Study abroad is a dream for many students in the world. Students should follow their dreams to pursue quality education in order to shape their future to a better life.
Traveling to other countries is exciting and adventurous. Many people wish to travel for holiday or business meetings. But today the youth is ambitious and futuristic. That’s what makes the youth eager to travel for gaining knowledge and experience. Students are the highest travelers in today’s date than any other social group.
Studying abroad can also be termed a trend by analyzing the opportunities available in different countries and how often a student travels.
Planning to study abroad? But before leaving a homeland, there are multiple things that one should consider. Traveling away from your home country is not easy and means that one would not be coming back at least for a long time. The world is huge and being prepared for it is advisable.
So, Before Deciding To Study Abroad Here Are Few Things To Consider:
1. Choose the course
The main objective to apply for any international university or college should be related to the course.
Find your field of interest, find what courses are available and also find what future it holds. Every country that has colleges has numerous courses available for international students.
But if we talk about a particular program then not all countries provide the same along with the future guarantees.
For instance, if we take the courses related to Architecture. Now, some countries will have programs such as Diploma and some might have professional courses or certificate courses.
So, a student should decide what course they need to master Architecture. Do they need a Diploma or a certificate course? Along with that, is that course popular or chosen by students in that college?
That too comes under the research about the course. The future prospects of the course in that country could also help in deciding in what course to choose.
2. Choose the country
Many students have a favorite destination where they always wanted to go to or visit. But along with the desire to visit, choose the country according to the course as well.
Some countries are known for good hotels or tourist spots, so choose the country according to the course. This also includes filtering the country according to the crime rates, employment rates, weather, language, and food.
Many vegetarian students could face issues related to food.
People with particular allergies should also filter the country they chose in which they will study or even work for a couple of years.
Choosing a country is very important for a bright future and healthy environment. Along with the country, research the localities near the campus or location of the university.
The availability of infrastructure could be found with a search about the location and country.
A very important and primary thing to consider when deciding to study abroad is the fees and the expenses. The fees of the courses, accommodation, and very few expenses that one would face during the duration of the course.
When living abroad, there are plenty of small expenses that one has to keep in mind.
Finance includes the money spent before and after the arrival at the foreign land. All the regulations that are also required to be filled for traveling to a foreign country include strong finance.
Some things that one surely needs when going as a student to an international college include a bank’s international charging fee, the monetary system of your new home, and the current exchange rate.
Finance also includes the visa fees, the flight tickets, the transport expenses, and every little small expanse combined of the whole time a student stays in the international country.
Finance is very crucial to count as it can be the reason why many students are not able to choose their favorite country.
4. Duration of the stay
Very necessary is the duration of the time one should be spending in that homeland. Many courses are of 1.5 years and then also offer attached employment opportunities. So, students have to keep the whole duration in the mind and apply ahead.
The duration here is not only for the course but also for the whole time when a student will be in the country.
Many students only wish to complete courses and move again to some different location. For students like that, they have to plan differently.
The duration of the stay also depends on the university or the college which is accepting one as a student.
And it also depends on the opportunities that one might get after or during the stay. So, this requires researching and analyzing before deciding to study abroad.
Every country and every university has its different policies for the stay of any international student which one should consider.
This is essential when studying abroad. One never knows suddenly one needs to make a call at the airport to home or family. So, before planning to travel, check with international plans with the country you’re moving to and if it’s affordable.
Many tourists do get a mobile plan for the international calls at the airport only so do consider that so that one can reach their family when required.
Now, we all probably know the importance of emergency numbers of different countries so of course. The emergency number of your university or residence is also available at airports in foreign countries. So, it is important to check the connectivity and contact in the case of an emergency.
It is also advisable to have the emergency number written physically on a piece of paper as well as in your luggage just in case.
Many students traveling for the first time experience homesickness throughout the academic year and problems in adjusting to a new culture.
As for homesickness, connectivity will help in having a small relief talk with loved ones. If sometimes it’s not possible, then bring some souvenirs from home or small food items just in case.
6. Health check-ups
From the last few years, health has become a very important part of everyday life and especially for people who are traveling abroad.
So, having a full health check-up can also be a demand of a university or college as well. Consider this as important paperwork just like every other application for visa or admission.
Health check-ups should be of the whole body. Starting from eyesight till any virus hitting soft spots in the body.
Even doctors also suggest having a full body check-up in the duration of a fixed time period. So, when deciding to study abroad plan to tune your body according to the weather of the place or have a check-up.
Plan your schedule accordingly so that no health issues could cause major damage when in a foreign land.
The most obvious thing to consider when deciding to study abroad is the bunch of paperwork. Paperwork’s are the primary motion that could happen with the help of multiple agents.
Paperwork starts from the university which is ready for a student. Then comes the financial paperwork from the bank, then also comes the health paperwork, and things that will help you to travel and get to the destination.
The paperwork is the most essential thing to do for security and better settlement in international land. Visas, tickets, confirmation from the university or college, and all the previous records must be collected and stored for official work.
Max Troy is the Career Counsellor as well as a passionate Author. Well, he has years of experience in the Career and Jobs industry. As a part of his career at OPTnation, he helped various OPT and CPT candidates to shape their Career. Through his knowledge and writing skill, he is contributing to the students to find the best Career advice and immigration topics. Do share the information if you like it.