Manimegalai Samidurai

Updated on 24-05-2023


Know Study Abroad After 12th

Know Study Abroad After 12th

Studying for an undergraduate degree abroad is one of the best ways for an international student to gain knowledge and experience. There are several exams to study abroad after 12th.

Choosing an exam and surpassing it is not an easy task, but with a planned learning anyone can clear the exams and make it abroad. There are many advantages in studying abroad after 12th such as vast knowledge, experience, understanding of language, culture, job opportunities, etc.

There has been a new wave of trends in studying abroad among the students of India. This blog explains queries about available courses, how to study abroad after 12th, scholarships, countries, and exams to write.

Benefits of Studying Abroad after 12th

Studying abroad opens up a wide range of academic opportunities around the world. The qualifications gained through studying abroad are being recognized by employers all around the world.

benefits of studying abroad after 12th

There are several benefits of overseas education after 12th. Some of them are

  1. Studying abroad after 12th can help you in being a global citizen by getting you access to many opportunities in life. By being a global citizen early in your career, you get to know that you can be independent in taking decisions and also adapt to any other surroundings.
  2. Having a UG degree abroad helps in getting recognized by employers around the world. There is also a huge chance of getting a stay-back option after your studies in the country.
  3. This is the best way to improve your language skills and get to know the country and culture. This helps to pursue your future in the same country.
  4. Studying an undergraduate degree abroad brings out your capacity of being self-reliant and understanding your true self.
  5. The course curriculum in overseas universities is well-designed and developed, with a focus on practical learning rather than theoretical
  6. Even though studying abroad is expensive it results in getting you higher pay which helps to balance your economic situation in the future.
  7. You get to develop your personality through studying abroad by learning skills like time and money management, adapting to different surroundings, being self-reliant, etc.
  8. Some of the countries like Germany, the US, the UK, France provide the students with stay-back options to be a part of the research initiatives in their countries. Those countries invest a large amount of money in their students. 
  9. There are a variety of courses abroad which you can choose to study. Over 250 institutions and colleges throughout the world have partnered with Kanan International to make our students pursue their aspirations.
  10. In addition, Studying abroad gives opportunities to learn about factors like language, food, culture, people, and places which improves your knowledge.

Exams to Study Abroad after 12th

Entrance exams are an important part of the admission process in studying abroad. The exams vary according to the country, college, and programs that you choose. Apart from clearing the 12th boards, the student has to go through the process of clearing the entrance exams to study abroad.

There are standardized tests and language skills tests such as SAT, GRE, GMAT, IELTS, and TOEFL. These exams are mandatory for getting a degree abroad and scholarships. The staff in Kanan international train their students in a way that they ace their exams confidently. 

The exams you need to appear for to study abroad after 12th:

SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)

The college board is in charge of conducting the SAT. This is a written test with a scale of 200-800 scoring points. There are a total of 154 questions with a given time of 3 hours, and with the essay, the exam time is 3 hours and 50 minutes.

The exam is usually conducted five times a year in March, May, August, October, and December. The SAT exam fees vary according to the country the student is willing to study. Most of the time the fees used to be around Rs.6200 - 7000 INR. The Kanan team offers one of the best SAT coachings in the country. The materials and added information are available on the Kanan website regarding the SAT. 

PTE (Pearson Test of English Academic)

Pearson VUE conducts the PTE. The exam allocates separate marks for reading, writing,and listening with a total of 75 marks. Every task consists of 25 marks with 9 sections. PTE is a computer-based exam with a duration of 3 hours.

The standard PTE exam fee is Rs. 13300 INR. The PTE general exams are conducted around five times a year. Major universities and colleges in countries like the United Kingdom, The USA, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada accept students with a good score in the PTE.

exams to study abroad after 12th

GRE (Graduate Record Examination)

The Educational Testing Service conducts the GRE for undergraduate admissions in colleges. The result of the GRE is valid for up to 5 years. The exam is assessed based on topics like quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, and analytical writing.

