Becoming a graduate of a good abroad university, earn a degree in a field you really like, get a highly paid job you will love is the undoubtedly worthy goal. But how to reach it? How to choose a university to study abroad? What to begin with? What are those important parameters you should rely on while making a decision? Let’s figure it out together.
Why choose a university abroad
First of all, we are going to discuss why it is worth to make a choice in favor of the study abroad. No, seriously, what are the reasons that push people to consider this option as the best one for them? Based on our research which includes the surveys of both people willing to study abroad and the international students present in our country, we came up with the list of most common motives.
- Get new experience, see new places;
- Find a way to pay less for the education;
- Low number of proper institutions in the native country;
- A dream of all life to studying in some particular country (city, university);
- Lack of quality education for a specific field of study in local universities;
- Get a diploma at an extremely prestigious university;
- A peculiar system of education provided within a concrete country.
So, which of these motives is yours? Of course, this list may be not full. But, as it was said, it is the most common reasons making people wish to get a higher education abroad. But no matter what the root cause is, the decision to enter an overseas university turns out to be the right thing in most cases. And, by statistics, the graduates which got an education across the border, are more successful in building their career or becoming businessmen and starting their own company. How comes it?
Actually, it is easily explainable if you think about it. They study harder. As simple as that. And there are reasons for that. Let us highlight a couple of them.
Distance. Being away from home, in a foreign country, away from family, an international student is forced to be more responsible and organized which directly influences their level of study.
Patriotism. It may sound a little strange but there are a lot of people who literally feel like they are the representatives of their countries. And that again imposes a certain responsibility.
We could continue this list but it is not the main subject of the article after all. It was given just for your better understanding why exactly studying abroad is a quite good choice to make.
How to choose an abroad university
So, let’s get to the point and figure out what to take into account while picking up your future Alma Mater. Before we go forward and you start to explore the offered tips, let’s get one thing straight. Prior to making any choices, you should clearly understand what field of study you are willing to become a specialist in and earn a degree.
Otherwise, it will be a little help from advice we or anyone else could give you. Simply because in the situation “I have no idea who I am going to become”, you can just open some list of universities, close your eyes and blindly jab a finger at the screen. We insist on you to define the direction of your future activities. Any research requires a starting point. And this one will be yours. If you have not decided yet possible the article about how to choose your future specialty and profession will be able to help you on that matter.
Now when we know the field of study, in the best case the specialty, we are interested in, it is time to move to the very search. You are welcome to use the following steps and tips.
Rankings. It is a good thing to use world rankings of universities. But you should remember that their aim is just narrowing a list and not to point to the one and only.
Tip 1. Do not explore some overall rankings, it is a waste of time. There are the specific ones, organized by fields of study, specialties or subjects.
Tip 2. Do not make any conclusions based on the first ranking you meet on the Internet. Examine at least three of them. The more sources you have, the more accurate results you get.
Tip 3. All resources you rely on should be trusted, all lists based on world statistics and not on someone’s personal preferences.
Tip 4. Make your own list, include there those universities that you found in TOP 20 of each ranking. It is important to write everything down!
If you do everything right you will get a certain list of higher educational institutions, each of which offers courses by your field of study or specialty. Done? Great! Let’s go to the next step.
Location. Exclude countries where you are not ready to spend next few years, right away. Here are the reasons which may influence this decision:
- Getting Visa
You may be interested in the guide aimed to provide the answer to the question about how to choose a European country to study abroad if you have some issues on this matter too.
Affordability. Whatever you say, but “it is all about the money”. Accordingly, at this stage, it is important to identify those universities in which you can really afford to study.
Tip 1. Obviously, the first thing you should find out is an amount of the semester or annual tuition fee. Keep an eye on the relevance of an information!
Tip 2. Accommodation hostel or rent and facilities prices.
Tip 3. Be sure to consider additional spendings. Such as cost of books, administration fee etc.
Surely, this list of expenses is far from full but is quite enough for the current step of our search.
Closer look. Honestly, this is the most interesting part of this research. As soon as you passed all previous steps and made the list of universities as short as possible request all chosen institutions to send their booklets to you. What to look at:
- Language of instruction available for your specialty;
- Exams (if required) and a passing score;
- Admission deadline;
- Number of students;
- Number of international students;
- International cooperation of a university.
Make a call. At this moment you should have no more than 10 abroad universities in your list. Email and call an Admission office of each university. What to ask:
- Clarify all information you have already found. In fact, it may turn out that the data you got in another way are not really up-to-date.
- Ask about the whole admission process, step-by-step.
- Do not be afraid to ask questions about the cost of living in the particular city.
- Inquire about advantages of studying at this particular university.
- Make sure you found out about all conditions and restrictions of the institution (for example, whether students are obligated to live on campus during the first year of studying, and so on).
Final step. The only thing that left to do is to actually make a decision. Choose 3-5 abroad universities you are going to apply to. With all that detailed information you gathered it should not be a problem. If, of course, you are not too lazy and did everything right 😉
Now we can only congratulate you on a great choice of a university to study abroad and wish you successfully graduate!