International students applying to foreign universities have hit a wall due to the global crisis. The dilemma of continuing with their education in India or waiting for universities abroad is faced by many students who are studying in international boards.

The pandemic has resulted in an economic slump globally, and parents are becoming conscious of the cost of sending their children abroad. As a result, international school students who would have ideally chosen to apply to universities abroad are now evaluating higher education prospects in their home country.

The question we are often asked by parents is applicable now more than ever: if their ward is planning to apply to an Indian university, should they opt for a school that offers curriculum from international boards, or stick to conventional Indian boards?

Students become active learners for life

It is believed that it’s highly advisable for parents to enrol their child in an international board as the curriculum is global and the skills amassed will ensure that every student becomes an active learner for life.

These programmes are brilliantly designed to help children become adaptable, thereby helping students to perform with ease in the Indian education system as well as internationally.

For example, the education from Cambridge International is beyond just the learning of facts, it is about developing a love for continuous learning and becoming self-driven. At our school, students get placed at universities both internationally and within India with ease.

It is important to understand that a rigorous curriculum ensures that students are challenged effectively to think critically and creatively. These skills, along with many others that these programmes inculcate, are learnings for a lifetime. They are also highly sought after by universities and employers both abroad and within India.

International board follows application-based teaching

It is also important at this stage to understand that while many curricula focus on teacher-led methodology, the international curriculum is more about an involved facilitation process, in order to allow the student to develop essential independent thinking skills.

Cambridge International AS & A Level is an in-depth programme which helps students develop many core higher-order thinking skills that universities are looking for, such as analysis, evaluation, and synthesis.

The programme also focuses on building research, innovation, reflection, and communication skills in each student. These I believe are essential for the 21st-century learner and a global citizen.

Students adapting to international curriculum

Let us focus on India for the moment. Many parents are often worried if the process of transferring a child from an international curriculum to a national one is easy. Let me reassure you here that there is a smooth progression for the learners who choose to study at universities in India.

These learners from international boards acquire knowledge, skills, and adaptability that enable them to enter, or re-enter the Indian education system, without difficulty as they are well prepared for independent study. All reputed Indian universities accept and value international qualifications.

It is essential to understand that the flexibility offered by an international board in terms of subject choices and combinations allows students to focus on the area of their choice and specialize in the same. And this is not only valued by universities but also recruiters.

The subject knowledge along with the critical thinking and reasoning skills that the Cambridge International AS & A Level programme grants its students is unparalleled.

And this has been of immense help to our students who have moved on to various Indian and International universities to study Science, Technology, Law, Design, Medicine, Management, Finance, History, Math, Psychology, Literature, Research etc.

The international outcomes allow them to apply to all universities including esteemed organizations such as All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Indian Institute of Technology, National Institute of Design etc.

Many students from Podar International School have over the years successfully found placements in renowned universities. I strongly believe that the skills and the knowledge that they amass during their years of international education are significant contributors to them being successful in the field of their choice.