Studying abroad is what many dream of; however, where to begin is a big question. The Navhind Times seminar on studying abroad is to help all those who aspire to go overseas for higher studies. Conducted by immigration migration agent and director of Yes Migration Solutions based in Australia and Goa, Rashmi Patil, the seminar will cover five countries namely USA, UK, Canada, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. In conversation with NT KURIOCITY, Patil tells us about the seminar, reasons for students opting for studies abroad, the benefits and more.
Maria Fernandes | NT KURIOCITY
Given a chance many would like to go overseas for further education besides settling down in that country. USA is the country most preferred by Indians but today with the increasing number of students going abroad for studies the number of countries of choice has increased and other countries like UK, Germany, Australia and even smaller European countries are becoming preferences. Not just that, earlier studying abroad was considered mostly after graduation but statistics show that there is a steady rise in the number of undergraduate students who are eyeing international shores. This is definitely quite an expensive proposition but admission for further studies in institutions of repute becomes somewhat easier for those who complete their undergraduate education in foreign countries.
Elaborating the agenda of the seminar, the director of Yes Migration Solutions based in Australia and Goa, Rashmi Patil, who is also an alumnus of GIM says: “The seminar aims to reach out to students and parents who either do not have information on different options available or are confused with all the information on the internet and need clarification about certain vital points.” USA, UK, Australia, Germany, New Zealand and Canada are the countries that Patil will be covering in the seminar. Both postgraduate and undergraduate courses and pathway programmes will be explained. “I will be speaking about the admission process, the various tests required, forms, statement of purpose, funds and much more,” says Patil.
The scope of studying abroad has expanded over the years. Thanks to globalisation, students can now access the best of universities across the world. Overseas education does not come cheap and sometimes parents have to take a loan at a high rate or sell/mortgage their land/assets to fund it hence it is imperative that there is proper planning and clear objectives believes Patil. She adds, “When considering studies abroad, one should have clear goals and learning objectives in mind. Choosing a course as per aptitude and exclusivity is very important besides choosing an institution that is recognised by the local government.”
Asked her opinion as to the reason more students are opting for overseas education, Patil says: “There are many reasons for this but the important ones in my opinion are that the number of universities offering advanced or specialised degrees is few. In addition the flexibility that one gets abroad with regards to pairing subjects of choice or dropping a subject after a semester and taking another one, is not available here. Studying abroad gives the student a global mindset and an opportunity to interact with students from all over the world. This leads to academic as well as personal growth and a balanced approach to problems in life. Studying abroad definitely provides students a macro-understanding of the world and keeps them highly competitive.” It is not only for the excellent education, students can also start earning through internships while studying. The potential return that foreign education gives is the biggest reason for students applying to foreign universities.
The courses offered under Humanities and Social Sciences are limited but international experts do not consider them as being in the top class of academic programmes. In the Science field however, the situation is more favourable with a few institutions like Indian Institutes of Technology, the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and some others, despite limited acknowledgement from abroad, being internationally competitive. However the intake of these schools is not sufficient to meet the needs of the large student population. Hence an Indian student has to look overseas for a doctorate or even a master’s degree at a top university in most fields.
“A degree from a top foreign university is much more valued in the country’s job market as compared to a local degree and offers better placement,” says Patil. Of course USA is very costly for a master’s degree but countries like Australia, UK and others offer quite inexpensive doctorates. This may be because of the likelihood of securing a research or teaching fellowship or assistantship that pays for most or all of the costs. Besides overseas programmes being more prestigious, they also have far better facilities, laboratories and a more favourable research culture. The accessibility to top faculty members is often easier as well.
Finally, studying abroad is not as difficult as it appears. With the right directions and information, one can pursue further studies in a school, college or university of repute given the required finances and aptitude.
To know more, join the free seminar on Sunday, June 10 at Dempo House (near Panaji market). Registration begins at the venue at 8.45 a.m. and closes at 9 a.m. so be on time!