If you are planning to go abroad and study, you could be making one of the difficult and most important decisions in your life considering there are several study programs to choose from. There are many study opportunities in many countries like USA and UK but a problem faced by many students is that they find it hard to decide the best option that suits them.
This article will serve as guide to help students choose the best programs abroad while considering certain factors.
FOUR BASIC FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN PLANNING TO STUDY ABROAD
1 FIND A PROGRAM
There are a lot of programs to choose from, to narrow your search and make it easier making a choice you can use factors like region, location, length of study or course chosen.
2 SPEAK TO PEOPLE
You should talk to people to get more information about the program you have chosen and how you can plan for your travel, study and stay. You can seek information from the following: registrars, parents, study office abroad, online adviser, financial aid adviser and program alumni.
3 HOW TO SPONSOR YOUR PROGRAM
Considering that not all students can pay a lot of fees, they should lookout for options like enrollment discount or other methods to reduce their tuition fees and other expenses like
Financial aid: from government agencies or other organizations that grant scholarships
Scholarship and loans from various organizations
Federal student aid from schools that participate in this program
Crowdfunding from family, friends and other people
4 GET READY
This involves applying, choosing courses,preparing for your visa, where you will stay, health insurance and other factors.
HOW TO KNOW IF A PROGRAM IS AUTHENTIC OR NOT
NOT EVERYTHING ON THE SITE COULD BE TRUE
The site of a program may not reveal the whole truth and process involved as they may only project the good points. It is left to you to seek other sources to know if it is for real.
FIND RELEVANT FEEDBACK
Feedback or testimonials on the site may not be real as they could come from the owners of the site. Endeavor to seek other sources to get real and unbiased comments and feedback.
GO THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA AND REVIEW SITES
Using social media like Facebook and other review sites is a great way to determine if a program is real as you will get a chance to view comments from people who know about the program and may have taken part in the program.
On a final note, people should be careful not to fall for scams through middle men and online scams when looking for a program. Ensure you check out the authenticity of the program before parting with your money.