Welcome to our new section, Thrive on Campus, devoted to covering the urgent issue of mental health among college and university students from all angles. If you are a college student, we invite you to apply to be an Editor-at-Large, or to simply contribute (please tag your pieces ThriveOnCampus). We welcome faculty, clinicians, and graduates to contribute as well. Read more here.
Every student once in his lifetime has dreamed of studying abroad at one point or another. But some people drop the idea of pursuing their studies abroad for many reasons, such as fearing loads of paperwork, financial requirements, and many other reasons. However, there are students who follow their passion with their heart and soul, achieving their goals and living their dream of studying abroad.
The hype generated around studying abroad is exaggerated and results in discouraging students from making their dreams of studying abroad a reality. You have to play smart to get admission to a good university either through full scholarship, an education loan, or money if you can afford it. The first thing you need to think of is the course you want to pursue and the country in which you want to pursue it. Further, in the article, we will discuss some things you like to keep into consideration before studying abroad.
Get all the information and knowledge you can get about the courses offered by different colleges. And then decided on the course you want to pursue. You can also research around similar colleges and compare them to make a wise decision. Before deciding on a place and program, thoroughly compare and contrast the fee structure, credits, hostel facilities, placements, and a part-time job along with the school or college to support your expenses. You wouldn’t want to make a wrong decision here because this could change your entire life and carrier.
If you have good grades, it will act in your favour and help you to get through admissions easily. So make sure that you maintain your grades properly. Also, get a glowing letter of recommendation from your teacher, and write an essay in around 250-300 words that shows why do you want to join the particular college and course.
You never know when you might hear back from the universities you have applied in. Be ready with all the papers and documents you might require once you get in a university. The most important thing is a passport if you don’t have one apply for it and visa easy early as possible to get everything ready till the time of your departure. In addition, keep in mind to get
Second, comes the school documents that you will be asked by the university or college to submit such as the high school degree, resume, and other important documents. You can also save an electronic copy of all your documents in your email, laptop, or phone to be on the safe side.
The most important question is how you’re going to fund your study abroad. First, you should apply for all kinds of scholarships available and offered to students. Along with that, keep a back-up plan and talk with your bank for an education loan, in case you don’t get a scholarship. Once you explain your study plan, future plan, placements, and jobs to the bank, they will be very keen to help you out if they think your plan is practical enough. And you can pay off the loan easily once you get independent and start earning some income.
Brushing up your English spoken skills would be very necessary to survive in a foreign country. However, you could also take a language course of the native language of the country for better understanding and communication. Also, it would show how you respect their language and are eager to learn it.
It would be helpful as well as knowledgeable for you to research around the country’s history, culture, values, people, and more, as you will only be spending the next few years there. It will not only give you a greater appreciation of their culture and notions, but also how to work within them and not feel excluded.
Subscribe here for all the latest news on how you can keep Thriving.
More on Mental Health on Campus: