When looking for the best university overseas, there are a million things to consider.
Of course you will look for the cheapest possible option that will offer exactly what you want to study. Accommodation, accreditation and job prospects are only a few major things that have to be considered. In the hustle and bustle of trying to zero in on the best place to go, it is easy to miss out on some important factors.
So, here is a comprehensive list of 10 most important things you should bear in mind when looking to study abroad.
1. Do you know enough about the country’s political, social and financial aspects?
This is one of the first things you need to find out before planning a move to any country. Do plenty of research about their political situation, their social customs, their policies regarding foreign students, financial policies, foreign exchange procedures, laws, social customs and anything else you can think of!
Getting to know the country inside out will make you feel more at ease about moving and living there.
2. Is it a country you can see yourself living in?
Another important thing to consider is your lifestyle. There are certain things that you can do freely in some countries but not in others. For instance, certain Islamic countries do not allow women to leave the house unless accompanied by a male family member. And regardless of religion, women are expected to cover their heads at all times when outside the house. So talk to people who live there and find out what is socially appropriate.
3. Is the university in question offering what you are looking to study?
Sometimes, you may find universities that are offering only parts of what you are looking to study. For instance, if you want to pursue a career in mass media, be sure to select a college that will offer the subjects you want to specialize in.
4. Are the courses accredited?
And of course you should be 100% certain that any course you want to enrol in is accredited by a recognized body. There are tons mass media courses in India, but you have to be sure that the one you want to apply for is well recognized. Look for media courses that already have a lot of foreign alumni.
5. Will your current credits transfer to that university?
Another major thing to consider is whether or not your current credits will transfer to the university in question. Do you have the necessary transcripts and other documentation to apply to this course? Contact the university and find out.
6. What are the job prospects in that country?
When one moves to another country, it is with a fresh start in mind. Even after your course is done, you may want to stick around a bit longer. Look for job prospects in the country. If you are enrolling in a media school in India, find out about media-related jobs in the country. Maybe you can even get a part-time job while you are study to support yourself financially.
7. Will the college provide placements?
Most colleges do provide placements and set their best students up with job interviews at the end of the course. Of course, you are free to choose your own employer, but it does make it a lot easier for you to network if your college has connections that you can take advantage of.
8. Accommodation and travel
If you have found a media school in India, are they providing accommodation? If not, is there other student accommodation available in the area? How will you travel to school and back? Can you rent a car or a scooter? What’s the public transport like? Is there a safe and reliable cab system? Will your driver’s license be valid? You may need to get it converted into an international one.
9. Medical check-up and vaccinations
Before a big move to a new place, it is always best to get a complete physical from your doctor. Depending on where you are moving, you may need to get certain vaccinations as well.
10. Find a bank and the nearest embassy
When moving to a new country, it is best to open a new account in a local bank for your financial needs. Even if you have family sending you money every month through Western Union, or other foreign exchange services, having a bank account of your own in the new country is always a safer option.
Additionally, finding and contacting the nearest embassy is of utmost importance. In case of emergencies, you should always have them to fall back on.
Of course, there are probably a hundred more things that have to be sorted out before you can move to another country. But keeping these 10 things covered will make your move a lot less stressful.
At Seamedu School of Pro-Expressionism, we offer a wide range of programs in media, entertainment and communication. With a great mix of multicultural individuals in the student faction as well as the faculty, we believe in embracing all cultures. And our student guidance counsellors take extra efforts to ensure that foreign students feel at home while they are at Seamedu.
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