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How to Go Abroad For Studies After 12?


As you are reading this blog, it is quite clear that you are interested in studying abroad, which is worth appreciating. Studying abroad is a dream in the minds of several students. There are several steps in the entire process, which should be carefully taken even though they are not difficult.

Do you wish to study abroad? Do you know about the top study destinations and universities? Won't it be beneficial to know about the cost of studying abroad and the scholarships available? If you think you need answers to these questions, you are at the right place because, in this blog, we answer them all.

Several students wish to pursue this dream but cannot do so because of the absence of proper guidance. How to go abroad for studies after the 12th? This blog is all about the answer to this question.

Advantages of Studying Abroad

Shifting to a new country and living on your own may seem intimidating, but trust us, it will be a worthy experience you will never forget and regret. There are several good experiences of studying abroad, and it will be beneficial to know about them. So, here are a few reasons to justify your choice.

  • Discover a new culture:  Studying abroad will help you discover a new culture and associate with people of that culture. As you study at an international university, you will get the chance to connect with students from all over the world, which will help you develop your thoughts and ideologies.
  • Better linguistic abilities:  When you move to a new country for your studies, you will probably be forced to speak English. This will help improve your linguistic capabilities.
  • Be self-reliant: When you start living independently, you will naturally build self-reliance and become independent in your decisions and thoughts. This will help you in your personal and professional life.
  • Helps you connect with others: As mentioned earlier, studying abroad will help you connect and network with students from different countries, backgrounds and cultures. It will improve your connections.

Eligibility to Study Abroad

The eligibility criteria to study abroad can be different for different countries. It can also vary based on your course, program and university. As such, it is essential to visit the official websites of the universities after you finalise your country, university, course and program. There are, however, a few common criteria that remain the same for almost all countries. They are given below.

  1. Excellent academic score.
  2. Statement Of Purpose (SOP).
  3. Letter Of Reference (LOR).
  4. English proficiency test scores like IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, Duolingo etc.
  5. Subject-specific test scores like LSAT, GMAT etc.
  6. Other tests like GRE, SAT, ACT etc.

Procedure to Study Abroad

You are required to follow a few steps to study abroad, which may vary depending on your chosen country and university. Nonetheless, we have compiled a list of steps which you can follow.

  • Research countries and universities, and finalise your destination, university, program and course.
  • Make sure that you have a valid passport. If not, apply for one.
  • Shortlist your preferred universities and check the application deadline.
  • Take all the necessary tests like IELTS, GMAT etc.
  • Start your application early by creating an account at the university's official website.
  • Upload all the necessary documents, pay the application fee and apply.
  • Apply for the scholarships you are eligible for.
  • Wait till you receive the acceptance letter from your university.
  • Apply for a student visa and health insurance soon.

Exams Required to Study Abroad

As mentioned in an earlier section, you must clear a few entrance tests to get admission to any university abroad. Some universities may not ask for some or all of these tests. As such, it is essential to check with your university before taking the test is essential. A few standard tests are given below.

  • IELTS: This is the standard English proficiency test that almost all universities in the world accept. The minimum score required may vary, and it is better to consult the university's official website to know the same.
  • TOEFL: This is yet another English proficiency test you can take. It can be taken in print-based or internet-based formats.
  • PTE: Not all universities accept the PTE score for English proficiency. As such, you should check thoroughly before taking it.
  • NEET: If you want to study Medicine (MBBS) abroad, taking this test is necessary.
  • GRE: Several universities ask for a good GRE score to get admission to Master's programs.
  • GMAT: A good GMAT score may be a requirement for most admission to MBA at top business schools.
  • SAT: If you are choosing the Maths field, taking this test will be necessary.

Top Destinations to Study Abroad

There are some top study-abroad destinations about which you should know. According to several international and national rankings, these countries have some of the top-ranked universities in the world. They also offer a wide set of courses to choose from. A few such destinations are given below.

  • AustraliaThis is one of the most sophisticated countries in the world, which offers top-quality education. The Australian National University, University of Melbourne, Monash University etc., are some popular Australian universities.
  • USA: The United States is home to some of the best universities in the world, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, Harvard University, Caltech etc.
  • UK: This is yet another popular international student destination. The country is home to some of the reputed universities in the world, including the University of Oxford and Cambridge.
  • Canada: Widely known for its affordable living and tuition expenses, Canada is also home to some of the best universities, including the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, McGill University etc.
  • New Zealand: This country is another popular destination among international students, with it being home to popular universities like the University of Auckland, University of Canterbury, University of Otago etc.
  • Ireland: Along with the beautiful landscape, Ireland is also home to some top universities like Dublin City University, University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin etc.
  • Germany: This country has recently gained popularity as a preferred study destination, with universities like the Technische Universitat Munchen, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat-Munchen, Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat Heidelberg etc.
  • Dubai: The tax-free salaries in the UAE have made Dubai a popular study destination. The city is home to some best universities, like the University of Wollongong, the University of Dubai, Al Ghurair University etc.

