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Pros and cons of online education

The advantages and disadvantages of studying courses online and the minor issues which Indian students may need to overcome while studying online.

Antony Chacko

A typical full-time program is a lot more expensive when compared to an online course. An online course also gives you the flexibility to complete the program at your own pace.

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Online Education - Pros and Cons

So you have heard online study is now popular and many foreign universities are offering good courses at the masters’ level completely online. You are working full-time, you don’t have the finances to fully support your MS degree abroad or you have failed your third attempt at getting a student visa to your dream destination…but you aren’t sure if an online masters’ degree is of any real value. In short, to do or not to do…that is the question!

Let’s look at some pros and cons of getting an online postgraduate degree from a University abroad.

The Pros:


You can earn a reputed degree from an accredited university in any country while working full-time. The flexibility online study offers in terms of scheduling is definitely great. You also have the freedom to complete the course earlier and work around your other professional and personal commitments.

An option that is increasingly becoming popular among Indian students is to do the first six months or one year of the course online and then go abroad to finish the rest to graduate. Only few universities in select countries offer this option but it’s worth pursuing.

Cost effective

Studying the course online eliminates any additional living expenses which you will bear if you choose to go abroad for study. Though the course fee will be similar, you will save money on books and other costly resources like student medical insurance and travel expenses. A lot of what you need to complete your course is available online for free.

Same recognition and quality    

A course whether studied online or in the traditional classroom will have the same recognition and professional value.  Most universities affirm that the same experienced faculty who teach the on-campus students also handle the online courses.

Funding and scholarship

Some colleges and universities offering online degrees have scholarships and/or financial aid available to qualified international students.

SEE ALSO: Scholarships Available for Indian Students

Choice of courses

A rather wide range of subject options are offered online by many reputed universities in the UK, USA and Australia. Some popular study areas are Business, Healthcare, Education and Engineering.

Some popular courses which are studied online are:


Moreover, you don’t have to deal with a different climate, the headaches of settling down and adapting to a new culture.                                   

Easy-to-use online tools

Universities offer their inline students user friendly web-based software systems used for the delivery of the postgraduate programmes and stimulating virtual classrooms, created via Blackboard or Login to facilitate effective interaction between students and staff.

The Cons:

Campus life

You miss out on the most exciting highlight of studying abroad- the campus life! Though you will be communicating regularly with faculty and colleagues nothing can replace the value of face-to-face interactions and team work.


The academic calendar is the same, but moves quickly. You need to keep up with lectures and required readings as per the course syllabus. However, without that live lecture to attend each week, online students can easily forget to "attend class" or put it off for later.

Online postgraduate education has slowly won the favour of many Indian students. Considering the pros are more than the cons, it’s not a bad idea to think of doing your course online. You can find out more about colleges which are popular for their online degrees at Hotcourses India. Just ensure you choose a degree from an accredited online University.

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