There is no wonder more and more people are preferring to pursue higher education abroad. Well, it is understandable as international study experience has its own advantages. Multi-cultural study experience, a new lifestyle, cultural inheritance and prospective for better growth opportunities are the key ones.
Decision to move to a foreign country for educational purposes is however demanding. It is a time-consuming process besides requiring huge investments. But the efforts are worth it if the prospective learners' demonstrate patience and land into the required academic path.
A preparation beforehand and some homework before travelling can be great relievers. Potential applicants are surrounded in a number of questions with regards to the process. Although a number of consultants are available, contradicting facts can often add to the confusion. Try seeking updates on the following to enable yourself towards better decision making.
Choosing a country
Selecting the Country itself is one of the biggest challenges many prospective students face. Australia and the UK are the top two destinations that would come to anyone's thought while dreaming to study abroad. Canada and the USA are also popular destinations followed by the EU countries. There are a good number of options available within Asia, should one be interested. For instance, Singapore, Japan and UAE. Well, instead of choosing the country based on preferences, students can look out for benefits like work permit opportunities while study and post-studies, study promotions, exposure, experience, lifestyle and of course Permanent Residency possibility. It is indeed necessary to scrutinise the after study possibilities, including expenses incurred in further extensions, stability in the immigration law etc. Remember! You are about to make a huge investment and its returns should be worth the time, cost and efforts.
Choosing the right university
Once you have decided on the country you would want to go, the next search should be narrowed down to a specific University. It is recommended to prefer admissions in a recognised University than a college. This is because Universities are reputed to have experienced faculties, recognised by immigration institutions and have promising career advancement opportunities. Colleges might be alluring in small runs due to lower fees, but at times they are unreliable in relevance to aforementioned attributes of the Universities. There will be numerous alternatives to choose from. Looking out for a region where the cost of living is affordable, location advantages to transportation, multi-cultural vibes, close proximity to study and work opportunities can be factors considered to select a University.
Also, Universities require a deposit to secure your place. While some require a part of tuition fees, others might need 50% or full fee upfront. So look out for your budget.
This is perhaps the most challenging aspect of any student visa process. Every country has its own requirement in terms of documentation requirement. Of course, all the Universities across the world would provide you with an unconditional offer letter, followed by an acceptance letter provided the deposit fee payment and English language proficiency (both are key documents for visa filing). Knowledge of other formalities beforehand is mandatory. It is also important because requirements, translations and attestation formats differ in different countries. So check all of them beforehand.
Funding and Finances
All prospective student visa applicants are required to prove their financial soundness to qualify for visas. This applies to all countries visa processing. Besides, tuition fees, students should demonstrate sources to accommodate for their living expenses during their stay in a foreign country. This again differs from country to country. Some countries only require a bank statement for certain days, while some require funds along with the sources as to how they were earned. So checking the student visa requirements of each country on their respective immigration websites could lead you to genuine information.
English Language Proficiency
Last but not least, if you choose to study in native English country like the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, you have to demonstrate your ability to communicate in English. So a language proficiency test, possibly IELTS/ TOEFEL/ DUOLINGO/CELPIP would be required. Again the requirement of the test and its scores will be informed in the offer letter as these requirements change from university to university and from country to country. Certainly, the requirement for UG applicants would be less when compared to PGs, MBAs, professionals and higher-level courses. Some courses would require additional experience besides language score. So ensure to check in all these details before making the most important decision of your life!
There are many students who have dreams to get an education or higher studies in foreign universities. The main attraction for this culminates from the fact that after that they can get a job in a multinational company or a foreign land where there is a demand for people having that particular qualification. It is natural that going for any course will not suffice for the purpose and one has to do a sort of research as to which qualifications are more job-oriented in which countries. Those countries where infrastructure projects are on the anvil would surely seek to employ the persons having qualifications in civil or architecture. At the same time, some countries where fundamental scientific research is a priority matter might consider recruiting pure science people. So these things are to be seen before taking admission in those prospective courses. Then there is the financial consideration also which is also an important matter and every student cannot afford the costly education abroad. So one has to see one's resources in this matter and should also see the alternative of doing some part-time job there to sustain there. Studying abroad has definitely some distinct advantage but one has to prepare for it thoroughly and gather information before making a decision in the matter.
Students who want to study abroad should read this article so that they will get very good inputs. Selecting a country for education is a tough task. As a matter of fact, when we select a country we should see what is the subject we are going to pursue and in which country that subject is in an advanced stage. Once you zero in the country, you should go to the best university for that country. You have to go through the reviews and articles that are appearing online and also visit their website so that you can get a fair idea about the university. If any known persons are there in the education field in any of our Indian Universities you can talk to them and get some idea.
One important point I want to mention is that we should not go to an agent who is not very well established and not very reliable. Don't pay huge money to the agents. These days we can get all information directly online and we can correspond directly with the institute.
To study abroad is not easy. There is a great need to make a plan before going abroad. First, we should be careful in selecting a country as to whether a country's cultural atmosphere is suitable for us or not. Secondly, we should focus on selecting a subject so that we could get a job easily in future. After that, we should plan from the financial point of view. These days, all information regarding abroad education is available on the internet.