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Incoming Students FAQs

1. Why study in Pakistan and what are the opportunities for the students in Pakistan?
Ans. Pakistan is the only country in the world where you (being a student) have free access to more than 20,000 e-journals. You can also listen to the lectures of scientist, Nobel Prize holders and professors form the top universities of the world through video conferencing, video CD's and video cassettes. You will find libraries and advanced laboratories in which you can search for and acquire knowledge. With sports and cultural facilities and student clubs you will enjoy being a student in Pakistan. Above all, the quality of education will make you ready for the future.

2. Is the environment conducive for foreign student in Pakistan?
Ans. Pakistan has always welcomed international students. Hospitality has been embedded in the culture of Pakistan. You will not be a foreigner in Pakistan. You will experience both modernity and tradition and will be treated with utmost respect and care.

3. Why should I apply to IBA-Karachi?
Ans. Being one of the leading business schools of this part of the world, the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi is committed to provide a solid foundation to prepare students to meet this challenge. In the past six decades, IBA students have firmly established a sterling reputation both in Pakistan and around the world. IBA is now ranked as the best business school in Pakistan, keeping its core values of nurturing camaraderie and team work, along with a spirit of healthy competition.

4. What programs does IBA offer?
Ans. IBA offers undergraduate, graduate as well as post-graduate programs. For more information on the programs offered at IBA, please visit the 'Programs' page.

5. What is the medium of instruction at IBA?
Ans. The medium of instruction is English at IBA and the environment is very supportive for foreign students.

6. How do I apply to IBA-Karachi?
Ans. For application details, visiting students and international students who are applying for full degree program at IBA, Karachi, please visit the 'How to Apply' page for complete information.

7. What will be my mode of transportation once I arrive in Karachi?
Ans. Transportation from the Airport or Railway Station will not be provided, however, accessing transport from both venues will be extremely easy. You can use local taxis and rickshaws on site and enjoy a quick tour of the city on your way to the airport Pakistani style. You can also use White Cab and Metro Radio Cab booking stations at the Jinnah International Airport to facilitate your travel to IBA. To book a cab in advance or for information regarding travelling fares, you can use the following information:

Metro Radio Cab (92-21) 111-222-787
White Cab (92-21) 111-789-786

For your convenience, IBA provides shuttle service between City Campus and Main Campus every two hours.

If you find the time or need to travel, public transport is available within Karachi University and Cabs can also be booked in advance.

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For any queries regarding transport, please contact:
Kazi Muhammad Mazhar Uddin: Cellphone M: 0333-3753147, Ext:2047
Email ID: kmmazharuddin@iba.edu.pk

8. What is the Orientation week all about?
Ans: The Orientation week for incoming exchange students would comprise of the following:
- Orientation session
- Campus and City tour,
- Project based learning in partnership with AIESEC@IBA,
- Language training sessions,
- DSLR workshops,
- Movie Night.
Session Details to be included: Room, timings, contact details, etc.

9. When will I get my program schedule, student ID card and IBA E-mail ID?
Ans. All of this would be provided in the orientation week during the orientation session.

10. Are there opportunities available to do part-time job at IBA? If so, how should I apply for it?
Ans. The following part-time jobs are provided throughout the semester:
i) Teaching assistance: Students can provide teaching assistance to faculty members at IBA during the summer school and during their exchange program. The job openings start at the onset of every semester.
ii) IBA Administrative work: Exchange students can intern at the various administrative departments at IBA, counting towards a corporate internship. Job openings can occur at any time of the semester.
The IBA Program office, HR Department and Career Development Centre (CDC) provide e-mail updates on part-time job openings and so on procedure of application.

11. From where will I be able to get course materials?
Ans. The course materials including textbooks, handouts, and notes (both written and printed) are available at IBA photocopier shop in both City Campus and Main Campus. You can avail course materials at subsidized rates through IBA Bookery, an online book portal that provides platform to the IBA students of buying and selling their course books and notes online; please register at www.ibabookery.com to get course materials of your choice.

12. During my stay at IBA, what will be my day to day expenses on average?
Ans. Please visit 'Living Costs' page for complete information.

13. What are the student facilities available on-campus?
Ans. Please visit http://www.iba.edu.pk/studentfacilities.php for complete information.

14. What are the accommodation facilities available?
Ans. The IBA, Karachi (Main Campus) only provides on-campus accommodation facilities for its students outside Karachi and from abroad. Both the boys' and girls' hostels offer facilities of high-speed Internet, TV lounge, gym, and parking space (the last two for boys' hostel only). For further information, download Brief on IBA Hostels and for further queries go to 'Accommodation' page for contact details.

15. What are the Security arrangements?
Ans. Please visit 'Accommodation and Security' page for complete information.

16. Are there any projects or research work opportunities at IBA?
Ans. IBA in collaboration with AIESEC in IBA provides research projects via experiential knowledge course for international students in their final year of undergraduate program and pursuing post-graduation. Additionally, group projects will be allocated at the onset of semester aiming to enhance diversity-based learning, promote cultural understanding, build lifelong friendships and advance your career aspirations.