Students today are readily opting for higher education in a foreign destination. However, the plethora of options makes this dream a challenge for many to achieve. The universities abroad offer a variety of degree courses at undergraduate level, but a student aiming for international education should consider many factors while choosing the university. These factors include languages known, budget, aptitude, suitable country and future plans. Many students become a victim of incomplete research and end up getting an admission in a university of less credibility.

Options and opportunities for overseas education have increased by leaps and bounds over the last decade. State-of-the-art infrastructure, good exposure and world recognition of the degrees earned by these foreign universities give a flying start to the career of any student.

Indian students who are used to a passive learning style, get to experience a more engaging and active learning style when studying abroad. Active learning through various factors like class participation, exchange of dialogues, case studies and practical off and on-campus experience through live projects make learning fun and meaningful.

Another reason for the increasing popularity of overseas education is scholarships. Students who really want to study abroad in a renowned college don’t need to get disheartened if there is a financial constraint. Many scholarships are available for higher education across the globe.

Studying abroad not only includes fees but also buying extra books, lodging, healthcare and many other expenses which are a part of living in a foreign country. All these expenses are not affordable for every family even if the student is brilliant. Scholarships play a major role in accomplishing goals.

Another prominent reason for choosing universities internationally is exposure. It provides a holistic environment which helps a student to learn and grow in his/her area of specialisation. Interaction with the faculty provides a global perspective on any issue. They get to examine very closely global issues and ways to tackle on a wider podium. International education has gained immense popularity among Indians because of quality of education.

The rank of top Indian universities in comparison to average international universities is low. Students go outside India to get education from the pioneers. Universities all over the world have seen a constant rise in the number of Indian students enrolling for a degree away from their home country. This is because the Indian job market recognises a degree from an international university more than any degree from an Indian university.

Some of the major destinations for international education are Canada, Germany, Australia, United States and New Zealand.

According to a recent survey, around 14 per cent of the students in Canada are Indian students. Some of the advantages for Indian students are that Canada is an English speaking country. High quality of life and cosmopolitan environment are another factors making Canada a most sought after destination to study abroad.

Indian students find Germany convenient as most of the courses have their tuition fees waived off. Universities in Germany offer many scholarships and provide an extensive focus on research to the students.

Australia is a multicultural and friendly environment. International students in Australia can work up to 20 hours a week and after graduation, they can also benefit from a post-study work visa. Additionally, the Australian government has initiated a Professional Year Programme dedicated to all graduates of accounting, information technology and engineering programmes, allowing them to work in a local company.

New Zealand attracts students as it provides easy entry procedures. It is a great destination with affordable costs.

For details, visit: https://www. prathamonline.com/SAT-Overseas- Education/ The writer is product head, PRATHAM International Education Desk.