The score scale is 130-170, 130-170, 0-6 respectively. The GRE is a computer-based exam conducted for 3 hours and 45 minutes. The exam fee for the GRE general test in India is around Rs. 15,800 INR. 

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

IDP India conducts IELTS in India. IELTS is required in English-speaking countries like Australia, UK, New Zealand, USA, and Canada. It’s the only English language test approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for visa applicants applying both outside and inside the UK, but the exam itself is not compulsory.

The exam assesses the candidates’ listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills with a duration of 2 hours and 45 minutes.

The score range is on a scale of 1-9. The listening (30 minutes), reading (60 minutes) and writing (60 minutes) tests will be conducted on the same day while the speaking assessment (11-14 minutes) can be scheduled up to a week before or after the other assessments.

The exam can be taken either via a paper-based or computer-based test, but the speaking assessment remains the same. Here are some useful IELTS preparation tips.  

Note: You may check our IELTS coaching services here.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

The TOEFL exam for India is conducted by Educational Testing Service (ETS) for candidates who are willing to pursue higher education abroad. TOEFL scores are accepted worldwide by universities in the US, Canada, New Zealand, UK, Australia, and across Europe and Asia. The exam pattern comprises four sections - reading, listening, speaking, and writing.

The exam duration is around 3 hours. Each section has a score range of 0-30 and the total score range is 0-120. It is a computerized test but the paper-based exam is available for places with the unavailability of the internet and this mode of examination does not have a speaking assessment due to the lack of technological requirements.

Due to the pandemic, ETS introduced home-based exams TOEFL iBT home edition due to the unavailability of test centers. The test fee is around 13,736 INR($185) for the iBT version and 13,365 INR ($180) for the paper-based version. 

GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) 

GMAT is conducted by GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council) in India. The test is taken to get into graduate management programs such as MBAs, MS courses, and Masters in finance-related courses.

The exam has wide acceptability around the world. The exam pattern comprises four sections, Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Analytical Writing Assessment, and Integrated Reasoning. Candidates are provided with the flexibility to choose the order of the section they wish to attempt.

The duration of the exam is 3 hours and 30 minutes including test instructions and two optional 8-minute breaks. GMAC has provided the convenience to attempt the test from their homes or near test centers.

The exam is conducted around the year and slots can be booked according to the candidate’s convenience.

The exam can be retaken after every 16 days and can be attempted up to 5 times in a year given 8-lifetime attempts. Candidates can book an online appointment until 24 hours before the available test slot. The exam fee is around 18,562 INR($250). The exam score range is 200 -800. 

ACT (American College Testing)

ACT is conducted by ACT, Inc in India. ACT is for students applying for admissions in undergraduate schools based in the US and Canada. It is a computer-based test conducted in test centers across India.

The ACT is conducted only a few times a year between September to July for which international students can apply online only. The exam has no age or educational eligibility criteria since it’s mostly for high school students.

The basic registration fee for the exam costs around 11,125 INR($ 150) with an additional writing fee of around 1,224 INR($16.50). International students are charged with International fees costing 3,785 INR approx ($51).

The exam has four sections namely, English(45 minutes), Math(60 minutes), Reading(35 minutes), and Science(35 minutes) with an optional writing section(40 minutes) for which students are not scored.

The total exam duration is 3 hours and 35 minutes with a total of 215 questions. Each section is scored on a scale of 1-36. The composite score is the average of all four tests. The writing section does not affect the composite score. ACT scores are valid for five years. 

How to Study Abroad after 12th?

Studying abroad after 12th is one of the best life-changing decisions a student can take. After finishing the 12th grade in India, It is important to start the process of studying abroad early on. The student should be able to choose their field of study as soon as possible since the admission process starts early. 

The following steps will guide you to study abroad after the 12th

  • A strong academic profile

It is important to keep your academic profile strong because the grades of your 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th are taken into consideration during the admission process. The projects and papers that you have done are also taken into consideration by some of the colleges.

