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The diverse possibilities of higher education are humongous and keep getting morphed as per students’ needs and aspirations. Today, students want to graduate from a college that helps hone their skills and get a good job. Although the education system in India is decent, the quality of higher education is constantly under the radar because of the brain drain crisis. Here’s a comparative analysis of taking up higher education abroad or India. Read on!

The US remains the favorite destination for Indian students and is still perceived to provide the most credible education. But it has recently lost some ground. The US still attracts more than half of all Indian students, but it saw its share of students drop from 73.4% in 2000 to 53.6% in 2009. However, we can look at the statistics below and see for ourselves the enormous number of students who pursue higher education abroad:

Let’s outweigh the pros and cons on specific grounds.

Cultural exposure

Going abroad for pursuing higher studies puts you in a position to meet people from a different part of the globe and learn about their lifestyles. It could be an enriching experience for students during their academic years. But on the other hand, this unfamiliar environment could also have a negative impact. Staying away from the comforts of home could affect the performance of the students.

Quality of education

Without a doubt, the standard of education abroad is a class apart. For starters, students are regularly evaluated for their performance contrary to the half-yearly exams in India. Regular evaluation keeps a check on the progress and helps students stay integrated with the curriculum. Also, there is a truckload of better possibilities abroad apart from the stream the students are pursuing. They can take up courses purely out of interest and excel overall. But this leads to a bigger question. Where do you plan to work after your studies? This brings us to our next point.


In India, there is no uniform hiring system as managers or companies visit colleges and universities to find graduates. Firms don’t opt for lower-ranked colleges, so many students miss out on good opportunities. Furthermore, foreign graduates, who have studied abroad, never get a chance to apply for a college placement. So, if they have to get a job back in India, they need to look for it themselves.


The master’s degree earned abroad (UK) is not valid in India. This means that the Indian government does not value this degree from the UK, so the students cannot go for a PhD or any public services in India. After all the brainstorming, you realize that you should rather opt for higher studies or jobs abroad.


Before you go through this entire chaos, you must ask yourself whether you are financially prepared for this jump. Many students run into debt because living abroad for several years eventually, empties their wallets as the expenses are high. No matter how great the degree is, it’s not worth jumping into the sea of financial crisis.

Make sure you think carefully before taking the big step of studying abroad. Choose wisely. All the best!

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