Keep In Mind
7 Criteria To Choosing a Course
Ok, maybe not all the points are things you may have overlooked. This factor seems redundant, but it still needs to be considered and can be one of the hardest to contemplate.
Depending on how well you resonate with the subject, you will be more motivated, get better grades, teachers will start recommending you, and so on.
However, it may be entirely possible that what you are studying, although interesting, will not contribute to securing a good job. Some disciplines are less profitable, and you need to be aware of this.
- Engineering and Technology
- Computer Science and IT
If you graduate with a Bachelor's degree at a university, it does not mean that you will be automatically accepted to their Master's programme.
Most institutions consider the grade of your diploma, your soft and technical skills, the motivation behind choosing this Master, and so forth. Be sure to get enough information and that you understand what kind of candidate the university is searching for, because it would be senseless to fail due to a technicality.
It is also a good idea to ask other students who have already been accepted to share their experience with you.
Studying overseas can be expensive, as think of it as an investment in your future. And that means your career and your salary. Find out where other international students at that university have worked after graduation, and if there’s an active alumni network, or the opportunity to meet industry leaders during your course.
Hopefully you have some idea by now of how you prefer to study. And hopefully the answer is not ‘by sleeping’ or ‘by crossing my fingers as I walk into the exam hall.’ Some people prefer final exams, others like regular assignments to keep them busy throughout the year. Some like theory, others like practical hands-on application, some like to work in groups, others like to work individually. Some like to present their assignments verbally, others prefer to create written reports.
Choose a course that suits your study style, and you will be more confident in your success. Or, if you want to challenge yourself, choose a course that will take you out of your comfort zone!
Some majors require a foreign language proficiency, especially if the courses are held in one. It is impossible or at least difficult to finish, for example, the English major with only a basic level exam.
You can avoid this difficulty by simply opting for a degree taught in English. There are a lot of countries that have special programmes, in English, for international students, and most degrees can be found mainly in Europe.
And don’t worry if you’re not good in English. There are plenty of English preparation courses that can help you get into your chosen university.
It’s obvious that choosing a prestigious university has its advantages. However, getting into one takes more effort, or it implies you fight to the death with other students.
Usually, what makes a school “good” is its teachers, student organisations and successful alumni.
Yes, courses and seminars are a pretty sealed deal, but what about everything else they can offer you? Can you get an Erasmus scholarship? Does it have joint programmes, so that you can study in two countries for the same degree?
And what about internships, practices, securing a job after graduation: does this university collaborate with big names and can it offer me a shove in the direction I want to go.
There are so many other things and programmes, additional courses, day trips, clubs, and activities universities organise, that you should compare and think if they mould to your interest and energy.