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Why Should You Study Abroad In The First Place

There is a whole ocean of options to think of before we can decide what to study? Where to study? And how do we complete the process of Application. To add to the confusion, sometimes our parents and others question our choices. 

Why would you want to study abroad in the first place?  Is just one of the questions that we are faced with… 

Studying abroad will help you stay ahead of those who opted to study at local colleges and universities. An international Bachelor’s Degree is not only globally endorsed but well recognised in the job market as well. It will demonstrate to your potential employer that you have thrived and succeeded in a real life challenge outside your comfort zone. Another prime advantage of studying abroad is that your language skills are sure to improve. Whatever be the subject that you are studying the native speaking environment is bound to do wonders to your language skill, your vocabulary will grow immensely while are living and looking after yourself in a new country.

We can give some insight that may help you give strong logical background to your choice. When all around is in chaos and confusion, the ideas in this article will help you by giving more clarity to your thoughts.

Do you know that India currently ranks 2nd in the list of countries of who have students leaving their country to study abroad. What are the Reasons that would help you to understand the importance of Education Abroad?

According to the QS World University Ranking, India ranks only second to China in terms of student enrolment internationally across the globe. India has a large student base, as more than 50% of its generic population are below the age of 25. Thousands of students from India leave their country every year to pursue their aspiration of studying abroad!

We would want to help you with the reasons behind why you should STUDY ABROAD?

 We’re more than happy to share some helpful insights into the most important reasons why Indian students want to opt for a higher education abroad.

Well it’s not just an excuse but a far signed career planning that many bright minds fly to a far-off country in order to gain a world-class education. They have some great fore-sights and 20 reasons to study abroad just in case you need additional reasons to be convinced. 

  1. Quality of education

The Indian standard of courses is developing and adapting to changes at an alarming pace, there still exists a lack of opportunities for practical application.  The Stress is on rote-learning and not on skills or conceptual understanding, due to this, many students in India struggle to get suitable job placements.

In contrast, institutes abroad engage students in active learning through class participation, dialogue exchange, case studies, and practical off- and on-campus experiences. All this makes learning fun and meaningful and more out-of –the box for them. Furthermore, flexibility of tailored courses customised to a student’s interest and the freedom are what catches the learner’s attention.

  • Enhances your language skills

You can refresh your ESL by studying abroad; where you might be surprised at how much you can pick up so quickly by simply exposing yourself to the completely native English environment. Taking extra language classes when you’re out there can also be a great way to meet new contacts. 

  •    Attain a global perspective

A Global mindset is what you develop and carry it along to everywhere you go, whether it’s in work, study or play, you’ll be able to use your new ideas and beliefs to steer yourself ahead in future.

Many schools have given a lot of weightage to universal recognition. The Ivy League is an example of this. Attending a school like Harvard, Yale, or Stanford offers much needed global stamps. This along with influential alumni networks that span the globe can help significantly with job offers. Even outside of the Ivy League, though, Foreign Universities are generally viewed as offering a high quality education and experience to international students.


4.     Meet a diverse range of people

Your exposure to different types of people hailing from different cultures and nationality will help you to develop your people skills. It will also give you a more in-depth knowledge of others, and particularly make you sensitive to different cultures.

You can join clubs, societies, organizations and online portals that connect you with Non-Resident Indians living abroad. Student-run clubs, sororities and fraternities are great ways to mix with these international crowd and form connections for life.

5.     Make lifelong friends

A shared study experience is a great way to bond with your fellow students. The collaborative course works, long lecture hours, and hostel days spent together all give a great opportunity make a lifelong friend. When you study abroad, you will become friends with people from your host country as well as with other international students hailing from all over the world.


6.    Adds Value to your CV

Experience of having studied and living internationally gives an excellent first impression with employers. Your adaptability is seen to be of a higher level by potential employers on showing you have experience dealing with people from different cultures. If you can pick up new life skills while you explore a new country and gain a decent graduate job, then that’s considered commendable.

An international Degree is also improves overseas employability prospects. Indian students who wish to return back to India and seek job will have them in bounty. Companies consider international exposure an important factor when making their recruitment decisions. A Foreign Degree earned abroad will prove to your future employers that you possess a dynamic attitude.

7.   Discover the True You

Throwing yourself into a completely new environment would help you to understand what you’re good at, as well as predict what you may not be so good at. These are things that one can focus and develop further during the tenure of your study abroad experience.


8.    Become an adult

Living alone in an unknown country, in a situation that is outside your comfort zone contributes to Speed up your transition from teenager to adult. You’ll have to fend for yourself, make or purchase your own meals and wash your own clothes; all of these are seriously experience that teaches us about life.

When you choose to study abroad, you can try new sports and hobbies that do not exist in India. Your university may offer exciting extracurricular clubs, engaging social service and classes that will help you broaden your horizons while living in a new country.

9.  Ease of admission

More than Lakhs of students pass out of high school every year and seats available for majorly limited. Admission to India’s best institutes is immensely competitive; to add more chaos there is the restrictive quota system that limits the scope for general candidates. IIMs (Indian Institute of Management), IITs (Indian Institute of Technology) and AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) are amongst India’s Top-ranked Institutes, to secure admission gets much more intense here depending on the level of study and the stream.

On top of that, students have to deal with the stress of passing entrance exams for certain disciplines, like the Joint Entrance Exams (JEE mains) for engineering colleges and the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) for medical colleges. Even after acing the entrance they have to face a cumbersome and not so transparent admission procedure. The extremely High cut-offs make even the brightest students to shy away and give up on their hope of securing admission to a college of their choice.

