It is natural for us to be in a state of dilemma to make the best choice for us to pursue our education abroad in foreign universities. It is decisive and hence demands a lot of brainstorming. Students have faced unprecedented difficulties due to COVID-19. When all major institutions across the world shut abruptly due to the crisis, leaving students stranded and in shock exposing the dark side of study abroad and also showing the importance of making good choices. Essentially what problems are faced by students while opting for a college, how to deal with them and how things have changed lately due to the pandemic shall be pretty much clear to you by the time you complete reading this article.
1. Choice of university
The biggest of all decisions is choosing where to study as this has the most impactful consequences on our result. There are thousands of universities across the globe to choose from but the top travel destination for students include countries like the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, Italy and France. Every country has its own set of requirements but few things which can help us choose better are:
There are some other personal factors as well. Every individual has a different liking towards culture and its people. Every country and the specific region has its own culture and way of life. We should be well aware of the region we are going to study as this would help us maintain a satisfactory level of life both personally and professionally.
2. Language Concerns
It should be understood that every country would have the English language as a basic requirement for all foreign students coming to study there. The English language is considered to be the standard mode of communication in almost every part of the world. Despite this what we should be researching is that what is the native language or languages are spoken in that region and try to slowly acquaint ourselves with it.
For example let’s consider three locations UK, Canada and Italy. The United Kingdom is a dominantly English speaking nation and knowing how to deal with the British accent would solve our problem to almost every extent. Talking about Canada we should be aware that Canadian culture is a mix of British and French cultures. There are parts of Canada like Quebec City where French language information is almost a basic requirement because we won’t just stay on our campuses throughout our student life in any country. We have to go out, socialize, meet people, learn how to deal with them it’s all a part of regular life and if people around are not accustomed to English that would be very disastrous for us. Taking the last Example of Italy, in a country like Italy where Italian is almost in the veins of people we do not have an escape but to learn the language slowly and gradually.
3. Importance of Past academics
Various top-notch universities take an immense interest in the past academics of the candidate. Like what GPA he/she had while in high school while pursuing an undergraduate degree and so on. Apart from this certain standard exam scores such as TOEFL, IELTS scores and other English proficiency scores, SAT & ACT scores, GRE & GMAT scores are standard admission test scores. Some universities do not pay more attention to past GPA rather emphasize more on competitive exam scores. So the candidates should apply and decide accordingly depending on how good their grades are which would decide what college they might get into.
4. Safety and Security
The fact that being a visitor in a foreign land can be a matter of significant risk if not dealt with properly. There have been cases where students have been arrested and put behind the bars for violating the law of the land. This can happen unknowingly as well. The best way to tackle this is:
The pandemic has entirely changed the dynamics of pretty much everything around the globe and education has not been able to save itself as well. There are heavy changes in immigration rules and inter-country travel, stay and study around the globe. It might have created opportunities for some but has been more or less damaging as a whole. These things have changed due to the pandemic:
Two very different scenarios have been discussed and as a student its necessary we derive important takeaways.