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Let's get real — what are the pros and cons of studying abroad?

Overseas education counsellor Shekhar Niyogi will help you decide whether to buy that ticket

Sreyashi Mazumdar @Sreyashi27 5 April 2018, 8:54 PM
Studying abroad has its good as well as bad sides. So, consider both wisely

Studying abroad has its good as well as bad sides. So, consider both wisely Image: Thinkstock

To take a GRE or not? Many of us must have gone through this dilemma. While some feel studying abroad is a fad, others feel foreign universities have a lot more to offer than most Indian ones. The question of hitting the foreign land looms on almost every desi student's mind, especially after the Bachelor's degree. However, owing to certain factors — such as lack of resources, family pressure, fear of not being able to deal with new challenges — we often fail to take the big leap.

Many a time, student find it difficult to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of studying abroad. Like a coin, studying abroad also has two sides — both pros and cons. We spoke to overseas education counsellor Shekhar Niyogi and asked him to take us through the advantages and disadvantages of studying abroad. Here's what he had to say.

Pros

Courses offered

Besides offering core courses, overseas universities offer elective courses which inevitably augment the knowledge of one's core curriculum. Indian universities majorly lack on that front. The elective courses that are offered in India do not add to the core course, which gives a lopsided insight of the subject concerned. Plus, the number of courses offered abroad is more than what an Indian university offers.

For instance, if a student wants to pursue nuclear physics in India, he/she will be able to do that only at a PhD level, which is not the case with foreign universities.

Research infrastructure

Research infrastructure in India isn't up to the mark. The backlog inevitably impedes a PhD scholar from coming up with pathbreaking research. Plus, the academicians who mentor research scholars in India do not have a good hold over their area of interest, as most of them are inactive on the research front and fail to guide the PhD students properly.

In such a situation, scholars in India end up rehashing their theses. However, this isn't the case in most of the other countries. Academicians over there are up to the mark. Most of them are PhD holders. Moreover, research infrastructure in foreign universities is usually better.

Co-curricular activities

Foreign universities have a lot to offer on the platter when it comes to co-curricular activities. Students who intend to make it big in performing arts make the most of universities abroad. Be it theatre, music, sports or language courses, foreign universities have it all. This inevitably results in a wholesome development of the students concerned.  

Cons

Climatic condition

Extreme climatic conditions often stop one from shifting abroad. Coming from a tropical climate, Indians find it difficult to get accustomed to extreme temperatures. Climate often comes across as an impediment which stops one from seeking admission in foreign universities.

Food

Indians love spicy food and when they are suddenly thrown in a land which does not have the same food culture, things become a bit difficult. One can't hog on pasta and pizzas for a prolonged period of time. One tends to miss home-cooked food. So, in case you are a foodie and planning to fly abroad, then think twice.

Fear of challenges

An alien land never runs short of challenges. You bump into a new set of people and are forced to get out of your comfort zone. In such a scenario, one can't get bogged down by the challenges coming their way. In case one fears changes, shifting abroad isn't a really good idea. But then again these challenges toughen one up. So if one is sure that he/she will be able to face the challenges, moving abroad isn't a bad option.

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