While you are on a quest to find the perfect university for your undergraduate degree, you will most likely spend countless hours browsing through universities’ websites and prospectuses trying to figure out which university to choose from. There are many courses out there, and they look similar from one to another, so how do you determine which one to choose from?
There are a lot of other factors to consider besides its ranking. It is also important to note that your university experience should not just limited to academia. Your most memorable university moments might not even happen in lecture halls, so you should have a good balance between your studies and lifestyles. Here are 6 tips to help you consider!
1. Have you chosen the right subject?
First and foremost, you need to be 110% sure about the program you have chosen. You will spend the next few years studying it and the following 20-40 years working in this area. There are different variations of that subject which translates into different programs. For example, you are interested in business. Alright, which branch of it? Is it Accounting and Finance, Business Administration, Business Management, or Human Resource Management? They are similar with a lot of overlapping areas, and yet unique in their own way.
2. Location of the university
Depending on the location of the university you choose, it may be the first time you will have to be away from home for a long period of time. You might have to move away from your friends, family and even your country. If you have chosen to study abroad and learn to be independent, how far away from home are you willing to relocate? Do you want to live in another country that has similar culture and environments to your home country? Do you like the hustle and bustle of a city or do you prefer a quieter surroundings? Have you take living expenses into consideration? These are some of the important questions to ask yourself.
3. University rankings
Do rankings matter to you? If so, which category of its ranking is important to you? Generally, a university is ranked by their academic performance, student-to-faculty ratio, research citations by each faculty, employer reputation and percentage of international students. It is important to note that sometimes ranking may not always be as important as there are other factors to consider. Rather than choosing a high-ranking university, choose one that offers the best course for you, has a good student-staff ratio and has many international students because you will need the support of familiar faces around you.
It is no secret that studying abroad can cost a lot, so it is important to pay attention to the overall cost of studying abroad and find the most suitable degree for you. Finance is something you never thought about as a high school student. In university, it plays a major role in your decisions making. As a high school student, you might not have paid much attention on finances, but for university, it plays a major role in your decision making. Here are some important questions to consider:
5. Where should you live?
Do you want to stay on or off campus? Which one is more suitable for you? What is the difference between living on and off campus? Most of the time we advise students to choose to live on-campus for their first semester / first year of university. You can familiarize yourselves with your new surroundings and adapting to your new university life. It is easier to make new friends by staying on-campus since they are attending the same university as you. There are other perks for staying off-campus as well. There are more renting options to choose from, or get roommates to cut the rental cost, and there is no curfew for off-campus.
6. Activities outside of classroom
University life is more than just attending classes. You can find out more about yourselves besides being a student. Are you into clubs and societies? What are the events you can attend? Where to go to hang out with friends? Will there be a place for you to practice your faith on or around campus? Explore your new surroundings and make many good university memories with your new friends.