Global Education Horizons

Global Education Horizons 

Scholarly March 2020

A group of 16-something students are huddled around a globe kept on a table. The teacher, standing behind this group, is asking each of the students to point to their own homeland. There are Chinese, Indian, African, American, Spanish, French and Korean students. The purpose of this exercise is to find out how fast and in which direction is the Corona Virus spreading in the world. But the teacher’s larger goal is to sensitize students towards the importance of a global community that needs to join hands against the virus.

This is a classical microcosm of how global education looks like. At the heart of it, global education is about acquiring experiences that help students recognize diverse cultures and perspectives. Global education today is not just about a foreign degree, it is also about widening your horizons and perspectives.

Where can students’ study?

Students who have finished their high school or have done their graduation have a plethora of options for studying abroad. One of the most sought-after global education destinations today is the United States of America hosting more than 1 million foreign students. That’s simply because of the wide variety of streams, degrees, study options and the styles of learning that US universities offer.US higher education is well recognized and accepted globally. With New York as the global financial hub and Silicon Valley as the leading technology destination, it is easy to see why US is the preferred destination for international students. Other popular options are United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Germany.

How would you know where to pursue your degree?

This decision depends on two vital factors –

1] Your field of study

2] Long-term career aspirations

Though a well-rounded higher education in a foreign country greatly enhances your prospects, it is important to find universities with great research options as well as placement opportunities in your field of study. The most popular courses in 2019 were engineering, computer science, business, visual/ applied arts, liberal arts, social sciences and medicine.

How can you shortlist universities?

You need to consider the following as you shortlist universities for your global degree:

1] Entrance tests and scores needed for tests such as SAT, GRE, GMAT, IELTS, TOEFL etc.

2] Course duration and fee

3] University’s track record in terms of alumni, placement and research

4] University’s ranking in your field of study

5] University’s research facilities in your field of study

6] Requirement of work experience/research work for admission

Who can study abroad?

Students who have finished high school may opt for SAT to get an international score in order to pursue graduation abroad. Students that have completed their bachelor’s degree have the options of appearing for GRE or GMAT for admission in post-graduate courses in the US. Your high school/higher secondary scores, graduation scores, work experience and research/ project work will also play a key role in your selection. Additionally, strong letters of recommendation from your professors or supervisors help in getting a positive admission decision.

Obviously, certain universities like Oxford, Cambridge or the Ivy Leagues are extremely prestigious and well recognized. As such, most international students think about these institutions while considering international education. However, it’s also important to consider your inclination towards specific fields of study, your current academic achievements and financial capabilities when you opt for a global degree. There are several other colleges in US and Europe with high academic standards, expertise in specific fields, excellent scholarship opportunities, paid internships and strong student placements.

About the Author: 

Vivek Bhandari is the Chief Executive and Co-founder of Scholarly.co. He is an engineer from IIT Delhi and an MBA from IIM Kolkata. Vivek has worked extensively in financial services, real estate and mortgages space in USA, Europe, and India.

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