FirstStep.me spoke to the team at Global Education about what’s trending in the world of Studying Abroad and how to prepare and handle challenges for an overseas education adventure.

The Studying Abroad experience with Global Education
The Studying Abroad experience with Global Education
 
Should you not meet the entry requirements of a university or college - why is a bridging, pathway or foundation program so important for an individual looking to study in a foreign country?
 
Most Universities offer a pathway,bridging or foundation course should a student who has not met the admission requirement to obtain direct entry. Global Education will advise if further qualifications are required.  However in terms of South Africa, all the Universities in partnership with Global Education are aware of the South African Matric system and are willing to accept South African students directly into their University if the student applies through Global Education and meets the entry requirements.  This is because Global Education has worked closely with these Universities for over 8 years and has kept the universities they represent up to date with the requirements on the South African School leaving system.

With the high school Matric results recently released in South Africa. A number of graduates are left in the open with either a lot on their plate or in many case very limited options. FirstStep.me spoke with Alie Brand from Stellenbosch Rugby Academy (SRA) about opportunities that matriculants should take note of.

Stellenbosch Rugby Academy

Stellenbosch Rugby Academy

In terms of using a sporting background with education as is the case with Stellenbosch Rugby Academy, does this also serve a similar platform as an academic bridging platform? - Basically does sport help students adjust to higher education - Yes, it is of importance in the case of the Rugby Academy that our students are put on the correct career path. This process normally takes 6 months, and then the student can start studying.

University of the People: A University by the People, For the People

University of the People
 
University of the People
 
“When you educate one person you can change a life; when you educate many you can change the world” – University of the People President and Founder Shai Reshef
 
Since 2009, Shai Reshef has been championing a global solution to make higher education attainable to everyone, no matter their social, geographic or economic status.

According to the WWF there are currently only 4 northern white rhinos left in the world. This sad statistic is just one of many representing the extreme pressure the environment is under – more often than not as a result of human intervention.

Planetary changes and solutions for 2015 - image credits Paul Murray and SOLVATTEN®

Planetary changes and solutions for 2015 - image credits Paul Murray and SOLVATTEN®

FirstStep.me spoke to an environmental artist and one very awesome social organisation about what changes and solutions in 2015 can help the planet become a better place.

The Change

Conservation and Environmental Artist Paul Murray - “If earth was a business…Would money grow on trees? Would oceans flow with gold? And would animals be listed on the Stock Exchange? I don’t think so. Therefore my hopes and dreams for 2015, is for a little more understanding. Understanding of what 'man' has and is doing to the planet and its animal inhabitants is the change that is needed.

 The top five financial mistakes young people make – and how to avoid them

The top five financial mistakes young people make – and how to avoid them

By Idris Seedat, Manager: Investment Challenge at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange
 
Venturing forth into the ‘big, bad world’ as an adult is exciting, daunting – and expensive.
Not only will you find yourself suddenly having to pay for things like accommodation, food, transport and fuel and a host of other costs you never had to worry about previously, but also that your hard-earned cash doesn’t go nearly as far as you’d like.
 
The reality is that life is expensive and many young adults find themselves being brought down to earth with a bump when they discover just how pricey it can be. The problem is that many young adults are simply not equipped to make smart financial choices and end up making all-too-common mistakes that can cost them dearly in the long run. Here are some of these common mistakes and how you can avoid them.