An education abroad can change your life and transform your career for the better. Students of Indian origin are travelling in higher numbers than ever before to pursue higher education abroad.
Nearly 85% of internationally mobile Indian students head for five countries: the US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, but China and Germany are both emerging destinations for Indian students heading abroad, though the numbers heading for Germany are still relatively small. Romania has emerged as one of the best destination for studying Medicine among Indian students as the education system is regulated under European Union and quality is relatively better compared to Ex-USSR ( CIS Countries ), China and Philippines.
Many Indians have chosen to study in Denmark and Norway. These Scandinavian countries offer many professional courses. There are about 100 Indian students in Poland studying many subjects such as economics and management.
For MEDICINE Studies especially in government universities of Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary is also a preferred destination for Indian Students now.
Students from India in the United States of America
The number of students studying in USA has gone up 94,563 to 103,260 in 2010–11. Most of the students choose either east coast or mid-west as their destination in US.
Students from India in the United Kingdom
The number of Indian Students studying in the UK has nearly doubled between 1999 and 2009. In 2009, 19,205 Indian students were studying at UK institutions. As of May 2010, half of all Indian Students studying in the UK were studying at the Postgraduate Level.
Students from India in Australia
Australia is back as the second favourite choice for Indian students after a downturn for several years after 2009 when a number of racial attacks led to a drop. In 2015 Australia crossed its previous peak for international students in 2009. Australia is emerging as a popular destination for Indian students. During 2013-14, 34,100 visas were issued to Indian students, a rise of 38% as compared to the previous year.
Students from India in Germany
As of 2014-15, there are approximately 11000 Indian students studying in Germany which comprises 4.9% among all International students in Germany. The number is rising continuously. German universities have started offering several masters program in English thus attracting a large chunk of Indian students.
The thought of chasing your dreams and fulfilling it begins the moment you get a clarity of where your interest lies, the potential you have and your ability to achieve it! Having gained high school knowledge in your home country might give you only the sense of what all you may achieve in your career but not its actual exposure. The thought of studying abroad sparkles in your mind the moment you think about gaining a worldwide exposure and exploring your field and yourself!!
So let’s dig into the ultimate and an all-time question – WHY?
Studying abroad can be the most eye-opening experience for a college student, by studying abroad you can have access to a new foreign language, and take in the charm and culture of a new land. By making a decision of studying abroad, you can get to know your ability to adjust in the new surroundings, adapting to the lifestyle and socializing with people from all walks of life.
Here is a list of reasons to study abroad:
SEE THE WORLD :
One of the main reasons for you to consider studying abroad is the possibility of seeing the world. You will have this amazing opportunity to travel around and take the tours of the famous places and spots that you had never imagined before. Moreover, when you are abroad, you won’t be limited to travelling, just put on the travellers’ hat on and explore the place you going to live in for a while! For example, if you study in France, you’ll have the option to travel through various parts of Europe including London, Barcelona, and Rome.
One more reason of why you should consider studying abroad is the opportunity to get an acquaintance with a different style education. Give yourself a chance to get a hands-on altered way of teaching, techniques and way of understanding. Education is the centrepiece of any study abroad trip you’ll find that completely engaging yourself in the education system of your host country is a great way to know and understand the people, its traditions, and its culture.
TAKE IN A NEW CULTURE AND MAKE FRIENDS FROM AROUND THE WORLD :
The biggest advantage to study abroad is definitely to get to know new people and culture of a new place. You can have the opportunity to hang around with different people and get to know their perspective and their way of thinking and understanding. With this you can also explore yourself, your liking, disliking, broadening the span of your mindset etc. Nowadays, keeping in touch with people from different continents is fairly easy and accessible.
LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE:
In order to get a complete feel and become part of your host country, it’s a great opportunity to learn their language and enjoy flaunting your new pick. Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language. Usually, your host university offers accredited language courses to help you adjust to the new language, learn proper grammar and pronunciation.
SCOOP OUT MORE CAREER OPPORTUNITY:
One more benefit of studying abroad is you can mention your various activities and skills gained from your host country in your resume. This will help you stand out from the crowd.
BOOST YOUR SELF-CONFIDENCE AND GAIN PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT :
The major advantage of studying abroad is discovering oneself! Studying and living at home country might not give you enough opportunity to explore yourself, whereas having studied abroad leaves no stone unturned to embrace your experience. Being in a new place by yourself can be difficult at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to different situations. You will learn what your strengths are and also what you are not so good at – students who study abroad become explorers of their new Nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor.
