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Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


18 Jan 2017 220 Book icon 3 mins Share

How will you pick that ONE right University for your abroad studies!

Offered a choice to select One university abroad out of suitable options, say Five, which one would you choose and on what grounds? Do you follow any rules?

18 Jan 2017 220 Book icon 3 mins Share
Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


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choose that one right university abroad

While applying for your higher studies abroad, you need to keep your options open and apply at not just one or two but at least five universities. Out of those five, you may get offers from two or three. The choice is yours whether you want to apply at two or three or five universities. Whatever it may be, finally you will have to select that ONE university, which will work best for you and where it is worth to make an investment.

So, how will you do that? Here are the criteria that will help you in making a life-changing decision of studying abroad.

1. Check all requirements

Check carefully if all your requirements are in line with what the university has on offer. If you feel that engineering opportunities are more in Germany where future prospects are pretty high, then Germany might suit you. On the other hand, if you think that you will be spending a little less if you study the same subject in Canada or the United States or the United Kingdom, just try to figure out whether you will have same career benefits or not. If neither of the option works, you know better what to do.

2. Research carefully

Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What skills am I going to gain by studying abroad?
  2. How will the subject (that you want to study) help me in future? Will I really enjoy learning it?
  3. Is there anything unique that I’ll be learning at the university (that ONE choice)?

Researching online is not enough to take a decision; you need to research offline too wherein you can visit education fairs or spend time on webinars or have a word with student counsellors, and that's where our dedicated study abroad counsellors play a role in providing legit information to help you make an effective study abroad plan.  

Another best guide to get a wealth of information is a university prospectus. Check our website and download the prospectus of your desired university.

3. Understand the reputation

Yes, reputation matters! Any university’s reputation comprises its faculty of academics, ranking on a global scale, research publications (in what type of journals do they publish?), involvement in sports or other extracurricular activities, the number of graduates every year, the number of people studying there from other countries, the number of students getting employed successfully every year, etc. These criteria will help you judge whether the university you are looking at is really worth or not.

4. Gather resources

Try to gather information about the resources of the university, for example, What type of lab facilities do they have? Do they have enough funding to support their research? Do they encourage current research activities? What challenges they have faced? How each department has tried to reinvent itself? What contribution they have made towards the future of their students? Do they have a placement officer? etc.

There could be a few more questions – I’ll leave that on you to think!

5. Follow prerequisites

Many universities abroad may follow some necessary prerequisites for evaluating an applicant’s profile. You need to see if YOU are willing to follow those prerequisites. If you think you cannot crack a university exam, then don’t belittle yourself; you can probably select another university where the application evaluation is based on academic profile.

6. Plan tuition fees

The focal point of your decision to study abroad is the tuition fee, which cannot be ignored. Tuition fees should be chalked out early on, if possible before you make an application because tuition fees should not be burdensome for you later. Considering if you take a loan, you will end up paying more. Discuss with your parents or guardian about this particular aspect. 

Besides tuition fees, key things to consider are living and other expenses abroad. A brilliant idea to manage your tuition costs would be looking for a part-time job, provided your university permits you.

7. Think about the study duration

This is another important factor because you will be investing a lot of time. Do you want to take a programme that lasts for 4 years or the one that is for 3 years with 1 year internship – the choice is yours to decide if the length or breadth of the programme will benefit you. 

8. Search scholarship/ financial aid

Figure out what types of scholarships or financial help you need and from what sources. Some very good sources of information are the FAFSA, DAAD, British Council, etc. Our website has a great deal of information too to help you with your funding options.  

9. Think about language skills

You need to see if the university demands you to complete any additional language courses before you apply. If so, you need to plan what type of language courses you would want to take and how they are going to help you later.

Also, the official language of a country may not sound very attractive to you, say you may find it hard to pick up Mandarin, in which case you need to think hard if you really want to go with that option.

10. Consider climatic conditions

Climate may not be a crucial factor while studying abroad because the weather keeps changing and considering the present scenario of global climatic change, it is quite obvious that the weather will not be predictable. This is a secondary factor for you to consider.

Finally, it is always advisable to think with your heart and take a decision that feels right to you. Remember not to take any hasty decision or just apply somewhere for the sake of applying. If you really want to make your study abroad dream work, plan well and take an honest approach.

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