More and more Indian students have moved abroad in search of better educational opportunities. This number has increased rapidly in the pandemic years. When choosing a university abroad, you have a world of choices. So how do you decide on the course and country you want to study in? In this blog, we tell you about the factors to consider when choosing a university abroad.
Choosing to study abroad can be an overwhelming experience considering the finances, applications, immigration, visa process and many other things. As of January 2021, more than 10 lakh Indian students were studying in around 85 countries, according to the official data from MEA. Let’s dive into the key factors to consider when choosing to study abroad.
Choosing Your Course–
The foremost thing to consider when choosing a university abroad is the course you want to pursue. Identify your passion, strengths, weaknesses and then pick a course that resonates with you. Check out the course curriculum for its duration, modules, course electives, relativity and subject matter. If you are not sure of what course to study, you can consider a liberal arts degree that offers you more flexibility and diversity of subjects. If you are already sure of what you want to study, you can rule out some universities and shortlist others based on the course and its curriculum.
Cost of Education–
Studying abroad is a costly affair and therefore looking at the total cost of education in a foreign country is critical. Some universities might have a higher tuition fee but the living costs in the country might be low or vice versa. It is important to consider both–university expenses and living costs while choosing a university abroad. Also, consider the return on investment on your cost of education. Check for grants and available scholarships along with their eligibility requirements.
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While choosing a university abroad, research extensively on the education prospects of the course you want to pursue and the country. Also, check for university and subject-wise rankings and reviews. Students often take up part-time jobs to cover their expenses and therefore it is important to check the job opportunities while studying abroad and the associated guidelines. If you are planning to stay in the country after finishing your degree, you might want to check its market demand and post-study work opportunities.
When choosing a university abroad, you should check out the immigration rules and regulations of the country. Also, check for post-study work visas and part-time job rules for international students. For example, the US has stricter immigration policies as compared to the UK and Canada. The UK has introduced the Graduation Immigration Route (GIR) which allows students graduating from UK universities a two-year post-study work visa. Countries with more liberal immigration rules have seen a higher influx of international students.
A lot of research goes into choosing a university abroad. Given that studying abroad is a life-changing experience, it is vital that your decision is based on genuine and factual information. The best way to make the right decision is to learn from well-informed platforms and professionals. Check university websites for course-related information and student forums for a broader spectrum of information. We at Jamboree, thoroughly research and inform students about their chosen courses, universities and countries. This helps students make well-informed decisions. Students are also guided throughout the application process, standard examinations and other requirements for study abroad programs.
When choosing a university abroad, check for its on and off-campus opportunities such as accommodation, library, labs, etc. For more insights into university life, go through its alumni study and work fields. You can get in touch with its alumni or current students via Linkedin or social media platforms. Jamboree also helps students connect easily with former and current students. This helps you build connections, learn about their experiences abroad, get tips for university courses and faculty, and prepare you for choosing a university abroad.
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One of the top factors to consider when choosing a university abroad is the culture, lifestyle and opportunities available. Moving to another country involves a cultural shift and intercultural communication. Before choosing a university abroad, check how well you can adjust to the new country. For example, are you open to changing your food habits or learning a new language (in case you are opting for a non-English speaking country) or likely to adapt to its climate and culture? Also, check for the living and working conditions of the country when choosing a university abroad.
Studying abroad is a life-altering experience and therefore it is imperative that you make well-informed decisions and the right choices. We at Jamboree help thousands of students every year get into their dream college. Book a free fifteen-minute session with our counsellor to get assistance with your study abroad counselling.