Education and studies are very important to millions of students across the world. While some American students choose to study abroad and pursue studies in other countries, many students also leave their native countries and come to study in the U.S. because they believe the education and job opportunities are better for them in the United States. This is especially true for students that are born and raised in India, as stated in The New York Times, as many students that study in India believe their degrees are not worth very much to companies or employers in India.
Many India-born students are traveling to other countries to pursue a better education, and because they believe that degrees from universities in other countries are more valuable than the ones they would receive from Indian universities. Interviews with many Indian students interested in pursuing an education in the United States, show that these students acknowledge the fears and hardships associated with moving overseas, but decide they are worth the trouble. While they may face higher tuition and stiff competition, students insist that foreign degrees will land them better jobs, higher salaries, and a better life in general.
The head of Indian operations of Study Overseas estimates that about 200,000 Indian students study overseas annually, a figure which has doubled in the last several years. For some students money isn’t an issue, such as Shiavanika Gyani, who says coming up with the $150,000 for a two year MBA program isn’t the biggest problem. The problem many students, Gyani included, face is scoring a much higher than satisfactory score on entrance exams, and actually getting into top schools. She believes that coming to America for school would make her more global for networking purposes.
However, for many students, money is an issue, so it is harder for them to be picky when it comes to pursuing their education in the U.S. But with opportunities being higher for graduates with overseas degrees, many traditional parents are more willing to foot the bill for a U.S. education due to the advantages it may have. For those students, many earn their degrees overseas and return to India to work because they have much better opportunities for higher salaries and salary hikes.
Students that have looked into other countries, aside from the U.S., claim that learning other languages isn’t ideal, and other factors, such as weather, can become an issue. Employment opportunities in other countries may limit students that do not speak the language, and can be deal breakers. Gyani and another student, Shivam Arora, prefer to be in the U.S., even with spectacular course offerings because of weather conditions they would prefer not to deal with. Although the school in Canada that Arora is looking into offers scholarships to students like him because of the program he seeks, he says that he is only applying to it to have as another choice.
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