How to choose the right course and university in India or abroad

Planning for higher studies in India or abroad. In either case, one must judiciously pick the right course.

With increased emphasis on quality higher education in average Indian households, deciding the right programme, university and specialisation should be the topmost priority for students and their parents.

Before zeroing on a course and deciding a university in India or abroad, it is important get a few crucial questions answered objectively.

According to academician, Rajiv Ganjoo, co-founder Leverage Edu, a student must keep tab on the following questions-

1. Who am I?

Knowing oneself is the most critical exercise that should never be ignored. One should not fall for peer pressure. Just because someone else has moved to a particular university/college/course, you should not take a plunge. Self-introspect and deconstruct the profile basis academic rigor, subjective factors (achieved through work experiences/Internships etc.) preferences/interests, strength’s/ weaknesses and the knowledge of the subject.

2. What do I want to do after my education?

This is where most people fail and take uninformed decision. Get expert counselling for plausible directions. Historically people romanticize with the names of the courses and just apply without understanding whether the program allows oneself to get the learning opportunity and the flexibility to reach the ultimate calling.

3. Ask why?

Analysing the potential and having goal clarity will help in taking an while shortlisting the options. It is advised to re-validate the options by answering the relevant question such as why MBA/MS/UG from a particular school is important. This will allow students/parents to take an informed decision of getting the applications submitted before the deadlines.

4. Do I have the finances?

Education is not cheap, especially when you want to study abroad. Scholarships are the most common and well-known financial form of aid. Do a thorough research on the scholarships/ fellowships that you can to fund your studies.

The opportunities are many as there are government scholarships; need based scholarships, sports scholarships, etc. Student loan is another option. Keep in mind that choosing the right programme for your future growth will be vital in paying back the loans.
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