On the Contrary, Foreign Universities have a fairly simple application criteria. And those who satisfy the academic and financial criteria have guaranteed admission. Eventually, students with a strong academic standing and sound budget choose to further their higher education abroad. Admission at a highly ranked foreign school is perceived to be comparatively easier. An increasing number of students from India are opting to take the step abroad with a transparent and student friendly procedure.


10.     Study and learn differently

Invariably the foreign schools have a new approach to learning by making the classroom teaching and curriculum more student-centric. You are facilitated with the studying abroad and is bound to experience a completely new way of teaching. This can be initially a little unnerving, but it will also open your mind to new ways of learning, in the process empowering you and transforming you to self- taught learner.

11.      You become independent and self- reliant

Once outside the comfort zone of your house, studying and living abroad needs you to be independent. You must look at this as an exciting new challenge rather than being intimidated by it.

Moving abroad is the utmost test of self-reliance. When you finish your studies, you’ll likely rely much less on others and you’ll take on every responsibility for yourself, accelerating yourself to success.


12.      More options and courses

One biggest concern that faces the students about the Indian education system is that the institutes focus only on delivering popular STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) courses. It is ingrained in the parent’s mind that only these courses and stream are a source of sure success for their children.

On the other side, those Indian students who wish to take up unconventional courses, are constantly looking to advance their higher studies abroad mainly because their program choices are not widely available in India! Even if the course is available, the universities back home lack innovation and accreditation to ensure a better career path.

On the other hand, universities all over US, UK, Canada and Australia offer a rich variety of courses. Courses are offered in in some of the most contemporary and uncommon faculties like entertainment, sports and psychology.

For example, a student who wants to study filmmaking or video editing in India has fewer faculties or schools to choose from and may end up with just a diploma. Whereas on an international level, you may pursue an accredited Bachelor’s Degree and study filmmaking in depth.

STEM fields are becoming popular around the world, and you’re likely to find programs in several universities that offer top-notch engineering yet affordable programs that cover everything from mechanical, telecom and electrical engineering to motor sports, textile and aeronautical engineering.  UK alone has a basket of options to choose from Staffordshire University, Teesside University, Harper Adams University, the University of Bolton and the University of Birmingham are all among the top 5 most affordable engineering colleges in the UK.


13.    International student funding is becoming popular and accessible

If you are of the impression that studying abroad is going to leave you penniless… think again; more and more financial as well as philanthropic institutions and governmental bodies are offering dedicated scholarships for international studies. To know more about international scholarships.

14.    Enhanced international job prospects

At the end of your time as the freshman as an international student, you may either many choose to stay back abroad by accepting job offers and apply for a working visa or may return back to the native country. Even in case you come back, the international exposure provided by studying abroad would be considered of great value by employers.

Enhanced Career Profile is what you would have gained along with your degree by studying in some other parts of the world. The importance of the skills that you acquire from such international course along with cultural enhancement – collaborating academic projects, self-reliance and self- confidence.


15. Easier Emigration pathway

Emigration is one of the top reasons why you and other Indian students, especially at the graduate level, are keen to pursue a degree abroad. Countries like the US, Canada and Australia offer attractive job prospects post qualification. Similarly, flexible immigration policies may allow students to seek employment on completion of their graduate and pursue masters or doctoral studies.

Students from India, China, the Philippines and Vietnam may now benefit from quicker visa processing provided that upfront proof of funds can be submitted, along with the required level of English language proficiency test.

You can get in touch with us to understand the details application procedure.

16.    Advantage of lower tuition fees

This of course depends on the university where you study; it’s possible to study at a highly reputed university without getting into too much debt.


17.     International student discounts

You would be surprised at the perks and student discounts that you might land up with starting from grocery, pharmacy, supermarket library and other utility services.

18.    Explore using your spare time

Studying abroad would give plenty of scope between your lectures and presentations with plenty of time to explore nature. You can visit iconic landmarks, historical monuments, natural wonders, trying new foods and shop at local markets, all this are a better way of spending your time than only thriving on the social media alone!


19. Great Research Environment

The US is a leader in scientific technology. All foreign universities are known to invest well in university-level research projects related to diverse range of fields. Foreign Schools possess great technological know-how and financial strength that establish a great foundation for advance research projects.

The students are well equipped to set to make groundbreaking discoveries.

 This unparalleled practical exposure in turn gives sufficient research opportunities these are great learning grounds for students like you and your work will be an opportunity for your future.


19.    Better appreciation of your home and family

The Cultural exchange that you would be subjected to when you are on your study trip will bring more sensitivity and appreciation for your culture. Also staying away from your family, doing all household chores yourself makes you appreciate your family and all the unconditional love and support that they shoer on you.

Any memories of arguments or sibling rivalry will fade in comparison to your realisation and memories of how amazing their life is with your family… When you return, these relationships would be cemented so much stronger!

20.    An unforgettable experience

Eventually your people back home would grow bored and gradually indifferent at you bragging about your life and studies … But truly in every sense of the word your study abroad experience will stay with you life-long and completely change you and your perspectives long after it’s over.


So hopefully you have made up your mind with exploring the option to study abroad… The path ahead is something that you have to plan

Things that are essential in planning for your education abroad are listed below:

  1. Seek Professional Counselling to ensure that you choose the correct career path for yourself
  2. Explore options to map with correct Course and Country
  3. Admission choices needs to be done with proper planning
  4. Our Counsellor or Advisor can give you access to some very interesting Scholarships
  5. You can look at countries that permit students to work, so that they can cover their studying expenses after a few months
  6. The Visa and other immigration process needs to be handled by professionals as otherwise it may lead to cancellations
  7. Educational Loans are available but their processing may be nerve-racking

Reach out to us ….for proper and professional guidance that has good amount of Mentoring, Hand-holding and would in turn help you to take informed decisions…

Prita Roy
Author: Prita Roy

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