Neha Bahl, 25, did her PG diploma in business management from a university in the UK where she spent only six months. The rest of the course was completed in India, enabling Bahl to save a lot o expenses. "I managed to get a UK degree in a little less than Rs five lakh. I completed it a few years ago, now the fees has gone up, but one can still save two -thirds of the fees this way," says Bahl.
If you want to study abroad but are put off by the financial part of it, you can settle for an alternative. Many students are opting for admission in an Indian institute which has tie-ups with "known" foreign universities so that you can study some part of your programme here while rest can be undertaken in abroad.
Some of the options you have
Pursue a degree programme from Leeds Metropolitan University, Bhopal campus, and get a chance to complete one semester from UK. After three years, you will get the degree from Leeds Metropolitan University UK. They have Bachelor's degree programes in business and HRM; business and management; international business; retail marketing management and international hospitality business management.
Take admission in any Edexcel (which imparts internationally recognised education through its partner academies) approved institute in India and you can complete your third year in any of the 100 universities in UK. At the end of three years you will earn a foreign degree when you have spent only one third of the international fees. One can undergo a programme in IT, business management, retail, marine engineering and animation from institutes like JSS Mahavidyapeetha, Mysore (for IT); IMI, Delhi (for marine engineering) and Taksha, Bangalore (for animation). You can finish your final year degree from University of Wales, University of Nottingham and a host of other universities. .
You can do a Bachelors programme from Wigan and Leigh College (WLC) where you get the option to study for two years in India and, in the final year, go to the UK and study in WLC, UK and get a degree from one of the universities it is affiliated to. You can choose from a host of programmes - fashion technology, media, advertising and others.
Those interested in working in the service industry can do a PG diploma in travel and tourism management from Kuoni Academy, after which students can travel to Switzerland for an additional month of training at the International School of Tourism (IST).
Pros n Cons
Some parents who are not too happy sending their children abroad immediately after 10+2 find it better to wait for two years.
One saves a lot of money as one can pay in dollars and pounds only for one year and at one-third the cost, get a foreign degree.
There are times (not always) when some universities abroad are not much sought-after.
The partner colleges which impart training in first two years charge a fees which is certainly much less than what you dish out in a foreign college but are high according to Indian standards. WLC charges Rs 1.4 lakh to Rs 2 lakh per annum and Leeds Met India, Bhopal charges Rs 1.2 lakh- Rs 1.35 lakh per semester excluding hostel charges which are somewhere between Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.75 lakh per annum.
This is the reason that when the provision is optional, fewer students opt for this. "Out of 2,500 students, only 70-100 students generally opt to complete their degrees abroad," says Malobika Sengupta, CEO of Wigan and Leigh College India.