Studying Abroad

Studying Abroad

Studying Abroad

Dear Madam,

With some confusion in mind, I turn to you for your valuable advice. My daughter completed her LLB at Bangalore and is working at a software MNC  for three years (she holds the post of legal contracts analyst). She has been thinking about higher studies. Now she wants to take up MBA Legal Studies through distance education from some foreign university so that it gives more advantage to her career. Could you kindly guide us about universities which impart such course. Also could we know about the fee structure.

My daughter wants to quit the job and concentrate only on studying. Kindly guide us in this matter with your view about the decision
Muktha Kolhapur

Dear Muktha,
One of the advantages of studying an online course is that you can work simultaneously. If your daughter has decided to pursue her MBA through a distance program, please ask her to keep her job. As far as the options are concerned, Universities in most countries offer online programs. These are generally flexible courses which a student can opt to complete in a span of 1 to 3 years. The fee structure varies depending on the University and the Country. For a complete listing of universities, courses and fees please visit

Dear Madam,
I am studying engineering in biotechnology and I have completed 2nd year and now I am on vacation. There is grade point system in our college and my aggregate is 9.01. I am interested in pursuing my masters abroad and in these vacations I am taking coaching for GRE TOEFL and IELTS. For my branch which country would you prefer?
Aishwarya Puranik

Dear Aishwarya,

For Biotechnology, I would recommend the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. Having said that, I must add that countries like France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Japan and Singapore also offer excellent programs in this subject area. There are reputed universities in every country offering highly ranked programs. Irrespective of the country you wish to study in, you need to write the GRE and either TOEFL or IELTS.

Dear Madam
I am pursuing my third year BE in computer science with average of first class. I have an aim and a dream of doing my MS abroad. Please advice me about which exam to take up for going abroad to universities for MS and what the tuition fee in each country will be. Please provide the least expensive country and university fee.
L Vishakh

Dear Vishakh,

To pursue your MS abroad, you need to write the GRE exam and any one of the English language testing exams like IELTS or TOEFL.  Education in UK would be cheaper than USA.
The duration of the programme in the United States, Canada and Europe will be for 2 years while in the United Kingdom, it is a one year course.

Tuition fee in US and Canada will cost approximately $35000 - $60000 per year. In UK it will cost you 9000 to 15000 GBP per year. Tuition fee in Australia is again between 30000 – 60000 Australian Dollars per year. In New Zealand it will cost you approximately 10000 to 50000 NZ Dollars per year. The Public Universities in Germany do not charge any tuition fee even for international students. It would help to do a German Language course before you apply to Germany.

Tuition fees in the Scandinavian countries would range between 9000-15000 Euros per year.
In France, you could pay around 300 Euros (in a Public University) to 20000 Euros (in a Private University) per year depending on the University and the course. It would help to know French if you want to study in France. Spain offers Masters Programmes from 1000 Euros to 30000 Euros per year.
In Netherlands, it will cost you 15000 – 20000 Euros per year.

Dear Madam,
I am presently studying in 2nd PU (12th standard CBSE) with Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Computer Science and English. I’m working hard and consistently maintaining 95+ on an average. I request you to suggest what exams I must write to apply abroad for my undergraduate degree in computer science. I am more inclined towards universities in Singapore, NZ & UK. Affordable universities in US too! It would be great if you could tell me about the scholarships offered by universities/ government for undergraduate courses.

Dear Abhishek,

The qualifying tests you need to write will depend on the country you wish to study in.
For UK, Australia and New Zealand an IELTS exam is sufficient. For Singapore SAT and IELTS is required.

For US, SAT, Subject SAT (preferably in 3 subjects) and TOEFL / IELTS are required. To keep your options open, I would suggest you write SAT 1 and 2. (Reasoning and Subject) and an English exam like the IELTS or TOEFL.  Singapore, New Zealand and UK are cheaper than U.S. The state universities in the US would be more affordable than the private universities.

You can apply for merit based scholarships offered by each university in every country. The Government of Singapore provides tuition subsidies which come in the form of tuition grants and are administered by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and offered to all admitted students.

International students who receive tuition grants will have to sign an agreement with the Ministry of Singapore and work in Singapore based companies for a period of 3 years after their education.

Dear Madam,
I am a 2nd year BE Electronics and Communication student going to write 4th semester exams. I have dreams of doing MS. Which are the countries good for MS? Which are the courses by which I can get Job in USA or Canada or Australia or Germany.
Sudesh K

Dear Sudesh,

All the countries you have mentioned offer a wide range of courses in your subject. Generally universities offer MS in Computer Science, MS in Computer Engineering or MS in Electrical Engineering. Specializations are offered in specific areas such as Bioengineering, Computer Systems and Software, Digital Signal Processing, Electrical Energy, Electromagnetic fields, Electronic Design & Applications, Microelectronics / Microsystems, Optics & Photonics, Systems & Controls, Telecommunications, VLSI Systems and Digital Design, Robotics etc among others.

Pick your specialization according to your interests and strengths. If you are good at what you do, jobs are available in every field. Hard working students manage to find a job in any country.

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