As an international student from France, I am fortunate enough to come from a country where being LGBTQ+ is broadly accepted and normalised.
I have always been intrigued by the way society operates and the impact of political and socio-economic factors on individuals and communities. This is why I decided to pursue a course in international politics, which encompasses issues such as human rights, conflict, globalisation, the environment and national security.
Coming from a humble background, quality education was a far-fetched dream until I joined VidyaGyan, a leadership academy in rural Uttar Pradesh, founded by the ShivNadar Foundation.
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How do you get into a top US university such as Stanford? What do US colleges look for in your application? How can you afford to study in the US?
When Indian student Manu Chauhan started looking into studying in the US, he had all the same questions. While many international students dream of studying in the US, the high cost of studying, the competitive application processes and the lack of access to admissions advice can easily make this goal feel out of reach.
A satellite campus is a branch of a university located in a different country, state or area from where the main campus of the institution is situated.
I recently graduated from Purdue University in the US and found a job at a start-up company. This feels like a dream for a student from a small village in Uttar Pradesh in northern India.
My father is a farmer, and my mother is a homemaker; our family’s annual income has always been less than $1,300. With limited means, my family struggled to support my education. I was 12 years old when I passed the entrance exam for VidyaGyan, a leadership academy in rural Uttar Pradesh founded by the Shiv Nadar Foundation.
Hellas, Hong Kong, junior majoring in environmental science at the University of California, Berkeley, USA
I was drawn to the US because of the flexible curricula.
The main barrier I found when applying to an international university was not the application itself or obtaining a study permit, but the worry over how I would go from using my native language, Portuguese, to being taught in my second language, English.
I knew English from high school, but I questioned whether it would be sufficient at university.