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Everything You Need to Know About Studying Abroad

Education is your stepping-stone towards a successful professional career. This is why you must consider not only the field of specialisation you’ll take, but also the school you will attend.

Given how much the choice of a college or university can affect your future, it’s best not to limit yourself to what is available in your home country. Instead, broaden your horizon with educational institutions overseas that may provide a better foundation for higher learning.

Ready to study abroad? Read on to learn what you can gain from pursuing a degree in another country and some tips you’ll need for applying for an international scholarship.

Top 3 Advantages of Studying Abroad

Studying abroad is a popular global phenomenon because of the following advantages:

International exploration

One of the most apparent reasons students enrol in colleges and universities overseas is to gain the opportunity to explore other places.

When you study abroad, you not only learn about different cultures but also get to immerse yourself in them.

Taste new flavours, make new friends, learn new languages, and witness new sights. Opportunities that let you do all these don’t come often, so it’s best to grab them while you can.

High-quality education

No matter which college you enrol in, your ultimate goal should stay the same – to get the highest possible quality of education.

When you become an international student, you gain access to more study options that can help you achieve that.

In many cases, the best programs are offered in other countries, particularly in the United States (US), Canada, and the United Kingdom (UK), where you can find the highest-ranking universities in the world (as of 2022).

Access to more career opportunities

Besides the chance to choose the best place to study abroad, you can also gain more career opportunities from exploring educational institutions outside your home country.

Many prestigious universities, like Harvard and Oxford, have expansive global networks. Tapping into this resource can boost your chances of getting hired in jobs that can jumpstart your career and drive it in the right direction.

How to Study Abroad: Top 4 Tips for Students

Now that you know the most important reasons to study abroad, it’s time you learn how to begin the process.

Although the steps may vary for individual students, the following four tips could prove helpful in succeeding not only in your college application but also in acquiring an international scholarship:

Define your career goals and devise a plan

Before you start looking into colleges and universities, you must first define your career goals. Undergoing this stage can help you determine the next steps you must take.

For example, you plan to take biology at a university in the UK before acquiring a medical degree in the US. In this case, you must first research whether the pre-med program in the British college meets the requirements of the American institution you plan to enter.

Alternatively, you may also want to work in a specific country after graduation. In this scenario, you may pursue a program that offers a student visa from that particular nation and lets you study and work abroad.

Of course, you don’t need to plan every little detail at this stage. Simply knowing where you want to be after college should be enough to get you started.

Select a school and program

Selecting a school and program is not the same for everyone.

Some students already have a degree in mind before choosing a university, while others dream about getting into a specific college first, even if they have yet to decide what course they want to take.

If you’re at a crossroads, try to list down your preferences first. Then, use that list to look for the missing pieces by:

  • Searching for the best universities offering the program you want; or

  • Looking into the courses offered at your dream university that align with your interests and career goals.

You can also use this list when you attend college fairs and meet university representatives.

Of course, you mustn’t forget about your interests outside school. Since there’s a good chance that you’ll be living away from your loved ones, being able to do something you like outside school hours could help you get settled into the new country better.

Prepare for the admission application

University admission requirements can vary significantly for different institutions. This is especially true for colleges overseas since various nations follow different strategies for higher education.

Fortunately, there are several things that you can prepare beforehand:

  • Your grades: Your academic performance not only determines whether you graduate high school but also affects the likelihood of you getting into the university or program you want. Most of the time, it is also a vital requirement for scholarships and financial aid programs.

  • Language and other tests: Passing these tests is vital if you wish to become a student in a country with a different language and culture. If you haven’t yet, make sure you pass internationally recognised English certifications, like the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Occupational English Test (OET). And don’t forget to take general standardised tests, like the American College Test (ACT) or the SAT.

  • Interview: Though not very common, college application interviews may be required through video chat or over the phone. These offer you a chance to flaunt your personality and academic prowess. In some cases, you may even be allowed to ask the uni representatives some questions to help you decide whether the school matches your goals and needs.

Learn about scholarship

Scholarships are important for your educational budget. However, they can also affect your college application since they often occur during university admission.

Depending on the country or university you choose, you may encounter different types of financial aid programs, such as:

  • Student loans

  • Scholarships

  • Grants

  • Military aid

You need to pay back some of them (i.e., student loans), but others are given away (e.g., scholarships and grants) to qualified students. There are also differences in qualifications, like financial need, academic achievement, etc.

Research all the details thoroughly before exerting significant effort into an application. This way, you can work towards your goals more efficiently and not waste time in programs you don’t qualify for.

Working Towards Higher Learning

Studying abroad has been proven to give students a better chance at succeeding in their chosen career paths. Get started on your journey using this article as a guide and prepare for a higher level of learning.

When you’re ready, sign up for the Najah Expo education fair and get all your questions about college admission, university programs, and scholarships answered during this one-stop higher education event.