Ankit Kapoor Speaks
Co-Founder @ PRATHAM
Education UG Entrance Prep Specialist
- As cliché as it sounds, by studying abroad you will become a much worldlier person, and become more marketable to post grad schools because of the intangible life skills you’re going to pick up along the way.
- Think of it as gaining a sort of cultural capital. The fact that you've studied abroad will answer many people’s questions about what type of person you are even before they have to ask.
- Independence, time management, organization, social skills and self-confidence, just to name a few, will all develop exponentially while you’re abroad.
- Studying abroad in an undergraduate school might give you the extra edge you need to stand apart from the competition when it comes time to find a job.
- Multi-disciplinary approach….big university campus with many courses and students
- Students of Indian origin are traveling in higher numbers than ever before to pursue higher education abroad. The decision-making process for study abroad is a complex interaction of many variables viz. future job prospects, cost of education, scholarships, availability of quality programs, social recognition and opportunities of immigration that differ based on student's academic and financial ability.
Studying abroad for your under graduate degree not only grants you an opportunity to explore another part of the world, but can also bring on a host of additional benefits:
Under-Graduate Study abroad Programs:
- You can choose programs that are taught in English, mostly you will find them offered in majority of the countries.
- Part Time jobs within the campus itself: Academics, Administration, Admissions, International.
- Jobs outside campus.
- There are various funding options for students studying abroad such as scholarships and grants. Many exchange programs actually allow students to pay the same tuition they pay at home!
- Thanks to globalization, the demand for employees with international experience is growing rapidly.
What is SAT®?
The SAT® is a globally recognized standardized test for most college admissions in the United States, UK, and Australia etc. It tests your skills in English Critical Reading, English Writing and Mathematics. SAT® test, a three hour and forty five minutes, can be taken during Class Eleventh or Class Twelfth and almost all colleges and universities in the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Singapore etc. and other countries use the SAT® for admissions. The test is administered seven times a year globally and six times in India viz. January, May, June, September, October, November & December. The pattern is changing in 2016. Now the essay section will be optional.
Here’s a list of other things you may want to consider:
- Language: Are you going to be studying a language in a particular country? If not, will you be comfortable in a country where English isn’t the native language? It’s not impossible, and if you’re determined to go to a non-English speaking country, and are confident in your ability to communicate and find your way, by all means go for it.
English speaking countries you need to appear for IELTS or TOEFL. And for the others they have their own language proficiency tests which you need to appear for.
- Type of Program: Which programs can you afford? How will you finance the cost of the study abroad program? Would you prefer a school in an urban environment, for eg. UCLA, or a smaller or semi urban area?
- Weather: What type of climate do you want to live in or suits you? If your idea of being abroad is on a beach under palm trees, then Moscow probably isn’t for you.
- Support System: Which country/ region do you have back up in? Think - family, relatives, friends, seniors who can offer support to you and where?
- Living Situation: Do you want to live with a host family or in a dorm? There are positives and negatives to both.
Everything you need to know to get into an International University:
Get a good score in SAT®, TOEFL and fly to your dream college :
- It would be better to study abroad for graduation. A common generated report in reference to reports submitted by ASSOCHAM, UNESCO and IIM Bangalore gives an approximate number of 2,00, 000 students migrating each year for their under graduation. So now its no more the ‘too early’ concept ruling.
- This sure can be expensive…. UNLESS you take advantage of some great opportunities:
- If the budgeting is a concern it can be factored while choosing your particular course and the country you want to go for studying the particular course.
- In the UK you can take a national tuition fee LOAN that you don’t have to start paying back until you earn enough to afford paying it back!
- In Denmark you can apply for a grant of approx. €700 per month if you are a working student!
- In the Netherlands, there is also a tuition fee loan available. In addition, if you work 54+ hours per month, you can apply for an extra grant from the Dutch government (up to €500 per month).
- Many students also find a way to get a student job to cover their living expenses. As salaries in Western Europe are quite high, it’s ACTUALLY possible to manage working while studying (10-15 hours per week).
Not a very complicated and tedious process:
- “Nothing in life - worth having comes easy”
- However, in case of International Education it can be well made easy by following few ordered steps
- Once you have decided your course and country, all one has to do is go to the website and list out the pre-requisites for that particular course in that particular college.
Top 5 Popular Courses amongst Indian students:
- Business Management
- Liberal Arts & Languages
- Accounts & Finance
- Pre- Medical Preparation
Top 5 Destinations attracting Indian Students:
- The United States of America
- The United Kingdom
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