Education overseas is something that everybody aspires for. Notably, today, it's more than a foreign university's stamp on a person's CV. Yes, the 'more' relates to skill acquisition and multicultural 'exposure' you get while studying abroad.
International education appears to have become a necessity rather than a luxury. It helps to make an easy transition into employment, feels a large lot of youth. The corporate world places high demands of cultural adaptability on the youth today, which can be achieved by living and learning amidst people of multi ethnicities only.
Undoubtedly, India today has world renown institutions like IITs, IIMs and ISB, but the blatant truth is that everyone cannot get through them. And here, foreign institutions come into play, especially the 'B' and 'C' category ones
We can categorise foreign institutions as A, B1, B2, C and D. 'A' refers to top notch institutions across the globe, namely, Standford University, US, Harvard University, US, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US, University of Oxford, UK and Yale University, US. And, an admission to any of these institutions is no less than IITs and IIMs of India, in fact that's more difficult and rigorous.
The 'B1' c at e g o r y encompasses institutions like N at i o n a l University of Sing apore, University of To ro n t o, Hong Kong, University of A d e l a i d e, Au s t r a l i a , Purdue University, US, London School of Economics, UK, Technische Universität München, Germany, and Ecole Politechnique, France. Admission to these universities is also not easy; one has to be really sharp and intelligent to get through any of them.
Whereas, an admission to the next categories, viz, 'B2' and 'C', is comparatively easier, for here your academic card matters but not as much as your essays and SOPs. Institutions of these two categories are also known ones and include national universities of various countries apart from public and private institutions. Here, your main concentration should be on filing applications and writing SOPs. These institutions are definitely recognised ones but popular for one or two programmes only, so aspirants must check about the USPs of institutions they are opting for and the validity of selected programmes in the industry, before taking admissions.
However, aspirants must be cautious of 'D' category universities and schools, for they are not recognised and are opened only as shops. They give easy admissions, charge heavy fees and dupe naïve students and their parents. So it is always good to do proper homework before filing applications.
While in the British Era, the most popular study abroad destination used to be UK, but now there are a plethora of opportunities available in so many other countries too at undergraduate, post graduate and doctoral levels. Today, US attracts most of the students followed by countries likes UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong and China.
If score reports of examinations such as GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, MCAT, LSAT and SAT are to be produced for the sought programme, plan ahead, since these cannot be produced overnight. In fact planning should start at least eight to 12 months prior to the admission process.
It's always advisable to thoroughly go through websites of the foreign embassies in India. Their information galleries encompass all information about recognised universities and programmes in the country you are opting for.
Besides, aspirants must keep in mind factors like quality of education in the destination country, tuition fees and cost of living. While applying for the travel insurance, make it sure that it covers migration and homecoming. You must study the political climate of the country to determine whether it is safe to study and live there.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE AND ESSAYS IN APPLICATION
Don't ever underestimate the importance of essays and Statement of Purpose (SOP) in your application. They are the most important aspects of your admission to a particular course. A good SOP is a very
important part of the application since it gives the school admissions board the opportunity to evaluate you as a person holistically. Open with a summary statement of your preparedness, then describe your background, education, and community and the reasons you became interested in the profession of your choice. Also discuss how the school will help you meet your educational and career goals.
You require a valid student visa to study in a country offshore. Interview is a part of your visa application process. The visa officer's aim is to be convinced that your study plans are genuine and workable. Be prepared to clearly state your educational goals; your major; why you chose that major; your graduate school plans, future plans, etc. Also you should be clear about the cost of living, the course and the finances part.