While all our parents want is the best professional future for us, living and studying abroad is in a completely different league. It is not only about shifting to a new country or adjusting to a new university, it is also about knowing a whole new world of people and customs that are different from what you are accustomed to. This can be something that requires a massive amount of adjustment. Also, there are a lot of steps you need to consider while you are planning your education abroad and below are a list of these to help you know exactly how to plan this correctly:
Know the Deal:
It is a costly affair to seek education in a foreign country especially at those which have reputed universities up their sleeves for national recommendation for the exchange students program. Education and tuition fees are not the only expenses that need attention, but housing expenses also require attention. It is always better to ask a friend who is already pursuing education abroad about how much would the total expense round up to and get in detail a list of the smallest to the biggest factors that make up the cost list.
Â Research the Grading System:
Know the grading system of the university that you are keen on applying to. Do they just pass you by taking a series of tests or is there project work and team building as well? How different is their grading method from your home university? Does it allow you to take your education in a more exploratory and creative way? Be it wanting a management course from one of the top mass communication colleges in Mumbaior an art course in Prague. Considering everything, your grading system should reflect your purpose of the course and what you aim to achieve through it.
Â Housing Facilites:
Are you going to be living there in a room, apartment or a dorm? Are they going to provide you with the basic kitchenware that is essential to every living space for students? Is the university also going to help you with the blankets and the pillows, the food and the telephone facilities? All these questions will allow you to know exactly the budget you will have to keep in mind as you take in these small things as a part of your expenditures.Â Also, what are the transport and travel costs from your lodging to your university and what is the daily time? Choosing an accommodation close by to the place of your study will not only reduce the time of travel but also your overall cost considerably.
Â The Documentation:
The most essential factor is the documentation that you require as you go through the entire process of your university application to getting you visas secured. You have to start methodically by sizing down your options, preparing your applications and then posting for your student visa and also requesting for a work visa if you intend to stay there and work alongside as you study. Different countries have different norms for the requirements of documentation and so make sure you have everything prepared beforehand.
There are various other factors that one has to take care of other than the ones mentioned here. From deciding the exact specialty one has to venture into, selecting the course that fulfills the academic goals of the student and also knowing exactly which educational institute qualifies to suit all these demands. One of the best ways to plan an education abroad is to save for it from the very start, as a result, there will not be an unnecessary economic pressure on you when the time comes to finally go for what you want.
Â Bio: Kezin Goal is a professional business manager from one of the top mass communication colleges in Mumbai. She is currently pursuing her masters in media communication from Germany and is helping other students with planning their studies abroad.