experienced staff, there to help you every step of the way in order for admission into institutions abroad. We provide thorough academic counselling on a one-on-one basis.
Does the universities have rankings?
The universities do have rakings, but we recommend not placing too much weight and attention to such statistics, as a lower-ranked institution maybe well renowned or suited for your particular area of study.
What are the documents required for applying to institutions abroad?
- In order to apply to an institution abroad, you must provide InCIS with the following:
- Academic Certificate(s)
- O Level
- A Level
- Mark Sheet(s)
- School transcripts from class 9 up to 12
- Teacher’s Recommendation(s)
- Extra-Curricular Activities with supporting document(s)
- SAT / TOEFL / IELTS score(s)
What is the difference in the tuition and living expenses between the countries?
Depending on whether you are in USA, Canada, UK or Australia, the tuition and living expenses can vary widely. A private institution is always more expensive than a public one. Tuition can also vary depending on the length of the program. The living costs also depend on the city in which you stay and the lifestyle you follow. In general, American universities are the most expensive.
How long does it take to get a reply from the institution?
After applying, it can take as long as 10-15 weeks to get an official letter of acceptance from the university. This delay depends on many factors. However, an acknowledgement letter of your application is usually mailed within 2 weeks.
What standardized tests do I have to take when applying?
Depending on where you want to apply to, you may have to take either one or a combination of the following tests, if you have not taken them already:
- SAT I
- SAT subject tests
- IELTS / TOEFL
Are scholarships available? If so, where can I get further details on this matter?
Yes, these universities do offer a wide range of scholarships for international students but are very competitive. We recommend applying for need-based financial aid to these institutions instead. InCIS staff can help you in this regard.
What are the benefits of applying through InCIS?
We at InCIS are experienced staff with proven records of successfully having sent many students abroad. Besides:
- Our students are advised by past students of ours’, who have already settled abroad.
- We take care of all aspects of your application
- We provide up-to-date information regarding all matters
- We help in preparing all relevant documents including papers for the visa
- We provide formal classes for SAT, IELTS and TOEFL right here
- We assist in registration for these tests
- We also provide courier service support for your documents
Are students allowed to work while studying abroad?
In order to work part-time, students must obtain a work permit first. In order to get one, the applicant must be registered as a full-time student at the university. On obtaining the permit, they can work as long as they don’t exceed the allotted time (usually 20 hours/week).
Do the institutions abroad have lodging/housing facilities?
Yes. The universities abroad usually have housing facilities for its students. Sometimes, the universities also guarantee room for all its’ first-year students who are newcomers. You can arrange for housing after being accepted into an institution. InCIS staff would help you with this matter.
If so, do they come with private washrooms?
The residences available are usually shared rooms and do not come with private washrooms, so they might have to be shared with a few other tenants. If students find this to be unacceptable, they can contact the local housing authority for alternate arrangements (if available) or rent a residence off-campus.
When does the academic year begin?
Depends on where you apply to. The American, Canadian and UK timings are similar and both start in August/September with few admissions in January as well. The Australian year, however, starts in February with a few admissions in July also. The European countries application deadlines vary significantly.
When is the best time to submit the application?
The universities have deadlines for submission of documents. We also recommend applying for the ‘Fall’ term which starts in September for USA, UK and Canada and February for Australia, as international students have a higher chance of admission. We recommend starting on the application at least 6 months prior to the start of the academic year.
Is a health check-up required prior to the flight as part of the visa processing?
Depending on where you apply to, a health check-up may or may not be required. Usually, though, a check-up is required for Australia, Canada and the USA, but not for the UK.
Can I apply for a science/management faculty even if I don’t have such a background?
Yes, you can do so. The university would allow you to apply to any faculty irrelevant of your previous area of study. We recommend carrying on along the same line as it would be easier for the student to get accustomed to.
Do the universities require an advance deposit for acceptance?
Yes. The universities do require an advance deposit from you once you have accepted their offer of admission as a means of confirmation and assurance.