Studying abroad is an opportunity not only to experience a different culture but also a different system of education.
India has emerged as one of the leading markets for foreign education. Every year over 4 lakhs students from various corners of the country study abroad for higher education.
Why Study Abroad?
There are tons of reasons to study abroad. International education attracts many students because of the quality education, exposure and possibilities of a better career in the future. Overseas education widens your knowledge. It shows you a new environment which encourages critical thinking and observations helping you to sustain in that environment.
Indian Students opting to study abroad reduced between 2010 – 2014 because of the harsh economic conditions around the globe. But it is growing again and recently it crossed the 350,000 marks. Out of this more than 85% of the Indian students headed abroad choose to pursue their education in these five countries.
- United States of America
- United Kingdom
- New Zealand
These countries have emerged as the strong favorites because they have a large English speaking population and most of the education system in these countries relies on English as the primary language of instruction.
Studying in top international universities is a dream for many Indian students. But sadly financial constraints can sometimes be a hindrance to such dreams. Here are the top 5 scholarships you can apply for if you are planning an education in countries such as the USA, UK, Europe, Canada and China etc.
1. Fulbright-Nehru Fellowships
The United States-India Educational Foundation, or USIEF, offers these scholarships to Indian students who wish to pursue either a master’s course or research in any U.S. institution.
Scholarship Eligibility – Students should have completed the U.S. equivalent of bachelor’s (4 years of education), and should have at least 3 years of work experience in the area they wish to study in. Leadership and community service, communication skills, and motivation to pursue study and contribute to nation-building.
Expenses Covered – The scholarship covers tuition fee, airfare (economy), textbooks, and a living stipend.
Areas of Study – The scholarship gives preference to candidates who wish to study in the areas of Arts and Culture, Environmental Science, International Legal Studies, Public Health, Gender Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, and Public Administration.
Application Time – The application time for these scholarships is June prior to the year of the start of the program. The scholarships are open by June and will close shortly before August of any year.
2. Tata Scholarships
This scholarship makes it possible for Indian students to study at Cornell University, the USA for their undergraduate courses.
Scholarship Eligibility – Candidates applying for this scholarship should be Indian Citizens who have secured admission to Cornell University, and require a need-based financial aid.
Expenses Covered – The Tata Education and Development Trust covers the tuition fee for undergraduate programs up to eight semesters. For programs exceeding that duration (such as Architecture), the student will need to bear the additional cost. They also cover living expenses, food, medical, and travel expenses
Areas of Study – Students accepted to the College of Architecture and Planning, the College of Engineering, the Applied Economics and Management major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and majors across Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, (such as Biology, Physics, Chemistry, etc.) Sciences, and Social Sciences.
Application Time – Applications for this scholarship open around the time of college applications, generally in October/November each year, and awards are given out in December.
3. Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship
The Commonwealth Scholarships Commission offers these scholarships to students from the Commonwealth countries (such as India) who can make a significant contribution to their home country. The scholarship is for students applying to masters and PhD programs in the UK.
Scholarship Eligibility–The candidate should be an Indian Citizen, and should have completed education in the English medium. S/He should have secured at least 60% in Social Sciences and Humanities or at least 65% in Engineering, Technology, Science and Agriculture. PhD candidates have the same eligibility criteria for application. The Ministry of Human Resource Development conducts preliminary interviews for shortlisting applicants.
Expenses Covered – The scholarship covers tuition fee, economy return airfare, and other living expenses. However, some research costs will not be provided.
Areas of Study – Candidates wanting to study Engineering and Technology, Sciences (Pure and Applied), Agriculture, and Humanities & Social Sciences should apply for the scholarship.
Application Time – Applications open in August every year for batches starting the next year.
4. Erasmus Mundus Scholarships
The European Union funds the Erasmus Mundus Scholarships and are directed at students from EU and non-EU students to study at European Universities under approved Erasmus Mundus Action Joint Programmes.
Scholarship Eligibility – The Award can be offered to students who are selected to attend one of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Programs at Masters or Doctoral Level. Each Erasmus Mundus Joint programme has its own eligibility criteria, and students should consult with their representatives before applying.
Expenses Covered – The Award covers full scholarships including tuition, travelling costs, insurance costs, and living expenses for students. However, the students have to just take care of the documents needed.
Areas of Study – The Award covers about 116 master’s courses and 29 doctoral courses. Areas of study include Engineering, Agriculture, Veterinary Sciences, Mathematics & Computing, Manufacturing, Health & Welfare, Social Sciences, Arts, and Business & Law.
Application Time – The Application time for the next session is in the months of October to January.
5. UBC International Leader of Tomorrow Award
The University of British Columbia offers this for international students applying to their undergraduate courses. Students who hold an outstanding academic record, and have achievements in the field of Sports, Performing Arts, Debating, etc. are encouraged to apply.
Scholarship Eligibility – A nominated student by the school which s/he currently attends. It should be the student’s first undergraduate degree, and the student should meet all requirements for the English Language as well as the program applied for. The student should also demonstrate financial need that would prevent them from pursuing a program of their choice.
Expenses Covered – The scholarship is given based on financial needs. An assessment is made by the university about the financial situation of the candidate. The scholarship can cover tuition fee, as well as living expenses. However, the Award can be renewed for all three years of undergraduate study provided the student display satisfactory academic performance and financial need.
Areas of Study – The scholarship is applicable to any of the undergraduate programs.
Application Time – The deadline to complete applications is November for sessions starting the next year.
Well, there you go! Don’t let your dreams of flying away to a foreign destination for education wither away due to financial constraints. With these scholarships, you will get through your education years smoothly, and will never have to look back.
