Approximately 72,000 students have already commenced their journey for higher studies in different countries including the UK, the US, Canada, etc. Owing to Covid-19 restrictions though there may have been a slight dip in the number of students going abroad as the world resumes to normal the country is witnessing a higher inclination of students planning to study abroad.
While more and more students are planning to study abroad, at the same time each student must be mentally, physically, strategically, and financially prepared to take this journey head-on. With a detailed understanding and planning, students can opt for the best courses, country to study, and other variables.
When it comes to studying abroad, there are a few things to keep in mind and these are listed below:
Be clear about your goals– It’s critical that you have a clear goal and thought process before you start looking for a program online. There is a wide array of universities, programs, countries that you can choose from, but, with the availability of such vast options, it becomes even more important that you make informed decisions. First and foremost, you must make your own decision, not one influenced by others. Living in a new nation is a whole different experience, so make sure you’re fully prepared.
Once you have made up your mind, you can then first prepare a journal outlining your financial budget, course preferences, country preferences, etc. You must understand that language, culture, differences in food all impact both your mental and physical health. Hence, choose a country wherein you are comfortable with the language and food habits and then go for exploring courses in the country.
Assess the education system of the country and analyze the job opportunities available in case you plan on working abroad post your course completion. Explore the credit system and then choose a course that suits your needs and provides you with maximum exposure.
Financial Implications: It is good to start planning your study abroad journey at least a year ahead of when you want to move abroad. Taking study loans is a cumbersome process and takes a lot of time. Also, once you understand the pros and cons of different study programs you can avail a loan for the budget required for the selected program. Here it is important to note that the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia are all costly destinations. In addition, costs in a specific region, such as the United States, will vary depending on your choice of location. California, LA, New York, and San Francisco are more expensive, whereas Arizona, Texas, Houston, and other low-cost regions are more inexpensive. Additionally, Canada and Ireland are less expensive, as are nations such as Italy, Germany, Sweden, Norway, and Finland, where the majority of students attend public institutions with little or no fees.
Profile building– Timeline has a direct impact on profile building. Requirements to fulfill the degree of your choice may need time and planning. For instance, you may need to acquire certain additional skills to be applicable for a particular course abroad, and with timely planning, you can achieve this well in time. Other profile building practices may also take time, hence, as suggested above it is best to plan things at least one year prior.
Know about the visa criteria– The precise name and type of visa you’ll need varies per nation, but you’ll almost certainly need a non-immigrant student/study visa. Further, whether you need a 2-year, or a 3-year post-graduate Visa will depend on the country and course you choose. Procuring a Visa is a tedious and time taking task. Additionally, it also requires excessive documentation which needs expert advice. In such cases, you can acquire consultation for an expert.