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 the upper hand over students who choose to stay back and study in India. The International degree you receive upon graduation will get recognition in India and 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.
A company might not choose a student with an Indian university degree over a student with an international University degree. An international degree is not just proof of your education but also proof of your personality. The degree will imply that you thrived in an alien environment, which is a significant 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 skyrocket, 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 accurate. 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, several clubs and organizations 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.
Now let's see 3 reasons to study abroad:
Ease of Admission
Let's talk about the well-known colleges in Mumbai like HR, Jai Hind, and KC. If you are currently in one of these colleges, you probably understand the pain of getting admissions to one of them. Every year, there are lakhs of graduating high school students and are looking for the best colleges for their further studies.
There are so many students, but colleges have limited seats. It is challenging for students to get into the colleges they want to, merely because of the sheer number. Universities abroad do not face this issue. You can apply to several universities 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 altogether. 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 admission guarantee. Thus, students with a strong academic background and enough funds should choose to study abroad. However, keep in mind that if you apply to the world's most prestigious colleges like Harvard, MIT, etc., the competition is high.
Education in India is very rigid. All our lives, everyone teaches us to memorize what we learned. Opposite to that, anywhere abroad, we learn to understand and apply 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.
Also, there's flexibility to tailor courses to a student's interest. Plus, the freedom to work on a part-time basis while studying. It adds to the overall appeal of earning a degree abroad.
More And Flexible Options to Study
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 the expertise and accreditation to shape talented students for a better career path.
On the other hand, there is a wide variety of courses available to international students in countries like the US, UK, and Canada. Schools in these countries, unlike India, offer classes in some unconventional fields like sports and psychology.
However, if you want to pursue education in a STEM field at a university abroad, your options aren't limited. STEM fields are growing in popularity worldwide, 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 covering everything from mechanical, telecom, and electrical engineering to motorsports, textile, and aeronautical engineering.
In the end, we can see there are 3 significant reasons which make studying abroad worth. Although, they are not the only reason which will make it wroth. There are some other reasons like learning a new culture, meeting peoples from all over the world, challenging yourself with a different environment.
Finally, after you have weighed all the benefits of studying abroad versus studying in India, it will be time to speak to your parents.
Start planning your future now!