Best Countries For Your Child's Overseas Education in 2019
Giving their child quality education tops the priority list of almost every Indian parent. Here's a list of eight countries where your child can receive good quality higher education.
By Team ParentCircle • 12 min read
Parents always want the best for their children when it comes to education. However, in India, it's not easy for all students to beat the competition and gain admission into top educational institutions. As a result, many bright students try to seek admission in colleges and universities of foreign countries.
On 26 July 2018, when asked about the number of Indian students studying abroad, Gen. (Dr) VK Singh (Retd), the Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs, answered that it was 7,52,725.
The website of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in India features a report published by Open Doors in 2016 which reflects the trend of Indian students going to the United States for higher studies. According to the report, "India accounts for one out of every six international students in the United States. Approximately three-fifths of Indian students are at the graduate level and three-fourths are in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)."
But, good quality education isn't the only factor that prompts Indian students to go overseas. Here are a few other reasons:
Rising competition for local resources: With an increasing student population and a shortage of seats in top colleges and universities, the level of competition to get into these institutions is quite high. So, not everyone's dream of receiving quality education comes true in India. Therefore, some of them opt to study abroad.
Promise of global citizenship: Apart from earning a degree, by studying abroad, children also get the opportunity to interact with individuals of different cultures. This experience expands their horizons. They are also exposed to new teaching methods and ways of doing things. This helps them better understand themselves and how to adapt themselves to different situations and places.
More options: Sure, India is an education hub as far as science and technology are concerned; but, when it comes to teaching off-beat courses like humanities and liberal arts, we are still a few steps behind. Universities abroad have experts handling such subjects and offer the best for the students. Film-making, sports management, food technology – these are just a few of the many options for a child to choose from.
Student-centred teaching–learning methods: The Indian education system still stresses on the importance of rote learning and continuous evaluation. However, in educational institutions abroad, the classes are conducted in a more lively manner with thorough discussions. Students can also opt for internships to hone their skills. All this makes learning a satisfying experience.
Better research opportunities: This one goes without saying. The facilities, in terms of expertise and resources, are better abroad. In India, with its limited resources, at times, even the best of the best don't get a chance to pursue research. Also, sometimes, the subjects students choose to research on might only be available in foreign institutions.
With so many, and more, benefits to be derived from overseas education, it is no surprise that students are willing to seek admissions in educational institutions abroad. While the United States and the United Kingdom remain the preferred destinations of Indian students, many other countries providing equally good education are also emerging on the scene.
Not only do institutions in these countries offer Indian students an array of courses to choose from, but also their standard of education is on a par with the best. Here is a list of a few countries where your child can fly out to receive quality education —
This country is gaining popularity among students with each passing day. Both the living and tuition costs in Australia are significantly lower compared with the United States and the United Kingdom. However, the Australian government advises international students to plan their budget well to cover the living expenses. Students can also check if they are eligible for scholarships, which could help reduce their financial burden.
Popular courses to study: Bachelors in Accounting or Information & Technology, and Masters in Professional Accounting, Hospitality Management or Agricultural Science
A good number of students come from the overseas to pursue post-secondary education in Canada. A high-spirited culture, remarkable natural environment and enormous regional variations are some of the elements that have made Canada a much-desired country to stay and study in.
Popular courses to study: Game Art, Computer Science, Finance, Animation, Geology, Economics, Sociology and Culinary Arts
When you think of France, monuments with magnificent architecture, the nation’s sophisticated culture and its fashion industry come to mind. But, France offers a lot more than that. The country is an excellent place for studying because of low tuition costs and some top-ranked universities. The minimum requirement for admission in any university course is the French higher secondary certificate (Baccalauréat) or an equivalent qualification. France also has a large number of advanced centres offering specialisation in various fields like architecture and agriculture. For international students, admission is subject to the recognition of their qualifications by the institution concerned.
Popular courses to study: Medicine, Geography, Pharmacology, Art History, Linguistics, Sociology, European and Mediterranean Cultures, Communication Technology, Information Technology, French Studies, International Business Administration, Film Studies, Global Communications, Literary Studies, Creative Arts, Psychology, and International and Comparative Politics
The number of Indian students opting to study in Germany has been growing steadily, with an increase of over 70%. The main reason for this is the country’s offer of low tuition fees and, in some cases, no fees at all. The public universities in Germany do not charge any tuition fees for any of their Bachelor’s and/or Master’s programmes, except in certain cases. This is applicable to every student, irrespective of nationality. So, students only need to pay a small administration fee every semester.
Popular courses to study: Maths and Computer Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Medicine, Business Management, Fine and Applied Arts, Humanities, Public Administration and Theology
The education system of New Zealand is one of the world's best. Educational institutions there offer a range of courses from short-term to postgraduate degrees. Tuition fees usually depend on the type of course, the institution and the study period. However, students would need to prove to the New Zealand government that they have at least 15,000 dollars to cover their expenses during their first year.
Popular courses to study: Accounting, Hospitality Management, Sociology, Mechanical Engineering, Healthcare Administration, Computer Science, Investment and Economics
Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, was recently chosen as the most cost-effective city for students the world over. Tuition fees being economical and the quality of education being high can make Taiwan an excellent choice for your child.
Popular courses to study: Linguistics, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Banking and Finance, Law and Medicine
The United Kingdom
The UK has a number of universities providing high-quality education, though fees vary between institutions and can be really high. However, opportunities exist for getting a scholarship and this is one of the main reasons why the UK attracts such a high number of Indian students. Some of the popular scholarships that foreign students can avail in the UK include Commonwealth and GREAT.
Popular courses to study: Fine and Applied Arts, Business Management, Social Sciences, Engineering, Creative Writing, and Physical and Life Sciences
The United States
The world’s lone superpower is also one of the leaders in education. The country has the world’s largest population of international students, with figures reaching more than one million. And, why not, for it is home to some of the world's most prestigious universities like Harvard and Yale. Although the cost of living and tuition fees in the US are on the higher side, the quality of education is worth every penny.
Popular courses to study: Information Science, Aerospace Engineering, Agriculture, Web Designing, Business, Construction Trades, Language and Linguistics, Law, Liberal Arts, Political Science, Transportation and Video Game Development
Apart from the countries mentioned above, China, Japan and South Korea are also becoming popular destinations for obtaining good quality education. But, before your child heads out of India to pursue his favourite course, it is of the utmost importance to plan things well. Important factors such as the student visa policy, duration of the course opted for and placement opportunities should be looked into before taking a decision. And, once that is done, it is indeed a bon voyage for your child!
With inputs from Rohit Sethi, Director at ESS Global-Study Abroad Consultant, and Rohit Manglik, CEO, EduGorilla.
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