Factors to consider before applying...
Studying abroad is a huge decision: spending a year or more of your life away from friends and family, financial considerations, and entering the unknown. There’s a lot of information out there to help inform your decision, but what are the most important factors to consider?
Enrolled has designed a platform to match you with the higher education institutions (HEIs) that fit your profile - that are right for you. Here are some of the questions we think you should be considering and that we have implemented in our process:
1. Identify your “non-negotiable” and “non-starter” considerations
For example, if you’re reading this, you'd probably like to study in English. Other considerations may include, scholarships, entry requirements, weather, career prospects, or the possibility of immigration. The answers to these questions will begin to form your “non-negotiable” list.
Are there particular countries you don’t want to study or live in? Would you consider a place where the temperature can reach -30 degrees celsius or is consistently above 25 degrees celsius? These consideration will help you form your “non-starter” list and narrow down your options. If you’re reluctant to narrow your options, just remember, the goal is to find the best possible fit. And you can't attend them all.
2. Come to grips with the trade-offs in choosing an institution
After you’ve narrowed your potential list, you will still be left with a lot of options. Most HEIs have wonderful things about them, but which are the most important to you and your future? For example, maybe it rains a lot in one location, which you don’t like, but they have an excellent international student reputation. Another way of saying this is: you won’t find the perfect university experience, but you do want to avoid the wrong one.
3. Know Yourself
What factors will make your educational experience a good one for you? Do you want a great campus culture with lots of activities or is it okay if the school shuts down at 4pm? Do you want to study with a lot of other people from your country of origin or do you want to break out of the bubble and get to know a new culture? Answering these questions honestly will help you arrive with expectations that are closer to reality and will improve your overall experience.
4. Match to an institution for your major of choice, not their overall ranking.
While university rankings are helpful tools, it is much more useful for you to find out which HEI excels at the degree you are pursuing. For example, the University of Pittsburgh is ranked 145th in the world but boasts the the top ranked philosophy program. While everyone would like a degree from Princeton or Oxford, many great programs at fantastic institutions go under the radar. At Enrolled, we take your study choice and the overall ranking into consideration, just in case you switch it up.
5. Look beyond your education to your future
Your educational experience is certainly important, but you should keep a keen eye on your life after studying and let that inform your decision today. For example, are you hoping to stay in the country you study in after graduation? If so, the general conditions of your country of study and your ability to get permanent residency should be carefully regarded. If you are planning to come home, how will an education from this country be regarded amongst potential employers? Are there others in your country of origin that have successfully transitioned home? How did they achieve that success?
At Enrolled we’re here to help you with your decision. Take a few minutes to fill out our questionnaire and we’ll send you the top 5 institutions from around the world that match your academic and personal profile.
Have any questions? Drop us a line and we’ll try to help out in any way we can.