Common Study Abroad Myths Debunked
It is a common phenomenon for young graduates and undergraduates to aspire to study abroad and build their career. However, in many cases due to lack of realistic information, this dream remains unfulfilled, as there is a lack of guidance and prevalence of myths of studying abroad. While some concerns are genuine and need to be addressed, others are just myths and misconceptions.
To ensure that you do not lose out on an experience of a lifetime, we’ve put together a list of common myths and debunked them with suggested viable solutions for you!! Read on:
1. It’s expensive:
Studying abroad will cost a fortune and that is probably the topmost concern of students and their parents. While the concern is not unfounded, it is not something that should hold you back. Financial aid is easily available for students wishing to study abroad. So, instead of dipping into your family funds to finance your study abroad aspirations, consider taking a student loan.
Most foreign countries, support the international as well as local students, by providing them temporary part time jobs to support their education.. Enlist yourself for such opportunities. The income from the part time jobs will help support your daily living expenses.
Scholarships is the other route that you can explore to reduce the study abroad costs. Most countries (colleges/universities) have established scholarships for deserving students. When researching your study abroad options, you can check the scholarship criteria and accordingly apply for it.
Once you’ve settled in the new place, set a strict weekly or monthly budget of expenses for yourself and follow it. This will not only help you curb the cost of studying and living abroad, but will also make you responsible.
2. Studying abroad is worth it only if you get into an Ivy League or a premium college:
While there’s no denying the benefits of studying in an Ivy League or a premium college, it does not mean that the other colleges and universities do not provide quality education and opportunities to their students. There are quite a few reputed colleges/universities in countries like Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, France, Sweden, Denmark, Poland and Finland that offer quality education and provide state of the art facilities and infrastructure to the students.
To ensure your degree provides you the expected value and benefits, conduct a thorough research of all the available options. For example, check for mandatory accreditations; find out if the degrees or certificates issued are recognized by other universities, institutes, and employers around the globe and if the college has regular faculty for your chosen course. If you can get access to it, then take account of experiences of past students and the institute’s rankings which can give you a good idea of repute of the college/university. In case you have doubts or need more information, you can speak to an experienced study abroad admissions counselor to guide you. RG International will be 1 of your best guides in terms of study abroad counselling, kindly connect with us on: https://rginternational.org/contact/
3. It is not safe:
Agreed, there are some regions or countries that may not be safe for foreign nationals. You can and should avoid them. Opt for countries and regions that are generally considered safe and peaceful. This said, colleges and universities that attract students from around the globe tend to have measures and protocols in place that ensure security on campus. They also have trained counsellors and student guides on campus who help foreign students settle down. And, irrespective of where you are living, it always good to follow safety precautions and keep a trusted friend or local guardian informed of your plans and whereabouts at all times.
4. Indian students don’t get the same opportunities as the locals:
Colleges and Universities around the globe aim to improve both student and staff diversity on their campus. For them, a diverse population is important as it helps provide a vast cultural experience to their students. This ensures that their students are equipped to work successfully in the global corporate world. If they have a reputation for unfairness or bias towards any community, it will hurt their chances of attracting good faculty and students from different countries. Hence most colleges and universities strive to provide an inclusive environment to their students.
But if you are concerned or have fears, then you can always ask the admissions office regarding their diversity breakup and policies.
5. It’s difficult to adjust to life in another country:
This really depends on the individual. Some people take time to warm up to new places and people. Others blend in easily in new environments. But mostly, this is something that can be overcome with time and by keeping an open mind towards different cultures and people. It is not advisable to let go of the opportunity to live and study in another country simply for this reason.
If we’ve missed out on any questions or queries that you have regarding studying abroad or you want to explore the options available to you, then get in touch with one of our experienced counsellors here: https://rginternational.org/contact/