Learning Humanities Abroad

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Jan 2019 12:55:57


 

 

By reeturaj goswami,

Students are opting for higher education at a foreign
destination enthusiastically, and the number is growing tremendously. Universities internationally offer a variety of degree courses at Under Graduate Level. Good exposure, state-of-art infrastructure and world recognition of the degrees earned by these foreign universities give a headstart to the career of any student. Have you ever give a thought that why Indian students are preferring to move abroad for higher students in Humanities? Read on to know more...


If we talk about the continuous rise in trends of the market, mushrooming media and the internet research, Humanities is one of the most favorable streams among students in India or in abroad as well. Education is the most important factor for the development of human civilisation, not only because it helps a person to give a start to their but also as it widens the option list of students to give a positive outlook to one’s personality. Professionals and experts working in this field are also high in demand among big Corporates and are also getting high pay scale and respectful place in the job market too.


Active learning through various activities like class participation, exchange of dialogues, case studies and practical off and on campus experience through live projects make learning fun and more meaningful. Indian students going abroad for higher studies were restricted to Engineering, Medicine and Law, but with education loans becoming easier to access and many new scholarships opportunities, Indian students are going abroad for undergraduate courses in humanities.


International education provides equal options for all streams, be it Science, Commerce or Humanities. Humanities as a stream are rising among students. Studying humanities in class XI-XIIth allows students to choose from a multitude of courses at graduation level, paving the way for a range of career choices in India or abroad too. International education provides a holistic environment which helps a student to learn and grows in his/her area of specialisation.


A Bachelor degree program in Humanities provides a study of the principles of Economics. Some of the topics and themes common to these programs include fundamentals of global economics, social and cultural awareness, political awareness and policies and languages. Upon graduating, students might pursue management careers in business or government. Relevant certifications are offered through the International Export-Import Institutes. There has been an increase in the number of Indian students enrolling for a degree away from their home country. The major reason behind their choice is the fact that the Indian job market recognises a degree from an International university more than any degree from an Indian university.


International education offers a variety of courses to students who want to pursue an undergraduate program. These courses may be offered as a major or minor within humanities. The most popular fields in Humanity are as follows:


l Journalism or Mass Communication for news channels on TV and the internet, advertising agencies and movie studios.
l Content writing for newspapers, magazines, social media website, marketing for various companies on full-time/part-time basis or as a freelancer
l Civil Services such as IRS/IPS/IAS/IFS officers after cracking civil service exams
l NDA Army Wing after clearing CDS (Combined Defence Services) exam
l Human Resource Manager (HR Manager) in various companies and enterprises

Various Government Sectors
Students who wish to stick to humanities would typically apply for a Bachelor in Arts, Bachelor in Economics or in Psychology and Mass Communication.The world subject rankings table does not offer a separate subject option for humanities and lists entries under Liberal arts, Fine arts and vocational courses is also one of those courses which is coming up really fast. Some of the major destinations for international education for pursuing bachelors in humanities degree:

1. Stanford University
When the university was established, the Stanford family said that their aim was to educate “cultured and useful citizens” and the university still counts its humanities courses as the “soul” of a Stanford education. The School of Humanities and Sciences awards 63 per cent of all Stanford undergraduate degrees and almost 40 per cent of doctorates. Undergraduates are taught by faculty who are pioneers in their field.

2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Although well known as a leading university in science and technology teaching, the university also provides courses across the arts and humanities. These include anthropology, history, linguistics, literature, media arts and sciences, and music and theatre arts. The School of Architecture and Planning was the first of its kind in the US and is known for commissioning progressive buildings on campus.

3. University of Oxford
As another of the world’s most prestigious institutions, the University of Oxford is hugely respected across all disciplines. The humanities division includes the faculties of music, history, classics and English language and literature, among others. There are about 20,000 students at the university, more than a third of whom are international. Students belong to a college, where undergraduates take the majority of their classes with just a few of their peers and a college tutor. In line with the British higher education system, students entering Oxford are admitted for a specific course, in contrast to US institutions, where students can take a variety of courses before declaring their major.

4. University of Cambridge
The University of Cambridge is regularly ranked as a top university across a wide range of subjects. As one of the oldest universities in the world, its colleges and traditions are famous in the UK and beyond. The university is based near London and attracts top scholars and distinguished visitors. More than 18,000 students are enrolled at the university across 31 colleges. The School of Arts and Humanities teaches a variety of subjects, from Asian studies to the history of art.

5. Harvard University
Harvard is the oldest university in the US and one of the most prestigious in the world. The arts and humanities division offers classes on topics ranging from Celtic myths and Jazz Age novels to Plato and video art. It has the world’s largest university library system, consisting of 79 individual libraries containing more than 18 million volumes.
Admission to any college abroad is through SAT for most of the undergraduate courses are important. Many provides Classroom SAT coaching to its students in its allocated centers inclusive of In-house faculty, Psychologist, SAT Real Time Mock Test and many more. It also providing the wide spread guidance on choice of universities, deadlines, profile building, university application, visa processing and even financial planning to study and get into the world's best universities, making it an easy cake walk for its students and parents.

(The author is Product Head - PRATHAM International Education)

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