Things to Keep in Mind while planning to Study Abroad.

 

Applying to a university outside of your home country can be a major life decision. Not only are you having to prepare academically for a higher education setting, but also need to prepare for a new cultural environment.

It is often forgotten that overseas education comes at a very high price and parents often take loans at high interest, sell their land or family silver to fund the expensive education.

 

The primary reason behind a student going abroad is to receive higher and better quality of education and from that perspective following points need special consideration:

Do preliminary research

There are many benefits in attending a university abroad, but first you must consider what your personal goals are for your education. How does the international university you are interested in compare to universities in your home country, and how might the education system differ from that of your home country? It is also important to compare the specific college and degree program you are interested in to others and what type of courses are offered in those programmes.

Review admission requirements and university specifics

When deciding on a university, it is important to become familiar with the university's requirements and culture. For example, what level of English proficiency is required, what is the calibre of professors and their research areas at the university and how easy is it to change majors after beginning studies? It is also important to understand the total cost of this experience, including tuition, fees, visa and overall living expenses.

Culture/social

The cultural differences of the country you plan to study in should be a major consideration. While learning about a new culture has many benefits, it is good to be aware of some of the cultural differences before beginning your studies. For example, what is the campus culture like for international students? Is it a diverse and welcoming environment? A university with a large student population from your home country can be valuable in helping you adapt to your new environment and in overcoming homesickness. If you know any students who have studied in a country you are considering, talk to them to gain some insight on their experiences.

Student services

Support services are vital in helping all students at a university succeed. Academic support services are particularly important for international students, as they not only have to learn course material, but have to adjust to a new culture as well. Does the university you are considering offer plentiful academic support?

The role of research

You should also consider what type of research opportunities a university offers. Will you be able to play an important role working alongside a professor on research projects? Additionally, employment opportunities while you are attending the university and after you graduate are important. Will the university assist you in finding work while you are in school, and does it have a good track record of helping alumni find career opportunities after they graduate?

And last but not the least; choose the overseas educational consultant very carefully. Ask all the right questions when opting for the right destination, institution and course. 

Go to a known consultant, who has infrastructure, offers the best advice on all the popular destinations and has a well-trained staff. An ideal consultant will have a representation of these institutions and won’t be a sub-agent of an authorized agent.

 

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