By choosing to study abroad, you are opening yourself up to a life-changing experience. However, before you dive in, it is important that you have done a significant amount of research first. Weigh up all of the positives and negatives of the country where you plan to advance your career. We are aware that the process can be daunting, as we have done it before. That’s why we have compiled all of this information and advice for you. We also have a visa service to help you with the application process.
This is probably the most important part of the whole process. First, you need to identify the course that suits your requirements best. You can select it by first listing your own interests and strengths, then compare them to the list of courses. Do extensive research on each module and what it entails. While doing all of this, it also isn’t a bad idea at all to explore the employment opportunities in the local area
Once you have completed your course, there will most likely be employment opportunities available to you. Keep in mind that some countries may have a cap set on the number of students that can study your particular course. Check to see is there any industrial training available in your chosen destination. For example, Ireland is fantastic for students who wish to go into the healthcare profession or into pharmaceuticals. If you are seeking research opportunities, Australia should be top of your list!
Each potential destination will have a different educational structure in place, some of which will not go hand in hand with your preferences. Make sure to check how each course is taught, whether it blends practical experience with a theoretical approach etc. Everyone has a preferred style of learning. It is about finding a course that matches yours.
Always check the entry requirements for each specific program that you are considering taking. Consider whether the course is at your level and whether it is a diploma, degree, or a Master’s. Be well informed about your selections and make your decisions effectively. For example, many Canadian courses offer a postgraduate course instead of a Master’s. In addition, the UK offers two different types of Masters; a taught Masters and a research-based Masters. It is vital to check that your academic history is strong enough for you to be considered for admission. Do you fulfill the requirements? Do you need to take an additional test to check your aptitude in the English language?
When studying abroad, it is vital to understand and predict the costs involved in doing so. When assessing your costs, always remember to consider expenses such as food, accommodation, travel, etc. The duration of the course will also factor in heavily as to how much it costs. For example, a Master’s in Ireland or the UK will only take one year, whereas the same course will take two years elsewhere, costing you more in living expenses. To top up your finances, do a bit of research online to see how possible it is that you may secure employment and gain some professional experience.
Each country will have courses starting and finishing on different dates. Consider whether the start date of your chosen course gives you enough time to gather everything you need; your CV, statement of purpose, transcripts, funds, etc. If you don’t think that you have enough time to collate all of this paperwork by the time the course commences, it is best to consider opting for the next intake date.
Ideally, your chosen course should advance you into a position wherein it becomes easier to source employment. We would recommend considering a destination that offers a multiple study program which will aid your progression
No matter where you intend to study, it is imperative that you check the visa requirements before making serious plans. Naturally, each country will have its own set of rules and regulations, and sometimes it can take longer than you would expect to get your visa to study. The cost of this will also depend on the country in question. If you need, our student consultants can also offer a visa service to simplify the process for you.
Though not a defining factor for many when they are choosing their ideal course, this is nonetheless a factor that is worth considering if you intend to become an international student. The things you have become accustomed to at home; the food, culture, and way of living, will no doubt be dramatically different in the country you move to. In order to not be caught out by any nasty surprises, it helps to research the culture and habits of a country before relocating to make sure that it is in line with your expectations.
It is perfectly natural to calculate the return on investment that you’ll get from studying abroad in terms of time, effort, and money. Does your chosen country reflect good value to you in all of these aspects? Can you secure future employment after you have finished your course? It is important to take the time to reflect upon such questions to make sure that you are making the right decision for you. This is especially important for students who plan to undertake niche and specialized courses. As a student consultancy firm, we are best placed to advise you on more practical matters too, such as when the right time to apply is, and what destinations have a course that matches your preferences and interests. In addition, we can also discuss your professional and academic trajectory to show you exactly what is possible.