The role of an education counsellor is to provide quality guidance for students who intend to study abroad. With experienced counsellors,such firms provide comprehensive development, advising and application process support services to the students. Education counselling organizations are widely known for their professional support services, experience &trained staff and guidance services to help students find appropriate courses.
"The advantage when we first looked at establishing ourselves in India was the desire to be different, something that is unique and much needed for the Indian market, rather than just being another mainstream counselling provider", says Malik Sundharam, Director, ELS International Education Pathways Private Ltd (ELS India).
ELS India is a 50 year-old organization based in New Jersey and a full owned subsidiary of ELS Educational Services, Inc. USA. It flaunts the pride of having helped a staggering number of over a million students matriculate under its guidance. Worldwide, the firm is now one of the largest recruiters of students for North America. Having established its operations in India in the year 2010, this organization has successfully come a long way. With its headquarters in Chennai, the organization now has branches in Bangalore, Coimbatore and Hyderabad. The near future will see ELS offices in Delhi, Mumbai and Calcutta by 2015. This plan is in motion because ELS want students to have the liberty to get access to them as easily as possible.
Every firm has their own specifics for doing what they do best and that's what makes each one of them different. ELS India also has established a unique proven process for student success. The company provides the required services in the best way possible for them and their clients. With an unbiased counselling process, the firm provides each student with choice of universities which fits them best, based on their academic profile, financial capabilities and personal preference keeping their commercial interest aside. With a disciplined staff of internationally educated, trained and certified counsellors, their services are very transparent and the cost of counselling is absolutely free. The firm makes sure of meeting the expectations of the students and their parents and assures them of the commitment they have put to deliver a positive result.
First, free counselling is given to every student who contacts them.Following which the students and parents are provided with a knowledge sharing session in-person or on-line sharinga detailed overview of services offered at ELS before the student decides to sign up. Every student is assigned a counsellor, along with a student support executive. They are the students' primary source of contact. Detailed Information sessions also one of the firm's top priorities where students are provided with information about study destinations, their educational system, institutions, application process and financial requirements. ELS takes the pride of understanding the student better before providing the counselling. Every student is required to complete a 12 page Student Questionnaire with thought provoking and self-assessment questions along with their academic goals, financial capabilities, university preference and personal preference that best defines the students and their interests
After the Student Questionnaire is being completed, students are scheduled for a one-on-one counselling session with an internationally educated counsellor to understand and agree on the direction and preference. ELS starts the short-listing process for students after the counselling session where detailed research is performed for each student based on their unique profile providing them with a detailed list of institutions with information including tuition cost, scholarship availability and other required demographics that will assist student in their decision making process of finalizing the desired institutions of target. A clear balance is maintained between the institutions of interest and institutions with high possibility for admissions. Accordingly, students are given time to know what decisions they make and why they make them. This way the firm ensures that every need of the student is sufficiently met before preparing them for college by providing editorial review assistance for documents required for admissions, application processing assistance, university acceptance counselling, visa guidance and finally pre-departure orientation. ELS has an impressive staff of counsellors, with Head of counselling, senior counsellors and counsellors with international degrees including PhD, Masters and Bachelors.
"Our Organization strongly believes in guiding students and not doing it for them,"adds Sundharam. Some students who are academically skilled can have financial constraints. The firm tries to understand their goals and accordingly finds schools for them where the cost of living is comparatively low. Such students are also placed in institutes where on-campus jobs and scholarships are available for international students.Every student is provided with Individual care and attention at ELS.
The main goal of ELS is to serve the Indian student community and guide them in the right direction. ELS provides successful academic pathways for every student and helps them get the opportunity they deserve.