Studying abroad is no longer an uphill task and more young people are opting for their higher studies in different countries away from India. With scholarships available in various courses, it is much easier for students to go abroad for higher education. As a part of the GREAT Britain campaign, British Council launched the GREAT scholarship and GREAT career guide in Hyderabad on Tuesday. The largest ever scholarship programme for India with around 370 scholarships worth approximately `100 million for 260 undergraduate and postgraduate courses in England, this is aimed at helping Indians study in the UK.
“We are here to make the UK the preferred destination for Indian students aspiring to study abroad. It is an excellent time for students to get a taste of top quality education and a multicultural experience,” said Ottoli Wekezer, regional director, Services of International Education Marketing (South Asia), British Council.
Pointing out that it is not very complicated for students to study abroad, Wekezer explained that the process is actually quite straightforward. “It is actually pretty simple for any student to send in their application to study at a University in England. You just have to be organised and do your research. There is plenty of information available on the website regarding the application procedure. Also, we have counsellors who assist students with their application process,” she said.
The ‘GREAT Britain’ campaign was launched in February 2012 and is a strategic international marketing programme designed to promote the UK to business, tourism and student markets across the world in order to enhance the country’s global reputation.
“Scholarships are available for students starting their studies this September and for January 2015. The career guide will help students make informed choices regarding their education in the UK. Also, students are permitted to work while pursuing their higher studies, for 20 hours a week, and full time during holidays. The door is also open for them to work for up to three years after graduation, after which they may extend it,” informed Wekezer.
A day-long exhibition was also organised to provide information on undergraduate, postgraduate or research programmes in the UK, apart from giving information to aspiring students and parents on student life and culture. Representatives from 34 UK universities and British Deputy High Commission were present at the exhibition on Tuesday.
Interested students can find out more about the programme and their eligibility for a scholarship by logging on to www.educationuk.org/india/.