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