Can learning be fun, exciting and enriching? The answer is “Yes” and India might be your best choice of destination to study abroad with all these advantages! Because of its geographical and cultural extremes, India is the choice of thousands of students from all over the world.
India, as a country, is a university in itself. On one side you find the Himalayas and on the other the desert and vast and beautiful shorelines. Nature has been kind to India: rich wildlife and pulsating cities are a salute to life. It is a shining example of a thriving democracy. Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jews all live together in a balance, which is rare and difficult to attain. It is one of the most peaceful countries in the subcontinent.
Rose Mount's Institute of Language is located in Dehradun, just 200 Km from New Delhi. The city is a valley in the foothills of the Himalayas. Surrounded by forests and holy cities like Rishikesh and Haridawar, Dehradun is an ideal place to study. Due to its proximity to the Himalayas, the weather is mild unlike places like Delhi or Mumbai. It is quiet, peaceful and safe. Dehradun is predominately a city for students. It is home to some of the best High Schools, colleges and universities. Interestingly, it is called the Oxford of India.
Due to its colonial past India has a rich heritage of English speaking environments and is home to highly qualified English Language teachers. It may surprise you but it is a fact that India has a bigger English speaking population than England! Therefore, if you had doubts about the quality of teachers, here is something that can completely allay them.
There is so much to explore in and around Dehradun. Weekends can be jam-packed with activities like going to Rishikesh or Haridawar or Mussourie (a lovely Hill station), which are just a short ride away. Then there is the Buddha temple, the Jhanda sahib – a 500-year-old archaeological wonder - or the Tapkeshwar caves where hours can shrink into some moments. Then there are National wildlife parks where animals like tigers, deer and elephants thrive. At Rose Mount's Institute of Language, for instance, such excursions are arranged every fortnight, making it possible for the students to enjoy their weekends visiting places of interest, accompanied by teachers. Adventurous students can also plan treks into the mountains. In Rishikesh white water rafting, bungee jumping and camping is possible. Whatever you are looking for, you will find it in Dehradun, a wonderful place to have a study abroad experience.
Another very interesting side of India is its festivals. Holi, the festival of colour, is celebrated with lots of enthusiasm. People put ‘gulal’ – colour made of rose petals - on each other.The whole of India is suddenly painted in rich vibrant colours. Dewali, the festival of lights, is also celebrated with much fanfare and even the international students can join it and have a great time. All the festivals are deep rooted in culture. So, when you are in India, make sure that you take some time to travel around these festivals.
Well, how can we forget food? India has something delicious to offer to every palate. Whether you are a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian, you have a sweet or sour tooth, you can always find something to satiate your appetite. The food offered at the accommodation is freshly prepared and you will love it. At Rose Mount's Institute of Language, you are also allowed to cook on Sundays, so, you will have no reason to be homesick!