Higher Education Abroad: What you must know

If you’re here, chances are that you are probably considering pursuing a higher education abroad, and that you are probably one of the following people:

  • A High-school student looking to pursue an Undergraduate Degree
  • An Engineering Student looking to pursue a Post-Graduation
  • A Working professional looking to pursue a Masters in Business Administration

Irrespective of which category you fall under – there are a lot of great programs available abroad that will specifically cater to your career and education goals.

But don’t we (in India) already have an absurd number of schools and colleges?

Why shouldn’t I pursue my higher education in one of those?

That there are many Universities and Schools in India, is true; but the point of contention is “quality” rather than availability of “seats” in colleges. Several studies have shown that the curriculums followed in most universities, colleges and business schools in India aren’t adequately ‘relevant to current industry needs’ to create employable individuals. In other words, the number of quality universities in India is limited, the competition to get into one of those, on the other hand, is unrealistically high.

Why studying abroad makes sense

To put things plainly, here are some reasons why studying abroad makes a lot sense:

  • Good quality universities abroad aren’t so difficult to get into
  • Student diversity adds to a more global learning environment
  • Potential to be employed abroad and better job opportunities
  • Possibility for scholarships and assistantships
  • Better infrastructure and more up-to-date curriculum

If you’ve made it this far, you’re probably wondering
How do I get into a university abroad?

Overall, you need a few things to be able to apply to a University abroad:

  • A Consistent Academic Record
  • Recommended Standardized Test
  • Recommended English Proficiency Test
  • Letters of Recommendation from mentors, teachers or peer
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Work Experience (Mostly for an MBA programs)
  • Extracurriculars and Research Papers

Though all these aspects are important, not having some aspects isn’t a deal breaker – you can always make up for a slightly bad academic record with a well drafted SOP or a really high Standardized test score. Speaking of which here are the different standardized tests and what they are useful for.


The SAT is a paper pencil test that is a prerequisite for entrance into any US Undergrad College. This tests evaluates a student on different aspects verbal reasoning such as vocabulary, grammar and critical reading as well as different aspects of analytical mathematics. The test is administered 6 times a year in all major cities in India. Know more about SAT…


The Graduate Record Examination is a prerequisite for admission into most postgraduate courses in the US and other parts of the world. The GRE is also a prerequisite for admission into doctoral programs. Currently, the GRE is becoming increasingly accepted for admission into many MBA programs as well. The GRE tests Vocabulary, Critical Reading and various quantitative reasoning skills. It also tests analytical writing ability. Know more about GRE…


The Graduate Management Aptitude Test is predominantly used as an assessment test by Business Schools. Being a Computer Adaptive Test, it assess a student after each question he attempts and adapts the questions he sees next according to how he performs. Thought some concepts are tested, the GMAT is more a test of strategy and time management. Know more about GMAT…

English Language Proficiency Tests

Although you probably completed your education in an English medium, many Universities abroad expect proof of English Language proficiency. The most common tests are IELTS and TOEFL. These test you on the four functional skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Universities generally expect about a 7 (out of 9) Band Score in IELTS or a score of 100 (out of 120) in TOEFL. Know more about IELTS and TOEFL…

This should help you understand what you need to do to get started with applying to a university abroad. Still Confused?  Register for our Kickstarter strategy sessions to get a deeper understanding of the test and the application process.Click here to register