I am an engineering graduate and wish to pursue my masters from a reputed university abroad. It’s not an easy decision as a lot depends on the choices that I make today. The advices have been forthcoming, a little too forthcoming for my comfort. Everyone has a view on what courses I should opt for, the universities I should apply to, the airlines I should fly and the spices I need to carry along with me. My grandfather wants me to benefit from the “English” system of education, my dad believes US offers the best quality and my younger bro thinks it would be cool to visit me in Melbourne(though I am sure it’s the “Gold Coast” that interests him a lot more than his brother’s dilemma).
I guess there are a lot of good options like New Zealand, Canada and Germany apart from the usual suspects USA, UK and Australia. Of all these, I need to decide which one is the best for me considering all the aspects; quality of education, quality of life, support available in terms of existing alumni, cost of living and education, employability and so on.
So which way should I head? Should it be US or UK?
Being the most developed countries with internationally recognized courses, extremely high quality of studies and standard of living and good climate. Most students prefer to US for their further studies as it offers innumerable options to pick from in terms of universities and courses to select from. UK is the same though with a smaller set of reputed universities to pick from.
Should it be Australia?
The glorious climate, great standard of living, the lure of the open spaces and beautiful beaches, Australia's multicultural population, the quality of Australian education packages and international recognition of Australian degrees and awards. That you can watch cricket in SCG or MCG is an added benefit.
New Zealand or Canada or Germany?
These countries are not as popular with students from India but still if there is a good university then it could be a prospect as these countries are comparatively competitive when it comes to cost of living.
So after considering all the perspectives, I would say that US still wins on the preference of an Indian student intending to go and study abroad and even I think, yes US is a better option in terms of the standard of education, climate and future prospects of getting a job. The only thing that could create a doubt is the cost of living and tuition fees that the top universities ask for.
So I would say in my preference US wins over Australia with a ratio 70:30
But I have not yet decided and still in a dilemma whether to choose US or Australia as it involves a lot of capital and I don’t want my parent money to be wasted in any way.
I came across myoznetwork.com and thought of seeking first hand advice from someone who is not as biased as my grandpa, dad and brother.