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  Myths & misconceptions of Study Abroad  
     
 

On an expense of certain misconceptions and myths regarding taking up a lifetime decision to study abroad by an aspirant suddenly got carried way in vein. These myths and misconception persist not because they are real rather it occurs due to miscarriage of information or rumors  where one totally depended on fake consultant who creates it for there selfish interest. As you all are aware of vingsabroad’s functioning and position, we are always there to clear the fogs of these misconceptions with sheer conviction. What we assure is more viable and transparent process for our valuable aspirants who intend to study abroad. Before going further let us discuss certain myths and misconception that we general face while planning to pursue one’s career abroad.

1. Study abroad is not for everyone

One common misconception which persist amongst students are studying abroad is not their cup of tea. They tend to believe that only brilliant and financial sounds students can study abroad. They always had the tendency to hold back with this sub conscious mind set that studying abroad is out of their reach and is unachievable. But at ground reality its simply achievable with minimum effort where there is large scope for any sort of student who likes to pursue one’s education abroad. We at vingsabroad assure you that studying abroad is for everyone, anyone who has the courage to come out this myth and give yourself a chance.

No matter what your major, gender, ethnic background, or interests, studying in a foreign countries such as U.S.A, U.K, Australia and Ireland can benefits you personally, academically, and professionally. There are a myriad of programs available around the world. There are sure to be several courses that suit your needs and interests. With such renowned destinations, there is always a room for everyone to fulfill one’s career objective. These destinations are far developed and proactive than India in terms of understanding student mindsets and different need. For that reason they always have more customized courses in accordance with different students need which surely benefits at the end. So never think that study abroad is not for everyone rather think it other way around.

2.Study abroad is a luxury

Another faulty misconception about studying abroad which is persistent amongst many students and their parents mind is that study abroad will spoil their children lifestyle, turning them more towards more luxury oriented rather than a learning to live up on their expense. However, it is purely other way around, instead of spoiling their lifestyle it would enhance them to earn for their tuition fees and normal day-to-day expenses where these overseas countries always intend to let students to get a job while pursuing once education. The government out there lay down more proactive structure that allows students to earn for their tuition fees and other expenses, which in turns help students to stand on their feet.

Some students (and their parents) believe that studying abroad is not really studying. Quite the contrary, it is true that the academic setting will probably be different than what you are used to, but that doesn't make it any less valuable. In addition to the formal instruction you receive, numerous learning experiences will happen outside the classroom - experiences you would never get at your home college or university. The entire experience abroad will change your life as well as enhance your resume and employment potential. In fact, international experience is increasingly important for those seeking a job in a global economy that relies on good relations and the ability to communicate with diverse peoples around the world.

3.I don't have enough money to study abroad as it would be expensive

Good education never comes cheap whether you are studying in your home country or abroad. It is more or less similar once you start analyzing the real expense. Studying abroad often costs the same or even less than spending the same time at your home campus. Especially if you study in a country that has a lower cost of living than at home, your day-to-day living expenses may be far lower than those you are accustomed to.

But one can always try to get state sponsored or private institute scholarship programme which are available to everyone. There are certain scholarship programmes which are provided by various state owned or private funded universities abroad that would substantially reduced the cost of one’s study abroad. Visit out scholarship section on our website where all the necessary information is provided in a more precise way. Everyone can avail scholarship to study abroad regardless of any barrier to receive scholarship. Once you qualify for financial aid or scholarship, you can still receive this aid while studying in an credit-earning study abroad program. Because your personal contribution is assumed to be less while abroad (since it's not expected you will be able to work while out of the country), you may even qualify for more aid for your study abroad year.

There are certain study abroad destinations which cost similar to the one incurred in their home country. Instead of paying the same where one has to compromise on certain hidden benefits such as quality of education, personal development, worldwide recognition of academic qualification and professionalism that clearly stands apart. Studying overseas provides better exposure and lifetime experience that one can never experience in their home country.

4.I have to study in an English-speaking country because I don't know any foreign languages

One of the most commonly found misconception for which every aspirant falls prey is languages where one always assumed that they have to study in an English-speaking country as they don’t know any other languages. Being honest, there is nothing like compulsory language that one needs to know before entering any overseas universities or colleges. There are many study abroad programs that require no prior foreign language instruction and will provide you with intensive language classes at the beginning of your stay abroad. Other programs require just one semester of a language before you depart for a given country. It's true that the more language background you have before you leave, the more immersed you can become once you arrive. However, you shouldn't let lack of skills in a language stop you from studying in a particular country. Study abroad programs in English-speaking countries are far more competitive than those in countries where other native languages dominate. This is in part because so many students share the common misconception that their monolingual restricts their choices to English-speaking countries.

