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Things to consider when choosing schools abroad



"Education is the best investment." This quote is considered true and even more true in the modern and competitive world. People are looking for higher education to send them up in their career and future life.

Study abroad has been one of the most popular choice because we can't disagree that, for people who has the same level of eduction, having the degree from oversea will be more noticeable.

But again, the world is changing rapidly. Many more people go study abroad and employers have more choices. The abroad degree from "anywhere in the US" or "anywhere in the UK ." is not enough anymore.

There are many more factors to consider or think about when go study abroad in order to ensure that your biggest investment will be sucessful and valuable. So, if now you are totally blank. You only know that "I want to go study abroad." Let me tell you step by step what you should consider before going abroad.

1. Financial support -- First of all, you have to ensure that you will have enough financial support throughout your education. It is not a wise idea to think that "Only let me get into the country and I'll do everythingelse." Some people end up doing illigal works or being sent back home.

If you don't want to "die in the battle" you should be prepare. Estimate the expense you will need to spend and ask yourself whether you have enough. If your parents are not millionaire, or not willing to support you. You might have to cross out universities with very expensive tuition or the university where is located in the place with high living standard. Otherwise, you should look for a scholarship as a part of admission process.

2. Academic degree -- This is another important factor you should have a final decision in mind before choosing a university. There's no university that is popular in every field. If you want to study abroad to earn an MBA degree you might have to look for some university in California or Ivy league.

At the same time, if you want to study abroad to have an agricultural degree you might be looking for some universities in the South or Midland . Most importantly, try hard not to change your goal. You have to realize that there will be many more challenging factors to prevent you from reaching the goal. Do not give up. The clearer goal you have the clearer path you walk.

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3. Constriants / external factors -- Now that you have financial support and clear target. it's time to list out all your constraints / external factors which are individually varied. For example, if you can't live in cold weather.

Cross out the ones in Minnesota or New York . If you have friends or relatives living there, consider universities nearby them. If you are big city girl who can't live without shopping center forget about Alabama or Mississippi but if you are a tranquil type of person don't suffer yourself with New York or Chicago.

4. Ranking time -- at this stage, you should have the area where you will be living, It is the time to choose your target universities. Choose 3-4 of them by ranking and statistic. Some excellent universities have compromise policy for international students while some are not very welcome.

This you can check from the university's student body. Do not send all application to universities in the same level. Leave some spaces for yourself. Everyone wants to go to MIT but if you get 450 of GMAT score should you waste your time and money sending the application to it?

Study abroad should be one of the most important decision in your life. It is worth to wait a little more and plan carefully. I hope you are seeing the light after reading this article. Follow the above steps for your sucessful study abroad life. Remember, if you fail to plan you plan to fail.


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