Higher Education Abroad:
Studying for higher academic courses in a foreign country is dream of many. In deed very few of them are able to realize it. However, these achievers are able to make it because of their consistency and determination. Yet for others, poor clarity and unreasonable doubts often pulls them back. A number of factors challenges the potential learners who wishes to study abroad.
This post is in response to a lot of queries which we have received from students who wish to purse higher education in a foreign country, but with a trouble to start off. Below we list out a few concerns and possible keys to them.
High Tuition fee:
One of the major concerns students who which to study abroad face is high fee structure. It is true that fee structure for international students is almost 3 times higher when compared to home students tuition fees. But when waived against the multi-cultural study experience and exposure to a foreign culture, this investment is worth it.
Assume that you are making a life time investment which will reap you good yield in terms of future opportunities, academia and experiences.
Education loan can be great reliever because it allows a sumptuous pay-back time. If you have secured an offer to study from a reputed university in foreign country and have good academic performance then, getting a loan should not be a hassle. Further, it is all about hitting the right chord.
Cost of Living:
The second largest concern which potential students and their parents often fear is the cost of living while staying out to study abroad. If you are an individual student, then cost of living can be controlled to a great extent in any country. Shared accommodations and cheap private hostel apartments are very common in UK, USA, Canada, Australia, and Gulf and in European countries.
And if you opt to move as a family (couple or family of three/four), you still are on advantageous. Yes, almost all WESTERN countries offer free education and free medical consultations (except dental and opticians) for international students and their dependents. This means that your children can benefit from foreign studies at the cradle. Higher sigh of relief for yourself, if you retain your visa with a licensed educational institution. You will have part time work opportunity and your accompanying dependent full time. So it is learning + work + basic benefits.
Never convert the foreign currency into local currency and compare the costs. For instance, the value of a water bottle might be 30 INR, but £0.99 (90 INR) in UK or $1 (70 INR). Sounds big, but in their respective countries, they are not!!!
English, English and English is all about everywhere. You might wonder that your English is nominal or even below average to survive in a foreign country. But believe me, it will be sorted within initial few weeks of your landing in foreign when you are off to study abroad. Foreign exposure is a great opportunity for you to speak fluently and more confidently.
Well, there are certain tests such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) or TOEFL, Pearson and/or Cel-Pip, which students wishing to study abroad should pass mandatorily. If you have made the minimum required score as mentioned by the University you have chosen to study with, then you are all set to go.
Common advise, yet it works wonders; practice speaking and reading English by spending time on a newspaper or a English magazine.
If you are really keen to achieve a good Ielts score and/or want to improvise your spoken communication skills, then we can help in an affordable way customized to your budget. Contact us now! You can also opt to get into tough with experienced mentors for this.
The mode of communication will be English in major foreign countries. Besides English, the study methods abroad are largely assessment and project based. Your academic writing skills and research based skills will be put to test. Other things you need to be familiar with will include blackboard, turn-it-in, plagiarism, proof-reading, Harvard referencing, etc. With no intention to scare you :-), we are trying to familiarize you with certain things which will become part of your daily life once you bark to study abroad.
If you are interested in knowing more about this, contact us now and book a free session. If you are already pursuing higher education in UK or any western country and seek help with your assignments then we can help.
Last but not the least, getting yourself adapted to a new place, new culture, new climate and eating habits is certainly not an easy pie of cake. If you have had any travel experience then it will help you fix this quickly. However, if you are new to a new place, then you would need a lot of optimism, self-efficacy and determination.
Open yourself up and embrace the international culture the way it is. People around different countries are beautiful and welcoming. You can meet new people and make new friends from across the world. With technology and social media, staying connected with family should not be a concern, so bye-bye home-sickness.
At Adroit Universe, we aim to make complicated things simple by presenting them from real lived experiences. If you are interested in studying abroad, and/or if you need guidance then do not get it late. Arrange your first sitting now. We are confident that we will help you arrive at a better decision! Good Luck!!!