Is studying abroad on your mind, but you’re not sure what it involves? What to look for? and how to find a good consultant agency? We must admit, the entire process might seem a bit difficult. But if you know each step that needs to be taken and how to prepare everything you need, you’ll find yourself studying a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree abroad in no time.
This is part 1 of our comprehensive and easy-to-follow guide on studying abroad. We’ll go through it step-by-step, and by the end, you’ll have most — if not all — the information you need to prepare for an international study experience.
1. Determine how much you want to spend on your education abroad
Studying abroad is not cheap. Tuition fees for Bachelor’s and Master’s programs vary significantly. Depending on the city and country where you’ll live, you can spend anywhere between 300-1,000 EUR per month. Some study destinations are more affordable than others, but it’s good to know early on.
Tips and tricks
- Some of the countries with the highest tuition fees are: the USA, Canada, Australia, the UK, Singapore.
- Student loans are one way to cover the costs of your education but don’t be too eager to apply for one. Many students regret this decision and, in the US, for example, you have to pay the money back even if you drop out or don’t graduate.
- In many countries, international students can only work a limited number of hours per week, so make sure you follow all the rules and regulations.
2. Decide what you want to study
You can always choose one of the most popular disciplines and be in-demand on the job market. But choosing something you don’t like just for financial reasons isn’t always the wisest decision.
With that in mind, these are some of the most popular disciplines out there:
- Business and Management
- Computer Science and IT
- International Relations
Other ways to discover what discipline matches your personality are:
- Think about what you enjoy doing, what you like doing, even without external rewards.
- Read or watch student reviews of multiple disciplines to get a better understanding of the curriculum, the effort required, and the outcome of studies.
- Eliminate the things you don’t want to study; not knowing what you want often clears the space to figure out what you actually want.
- Look at various job descriptions, career paths, and opportunities available. Which ones attract you the most?
- Reach out to a higher studies consultation service which has the knowledge and experience on the field such as Kloudac Global.
3. Decide where you want to study
Here are a few questions and suggestions that will help narrow down your search:
- Are you willing to study in a country where English isn’t widely spoken?
- Do you want to work during your studies? If yes, check which countries have favorable policies for international students.
- How important are social life and extracurricular activities to you?
- Do you want to live in a big city or in a quiet town?
- Are you willing to commute to your university?
- Try picking 2 or 3 ideal destinations. Then start comparing the pros and cons of each.
4. Choose your favorite study programs and compare them
You’ve decided what you want to study, but which university should you choose? Each university offers one (or multiple) study programs in the same discipline. Some degrees are more focused on theory, others on practice; always check the program’s overview or list of courses.
Other factors worth looking at are:
- the duration of studies: Most Bachelors take 3 or 4 years to complete, while Masters take 1 or 2 years. Highly specialized disciplines can take 5 or even 6 years. This will also increase your expenses, so don’t overlook this factor.
- full-time or part-time: each approach has its benefits; part-time studies allow you to work on the side and take care of other responsibilities. Full-time studies will take less time and will allow you to enjoy the full on-campus experience.
5. Apply at multiple universities
You should apply to more than one university, even if you have excellent marks and a compelling motivation letter. International students can only apply to a restricted number of universities in particular nations. If you apply to higher education schools in the same nation, the process will be a lot easier.
Just make sure you read the admission requirements carefully and follow the procedure:
- some countries use a centralized system, through which you apply to multiple universities
- in other countries, you’ll need to apply individually to each university
- some universities only ask for digital copies of your documents
- others require physical copies to be sent via post in addition to the digital scans
If you want to apply for a degree abroad Bachelor’s or Master’s, Kloudac Global comes to your aid. We have experienced consultants who can support you to quickly compare your study programmes. They will understand your requirements by checking your budget, current study areas, preferred study areas, preferred countries, and universities. You only need to sign up on the website.
If you are looking for opportunities to go abroad for higher studies, contact Kloudac Global.
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Want to dive more into studying abroad, what does it involve? What to look for? and how to find a good consultant agency? Check our part 2 of the blog here.
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