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What’s the right age to study abroad?

Is that a right question? Know about the right age to go abroad for your higher studies!

| 11 Nov 2016 | 1.7K Views
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Whether you are a 17-year or a 40-year old, many of you have dreams to study abroad. There is nothing surprising in that.

To begin with:

“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” 
― Albert Einstein

There was a news sometime back that a girl from Dadar who was a Programming Olympiad winner got admissions at the MIT, after being rejected by eminent institutions in India. She was just 17-year old and home-tutored by her father till XII grade. Well, even though this is a different story, it gives us some clue about what we are going to discuss further.

It’s a common believe that the age between 19 and 24 is the age to pursue higher education and by the time you reach 30, you should have a well-paid job and a family. Well, 'age is just a number; there is no age for acquiring knowledge', right? You must have heard it many times but when it comes to being pragmatic, many of us hesitate to follow those words.

Even though some of you wish to study abroad after reaching 30 or 40, you are often engrossed with confusions whether you should materialise your plans of studying further or not. The reason behind your confusions could be monetary problems, family responsibilities, etc.

Whether you are a 17-year or a 40-year old, many of you have dreams to pursue higher studies abroad. There is nothing surprising in that. Coming back to the question, ‘What’s the right age to study abroad?’, we would like to give you an unbiased opinion.

Some parents might think that the age of 18 is the time when children reach mental maturity, while some may think it is only after a college life, children acquire the ability to think independently and maturely. Well, there are a few exceptions though – we always remain children to our parents no matter what!

Besides, in this ever-changing world, our thoughts are changing too. Some people feel that they should go abroad for higher education only after 25 since they become more matured and more capable of taking life-changing decisions.

In 2008, a survey performed by the National Center for Education Statistics said that the average age of graduate students in an MS or an MBA programme in the USA was 33 years.

Various reasons why people might study late –

The reasons could be many such as not being able to study abroad at a young age, when you wanted to; starting late in your career which took you sometime to settle down; a feeling of ‘being unfulfilled or bored’ with life and trying to seek a new meaning through education, and so on.

Pros and cons of studying abroad early in life


  1. You may catch up things fast.
  2. Find it interesting to mix with people from different countries.
  3. Embrace new changes and learn how to develop your skills.


  1. You may face difficulty living alone or face culture shock.
  2. You may find it hard to cope with the academic system abroad.
  3. You may feel homesick.

Pros and cons of studying abroad late in life


  1. Chances are you may turn out to be the teacher of the class. People will count on you for extensive lessons before the exams .
  2. You may sync well with the professors abroad due to the age similarity.
  3. You may find things coming to you easily.
  4. You may bring lot of value to the classroom and to other folks.


  1. You may miss out all the college fun – a repertoire of events that every college-goer (hypothetically or non-hypothetically) goes through.
  2. You may feel lonely and dejected in classrooms.
  3. You may find it difficult to befriend anymore.

The idea behind starting early or late to study abroad is purely based on your personal opinion. The day you know you are ready, you should go for it instead of thinking too much. For the people who are beyond 30 should remember –  ‘better late than never!’;  young people should always consult their parents or guardian to know what they think about the decision.

However, if you have a good offer in hand and have a mindset to travel abroad, irrespective of your age, then you should just stop thinking too much and grab the opportunity.

Let us know if you got a chance to study late in your life? Share your experience here. If you are unsure about how to begin this exciting venture, kindly call us for expert assistance.

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Sathya Priya Sathya Priya,
Study abroad expert.
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