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Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


11 Nov 2016 4.5K Book icon 3 mins Share

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 4.5K Book icon 3 mins Share
Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


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What’s the right age to study abroad?

“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, Cambridge, in the USA, 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.

Age doesn't always determine your grades or your future...

It’s a common believe that the age between 19 and 24 is the crucial time, when most people pursue higher education. By the age of 30, they are expected to have a well-paid job and settled with a family of their own.

Countless times, you have heard people saying 'age is just a number'; 'there is no age for acquiring knowledge'. However, many of us hesitate to follow those words when the situation demands a practical approach.

Although some of you might wish to study abroad in your 30s or early 40s, you are often engrossed with confusions on getting a degree from a university abroad. The reason behind your confusions could be monetary problems, family responsibilities, etc.

Either a 17-year old or a 40-year old, people of different age groups dream 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 most children reach mental maturity, while another group of parents might think it is only after finishing their college that children acquire the ability to think independently and maturely. 

Aside this, there are students who feel that they should go abroad for higher education only after 25 since they become more matured and more confident to make 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 study late

The reasons could be many, such as failing to study abroad at a young age because of external pressures, starting late in your career which consumed a lot of your time, a feeling of ‘being unfulfilled or bored’ with life and trying to seek a new meaning through education, etc.

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 bring lot of value to the classroom and to other folks.


  1. You may miss out all the college fun – a series of events that every college-goer 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 thoughts, and where you want to see yourself in a few years' time. The day you know you are ready, you should go for it instead of thinking too much. For the people who are beyond 30, they must 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 with us. If you are unsure about how to begin this exciting venture, kindly call us for expert assistance.

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Gunjan Salujavm Gunjan Salujavm,
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