Studying abroad definitely has its perks; high-quality education combined with living in a completely new environment and learning the culture. Future employment prospects are also a plus with the kind of global education that one receives in the universities abroad. All these could benefit someone positively, only if they have narrowed down their choice of universities based on their preferences and compatibility.
Making the decision to go abroad as soon as possible is the first thing to be kept in mind. To do this, you need to be sure if you want to take the step till the end of your 2nd year of an undergraduate program. India has very few great post-graduate courses but sadly, even these aren’t very inclusive in terms of the variety of courses in up and coming disciplines. Another issue here; the seats available is less while the demand is off the roofs for conventional courses. Nowadays, people aspire to do something different than the regular MBA, MA, MSc, etc. and hence prefer to go abroad to witness the unique courses that they have to offer at a global level.
So, it all boils down to one question: Are you motivated enough to study abroad? The answer to this should be taken by doing your due research. This research could include talking to seniors who’ve done this before, doing a thorough hunt to see if Indian universities offer the same course, etc.
But the decision should ultimately be yours. The lure for a foreign degree shouldn’t be enough; you need to be willing to also face all the hardships that come along with this major step. It will be a stressful period, for you and your family both.
Seniors and family members who have done this can definitely guide you, but their struggles certainly would’ve been different from the kind you will be facing. What worked for one, may not work for the other. Changing trends lead to modified tactics that often steer one to make a decision about anything. You need to consider all possible factors and most importantly also believe that you want to get a particular degree from the university abroad.
So, applying abroad is a very complicated and lengthy process. But if you’ve finally made up your mind about it, then here are some things to take care of while starting off:
Things you shouldn't do: