In the last few years the number of Indian students going abroad for higher education is increasing day by day. A large chunk of students travel overseas to get a degree in an array of educational streams, management, engineering, medicine, fine arts, information technology, among others. The charm of getting a foreign degree assumes significance as it not only equips a student with the relevant skills and training but it also enriches one’s experience by exposing these students to a global culture. And getting a foreign degree or a diploma is becoming far more accessible today. This is because many countries have opened up special departments and cells in India itself to provide full assistance to the budding professionals in fulfilling their educational dream. These departments – many of them working under the aegis of their respective embassies – are providing invaluable assistance regarding admission, visa and living. Not only this, the number of foreign destinations where students can go in for higher studies have increased manifolds in the last five years or so. And with educational loans readily available students are making a beeline to study at the college and university of their choice.
Although, the US and the UK are still the favourites followed by Australia, France and Ger many, many more destinations have joined the ranks. We provide you with a list of some sought after education destinations.
Students can source information regarding education in the USA from the United States Educational Foundation in India commonly called USEFI. Admission Tests for the US: Most American colleges and universities require scores from one or more of the standardised admission tests. Students may visit individual college websites for information on admission requirements. International students whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL). A few institutions may accept scores from other English language examinations.
Students aspiring to pursue undergraduate studies in the United States will be required by the universities to take the SAT Reasoning Test and the SAT Subject Tests. Most graduate departments require students to take one or more of the following: GRE – Graduate Record Examination (general test); GRE – Graduate Record Examination (subject test); GMAT – Graduate Management Admission Test; and TSE – Test of Spoken English Programmes in law, medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine require: LSAT – Law School Admission Test; MCAT – Medical College Admission Test; DAT – Dental Admission Test; PCAT – Pharmacy College Admissions Test and VCAT – Veterinary Aptitude Test.
In addition, there are a few other tests that students can take, depending on their requirement. These are: USMLE – United States Medical Licensing Examination; CGFNS – Council for Graduate of Foreign Nursing Schools; CPA- Certified Public Account Accountant Examination.
The United Kingdom
The most popular undergraduate qualifications are the Bachelor’s degrees (also called undergraduate or first degrees), which are now required for entry into a wide range of careers in the UK and other countries. British degree programmes incorporate the most up-to-date subject developments. Many universities and colleges now co-operate to deliver degree courses, and this has further increased the number and variety of courses and study environments. For English proficiency one has to take IELTS or International English Language Testing System.
Undergraduate and postgraduate applications are processed through the UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service), a centralised clearing agency. UCAS forms are available on UCAS website. UCAS is working towards a 100% electronic application system, called ucasapply. UCAS Apply is a secure web-based online application system for all students (UK and International). The key message from UCAS is for all international students to move as rapidly as possible from the traditional paper-based method of application to UCAS Apply electronic application.
The latest enrolment data for year to date (YTD), August 2008 shows that over 80,000 Indian students had enrolled to undertake an Australian qualification in 2008. India is now the second top source country for Australia’s international education industry. Many Indian students are studying mainly in the fields of postgraduate studies. This contrasts with less than 500 Indian students in the early 1990s and the 10,000 Indian student enrolments in 2001.
The Canadian Education Center (CEC) – INDIA was established in June ’95 with support from the government of Canada to provide information and counselling services to students interested in studying in Canada. There are 14 CEC offices across the world, providing comprehensive information on educational courses and training facilities.
More information about Study Abroad log on to India Education Website