Important Things to Consider While Choosing Study Abroad Universities

| 29/09/2014 | 24 Comments

Studying abroad in a foreign university may be a two way sword that cuts both ways. For some, it is fun and thrilling to amass into a new environment and experience new things like never before. For others, it may be an experience filled with sorrow and deep regrets. Either way, it is important to be prepared before embarking on this educational journey. For instance one must look at factors such as

-The various universities that offer his or her desired program(s).

-Their policies on foreign students.

-The availability of scholarships and grants.

Most universities offer scholarships to students who perform well in sports and other arts. In some cases, students from developing countries without adequate finances are given priority. It is important to note that the above considerations will enable one to compare and contrast various universities. He or she can then make personal assessment and choose the one that best fits the interest. Other factors to consider are discussed below.


The thought of learning a new culture is what excites most students who opt to study abroad. Change is always inevitable as the adage puts it is an attractive component of life. Education is a perfect blend of studying and fun. On cannot exist without the other. However, culture shocks may paralyze the learning process and yield negative results. One should thus consider:

-The predominant religion in the foreign country of choice.

-Their beliefs and attitudes towards foreigners. If one can cope up with the shock, the better for him or her.

Living costs

It is important to note that various countries have different levels of economic growth and development. Living costs can be measured in terms of the housing available for the student and the pores of other basic items such as food and clothing. This understanding enables the student to plan adequately and budget accordingly. Other considerations should include:

-Access to social and basic amenities such as water, sanitation, phone services and electricity.

-The availability of transport networks and their charges such as airways.

Visas and passports

Many a time, nurtured dreams to study abroad have been shattered in the Passport and Visa Issuing Process. It is thus imperative that the student conducts a thorough research on the various immigration acts of the intended foreign country. He or she must:

-Apply for the Visa and passports in time.

-Inform the relevant agency in case of any emergency.

International Students’ welfare

This is one of the most vital considerations that a student must consider. Many universities have student bodies that cater for the welfare for foreign students. Through these bodies, they are able to interact and share experiences with other students, channel their complaints and report any problems they counter during their study. Many a time, these bodies also provide scholarship opportunities to bright and needy students. Insurance taking an insurance policy is one of the best steps to take when traveling to a foreign university. This not only protects one against losses or perils but also gives the student a peace of mind in case of pilferage. Many countries nowadays demand that medical insurance be taken by any foreign students. This has helped many students whenever in need. It is thus good to

– Check on the best medical cover.

-Relax and enjoy learning in a new country in a new country.

-Set out and adventure.

Political situation

The political environments in many countries are very different from one another. Foreign students have to understand their country of destination and assess whether or not they are stable. Most governments issue travel advisory in extreme cases when they feel their citizens are threatened. The students must thus understand:

– Laws and regulations for foreign students and non-residents.

-Taxation laws for non-residents.

-Maintain contact with their Chambers or Ambassadors Office.

Learning in a different environment is a great experience. It not only exposes the students to the foreign culture but also educate him or her on the importance of global corporation of countries. This explains why many universities have student exchange programs.

Author Bio:

I am Jessica, freelancer and part time blogger. I love reading and writing blogs. Apart from this I like traveling around the world and share my traveling experience by means of my article. Currently I am doing a research work on Bahrain Visa which will assist you in visa services.

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