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Why Study Abroad - Top Reasons

Studying abroad is a learning experience where you end up learning a lot outside the classroom as well. Here are some benefits of studying abroad:

  • Studying abroad in a new place, new culture and exposure to a new social life will leave quite an impression on your personality and broaden up your perspective and thinking style.
  • You will discover yourself. Being all on your own in a foreign country will help you get in touch with your true nature. It will be an interesting process learning to adapt you to all-new surroundings.
  • 3. Your resume will surely be more impressive and you might get job opportunities within the country you're studying.
  • Your language proficiency will drastically improve (if you study in the US/ UK etc.). You may even end up learning a new language (if you study in Germany, France and China etc.)
  • Moreover, by the end of your academic year you would surely be having a network of friends who would be representing different nations of the world. Your lifelong friendships with them would be an asset for you all through your lifetime!
  • Quality education: a good degree from a renowned university abroad will set you apart for life. It can enhance your career and prepare you for leadership in your country or anywhere in the world. It can broaden your horizons and expose you to a variety of perspectives, the latest technology, and state-of-the-art research and training. You can make contacts with colleagues abroad which may lead to collaborations with leading international researchers after you return to your home country. With the large number and variety of colleges and universities outside India, you are certain to find one that matches your needs and interests, no matter what your criteria.
  • 7. Some programs give you the opportunity to interact directly with some of the finest faculty in their respective fields this would surely open new horizons in your level of understanding.

And what's more, with the right kind of planning and guidance, you can study abroad at very low costs and at times, even free on a scholarship!

Preparing to Study Abroad

The most important part of studying abroad and perhaps the most gruelling part as well is preparation – not just physical preparation but mental preparation also. Physical preparation could be confusing and demanding at times. You need to remember too many things and pack it in a very short time in most cases. Once there and settled in your university and new place, you will have the time of your life, but weeks before departure is simply packing and planning time.

BEFORE …!

  • Pack wisely

    • Pack only what you need immediately. Do not try to pack for the whole semester. It will unnecessarily add up to your baggage weight. Do not forget to check the climate of the place. An average weather forecast of the university town will help you understand the kind of weather you can expect during your semester. If you feel you need heavy woollens, it is always advisable to buy in the host country rather than purchasing from home. Not only will woollens add extra weight but in most cases you might not be able to use them in your new university. All major study destinations have flea markets and cheap shopping centres. It is also advisable to wear local flavours so that you go with the style and not be an outsider.
  • Documentation

    • A passport and student visa are essential documents for a student. You should apply for your passport even before applying to any foreign university.  If the host country requires a visa, it would be easy for you to process it, if you have a passport. Make photocopies of your passport and visa and keep one set with your family back home, one with the student counsellor and at least two copies with you. Keep it separately from the original, so that even if the original gets lost, the photocopies will help you prepare the original. Do not carry the original, unless you are travelling. Most importantly, remember to carry your scholarship and financial aid documents. 
  • Health

    • Visit your doctor, before leaving abroad. Get a full physical check-up to ensure that you do not have any medical problem. Do not forget to carry all your medical documents abroad as you cannot be sure when you might need them. Make copies of the original medical documents as well. Get all your immunizations before departure and carry your immunization records as well. It is also advisable to carry emergency medicines, over the counter medicines for cold and flu. 
  • Insurance

    • Health insurance policy is an essential thing before leaving for studying abroad. In countries, like Germany, it is the first thing that you need without which you cannot register with the university. 
  • Money Matters

    • prepare your budget for studying abroad. Do your research and analyze your cost of studying in that particular country. Learn about the cost of living and calculate your fixed expenses like rent, travel, electricity and food. Keep some money aside for entertainment and shopping. It is better to carry checks and cards rather than cash. 
  • Accommodation

    • you should request for an on campus accommodation when applying for a study abroad program. You should contact the student cell of your university to learn more about student accommodation.
  • Maps, books, journals….

    • You should carry city maps, university map for your stay in the university. Carry few books, unless they are very heavy as they would be the best companion while travelling and till you make some good company. Some important books that could of help to you are travel books, guide books and maps. Recipe books could be of great help to you especially if you have no culinary skills.  

AFTER…!

Once you reach your destination, there are still some preparations to be done and important things to keep in mind during your stay. Read below to learn further.

  • Check your actions

    • remember you are being watched by students, teachers and others. Do not flout any rules and live by the law of the land. Whatever you do, remember that your actions speak not only of you but of your country, your school and your family. 
  • Explore the city

    • Go out and explore the new city. Feel free to move around and get to know the people and the place around. Don’t behave or feel like a tourist and treat it like your own place. 
  • Communicate

    • Establish a rapport with fellow students and interact with other foreigners as well. If you are in a known English speaking country, it is better that you either language back home or enrol in a language course in your university. Most universities offer language courses to foreign students.
  • Have a buddy

    • Avoid travelling alone in a new place especially during the night. It would make you feel safer. 
  • Bank Account

    • Once you arrive in your university and have found a suitable place to stay, it is time you open a bank account with any local bank or a bank which has a branch in India. 
  • CONQUERING HOMESICKNESS

