A Strong Foundation Building For Your Child Is A Must: Start Before It’s Too Late

Are you sure of what education would help your child for life? Is it an Indian education vs. a foreign education? 

You may still remember the day you decided on your child’s first school admission.

You had tried understanding curricula, hunting suitable schools, comparing fee structures, travel time, and whatnot! 

This time around you may have to understand and weigh the differences between the Indian education systems vs. foreign education systems to decide. 

Indian Education vs. Foreign Education – Know The Difference

Before you choose a foreign university or an Indian one, you must know about what makes them different. 
Differences between Indian and Foreign EducationStudy in India or abroad

Once you identify which education meets your child’s unique personality and choice, you need to know about their different admission processes.

Admission Process 

Your child needs to prepare differently for an Indian and a foreign university admission.

Process for Foreign Universities

1. Check your child’s eligibility for the chosen programme.

2. Fill out and send the course application form.

3. You also need to send the child’s profile.

This is an all-round picture of the student with a description of their academic and extracurricular work. The non-academic profile is really important and is crucial for gaining admission.

4. Keep a good recommendation letter handy

5. Your child needs to take the test recommended by the university (TOEFL/ IELTS/ ACT/ SAT/ MCAT/ LSAT/ GMAT/ GRE). 

* Institute specific tests are conducted for some courses only (like medicine).

6. Keep all prescribed documents verified and ready.

7. Get ready with sources for fee payment, and to also meet living costs.

8. Check the requirements and your child’s eligibility for the relevant student visa.

Process for Indian Universities

1. Check your child’s eligibility for the chosen programme.

2. Fill out and send the course application form.

(Few contemporary Indian universities require you to send the student’s  non-academic profile as well.)

3. Take the required institute specific or common entrance test.

4. Get the counselling for stream and campus choice done (done for many common entrance tests). 

5. Keep all prescribed documents verified and ready.

6. Prepare for fee payment within the cut-off date.

Know more about the Top 10 Indian universities you must not miss.

What You Can Expect From Foreign Education

1. Courses are offered in diverse formats to cater to all types of students.

2. A high standard of writing skills and articulate presentation will be a big takeaway for your child.

3. Universities abroad emphasise on a well-rounded personality.

4. Critical thinking is highly encouraged in foreign education.

5. Your child will get exposure to a diverse and multicultural mix of students – and hence become a truly global citizen.

Know more about the best countries to study abroad.

Checks Before Choosing A Foreign Education

1. Every university abroad is not necessarily a good one.  Hence you must verify every possible detail about them.

2. Check the recognition of the overseas degree thoroughly.

Not all foreign degrees are recognised in India (and many other countries).

3.  The university may be great – but not all their programmes will be of a good standard. Hence check for the ranking of the programme course too.

4. Find out about the funding options and scholarships available at the university.

Learn more about how to get scholarships abroad

The Changing Indian Education System

The Indian education system uses standard styles of teaching. The scope of a personal learning experience is low.

But many contemporary Indian universities are now trying to implement many best practices of foreign education systems – like non-traditional pedagogy, campus & study resources, grading performance, and new-age subjects.

Your Child’s College Profile

Now that you have known all about the education systems, it’s time for the most important step – preparing a college-ready profile for your child.

Foreign education systems necessarily require the student’s profile while applying for any programme.

In recent years, many Indian universities too have made student profiles an important part of the admission process.

A good profile should talk about your child’s practical experience and non-academic skills; along with their academic background. It should bring out the all-round personality that she/ he is. 

Know how to make an outstanding college profile.

Has your child started working on it already? If not, this summer is a good time start working on it.

So, are you and your child now ready to choose the study destination? 

Make sure your child makes good use of this summer working their profile through, while having fun too.

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Nisha Ramachandran

Nisha is an ex-banker, who has also worked in the IT industry. Being a 'chai ke saath book' lover, she decided to take forward her love for writing through blogs. When she's not making her own DIY cosmetics and jewellery, she tries growing her own veggies at home and experiments with new ways to reuse trash. An avid yoga enthusiast, she is also a trained instructor.

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