Do I need help from an education consultant to study abroad?

| 13/05/2010 | 5 Comments

When one decides to study abroad probably there is no much idea in mind. Suddenly you feel the need to ask someone who know more than you. Maybe you have idea what do you want. Maybe you know which country, what subject and if friends recommend even particular university in mind. Maybe you do not have any of these just thinking about it.Today every information available on the web. It can be advantage and disadvantage also. Advantage because you can access straight to the university website find all the information about the course, application form, pictures videos of the university. Disadvantage because one can easily get confused with too much information.

This is the point where you start looking for professional advice. Agencies, education consultants well known in Asia for example, it’s quite a big business there. Why? Because International students who want to study in UK, Australia, USA, New Zealand pay a high tuition fee. And the universities need money so they marketing themselves hard in certain countries such as China, India and other South East Asian countries like Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam. Sometimes the universities have their own admission offices in this countries but more likely education consultants , agents representing them.

Before I dive into details I try to describe how is this “education consultant” works. The agent (education advisor or consultant)  and the institution sign an agreement. After the agent can recruit students for the institution, promote it and represents in events like education fairs. The agent suppose to give you a guidance about the university or college. It means the curriculum, application process, required documents, transcripts, accommodation, visa requirements. Some of them offer help about VISA some of them not (or for extra charge).

Does the study abroad education consultant suppose to charge me for the service?

Important thing: The agent suppose to ask only deposit because they get commission from university. Meaning: If they successfully recruit a student who enrol to the course and pay the tuition fee, the university pay a commission to the agent. Some countries like Thailand the agents don’t charge for their service but some countries like India or China they do. They are charging for process your application help to fill papers, check your documents (maybe can arrange to translate them if necessary). As I said they not suppose to charge you but a small amount of money acceptable. The time they get their money from start the process for you and your enrolment could be 6 months or a year even so they have to run their business somehow during this period. If their fee too high I would just look another one.

The good ones would only ask deposit payment. It means they charge you in advance and if the application successful (student accepted, VISA done, at least the deposit to the university paid and the student got the unconditional offer) you will get your money back. If the application unsuccessful for any reason (students changed their mind, VISA refusal, application refused) they keep the money because they did work with your application and they wont get anything from the university.

Although you have to understand the agent want to be on a safe side too. Students like to “shopping around” go to more than one agents and try to ask scholarships, apply to the same place via multiple agents etc. Nobody want to work for free obviously, so if the student playing around and end up with other consultant the first one wasted time.

When do you DON’T need an education consultant:

  • If you already decided where to go and confident with the application process.
  • Your home university have a direct link to the foreign one. Like exchange program or final year program with double degree. (You will be awarded by both universities.)
  • The chosen university has an office in your country and they offered you help with the VISA too (obviously no need 3rd party).
  • Your family financial background is rock solid so very unlikely VISA refusal for this reason.

When you DO need an education consultant:

  • You have no any idea where to go just want to go and you can afford it.
  • Have few choices in mind but want to find the best options.
  • Need exact information from official source what you did not find in the website.
  • Need help with VISA application (note: not all agent provide this).
  • Want somebody who track your application all the way and inform you about every step. (note: if you apply yourself maybe wont hear from the university for months but the agent have contacts in the admission office so they know who to ask).
  • Not sure which country fit you the most and not clear about visa regulations. (UK is getting tougher every year for instance)
  • You have few options but need help to prioritize them.

Next Post:

Part two: How and in what ways an education consultant can help you to study abroad?

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