    • preparing for studying abroad? As I said earlier not only do you have to make physical preparations but you need mental preparations as well. You might very excited at the prospect of spending a year or a couple of year studying abroad and making new friends and learning new things, but probably once you arrive in the host country, you might start feeling homesick sooner than you expect. 
      If you are feeling depressed or if you are anxious, or having negative thoughts or generally disinterested, then the most possible reason could be homesickness. Here are some of the ways by which you can conquer homesickness:
  • You are not the only one

    • if you are missing home, does not be ashamed of it. Remember, you are not the only one to feel homesick. There would be many others like who would be missing their home, family and friends. Openly talk with friends, student counsellors or even teachers.
  • Remember your family and friends back home

    • do not avoid the thought that you are feeling homesick. You can hang some photographs of your happy days back home in your room, create a blog and above all stay connected. Send mails, chat with friends and even call them up sometimes.
  • Make friends

    • Make new friends, talk to students of your home country or simply explore the city. Do not make your stay difficult by maintaining a fixed routine like home and university and back home. Mix with the local students to get an understanding of the university and the surrounding.
  • Join clubs

    • A good way of relaxing is to join different clubs of your university. Most universities have clubs of varied interests like theatre club, adventure club, music club, reading club, environment club and so on.
      The mantra of studying abroad is Plan, Relax, Communicate and at the end of everything Study Hard, Study Smart!


Here are the top 10 perfect places to study abroad in 2018:

List of top 3 Universities in South Korea
Seoul National University
KAIST – Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology
Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)
List of top 3 Universities in Turkey
Bogaziçi Üniversitesi
Bilkent University 
Sabanci University
List of top 3 Universities in UAE
Khalifa University 
American University in Dubai (AUD)
University of Sharjah
List of top 3 Universities in China
Tsinghua University
Peking University
Fudan University
List of top 3 Universities in Thailand
Chulalongkorn University
Mahidol University
Chiang Mai University 

List of top 3 Universities in Italy
Politecnico di Milano
Università di Bologna
Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa 
List of top 3 Universities in UK
University of Cambridge
University of Oxford
UCL (University College London)
List of top 3 Universities in Germany
Technische Universität München
Ludwig-Maximilians - Universität München
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
List of top 3 Universities in Australia
Australian National University (ANU)
 University of Melbourne
University of New South Wales (UNSW)
List of top 3 Universities in Japan
University of Tokyo 
 Kyoto University


10 Best Business Schools to Study Abroad for Aspiring become Entrepreneurs:

Check out the top 10 business schools in the world that offers best entrepreneurship programs:

Babson College, F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business

Babson College holds the prestigious ranking of being one of the top ranking Universities offering full-time MBA programs for the 24th time in a row. The college offers a full-time B.S. in Business degree with the annual intake of 319 students per year. The course fee is up to $105,118 per program (full-time). Babson College has two campuses: in Massachusetts & in San Francisco.

Stanford University

Stanford University offers entrepreneurship programs in a range of topics, like fiancé to wine. The university is located at Stanford, CA and it enroll around 800 students per year for its full-time MBA programs. The annual tuition fees for full-time business programs are up to $66,540 a year

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management 

MIT, Sloan School of Management is among the top MBA universities in the world. The university is located in Cambridge and the yearly intake is around 800. MIT hosts $100K Entrepreneurship Competition as a part of their MBA programs where cash prizes are offered to the team with best business plans. The annual tuition fees are around $67,938 a year for full-time programs.

 Harvard University

Harvard University in Boston consecutively holds the first place in the overall ranking for the being best business schools in the world. The full time enrolment for various business programs is around 1900 every year and the course fees is up to $63,675. There are more than 100,000 graduates from Harvard Business School in the world.

 University of California— Berkeley, Haas School of Business

At HAAS, students can earn an MBA degree in 21 months in the traditional business program, or in 3 years if they enrol in part-time programs that take place in the evenings and on Saturdays.
The annual tuition fees is $56,009 a year for in-state, full-time programs and $57,560 a year for out-of-state, full-time programs. The yearly intake is 500.

 University of Michigan— Ann Arbour, Ross School of Business

The University of Michigan offers entrepreneurship courses for annual tuition fees of$59,350 a year (in-state, full-time); $64,350 a year (out-of-state, full-time). The intake is 800.

 University of Pennsylvania, the Wharton School

The Wharton School was the U.S.’s first business school and has the largest alumni network in the country now. The business school has campuses in Philadelphia and San Francisco. The school offers an outdoor leadership program called Ventures, which takes students mountaineering on Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro and trekking through Antarctica to help students indulge in recreational activities apart from learning business. The annual tuition fees are $67,516 a year and the annual enrolment is around 1700.

Indiana University, Kelley School of Business

Located in Bloomington, Indiana, the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University focuses on improving practical skills in addition to offering lectures on business studies. From the first semester, students are placed into teams of four to work on projects and students interact with business leaders to gain clear knowledge about successful entrepreneurship in the current business scenario. The annual intake is only 370 per year with tuition fees of $25,500 (in-state, full-time); $44,460 (out-of-state, full-time).

