Do you want to study in the USA, Ireland, or Germany, but do not know how to proceed? Are you struggling to choose the right study abroad course? Or, do you have a low GPA, but can you get admission in good colleges? Okay, your preferences are around materials engineering, industrial automation, etc. Do we have an avenue? The faculty should be competent, and have subject expertise to advice a large pool of students.
Well, you have Noida-based iSchoolConnect, India’s advanced study abroad consultant. Its AI technology-driven engine can give you personalized recommendations from a list of 300,000+ courses abroad. iSchoolConnect offers a variety of services, such as 10+ hours of concise content, dedicated counseling mentor, essay and SOP grading tool, visa/MBA interview training tool, and on-demand test preparation.
So, what exactly is iSchoolConnect? Sure! iSchoolConnect currently has three partners. Ashish Fernando, in USA, is the lead partner. He joined Quantiphi Analytics, as the second employee. He started building his own product. Today, Quantiphi is a seed investor in iSchoolConnect. Then, the journey of iSchoolConnect started. Ashish Tulsankar, another partner, was the 13th employee in Quantiphi, and joined in 2018. Vaibhav Gupta, co-founder and chief marketing officer, joined iSchoolConnect in 2018.
Gupta said that our ethos is to democratize the process of studying abroad using technology. There are five steps involved: research, shortlisting, application and documentation, interviews, and pre-departure.
iSchoolConnect has four tools developed to helps students at each of these steps. Tool one is the recommendation engine. It allows students to apply to the right university or center of study. AI understands the thousands of profiles. There are three options: dream, reach, and safe. Students can get all the recommendations on one click. You can browse courses across all countries.
We have over 4 lakh programs in our directory, and over 4,200 colleges and universities across 15+ global destinations. We have over 42 disciplines, and over 250+ sub-disciplines. We have categorized these 250+ sub-disciplines under the 4 lakh programs. Among the 42 disciplines, we have computer science, business management, agriculture, design, chemistry, architecture, arts, etc.
The second tool is an analytical AI tool, called the Document Writing Mentor. Here, students have to type in their statement of purpose. This takes care of plagiarism. Turn It In is a leading plagiarism tool. We have a direct integration with them. Besides, it does grammar checking, long paragraph identification, and even word counts. You can get results regarding the choice of school, future goals, choice of program, self-motivation, work experience, and academic experience. The feedback is personalized for the students’ profile and the universities.
The feedback is provided, based on peer SOPs. Eg., you have to establish the link between your motivations to pursue a course, and a career path that you wish to follow. There is also a human-in-the-loop system, a feedback mechanism. Humans and technology work in conjunction. There is also a section for essays. You have to write about your achievements.
AI collates gestures
Next comes the video interview analyzer. We have created a tool that helps you overcome the fear of an interview. There are three options: visa, admissions, and MBA. The AI is collating all of your gestures. It analyzes major parameters such as facial movements, behavioral characteristics, and emotions. It gives ranks based on confidence, energy, composure, and focus. You will eventually getting accustomed to the type of questions that you will be asked at the actual interview. You can definitely get the fear out of yourself by undergoing this test. We have tried to bring in automation to facilitate the pain point for the student.
We also have a tool that provides accurate information for the students. We have created an AI chatbox, called CASIE. It is built on the ChatGPT’s large language model (LLM). This model is trained on iSchoolConnect’s proprietary data. CASIE, iSchoolConnect’s AI chatbot, can be found on all the main pages. It has answers from questions about your university to that about your visa process. All you have to do, is ask!
For example, if you wish to study journalism in Texas, USA, you can get all that information within seconds. Information is available for students at the click of a button. We can also update the information regarding things such as the tuition fees, and application deadline at the backend. The tool provides university recommendations based on your profile. Our AI recommendation engine has always been one of our finest products. With our collaboration with Google Cloud Platform, it has scaled to great finesse!
We also have a marketplace for travel, courier, insurance, accommodation, education loan, profile building. Education loan is not really available for non-collateral under-graduates. It also depends on the rank of the university, and the type of program. Eg., if you wish to study advanced semiconductors in the USA, the website would recommend Arizona State University (ASU). The website actually saves students from misinformation.
In 2022, about 7 lakh students went to over 15 destinations. In 2023, there will be about 9 lakh students going out. The number is increasing dramatically. We probably have a demand-supply gap in India, otherwise, the education system is doing very well. We have also had a shift in mindset today, with over $100 billion coming in via remittances. There is good exchange of technology. We are facilitating the student’s journey using cutting-edge technology.
We note that the USA has a big problem of drop-offs. We have a student success platform. We also have the graduation success module. This can improve the graduation rates. It identifies at-risk students. It looks at student motivation, professional experience, socio-economic fit, academic excellence, career readiness, and institution perception. This is the iSchool360 data-enabled student success. It is the B2B side of our business. We sell this to enterprises for multiple use cases.
iSchool Student Success is the simplest and most effective way to identify low performance students, and help them succeed. There is another model for employment potential. We have Student Success dashboard and iFrame. This can be across universities platform too. iSchoolConnect is the emerging edtech online platform that makes the study abroad process hassle-free, fun, and accessible to students. Using unique AI-technology, it allows students to apply to multiple universities with a single application.
Remember, ultimately, to succeed, it is how you apply youself in future, post iSchoolConnect, that will determine your length and breadth of success! It will be prudent to put practice and learning to deal with real-world situations that will help you stand out! All the best!!