Passion for studying abroad runs high in Tiruchi

Students being counselled on higher education opportunities abroad at a consultancy in Tiruchi on Saturday. Photo: R. Ashok   | Photo Credit: R_ASHOK

It is the season when education consultancies are flooded with enquiries from students eyeing education opportunities abroad.

Education consultancies here reveal that the number of city students pursuing postgraduate studies abroad has grown exponentially, and this year there is demand for undergraduate programmes too.

With consultancies, which simplify paperwork for students, opening branches here, and availability of educational loans, pursuing higher studies abroad has become a realistic possibility. While management, engineering and information technology lead the pack of popular courses, the most preferred destinations are the U.K and the U.S. The former was a hot favourite for its relatively simpler admission process, part-time work permit and one year master's programme. But with apprehensions over UK's review of the two year work permit, the spotlight has shifted to other countries, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Germany, say consultants.

Medical education

“Medical education has received an impetus this year. High medical cut offs in the State has also fuelled the trend. The number of students pursuing medicine abroad this year has increased threefold compared to last year's intake of 29 from Tiruchi,” says K.Jalandhar, Managing Director, Edulife Abroad. Armenia and Ukraine, among other former Soviet Union countries, are the most preferred for their reasonable fee structures and linkages with top medical universities worldwide. Students must exercise caution so as to ensure the universities are approved by the Medical Council of India and all courses are taught in English, he says.

Though an overseas job is definitely the raison d'être to pursue higher education abroad, it is not the only one. Some students feel that foreign education may not always guarantee a job abroad, but it gives an edge back in India. Students like Vivian Amos who has chosen mechatronics, believes the novelty of the course and the practical learning offered abroad would stand him in good stead. Vinodhini Sekar, who has got admission into a Canadian university for global business management says that the international experience is worthwhile. The grass is not always greener on the other side, as Nuvena, who has done her post-graduation in communications abroad, points out. Unsatisfied with choice of jobs, some struggle to find lucrative jobs on their return to India while others stay back to pay loans while working in eateries.

“The admission and loan process is quite easy, provided the student has good academic credentials and the documents are in shape,” says Porshia Richard, administrative head, Campus UK. “Students might have problems with loan if the collateral is not proper. Getting the right scores is also important. It is important to start one year before start of the term for U.S. and six months for U.K,” says Savithri Shivakumar, Director, U2CAN, the education abroad division of ‘Trichy Plus'.

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