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Lakhs of Indian students migrate to study abroad every year. What sparks the intrigue, and is it truly warranted?

The fascination with studying abroad among Indian students is a phenomenon that can be attributed to various factors, both societal and practical. While there is much to gain from a foreign degree like global exposure and quality education, a lot is lost, such as family and culture. How does one navigate the trade-offs and decipher how to make the right decision?

One factor driving this fascination might be how studying abroad is considered a mark of prestige and quality education in Indian society. Another contributing factor is the perception that they offer better academic opportunities and could lead to higher earning potential. From another perspective, limited domestic options due to low availability and high competition for seats in Indian institutes drive the youth to look for options abroad. Moreover, most education systems abroad curate their programs in a way that allows for variety and flexibility in the subjects and structures offered. This is appealing to Indian students.

I have always looked forward to pursuing a Master’s degree abroad because it’s hard to find career advancements domestically in my field, especially since it’s not of professional nature.” – Seher, a third-year student

Apart from these, there exist factors that seem to be rooted in no solid reasoning. Historical migration patterns in the family or social expectations can create a sense of normativity and peer pressure. The idea of studying abroad, which may have been limited to a certain social class earlier, has become a more common goal due to changing societal norms.

However, when reaching an age where the future seems too close, hesitations creep in. The potential difficulties regarding adapting to a new culture with different social norms and values, leaving family behind and the financial burden may contribute to students rethinking their decisions.

On not being able to receive a scholarship for the program I was accepted into, I dropped the idea of moving abroad. I would not have been able to handle the expenses.” – A DU alumnus.

Thus arises the need to introspect and assess your goals, both personal and professional. Navigate this decision by reflecting on your priorities regarding career and life goals. Get to know yourself better, try gauging through self-reflection and conversations with well-wishers on what suits you the best. Seek guidance from counselling services, college seniors or family members abroad to better understand the challenges and benefits of international study.

Due to these complexities, it’s essential to make informed decisions keeping in mind your ideals as well as practical considerations. Studying abroad can be an enriching and transformative experience only if guided by mindful intentions.

Read also: The Right Time to Study Abroad

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Arshiya Pathania

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Dr. Shaik Suleman is the General Manager of Overseas Education Services at EdCIL India Ltd. EdCIL is a mini-ratna government company under the Ministry of Human Resource Development which provides education consultancy services to the MHRD.

  1. Russia launched an initiative known as ‘5/100 initiative’ to boost the international faculty and students in its universities by 2020 as part of a wider plan to develop the global competitiveness of their universities.  How does the government plan to increase its institutions’ global competitiveness?


Indian government in the recent days is trying to enhance the standards of the premier institutions of India                  and is already inviting foreign faculty through the ‘Gyan’ program. We are progressing in this endeavour.


  1. According to HRD ministry’s All India Report on Higher Education 2015-16, only 45,424 foreign students were enrolled in Indian educational institutes whereas Indian students are the second largest source of international postgraduates in the UK. Are there any incentives the government plans to offer to invite more international students?


The official number is 45,424 students but informally more students are coming to India i.e. 1 lac students.                    Currently the government isn’t planning for any incentives but is working to generate more opportunities for                foreign students to come and study in India. At present, our premier institutions like IIMs and IITs do not have          any quota for foreign students but the government being a part of the Kasturirangan Committee is planning on            providing some quota to foreign students which will hopefully increase their number.


  3.  At present, roughly a third of all German students spend some time at a university outside                    Germany during their degree programme and are working to increase it to 50%, are any plans in        the pipeline for us, Indian students?

The UGC (University Grants Commission) has given directions to the universities stating that in the designing of         the curriculum there should be an ‘Industry Interaction’ like Barcelona where students attend morning classes             for theory study and in the afternoon they visit industries. Some of the deemed universities are planning for                 similar industry interaction. The government has initiated and the plans are in the initial stages, nothing has               been finalised yet.


  1. The University of California at Berkeley is setting up a new campus at Richmond Bay, California, where it plans to host 4-5 Asian and European universities.Has the Ministry thought of setting an Indian university in their campus?

We have not yet been given green signals regarding the same but renowned private universities of India like                 Manipal University etc. are planning to set up their campuses on foreign soils.



  1. Providing incentives and inviting more international students would strength India’s ties with their countries and greatly influence India’s image as an emerging ‘education hub’, don’t you think?

We can provide scholarships to foreign meritorious students in the fee structure etc. Other than that, quality of            education in the institutions need to be improved. Also, the communication and liaising between the                              institutions and foreign students need to be strengthened like smooth travelling, helping them in settling down            in the Indian culture and exposing them to the Indian culture and diversity. Such aspects play a major role as              well. For India to become an education hub, we need to upgrade our curriculum and provide courses with                      international validity like Big Data, Data Analytics or IOT (Internet of Things). On the other hand, we are very              strong with IT and Science field. The other courses where we are not renowned but good marketing would solve          the problem, then there is no stopping India from becoming an education hub.

