One of the most under rated factors when deciding to study abroad is 'culture shock' - while experiencing different cultures is definitely one of the most exciting aspects of living and studying overseas. It is equally important that the student is prepared for what to expect more importantly when the culture is most likely to be different to one's home culture. Students often have to make a choice between what is 'popular' and what is right for them.
And that's not all choosing the right kind of course, the ideal University suiting budgets and future employment prospects are some other things that need to be kept in mind. Helping students to distinguish between popular opinions to what is really relevant to them is a priority for the team at Smart Move 2 Study Abroad. Smart move 2 Study Abroad helps students make overseas study choices to turn their international dreams to reality. "Our recommendations to students are tailored and prepared to help them achieve their specific goals," says Hemang Laheru, Director, Smart Move 2 Study Abroad.
The firm has adopted a unique and novel approach to help the candidates. In an industry first every student who walks in is required to complete a PRISM Brain Map inventory. The output of this brain map is, combined later with their Smart Student Questionnaire. PRISM Brain Map report brings out the students behaviour preferences and the study environment that they are likely to thrive in - this information coupled with the answers to the questionnaire helps the Counselors to identify the appropriate country, university and course for the student. The company conducts free information seminars to give the students and their parents a brief idea of the country, colleges and its programs. Now, tied up with 221 universities, spread across 15 countries and collectively offering around 10,000 programs, the firm has built a varied offering to suit students across all specializations.
Smart Move 2 Study Abroad is an offshoot of Smart Move 4 Global Visas (immigration law practice). With its parent body's expertise in visa and immigration areas student concerns can be handled in the early stages ensuring the visa process is seamless and stress free. Moreover the firm is able to support the students with their work visa applications once their courses are complete. With over 5000 likes, in the first three months on Facebook, one can say this consultancy's popularity among its students and beyond seems to be on a level of its own.
To enhance student satisfaction the firm is in the process of setting up dedicated Student Support Teams whose role will be to be in touch with the students and provide them any kind of support in-country even after securing their admission.
Headquartered in Mumbai, Smart Move 2 Study Abroad and with offices in Pune, Ahmedabad and Baroda, and 9 affiliate partners across the country. The firm has ambitious plans to increase the number of affiliates to 30. This will strengthen the firm and help set up offices in more branches in some key hubs of the country.
"Special care is taken, to place the students in colleges which offer excellent programs at value prices. The tie ups of our organization are with universities offering globally recognized courses at prices that are less than what students would even pay in India," says Hemang Laheru. This ensures that the firm has courses at their disposal that suits every budget requirement of students. At present the firm has four counselors who work with the students in the areas of admission counseling. In addition to that the Principal Directors of the firm are all internationally educated providing firsthand experience of studying abroad. This gives the firm an edge to counsel the students more effectively on the do's and don'ts. They provide the students with practical tips so that they are able to manage their living costs more effectively. These tips are given to let students enjoy a good quality foreign life at a minimal strain of their resources.
In addition to helping students select the appropriate country to study, the firm also identifies the best educational institute for them. The process of completing the admission form and also filling in the relevant information on the visa application is also done by the firm. Their trained counselors check the details and the documents for the visa applications and correct them accordingly. Assistance with the entrance tests, English tests and even education loans and health insurance are taken complete care of. This enables students to only focus on their education; the rest is taken care of. Smart Move 2 Study Abroad helps students chase their dreams of overseas education and make decisions about higher studies easy.