India v/s abroad: The pros and cons of different education systems

The education system in India is greatly different than the education systems abroad, be it Europe or North America. Our education system is rooted in respect for learning but is definitely more structured and rigid. Education outside India is focused on discovering new knowledge, and exploring different forms of learning. With these primary differences in mind, the question for every student at some or the other point in their life is: Where should I study?

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Education in India

Structured

Education in India is very structured. One might say that this is a leftover from the British era. Whether it is a school or a college, our courses and academic years are very structured. Rarely you’ll see a teacher deviate from what was taught in Grade 8 last year to what is being taught in Grade 8 this year. This structure provides a great foundation which is an undeniable truth. The Indian education system will make your foundations strong and clear allowing you to explore your interests more easily in life because your basics are crystal clear.

Focused

We are also quite focused when it comes to how college courses are structured. When you pick a stream of learning, your college will tend to create a curriculum that revolves around the primary subject. For example, an Indian student studying Psychology will study subjects in this field and will rarely study something like marketing or accounting along with it. This extreme focus is also helpful later in life when students want to specialize in a particular subject.

Education Abroad

Flexible

One of the biggest advantages of education abroad is the flexibility offered by international colleges. In an American college, students are able to study volcanoes, literature, Roman history, and art all at the same time. This luxury isn’t afforded to the students in India. This flexibility allows students to satisfy their creative questions, a quest for knowledge, and thirst for learning something exciting. Perhaps this flexibility is why more and more students are opting to study abroad. Not just this, students have up to two years to decide their major or field of study. This allows them to explore subjects in depth and make an informed choice about their future.

Broaden your horizons

Studying outside India can definitely be a giant leap out of your comfort zone. However, the reward is in meeting new people from different cultures and expanding your worldview. Coming out of your cocoon will teach you to be independent, self-reliant, and take more responsibility for yourself. You will learn how to see things from other people’s perspectives, come in contact with people who have vastly different experiences than yours and learn from them. This will help you become a better person and a better professional because you are now able to interact with people from anywhere in the world.

It goes without saying that education systems in India and abroad come with their set of merits and demerits. This decision also largely depends on the field of study you choose, your finances, and what you want to do in the future. Make a wise choice. 

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