Why students prefer to study abroad rather than India?

Of India’s population of 1.26 billion, almost 50% of which comprised of people below the age of 25. India is second after China in international student enrolment in schools across the globe. This is the exact reason why the preference for counties abroad has been the subject of discussion in many platforms.

Venturing out of one’s comfort zone and choosing over an international institution over local colleges and universities gives you a head start than their counterparts. This also improves one’s communication and language skills, in addition to the vocabulary one will develop.
This could also be a plus point in your job profile as international exposure is an important factor while hiring. This could have a good impact on one’s employability. Studying abroad can also help one explore new possibilities and indulge in new activities. One could try new sports, arts and activities and expand their horizons. Another advantage is the connections one can acquire with people from other countries. Students can enrol in clubs, societies, organizations and online portals that connect them with Non-Resident Indians living abroad.


1. Ease of Admission:

Dream institutes of the country like IIMs (Indian Institute of Management), IITs (Indian Institute of Technology) and AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) have high cutoffs for admission and the demands that the students top their respective entrance exams like, Joint Entrance Exams (JEE mains) for engineering colleges and the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) for medical colleges. There is, hence, no guaranteed admission for these pioneer institutions even for brightest students. Easy admission abroad is hence comparatively easier and Indian students prefer that.

  1. More study options:

Indian institutes only focus on rendering STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) courses. Students who wish to take up other courses are not left with much choice as there are no institutions in India that have the expertise or accreditation to render the course. But these courses like entertainment, sports and psychology can be easily taken up in a foreign university. However, the STEM fields are rising in popularity and they too can be pursued from top notch universities abroad.

  1. Quality of education:

Indian educational system resorts to rote learning to remember concepts rather than understanding them and this results in lack of opportunities for practical application of skills learned through conceptual understanding. This effects the students’ job opportunities. However, foreign institutions indulge students in class participation, dialogue exchange, case studies, and practical off- and on-campus experiences to make concepts clear. They also can benefit from the technological advances and infrastructure used for research purposes and well equipped labs.

  1. Emigration pathway:

Taking admissions in an international institution opens up emigration pathway. Several countries like US and Canada offer job prospects after completing the course.

  1. Better research opportunities:

Students studying subjects in research-centric areas like biology or pharmacy find it better to take up the course from abroad than from India due to the facilities and amenities that foreign universities offer. Pursuing education abroad helps one utilize sophisticated technologies, equipment and infrastructure to conduct in-depth research.