Study abroad is not just about finding a course abroad. There are things you should consider before you start your actual training journey.
What should you pay attention to before you study abroad?
Here are the top 5 things to know and plan for:
- your budget
- Choose the country and university
- Preparation for the compulsory exams
- Work opportunities
- Career after graduation
Let’s discover them in detail!
1- Determine the budget for your studies
Of course it is healthier for you or your family to determine the budget for your education abroad and to make decisions based on this budget. International education can be expensive, but here are some things you can do to study abroad on a budget, such as:
- Look for countries with relatively affordable tuition fees
- Search for scholarship opportunities in the country you have chosen. Some scholarships can be paid in full while others can be paid in part.
- As a student, look for employment conditions and alternatives. In some countries you are allowed to work part-time while you are studying there.
2- Choose the right country and university
Choosing the right country for your study abroad trip depends on many factors, such as living conditions, cultural differences, spoken language, distance from your country of residence, climatic conditions, accommodation, tuition fees and available work opportunities after your studies.
The US, Canada, Australia, UK, Ireland and New Zealand are among the top study abroad countries for international students. However, you can make a more accurate decision on the choice of country taking into account the field you will be studying and the popular professions in that country.
Choosing the right university and course is the most important part of the decision to study abroad. In the process of making this decision; You can get free help from IDP consultants who will guide you in choosing the right course in the right place.
3- Prepare for the exams
When choosing your university or college abroad, make sure you know everything about their admission requirements, including academic results, certificates, etc. You should also check if the university or institution requires specific exams to be admitted. Below are some exams you may need to take:
- An English language proficiency exam, such as the IELTS test, is often required by foreign universities. Check the university’s website to find out what score you need to get accepted.
- For medical education in Canada, the US and Australia, you need the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) as a mandatory requirement.
- In Canada and the US, the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is required for legal education.
- In the UK, the GRE test is common for engineering, social sciences and MBA subjects, while in the US GMAT tests are more common, especially for master’s programs in business, marketing and finance.
- SAT test is required by most universities and colleges in the US for students seeking a bachelor’s degree.
4- Check job opportunities for students
As an international student abroad, you can work part-time during your studies. This will help you gain some work experience, connect with the local community and earn some money. In some countries, students are only allowed to work on campus for the first year, while in others, work is offered off-campus.
Some of the most common study abroad jobs for international students can be:
- Shop staff
- Telephone operator call center
5- Plan for your career after graduation
You should think about your career after graduation, even before you start your study abroad.
Most international students want well-paid career opportunities abroad and some are considering the option of staying in their study destination. In light of that, social and professional networks, internship opportunities and joint projects with most universities in cooperation with employers can be great opportunities for you.
Need help planning your study trip abroad? Talk to your IDP advisor today!