So you have listened to stories of people or you probably have relatives who have loved their study abroad trips. You also might have been looking for travel inspiration. You know you want to study abroad.
With the majority of universities favouring applications by domestic students, it is important to do what you can to distinguish yourself from other applicants. Attending a study abroad fair is one way that you can do this. Here are some benefits of attending a study abroad fair:
A Study abroad Fair Can Help You Narrow down Your Options
Education is the centrepiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right school is a very important factor. The number of universities and programs to choose from can seem overwhelming. Speaking to representatives from different universities will give you a clearer idea of the best option for you. Some aspects of a university are difficult to discern from a website or prospectus, for example, the teaching style, the city’s life at night, and which sports are most competitive. Speaking to people with first-hand experience,such as representatives from the institution you are considering attending will help you discern whether a particular school or program will be a good fit for you.
You Could Get Connected
The university representatives at the fair will be on the look out to make connections with prospective students, who they will stay in contact with after the fair. Lots of questions pop up over the course of an application, like which language test you need to take, and whether it’s a good idea to live on campus. This kind of connection will be essential for both your decision making and application process, and will likely help you break down the entry requirements and give you tips on how to make a strong application.
You Will Learn More about the Finances
Some people forego the opportunity to study abroad based on the idea that it’s too expensive. However, there are actually a variety of options for making study abroad more affordable, and often less expensive than studying in Canada. For example, university is free in some countries, or significantly less expensive than Canada, even for international students! Even if you do wish to study at one of the more expensive schools, there are lots of scholarship options available to you. At the fairs, you can speak to experts in finding scholarships for study abroad programs, and learn about the fees and payment plans of different universities.