LIFETIME EXPERIENCE :
There is no better teacher than our own experience. For most students, studying abroad may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long time. This self-exploratory trip eventually aids you to find a job and a career, and this opportunity to study abroad turns out to be the once in a lifetime experience. Studying abroad is an experience unlike any other.
Deciding upon studying abroad can be a life-changing decision! Education plays the most important role in shaping up one’s life, personality, thinking and most importantly what one wants to achieve and become one day. Studying abroad can be a significant part of a well-rounded education. Where you can have exposure to world-class work experience and not just this but also to some mind freshening and energizing places that will keep your spirit high!
There are some obvious things you’ll need to be aware of before you go, but you should be ready for more than just a language and culture barrier. With proper preparation, your study abroad can be one of the best experiences of your life.
Things to remember while travelling to study abroad:
- The right documentation :
Studying abroad can be a lot easier when you have all the required documents right with you! You will be asked to show your passport as you leave the United States, as well as when you enter the new country. You may also be required to have a visa for studying abroad; this all depends on the country you are headed to.
To keep your trip trouble free experiences keep your passport handy! Also, you may carry a pen along while travelling in a plane as you’ll likely need to fill out a bit of paperwork before entering your study abroad destination.
2. Make your travel trip pocket-friendly:
When it comes to travelling, travel cost is the most likely thing to worry about! Gift yourself the peace of mind by purchasing the tickets in an appropriate time, Actually, the most ideal-time to purchase your ticket is in the three-month range prior to your departure, as this is when the price is typically the lowest.
3. Keep an eye on your valuables :
You will likely be travelling with a few of your most prized possessions in town, maybe your laptop, your Smartphone, your iPod, your passport, some nice jewellery, or money. It is essential that you actively make an effort to keep track of your belongings.
4. Get your bank and online password situations in order:
One of the greatest frustrations you might encounter while studying abroad is a blunder with your bank. Make sure you alert them in advance and give them specific dates about when and where you are studying abroad. In this way, you will significantly decrease the chances of having an “uh-oh” moment when your ATM card or credit card is declined suddenly.
5. Talk to students who have studied abroad :
Make your study abroad trip a wonderful and enriching experience by knowing more about the host country. Talk to alumni of the study abroad program to get a sense of the successes and struggles of their experience. Talking to others who have completed the same program will give you a chance to ask specific questions and allay any fears you might have.
6. Be mindful about the culture:
Since you got to spend a good amount of time in the host country get familiar with its culture and cultural norms. As it is really difficult to adjust immediately in a new country with a different culture, having knowledge about it beforehand can make your stay a little easy.
7. Search out local connections:
You never know what kind of resources are right under your nose. Let your plans to study abroad be known, and tell people exactly where you’re going. Someone you know might have family, friends or another local connection that could end up being invaluable.
8. Pack smart:
Show your smartness by packing your stuff just according to the countries climate. For example, if you’re studying abroad in Sydney, Australia, during the fall semester in the U.S., you should be prepared for spring and summer weather. Find out if you will need any special equipment, like heavy-duty snow gear, for example. Pack copies of important documents, such as plane tickets, passports and credit cards for reference in case of an emergency.
9. Write down emergency numbers:
It’s a good idea to have a list of emergency numbers available just in case you need it. Include the numbers of trusted local contacts, your parents, your university, the embassy and other organizations that can help you get out of a jam.
10. Knowing that you can’t plan everything:
It’s a good idea to arm yourself with as much knowledge as you can prior to your departure, but there is no way to prepare for everything. Keep an open mind about your upcoming adventure. Any planning you do ahead of time will serve you well, but not knowing what will happen is part of the fun of travel.
One Student’s Advice On Paying For Study Abroad
Whether you’re funding study abroad yourself (like me!), splitting with your parents or just looking for a way to help your parents save some cash, here are some tips and tricks to saving to study abroad on your own!
1. Don’t Settle for Minimum Wage
“Ugh, I need a job.” The mantra of college students everywhere. Although it’s people’s impression that there are “no job openings” ever, I’m here to tell you that there most definitely is. More often than not, people just aren’t willing to give up their Friday and Saturday nights for some extra cash. Especially if they pay is only minimum wage.
I will be totally honest, you WILL NOT make even a fraction of the money you want to save to study abroad at a minimum wage job. It’s just not possible unless you start saving about 3 years in advance. As students, you are most likely unable to work full time, so working a minimum wage job for 20 hours a week just won’t cut it.
