It is a big step in a student’s life to embark on the journey that foreign education would be. Being an unfamiliar territory there are a lot of points to be kept in mind before making an informed decision as to which universities you would like to apply to. We have laid out a few of the points to consider before picking out the institutions of your choice.
Would you prefer spending the next 4 or so years of your life there? Would you be comfortable picking up the local language in addition to juggling all your subjects or would you prefer an English speaking country? Does the culture and landscape excite you or the very least appeal to you? These are some of the questions you need to answer in addition to weighing the importance of these aspects in your choice.
Once you have figured out which country you would like to pursue your studies in, make a list of courses you would want to take and which universities offer them. The University’s ranking as the QS World University Rankings matters as well as future placement options of the passing out students. Make sure to research these aspects.
Sort out your funds early on. Would you be taking a student loan or applying for a scholarship or would your parents sponsor you? Outline a budget for tuition fee, living expenses, hostel fee/ apartment rent. Opt for a student travel insurance for unforeseen circumstances, accidents and illnesses.
Picking out a college is a big deal and the college picking you back an even bigger one. Here are some top choices from around the world to help you with your decision.
The USA, the world’s most powerful economy pretty much dictates the state of the global economy. So it is not surprising it pays to earn in dollars. A college education in the US is highly valued and revered in the world. Some of the universities have maintained their top rank for years with world class education imparted and year after year churns out top-notch professionals, Nobel laureates, world leaders and eminent thinkers. The top ranking universities as per the QS World University Ranking 2015-206 are MIT, Harvard, Stanford, and Caltech.
Apart from the education quality and status of the degree, USA is a great place for Indian students as it is a fertile ground for researchers to blossom with grants, scholarships, fellowships and opportunities in abundance for research. It is a great learning experience in terms of job opportunities and summer internships to pursue adding to your work experience.
The USA is melting pot of many cultures and nationalities and the student gets to interact and mix with people from various backgrounds which is absolutely great for personal as well as professional growth. And you won’t get too homesick either in the US as there is a vast Indian community network giving you the feeling of being anchored to your home. The US offers many opportunities to develop interests and cultivate a rich travel experience.
From up north let’s turn our attention down south to Australia. The Australian government is giving prospective Indian students more reason to flock here as they have relaxed the visa application rules for students. The range of courses offered are wide and many scholarships available too. The tuition rates on an average are more affordable when compared to the USA. The top universities as per the QS World University Rankings include Australian National University, University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, University of Queensland and University of New South Wales.
Also, if you are an adventure seeker, then Australia is just right for you with various options for nature lovers, explorers, and eco-enthusiasts.
The UK is often a top choice for Indians with prestigious universities such as the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge and London School of Economics. If research and scholastic pursuits lure you then you can pursue a doctoral in the UK. It is a great place for scientific brains to come together and churn out world-changing ideas. You can support yourself by taking a part-time job through college. UK students are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week. Also, the country is a rich landscape waiting to be explored.
Singapore is coming up as a top spot for higher education in Asia. The top ranking universities would be National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Institute of Management to name a few. Out of the box courses for students wishing to pursue creative technology like music, game development and animation abound here. The cherry on top is the language for education is English and many scholarships are available in addition to the education being more affordable.
So make your choice wisely and do soak in every experience within the classroom walls as well as outside for a rich education abroad.