Study Abroad- 5 Ways to Find the Right Institution: The entire process of choosing a university or college abroad can be tiresome, exciting, and confusing. To begin with, it might look tiresome, but if done well, it can lead you to an assuring result. Therefore, it is crucial for students to choose the best international institution and make the investment worthwhile. Many institutions offer a wide variety of courses, making the decision-making process difficult.
1. Select Your Course/Discipline First
Before deciding on your university or college, deciding on your subject/course of study is important. You might come across schools that offer unique interdisciplinary Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees or specialisations that you hadn’t considered. One should research job opportunities, the field’s scope, and salaries before choosing a college for their intended study.
When choosing a course and institution in another country, it’s also crucial to consider the admissions process, application start and end dates, campus life, extracurricular activities, housing choices, etc.
2. Check University Rankings
You should search for the university rankings you have shortlisted for your study abroad options. Numerous organisations have developed a variety of ranking systems, each of which uses a different metric to produce a list of the best universities. The primary ranking systems are data-driven hierarchies that show how prominent universities throughout the world compete, regardless of whether they assess academic and educational performance, the teaching environment, placements etc.
3. Budget Considerations
The most crucial consideration for studying abroad is your finances because studying abroad is expensive, especially for Indian students. The cost of tuition, the requirements for the courses, and the college should all be addressed. Many official websites include a thorough breakdown of the tuition costs for each programme. As per the budget, you can further plan to finance your degree.
4. Placement and Job Records
Students can find out about their options for attending college by thoroughly researching college placements and employment. Most countries provide work permits to students post-completion of their courses anywhere between six months and four years. During this period, a campus with a good alumni network or corporate relations record is always an added advantage.
5. Network, Network, Network
If you are unsure about trying out study courses and universities that, while on paper, meet your other requirements, you should look at what other overseas students in a similar situation have gone through in the past. You might meet others who have had common cultural surprises, misunderstandings, and difficulties or can provide particular pointers and guidance.
Make a list of colleges you believe fit you well based on your needs, priorities, and interests. Then, using the information you gathered, decide which school/college/university is best for you. For international students, the journey is loaded with experience; therefore, picking a study location is crucial.
By Rohit Sethi, Director, ESS Global