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How to use our course search tool

Find out how to search for courses using Hotcourses Abroad to begin your study abroad journey…

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You can use our site to search for courses, download prospectuses, contact institutions and find student events, to name a few. In this article we run through how to find a course based on your personal circumstances and interests with helpful screenshots so that you can get started on browsing straight away!


1. Do a basic search first

Using the search tool on our homepage or the floating search bar on all pages of our site, search for a course and select a study level you’re interested in. This can be either a general or more specific subject. You can also select a country that takes your interest.


Click ‘Search’.


2. Filter your search

You’ll be taken through to a search results page. If you scroll down slightly, you’ll find some institutions with courses which match the criteria you’ve chosen on the previous page:



Tell us about yourself

You can then further refine your search by entering your personal preferences as shown in the screenshot below. All you need to do is select the ‘Filter’ button on the left-hand side.

Here, you can adjust the search parameters to produce different results. For example, you want to study business, but you aren’t sure which country is best for the subject. So, you can adjust the destination tab to compare institutions in different countries. At this stage of your search you can also include your nationality which will make your search more personalised.


You now also have the option of specifying your annual tuition fee budget which will again, refer you to the most relevant courses based on the information you have selected.


3. Browse universities

You’ll be taken through to a page with institutions which offer courses that match your search criteria:


Once you’ve reached this page you can:

  • Contact the institution directly by clicking the ‘contact institution’ button
  • Search for universities according to English language courses  
  • Find out about available scholarships
  • View rankings – sort according to position in the latest Times University World Rankings
  • Assess popularity – sort by the most profile views on the site
  • Read reviews – sort by those rated highest in student reviews on Hotcourses Abroad


4. Browse matching courses

Once you find an institution that sparks your interest, you can view all the relevant courses on offer:

On each tile, you can read some quick points about the course such as: study level; course duration; start date; and how much the annual tuition fees are.


5. Read about the course

Here you can read more about the specific course offered by the institution, including: a summary of the degree content and what you can expect; entry requirements such as required language test scores; and any scholarships which are tied to the course.


For more information on how to apply, press the ‘contact institution’ button which will take you straight through to the university website.


Still confused? Watch our video to find out more about using digital tools to find a course and university.  


Start your search journey from either our homepage or floating header now. 


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