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Flygskam: The Guilt That Comes With Air Travel
In Sweden, flygskam is the new buzzword. A new wave of environmental consciousness is taking over in this European country, and spreading to others as well. Literally, flygskam translates to “flying shame”. Through this, activists and the general public alike are aiming to reduce the number of flights in the sky. Greta Thunberg, the awe-inspiring student activist, has also spoken up about it.
Why are people feeling flygskam?
In USA, it is not the occasional flyers who are causing these massive carbon footprints in the sky. It is the elite few, those who fly over eight round trips in a year. Around the world, the annual flyers are increasing too. Household incomes in developing economies are increasing, leading to higher chances of them boarding a plane instead of a train. At this rate, things will get way worse faster. Because as flyers and routes increase, then this industry will most likely take over the carbon footprint left by cars, etc.
Air travel is disastrous for our climate
The effects of high flying rates have been far and wide. Our atmosphere is not built to accommodate such an amount of fuel emissions in the sky. Apart from that, a huge number of birds are also put at risk every time a plane takes off.
The solution to flygskam is tagskryt
Tagskryt is another term that evolved as the shame regarding air travel grew. It literally translates to “train brag”. As you can guess, it is about shifting to trains. Swedish celebrities and others alike are posting about it online too. With #tagskryt, you can see many online pages trying time combat climate change one less flight at a time.
How are airlines responding?
Airline operators and companies are actually responding well to this movement. Flybe is cutting the routes where train travel is more feasible and eco-friendly. Moreover, it has promised to look at new routes and go through them only if air travel is the best option for everyone involved.
We hope this trend catches up soon in India as well. Doing our bit to save the environment is very necessary!
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10 Songs From Early 2000s That Deserve To Be On Your Travel Playlist!
A road trip deserves some quirky, exciting, music that goes right through the bones and motivates you all along. Therefore, a travel playlist becomes an indispensable part of a road trip. Not to mention that major part of storytelling and bonding happens over trips like these, much more when there’s a stupendous song on roll in the backdrop. The backseat singalongs and nomadic anthems are very much a part of the same but then a fiery playlist makes your trip shorter and worthy and memorable enough.
Let’s just take an insight into the list right from the early 2000s that makes you go all psyched with inquisition.
Britney Spears, “Toxic”, “Oops, I Did It Again”
The fashion quotient that marks the era is all over in this video. Bare midriffs in baby tees, spray tans and baggy sweats; the fashion, the music, all impart the same vibe. The songs are most likely to sail you through the entire road trip with an ardent fervour and zest!
Gwen Stefani, “Hollaback Girl”
“Uh huh this my sh**. All the girls stomp your feet like this”, we all know the lyrics to this one. And there goes your road trip in full motion and an extent of enthusiasm that’s immeasurable.
Lil Wayne, “Lollipop”, “A Milli”
‘Lollipop’ is the song you can bump an entire decade later, and even after those yet to pass. It’s a golden.
In the 2007 hit, ‘A Milli’, Weezy likened himself to “Nigerian hair” and “a venereal disease” – the guy was hip hop’s trailblazing.
Snoop Dogg, “Drop It Like It’s Hot”
‘Drop It’ earned a place just inside the top 50 songs of the entire decade according to Billboard’s computations. It stands proud at the 48th position.
Amy Winehouse, “Back To Black”, “Rehab”
The song calm you, soothes your insides for the entire course of the journey. The song also gives you a perfect hopeful background, merges well with the serendipity of the scenic beauty thus.
The singer’s self-penned single, an autobiographical look at her own refusal, ‘Rehab‘ is also worth a million listens. The booming popularity of the song makes it worth a listen even today!
P!nk, “Get The Party Started”
The P!nk breakthrough doesn’t keep you much away from proper party feels.
Justin Timberlake, “Sexy Back”
The song is raunchy, groovy and involves all of you through the entire course of it!
Soulja Boy, “Crank That”
2pac, “California Love”
Convince enough for a stupendous travel playlist. Well, we only expect a “Yes”!!
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Travelling Alone Does Not Make You Sad or Lonely
Travelling is not something you are good at. It’s something you do. Like Breathing. Gayle Foreman
Travelling is often the most anticipated activity by humans. But why do we cling to outdated stereotypes when it comes to the solo female traveller? The female solo traveller has been characterized and stereotyped through film and literature for centuries now. If she is travelling alone, she must be a loner (a loser, even), or looking for love and/or self-hood, or the most propagated archetype of them all—heartbroken. Perhaps nothing in recent pop culture has promoted these stereotypes more than Elizabeth Gilbert’s monstrously successful Eat, Pray, Love.
But what if a woman is travelling solo for none of those reasons? What if she is simply indulging in her curiosity for other cultures and looking for enrichment? Gasp! In this day and age, she’s probably even married or in a relationship and just wants to get out and explore on her own. Solo travel is on the rise more than ever, according to the 2015 Visa Global Travel Intentions Study, and roughly 24 per cent of people travelled alone in their most recent overseas vacation (that’s 15 per cent more than in 2013).
Solo travelling is life-altering, educational and enriching, and wildly freeing. Oftentimes, it’s scary, and sometimes even dangerous, but you can think of a few things in life that can offer such a transformative and rewarding experience.
Let’s start with your fears. Travel, solo or in a group, is loaded with uncertainties from the minute you leave your house. Some are more grave concerns—disaster could strike or you could get sick or injured. And, there are more trivial issues: language barriers, getting lost in a place you don’t know, eating foreign foods, understanding social do’s and don’ts in a new place and even flying. All very valid concerns that feel amplified when travelling solo. But perhaps that’s why it’s so much more rewarding when you succeed at tackling all of this by yourself. You’re forced to test yourself and confront your fears.
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