Shivani Manchanda
Career Consultant & Director, Career Track, Mumbai

Whatever you are looking to enter the global workforce and/ or are hoping your company to acquire a workforce with an international outlook, you would do well to take a closer look at how you can make the most of the opportunities while studying abroad.

Interdisciplinary and New Age Courses
Universities abroad offer a very wide range of interdisciplinary courses for a student to choose from. You could do degree courses in forensic accounting, tissue engineering, Internet security, cloud computing etc. Some of you may have a wide array of interests and in foreign universities it is possible to do a dual degree or a double major. 

Thus you could combine Psychology and Law or Media and Politics and fine tune your career to your personal aspirations. When you are selecting your course don’t just apply for the plain vanilla courses but get your sprinklers as well.


Industry Placements
A large number of universities abroad offer courses that integrate a year of industry placement or internship within the framework of a degree. Since there is a very small additional cost for the industry-based programmes and often the internships are salaried, a student can have something like a “Happy Meal”. 

Thus if you have opted for a course with integrated internship or sandwich-year, then besides your degree your employability would be greatly enhanced by a year of international work experience.


Fringe Benefits of Universities Abroad
A factor sometimes overlooked while deciding upon a university abroad is the facilities that are included in the tuition fees. The tuition fee at an international university can include state-of-the-art coaching facility if you are an avid sports person. At nominal or no additional cost you can learn an international language at some universities alongside your degree. 

So when you are deciding to study abroad, then pay attention to these fringe benefits that the universities offer and choose a university that gives you the precise exposure that your personality and career needs for enhancing your employability. 

Studying abroad, in essence, is a superb way of gaining insight into international job market, developing exertise in cross-cultural communication and acquiring cutting edge expertise in your chosen study area.

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