Why Study Abroad?
Students learn and grow by studying abroad, as most international universities ensure that they are built on the twin pillars of teaching and research.
This is that time of the year when students start deciding on their next course of study and opting for a perfect destination. It is an important decision and one should not be taken lightly.
There are some great institutions of higher education in india. Unfortunately, the significant demand supply mismatch is making admission difficult..according to government of india estimates, if india were to meet its gross enrolment ratio (GER) of 30% by 2020, around 14 million new students would not get admission into higher education institution (HEI) unless india were to create 1000 new universities, 40000 new polytechnic and one million new facility members to absorb these additional students.
This is a monumental challenge. What is likely to happen is that the quality of education would be adversely impacted. This will augur ill for our development and economic growth aspirations. The government recognizes this and is focussing on urgent education reforms. However, this is not likely to happen overnight.
Till it happens, Students are likely to increasingly opt for higher education abroad especially if they can afford the cost of such education.
There are several inadequences that characterises the indian higher education sector. None, for the instance, are within the Top 100 in the QS rankings and this in itself would pressure student’s to look outside india.
Further it is critically stymied through a pedagogy and curriculum that is obsolete. The extreme pressure on teaching rarely allows faculty to be trained in new methodology. Costs prevent the acquisition of new equipment in laboratories.
Research, similarly, is not an integral part of the universities DNA. On the other hand, most international universities ensure that they are built on the twin pillars of the teaching and research
The world class international universities also take great pride in the fact that they are truly international. The multicultural environment immediately impacts the learning experience and makes students global in their outlook and behaviour. There is no substitute for this.
Career counselling and employability are yet another area in which indian institutes lag far behind their foreign counterparts. Our curriculum, for instance, is not based on interactions with those who would finally end up hiring our students. On the other hand, the internationally-ranked foreign education providers constantly engage with the business and industry and government to understand what the future requirements would be.
After all, When a student joins the university, no one knows precisely what job the student would end doing four years later since the job itself is yet to be created. Words like app, artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data analytics, quantum computing, etc are recent additions not only to our vocabulary but also to the requirements to the new workforce. The job market and the demands on the employees are rapidly changing and it is incumbent on the education providers to not only anticipate this change but to prepare students accordingly. This is a significant distinguishing characteristic of a great university.
India has a long way to go in thoroughly rewiring its education system. Till then, those who can afford a higher education abroad are likely to choose that option. Many would be the better of it.
“Studying abroad is not only about education, but it’s also a holistic experience”
Studying at an International institution is not only about enhancing your personal & professional worth but it is also an experience of a lifetime. Here are a few reasons you must meditate on:
Wide-range of course options to choose from:
Studying abroad offers an array of courses which help expand your horizons and satisfy your unique interests. Certain programs allow you to take different courses at the same time, for instance, you can pursue your interest in Psychology while studying Mathematics as your major. Global Campus partners with over 650 institutions worldwide and is competent to customize the solutions and find the best fit for you.
You become more precious in the eyes of employers when you study abroad. Pursuing a program internationally tells employers that you have a great understanding of diverse cultures, have wonderful communication skills and have the flexibility & courage to make important and informed decisions. This holistic experience gives you a head start when it comes to internships or job opportunities.
It is said that if you want to learn & be fluent in a new language, immersive learning is the best way to do it. As you will have no other choice but to interact with natives every day in their local language; it expedites the whole language learning process. It is easier to gain great command over the language in relevant cultural context. Initially it might be little challenging, however, you will be surprised at how fast it becomes your second nature. Mastering the native language helps you excel in your studies and make new friends from other parts of the world and enhance your personal & professional network.
Studying abroad changes your understanding of yourself. The experience helps you learn new ways to manage different situations, handle multiple tasks, effective time management skills & dealing with a cosmopolitan crowd. This indeed enhances your life skills, makes you a confident & independent adult.
Overseas education alters the lenses you usually wear to look at the world around you. It provides you with a new perspective on other cultures and people. You develop a well-informed mindset and wider horizon which help you find the innovative solutions to modern challenges.
When you choose to study abroad, besides a promising future, you also gift yourself an opportunity to travel to some of the most beautiful tourist hotspots in your study destination during weekends & holidays. You experience different places and come back to your country with some amazing stories for your friend & family. You might even discover an activity that you enjoy doing & make a career in it.
“With substantial years of experience in successful placements of students around the world, we know what it takes to find a good match and set you up for success.”
When you have made a decision to study abroad, make an appointment with our expert counselor. We have a team of certified counselors with outstanding credentials and years of experience. You may discuss your preferred courses, career goals & other requirements freely with our counselors and they will ensure the best fit between your aspirations, university & study destination.
After you have selected the course and university, it’s time to apply.
Your counselor will be responsible for your application to the University. They will personally contact your chosen university to complete the process and help enhance your chances of acceptance. We take our job very seriously and adhere to the strictest legal and ethical standards in the industry.
Once the University receives your application, it is evaluated thoroughly. It can take up to a few weeks (or longer for postgraduate levels) for your application to be processed & share the decision with you.
You will receive a letter of offer and an acceptance form if your application is successfully selected. It is recommended that before you accept the offer, go through it carefully with your counselor to check for any conditions that may apply.
