MUMBAI: Several students from the city look to go overseas to pursue a graduation or post-graduation degree, but a lot of them can’t achieve that dream because of lack of proper guidance to help pick the right country, college and course.
On January 5 and 6, 700 students and parents got a chance to interact with experts in the field of overseas education at the Times of India’s Mission Admission seminars on studying abroad held at Kalina and Prabhadevi.
Kickstarting the seminars on both days was Urvashi Malik, managing director of Collegecore, who helped students decide on where and what to study. “The key considerations that one must make while shortlisting a college or course are whether one wants to go to a college or university, public or private institute, and verify the reputation of the institute, personal fit, admission requirements, faculty, facilities, financial aid and scholarships, costs and location,” said Malik.
Students were also introduced to various education options available in Singapore, the UK, the US and Canada.
Describing Singapore as one of the preferred destinations among Indian students, Tricha Vatsa, country coordinator-India for SIM global education, said, “Due to the proximity to India and the safety levels, parents are comfortable sending their children here. Also, a growing number of private universities are tying up with the best ones in the UK and the US to replicate the courses here.” But Vatsa warned students against selecting universities without the EduTrust certification, which is administered by the Singapore government.
The other speakers who gave students insights into the education prospects in their respective countries were Preeti Prabhu, trade commissioner (education) and public affairs office, government of Canada; Ryan Pereira, regional officer, United States-India educational foundation; and Rupal Parikh, manager, Education UK.
Not only were students taken through the various options available to them across the popular countries, they also received detailed guidance on visa procedure and employment opportunities. Students also got a chance for a one-on-one session at the end of the seminars.
In Mumbai, experts help students pursue overseas education dream