Indian student have a fascination for studying abroad, but not all students go abroad for the same reasons and nor do they return with the same benefits. What students achieve from an experience abroad is largely dependent upon their mind-sets, motivations and aspirations.
Advantages of Studying Abroad:
Wider choice of courses: Foreign universities offer a much wider range of subjects to study than the traditional ones available in India. Moreover, educational institutions abroad require each student to take up other subjects along with the selected subjects. This exposes students to a wider gamut of subjects.
Cross-cultural experience: By learning how to do laundry or buy food in another country, students learn intricacies of that culture and society, which is a valuable commodity today. Students gain an appreciation of the differences between people. They come back with an enlarged and less biased perspective towards other cultures.
Learning to be independent: Paying your bills on time, cooking and travel makes students confident and flexible. Thrown in with new people and circumstances, students return with the ability to appreciate and welcome challenges.
More marketable: Employers today are looking for individuals with experience and knowledge beyond their area of study. Moreover, companies expanding their markets abroad need employees with international experience, foreign language skills and the capacity to function successfully in cross-cultural settings. Employers are looking for candidates with international experience. A firm may be located in Mumbai, but chances are, employees will regularly deal with people from around the globe. Employers know that if you have studied abroad, then you can be sent abroad to work with team members from other international offices.
High level of acceptance: Not everyone can get into the IIMs. So the next best option is to pursue a management degree from a foreign country like US, UK or Australia. Eg: Getting into a management school abroad is much simpler. The entrance exams like the GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS are easier to crack than the CAT in India.
The Disadvantages of Studying Abroad:
Loneliness: Studying at a foreign location away from home amidst strangers can get very lonely. It calls for a lot of adjustments including requiring making new friends.
Financially Taxing: Studying abroad is expensive. The total cost is different in different schools. Though loans and scholarships are available to deserving students it doesn’t cover housing, food, personal expenses, transportation and other living expenses.
Climatic Conditions: Extreme climatic conditions like biting cold, scorching heat or half a feet of snow can be quite daunting for Indians in a foreign land.
Culture shock: Though most foreign programmes offer extensive pre-departure orientation and instructions, arrival in another country can be traumatic and full of the unexpected. Students have to experience it for themselves and learn to get over it.
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