37 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Deciding to Study Abroad

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When you have a shadow of thought about Higher Education in foreign country, you need to ask yourself why study abroad?


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Questions that you ask yourself about why study abroad, will clear your mind, move you in the right direction to make the best decision about your future and career.

There are several advantages to studying abroad. But, it might not apply to you.

When you ask the right questions to yourself,  it can open-up so many possibilities, that leads to betterment of your future.

Following question was posted in Facebook Fanpage – Why Study Abroad?

Answer this question – What questions did you ask yourself before deciding to study in USA (or foreign country)?

Why Study Abroad?

Several fans responded with the questions they asked about studying abroad.

  1. Is it worth going? If it is worth going i will have millions of questions after that..!! But first step would be making my mind if that’s worth or not.
  2. Can i afford my education?
  3. How would i be in future in my country
  4. Do i come back and can get settled here?
  5. Am i prepared to make the required sacrifices ?
  6. Would i be able to make through it or not
  7. Is it worth it, would i be able to handle it there, and a lot of other questions.
  8. Am I love to study more? Do I wanna invent something new?
  9. I did not want to go, but you have to make sacrifices to achieve your goals…that s all I explained to myself at that time…and I am happy 🙂
  10. Do i want to study in india – a country where quotas race caste gender are more important than talent?
  11. A clear ans was no! So USA was a pretty clear choice.
  12. Would the country of my future univ be hospitable to an indian 😀
  13. Is the university better than what I can get in India?
  14. Is it worth the money and effort?
  15. Can I get a good job if I come back to India?
  16. Can I get a job in US?
  17. What I can earn in 4-5 years of work in US be equal to or higher than a work up to retirement in India?
  18. Can I stay with my parents or at least, take them to US?If I can’t stay with my parents, then, is the salary in US be enough to afford many to and fro flight tickets?
  19. Will I get a good job in my hometown which allows me to stay with my family or will I have to settle somewhere else in India?
  20. Last but not the least — Will I be able to lead a happier life?
  21. Best Rule – Before doing something always ask yourself: If the juice is worth the squeeze???
  22. Can I stay away from my family and friends
  23. Will i get visa what is chances of getting visa?


Above 23 questions on why study abroad was shared by HSB fans.

Here are few more questions you need to ask before deciding to study abroad.

  1. Do I have enough capacity to stay away from parents, family members.
  2. Does my family  have enough money to support my education?
  3. What if I have to come back with huge education loan?
  4. I was an average student in college, can I raise my academic standards?
  5. Do I have self-confidence and courage to travel half way around the world?
  6. Will I have enough determination to go through the new way of life and change?
  7. Do I really need to study abroad according to  my career goals?
  8. What is my ultimate goal after MS – Job or Business or MBA?
  9. What if my visa is denied?
  10. When did I last push the boundaries and can I push again while studying abroad?
  11. What job would I love to do and can I find same job abroad?
  12. Studying abroad – Is is just another dream or you want to make it  a reality?

Over To You

Did you ask any of the above why study abroad questions?

Did you find an honest answers your questions?

Did you ask any questions that were not listed in the list?

Even with any number of questions, there should be an “it factor” that made you say..”thats it..I’m going to study  abroad”. What was that “it factor”?



  1. USA is a country that will change me as a person either in a good or in a bad way. Am i totally ready to be changed according to a different country?
    This “Change” or “Transition” from Indian life to American life is very important point to be considered.

  2. Sacrifice for good you get better education in US and can show US to parents and then can take other calls to stay or head to India. Definitely we have learnings in US on each aspect Life, money, stress, time, future planning etc

  3. I am an average student studying ECE.May be I dont have much credentials to show off.I have never once gone leaving my parents,but above all of that it is my ambition and goal to do it and prove to world what i can do.Make my parents proud and first of all see the other part of me which I have never seen it.

  4. This is my opinion ….By reading this post the Avg Student get scare of things…The best one is –What if my visa is denied?
    The first & last thing is U will make ur parents proud ,if u r in USA..

  5. Stop the fantasy behind a few dollars guys. Not all can succeed in this run. 90% have ended up working in restaurants and stores. Neither HSB nor others say about that on this stage. I feel that pain so i am expressing it here. I didnt get these questions when starting my journey. Dont loose u r profession. love it. go ahead only u have a clear destination. dont make such big and blind sacrifices for few dollars. earning dollars and spending here is same as earning rupees and spending there.

    1. Can you show some real stats about 90% end up working in stores?

      Do you see 20,000 Advanced H1B cap getting filler every year. If 90% end up working in stores, who is 20,000 H1B cap getting filled?

      1. dear HSB,
        I am in canada. I know whats happening around.. what all are doing. whom so ever u meet all have the same opinion. And one thing few faction are here only for dollARS. they dont bother what they are doing. See for the job openings even, all the industries are shifting their plants from here to China and India because of low wages there. Its a fact. Please dont give false assurances showing white stars. I am myself victim of this system. I regret the move taken then though

        1. Dear Appu,

          Thanks for your honest reply. it helps us to be cautious in every action what we plan. Still we think if we undergo pain in abroad too, but by making strategies to overcome the hardship. we would be in a right track i guess.

  6. the only single question one needs to ask is, am i really hardworking ( will sit for gate ), or an escapist who always prefers shortcuts ( will go for gre / gmat instead of gate / cat ).

  7. @rajarshi ray Your comment means that people who were not able to make into IIT after GATE and are planning for MS are deficient and planning for escape. Please get enlighten. There are ~7.5 Lack GATE aspirants and only ~10,000 seats (may be i increased the number). Also going to US for MS is not for faint hearts. You are competing with best minds in world. The last and most important point is :- Don’t be crazy comparing M.Tech in India(even from IIT’s) to MS from some decent university in US. In India there is minimal innovation even in IIT’s. Instead of disheartening the aspirants get yourself updated.

  8. hai, dudes i have read u r opinions but i am still confused of getting abroad.that i am confident of getting good score in gre but my family is middle class and do i get an scholar ship for studying and how much does it cost for me to be there,

  9. Can any one help me to get admission in US university .i did my MS in computer engg , my problem is i applied UIC but they didnt gave me admission in Phd due to low grades in MS .i got 2.75 CGPA in MS .Can any one help me out …
    thanks folks

  10. hello sir
    i am mtech in biotechnology from iet engineering college lucknow with 75 % marks, i want to job in USA< or europe.please give information for apply there or any consaltancy which provide that jobs.

  11. I have completed Aircraft maintenance engg from hyderabad with 80% but we are not getting any job, is their any university to study further in this same field and have chance to get a job…….plz reply soon, I don’t have sufficient time

  12. hi friends Iam a bit confused by reading all the comments going to us for ms is a better option or not ,is it real the life in us is so miserable
    am in dilomawhat could i decide plz give a better suggestion to take a right decision

  13. hi friends Iam a bit confused by reading all the comments going to us for ms is a better option or not ,is it real the life in us is so miserable
    am in diloma what could i decide plz give a better suggestion to take a right decision

  14. hi, i am nikita negi and have completed my master’s in biotechnology from india, and was planning to do my second masters degree for US and then was planning to do my phd , but after getting rejected from other 5 universities,i applied International technological university in california. i have received my I20 and i have only 12 days left to report there . I want to know is it worth spending on this university for mba in biotechnology??are there chances of getting job, after having good scores in mba???i will be glad if i had ur reply as soon as possible

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