Choosing the right host country and course is the most important decision when planning for studying abroad. This is a decision that will affect the course of one’s personal and professional life for many, many years.
Students, prefer almost all parts of the world to pursue their education but USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore are the most favoured by majority.Government and non governmental agencies offer various grants, fellowships and financial aids for carrying out the various study programs. These are offered on the basis of merit and performance of the students. These aids also led to the tremendous increase in the study abroad programs.
Career benefits from being educated abroad:
It is a known fact that employers give added weightage for skills and work experiences acquired abroad. This is very much evident in the added confidence levels projected by professionals returning to their country of origin with added inter-personal skills which lift them to a higher plane when inter-acting with colleagues and superiors in the field of activity. Studying abroad identifies you as informed, confident, self-sufficient, and able to learn quickly and adapt to changing conditions – an extremely valuable asset in the highly competive job-market.
In other perspective , studying abroad brings
Better Opportunities – Studying Abroad provides better opportunities both academic and economic.
Cross-cultural understanding and Appreciation – This understanding demonstrate maturity, initiative and creativity. All of these assets can be demonstrated through Studying Abroad. We often grow up thinking that our way of doing things is the only way, or sometimes the best way. But living in a new culture helps us realize new ways of doing things. And in many cases, not only will you get to know the natives of the country you are visiting, you may get to know classmates from all over the world.
Knowledge of Additional Language – You learn the Local or Native language when it is being used everywhere- on the streets, in the stores, on the TV- you can’t get away from it.
Self Sufficiency – One learns to take care of himself. Living in another country may include cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, washing clothes, figuring out transportation, making living arrangements, setting up accounts for cell phones and utilities, etc.
Change of Outlook – A person’s life changes when you live in another country. One becomes a changed person and his outlook on life is different. This maturity can help lead you to new places in your life.
Memories of a Lifetime– You make memories that will last a lifetime. Your pictures, journals, and souvenirs will help you remember your time abroad, but your memories and emotions of this special time will also be a part of your life until you are very old.
Studying Abroad : For Indian Students
There is a better environment for Indian students to take hold of their future and be the best. Abroad education in the UK or USA has always placed great importance on the ability of students to work independently and to develop their own thinking. The end result is the combination of international education but also of gaining analytical abilities and problem-solving skills that are much prized by employers.
Studying in U.S.A. – Studying in the United States is a serious and bit expensive undertaking. One needs to to decide if it is the best option and consider carefully how it will fit into your long-term educational and professional plans.
1. Academic Qualification – If you are applying for undergraduate study at a two or four year U.S University you must have completed at least 12 years of school and obtained the equivalent of a U.S high school diploma. If you are considering graduate study at the master’s or doctorate level, you will need academic credentials equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree.
Some U.S universities are very competitive, selecting only students with excellent grades and test scores as well as leadership skills. Many U.S universities are less selective, but almost all require some demonstration that you have succeeded in your previous schooling and that you have the potential to success at a more advanced level.
2. Proficiency in English – Most universities will require undergraduate and graduate students to prove their English Language ability as part of the admissions process by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The level of proficiency required varies from school to school and from department to department, but it is important to remember that the more prepared you are before you begin study, the more confident you will feel as a student in the United States.
It is an advantage to have a good command of written and spoken English from the very beginning of the application process. Some universities will require applicants to submit at least one essay as part of their application; others may request an interview or teleconference with you to hear how you express yourself in English.
3. Financial Aspect – The cost of a U.S education includes the cost of tuition, living expenses, books and other items. Tuition fee varies widely from university to university, but it is usually the largest single cost an international student faces. A community college may have a yearly tuition of $28,000. Sources of financial aid available to international students at the undergraduate level are limited and highly competitive.
It is essential to have a financial plan that covers your entire program. An undergraduate degree in the United States takes an average of four to five years to complete. Master’s programs may last one to three years. Doctoral programs may take anywhere from five to seven years, depending on your field of study and previous education. Non-degree or vocational programs last anywhere from several month to two years.
Studying in U.K.- Hundreds of thousands of international students choose the UK every year.
1. Academic Qualification – Indian School Certificate (ISC or SSC) with at least five subjects passed at grade 1 or 2.
2. Proficiency in English – English is increasingly becoming the language of discourse in many international professional environments. For most schools and courses, your level of understanding and competency in English will be key to your acceptance in a major program such as a degree program. You will need to make sure you have a good level of English understanding
3. Financial Aspect – There are two main areas where most of the expenses are required : Course Fees and Living Costs.
- Course Fees – Though course fees are not cheap but the courses in the UK are often shorter so the total cost of study can be lower. Shorter courses also mean students can realise their earning potential sooner than their counterparts elsewhere.
This estimate is just to give you an idea of costs which may vary ,so it’s better to contact Student Visa Expert before you plan the budget.
- Undergraduate classroom-based courses £6,000 – £7,000
- Undergraduate laboratory-based courses £8,000 – £9,000
- Undergraduate clinical courses £16,000 – £17,000
- Postgraduate classroom-based courses £6,000 – £7,000
- Postgraduate clinical-based courses £16,000 – £17,500
- MBA courses £6,000 – £16,000
4. Cost Of Living – The cost of living is different throughout the country. Generally, it is more expensive to live in London and the South-East of England, and cheaper in the North of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
In the above article we have briefly put down the scope of studying abroad. Contact Student Visa Expert for further guidance. We have expertise in this field over a decade and can choose a right host country and course for you.