  • Choosing the field of study

There should be proper planning in choosing the field of study. There are several courses to study abroad. You must choose the appropriate course that you are confident about.

how to study abroad after 12th?

  • Exams to face

To study abroad, there are various competitive exams around the world. The exams are available based on the country, college, and the course you’re willing to study. Some of the common competitive exams are IELTS, TOEFL, GMAT, GRE, and SAT.

Kanan International offers one of the best coaching for standardized exams and language tests in India. More than 50,000 students have benefited through Kanan and now are studying in various colleges around the world.

  • Shortlisting 

Shortlisting countries, colleges, and courses is one of the most important parts of the admission process. First of all, you have to make sure that there is enough information regarding the topic. Referring to trusted websites with good information and consulting an overseas education agency can make your shortlisting process easier and faster. 

  • Application

The application part is quite a difficult task in the process of admission. The student has to be very careful during the application process. The application has to be filled and sent to the respective college as early as possible. The data that is entered while applying should be credible and authorized. 

  • Acceptance offer 

The “Letter of Acceptance” is a confirmation that you are provisionally admitted to the program you applied for in a college of your choice.

The letter of acceptance gives all the information about fees, accommodation, duration, remittance date, etc. Also, the letter of acceptance is not the final approval, but it acts as a supporting document that helps in the approval of a student visa.

  • Visa documentation

The student can start the visa documentation process soon after their confirmation of provisional admission to the college. It is important to apply as early as possible no matter when the classes start.

The important documents required for applying for a study visa are a letter of acceptance, a proof of eligibility to cover the cost of studies and accommodation, a valid passport, and health records.

  • Departure

Relocating to another country is a difficult task. There should be a checklist prepared before leaving for another country. The passport, tickets, health records, mobile phones, bank account are some of the important things that you have to carry while traveling abroad. Try to adapt to the food, accommodation, neighborhood, laws, culture while studying abroad. 

Also Read: How to study abroad from India?. 

Scholarships for Undergraduate Students in Foreign Universities 

There are several affordable countries to study abroad for Indian students. You can choose from one of them. But if you want overseas education in some of the costly first-world countries, do not worry about the cost.  There are various kinds of scholarships available for international students who aspire to study abroad. 

Many leading universities are offering valuable scholarship options. Scholarships are the best ways to reduce your financial burden while studying abroad. There are merit-based scholarships, need-based scholarships, etc.

These are the scholarships that you can apply to study abroad:

  • TATA Scholarships
  • Inlaks Scholarships
  • Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship
  • Shastri Indo-Canadian Fellowships
  • The Oxford and Cambridge Society of India Scholarship
  • Leverage Edu Scholarship
  • JN Tata Endowment Scholarship
  • National Scholarship Programme of the Slovak Republic
  • MEXT Scholarship for Japan
  • Rutherford International Fellowship Program
  • Erasmus scholarship 
  • Chevening Scholarship

Scholarships in the USA

  • Fulbright Scholarship
  • Yale Silver Scholar Program
  • Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation Scholarship
  • Gates Millennium Scholarship
  • Harvard Scholarship
  • Ratan Tata Scholarship for Engineering Students
  • AICPA John L. Carey Scholarship Award
  • Stanford Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowships for Indian Students
  • The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Programme
  • The Indian Trust Fellowship
  • American University Emerging Global Leader Scholarship
  • Tata Scholarships for Cornell University

Scholarships in Canada

  • Shastri Indo-Canadian Fellowships
  • President Scholarship in Canada
  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships 
  • University of Waterloo International Master’s and Doctoral Awards
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship
  • University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship
  • University of Calgary Graduate Awards and Scholarships
  • Ontario Trillium Scholarship
  • UBC Graduate Global Leadership Fellowships 
  • Trudeau Foundation Scholarships

