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How to Choose your Study Destination

Finding your study destination shouldn’t be a stressful experience but sometimes, when the choices become too much to process, it may lead to information overload.  Fret not; maybe all you need is some tips on where to start.  

Firstly, let your thoughts run free for a while and ask yourself what is the motivation behind them. For example, why study in The UK, Singapore, Malaysia or New Zealand? Is it because you have friends or relatives there? Do you speak the language?  What about the affordability? Or is it because you are in love with the place and dream of a career there upon graduation? List down the motivations and your top 3 (or more) destinations. Next draw a table and just answer [Y = YES; N = NO; NS = NOT SURE] to the corresponding destinations.  

SAMPLE:

MOTIVATIONS

UK

MSIA

NZ

You’ve always wanted to live there.

Y

NS

Y

You have friends who are studying there, and they are telling you good things about the destination.

Y

Y

NS

You already speak the language.

Y

NS

Y

You would like to learn the language.

Y

Y

Y

It’s easier to find part-time work while studying there.

Y

Y

NS

Your relatives are based there.

N

N

Y

You dream of building a career there when you graduate.

Y

Y

Y

This destination is an expert in your chosen field.

Y

NS

NS

You  can afford the cost of living and tuition fees there.

NS

Y

Y

The destination is closer to home.

N

Y

N

Are you qualified?

Y

Y

Y

 

CONCLUSION:

In this sample, the stand-out destination is The UK. But what will yours be? The result of your finding should be based on clear reasoning and honesty to self. If you are still having second thoughts, research more on the Not Sure areas marked in the other destinations, it’s good to keep your options open.  

 

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