5. Its just too dangerous study abroad

It’s always wise to keep abreast of world events and not choose to study in a region that is currently in a state of war or has a high level of civil unrest. But not surprisingly, there don't tend to be study-abroad programs in those regions, anyway. Why most students prefer to study in the above mentioned countries is just because these countries are more secure than any where in the world. These destinations are mostly preferred due to their security reasons too, that’s why they have lengthiest visa procedures to check who is planning to enter their country and why they intend to do so as its all because of security reasons.

Though traveling abroad requires a degree of caution, a term overseas is by no means certain danger. Study abroad offices inform students of health and safety issues before departure and provide strict guidelines and procedures to ensure student safety.

6. language majors study abroad

A general myth amongst various student with regard to study abroad programmes is that only language majors intend to study abroad, which is absolutely superficial. This misconception persist due to miss judgment from the students part where they feels that it is beneficial for those who like to learn new language or who did their majors in languages. To be honest it is nothing like that, we do accept study abroad provide better scope to learn new language as an added advantage but it not just for those who did majors in language only. Study abroad programs are open to students of all majors, and in fact, more social sciences, business, humanities, and arts majors study abroad than foreign language majors. You certainly could add a language major to your studies as a result of your study abroad units, but you will also very likely be able to earn units for other majors as well as to fulfill general education requirements at your university.

Destinations like Ireland, England and Australia present no language obstacle, and many universities offer programs taught in English even where English is not the native language.

7. Its easier to and just as good to travel once I have a job

It is more Easier said than done. Once you are locked into a job and responsibilities, it's very difficult to get away for any length of time. You may have a difficult time getting the time off from work and you probably won't be able to afford unpaid vacation time because you will have locked yourself into long-term financial responsibilities: a car, rent payments or a mortgage, credit cards, and family responsibilities, for example. In addition, traveling as a tourist is a much different experience than living as an integrated part of a foreign culture. The two experiences are incomparably different. As a tourist, you will typically be seen as an outsider. When you live in a foreign culture and participate in its day-to-day life, you become an immersed and daily participant in the culture.

Doing two things at a same time is cumbersome where one can’t handle both effectively. Studying and doing a job is drastically different from each other. No one afford to do a job and than think about studying. It always beneficial to think one sided when one thought of studying and acquiring required skills first than jumping to do a job first. So it is advisable to acquire right skills through pursuing education than you can take up any kind of job.

8. Its too late for me to study abroad

There is nothing like being late in terms of educating one self. Every university abroad have certain time frame while applying for a course but it too have other procedures for those who couldn’t able to apply during prescribed time frame of the interested course. Don't worry if it’s late in the fall semester and you haven't done anything about planning to study abroad for the spring or summer. Normally, you apply for study abroad mid-way through the semester in advance of the one you want to be away. And even if you miss the application deadline, check with your study-abroad adviser, because many programs will still have space and can accept late applicants. 

   9. If study abroad, I can’t graduate in four years

With careful planning, you should be able to study abroad and finish your curriculum in four years. Study abroad during winter or summer interim is available to all students, and many majors can study abroad for an entire year and still graduate on time.

With certain destination like US which accept equivalent graduation degree of Indian universities where like before Indian students don’t need to worry about starting right from the beginning once again. Indian and US graduation are equivalent where one can start pursuing further study on their present form of qualification.

10. Studying abroad is waste of time and money

Studying abroad is added experience to one’s career rather than a waste of time and money. Many student and their parents think that studying abroad simply waste their child’s precious time and their money but in a real case scenario it provides better future prospect for your child where can learn something which is not available at your home country. . In addition to the formal instruction you receive, very important part of learning takes place outside the classroom. You will gain experience you could never get at your national university. The entire experience abroad will change your life as well as employment potential. In fact, international companies are mostly looking for employees with the ability to communicate with people from different cultural backgrounds.

If you ask anybody who has ever studied abroad, you will probably hear that any concerns they had before they left home vanished after they arrived in their study destination. They will most probably confirm that the experience was worth any extra expenses or time. Also that the benefits they have gained from the experience are much bigger and longer lasting than they could have ever imagined.


 
 
 
 
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