How to choose a University in abroad: The first challenge faced by every student planning to abroad is in deciding which University suits you better to match your Education & Career interests. Choosing the University is the biggest challenge and central role of the whole journey.
We thought to bring our experience in finding out a University meeting the most common needs of every student like Course, curriculum, ranking, reputation, campus, Internships etc. We are breaking it down into 5 key factors to make the task dauntless and will also help to focus research on your Universities most likely to suit you.
Course and Curriculum: It is a basic fundamental to be 200% of your subject. For few students, it would probably go without saying about this but your course is the highest factor in your overall decision. In the latest 2021 generation, Specialisations play another pivotal role while choosing a certain course for a career.
If you have your heart set on a certain career or area of study, you may look at studying a course with a predefined major. Sometimes you need to decide on a specialization before you apply (usually listed in brackets after the course title), while other courses allow you to choose a specialization as you study after you’ve explored a few areas of interest. For example, you may apply for a Bachelor of Business (Marketing), where the Bachelor of Business is the course and marketing is the specialization. You could also apply for a general Bachelor of Business without a predetermined major and choose a specialization once you’ve determined your specific interests.
Costs: To be honest, Cost should not be a barrier for education but I do understand the case to case scenario with affordability. Try to prefer the University which can be managed to bear the costs, find the opportunities by the University and also other benefits like Assistantships, waivers etc.
In recent years, it’s become easier for individual students to calculate how much they could expect studying in the US to cost. All US universities are now legally required to include fees and financial aid calculators on their websites, allowing students to get a rough idea of how much their intended course of study would cost and what aid they may be eligible for.
Ranking vs course:
Should you focus on University reputation or course ranking.
For example, the University of Pennsylvania is ranked the top university in the world for nursing, but it only ranks 19th in the world.
For Instance, Let’s say Harvard and Stanford are at the same ranking. But Stanford looks more appealing for courses like CS, Engg meanwhile Harvard has its reputation for Business and Physicians. Though we call them top ivy, priorities change based on courses we choose despite the overall ranking of a University.
This begs the question: should I focus on the institution’s overall ranking, or just my course?
“The course reputation matters much more than the overall university reputation”
Above all, What matters most is finding a school where you fit in with the culture, the students, and the teachers. At the same time not going broke paying for college is a big plus.
Course-specific rankings show which universities offer the best teaching quality and course structure for your subject specifically.
Most students rely on recommendations by seniors, friends & relatives.
University may be the first time you live away from home. Depending on which university you choose, you may have to move away from family, friends, and maybe even your country.
Make a note of the following at colleges on your list.
What’s the climate like – warm and sunny or cold and snowy?
Is it in an urban, suburban, or rural area?
Is it close to your family or a bit further away?
How close is transportation to get home (airports, train stations, etc.)?
Are there things to do off-campus?
You should have a general idea of where you want to live, or at least which places are tolerable! This isn’t a big deal to some people (myself included), but it is nevertheless important to think about. Do you want to be close or far away from home? Do you want to go to school in a big city or in a rural area? Do you want to live in the mountains, by the beach, or neither? These are the kinds of questions you should be asking yourself. Take into account the average temperatures for the area, the seasonal changes, and yearly rainfall. To start, try looking at a map and narrow down which states or regions you might be interested in.
Sometimes the location of the University also helps in fetching internships, employment opportunities nearby.
For most students, the point of going to college is to get a fulfilling job that contributes to society (and avoid moving back into their parents’ basements). Check to see if a college offers comprehensive career services to help you successfully launch your career or prepare for graduate school. Some of the career services, most Universities offer include assistance finding a “best-fit major,” co-op and internship placement services, job search preparation, and on-campus job placement assistance. Some colleges invest heavily in career counseling services, others do not. If possible, get some statistics on career placement from the school. A college that is active in this field will have this information readily available. Career counseling can be invaluable in helping you find internships and employment.
I hope our tips guide you search for Universities based on the mentioned factors and also lands you into a career fitting University.