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Steps to choose your study abroad school

Now that you have made up your mind to study abroad, the next big hurdle you are required to cross is selecting your university. With over a thousand of choices to pick from, how can you pick that school which is the perfect fit for you?

Like all your other study abroad woes that we can help you with, we got your back when it comes to selecting the right school. Here are a few tips that come in handy when you are selecting a university to harness your study abroad dreams.


What is it that you want?

Before you start looking at universities, you need to ask yourself what it is that you are looking for. It is not possible for you to go through all the universities that offer your course of interest, therefore to help narrow down your list, it is very important that you decide what you are looking for. Ask yourself some basic questions such as why do you want to study abroad, where do you want to study, and whether there is a particular area of study that you are looking at. Once you have an answer to these questions, you have laid a strong foundation in your decision-making process.

Study Destination

Picking a study destination is an important step. Once you have decided on a location, it will be easier for you to research universities in that country. Whilst picking your study destination, it is critical to consider some questions such as the cost component, the language of instruction, area, safety, as well as the country's reputation for that particular course of study. Whilst selecting a university it is important to make sure that it fits under your budget. Moreover, major universities conduct their programs in English, thus, students are required to possess the necessary English proficiency skills. Ask yourself questions such as whether you are a city person or a nature person, this will come in handy when making a decision on the university campus. Certain countries are renowned for particular courses of study, make sure that the course you are looking to study is renowned.

Subject of Study

It is very important that you know what it is that you wish to study. Universities are renowned from certain programs. Thus, when you are making an application you will be able pick that university which has a high ranking for that particular course of study, this will help add value to your resume. However, don't be afraid if you're not sure as to what you wish to study precisely. Take a step back and ask yourself, what is it that you wish to achieve in the long term. Understand your passions, aspirations, inclinations, and also take into the consideration the job market. Make sure that you strike a fine balance between all these components when deciding your area of study.

Research your selected Schools

Once you have shortlisted certain schools, undertake a thorough research to truly understand what the university stands for. Whilst undertaking your research what it is important to remember is the fact that apart from looking at the university website, what holds equal importance is external websites. Referring to both these universities will allow you to holistically understand the University of application. Key components that you need to make sure you gain information on include, rankings, tuition fees, subjects offered, start dates, application procedure, application deadline, scholarships, accommodation, and services offered on campus to international students.

Connect with the alumni

If you are one of the lucky ones that knows someone who has already studied at the university of your desire, it is best to get in touch with them. Since they have already studied at the university, they will be able to provide you with a true opinion, on how to move forward. Take their reviews under consideration when making your decision. However, it is important to remember that at the end of the day it is your call to make.

It is important to remember that an education abroad greatly enhances your career prospects. Thus, it is extremely important to allocate a significant amount of time and energy in picking your university.


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