These are exciting times for students who aspire to go abroad for higher studies; from study abroad bank loans and lots of scholarships to exciting career-options this is a great time to go abroad and study. Listed below are some tools and tips to help you with your international university admissions.
The Quest for the Perfect Institution:
Search, search and search till you find the perfect course and institution. Hotcourses offers you one of the finest selection of courses and institutions from the top international study destinations including the USA, UK and Australia.
Once you short-list some potential institutions then do a detailed study of their websites and collect relevant information. This should include information like - course-entry and admission-requirements, fees, course-dates and last date for receipt of application-form. Also be sure to check the ‘Scholarships’ section to check if you are eligible for scholarships. ‘Virtual Tours’ on the institution’s website offer a panoramic view of the campus facilities and give an overview of student-life.
‘The Social Network’ - Stay Connected:
Facebook, Twitter and YouTube - three of the most popular social networking websites have literally opened a ‘Pandora’s Box’ - with a fair bit of good for prospective students as well. Information about the institutions get listed on their Facebook pages; students have their versions of the student-life and campus facilities. Students shoot videos and put it up on YouTube; conversations on the lack of facilities or well-designed amenities rage on Twitter. So be net-savvy and scout for all relevant information on the ‘social network’. Every question has an answer; you just need to look at the right place.
LinkedIn and Google Plus:
LinkedIn takes networking to an academic and professional level; connect with like-minded students and academics and ask questions on the forums and get your queries answered by experts.
Google Plus - is Google’s integrated social network that connects your blogs, email, video-preferences all on one unique platform. G+ as it is popularly known is slowly finding favour and you should join the network as well. Google Hangouts is an innovative feature that lets you video-chat with other users. A very effective way to communicate quickly!
Online Test Preparation:
With practically all courses requiring international students to either take up a GRE or a GMAT and also meet stringent English language requirements; students are advised to prepare themselves for the tests. Magoosh offer students the chance to polish up their skills before taking up the actual test by going through a number of mock-tests. Being prepared ensures that half the battle is won! Take up enough mock-tests before you are comfortable enough to take up your actual test.
Funding does play a major role in the student’s acceptance of an admission offer. Visit popular websites like International Scholarships and IEFA regularly for scholarship announcements.
You can also find scholarships offered by popular Universities on Hotcourses.
Most institutions require students to stay on-campus as a policy. This is actually a good thing as you do not have to travel too much and you would also get a meal-plan that helps you. There may be instances wherein on-campus accommodation is not mandatory or you are allowed to move out after the first-year of study. In such a scenario you should look into all available options ranging from student hostels to home-stays and private apartments. Visit websites like Accommodation for students for more information.
Studying abroad is an investment of one’s money, time and significant effort both physically and mentally. The years that you spend abroad make you independent and strong and give you a degree that you can use to further your professional career. So take your time, research thoroughly, weigh all the pros and cons before you take a final decision on where and what you want to study! All the troubles that you take up-front will be very important and ensure that you do not regret a few years down the line when less-deserving people seem to have found more success than you.
All the very best in your study abroad dreams!
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