Dear Parents: Should you send your child abroad to study or not?

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Send your Child Abroad?

Send your Child Abroad? There is a wide range of arguments for and against sending children abroad to study. In this piece, we dig deeper into what it actually means to send a child to study abroad and what goes on in both the child and the parents’ minds while deciding this crucial aspect of growing up.

Firstly, foreign universities have the allure of a better education, better facilities and better work skills to equip a child with. Attending a foreign university allows a student to attain a more multicultural, holistic education, an education that is p to date with the modern, fast paced working world. Starting from internships to campus job opportunities, countries like USA, England, Australia and most countries in Europe have universities that offer many things to attract students from India.

An important aspect about an American education is the prospect of studying in a liberal arts college where majors do not need to be declined until second year of studies. This allows the students to experience a diverse range of classes and take their time to decide what would be the best field of study for them. This sort of flexibility is absent in Indian universities and thus it proves to be an important deciding factor when choosing to study at home or abroad. Apart from this flexibility, the availability of financial aid and scholarships play an important role in determining how cost effective and productive a child’s education abroad will be. This is especially true in terms of Fulbright scholarships for graduate students and these offers are hard to refuse by both the the students and the parents.

Looking at this issue from an academic viewpoint may point us towards crowning American or British education to be the best. However, India has its own array of internationally acclaimed colleges and are in many ways no less than colleges abroad. Public colleges leave a lesser financial burden on guardians and also familiarize students with national environments. Not only does this prepare students for jobs in the country, it also builds a sense of patriotism in the students, hence keeping them in the country in the long term. This is particularly beneficial for parents and for the intellectual growth and economic development of the country.

Many a times, this debate can remain inconclusive because it is hard to judge the effectiveness of studying abroad especially if parents or students have never really experienced such circumstances. Sometimes the homesickness from studying abroad can have a negative effect on grades, sometime the jealousy and complexes arising from seeing close friends studying abroad can affect the grades of a student studying in a national university. Hence like a coin, this story also has two sides and the advice to every parent is to dig deeper into research on colleges abroad to send their Child Abroad  and home and make a well-informed decision in the end.

-Damien N. Sangma

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