By Ayushi Gaur
Education abroad is an aspiration for countless students as well as their parents. However, without reliable mentorship, the process can seem difficult and extremely taxing. To dispel all doubts about this, Mirror spoke to parents and students who want to apply for an overseas education but encounter a lot of confusion.
Some expert education consultants – who will be part of the upcoming Ahmedabad Mirror Education Expo on May 14-15 – help clear up common confusions and share interesting insights.
The first question that pops into the minds of students and parents may be the major change in lifestyle and environment abroad. Entrepreneur Ram Singh Chouhan, who has a daughter Bhavna, responds to this concern: “It is not easy to adapt to a new environment which offers a completely different way of life than in India. Social security is definitely my biggest problem, especially as a father of a daughter.
Shedding light on this, Gopal Gajjar, Deputy Director of Foreign Education at Rao Overseas Consultancy, says, “The change in environment involved in pursuing study abroad is undeniably significant. To make the most of the opportunities, students must be prepared to network and learn strongly; being outgoing also helps. To ensure they are ready to absorb cultural transformation in different countries, students receive training and counseling sessions at consulting firms where they also learn about university/country-specific processes.
Dr. Bhanwar Rathore, Founder and Director of Bhanwar Rathore Design Studio (BRDS), adds: “There are too many benefits to be gained from the cultural exchange that occurs. Students learn different languages, lifestyles and even adapt to changes in food and clothing.
A popular question also relates to the tax documentation process involved in enrolling for study abroad. According to Bhavna Chouhan, “I am always concerned about the tedious process of documentation, as if it never ends”.
Dr. Rathore says, “The documentation process is systematic and logical. If you have the right exam scores, medical insurance, finances, and a clean background, there’s no way your visa will be rejected.
The issue of finance
Funding sourcing can be a serious hurdle for parents when it comes to overseas education, especially now given that everyone has been hit hard financially during the Covid lockdown.
But the good news is that solutions exist for this as well. Rishi Prajapati, Founder of Westend Educorp, says, “There are several banks, both private and public, that provide funds for overseas education without collateral as well. Banks have developed very user-friendly policies to ease the financial burdens of parents. Companies like ours run online portals where just by adding course, college and amount details, students can get the best funding for them. They can access streamlined processes, time-saving documentations, education, and even pre-approved loans from the right banks with the right support. »
When the costs involved are significantly high, it is important to make sure not only of the results but also of the authenticity of the foreign universities as well as the consultancy firms from which people turn.
Rajesh Kumar Panwar, a 41-year-old educationist with two sons, plans to provide them with a high-level education abroad. He said, “I want to be sure of the reputation of the college where I am seeking admission for my sons. Second, for them to have great job opportunities, I want them to get PR wherever they choose to go. Finally, I also need to be sure of the council I am asking for help from.
Gopal Gajjar says, “Parents can verify the authenticity of the university with state-run grading mechanisms that make the data highly reliable, and when in doubt about the trustworthiness of consultants, parents can check their heritage , visa conversion ratios and ISO audit checks, like Good.”
Choose the right college
Finally, choosing the right college and course in the right country is also very important, as noted by Meera Patel, a class 10 student and daughter of pharmaceutical industry professional Rahul Patel. She says, “A major conflict is between asking for a degree and asking for a degree. Choosing the right place and the right course to study is once again a major parameter.
For this, Dr. Rathore suggests: “To understand the reality of a particular college or country, parents can get in touch with the alumni. The Diploma vs. Diploma query is very specific to needs. If your goal is to only enhance your CV by another specialization with a label from a foreign university, you can opt for degrees. Students who have not yet obtained their bachelor’s or master’s degree and who wish to build their career should definitely opt for the diplomas.
“Countries are selected based on multiple factors. Sometimes parents simply choose places where their loved ones are already located, while other times we suggest countries based on the student’s chosen field of study, taking into account immigration policies, demand for jobs, unemployment rates and expertise in industries. Admissions can be taken on the basis of English proficiency exams as well as math and school revolving exams like SATs,” says Gajjar.