There are different study abroad destinations for Indian students. The choice varies from a student to student. As the decision of your study destination happens to be the most critical one, it must not be taken in haste. Our career coach talks about certain important things that must be considered while choosing your study destination:
1. Program of Study and its Duration
We have already talked about the importance of choosing a study program in our previous article “Step-by-Step Guide: How to Plan Your Studies Abroad in a Perfect Manner?“. In fact, it is the first decision to be made when considering study abroad options. Thus, it is vital that the desired courses are offered by the shortlisted destinations. Also, the universities must have a good ranking for those courses. Furthermore, are you aiming at some sort of specialization? There might be a tremendous difference in rankings of universities when considering the specialization courses as against general courses. It may, therefore, even lead to the change in your choice of a state or country. Another factor that may influence the decision of your study destination is the duration of your chosen program. The eligibility criteria will differ, drastically, depending upon this factor.
2. Tuition-fee and the Cost of Living
Do you have a budget in your mind? Are you planning to apply for a student loan? Is money a critical decision-making component for your application?
Before moving ahead, you need crystal clear answers to all these questions. It is because every university has a different tuition fee. Other expenses like accommodation, travel, cost of living, health, etc. vary greatly not only from one country to another but also within the regions of a country. “Money” is, therefore, an important criterion in choosing the country of your study destination. To model, the U.S. is considered to be the most expensive study destination in the world.
Career Coach Tip: It is wisdom to calculate the expenses in advance and much before you start the application process.
3. Jobs and Immigration
Are you considering a job in the destination country after completing your course? Even more, are you willing to settle there permanently?
Some countries are liberal in allowing international students to look for employment options and work post study. Nevertheless, there are countries with extremely strict employment and immigration rules. It is, therefore, important to research about visas and employment options in advance.
The choice of your study destination may change completely depending upon your credentials and profile. Further, it may also change depending on your ability to meet the admission pre-requisites.
The shortlisted universities and courses may require scores of different qualifying exams like TOEFL, SAT, GRE, GMAT, IELTS, etc. Will you manage the desired score? There is no point in setting unrealistic goals. You need to get yourself evaluated by a career coach so as to avoid any disappointment at later stages.
Are you targeting top universities? If yes, is your profile strong enough to be even considered by the authorities? Certain universities may require you to demonstrate exceptional skills and thus, a very strong profile. Therefore, a research is important to analyze what the universities are looking at in your profile? And if you’re in a position able to meet their expectations?
There is no way you enter your study destination without a visa. Therefore, make sure that there is no problem in a getting a valid visa for you to pursue your studies abroad. If you’re thinking of applying for a different visa than a regular student visa, you may have to check the visa success rate for a chosen country. This will be relevant, especially, in the case of a spouse or family visa.
5. Cultural Aspects
Is language a barrier for you? Are you looking at studying in a place where there is no common use of any local language? This will require you to browse the local culture of a place. It is also important to find out the information about the local culture of a place to know if it is diverse enough to accommodate international students in a healthy and comfortable manner.
Final words: There is nothing that can stop you from reaching your destination if you set out in a right direction. Wishing all our readers’ abundant success and a blissful career!
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