As the time passes the world is coming to its original shape which was previously on standstill due to COVID-19. Most of the European countries have opened their VFS centres in India and students are now excited to move to their favourite study destination as soon as possible. In order to reach there, students have to pass the interview round. Here, on Edugo Abroad our Sr. Admission Process Executive, Ms. Krimi Shah has prepared a blog which contains all the questions-answers which are asked during the interview session.
Enjoy the blog written by Ms. Shah. It is an ultimate guide to clear your visa interview.
What comes first in your mind when you hear the word “Interview”? Starting from what I shall answer to what I am not supposed to say, will it be okay if I say this, every student faces lots of confusion and nervousness when they appear for an interview. Talking about students who have applied for European Visa under the Student Category, they have to submit their file at VFS after which they have to appear for an Embassy interview. Unlike other countries, the interview for European countries is quite interesting! Where most of the students are nervous about the interview, it isn’t impossible if you are well prepared.
The first and foremost question that you will face is introducing yourself. Here you should give a precise answer covering all your details. Avoid giving irrelevant details. Cover your name, from where do you belong, educational background, job experience if any and what you have done before applying for the University. You can add a line or two describing your family as I belong to a financially sound family or there are three members in my family, etc. Where most of them find it so difficult to crack the Embassy interview, let's have a look to most common questions that students face during the interview.
Here the list of Europe student visa / Schengen student visa interview questions and answers.
Here you should describe the advantages that you will get by studying in Europe. Also, you can mention a comparison of doing that course in India and Europe. E.g., if you want to study MBA in India from a renowned institute it will cost around 7 to 10 lakhs whereas in the same budget you can study in Europe and get an internationally recognized University. Also, you can mention other benefits such as the possibility of getting a double degree, viewing culture through a new lens, studies are mainly based on practical knowledge, acquiring greater knowledge of different cultures, etc.
Here you can start with, “I heard from my friend or an Educational fair or Educational Consultant about the University”. To answer the question Why you have applied for the University you should do research in-depth about the University. Try to search it on your own relating to university’s ranking, accreditation, courses, course modules for which you have applied faculty, etc. Also, you can learn more about the university via videos on YouTube, university’s Facebook page, Twitter or any online platform accessible to you. For your better understanding, you can even refer to educational pages where rankings for Universities around the World are mentioned like QS World University Rankings https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/2021.
You should have justified reasons for applying for a particular course. Do not forget to practice well before you appear for the interview. It will surely make your answers precise and perfect. In this answer, you should link up your past background with the current course that you have applied for. For Example, if you have completed your Bachelors in Engineering and now you are applying for a Management course then you should have legitimate reasons for choosing a non-technical course after studying in a Technical field. Summing up there should be a connection of your background with your future education.
Interviewers expect that you have complete knowledge about the country for which you are going. You should be well aware of the cost of living in the city that you are going to. Also, they may ask how you are going to cover your expenses in that country. You can simply answer that you have enough funds in your account to cover your cost of living.
Here you are required to mention the person who is going to sponsor your education i.e. your father, mother, sibling, grandparents, etc. They may even ask regarding the occupation of your sponsor.
NB: Remember that there should not be more than 2 sponsors.
Always remember this is a trick question that will confirm the actual purpose of why you are going in that country. Your answer should be “No, I am going to study in that country and I won’t work as I have sufficient funds to cover my expenses.”
There are a few things that you should avoid during your visa interview such as being late for the interview, giving unnecessary information, nervousness, etc. You can check out the things that you should avoid in a visa interview https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/blog/top-mistakes-to-avoid-during-a-visa-interview/
We hope this blog will surely help you out with your Embassy interview and for more detailed information you can visit our website where you can find FAQs for European countries, blogs, checklists, Campus France Process and many more things about Europe. Our personal support team guides students at each step from application to interview preparation. Edugo Abroad is one of the leading education consultant services in India with strong contact with European universities.