In our previous post, we have discussed a few important questions that every student should ask their study abroad advisor or counselor before anything. We will shed some light on other questions that are not only important but will help you plan for your study abroad journey well and make it as smoother as possible.
Let us continue with the previous post and begin with the more important questions!
Question 11: What type of tests should I take?
There are mainly two types of tests – standardized tests and language tests. A standardized test is a test you need to go through while looking for the best options, while a language test is a test to check the proficiency of the aspirant in a particular language. Some universities abroad might ask you for IELTS whereas others might need both IELTS and TOEFL. Similarly, at some universities, GRE is a mandatory requirement while at some universities, it is not needed. You must clear this point to create a smooth career path ahead.
Question 12: What type of aspirants are universities and colleges abroad looking for?
The admission officers of abroad universities and colleges often look for applicants who have a genuine interest in pursuing a program or course from their university or college and who are not only looking for the permanent residency option. They just need students who are dedicated and passionate about their career objectives and honest with their efforts. Universities abroad select the students not only based on their sound academic background but also on achievements and exceptional quality of students.
Question 13: What is the next step after sending my application?
Are you done with the application? If yes, then you should not relax. Keep following up with your advisor cum counselor till you get the response from your university. If you get the notification saying that you need to wait till the admission team confirms it, then you have to wait. Meanwhile, you can utilize your time in doing other activities like researching about the campus and student life, accommodation options, social and cultural life, on-campus and part-time work opportunities, and so on.
Question 14: Why is Statement of Purpose (SOP) and Letter of Recommendation (LOR) important?
An SOP reflects your reasons to study at an international university and your purpose behind getting a degree. An SOP is always carefully studied by the university’s admissions team since that serves as a gateway to understanding your personality and future objectives. So, it is important to write your SOP in the best possible ways so that the admission officers will evaluate your application based on the details provided by you in the document.
On the other hand, a LOR is extremely important while applying to study abroad as certain universities and colleges need someone else to authenticate your academic background, extra-curricular excellence, and professional skills. This document helps the universities in two ways – identify genuine students with a passion for academics or research and choose the best and well-deserving candidates. You can ask your advisor to guide you to write an impressive SOP and ways to get a LOR.
Question 15: What if my application gets rejected?
A rejection should not make you feel bad or dejected. If your application gets rejected by the universities that you have shortlisted for your higher studies, you can still apply to other options offering the programs that best suit your preferences. Your career counselor or advisor is the best person to discuss your options after this.
Question 16: How will I manage my finances?
There is no hard and fast rule available to teach someone how to manage their finances well. You eventually learn. To manage your tuition fees and living costs, you can go for scholarships and fellowships available. Apart from this, you can start making a checklist of things you truly need and things you can easily live without. For instance, when you have a tight budget, what would you prefer – buying groceries or going out with your friends on a weekend trip. This completely depends on how you prioritize things.
Question 17: Can studying at an international university be expensive?
Yes, studying abroad can be expensive if you choose to study in a destination that does not suit your pocket size. However, it could still be affordable if you plan well. You can save yourself from making your dream a burden by applying for education loans or scholarships at the right time. Ask your advisor to tell you about the best scholarship options available for you.
Question 18: What type of challenges should I be prepared to face?
Students going to an international university might find it difficult to adjust to a new environment. Initially, everyone struggles to get familiar with the new surroundings but with time, things become easier. Cultural shock, homesickness, and loneliness are some common struggles. You should start preparing with the help of your advisor to yourself for these challenges.
Question 19: What type of accommodation options can I look for?
Every university and college abroad has a particular team to support its students. You can connect with that team of concerned study abroad advisor and check for suitable options for accommodation, either on-campus or off-campus. Additionally, there are various apartment and housing options. You can choose to stay in dorms, residence halls or go for the homestay-type option.
Question 20: Will I get suitable employment opportunities after my studies?
Your employment opportunities greatly depend on what you do or gain during your studies. If you start building your network early with potential employers or intern somewhere to add skills and gain work experience, then it will help you find a better job later.
So, these are the questions that we feel should be asked by you to your study abroad advisor/counselor cum advisor. If you have different questions in mind, you can let us know by writing in the comment section below.
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