Traditionally, students from India choose to study their undergraduate programme in India, work for a couple of years, gain experience and then go abroad for a postgraduate degree. This trend has changed in recent years, as easy access to education loans has prompted a rise in the number of students opting to study an undergraduate programme abroad, right after they complete their 12th Grade.Not just full-time undergraduate programmes there are a number of summer school programmes, vocational and technical training courses that can be studied abroad after completing 12th Grade.
Study Options after 12th Grade in the UK:
Oxford, Cambridge and Birmingham are important cities in the UK and each city has a renowned university in it. You will need to complete an International Foundation Year Programme before you can join a full-fledged undergraduate degree of your choice. The Foundation Year Programme focuses on subject-specific learning with additional modules in English and Communication.
Studying after 12th Grade in the USA:
The USA follows a four-year undergraduate study structure in most universities. On completing your 12th Grade, you can join a programme directly if you meet the prescribed entry requirements. Usually an IELTS score ranging from 5.5 to 6.0 is the basic English proficiency score required for admission.
How to Study after 12th Grade in Australia:
Australia offers a unique proposition, Technical and Further Education (TAFE) Institutions offer a variety of vocational and industrial training programmes that range from six months to two years. In fact every year, a number of students from Punjab and the National Capital Region go to Australia to enrol in a TAFE institution. On completing these programmes they may choose to join a relevant University programme directly in the second year of study. In addition to these TAFE programmes, regular entry to an undergraduate degree at an Australian university is based on the applicant’s English language skills and score in the 12th Grade.
Higher Study Options after 12th Grade in New Zealand:
New Zealand has eight government-funded universities, a number of private degree-offering institutions and many polytechnic institutes. If you meet the prescribed entry requirements, you can join an undergraduate degree programme or a technical course. The minimum English proficiency score ranges from 5.5 to 6.0 on the IELTS.
Study Options after 12th Grade in Singapore:
The past five years have seen Singapore emerge as the most popular study abroad destination for students from India. Singapore offers an array of undergraduate degree programmes at half the cost of a degree in the USA or the UK. Additionally, the culture and the weather are similar to that of India and travel costs are less expensive. Additionally, a few Singaporean universities offer academic scholarships to meritorious applicants.
Admissions to universities in the UK are managed by a body called UCAS. For all other countries, you can apply online through the university’s website with copies of your academic transcripts. All applications are scrutinised and eligible students will be contacted by the relevant university. Some institutions may hold a small interview or test before confirming your admission offer.
The Gap Year:
‘The Gap Year’ is a concept which promotes free thinking and independence among youngsters. You could choose to work on a community project and volunteer in a village, hospital or primary school. You could apprentice under an artiste and learn music, dance or painting, or just travel around the country. The possibilities are infinite!
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