When they think about their study abroad dream, many candidates forget about other things and due to their lesser focus on other areas, some of them are getting deceived by fake universities operating abroad. Recently, the University of Northern Virginia was shut down on the grounds of absence of proper accreditation and this is an alarm for Indians and students from other nations to be careful about identifying fake universities.
For students aspiring for foreign education, the most important process involves selection of the right university and it is generally a time consuming process. Getting into a good school can surely enhance the chances of succeeding in the future with respect to acquiring knowledge, career prospects and getting lucrative job opportunities as well. If a wrong selection is made, there are heavier chances of the career coming to a stake. Earlier, until around 1990s, bad educational institutions were restricted to their respective geographical areas. On the other hand, in the present circumstances, the great tool called internet has revolutionized the way in which education is turning out to be a business all over the world. This development of the internet world has made the dodgy operators to move swiftly and easily into the virtual world. Here are the tips for identifying fake universities abroad:
Watch out for tall promises and claims:
Some institutions claim to be a part of college or university, it is highly important to check the claims made. The important point to remember here is that the strengths of good institutions are expert faculty members and the courses offered and not tie-ups.
Type of course:
As per the immigration laws of many countries, it is important that most of the international students should enroll into full-time courses and should maintain full-time student status. So, it is important to consider the final degree or diploma that will be awarded at the end of the course. The reason is that part-time classes, weekend, once in a week or evening courses do not have any good value in the job market as well. So, it is crucial to check the type of courses offered by the university before enrolling.
Name of the institution:
The important point to be remembered by applicants is that the college named ‘Cambridge College’, need not be part of the great Cambridge University. This is the arena, where many students get duped. It is also important to remember that the term ‘University of XYZ’ denoting a university, need not denote the same university, when it is called as ‘XYZ University’.
If an institution claims that a long-term course will be offered within a short period that too with internships and job offers, the applicants must be much more careful. For instance, if an individual can earn a Bachelor’s degree within 6 months or a year, it is surely going to be an offer made by a fake university.
In addition to these signs, the applicants should also be careful, when there are some irregularities in the fee structure and errors in the official website of the institution.