It’s that time of the year again. Your child is ready to leave the nest and flock to a college. Not the one you could have reached in a jiffy. This one is possibly far, quite far—in another country. The Moneycontrol Essential Guide to Studying Abroad is an A-Z ready reckoner on foreign education. It tackles all your questions from applying to Ivy League colleges to managing your child’s living expenses abroad in one place. Check it out:

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All about preparing for the great Indian foreign education dream

All about preparing for the great Indian foreign education dream

From selecting a suitable destination and university to funding your overseas studies through investments, scholarships and education loans, Moneycontrol’s one-stop guide has all bases covered.

Study abroad: Five things to remember before joining a foreign university

Study abroad: Five things to remember before joining a foreign university

Study Abroad: Check list, best foreign universities, and scholarships for Indian students

Study Abroad: Check list, best foreign universities, and scholarships for Indian students
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How to go about shortlisting overseas study destinations post COVID-19 pandemic

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United States

United States

While university education cost remains quite high in the US for foreign students, the quality of education at top institutions there works as a ladder for socio-economic success, and professional growth.

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Germany

Home to some of the very old and legacy universities in the Europe, public funded higher education in Germany is quite inexpensive compared to other top European destinations, and even other destinations like the US and Australia.

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United Kingdom

United Kingdom

UK's dominance as a study abroad destination for Indians is largely driven by four factors – Britain’s influence on Indian education system, the quality of top universities there, English being the mode of education delivery, and the kind of diversity the country enjoys when it comes to both courses, and student and faculty cohorts.

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Australia

Education is a key sector for revenue generation in Australia, and education exports had garnered Australian dollar worth 40.3 billion in 2019.

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How this financial planner is preparing for her daughter's international study plans
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How this financial planner is preparing for her daughter's international study plans

Poornima Katpadia
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Why this student chose to study in France instead of US, UK or Canada
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Why this student chose to study in France instead of US, UK or Canada

Baishnab Chand
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Sending your child to study abroad during inflationary times? Here's what you should know
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Sending your child to study abroad during inflationary times? Here's what you should know

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You Got The Call
Now What?

Tips to manage your finances after you leave Indian shores

Overseas education is painfully expensive. How can you spend money responsibly and get bigger bang for the buck? Here are some tips on how to build a financial safety net around your child who is headed abroad.

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FAQs

Which are the streams and courses in demand currently?

In-demand streams and post-course opportunities play a role in determining students’ choices. Business, finance and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) courses continue to drive students’ interests, but after COVID-19, courses in clean tech, specialisation in medical devices, psychology, liberal arts and so on are also in vogue.

Do cost of living and university rankings influence students' choices?

Cost of living is a key parameter for zeroing in on a destination city or country. For example, students in the UK may not mind joining a good university in Newcastle instead of London. This is because while the cost of living in London is about £15,000 a year, it falls to around £10,000 in Newcastle. Ranking of universities, too, is a factor. While global university ranking is a key parameter, local ranking gives a better sense of a university’s value.

What are my options to finance my education abroad?

Ideally, parents should save for their kids’ education well in advance. Scholarships, full or partial, can offer significant relief. Education loans can make up for any shortfall, but the amount of debt taken on should be as small as possible.

How should parents save and invest for their children’s education?

Be clear about the current fee structures of the universities on your short list, the number of years to the goal and targeted education corpus size, and then work backwards. If you start early, your investment horizon will be longer, which means you can invest regularly in equities to earn returns that can comfortably beat inflation.

When should I start applying for scholarships?

Many universities have three-four rounds of applications, but it is better if you apply in the first or second round itself. If you are planning to apply for the Fall 2023 intake, then by July this year, you should start applying for a scholarship.

How will a bank evaluate my education loan application?

Banks or any other entity in the financial sector that provides loans process applications after evaluating your admission letter because the education loan amount varies with the country, your course and the university, among other factors. The collateral that you offer also plays a role. Financial institutions typically do not accept, say, a plot of land as valid collateral.

What are the expenses that an education loan will cover?

Most banks cover tuition fees, living expenses, health insurance and cost of study material for education loans. Some banks also cover airfare, cost of laptop, study tours and other expenses that students have to incur to complete the course, but not the cost of external coaching.

How should I manage my finances once I reach my destination country?

Be aware of additional expenses such as cost of accommodation, food and commuting, networking trips, industry tours, and so on. Open bank accounts with local banks and carry prepaid forex cards to meet such expenses. You should also carry international credit cards issued in India for emergency expenses.

What are the financial pitfalls I need to steer clear of once I start studying abroad?

Remember that a credit card default due to overspending will affect the credit history of your parents in India. If it’s your own card issued in your destination country, a default or delayed bill payment will dent your credit score, affecting your chances of securing credit or settling down in the country later.

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