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In this world of cut-throat competition, getting a job today mandatorily requires one to have an edge over others, and most times, basic theory-based education, as is the usual norm in our Indian system, doesn’t suffice. To study abroad is to bridge that loophole. So what can we expect when we think of studying overseas? Not only the best academic facilities, but also all-round personality development of the individual. There the course structure is much more research-based which helps provide a different perspective and involves in-depth analysis and understanding of the course one wishes to pursue, which helps students better in the long run. The syllabus structure is flexible, allowing students to opt for various combinations of subjects, for example mathematics and music.

Most of the teaching in universities abroad follows the principle of application of knowledge. Practical and not just theoretical aspects of courses are explored, and implementation of the same is sought from the students. Degrees from some of the best foreign universities are looked at with great respect not only in that particular country, but also back here in India, opening up job opportunities in countries like the UK, Ireland, and Australia, as well as in India. Any kind of international exposure also helps broaden the mind and widen the vision in general. Moreover, going to study in another country helps give a different kind of exposure, as also independence and self-dependency in various facets of life. Apart from this, one can always find opportunities to work while studying abroad. Plus exploring these countries always comes with this package, and isn’t that something we all want to do?

Studying overseas not just brings to you the best in class educational facilities but is also an amazing opportunity to explore the world. In this age of globalisation almost every country offers different opportunities and prospects in the field of education. For students interested in studying abroad and looking for counselling, “Study Overseas Global” will lend you a helping hand in choosing the best university.

Study Overseas Global brings to you the multi-country “Education Fair 2017” on 20th May 2017.

The visiting universities are:

The University of Sydney

University of Westminster

Manchester Metropolitan University

University of Hertfordshire

University of Leeds

University of Central Lancashire

University of Strathclyde

James Cook University Singapore


So, hurry and register yourself to get guidance from experts in the field. Don’t miss this chance to shape your career, follow the link to register yourself on our website and on Eventbrite.

Venue: Lutyens Lounge
Eros Hotel, Nehru Place
New Delhi

Date: 20 May 2017

Timing: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm


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Have you always dreamt of enrolling in a foreign university but have been unsure of making the cut? If the answer to this question is in affirmative, then all your apprehensions are soon going to be put to an end as many Ivy league schools are opening their branches in the North Campus area this admission season!

Despite inviting the wrath of various Indian universities like DU, JNU, Jamia and Ambedkar University, among many others, who fear to lose their glory to these world renowned institutions, the HRD Ministry has given a thumbs up for the entry of foreign universities to set up campuses in India, starting from the student hub- North Campus.

Our sources have informed us that, owing to lack of space and time, some selected foreign universities will first set up their temporary infrastructure in a few renowned North Campus colleges, in the meantime a final solution would be reached by the government. According to some insiders, among the many esteemed universities, Harvard University, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) and Yale University have approached the government with interest in the matter and are likely to start some of their most sought after courses here in India!

The move has come to the surface owing to the debate around entry of foreign universities in India that was doing the rounds for quite sometime ever since the Modi government came to power at the Centre. There have been talks to facilitate their entry by tweaking UGC and AICTE regulations on twinning arrangements between Indian and foreign institutions to permit joint ventures. Excited to enter the India education market, the foreign universities are likely to begin admissions from this academic year itself, but will accept applications from September onwards, once Niti Ayog finally drafts guidelines in collaboration with the HRD Ministry.

Delighted and beaming about the news, a student from a North Campus college was quoted as saying, ” It will increase competition and improve the quality of education, infrastructure and faculty in India for sure! While the decision has been welcomed with open arms by many students, it has also caught the eye of cynics! A student leader from Colonial Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS) is angered by the move and remarked, ” It is a conspiracy. We can’t let foreign universities to come in and invade our system of education too like they did 200 years back. We strongly condemn the move!

News is brewing that the universities will follow new admission pattern in order to cater to the Indian scenario, ( as if McDonald’s wasn’t enough by presenting us an Indianised menu, but anyway!)

It is coming to the limelight that expenses of the courses will be based on the economic background of the candidate. the universities will not follow reservation policy, but economically weaker students, with good academic/co-scholastic record would be considered. 

With courses such as law, history and economics, english, physics, religious studies being offered, will the move be a blessing in disguise that’ll help fuel in life in the almost brain-dead (quite literally) education system. Will DU lose its glory? We never know. 

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Riya Chhibber

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