Things are really happening in the international education space in India. Whether it’s advisories to Indian colleges, study centres or full-blown satellite campuses, foreign higher education initiatives present some unique opportunities for Indian students.
Not every student can leave their home country and attend college abroad. To meet the needs of students who want an educational experience different from India’s traditional college structure (think more electives and exposure to a wider range of subjects), there are a few new colleges popping up within India.
Recently, I was invited to a session to learn more about the Global Pathways Institute (GPI) in India. GPI offers Indian students the opportunity to complete their first two years of an American college curriculum in India. This is also more economical. After two years at GPI, with annual tuition of $15,000 (`9.3 lakh), the student can then apply to transfer to complete their final two years at a college in the US, which will cost between $25,000 to $ 40,000 (`15.5 lakh to `24.8 lakh) annually. Students who complete the two years at GPI are guaranteed admission into Arcadia University, GPI’s partner, in Philadelphia with a $10,000 (`6.2 lakh) scholarship. However students are not bound to attend Arcadia and are allowed to apply to any college after two years at GPI.
A similar arrangement has been set up in Tamil Nadu on the National Management School (NMS) campus in Chennai. This programme, run through Broward College in Florida, allows students to complete a two-year American Associate’s degree and then apply to transfer to its affiliate college — Concordia College of New York, or to any college in America in science, arts, business or engineering.
The fees for this programme are also low, around $9,000 (` 5.5 lakh) plus additional $2,000 (`1.2 lakh) for room and board. In addition, ­students can spend a term at ­another campus in Singapore, Colombo or Vietnam during those two years as a study abroad experience.
Another global addition to the academic landscape is Ashoka University, a new college near Delhi/NCR, billed as ‘An Ivy League Education in India.’ That is certainly a tall order, but it is being executed through brilliant collaboration with great institutions —University of Pennsylvania Engineering, University of Michigan and Carleton College. For more information, visit: www.globalpathways.in, www.nms.edu.in/cie/under_graduate.html, www.ashoka.edu.in.
The author is a study abroad advisor and co-founder of The Red Pen. Email your queries to firstname.lastname@example.org