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There are two distinct trends shaping up: On one hand, the US and European governments are tightening visa and travel restrictions, on the other hand, demand for western education has seen a marked surge from around the globe. To cater to this demand, universities and educational institutions are offering distance education, part-time educational courses and, e-learning and online degrees. This section of presents a glimpse into the options available to global students who wish to avail of world-class education without travelling half-way across the globe.

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Find your way to a global degree  - By Chirdeep Bagga & Samiran Chakrawertti

There’s never been a better time to think seriously about getting that coveted foreign degree. The prospect of a better education abroad and easy availability of loans for studying abroad has brought what was virtually unthinkable earlier within your grasp.

It’s not just a question of the crosscultural exposure that will be a boost to your resume. With most countries letting you stay back to work a few years after you graduate, it could be your ticket to a great career abroad. The next question – which are the best destinations? In our first part, we tackle this.

The US remains the preferred destination for Indian students – they form the largest international student community there. But new education opportunities have opened up in countries like Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. The academic calender or duration of courses isn’t the same everywhere. Here’s checking all that out.

The American education system is among the highest-rated and many of its universities are renowned for their programmes, resources and faculty. The US has more than 3,300 colleges and has a wide range of courses on offer.

The four years of undergraduate education comprise first two years of general education and second two years of desired specialisation. Courses start at two times of the year – the fall semester (around October), and the spring semester (around February).

The fall semester sees the most admissions when all programmes are offered, whereas the spring semester might not have a course you plan to study. Significantly, more aid is available for the fall semester.

The next attractive destination for students is the UK. The UK has a long history of quality education, and the intellectually and culturally simulating environment at its colleges makes it the preferred choice for many. Besides Oxford and Cambridge, Britain has more than 150 institutes of higher education to choose from.

The Bachelor’s course in arts and sciences takes three years in the UK, while professional courses take four. The academic year in Britain starts around October. Universities also offer a high degree of flexibility.

United States
Over 3,300 colleges
4-year undergrad course
Fall semester begins Oct, spring semester starts around Feb
More aid available in fall

United Kingdom
Over 150 institutes
Bachelor’s course takes three years, professional courses take four years
Academic year from October

37 public and two private universities
Undergrad course lasts three years
Courses start in February. Some in July, October
Good quality of life. Low cost of living

Canada offers great varsities and good life

Acquiring a foreign degree is no longer just a dream for Indian youngsters, thanks to the easy availability of loans. While the US continues to be the most favoured destination for students from the country, the UK is not too far behind with its varsities offering a lot of flexibility.

For instance, in the first year you would study three subjects from those you applied to study, along with a fourth elective, which you can choose froxm a wide range of subjects. At the end of the first year, you are allowed to drop one of the original subjects and replace it with another subject of your choice.

Canada, often thought of as the poorer cousin to the US, has come into its own in the last few years. Canadian universities are quite highly rated and the country offers a high quality of life at an affordable cost. There are over 90 universities and 150 colleges and technical institutes to choose from and as Canadian universities are largely publicly funded, they offer uniformly high quality education, regardless of location or area of study.

Despite public funding, all colleges retain a high degree of academic autonomy. Additionally, the cost of studying in Canada – both the tuition fee and cost of living – is among the most affordable. Most undergraduate programmes take four years and the academic year runs from September through May, and is usually divided into two semesters, although some colleges have a trimester system.

Australia has increasingly been attracting large numbers of Indian students for higher education because of its strong educational infrastructure, a high quality of life, and relatively low cost. Home to more than 21,000 Indian students currently, there are 37 public universities and two private universities in Australia.

All of them offer both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. The duration of an undergraduate course is usually three years. Australian universities operate on a semester basis. Most courses start in February, although some may also start in July and October.

New Zealand is another emerging destination that is fast developing a reputation for quality education. There are seven government-funded universities in New Zealand. The cost of education and living is again relatively low. Undergraduate courses usually take three years and the academic year of most universities is divided into two semesters, with the first semester starting late February.








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