Planning on studying abroad? It’s a dream of thousands of students to go abroad for their education. They want to be open to new, exhilarating experiences which one can expect will definitely come from this versatile pedagogy.
While it is preferred to study abroad for post-graduate level courses, most students have been favouring this option for professional courses in undergraduate studies. Engineering, Business Studies, Arts and Design are few of the courses to which students incline.
Plan your studies in abroad
The aspiration of studying abroad comes with certain rules and tips that one must follow. It’s not just about packing bags and leaving. With proper preparation and arrangement, one can really make their exposure worth it.
1. Choosing the suitable country
This is the most crucial thing one has to be careful about.
While every country provides curriculum in all courses some of them are notable for specific courses. Your choice of the country should depend upon your choice of vocation you wanna pursue. The most preferred countries are:
STEM( Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), Business Management. With universities such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT), Stanford University, California Institute of Technology (Caltech) etc the country provides an all-around education complete with flexible and hands-on learning equipped with the best resource and infrastructure.
This is a go-to option for the student for Masters’ degree. The country also offers customised short-term courses. The graduates are also offered graduate-level jobs for 3 years with might be extended for 3 more years.
Managment and commerce, Personal services, Social Sciences. The education provided in this country is research-oriented and most importantly affordable compared to the choices above. Permission of internship and temporary work placement also makes this a good choice.
Medical, Dentistry. Leading edge technology, global exposure and affordability add up to this country’s favour.
If you want to go the unconventional way, countries like Canada, New Zealand, France, Germany also provide exemplary schooling. Every county has their own educational environment. Therefore it is essential that students pick a country that will be most appropriate for them.
2. Choose your institution
Choice of the institution is as major as picking the country. Every institution will flaunt their impeccable educational system. One must be careful about their selection. A proper research is cardinal before deciding upon a college.
It’s quietly understandable that the whole journey will be extortionate. One can find sponsors to help with the expenses. Most universities provide scholarship depending upon merit, skills. At times scholarships are provided on first come, first serve basis.
Government of India also gives prestigious scholarships students can apply for to study abroad. To name a few:
Scholarship for studying in USA
Fulbright-Nehru Fellowships – Postgraduate level
Tata Scholarship – Undergraduate level
Scholarship for studying in UK
Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship – Postgraduate level
Vice Chancellor’s International Scholarships -Undergraduate/ Postgraduate level
Scholarship for studying in Europe, UK, USA
Inlaks Scholarship-Postgraduate level
Erasmus Mundus Scholarships for International Students – Postgraduate level
Scholarship for studying in China
Chinese Government Scholarships – Undergraduate/Postgraduate level
While living on the campus is the go-to option as it also helps in communicating fellow students but not every university provides accommodation. Also, it might be cost-effective to live out of campus depending on the place you select.
While these 4 main arrangements need to be taken care from the very beginning, but there are few more tips that if followed will make this transit facile.
- Contact students who have studied abroad. This will be helpful in understanding the study environment.
- Validate your passports and visas. Fill in all the emergency data. Do not leave this to the last moment. Make sure your family or friends back at home have a copy of your itinerary, passports, visas and all your contact details.
- Before leaving get a full body health check-up. Inform your doctor about the place and ask for any specific recommendation. Get vaccinated. It is advisable to get a medical insurance. Check if your current insurance covers overseas care. If not make sure you get the right policy.
- Get acquainted with the local language and social customs. Read about the country and the city. Many people recommend watching regional movies to get an idea of the place. Remember the chances of misunderstandings are inevitable even if you have followed all the tips.
- Be clever while packing. You need not have to take all your belongings. Prioritise your possessions, take the ones you absolutely need. Also, keep in mind the about the weather conditions and social customs of the city you’re planning to go and pack accordingly.
Prepare 2 different lists of the belongings you’re taking and the ones leaving behind which will make it easier to keep tabs.
Some of the regulations might be panicking but always keep in my mind the exciting adventure that awaits you. This might be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Do not let it go!