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Do you know how many students are projected to study abroad by 2024?

18 lakh! Just 5 years ago, that number was 7 lakh! 

More and more students in India are aiming to study abroad due to various reasons. Students are preparing harder and smarter to appear for international exams such as TOEFL, SAT, IELTS, etc. aiming to grow and expose themselves to a global outlook. 

Does that mean that education in India does not offer growth and a global outlook? 

No. Students aim to study abroad due to several more reasons, even if there are many challenges to be faced.  

Let’s have a look at the 5 reasons why students are choosing to study abroad:

Exposure To Different Cultures

One of the primary reasons for students wanting to study abroad is getting to experience different cultures. What we mean by different cultures is that one that is different from the one in India. 

When you choose to study abroad and get admission to a college, you automatically are exposed to a different culture. Different countries have different cultures. However, with many different people coming to study from all parts of the world, it’s not just the country’s culture that you get to experience.


You also get to meet and converse with people from other countries and get exposed to their cultures. Students getting early exposure to different cultures are better capable of understanding people from different backgrounds and countries! 

Increase In Course Options

Another important factor that drives students to study abroad is the wide range of course options. Colleges and universities abroad have curated a set of courses across different fields of study. 

In India, many fields of study and their courses have not been included in the college curriculum due to various reasons. For example, parapsychology, energy sustainability in smart cities, etc. are some of the course options not available in India. 

Why do colleges abroad have more course options?

Colleges abroad follow a different education system that keeps up with the current trends, and that includes the up and coming fields of study. 

Top Universities

Colleges and universities abroad are among the highest-ranked institutions all over the world. In India, there are several high-ranking universities, and getting admission to them is often a difficult task. Most of these colleges are for a specific field of study such as medicine, engineering, architecture, etc. 

The top universities abroad offer you exposure to top-tier education, facilities, exposure, and different cultures. Not only that, the universities and colleges in other countries offer students:

  • Scholarship options
  • Assistance in accommodation
  • Better placement opportunities


One of the other reasons why students choose to study abroad is the scope of job opportunities. The scope for jobs is higher abroad as the number of students is lesser than the number of jobs available, unlike in India. Moreover, the scope for various industries is more when compared to India. 

Does that mean students who choose to study in India would not get jobs? No. 

However, that being said, it is not easy to get jobs abroad while you’re studying. If you, as a student, choose to study abroad and get a job, certain steps need to be taken. 

Colleges abroad focus on the overall aspect of a student. When it comes to offering assistance in getting a job, they help students based on their profile and capabilities.

Education System

One of the biggest differences between studying in India and studying abroad is the education system. The way of teaching, curriculum, the exposure to extracurricular activities, and more are different abroad when compared to India. 

Students see a different aspect of education when they choose to study abroad. Colleges focus on the overall development of the student, rather than just academics. Involvement in extracurricular activities, understanding strengths and weaknesses, etc. are focal points in the abroad education system.

Due to the importance given to a student’s overall development, they find it better to be in an environment where they can flourish, and not just academically. 

To conclude, students opting to study abroad are only said to rise in the coming years. With focus on countries like Canada, the U.S.A, the U.K. etc. students are preparing themselves to take on the world, despite the challenges they might face. 

If you would like some assistance or clarity on how to study abroad, you can book a session with our counsellors today!


Aditya is a Marketing Manager at Univariety. He loves writing about anything and everything. With a passion for writing and his vision to help students with their education, he wishes to see a better future for them. Aditya loves sports, reading, and photography.

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