Where to Study Abroad? These 7 questions will help you decide…
You’ve decided to study abroad, and embark on one of the most valuable learning experiences of your life! The next question is: Where do you want to go? With so many countries and study abroad programs to choose from around the world, finding the right location for you can seem challenging.
Study Abroad- 7 important questions to think about :
Would you rather study abroad in a big city or a small town? A small town like Oxford or a big city like New York. It depends on your personality. Are you the kind of person who likes peace and calm around you or the one who loves to go out every weekend? Your decision should be on this basis.
Do you want the personal attention of a small college, or would you prefer the lecture halls of a large university? What kind of student are you? Some universities attract a higher number of applicants which means large size classrooms. While others prefer to keep it small even though they do receive higher numbers. Base your decision on this small but significant thing.
5. Programmes offered
What universities offer the best programs to match your academic and professional goals? Some universities which may be ranked high but may not offer the programs that match your academic and professional goals. Never look at the ranking aspect when deciding where to study but what the university offers. Some universities that may not rank high or are not popular but some courses they offer beat even the best in the business.
Can you afford a study abroad program plus the cost of living in the host country? You have other options like securing an educational loan or a funding grant. And look for a part-time job in or around the campus. But if the cost is too much and you won’t be able to cover it through a loan or working part-time, don’t choose that place. You won’t have enough time to focus on what is your primary goal there—Your education.
3. How Far is it from Home?
How often will you want to return home? Is the location convenient to travel home or to other countries you may want to visit? How much will it cost to travel home during holidays? All this should be a major factor when you choose your place to study abroad. You don’t want to be away for a long period from your family as it can have an adverse affect on your mental well being.
Do you want to live in a culture that is radically different from your own experience, or one that is similar? With the right wing rhetoric finding a favour among a lot of folks around the globe, you need to be sure of where you land up. Do you want to study in a place whose thought process is entirely different or radically challenging to yours? Does this culture respect your values and your culture? Or do you want to study in a place where people think the same way as you do back home? Do you have the chance to learn something new, learn new values and cultures? Always keep in mind these things before you decide your place of study.
1. Future Prospectus
Will you need to pursue a graduate degree in your chosen career? If so, do you want to complete your graduate work at the same institution? Or would you have to move all across the country to a new place, new university? If they do, will they be able to offer you a scholarship etc.? You study in order to secure your future, so make sure whatever you choose, it should secure your future.
We hope these questions will help you get a better idea of where to study abroad. If you keep an open mind and take the time to research your options, you’re sure to find a program that’s right for you!