Scholarships in Australia

  • Undergraduate Academic Excellence International Scholarship in Australia
  • UNSW International Scholarships
  • Dr. Abdul Kalam International Postgraduate Scholarship
  • Charles Darwin University Vice-Chancellor’s International High Achievers Scholarships
  • Flinders International Postgraduate Scholarships
  • Adelaide Global Excellence Scholarships for International Students

Scholarships in New Zealand 

  • New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships 2023
  • New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships (NZIDRS)
  • Victoria Master’s Scholarship
  • A C Rayner Memorial Scholarship
  • SEG Scholarship
  • The Eamon Molloy Memorial Scholarship

Popular & trending UG Courses abroad for Indian students

Course Duration Universities Average salary after degree
Engineering (B.S, B.E)

4 years

3 years

3-5 years

1. California Institute of technology

2. University of Sunderland

3. University of Toronto

$ 55,000 Per annum
Law (LLB, J.D) 3 Years

1. Harvard University

2. Cambridge university

$139,882 Per annum
Arts (B.A, B.S.W, BJMC) 4 years

1. Centennial College

2. University of California

270,000 INR-750,00 INR (based on the job profile)
Medicine (MBBS, BDS) 5 years for both MBBS and BDS

1. Harvard University

2. Karolinska institute

MBBS- 600,00 INR per annum

BDS- 325,00 INR per annum

Management (BBA, BMS) 3-4 years

1. Munich business school

2. Stanford graduate school of business

335,000 INR- 785,000 INR per annum

Also Read: Study abroad from India - Complete guide

Best Overseas Universities for UG Courses

The following are the best universities abroad in the year 2023:

  1. Harvard University, USA
  2. University of Edinburgh, UK
  3. The University of Waterloo, Canada
  4. University of Michigan, USA
  5. Centennial College, Canada 
  6. Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany
  7. The University of Melbourne, Australia
  8. The University of Sydney, Australia
  9. Imperial College London, United Kingdom

Popular countries to study abroad after 12th

There are several countries around the world which offer excellent education and also the option of work and study. Most of the Indian students studying abroad chose countries like the USA, the UK, Canada, Australia and Germany because these are some of the best places for overseas education. 


Canada has been the most preferred destination to study abroad for Indian students. The qualifications you gain through studying in Canada are Diploma, Associate degree, Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, etc. Canadian universities are dedicated to research and excellent teaching, and this makes their students adapt to any kind of education and work system globally.


The Idea of studying in the USA has become common among the students of India. The US has the highest population of international students. The country provides degrees on associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, etc. The duration of each course depends upon the university and the course. 

popular countries to study abroad after 12th


Higher education in the UK is considered the best education system around the world. The UK has the highest population of Indian students; more than 55,000 Indian students are studying in the UK. Lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops are some of the interesting methods of learning followed in the country.


Australia has the most number of ranked universities in the top 100 universities around the world. The colleges in the country offer more than 20,000 programs. Higher education consists of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees. The universities follow research-based learning by implementing ideas in the classrooms.


An Indian student with an aspiration to study abroad can completely rely on studying in Germany. The country is famous for its management and applied science courses. Germany is known for its automobile industries, with many universities providing work options after the course completion in the country.

New Zealand 

New Zealand’s education system is influenced by the UK education system which follows research-based teaching. The colleges in New Zealand offer courses from Vocational till Ph.D. Graduates are in high demand in New Zealand due to shortage of skills in the country. 


France is all-time the best place to study abroad for Indian students. The French government helps students financially, and also the French language is added as a subject in the curriculum. Colleges in France offer several job opportunities after graduation.


Singapore consists of more than 15 leading colleges in the world which provide excellent education and research facilities. Singapore is also one of the cheapest countries to study abroad. The work options after graduation are more, because of the open business policy and frequent development. 

Take Expert Help

Studying abroad is one of the most toughest and crucial decisions one takes in his or her life. So, the procedures that should be followed are not easy. In that case, consulting study abroad experts is the best way to make your aspirations come true. 

