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How to choose the right university to study abroad

Choosing the right university to study abroad has always been a question with many different answers. Like earlier, we had discussed few points that need to be considered while making a university choice, but now we will guide you on how to choose the right university to study abroad and what other factors need to be taken under consideration.

The most important thing to do before you start with your research is to keep an open mind and scrutinize all the options available which are of your interest. It doesn’t matter if it is in trend or not, what matters is that you are aware of all the pros and cons of the field you are interested in and are to work towards it.

So below are three important questions that will help you choose the right university to study abroad: –

Why do you want to study abroad?

This should be the first question answered and will also help you to start with your research. Some of the common reasons to study abroad could be the quality of education is better, career prospects, international exposure, living independently, new culture, meeting new people and increasing your network and learn new language. Instead, you can add more to the question asked, whether studying abroad is a practical decision for you or no.

Which course you wish to purse and what is the eligibility & requirement?

There is a plethora of options that are available, making decisions difficult. There are many types of programs available in different types of university for example:- undergraduate degree, graduate degree (full time & part time) – taught and research based, certifications, exchange programs and executive programs. You may also have to consider what minors / majors or specialisations are you thinking of. Some courses are offered in terms of dual degree options as well.

So, if you are thinking to study abroad then give yourself enough time to research about the programme options available.

Check for the admission requirement of the courses and start collating like –Transcripts, if there any specific requirement of subjects, questions given for the essay/statement of purpose, curriculum vitae, letter of recommendation, SAT, GRE & GMAT and language proficiency (IELTS/TOEFL). You will need time to prepare for these tests and arranging documents, so select the course accordingly and set a timeline according to your preference. Also ensure that most of the documents are kept ready before the intake.

What are the possible expenses incurred?

Managing the overall expense has always been important and the most challenging parameter. While calculating the expenses of studying abroad, generally only tuition fees and accommodation is considered. But there are many other expenses that need to be considered. As most of the time you tend to miss out the extra expenses like travelling, healthcare, stationery, food and other miscellaneous charges.

Always check the university website to get an estimate for the possible expenses and as it’s said it will depend on how you spend on your lifestyle. Try to get a part-time job nearby to manage your daily expenses and can gain professional work experience.

Remember to look beyond, as studying abroad is just not about experience but a complete change in your lifestyle. Each country is different so research about their culture, food & language before you finalize anything. It is not important to get admission in a top university but a good university which is recognized and offers the best curriculum for the course you are interested in is more important.

So, start with the process by choosing the right course in the right university that suits your future goals and profile. It all seems easy but if you have a career counsellor nearby, connect and plan on how you would want to go ahead. We would always recommend to anyone who plans to study abroad to seek professional guidance from a study abroad counsellor who is trained and experienced in this field.

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