Before applying to study abroad, there are some big choices to make and self-questionings to do such as: What’s the best degree for me? How do I find the right university? This guide will make your decisions a whole lot easier.
If you’ve already started thinking about a university abroad, you’ll have probably been told by a lot of people that studying abroad is one of the best few years of one’s life. We think they’re right.
At university abroad, you get to be independent, meet loads of new people and just generally have an amazing time. Not only that, you also get to learn a few things about your host community while you’re there, too.
In this guide, we’ll talk you through how to find your ideal university and degree programs. We want you to arrive at uni for fresher’s weekend and know it’s the right place for you.
How to choose your university course:
First thing’s first – before you start thinking about how to find the right university, you’ll need to have first think and answer the question about which degree would best suit you and your career goals.
These tips will help you find your ideal university course:
1. Research your degree options online
While some people know straightaway which course they want to study, for some, they need the guide of a consultant or teacher.
Maybe you’re interested in more than one career or there might be a few different degrees that have caught your eye. Either way, researching your options online is a great place to start.
2. Consider doing a degree that’s suits your career goals and pursuits:
It’s worth thinking about whether you’d like to do any of the subjects you’re studying at A Level (or equivalent) as a degree. It will help you know whether you’ll enjoy a subject at university if you’re already studying it to a pretty high level.
Plus, your online research will give you a good idea of which other degrees are open to you based on your First Degree or Higher subjects.
But remember: you don’t necessarily need to study what you did in your first degree again in your second degree if you don’t enjoy it but rather, think about your specific skills and knowledge – what are you gaining from each of your current subjects that could help you in a degree?
If you’d like to venture out into something completely different, then it’s well worth looking into.
And, if you’re unsure whether you would be accepted into a degree with your A Levels, we recommend chatting with teachers and our consultants and reaching out to universities directly to find out.
3. Ask teachers, friends and family for advice:
Firstly, talk to teachers about your options – they’ll know which degrees are available to you based on your A Level or Higher subjects and predicted grades. And, from knowing you, they should be able to identify a degree you’d do well in.
It’s then a good idea to get advice from friends and family. Again, they’ll know you well and they might even draw attention to some of your skills that you haven’t yet thought of exploring in a degree.
Also, if you know of any professionals working in your goal industry – perhaps who are family friends or people you’ve come across on social media – you could reach out to them and ask for some advice.
If you can, find out what they studied and how they’ve got to where they are now to get a good idea of what route would be best for you to take. Read Also: How Long Do Study Abroad Programs Take?
4. Narrow down degree options until you find the right one that suits your goals and career paths.
Once you know your options, take a gander at course syllabuses to find out which topics you’d be studying in each degree and how you’d be assessed (i.e. are the courses essay-based or practical?).
And, after you’ve narrowed down possible degrees to a choice of one or two, attend as many university open-days and taster days as you can – seeing example lectures and chatting to university staff will help you know whether a degree’s right for you.
Also, if you’re choosing a degree with a particular career in mind, start doing work experience/ internship in that industry and, while on placements, ask for advice from your managers about what and where you could study.
Then the need for search for your dreamed school/university.