In today’s world which has seen so many changes studying abroad is more of a reason to blow the trumpet than a privilege which very few were bestowed upon. A few years back it was a herculean task to get admission to pursue your dream but today we are spoilt for choice as so many universities have come up and there are quite a few universities which have tie-up with Indian society so the road is not filled with hurdles as before. A study that was conducted recently actually disappoints as we don’t seem to be heading abroad for the right reasons.
More than 50% of the students who participated in the survey remarked that it is a vibrant society and a lively party life were the key factors that they looked into when they were choosing the place and university. 20% were keen that the governments of foreign countries would consider reducing the drinking age so that it will be better when they head there. College students pay great importance to the cultural experience involved, the excitement of travelling to a new place and the opportunity to live abroad when they decide to study overseas. The survey was taken by 380 students. 63.1% of the students said that it was the cultural experience that enticed them, 58.5% thought that it is the experience of living abroad on your own that excites them, 51.6% felt that they get to see new place in the process, only 45.3% thought that it is academics that needs to take the top priority, 45.3% felt that a foreign university on their resume will boost their chances of landing a better job and will give an edge over others.
The reasons may vary for each student and the university might vary in line with the priority of the student but all of them are eager to head overseas and secure a seat in a foreign university. Let us hope that the crowd rushing to foreign land is heading there for the right reasons.
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