There are a number of Indian institutes that have campuses abroad. Studying in the abroad campus of an Indian institute has its own advantages. Let's have a look at some of the aspects of studying in foreign campus of an Indian institute.
“Studying in an Indian campus abroad makes a student more independent and versatile in adapting to various cultures due to varied exposure in a new environment. From the career prospective, these students have immense scope and wide range of opportunities with respect to placement / recruitment in international firms.”Dr SV Kota, Academic President, Manipal University, Dubai
What to choose between foreign institute and Indian institute in same city abroad?
The curriculum in foreign universities is confined to the respective countries, whereas the curriculum of Indian university abroad is in sync with the course structure in India which makes it more flexible for students. Moreover, Indian institute in the same city abroad has to carve its niche. It has to bring out the difference in terms of course content, faculty, infrastructure, industry tie-up and career opportunities. Nitish Jain, President, S P Jain School of Global Management, says that S P Jain students get to enjoy class trips as they are considered foreigners where they actually learn about the local culture and practices in well structured way. “In Sydney for instance, we take students to the Sydney Opera House. However, even before their trip, students are given an in depth understanding of the art of Opera music. This enhances learning. In Singapore, they learn about how Chinese business practices differ from western practices. In Dubai, they learn how the tallest building in the world has benefited brand Dubai and led to Dubai’s unique marketing philosophy of “Dubai means business”. Do foreign colleges do all this?” Mr Jain asks. Do Indian institutes abroad offer multiple campus programmes?
Multiple campus programme is one during which students get to study in more than one country within the same programme. Almost all the institutes set up outside offer such courses. Amity University offers 3 continent BBA, MBA course in which student studies in UK and USA campuses. First 18 months is at Amity University, 12 weeks in Business School at UK and 12 weeks in Business School at USA. Similarly, S P Jain School of Global Management students get to study in 3 countries within the span of one year during their MGB and GMBA courses. A 4-month internship is also part of the MGB curriculum; students have the option of pursuing this in a location of their choice. Their BBA students spend their 1st year in Singapore, 2nd in Dubai and their final two years in the city of Sydney. The institute promises to take care of housing in all the three countries as well. Manipal University, on the other hand, has agreement with four foreign universities for dual campus/dual degree courses. They are Lancaster University, UK; INSA University, France; Edinburgh Napier University, UK and University of Fraser Valley, Canada.
“In fast paced global world, we need to be prepared to adapt, to be culturally agile and to have great social skills. These cannot be learnt in a classroom. So multi-campus course gives students several opportunities to interact with industry experts and engage in projects with local companies.” Nitish Jain, President, S P Jain School of Global Management
How much extra fee students have to pay to study in your campus abroad?
Indian players abroad claim that studying in India versus studying at their campuses, in terms of fees, is not very different. It is the cost of living that leads to variation in the total cost. “The cost of living in hostels abroad is about three to four times more than in India, while if the student opts to stay with friends / family then the overall fee is on par with the fee in India,” says Dr SV Kota, Academic President, Manipal University, Dubai. The fee in the Manipal University, Dubai Campus, is almost equal to the fee of NRI student who is pursuing higher education in NRI quota in India. S P Jain’s 1-year GMBA programme is valued at USD 45,515, including tuition, books, visas and housing. While the MGB programme is for working professionals with less than 3 years of full-time experience and is valued at USD 36,815. Amity University shies away from quoting the figures but explains that its fee abroad is highly subsidized.
“If a student is to study in a completely foreign Institute, it would cost at least 40% more to an Indian compared to studying in an Indian university in a foreign land.”Atul Chauhan, Chancellor, Amity University, UP
What challenges will I face in Indian campuses abroad?
One of the most important challenges is the recognition of degrees. Sometimes the degree you attain even from an Indian institute abroad is not recognized in India as Indian authorities have not allowed them to do so. They might have accreditations from global agencies but you should check beforehand if that goes well in India. Other challenges are more individualistic. Traditionally minded students are usually very risk averse and find studying in the comfort zone of one’s home country. To study in a fast track program that requires living in 3 countries means testing your endurance and making a student adaptable to new cultures. Along with the huge expenses that these students bear, there is always an initial blending-in period, which the student needs to overcome in terms of - weather, food, culture and lifestyle. “The type of students who apply to our global programs are usually dashing," says Nitish Jain, President, S P Jain School of Global Management. On the flip side, there is also a likely possibility of student ignoring Indian culture and its values due to lack of their parents supervision.
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