 University of Texas— Austin, McCombs School of Business

McCombs School of Business offers a special entrepreneurship program called the Texas M.B.A. + Leadership Program. The school ranks No. 1 in the accounting specialty with yearly enrolment of 500 candidates and tuition fees of $34,296 a year for in-state candidates and $50,296 a year for out of state candidates.

  University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business

Marshall School of Business located in Los Angeles requires all full-time, first-year students to enrol in the Pacific Rim International Management Education program, which examines the business environment and management styles in Pacific Rim and Latin American countries during a 10-day trip abroad and during the course. the annual tuition fees is $55,474 a year with yearly enrolment of 441 candidates.

Education Loans for Study Abroad

You’ve got the talent. You’ve got the skills. But what is stopping you from pursuing your dream career in a foreign university? It is Finance/ Money. But standing on the 21st century, it is no longer a problem for a talented and ambitious person to pursue his or her dream career in a foreign land. Education Loan is the answer to all your problems regarding money matters. 
Most large commercial banks in India offer education loans to deserving students for studying abroad. Over the years banks have also increased their education loan portfolio.  Several trusts also offer loans to excessively meritorious students for studying abroad. Banks which offer education loans for studying abroad are State Bank of India, Andhra Bank, HDFC, Canara Bank, ICICI Bank and Syndicate Bank and so on.

You should secure admission in any of the bank approved universities and courses
You should be able to provide some security to the bank. Security can be in the form of :
Land/building
Government Securities/ public sector bonds
Units of UTI, NSC, KVP, LIC policy, gold, shares/debentures,
Bank deposit should be in the name of the student, parent/guardian or any other third party with suitable margin.
the bank will require the following documents for loan application. So, please ensure that you have the documents ready before you start applying to the bank for education loans for studying abroad:
Completed Education Loan Application Form
Proof of admission scholarship, studentship
2 passport size photographs
Mark sheets of last qualifying examination
Schedule of expenses for the specified course
Income tax assessment order, of last 2 years
Borrower's Bank account statement for the last six months
Brief statement of assets and liabilities, of the Co-borrower
Proof of Income (i.e. Salary slips/ Form 16 etc)
The amount of loan varies from bank to bank and is dependent upon a number of factors. An educational loan for studying generally covers the following expenses:
Tuition fees payable to college/school
Examination /library /hostel charges>
Travel expenses
Purchase of books /equipment /uniform
Repayment of loan is usually done in the form of EMIs or Equated Monthly Instalments. Which starts from one year after the program is over or six months after the graduate gets a job. Repayment tenure can range from 3-8 years. Interest charged for education loans is tied to the Prime Lending Rate (PLR) which is the rate at which a bank offers loan to prime borrowers. For loans up to 4 Lakhs banks usually do not ask for any collateral. However, for those taking more than 4 Lakhs, the interest rate will be usually one per cent more than PLR. 
Check whether the course or the institute is recognized by the bank where you are applying for education loan
Find out how much loan you would require. Make a rough estimate of your expenditure under different heads like tuition fees, travel, books and accommodation.
Search for different loan options from different banks
Compare different option and see which bank is offering the most competitive education loan for your study abroad program.

Importance of Career Planning...

Planning a career is a lifelong process, which begins by choosing the course stream of your choice, getting a job and growing in the job. It is important to think wisely while selecting the right career and arriving at the right decision. The process of choosing a career is an introspective and important task. Here are some tips that will help you decide how to choose a career option that suits you:

It is the most important thing while deciding a career. When you study a subject and enjoy attending lectures, performing practical or doing the course work, etc. it will increase your chances of improved grades in colleges and further success in the profession when your work life begins.
Another important aspect while deciding a career to be taken into account is your skills set. Talk to your family members, friends and teachers to find more about your skills. Doing a course work where your natural skill sets utilized, increases your chances of success both in the academics and further in the profession.
Prioritize your choices; you will enjoy working if you are comfortable and have access to facilities you need. For example, if you hate travelling then do not choose a career which involves touring.
Choosing work environment that fits your lifestyle including surroundings, people etc. and the sort of duties you will prefer your work life will be an advantage. Choose for a course where you may find suitable environment to work. For example, if you’re an asthmatic then do not choose for a course in civil engineering. A civil engineer requires lot of field work.
Satisfaction in work is very important. Choosing a career, which may give you a sense of satisfaction, is important and ultimate key to success. For example, if you enjoy design building then you may choose a course in architecture. Select a career options which you enjoy most like the sports, painting, designing etc.
Make a list of the career options which you think suit bests to your personality and strengths. If you like working in the nonprofits sector? Maybe you’ll want to consider a career in social work. Do you like to create things? Maybe a job in engineering and development for a large corporation is in the cards. Are you inclined towards glamorous jobs? Maybe a career in films or aviation will be the best for you.
Now it’s time for you to decide. Keeping in mind people switch careers between five to eight times during the course of their working lives. For now, choose a career based on your careful research and analysis and Good luck!