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Why Indian students study abroad?

Facing a dilemma whether to go abroad for higher studies or stay back in India? is something that students and their parents face on a regular basis. On one hand, there is the comfort of living and studying in their native country and not having to leave behind all their family and+ friends. On the other, the lure of a foreign degree, global exposure, excellent research opportunities and the associated career benefits are equally attractive. Post-graduate students from India are increasingly choosing to study abroad. The U.S. Council of Graduate Schools’ new statistics show that offers of admission to Indian post-graduate students are up 25 per cent for 2013-14 from the previous year, compared to a 9 per cent increase for all countries.

Reasons

1. Degree from a foreign university tends to be valued more:

While master’s degrees can be quite costly in the U.S., the U.K., Australia, and elsewhere, doctorates are in fact quite inexpensive because of the likelihood of securing a research or teaching fellowship or assistantship that pays for most or all of the costs.

2. Better facilities of research and more favourable culture of research:

Not only are overseas programs and departments more prestigious, they also have far better facilities, laboratories and a more favorable culture of research. Top faculty members are often more accessible and it is easier to become affiliated with a laboratory or institute.

3. Troubles in getting into good Indian universities.

When bright students look around India for a place to study for an advanced degree, they find few top-quality programs. In the social sciences and humanities, there are a small number of respectable departments, but absolutely none that are considered by international experts as in the top class of academic programs.

4. First big step in immigration.

Studying abroad is often seen as the first step toward immigration. Of course, few students will admit this, but statistics show that a very large proportion of students from India —and also from China, South Korea and other Asian countries — choose to stay in the U.S. Following the completion of doctoral degrees. Data from the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Survey of Earned Doctorates show that 80 per cent or more of students who complete their PhDs in the U.S. from India and some other Asian countries remain in the U.S

5. Getting a global outlook.

When you study abroad; your exposure to a new culture and lifestyle will definitely dazzle you. As a student in a foreign land; the first few days may cause you to feel home-sick and lonely; but rest assured after this initial phase you will transform into an independent and responsible individual.

6. Improves social status

While students going from India to pursue one’s education abroad are perceived as social status symbol. It is considered be an added advantage for any student who goes abroad are looked upon as well groomed personality and gained immense social status.

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