• RBI decreases dollar limit for students going abroad

    With rupee's rapid depreciation, coupled with RBI bringing down the amount of dollars one can take out of the country, students may have to trim expenses and redraw their strategy. ET offers quick solutions to tide over the crisis.
    Students aiming for higher education in foreign universities are a bit nervous about their future.

    A rapidly depreciating rupee was the first blow. The second one was from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) a few days ago. In its bid to arrest the free-falling rupee, the banking regulator has brought down the amount of dollar one can take out of the country from $2,00,000 to $75,000 in a financial year. Education loans and remittances related to overseas studies are a part of the $75,000 limit, but if someone wants to remit a higher amount, they can do so with prior permission of the central bank.

    That statement sure offers a ray of hope for those who have the wherewithal, but for others the only way out is to prune expenses and redraw the strategy to fund education.

    Almost 60-70% of students who go abroad will not find it difficult to adhere to this limit. However, in case of several programs, particularly the MBA courses, the course fee itself will exceed the $75,000 limit. That means the RBI move could have an impact on some management programs immediately.

    The comfort level has already shrunk. Students who have enrolled in high-end universities or have taken up courses with huge course fee, will have a tough time.

    Most Indian students are known to lead an almost nerdy life in foreign universities. This habit, if inculcated, will sure help the future candidates. Indian students are usually quite thrifty while studying abroad. In the US, for a post-graduation course, the annual fee is typically in the range of $25,000-40,000, on an average. Living expenses could be around $15,000 a year, depending on the lifestyle.

    If your total expenses including course fee and living expenses in a financial year exceed $75,000, you will have to make some adjustments to your plan. That includes compromising on the university or institution you have always aspired for.

    You should also look for options to secure scholarships and tuition waivers. Similarly, you can also try to get subject credits by shortening the duration of the course. Students studying abroad can get the benefit of completing the course in lesser duration by taking up the subject credits during the vacation period given by the university. Most international students do not take break during the course of study and complete the required credits faster as it helps them reduce the course duration and also save on the travel costs. This is possible as the universities abroad provide flexibility for students.

    Obviously, obtaining a scholarship is the best way to fund your studies and overcoming the problems of restrictions on taking dollars out of the country. Another option is to take up part-time jobs. "They do, and need to, look for these jobs, irrespective of any constraint of bringing in dollars from India. Such income will help them fund their regular, day-to-day expenses," says Chopra. Therefore, identifying the right assignment should be your first priority as soon as you are reasonably settled. "International students who are studying full-time courses in universities abroad are allowed to work part-time, generally 20 hours in a week, in most of the countries. These part-time jobs are generally on-campus and off-campus.

    Source: ET
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. jgor's Avatar
      jgor -
      Nice post..increase in dollar has definitely left many students like me in uncertainty whether this is right time for ms in us or this could be the right tym as situations may get worst in future.
    1. m cs's Avatar
      m cs -
      The story is factually INCORRECT. The reduction from US$200000/ to US$75000/ is under "liberalised remittance scheme". The liberalised remittance scheme is entirely different from the requirement of foreign exchange by students for higher studies.

      Students leaving from India for higher studies are governed by extant instructions under RBI's "guidelines on travel related matters". As of date, the instructions are as follows: for studies abroad the estimate received from the institution abroad or USD 100,000, per academic year, whichever is higher, may be availed of from an AD Category I bank and AD Category II.

      Please publish a revised story in the right perspective.
    1. m cs's Avatar
      m cs -
      The story is factually incorrect. The foreign exchange facility available to students for higher studies, as of date, is NOT curtailed. Students leaving for foreign studies can draw foreign exchange equivalent to the estimate received from the institution abroad or USD 100,000, per academic year, whichever is higher.
    1. Peas's Avatar
      Peas -
      Please tell me the requirements and the procedure to get funding
    1. m cs's Avatar
      m cs -
      The story is devoid of truth. The amount of fex that students are entitled for studies abroad is NOT reduced. It remains at US$100000/ (US$100K).
    1. shikhar's Avatar
      shikhar -
      is the living expenses of around $15000 excluding the annual fee of $25000-$40000????
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