The next important step after accepting the offer letter is to apply for a student visa. As each country has its own set of visa formalities to fulfill, your consultant will guide you through the visa application process including the preparation of documents needed for the same.
It is important to figure out where you will stay while you study abroad. You may book an on-campus or off-campus accommodation. It is obvious that on-campus accommodation is more expensive than living outside the campus. If your budget allows then we will recommend booking the accommodation with your University at the earliest else you may look for rooms on rent or a homestay outside your campus. The rent is based on parameters like location, type of accommodation & your lifestyle.
We recommend you to book your flight well in advance. Take some good amount of time in hand and weigh the different carriers available on airfares, baggage allowance and book the one that meets most of your requirements.
Congratulations – you’re all set for a huge adventure. There will be several minutes, yet vital to-do things you need to take into account before flying to your study destination and your expert counselor will guide your way. This includes matters such as exchanging money, insurance, accommodation, SIM cards, opening a bank account, country rules and adapting to a new culture.
You have to pay undivided attention & be organized when you are packing for your long stay overseas. In order to save you a lot of time and hassles in the new country, we have collated an extensive list of things that your counselor will share with you.
“Everything that you ought to know when sending your child to study overseas.”
Being a parent it is not easy to send your child away in a different country, however, this is one of the best decisions you will ever make, and, yes, the most important one for your child. Since studying abroad opens up numerous lucrative opportunities for your child hence it is your responsibility to support your child and be a part of the process.
What is expected of you as a parent?
Motivation is a bed rock of career planning. As a parent you need to know what motivates your child. You have to actively participate in the decision making process to ensure your child makes an informed decision.
Spend time with your child to understand the reasons why your child wants to go abroad – is it career driven or personal. It is important to know what makes them tick to be able to support or guide them.
We strongly believe that student’s success is our success & offer free counseling sessions to students who are interested in studying abroad. You can book a free appointment by contacting us. Bring all your doubts or apprehensions and let us address them selflessly.
Although overseas education has become pocket friendly due to generous scholarships & easy bank loans but it is equally significant to know how much amount you can keep aside for gifting a promising future to your child. You have to factor in not only the tuition fee but some other expenses too, like, accommodation, health insurance, food, travel etc.
Our expert counselors will guide you on overall cost of studying to help you plan your budget effectively.
Make a detailed plan
After getting the information about the investment that you have to make for your child’s future; it is time to make a detailed plan. Consider all the factors that were discussed in the meeting with the counselor and take preventive measures for the good health of your child before they depart.
Make sure to get all the required physical examination, gynecological checkup (if applicable), and dental checkup done for your child. Get them all shots and relevant boosters.
If your child wears glasses or contacts, get them a typed copy of their prescription. Help them with an extra pair of spectacles or contacts in case of emergency.
If there are specific medicines prescribed to your child, speak with their doctors who’ll help them with the name, potency, and purity of the medicine available in their destination. When helping your kids with packing, ensure to keep the medicines in the original container/packaging only along with the doctor’s prescription.
Travel safety is essential!
Yes, you have made a brave decision to send your child thousands of kilometers away, and hence it is important to ensure about their travel safety.
When your child is abroad. What to do?
While your child is getting prepared for a successful career, keeping updated about their well-being in easy now. Here’s how you can remotely take care of them:
1.Decide on communication medium:
Today the technology is bringing people who live thousands of kilometers apart closer to each other. There are many communication platforms (WhatsApp, Skype, Facebook, etc.) which the parents can use to remain connected with their child studying abroad. While you can use these mediums to talk to your child but it is recommended not to overuse them and stifle the freedom of your child.
2.Pre-decide a time to talk
When your child has settled down at the new place and understands the academic schedule it will be relatively easier for them to make time & set frequency to keep in touch with you. It is important for parents to empathize with the child and give them a space to take things in their stride. Do not panic if your child is not able to take your calls or messages. It may be due to a demanding schedule, technical glitches or difference in time zones. Please be flexible and no be overbearing.
3.Know emergency contacts
Parents must save emergency contacts in their phones. For example, keep with you the contact details of their college representatives or some close friend in order to reach out to them if need be.
4.Give them practical advice
Studying abroad is going to be a perfect opportunity for you to teach your child some skills like money management & budgeting which otherwise is hard to come by. While there are several Indian restaurants abroad, it is wise to teach your kids some basic recipes for times when they can’t go out or order in.
Unlike India, helps aren’t available that cheap abroad and your kids will have to take care of household chores on their own. Show them how to manage these along with their course.
5.Be your Child’s Support system.
Sending your child abroad is a brave decision and it is equally daunting for your child to go abroad. So it is important to support your child at every step of the way. Encourage & motivate them, help them make an informed decision and be their emotional support system when required.
6.Listen first, React later
Since your child has gone abroad and will get to experience many new things and adventures. They would also experience a range of emotions that they have never felt before. When they share these new found experiences with you, it is important for you to listen to them patiently. React only when it is required and give them a subtle advice if you think a direct one will sound harsh.
7.Enjoy your time together before they leave
Create some memories before they leave for the new destination. Go out, play games, spend some real quality time for them to treasure when abroad.