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What University Should I Choose?

The question on every student’s mind when they think of studying abroad is 'what university should I go to?. There are so many things to consider when you start looking for the perfect university. The process can get complex and confusing. But if you keep these six factors in mind, you’ll know the basics of how to choose a university. One of the most thrilling things about deciding to study abroad is that you have, a whole world of choices, with a good number of universities around the world to choose from. Each of these schools will offer dozens – if not hundreds – of different courses, and it can be difficult even to begin to choose what or where you want to study.
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7 Step To Know When Choosing A Foreign University

Here are seven steps to help you begin your search and choose a university abroad. Before we get into the details, here are some general points to bear in mind throughout:

Given that there are a few huge factors to consider (and many small ones) when deciding what university to enrol in, you should carefully search engine option for what you are searching for.
The best way to manage this lengthy and sometimes frustrating process is to use a well-informed professional platform for higher education, ideal for quick web navigation between study options, categories and filters, such as Study portals.
So, you have an idea about what you want to study and need to find the place where they will give you the training you want. You might find places that offer some interesting interdisciplinary Bachelor’s or Master’s programmes, or specialisations you may not have thought about.
But, seeing how you will need a job after graduation, you may want to check out some of the most popular disciplines, available in some of the most popular countries, like: France, Germany, UK, Spain, US
Seriously. Any sort of degree is a big commitment but studying abroad is even more so. Make sure that this is something you want to do rather than something you feel you have to do. If you’re doing it because you want to, it will be easier to keep going through the tough times.
Studying a degree can take anywhere between one to four years, and it can be quite money consuming. It will almost certainly be a worthwhile investment and life-changing adventure, but make sure you know the facts. Check university websites for official data, and student forums for a wider range of opinions. If you want to study in the US, UK or Australia, check out the Course Matching Tool, which matches you with your perfect course and university and take away some doubt from your mind. Stick to these ground rules, and you’ll find these next steps even more effective!
Narrow down your search by deciding what you definitely want to do or want to avoid. For instance, maybe you only want to study abroad at a university where the language of teaching is Spanish? Perhaps you have a specific budget, or want to be within a few hours’ flight of home? At this stage, it’s best to set out some clear guidelines for your search. Here are some examples to consider:
Only universities in a particular country/ world region
No universities in large and busy cities
Only highly ranked universities (in general or in a particular subject)
This step is particularly useful if you want to study a subject that is offered across a very large range of universities. If you want to specialize in a field that’s particularly rare (such as maritime archaeology), you’ll probably find you already have a narrower field to focus on.
This is where things might get trickier. Many people know straight away what they want to study, but for some the choice is less obvious. If you’re uncertain of what to study, you might wish to consider a liberal arts degree, famous for offering a more flexible curriculum. Otherwise, it would be wise to narrow down to a list of three or so subjects. If you’re having a hard time with that, think about these questions:
Which subjects do you most enjoy learning about?
What skills do you want to gain during your studies?
Do you want to go into a job where a particular degree is required?
If you already know what you want to study, then great! By default some universities will be ruled out (even the most popular subjects aren’t available absolutely everywhere), but more importantly you’ll be able to select your preferred universities based on the courses and curricula they offer. You could start by checking international rankings or even subject-specific university rankings, such as the QS World University Rankings by Subject.
Get more advice on how to find a course of study you really love
Choosing a university abroad that’s perfect for you will require a lot of research. For international students, most of this is often done online or through university brochures. However, the best option is always to see a place for yourself, and/or talk to a representative from the university in person, so you can get a better feel for the institution and get answers to all your questions.
While it is often quite difficult for international students to attend open days, it’s always worth doing if you’re able to. International university fairs such as the QS World Grad School Tour are also great opportunities to meet representatives from universities – and rather than going to one open day at a time, you can talk to staff from multiple schools in the same day. Check for these events in advance to make sure you get a place and can fit it into your schedule.
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