Going to a foreign university to study is like wading deep in unknown waters. Make sure you have the strongest safety nets before you venture out to fulfill your academic dreams.
When deciding which international university to opt for and the course you wish to pursue, make sure it is your own judgement- Though you may consult experts, educationists and friends, the final decision has to be yours. See that no one influences you and you haw no pressure on you. Follow your interests and aspirations in this regard.
Generally, students opt for international universities to study architecture, medicine, management, engineering, accountancy, and communication etc. These days, courses in animation, public relations, hospitality, law and computers are also fast catching on. As some courses like pharmacy and management require work experience before admission, check on that from the universities you are applying to.
Since long, destinations like United States of America
, Canada, United Kingdom
, Australia and Paris
are considered as the top countries lo pursue education. But now. with rapid changes in economies, many other options have opened up for students. Places like Singapore
, New Zealand
and others have also come up on the front face.
“These days students are quite smart. They do not choose a university just because it is popular, but also evaluate a lot of other associated factors. From accommodation, living expenses and facilities to courses of choice, they have a lot in their mind before they settle down on one destination.” says educationist Preeti Verma.
It is advisable to always research well the concerned university and check on it from various sources. If you can get in touch with any alumnus, getting feedback will be easy. Also, check, how keen is the university in taking in international students, are there any reservations, lodging provided and most importantly, if there is any student support system or not.
- Connect with students who have also applied to the same university. You can make travel plans together and feel safe in known company in foreign land
- If there are no hostel facilities, arrange for an accommodation beforehand
- Acquaint yourself with the local laws and phrases
You may check online and fill in the application form of the desired university well in time. Make sure the form is filled properly and there are no gaps left. Also, make sure you attach all the requisite documents and follow the admission procedure as detailed in the application form.
As studying abroad is not so cheap, you may finance yourself with the help of a student loan. Or else, you may also check with the university if they give any scholarship to students. But this needs to done in time, don’t expect the university or banks to sponsor you at the last minute.
Studying abroad is more than just an academic experience. When you visit a foreign country, it is also a sociocultural experience. You meet new people and learn a lot on the social ground.
By Sanjhi Agarwal, HT