UK For Indian Students

The UK is one of the most preferred destinations among international students, especially Indian students. The country offers great opportunities for higher education and jobs, making it one of the most preferred countries for international students. The following table will help you understand better.

Popular Universities

University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University College London

Popular Courses

Accounting, Business Management, International Business Management, Management etc.

No. of QS Ranked Universities 2022


Average Annual Tuition Fees

EUR 13,082 - EUR 30,215

Canada For Indian Students

Canada is one of the most popular countries chosen by Indian students, mainly owing to the affordability of education. The country offers courses in almost all disciplines, and you will find a course of your choice. You will get more details from the table below.

Popular Universities

University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, McGill University, University of Alberta

Popular Courses

Civil Engineering, Computer Science & Technology, Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering etc.

No. of QS Ranked Universities 2022


Average Annual Tuition Fees

CAD 70,000 - CAD 1,70,000

Australia For Indian Students

Australia is yet another popular study abroad destination among international students. The sophisticated country offers a superior education system which is revered all over the world. The table below will help you understand a few details better.

Popular Universities

University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, Monash University 

Top Courses

Accounting, Banking, Financial Econometrics, Marketing, Taxation etc.

No. of QS Ranked Universities 2022


Average Annual Tuition Fees

AUD 24,000 - AUD 39,000

USA For Indian Students

The USA is a country that has witnessed a considerable increase in the number of international students. You will get an idea about the top universities, courses etc., from the table below.

Popular Universities

MIT, Stanford University, Harvard University

Popular Courses

Business and Management, Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science, Social Sciences etc.

Average Annual Tuition Fees

USD 25,000 - USD 55,000

Ireland For Indian Students

Ireland is one of the places chosen by Indian students for Bachelor's programs. There are over 30,000 international students in the country. You will find courses in all disciplines as well. The table below shows a few details about the same.

Popular Universities

University College Dublin, University College Cok, Trinity College Dublin

Popular Courses

Accounting, Business Analytics, Finance, Marketing, Medicine etc.

No. of QS Ranked Universities 2022


Average Annual Tuition Fees

EUR 10,000 - EUR 35,000

Top Universities to Study Abroad

As mentioned previously, there are several universities abroad that are in the top positions in several national and international rankings. There are courses offered in all disciplines at all levels. You can get detailed information about the universities from the table below.

Name of Universities


Average Annual Tuition Fees (in INR)



INR 37,00,000

University of Oxford


INR 25,00,000

Stanford University


INR 35,00,000

Imperial College London


INR 25,00,000

Harvard University


INR 35,00,000

University of Toronto


INR 24,00,000

Cornell University


INR 40,00,000

McGill University


INR 10,00,000

University of Pennsylvania


INR 33,00,000

Australian National University


INR 22,00,000

Trinity College Dublin


INR 18,00,000

University of Melbourne


INR 20,00,000

Technical University of Munich


INR 29,000 - INR 90,000

Cost of Studying Abroad

The cost of studying in a country is dependent on a variety of factors. The cost of living tends to be a bit higher in countries like the USA, the UK and Australia, while Canada is comparatively cheaper to live in. However, there are several scholarships available for international students, which may cover the tuition and living expenses wholly or partially. Also, the tuition fees at each university will vary. The cost of studying also depends on your area of living and the course and program you choose. For instance, Arts courses are generally cheaper than medicine or Engineering courses. The table below helps you understand better.


Average Cost (in INR)


INR 58,000 - INR 17,00,000


INR 21,00,000 - INR 35,00,000


INR 3,00,000 - INR 7,00,000


INR 10,00,000 - INR 40,00,000


INR 25,00,000 - INR 35,00,000


INR 12,000 - INR 6,00,000


Scholarships to Study Abroad

You will come across several scholarships, fellowships and other financial aid to study abroad. The eligibility and scholarship value may vary depending on the host institution. They may be given as monthly stipends or may even cover your tuition and living expenses wholly or partially. A few popular scholarships are tabulated below. You can refer to our scholarship page for a detailed list of scholarships for all courses and programs.

Name of Scholarship


QS Undergraduate Scholarship

INR 3,68,800 as tuition fee cover

Cornell University TAT Scholarship

Full tuition fee coverage

Oxford and Cambridge Society of India (OCSI) Scholarships

INR 2,00,000

UCD Global Graduate Scholarships

50-100% tuition fee cover

Wien International Scholarship Program

Full tuition fee cover

We hope that you got a surface idea about how to study abroad after the 12th. You can get detailed information about scholarships, universities and courses from our blogs on the same. You can also contact AECC for any help.

AECC will assist you with everything related to studying abroad. Right from researching the best courses and universities to visa guidance, we have your needs covered. Contact us so that we can be of assistance, free of charge!

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