Study Abroad? 5 things you must know to plan ahead – Sucharita Basu, Director, L’avenir Education Services


In this present era of educated consumers, Academic counselling can potentially help students move towards a personally determined and evolving “preferred” future.  We believe that Counselling is a shared responsibility between an advisor and the student. And at L’avenir, we guide them in understanding the options, determine resources and when necessary, identify the alternatives. We take it to the extent to which a student can articulate the life/work competencies he needs to manage, rather than leaving it to happen ‘by chance’.


It is a fallacy that education abroad is very expensive while education in India is less expensive. Rather, one goes on to spend near about INR 8.5 lakhs in a liberal arts college. There are many private colleges which are far more expensive than colleges abroad. The exposure received in most colleges abroad is invaluable. Methodology of teaching, curriculum, flexibility of courses offered: the number of things tilting the scale towards them is legion.


Academic or Career counselling is extremely important for all students irrespective of their merits. It actually navigates the transitions in between Learning and Work (both formal and informal). We at L’avenir, assist each individual student to assess themselves through our aptitude tests, identify their strengths and nurture them, facilitate the weak points towards a strong capacity building area thereby increasing the interpersonal skills and competence. We strongly believe that these are the extremely essential qualities to determine a career direction as students come from diverse needs and backgrounds.


There is a connect between us and some of the Universities in India & abroad. We do forge a link between the college and our students. The student stands at an advantage if they are in conversation with the Colleges before they leave home. We assist in making this entire process simple and comfortable for our students.


Courses offered in the different Universities of the world are uncountable. Any combination can be applied for and undertaken: for example, one can do Maths & Music, Bio-Science with drama, Theatre and Psychology, Finance and International relations, Astrophysics and History. One names the course and it is achievable, provided one has the passion for it. The destinations too are as varied as the courses that are spread – it can be Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA, Singapore or Hong Kong.

The sky is literally the limit.

(Sucharita Basu has spent a lifetime in connecting students with their dreams. She has been associated with some of the most revered institutions in the city and has spent decades as a counsellor, crafting the destinies of innumerable students who have gone abroad to further their careers.
She has authored a number of textbooks and is an acknowledged expert in student counselling: she was one of the fifteen counsellors from the country to visit the 14 top Universities spread across 6 states in the US of A. She has also been awarded by various entities for her dedicated service to the cause of student empowerment, including among others, through a letter of High Honour from the Dean of Stanford University.)

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