Kanan is an example of making the aspirations of study abroad students come true. We have more than 20 years of experience in this field. We can help you find the courses you want to take at the most appropriate university or college.

Across Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States, we collaborate with over 250 renowned universities, schools, and colleges. More than 50,000 students have benefited from our services and received admissions from many reputed universities in Canada, the USA, the UK, and Australia.

We're certain that with access to a database of several courses and programs, we'll be able to assist you in finding what's right for you. 

We strive to ensure that all students are aware of each step of the process of abroad admissions. We make you surpass your expectations in all the entrance exams such as TOEFL, IELTS, GMAT, GRE, and SAT, which are needed for overseas admissions.

In addition, the Kanan team handles all the procedures required for documentation of visa and interview preparation. All the faculties of Kanan are updated and experienced. The team analyzes every student’s profile and guides them along the process.

Study Abroad after 12th - Commerce Stream

Commerce stream has various interesting courses such as:

  • Finance and Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Marketing
  • Economics 
  • Mathematics

Australia, Canada, UK, Germany, and Singapore are some of the countries with commerce-related colleges such as Victoria University, University of Toronto, Munich Business school, etc.

Study Abroad after 12 - Engineering Stream

An Engineering degree abroad is considered a “Bachelor of Science”, and also the most valuable degree considered during employment. Some of the engineering courses abroad are:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Automobile Engineering
  • Sound Engineering
  • Civil engineering

These are the best courses to study after the 12th science group. The USA, Australia, the UK, Singapore, and Germany are some of the best countries to study engineering.

Study Abroad after 12th - Arts 

A Bachelor of Arts degree abroad can take up to 3-4 years. Some of the best courses offered abroad are:

  • English
  • Mass Communication
  • Economics
  • Social Work
  • Philosophy

The arts stream helps the students in verbal and written communication. The countries that offer the best education in the arts stream are the UK, France, the USA, and Canada.

Study Abroad after 12th - Medical stream

The medical stream consists of several valuable programs to study abroad. Some of them are:

  • Medicine and surgery
  • Laboratory medicine
  • Health informatics
  • Paramedicine
  • Medical science

There are countries like China, Singapore, the UK, and the USA where they provide excellent training while studying abroad.

Study Abroad after 12th - IT stream

The significance of information technology is developing among the world and people are aware of IT being involved in their day-to-day life. Some of the IT courses are:

  • Computer Application
  • Commerce (IT)
  • Business administration (IT)
  • Business information system 

The UK, the USA, Canada, and Australia have the best colleges that specialize in IT courses.


Through studying abroad there are several career valued benefits that one can get. Studying abroad is the initial part of your career, which creates a seamless pathway for your life.

The qualifications gained through studying abroad are recognized around the world. The important task is to focus on the standardized exams and language skill tests required for abroad admissions.

Preparing for exams like TOEFL, IELTS, GMAT, GRE, and SAT and scoring a good mark can take you places along with an excellent education background. 

Also, consulting a firm that specializes in studying abroad can make your process easier and smoother. Education consultancies like Kanan can provide you with top to bottom services and help you in acing all your exams for overseas admissions.

The shortlisting of courses should be properly done, and the application process should be handled carefully. Studying abroad is not a bed of roses!

You may have to face many problems such as language barrier, currency differences, differences in teaching style, homesickness, etc., but the experience you gain can make you adapt to and overcome all the difficult situations in your life.



About Author Manimegalai Samidurai

Manimegalai is a multifaceted professional, excelling as an author, writer, and study-abroad expert. Her vast knowledge of English proficiency exams, including IELTS, GRE, SAT, and PTE, and exceptional content writing skills make her a go-to resource for students seeking guidance and support in their foreign education journey. She is a trusted authority in writing content related to these test-prep exams, making her an invaluable resource for those seeking guidance. With her well-researched and informative blogs, articles, and study materials, Manimegalai has helped countless students achieve their desired band scores and get admissions to top-notch colleges & universities in countries like Canada, USA, UK, Australia, Ireland, etc. 

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