Choosing The Right Institution

With tons of universities and colleges and limitless courses and study options on offer, you can make your higher education experience as unique as you choose. There are specialist universities and colleges, world-renowned historic institutions, modern innovative facilities and pioneering and progressive research centres in locations all over the country, offering you the chance to tailor your learning to your aspirations and career goals.
How to research:

Specialist universities

Many UK universities are world renowned for their subjects, courses, professors and tutors. There are also universities and colleges that have a very strong focus on a specific subject area, such as business, art and design, music or engineering.

These institutions offer highly specialised education in your chosen field and you will be surrounded by like-minded students – great for focused development, future contacts as well as making friends.

There is a lot of information available to help you decide which course, location and university or college is right for you. There are a number of university rankings that provide relevant information.

A good place to start is the University’s own website. On this website you can select and compare subjects, modes of study, teaching outcomes and location to help you learn more about the courses they offer. For each course there is a ‘Key Information Set’ which tells you about professional accreditation, student satisfaction and provides employment statistics. University and college websites and prospectuses have full listings of courses on offer, details of course content and modules, and success stories of previous graduates. Many have student blogs and promotional films, and there is also lots of material created by current students about their experiences.

Things to consider

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR WHEN CHOOSING A SCHOOL?

Attending college in the United States is becoming an increasingly popular choice among international students. And choosing the right universities to apply to can be confusing for any student, doing so from another country with unfamiliar academic standards/programs, cultural differences, and lack of easy access to information, selecting a university abroad is complicated.

A student’s reasons for wanting to attend college in the United States vary from person to person, there are a few things every international student should be looking for when choosing a university like the ranking of the school, tuition, the program the university offers, the weather and campus culture and more importantly admission requirement.

University academic program rankings:

Rankings are a good way to narrow down your list of possible universities, but you should also look into the specific programs that each university provides. If you think you might be interested in study abroad programs, then you should look into universities with study abroad programs with special connections with certain companies, creating more opportunity for student co-ops and internships and also provide scholarship for qualified student

The level of English proficiency required:

One of the first things you notice when moving to a foreign country is the language barrier. Of course, if you’re from a country with English as one of its national languages or its primary language, such as Singapore or Australia, you might not have that much difficulty. But for international students with native languages as the first language or language of instruction is not English it is advisable to take English proficiency test like IELTS, TOEFL. Also be informed that some schools give waiver on English proficiency test based on your performance in English in high school level or performance in SAT.

Campus culture and safety

You’re going to want to know what the social life is like. For example, do most students live on campus or a college where most students have to live off campus? What do students do for fun? how safe is the campus and school community? are they friendly or unfriendly what is the crime statistics on campus? and find out what steps the school is taking to ensure the safety of its students.

Tuition and fees

This is far most considered factor for international students who are looking at studying int the US and UK because of the high cost of study and living standard in these countries. Future students are expected to carefully consider their options and make very good research before opting for a school.

Visa requirement

Getting admission does not guarantee a visa; visa requirements have to be met and they differ from one country to another. This should also be considered before choosing the country of study.

Weather

The weather of the country you want to study in is also one of the vital things to look out for, considering that weather differs from region to region and some weather in some countries are extremely cold, fairly cold or extremely hot. At the point of applying to the school, you have to research on the weather of the country the time and period in the year when it gets cold and also how people keep themselves warm.