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25 Jun 2019 681 Book icon 3 mins Share

Should you study at a reputed college in India or at a mediocre one abroad? Find out now.

Three top reasons studying abroad in a mediocre institution is much better than at a reputed college in India

25 Jun 2019 681 Book icon 3 mins Share
study in india or study abroad

As a student with a world of opportunities at your doorstep *knock knock*, we know this question is something that has definitely crossed your mind.

And not to take sides here- but we’ll lay out some facts in front of you (hint hint).

As per the recent QS World University Rankings, India is second to only China when it comes to international student enrollment across the globe- and that comes as no surprise- given that 50% of our 1.26 billion population are students below the age of 25. Like you -we’re guessing.

So, why do you think this is? They all must have a reason for wanting to study abroad. From having been in the study abroad industry for as long as we have, we’ll give you three top reasons studying abroad is the better route…

More than just a bookworm

By opting to study abroad, you are automatically ahead of the huge number of students that decide to study in the country.

The fact that you succeeded in gaining an international qualification outside of your comfort zone will signal to your future employers that you happen to be an individual with more exposure and flexibility who’s handled different kinds of people and situations.

Studying the options

Let’s face it- as a country we’ve been pushing our students to STEM courses i.e. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics for many years now. This is THE main reason that students fly to global destinations for higher studies- because there is not much of a variety to choose from in other subject areas. We aren’t saying that there aren’t esteemed Arts institutes that offer high quality programs- but these are not very widely available across the nation.

And even if the course you look for is available in a reputed institution in India- does it have the kind of accreditation and expertise that could shape you up to be the professional you could have been if you’d chosen to study abroad? Think about it.

Universities in the UK, US, and Canada, for example, offer courses in unconventional and contemporary fields like sports, psychology, and entertainment. Say you want to pursue filmmaking in India- you would have less options to choose from and may have to wind up with a diploma in the field. But if you were to look for this option abroad, you may have had the opportunity to go for a full-fledged accredited bachelor’s degree and study the area in much greater depth.

This is not to say that if you choose STEM- you should stop with looking inside the country. The UK- for instance- offers top-notch programs in Engineering with an affordable price tag.

Facilitating a better future

Do we have opportunities for practical application while we study? The focus seems to be more on conceptual understanding in the majority of cases. And this can be traced back as a main reason for the kind of struggle that Indian students face with employment post-graduation.

Studying abroad even in mediocre institutions will still give you higher access to simulation work environments, cutting edge state of the art labs and research centers and facilities to equip you with practical skills in your specialized area of study.

Universities abroad follow an active learning system with class participation, smaller class sizes for more personalized attention, case studies, practical experiences on campus, part-time work- all of which add an edge to the international qualification gained abroad.

Your student life would have included more than just academia- with participation in student clubs and connecting with an international student mix from across the globe.

You can also read our general analysis of Studying abroad versus studying in India.

Don’t ask yourself why- ask why NOT

The list of reasons can go on- but you get the gist. Your decision to study abroad will have a holistic impact on your development overall with your personality, academics and so much more. You see- in a globalized world like today’s –employers are looking for individuals who can adapt and attune themselves to cultural differences.

This is why- we think studying even in a mediocre college abroad is much better for you than studying at a reputed institution here. Are we right or are we right?

Get started right away-browse our site and go through our international university profiles to make your pick for a bright future.

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