International travel to students will reopen to fully vaccinated international students from 15 December 2021

On 22 November 2021, the Prime Minister announced the easing of border restrictions to enable the return of international students to Australia. Due to the emergence of the Omicron variant of concern, on 29 November 2021 the Australian Government announced the necessary and temporary decision to pause the reopening of Australia from 1 December 2021 until 15 December 2021.

This will allow education providers to plan for the return of international students, and for students to arrive in Australia and complete pathway courses prior to the commencement of the 2022 academic year.

International students who are taking part in a State or Territory International Student Arrivals Plan, and have been granted an exemption, will still be able to travel to Australia.

International students will be subject to Australian Government border restrictions and any State and Territory quarantine requirements in response to the new Omicron variant. Quarantine arrangements for States and Territories are frequently changing. International Students are advised to visit to ensure they have the most recent information.

International students are an important part of the Australian community, and we look forward to welcoming them back to our classrooms, campuses and communities.

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment has developed a factsheet on the reopening of international travel to students.

From 15 December 2021 fully vaccinated international students with a valid visa no longer need an exemption to travel to Australia.

More information on Australia’s vaccination requirements for eligible visa holders and travel exemptions can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website.


Essential Tests/Exams for your Studying Abroad

A lot of students today are going abroad for higher studies as the global scene for education has opened up its avenues, accommodating students from different academic backgrounds. Most of the educational institutions abroad have preset academic requirements, There are standardised tests that meet these requirements. Your performance/score in these tests play a significant role in increasing the chances of admission in specific colleges or universities. It can also increase your chances to get financial aid or scholarships.

Common examinations for study abroad

SAT, TOEFL, LSAT, MCAT, GRE, GMAT, IELTS are some of the most common and important exams required for study abroad in different universities. At times, there might be a requirement of more than one exam to be cleared. Read on to learn more about these exams.

1.  TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

TOEFL can evaluate the ability of a student or an individual to understand and use English in a setting which is academic in nature. This is a requirement for non-English speaking natives at most of the English universities and colleges. This is also a requirement for scholarships. The scores of TOEFL is  valid for two years.  You have to appear for the test again as there might be  changes in your capabilities in the language to a great extent. You need to be aware that colleges and universities consider only the latest scores of TOEFL. take this test once you have made up your mind to study abroad as English is the most preferred language for admission all over the world.

2. GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)

Thes Graduate Management Admission Test, also known as GMAT is one of the selection criteria, for admission to graduate business administration programs such as Masters of Accountancy, MBA or such other courses, mostly in the United States. There are other English speaking countries too which consider GMAT a requirement. This test is a computer-adaptive standardized test in English language and Mathematics. It  measures the student’s aptitude to gain success in graduate business studies.

3. GRE (Graduate Record Exam)

GRE evaluates whether you are ready for graduate level work. This test measures quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, analytical writing skills and critical thinking, which might not be related to any specific study fields. The GRE score is considered in admissions decisions for MBA, specialized master’s in business and doctoral programs in many universities and colleges.

4. SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)

SAT  is a requirement if you choose US as your study abroad destination. This test is usually taken by high school seniors and juniors with no criteria for minimum marks, but there are specific colleges which require a good score in SAT along with the academic scores. This test evaluates critical thinking skills, as well as the ability to analyze and solve problems in mathematics, critical reading, and writing. The SAT is one way to demonstrate a student’s competitiveness and their likelihood to succeed in a course.

5. ACT (America College Test)

The ACT test is a standardised test for achievement in high school. This test ensures that all students are judged by a common measure, and this also allows the admission officers to predict the scores which are academic in nature in the first year of college. The ACT or America College test, tests your knowledge in four areas, that is, Reading, English, Mathematics and Science Reasoning. This is not an aptitude test and is related directly to the material studied in school.

These tests are only one among several criteria that a student has to meet to successfully gain admission in colleges and universities abroad. A thorough research on specific universities and countries will ensure a hassle free process of application in line with the requirements of each university.


Carnegie Mellon University, Australia

Carnegie Mellon University Australia””s (CMUA) Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) student Abhiman Raguramansays hard work and good advice by friends and family helped him secure a highly competitive position at corporate giant, OneSteel. “I always wanted to go to Carnegie Mellon because its computer science program is number one. The briefing Tim Zak gave really convinced me. For me, the name of Carnegie Mellon really resonated. Even so, I was well advised by my friends and peers. They helped me make the decision to come to the Australian campus,” he says.

CMUA””s Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) is a unique graduate degree program offering a mix of technology, management and strategy courses to provide students with an understanding of information technology from both operational and strategic perspectives.


Carnegie Mellon University is ranked as one of the top 50 universities internationally and many of our degree programs are ranked top in their fields. The Heinz College is ranked first in the area of information technology. It is located in Victoria Square, in the city’s central business district.


Home to three other large universities, numerous cultural venues and affordable restaurants, Adelaide has a warm and sunny climate. The beach is 20 minutes away by public transportation and South Australia’s wine country is an hour away.


