Choosing to study away from your home country is one of the most rewarding decisions you will ever make in your life, as it will benefit you in ways beyond your imagination and expectations. It might be an expensive decision. However, going abroad for education will offer you an opportunity to discover a unique diversified culture, make lifelong friendships and connections, and receive an education that goes a long way in your holistic development. Apparently, the globally mobile student population increases around 8 percent every year and it is estimated that the number of international students will become more than 8 million worldwide by 2025, from 5 million in 2016.
Today, many universities worldwide are offering courses for international students and competing for global talent. Indian students remain the second largest consumers of these universities. As per the data shared by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, there are an estimated 5.86 lacs Indian students studying in 86 different countries as on December 2017. Among them, more than 66 percent prefer to stay in the USA, Canada, and Australia. However, in recent times, Southeast Asian Countries, New Zealand, Germany, Ireland, France, and a few other European countries are also emerging as popular study destinations for Indian students seeking quality education.
Although, there is an abundance of information available on the internet about overseas educational institutions with provisions of applying online, the main channel in India, by far, is study abroad consultants, with 44 percent of all students using them to apply to international universities. In this issue, we have identified ’10 Must-Watch Study Abroad Consultant for Indian Students,’ which are offering excellent counseling and supports to the global education aspirants. We believe that our efforts will help the young Indians who are in search of quality overseas education opportunities.
Dr. Manoj Varghese