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Mahesh Ramani
02 Dec 2014 891 2 mins Share

How Student Reviews can Help You Choose the Right University?

Don't just look at colleges from the outside - learn what they're really like from actual students. Check out the article for University Reviews & Ratings by students studying abroad!

02 Dec 2014 891 2 mins Share
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Student reviews play a major part in the way other prospective students look at a specific institution or course. The past five years have seen the tremendous growth of the internet and the social media explosion has ensured that any product be it a costly phone, a movie, a restaurant or an institution; gets reviewed with ease on various forums and websites that exist for the sole purpose of providing reviews. There are growing instances of paid reviews and fake reviews and it is up to the student to decide which ones are genuine and which ones are fake.

Why Student Reviews Matter?

A decision to go abroad and study a higher education course is a huge one. A considerable amount of time, money and the sacrifice of staying away from one’s family and friends are all important. When one has to take such an important decision, which also impacts one’s future career - every bit of information about one’s institution of choice to study abroad has a lot of value. 
Reviews written by students studying at an institution give prospective / aspiring students a clear idea of the facilities, courses, faculty-members and other details of the institution. Aspiring students can read these reviews verify them with reviews written for other institutions, do their own research and make an informed choice on which institution to apply.

Tips for a Good Student Review:

Most websites allow users to rate specific aspects of an institution like - courses, fees, facilities, student life, career support, etc. and then allow student s to type in their feedback on each aspect. 
Some factors make an institution review written by a student credible. Students should use their real names not a comic or cartoon character’s name; feedback should be honest and precise; one is not expecting a 1000 word essay. Students should take care while writing a negative review; there have been cases wherein people have been sued legally for naming staff-members. Some websites also give prizes to students whose reviews are top-rated and ranked by readers on their website. 

The Power of the Social Network:

Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Orkut; the number of avenues for people to share information is just amazing.  Most institutions in the USA and the UK have country-specific student associations - like Indian Students Association; Sri Lankan Students Association etc. These student associations usually have a Facebook page and aspiring students can get in touch with the administrators of these Facebook pages for details of life at the institution. Similarly Linkedin is a powerful tool, which can be used efficiently to create a network of similar-minded professionals/students. There are numerous groups on Linkedin, which have an active ‘forum’ wherein guidance is offered on a variety of topics.

Hotcourses Student Reviews:

At Hotcourses India, we take student reviews very seriously and have a comprehensive database of more than 7300 student reviews. Read through these reviews; you can filter them by the country of your choice and learn from the experiences of students who have already completed their studies abroad. If you are a student who has already completed a course abroad, we encourage you to share your thoughts by writing a review.

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