Many youngsters across the globe aspire and dream of studying abroad, especially from third world countries. There is a big checklist as to what all need to be thought of and done when someone wants to study abroad. First let us see astrologically whether we can know that someone can go abroad to study.

Education and Planet Mercury

The Karaka for education is Mercury. It should be well placed in its own house, exaltation, friends house (or) atleast a neutral house. It should not be conjunct or aspected by the malefic which might undermine one’s efforts to study. Mercury should be placed in the Kendra or Trikona from Lagna. As an exception, it can also be placed in the 8th house when conjunct with Sun and both the planets to be benefics for the Lagna. If the well placed Mercury is in conjunction with the benefic and natural friend, then it might enhance the quality of education. If the well placed Mercury is aspected by a benefic planet, then positive results will be manifold.

Education and houses from Lagna

The following houses from Lagna stand for different levels of education that one pursues

2nd house – primary education

4th house – upto graduation

5th house – Post graduation and the like

9th house – Research and super speciality

These houses play a definite role in enhancing one’s chances for higher studies. In reality, we see someone not doing well in education and becomes a successful research scholar because of the effect of strong 9th house. Both Dasa/Bhukthi and transits of major planets are also to be favourable for successful education attainments.

Education abroad

Many questions come in mind of students who want to study abroad. The chances of studying abroad can be found from the study of horoscope. Ample evidence will be found if we analyze the various planetary positions and strengths of each house.

In addition to the houses that we have discussed earlier, the 3rd and 12th Lord also has a vital role to play. Remember 3rd house will be 12th from the 4th house which is responsible for education. Several other study like research, technical education, etc. can also be found.

Houses pertaining to foreign education

This aspect can be analyzed through 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 9th and 12th houses. Aspects of settling abroad are studied from 3rd, 4th, 7th, 9th and 12th house in a horoscope. The aspirations of a person may be accomplished if these houses can match up.

Important houses

4th house is considered to be Karaka, the 2nd for speech and communication and to reach higher education, the 9th house also. Travelling abroad for education has got to do with 3rd and 12th houses. If they are strong and the respective Rasi Lords are also well placed, then the person can sustain himself well abroad. Rahu is a planet for travel if he is well placed in the 2nd, 4th, 7th, 9th and 12th. If Rahu is also conjunct with Lords of the above houses and well placed then also there is likelihood of travel abroad. Similarly, a connection between 5th and 12th Lord also makes a native to study in a foreign land. If the placement of Lord of 9th is placed in 12th house, then the native goes to the overseas country for studies. As per the Prashna chart, the 9th and 4th cuspal sub lord hint towards overseas education.

Dasa Bhukthi 

When the main period or sub period of the lords of houses and depositors of house we discussed are running, then the native may go abroad for study. Also the transit of major planets like Saturn, Jupiter, Rahu and Ketu will also enable a foreign travel. 

There are various areas a student needs to take care when he wants to study abroad. Some of them are

  1. Finance for the trips
  2. Arranging for travel documents
  3. Physical fitness
  4. Arranging for insurance
  5. Accultarisation, adjusting with the new society
  6. Decision making about quality of life/life style
  7. To manage emergencies
  8. Staying in touch with family and friends
  9. Find out how to find appropriate university and course

All the above aspects will fall in place if the planets and houses that we talked are well placed. Study and travel abroad is an interesting subject from the astrological point of view. Those students who aspire to travel abroad may consult an Astrologer for their own benefit.  


Jnananandamayam devam nirmala sphatikakrutim,

aadharam sarvavidyaanaam Hayagreevamupasmahe.


I worship Lord Hayagreeva, who is the very form of knowledge, pure as a crystal, and who is the support of all knowledge.