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I want to go to college in India?

kleddy921kleddy921 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
edited July 2013 in Study Abroad
If I don't get into MIT, my backup "dream" is to go to college in India.

I want a degree in math and science. My specific interests are number theory and quantum physics.

I have a few questions...

1) What would be the deal with finances? Would it be easier for me to live once I got there? More difficult? If my dad sent me some money from... America, would it go father in India? I don't need much. I need like, a dormitory/apartment, and a ton of Cup O Noodles hahaha. Or whatever Indian version of that they have.

2) Would a degree transfer? I'm not looking to be a doctor or anything. Math and physics.

3) What would be the main... erm, cons of this?
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Replies to: I want to go to college in India?

  • magellan26magellan26 Registered User Posts: 176 Junior Member
    I signed up a while ago for study abroad alerts from Google, and I can't tell you how often I see these articles about Indian students who are climbing on top of each other to get out of India and to study abroad. Based on that, I would say that the reason for India as your dream (after MIT) should really be a good one! Really, a good one!

    If you do go, life in India will be dirt cheap for you. The dollar goes quite a way in India! That's probably the biggest advantage, aside from the fact that tuition will also be really cheap for you as well, unless you go to a foreign university based in India. If you're dad's gonna send you money, you'll be fine, considering the exchange rate and cost of life in India. Just don't **** of dad! And send him lots of emails and postcards!

    Life in India's gonna be different! Could be a pro or a con -- depends on you.

    Transferring degrees can be a pain in the ***, but it's usually for doctors, lawyers, or whoever has to get some kind of professional credentials in the country where they work. If you're gonna be a computer geek, probably won't be a hassle at all. But remember, if you have to have your transcripts translated, that ain't gonna be cheap. From what I have read, a lot of Indians come to the US to work after they get their IT degrees. Seems we're not as strong here in the US in math/science as the world economy requires, so you're set there.

    My advice: Look up US study abroad programs in India. Find one where you can contact former students, and pick their brains about the experience. And if you haven't already considered the language(s) factor, you will need to find an English-language program if you don't speak Hindi, or whatever regional language that will apply.

    Why do you want to go to India if you don't get into MIT? I'm not knocking the idea--my rule is that if you have a burning desire to travel someplace, you do it, whatever the reason...
  • kleddy921kleddy921 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    I want to go to India because the culture there is ridiculously fascinating to me. After physics and math, my passion has always been South Asian culture.
  • bonnie419bonnie419 Registered User Posts: 278 Junior Member
    The universities teach in English. It's considered the language of business, and there's also the influence from the time it was a British colony. You can survive very well without learning Hindi.

    The real reason Indians want to come here, at least for awhile, is that they can earn way way more money here. If they have a degree from a top American university, the brand can help them get more work. But after that first job or two, which school you went to becomes less important and it's more about what you can do. So having gone to an Indian university is not a bad idea.

    The western edge of the country has more academia types. Pune is sometimes called the Oxford of the East because of the number of universities.

    A meal might be $1 or so; apartments maybe $300-$400/mo. There's a university meant just for non-Indians; heard it was about $9k/yr. I'll try to get the name of it.

    Don't know about transferring the credits to an American university.
  • HONORLIONSHONORLIONS Registered User Posts: 1,582 Senior Member
    Lol hey I'm Indian myself (parents born there, but I've been there 4592439 times)

    It seriously is gonna be really, really inexpensive. I remember having 200 dollars and shopping in like top designer stores in huge malls there and having most of it after I was done.
    It's a different experience there, they way things are taught are different. It's going to be insanely intense there, believe me. No need to scare you, but India has one of the highest student suicide rates in the world, and colleges have to show for that.
    Getting in shouldn't be a hassle, and being your major isn't something like Medicine, you won't have to deal with too much B.S. back in the states.
    Sure there's some poverty and a lower hygenic standard, but beleive, if you can get over those 2 things, you won't want to leave India ever. Culturewise, your roommates' parents will start acting like your parents, people will care for you, like they'll push your car out of a ditch at 3 am, no joke.

    I suggest you study at the REAL M.I.T.= Madras Institute of Technology! (It's a real, top notch school lmao)
  • bonnie419bonnie419 Registered User Posts: 278 Junior Member
    Here are two links a co-worker gave me today (I've worked with Indian IT contractors alot over the past five years):

    Direct Admission Of Students Abroad (DASA) Scheme, Studying In India - High Commission Of India In South Africa

    Educational Consultants India Limited (Ed.CIL)

    Honorloins really hit the nail on the head. Schools in India, from 1st grade on, are way more rigorous, although much of it is rote. They're used to ALOT more work. So it will not be a cakewalk. Also, yeah, you'll probably be "adopted" by lots of people. The guys I've known are incredibly family-oriented, very happy, and have high morals. (These are the ones with work visas here in the US.) One girl did say it's very dirty, so not exactly sure what that means. But the ones here, they apparently shower every day and have clean clothes.

    You'd most likely get a more rigorous education in India, especially in math and physics.
  • magellan26magellan26 Registered User Posts: 176 Junior Member
    Well, that meets my golden rule for going someplace....if you really want to go, have some burning desire, no more reason needed! :)

    I actually had an opportunity to work there for a few months because I was working for a company that opened up a production office there -- I didn't go because I had other responsibilities. :( But, point here, is that when my company gave us info, they talked about the money, and how the $ goes a long, long, long way there.

    And, if it's technology you're looking for, India's got it and they have a good reputation. I imagine there will also be plenty of opportunity for you, especially if you get language skills too.

    I think it's totally cool that you might do that!
  • bonnie419bonnie419 Registered User Posts: 278 Junior Member
    kleddy, maybe post some questions on the CC International-India board. They're interested in coming to the US for college, but they can give you some info.

    If there is any way you can visit some of the colleges beforehand, you ought to do it. From what I gather, when you get a student visa, you have to specify which university you'll be attending. If you want to change, you have to come back to the US and re-apply for a visa.

    I don't think they have any anti-littering laws. One of my coworkers said his daughter wants to stay here, but his son will be happy to go back so he can just toss his garbage over his shoulder when he's outside.

    Like any other school, fit is important. Things will be vastly different. You'll probably have to work twice as hard as you're used to.
  • vermafamvermafam Registered User Posts: 17 New Member
    kleddy, so what did you finally do? Did to end up moving to India?
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