Foreign education is a booming business today as students from many countries dream and aspire to pursue higher education abroad. The US, UK, Australia and New Zealand are the most popular destinations.
Why study abroad?
Some good reasons to study abroad.
Multilingual and multicultural environment:
Studying abroad offers you a golden opportunity to be part of the multicultural environment and also to learn new foreign languages. It gives you a first hand feel of different cultures and its origin.
Makes you more techno-savvy:
The education system abroad appears to be very different from the one prevailing in India. It places a lot of emphasis on the practical aspects of education, thus making the students tech-savvy and more hands-on.
A foreign degree increases your employment chances and gives you a return on your investment. This is a good reason why you shouldn’t take it as an expense but as an investment.
Importance of Hiring Foreign Higher Education Consultants:
Foreign education advisors play a vital role in making your dreams come true. They act as navigators for the whole process. There are many complexities involved in the whole study abroad process. Hiring a good consultant becomes very very important here. They are the ones who make your dreams come true. In-depth knowledge is absolutely essential while making such vital decisions. A good Higher Education Advisor would not only help you get the job done but also see that it is being done in the right direction. It is about the future of the students and that is why the utmost care and awareness is required from the outset.
Selecting the right type of schools plays the most important role in the whole process. Selecting a good accredited school ensures your future employment prospects and also the value of your degree.
Why study in the USA?
Introduction to the country:
The largest economy in the world
Unemployment rate below 5%.
Highly technical and flexible education system
Strong links between educational institutions and the corporate world
The unique OPT function providing stay options
More than 300 courses to choose from
States with a well-developed education system
Types of student visas:
F1 Visas granted for full-time degrees M1 Visas granted for part-time courses and professional degrees
So the student should set a budget and search for universities accordingly.
Three main areas to try to bag student visas:
Serious academic student
The unique OPT feature:
You can get a legal work permit called an OPT for up to 1 year after you compete for the course. The company can then sponsor your H1 B visa which is a legal work permit visa. Must be held for 6 years to apply for a green card.
Breakeven is achieved using the OPT function. It also provides a platform to gather visibility and experience of an international market.
Why study in the UK?
Britain has long been a popular destination for Indian students to study in the UK. With more than 150 higher education institutions to choose from. The UK is one of the few countries that allows international students to work off-campus as well. Students can work up to 20 hours per week during the semester and full-time during the holidays.
Various postgraduate and graduate programs offered by UK educational institutions:
Bachelor’s degree – It has a duration of 3-4 years.
Sandwich Courses: Offers students the option to take a year of commercial training after the first 2 years of a bachelor’s degree and then return to the third year.
HND is awarded by the Professional and Technical Education Councils. The duration is 2 years.
Postgraduate degree: normally have a duration of one year, thus saving costs and living expenses.
Why study in Australia?
Australia is one of the best places to live. It is a young, lively and friendly country. It also has a unique type of education system that offers and provides pathways to meet particular academic requirements.
In 2000, Australia introduced the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000. ESOS ensures that, in order to enroll international students, institutions must first meet the registration requirements. All institutions that meet the registration requirements are listed in the publicly available Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
ESOS legislation provides for consumer protection. This means that you will receive the tuition you paid for and your tuition is protected by law.
Under the Qualified Migration Programme, international students have the opportunity to stay in Australia thereby giving them returns on their investments as well as ensuring a better lifestyle.
Why study in New Zealand?
Perhaps the most important reason to study in New Zealand is the absolute guarantee of getting a student visa if you are a real student and the great student policies that are friendly and very, very helpful. If you meet the above, you will be referred to as a “Positive Profile” student by the Immigration New Zealand student visa team. All of these visa officers make rational judgments rather than extravagant decisions based on “mood”.
Tips for choosing the right university
The location should be selected keeping in mind various factors like cost of living, security, placements, weather, etc. e.g. London seems to have the highest cost of living. Hence, if funds are important to a student, they may not select a London-based school.
Accreditation and Ranking:
Universities in the UK are ranked by various bodies. Rankings are based on the quality of education provided, student satisfaction, etc.
Course Accreditation: It is also important to check how accredited the degree is at the particular university from which you wish to continue your studies. There are some courses which are accredited by certain bodies in the UK which should be considered.
Scholarships and Scholarships: Different universities offer different scholarships which in turn helps in reducing the cost of education for international students.
Research Facilities: Research facilities and laboratory facilities should also be kept in mind while selecting the right university.