Should You Study in India or Abroad?

Are you facing a dilemma of whether you should go abroad for higher studies or stay back in India?

Well, you are not alone in this situation. There are several others who have the same dilemma, whether to study in India or abroad.  Every year, around 2 lakh Indians go abroad to study.

On one hand, you have the comfort of living and studying in your native country and not having to leave behind your family and friends. On the other hand, the lure of a foreign degree, global exposure, excellent research opportunities and the associated career benefits are equally attractive and appealing. Here are a few things to keep in mind while weighing the pros and cons of both the options.

Education System

The hard hitting truth is that the Indian education system is extremely faulty. It sucks out the joy of learning because the only thing it focuses on is rote learning. The system does not focus on what you want to study but instead just focuses on what they want to teach you. For instance, even if you are in the top notch college of India pursuing Economics, you will still have futile things like English-Hindi translations as part of your coursework. However, in countries abroad, the primary objective of their education system is to cater to the needs of every individual student’s wants.

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Many critics say that the Indian educatiion system lacks creativity and independent thought

More Academic Choices

This is another field in which India is lagging behind. In India, the system of electives is not very common. The intensity of courses abroad is defeated only by the choices available to explore. For example, if your major is Physics, you can still take classes in film studies, or maybe sociology or theology. What you want to do is entirely up to you. This system of electives keeps in mind that a student can have more than one field of interest and should be provided the option of pursuing each and every one of them.


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Financial Burden

The fee structure of even the top and premier educational institutes in India is much lesser in comparison to the amount of money that is required for any college abroad. If your family is not financially equipped enough to pay such a huge amount of money, the option of financial assistance is always available. Apply to every scholarship, try getting financial aid- need based, merit based or sports scholarship. Admittedly, it’s not easy to get through a scholarship but many of the colleges aboard, especially in Europe, are somewhat generous with their scholarships.

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When you study abroad, your exposure to a new culture and lifestyle will definitely dazzle you. Most universities try to bring in the best pool of students they can. Not only will is your class really, really diverse, it is filled with people who are excited about what they study and passionate about it just the same. The things that you can learn simply by interacting with people are mind-blowing. It gives you a chance to meet students from other countries and understand their culture and lifestyle. You can receive exposure in Indian colleges as well but the culture differences in colleges abroad increases the amount of exposure you receive over there.

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You’ll get to meet a lot of different people

Career Benefits

A degree from a top foreign university tends to be valued more in the Indian job market than a local degree. This does not belittle the degree programs offered by Indian institutions. Employers prefer to hire candidates who have completed a degree abroad with relevant academic scores and work-experience, over a student who has completed the same degree and has similar work experience in India. An international degree also commands a better pay-package.

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In conclusion, personally I believe that there is definitely a difference in the quality of education offered between India’s premier educational institutions and reputed international institutions. With the various funding and scholarship opportunities available, it is definitely a better option to go abroad for higher studies. You may also choose to complete your basic undergraduate degree in India, secure a job, work for three to four years, save money and fund your postgraduate study abroad. However, if you have personal obligations, a fixed career plan, extreme financial problems or are just afraid of leaving the country, studying in India is probably the best option for you.

Ultimately, it all comes down to making the most out of whatever you have. You can achieve success in your work field no matter which country you have obtained your education from. It’s all about grabbing the right opportunities and working hard.

Author: Indrani Mani

A student of English Literature at KNC, Delhi University. Big foodie, traveler and explorer. Voracious reading and writing is what drives me. I also dabble a little bit in the field of art. Constantly in search of the impossible.

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