The decision to study abroad must be planned and considered well in advance. One must carefully choose the university and the country where they want to study. Before accepting an offer from a university, there are a few things that you must take into consideration. Here are the ten tips that would help you in the decision-making process.
1. The Program
The first step in your study abroad plan is to decide on the program that you want to study. Today, all the information you want to look for is available at the click of a button. Do internet research on the various programs of your interest offered at different universities and know whether they align with your previous academic background or your career goals. You will find similar programs at various universities in many countries. Don’t get confused about which one to choose from. The best way to get the required information is to visit the university website and read about each program. The duration of the program, the course content, the entry criteria, and the modules offered in a program and compare them with similar programs offered at other universities and see which program suits your academic profile, and think about how studying that course will benefit you in the future. To get more information on the program and the universities, contact the education consultants who can give you more information and guide you to choose the right program.
2. Eligibility Criteria
Most of the universities abroad have clearly stated the eligibility for applying to a particular program at the university. The program link on the university's website clearly mentions the percentage required in your previous academics and the IELTS/ Toefl score. Please ensure that your academic credentials match the entry requirement.
3. The University
A thorough research on the university will help you make an informed choice in deciding the university you want to study at. University’s reputation, infrastructure, faculties, alumni connections, and career opportunities will give you an insight into the advantages of taking up the course.
4. Accreditation and Recognition
The university you are deciding to pursue your higher studies must be a recognized institute with accreditation by the concerned government body of the respective country.
5. Tuition Fee
Consider the financials involved in studying abroad. Apart from the tuition fee, you must also understand the living expenses of a particular country and other costs like health insurance, the cost of books and materials, and other miscellaneous expenses and make sure the entire expenses fall within your budget. Studying abroad can be very expensive. However, you can consider it as a return on investment. Many countries permit part-time jobs for their students, and most countries allow only 20 hours per week. However, please remember the money you earn can only meet your living expenses. If you are lucky, you might make some extra pocket money. We often see students going abroad for higher studies without much financial planning. Most of the time, they are misguided about being able to pay their tuition fee by working part-time during their studies. Hence, have a clear understanding of the overall cost of studying abroad.
Many universities offer scholarships for international students. The details of the scholarships are listed on the university website. So, if you think you qualify for a particular scholarship, write to the university requesting the same. However, You have to have an offer in hand to apply for these scholarships.
Some universities will have their campus at different locations. You must know which campus the program runs. Do research on the location, climate, safety, culture, and population.
8. Accepting the Offer
Once you receive an offer from the university, do read the offer very carefully. The offer letter details the entire information regarding the terms and conditions of your offer to study at the university.
9. Visa and Immigration
Each country has its own rules and regulations for students. You must familiarize yourself with the visa application process and ensure you meet all the requirements to study there legally.
10. Seek Guidance
The process of studying abroad can be an overwhelming experience. It is highly suggested that you seek guidance from education counsellors as they have the expertise and experience. The counsellors can give valuable information about the educational system of different countries and suggest the universities suitable for the profile. They can assess your profile and assist you throughout your study abroad journey.
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