How to choose the right university to study abroad
In this contemporary era, students take immense interest in browsing through opportunities of studying abroad on internet. It’s natural for students to get too enthusiastic on reviewing Universities and colleges with fantastic infrastructures, fascinating amenities and prime locations but we, at MOEC strive to convey to the students, to check their personal compatibility with their chosen University/College on a list of steps before falling for fancy buildings!
On searching for Universities and choosing your favourite course, you might have faced confusion regarding which one to choose among a long list of options.
To make this process easier for you, take a note of the following 10 steps:
- Academic profile
- Scope of chosen course
- Choosing a country
- Financial Obligations
- Entry Requirements
- Intake’s availability
- Student visa policies
- Employment opportunities
- Society & Lifestyle
STEP 1: Academic Profile
The academic profile of a student includes the student’s current qualifications and scores which will in turn help in choosing his/her course of preference. It is advisable to choose a course relevant to the student’s past qualification.
A very famous technique that can help you in order to choose a course is SWOT Analysis.
Take a note of your academic strengths, weaknesses, weaknesses and threats and shortlist 3 to 5 courses in order of your preference.
STEP 2: Scope of chosen course
The scope of your chosen course matters a great deal. Take in consideration the following 3 factors:
- Which country holds the highest scope for your course of preference?
- Are you able to select an Industry to support employment for your course?
- Does the destination of your course provide you with basic training opportunities?
STEP 3: Choosing a country
Every country follows its own educational policies and regulations. The student needs to infer which country would fit in his or her idea of educational operations.
For instance, in some countries, practical knowledge and vocational trainings are given more weightage than theoretical knowledge and the Universities provide education likewise.
STEP 4: Financial Obligations
It is naturally essential to go by the budget! The expenses may vary largely on the basis of:
- Country chosen
- University selected
- Course of preference
In order to find out whether the University of your Preference is in your budget, look out for following 7 factors:
- Tuition Fee
- Accommodation expenses
- Miscellaneous expenses (excursions, cultural activities, utilities, transportation)
- Show money
- Duration of course
- Scholarship provided by University
- Part time work provisions in the country
STEP 5: Entry Requirements
You need to ensure that you meet the entry requirements of your chosen course in the University of your choice.
Following 3 factors would help you out:
- Is it a degree or a diploma?
- What are the entry exams required? (GRE, GMAT, SAT)
- Are there any English Proficiency exams to be given? (IELTS, TOEFL, PTE)
STEP 6: Intake’s availability
Every country has its own intake months for commencement of academic sessions in their Universities.
You need to be prepared with all the required documents (Statement of Purpose, Letter of Recommendation, Curriculum Vitae, Transcripts, etc.), the offer letter from the University, fulfil the entry requirements and fee payment 2 to 3 months before the intake starts. In case the college closes its intake before you could process the above formalities, you need to go for the next available intake.
STEP 7: Student Visa Policies
Do you know, the visa processing costs vary for each country?
Students are advised to check the visa requirements of the country they are interested in since every country has got different visa policies and regulations to abide by. By checking the visa requirements, the students can have a clear idea about how much time it would take for their overall study process and which intake to go for likewise.
STEP 8: Employment Opportunities
The decision to study abroad comes packed with employment opportunities after completion of the course. You need to decide in a long-term prospective about what are the current employment rates, opportunities and destinations suitable after your course completion.
STEP 9: ROI
ROI (Return on Investment) means the value of your degree after what you have invested in your course.
Students generally spend a lot on studying abroad and other miscellaneous expenses (excursions, cultural activities, utilities, transportation, accommodation etc.) add up a great deal to the overall investment in the course. Hence, it is crucial to be sure at first what value your degree will hold after course completion and what are the current job prospects and in which countries.
STEP 10: Society & Lifestyle
Not a top priority but the society and lifestyle of the country you choose matters a lot! The culture, cuisine, language, norms, government policies, legal obligations of countries vary a great deal and pose drastic influence on an international student’s life. You need to make sure whether you’re ready to gel up with the aura of the country you choose to study in.
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