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The latest trend in India is to study abroad. Currently, India ranks second to China in terms of the number of students who study abroad. There are several reasons as to why this is the case.
Studying abroad has many advantages personally and academically. Students who study abroad tend to have an upper hand over students who chose to stay back and study in India. The degree you receive upon graduation will not only be recognized in India but also in other countries.
While applying to jobs, recruiters want to see something different - they want to make sure that you will add to their organization in the best way. Possessing an international degree will show them that you can survive and adjust to situations that are outside your comfort zone. Someone with the same resume as you and with the same accomplishments might not be chosen over you because of your international degree. An international degree is not just a proof of your education but also a proof of your personality. It will be implied that you thrived in an environment that was alien to you and that is a big indication of how you would perform in the organization.
Besides the advantages that you will get on the work front, studying abroad will also enhance your language skills. Your confidence will sky rocket, and not only will your verbal skills improve but also your writing skills.
“All work and no play makes Jack a boring guy!”
We have all heard of this phrase, and it is very true. When you study abroad, you learn that you can study and enjoy at the same time. Universities abroad offer extracurriculars that you probably didn’t know existed. In the US, there are several clubs and organizations that help you socialize with people from all over the world. Being a part of such clubs and organizations will make you feel like you belong in a community. Essentially, it will become your home away from home.
Let’s talk about the well-known colleges in Mumbai like HR, Jai Hind and KC. If you are currently enrolled in one of these colleges, you probably understand the pain to get admissions in one of them. Every year, there are lakhs of students who are graduating high school and are looking for the best colleges for their further studies. There are so many students, but colleges have limited seats. It is extremely difficult for students to get into the colleges they want to, merely because of the sheer number of students. Universities abroad do not face this issue. There are several universities that you can apply to and still hold a better chance of getting in than any of these colleges in India.
If we talk about other top colleges in fields other than business, IIT, IIMs and AIIMS are a different league all together. Students try extremely hard to study for these entrance exams that have unrealistically high cut offs. As a result, students spend a lot of time studying for these exams without any guarantee of admission. Thus, students with a strong academic background and enough funds should choose to study abroad.
Education in India is very rigid, all our lives we have been taught how to memorize; conversely, anywhere abroad we are taught to understand and apply the conceptual skills. The quality of education abroad is much higher for undergraduate students. We learn to apply conceptual skills learned in classes to real life situations. Schools abroad engage students in active learning through class participation, dialogue exchange, case studies, and practical off- and on-campus experiences that make learning fun and meaningful. In addition, flexibility to tailor courses to a student’s interest and the freedom to work on a part-time basis while studying adds to the overall appeal of earning a degree abroad.
A common concern about the Indian education system is that its academic institutes focus only on delivering popular STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) courses. There isn’t much flexibility to choose anything that does not fall under this umbrella. There aren’t many options for students who want to deviate from these options. Schools abroad have courses for anything and everything. For example, they have well known sports management schools, film schools, culinary schools, baking schools, etc. Even if these courses are available, universities in India lack expertise and accreditation to shape talented students for a better career path.
On the other hand, there is a rich variety of courses available to international students in countries like the US, UK, and Canada. Schools in these countries, unlike India, offer courses in some unconventional fields like sports and psychology.
However, if you are interested in pursuing a STEM field at a university abroad, your options aren’t limited. STEM fields are growing in popularity around the world, and you’re likely to find programs that explore these areas (and even more specific sub-areas) everywhere you look. The UK is home to several affordable universities that offer top-notch engineering programs that cover everything from mechanical, telecom and electrical engineering to motor sports, textile and aeronautical engineering.
Finally, after you have weighed all the pros and cons of studying abroad versus studying in India, it will be time to speak to your parents.
Start planning your future now!