Internships are available and the MSIT program is just a one year program. This will save a lot of time and money. Moreover, the cost of MS programs is cheaper by 25% in Australia, than in USA!


Numerous scholarships are available and approximately 85% of our students receive support. U.S. citizens who are eligible for federal loans may use their funding to attend the Heinz College in Australia.

Manisha Biswas came to CMUA in 2008 because of its first class reputation, world class faculty and facilities.

“CMUA’s academic reputation was one factor. The other factor is that Australia is a tolerant multicultural society. I wanted to study with Australian and international students. I will be working with people from all over the world, so I want to understand the way they think, they work and their cultural background,” Manisha says.

Manisha was fascinated by pictures of Australian flora and fauna on the Discovery Channel. 20 years later she is studying for her Master of in Science in Information Technology (MSIT) at Carnegie Mellon Universityin Adelaide.

Manisha was surprised to hear the negative stories from Melbourne about allegations of poor treatment of Indian students.

“I feel at home here and a part of Australian society. There have been times when I had to leave CMUA late at night but I never had any problems. I feel safe.”

“Australia is a big country with very friendly and helpful people. You will learn lots. After one year your perspective about life and people will change. CMUA standards are very high but that is good.

Carnegie Mellon University is ranked as one of the top 50 universities internationally and many of our degree programs are ranked top in their fields. The Heinz College is ranked among the top ten public policy schools and ranked first in the area of information technology. With alumni world-wide, the university’s network spans organizations on every continent. Graduates of our programs have access to these professionals and current students have opportunities for mentoring relationships and internships.

Murali Rajendran is highly impressed with the lost of education in Australia and very high quality standards.

“I have lived and worked with different cultures, having spent 15 years of my childhood in Kuwait, living in an Indian family tradition. I also visited the United States during my undergraduate years. But when the time to choose my destination for my Masters degree came, I did not hesitate on studying in Australia. The chance of living in Australia and studying at a world class institution like Carnegie Mellon University Australia was one of the motivating factors during my university selection process. The other factor was plain curiosity about the land down under!

I was informed by friends and relatives that Australia was a fine place to study and work. That turned out to be an understatement. The Australian way of life – as I soon learnt – was more than what meets the eye. I am experiencing one of the most culturally enriching periods of my life.

People here are smart, cheerful and hard working. The society as a whole is a blend of various diverse ethnicities, and everyone has the freedom to preserve and promote their culture.”

World-wide, CMU is ranked 1st for Info & Technology Management and in the top 10 positions  for Public Affairs, Public Policy Analysis, Health Policy and Environmental Policy, according to US News and World Report 2008 rankings.

In addition to the regular admission requirements, Heinz College (CMU) requires three (instead of two) recommendation letters and a decent score in either GRE or GMAT for admission in MSIT program.

The application deadlines are September 15th for January intake and March 15th for July intake.

For more information contact CMU on: [email protected]

Or, visit the website at


For more information on Carnegie Mellon University (Heinz College) Australia, admissions and further assistance, please contact Impel by Email or call us on phone nos. 27763723/24 (Hyderabad)

Clinical Research in UK/Singapore

ICRI Global Research is a UK-based organization specializing in research, consultancy and training for individuals, pharmaceutical companies, CROs and academic institutions looking to conduct research in emerging research markets particularly south and south-east Asia.  ICRI campuses are located in UK and Singapore.

Worldwide, ICRI Global Research has access to over 3000 clinical research professionals and fifteen centers of excellence. ICRI Global Research has a clear mission – as a knowledge-based organization it seeks to provide stakeholders high quality cost effective results delivered on-time by the most experienced teams available.

As emerging research markets grow so does the operation of ICRI Global Research especially the pioneering training programmes to new and inexperienced professionals. Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lankaand the Gulf states are all currently under development. Central to these developments is the belief in ICRI Global Research that learning through practice is the key and that understanding international operations is best learnt through travel – hence all ICRI Global Research programmes, irrespective of host country, include the option to spend up to one month in the ICRI Global Research simulator unit in the UK – this gives practical training whilst being exposed to European culture.

ICRI offers the following programs:

  2. Postgraduate Certificate in GLOBAL CLINICAL TRIALS MANAGEMENT
  4. Masters in CLINICAL RESEARCH*

Masters in Clinical Research program is available in the following combinations:

  • 2 years in Singapore or 2 years in UK
  • 1st year in Singapore & 2nd year in UK
  • 1st year in Singapore & 2nd year in USA
  • 1st year in UK & 2nd year in USA

Entry Requirements: Graduates with minimum 55% or above from (MBBS,/BDS/B.Pharm/Life Science and professionals from relevant disciplines)

English language requirements: TOEFL- 85 iBT

For detailed information on and admission in these programs, please contact any of Impel’s offices at the following location:

Or, please Email us. We will be pleased to get back to you.