There is no doubt that studying abroad is a dream of every individual. At least once in everyone’s life, the idea of pursuing studies in a foreign land would have flashed through our minds. But very few are successful in achieving this dream. Many students drop the idea of studying abroad as they are not sure how it would benefit them in the future. Well, history has shown us the eminent Indian personalities like Mahatma Gandhi, Ratan Tata, Ambanis, Indra Nooyi, Sundar Pichai, Satya Nadella to name a few those who studied abroad. Be it political, Business, or entertainment. These personalities have made a remarkable contribution in their respective field. The exposure they gained from the multicultural society to think from a global perspective must have been a significant factor in their success.
It is a fact that today we see a massive rise in the number of students across the world traveling to a foreign country for higher studies. India is the second-largest country in the world after China to send students abroad for higher studies. But, have you ever wondered why there is such an increase in the number? It is a hidden truth that without seeing some benefits, we Indian’s don’t take a chance, right?
Let us find out the reasons why foreign education attracts Indians. Gone are the days when foreign education was only for the rich as it needed a strong financial background. Today we see a trend even among the middle-class segment to send their kids abroad for higher studies as they see education as an investment for the future. No doubt, it is an opportunity to increase the economic return from the investment. Many nationalized banks and private financiers have come forward with education loan facilities that ease the financial burden of middle-class parents.
Benefits of studying abroad
Expand your horizons
Study abroad has always been an exhilarating experience for students who have traveled abroad for higher studies. There is no doubt that travel influences people. When you live abroad, you get to meet new people, learn a different language, network with a new set of people in a new environment, taste new food, experience new culture, everything that makes you look at things from a different perspective. As a student, you have the privilege of high-quality education, learn from experienced faculties who guide you to develop the skills required through a curriculum that makes learning more challenging and exciting and gain in-depth knowledge in the subject. Along with acquiring knowledge, you develop certain other skills like critical thinking skills, communication skills, analytical skills, and so on. Moreover, as an international student, you are can work part-time that gives you experience and prepares you to face the world before stepping into the job market.
Qualifying for admission to an international university would add a feather to the cap as management of any industry would consider a candidate with an international degree as they are looking for resources with cross-cultural exposure.
Availability of various courses
One of the best advantages of choosing a university/college abroad is the availability of different programs. Each subject has different specializations. The open approach to the education system in foreign countries enables you to do a specialization on a particular course, or it can be even interdisciplinary. Depending on your area of interest, you can select a program of interest and the university offering the program. Unlike the Indian education system, foreign universities offer pathway programs in many courses to those students who are not qualifying directly for the program of their choice that makes them eventually achieve their goal.
Global network and career opportunities
Earn while studying is one of the features of studying abroad. It is the policy of the government providing the study abroad program that allows international students to work 20 hours per week and 40 hours during national holidays that could help these students to meet their daily living expenses. Apart from making pocket money, students develop some skills such as time management, money management, interpersonal skills, and also working part-time helps in building confidence and create a sense of independence in them. Studying in a foreign university is an opportunity to connect with people from different countries that could help students in seeking many career opportunities.
Most of these countries that offer study abroad options have a shortage of skilled resources and they are looking for professionals to join them and contribute towards their economy that makes it easier for you as an international student to apply to these vacancies for skilled resources.
Now that you have learned the benefits of studying abroad let us understand the process of applying to the universities abroad.
English Language Requirement
English proficiency is mandatory for students seeking admissions for undergraduate and postgraduate programs to universities abroad. Students are required to take a test recognized by the universities to accept them for a particular program. Language requirements vary based on the program and also from country to county. The most accepted tests across the universities and countries are IELTS (International English Language Testing System), TOEFL, and PTE. IELTS and Toefl are accepted worldwide. These tests assess a student's reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Each band has a maximum score and students are required to have a minimum score for each of the bands based on the university and immigration requirements. For IELTS, the score range is between 0-9, Toefl is between 0-120 and each section has a score range of 0-30
and PTE is between 10-90.
Check with your counselor the minimum score required as it depends on the course applying for and the country you choose.
To be eligible to apply for an undergraduate program in a foreign university, students from India need to get a pass mark in 12th. However, in most of the universities abroad, a minimum of 50% is required to get admission for undergraduate programs and 60% in graduation for postgraduate studies.
Most of the universities abroad have two intakes, Fall and Spring. The fall semester starts in September, and the Spring semester in January. However, few universities have other intakes in May, June, July, and August for a few courses. Unlike the Indian education system in which the new academic year starts once a year, most of the universities abroad have several intakes in a year. For students in India, seeking admission for the fall intake is ideal as they will finish their exam by May/June. However, there might be a delay in receiving their transcripts and other academic documents from the university. In such cases, admission is open in spring that starts in January.
To know more about the admission procedure, contact crozroadz, and get detailed counseling. Our admission counselor will guide you with the right university and program based on your academic profile.