To this I say, just say no (to minimum wage!) There are plenty of jobs that don’t pay minimum wage. Do your research, ask your friends, shop online. There are many ways to make a higher wage or gain tips to increase your income.
With that being said, you need to be prepared to sacrifice a lot more of your time and effort in exchange for a higher pay. Having worked for In-N-Out Burger, who are known for paying their employees well, for over year, I can vouch that I definitely EARN my money. I work 35 hour weeks quite often and don’t get home until 3 am some nights. It’s worth the work when you get that paycheck and think about that weekend trip to Berlin you’ll get to take while abroad though!
2. University Chosen Programs
Some universities have specific programs that they encourage students to go to more than others. For my school, Chapman University, they encourage students to choose to go to Prague, Czech Republic by paying for their round-trip plane ticket. That’s about $1,500 I’m saving for doing nothing! So make sure to research all the programs your university programs offer and look into whether or not one is subsidized or sponsored by your school.
3. Crowd-funding Campaign
A recent trend that has emerged among students is creating online crowd-funding campaigns to garner donations from friends, family and anonymous donors who believe in what you are trying to accomplish.
If you are paying to study abroad yourself, you probably have a unique story to tell. People will be able to read about your story and know more about you. Some unexpected donors will definitely emerge!
The best way to gain exposure is to email it out to every family member (extended and immediate), family friends, friends of your parents and to post it to Facebook around once a week. People will be turned off if you spam them with it too often, so post it/tweet it/Instagram it sparingly to keep people on your side!
- Do your research– Know what percentage the website platform will be taking from the donations.
- Set an achievable goal– Platforms will take a higher percentage if you don’t achieve your goal so keep it realistic!
- Promote your campaign– Social media is the easiest route to go, but don’t be afraid to reach out to blogs or publications that may be interested in featuring your campaign.
Take a look at my crowd Funding Campaign for ideas on what your story can look like and perks you can offer to your donors.
4. Commute for a Semester
“Commuting” is the most unappealing term for many college students who love their independence. When it comes to studying abroad, though, sacrifices must be made. If you are fortunate enough to live within commuting distance of your college, this is definitely a viable option. If you are paying your own rent and utility bills, moving home can save you a boatload of money. Even if you choose to pay your parents rent, like me, you can still save hundreds of dollars each month on little costs, such as groceries. Not so glamorous, but an extremely practical and effective way to save money!
5. A Parent Loan
One option that myself and a few other people I know have done is to take out a private loan from your parents. This isn’t your parents paying for the trip and you hope they won’t make you pay it back. Your parents won’t bite. The way I am doing it is that my father has drafted an official document that outlines a set amount that will be loaned and the time frame I will be granted to make monthly payments to pay off the loan. If it is within your means, start paying the moment you get back from being abroad, or you can request to defer the payments until after graduation. Sign the form. Enjoy the loan!
6. Tax Returns
Elect to study abroad in spring and enjoy a nice influx of cash when you get your tax return around April! Most students working in a college with a properly filled out W-2 Form can expect to get a decent size tax return halfway through their study abroad semester (a thousand or so in my experience.) Even better, request that your parents do not claim you as a dependent and you’ll get a little extra cash thrown your way!
There are many governments and privately funded scholarships that can be obtained for studying abroad. Depending on your major or future career goals, there are even more opportunities to receive scholarships to pursue education abroad. Most university study abroad counsellors should be able to provide a list of popular outside scholarships for you to consider. Along with that list, don’t forget to do some personal research yourself. There are many scholarships that aren’t as notable that your university may not be aware of, but can still be a viable source for financing. (Money is money, am I right?)
8. Choose a Cheap Cost-of-Living
One of the biggest factors to consider when choosing somewhere to study is the cost of living in that city. Are they on the Euro? The Pound? The Swiss franc? The strength of their currency can have a serious impact on the amount of money (US Dollars) that you end up spending while abroad. For instance, one of the reasons I am choosing to study abroad in Prague is because their currency is the Czech koruna, which is not all that strong. Typically countries with a less valuable currency will have a lower cost of living which, in turn, will allow you to save more! Check out sites, such as www.numbeo.com, to determine where you’ll get the most bang for your buck!
The biggest advice I can give for paying to study abroad on your own is to start planning early. By early I mean a year in advance at least, possibly more. Knowledge is power and you need to know exactly what is expected of you financially when the time comes to start paying fees. The worst feeling would be getting all amped to study abroad and then have to withdraw because you were not prepared financially!.
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