Foreign courses are those that enable the student taking it up to prepare for careers
related to the various foreign embassies, language translation, foreign affairs,
and other related careers. There are many career opportunities that relate to the
financial sector, trade and tariffs, and also defense sectors whereby a number of
treaties that are signed between nations are managed. A very significant and popular
foreign course today is that of international business in which the Master’s degree
is offered. This has been very popular among the younger generation and is being
considered as a course of study so that they are able to land jobs in multinational
companies and also in organizations in other countries.
Different Types of Foreign Courses
There are many different types of foreign courses and they include:
Indian Foreign Service Course: One of the most aspired course in the foreign services,
this course leads to the top jobs in the government foreign ministries, embassies
and High commissions abroad. This is a competitive examination and once the student
is able to succeed, there is a bright future for the student.
Learning Foreign Languages:There are many institutions like Alliance François that
offer French classes. Similarly, there are institutions that offer courses in many
languages like Spanish, Italian, German and French. Some of these institutions are
under the Central government while there are many that are privately managed institutions.
Courses in Foreign Affairs: This is a very high profile course, as it leads to the
top jobs in the foreign office of the government as well as the non- governmental
organizations like the United Nations and its ancillary organizations.
In most of the foreign courses, the minimum eligibility is a Bachelor’s degree from
a recognized university. There is no basic eligibility to take up the learning of
foreign languages unless the student aspires to take up a Bachelor’s or Master’s
Degree in a particular language. In most cases, the learning of languages is usually
done out of interest for the language so the basic knowledge of English is essential,
however, not mandatory.
A high scoring Bachelor’s degree is essential for the IFS or the Indian Foreign
Service and the other courses in the Foreign Affairs. Having a Master’s degree in
Foreign Affairs, International Business, and other courses that are related to the
foreign studies is an added advantage.
How to apply
Application to most of the courses is dependent on the institutions conducting the
course. However, to apply for the Indian Foreign Service competitive examination,
the body that conducts the competitive examinations, which is the UPSC, or the Union
Public Service Commission, announces the dates and procedures for applications which
must be strictly adhered to.
A job at the Indian Embassy abroad or in the Indian Foreign Service is one of great
respect, regard and above all highly paying. So, quite naturally a large population
of student make an effort to get through the competitive examinations, which is
a really tough job. Other jobs include that of the translator. The scope and pay
scale of the translator would largely depend on the area in which the translator
is working. If working in the government the job is like to be very lucratively