This article gives 10 crucial questions to every student who desires to study abroad.
Abroad studies are an important decision; possibly life-changing in more aspects than single. You’ll be staying away from your family and loved ones for a long period, a new place, a new nation to embrace, hard weather; all these are elements that you need to think about.
1. Do I really need to go abroad for studies?
This is the basic question that you need to initiate with - do you really need to go for abroad studies for a degree which you might be able to finish off at 50% lesser amount in your home-country. What value that abroad studies is giving even after spending a year there. Would your family finance help you to go abroad? If you are convincing yourself for the first question as ‘Yes’ then things would be easy for you to make for abroad studies-life. The challenges that you would face abroad and experience that you obtain will help you to become a ‘citizen of the world’.
2. When should I start preparing?
‘If at all you failed to prepare, be prepared for failing’. If you have planned for abroad studies; plan must be made appropriately. If you are trying for undergraduate student and looking for a post graduations course in abroad; focus more on getting high scores in your course.
3. Which course do I need to take for abroad studies?
The answer to this question will knowingly impact the rest of your life. By career way your course will be helpful to earn your individual life.
4. What will be the price?
The prices will differ based on the course that you select; the period of study, the reputation of the organization and the country where you design to study. All organizations these days have well-designed websites with rich citation of instruction fees and accommodation prices. So do your cost-analysis, inquiry thoroughly.
5. When should I apply?
Most organizations across the world have 2 admission-intakes; one is the spring admission and the other is the winter admission-intake. All organizations have a clear admission process arrangement in-place, which starts regularly with the student applying online. Naturally, there is a 2 month gap between the genuine offer of admission and the start of courses. The final date for taking on application forms is about 4 - 5 months before the actual start of classes and this differs from organization to organization.
6. Do I want to write any special examinations?
Make sure that you meet all educational eligibility necessities for the course, which you desire to study. The admissions requirements for the course will also contain English language with a minimum TOEFL or IELTS score, which you need to meet. Based on the course of your best, you need to write the GRE or GMAT.
7. Should I apply for a scholarship?
As per the country, organization and course that you desire to study; limited scholarships will be offered for international students. Scholarships are provided by the educational organization, the government and private organizations.
8. Would I get on-campus accommodation?
Most organizations want international students to stay on-campus during their first-year of education and offer students the option to select an accommodation group that fits their financial plan. American organizations also offer a ‘meal plan’ wherein student reimbursement for their food in advance. Students are advised to check the organization’s website for details about accommodation choices and the related fees for the housing.
9. Can I work part-time?
This again is an essential question; which plays a critical role in the student accepting an offer. Countries like the USA order that students need special written approval from their organizations to work part-time off-campus. Countries like the UK, New Zealand and Australia agree students to work for a pre-defined period of time every week during class time and full time during holidays and semester breaks. Please remember your main focus is to study well and complete your degree, do not get too involved in your part-time job and misplace your work study stability and end up with a poor academic performance.
10. How would I come to terms with life in a new country?
A big challenge for first time international students will be ‘home sickness’, you will desire for the love and affection of your family & friends. Finally, you will realize that this chance will make you strong, free-thinking and independent and also allow you to make friends with other international students’ on-campus.
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