Things You Should Keep In Mind When You Want To Study Abroad By Athulya - August 27, 2018 Last Updated at: Nov 23, 2020 0 1156 The number of Indian students going to the US for higher education in 2019-20 was at a three-year low. This was revealed by data released by the US Open Doors Report 2020 in November 2020. However, the report also says despite decreasing numbers, Indian students comprise the second highest percentage of total international students in the US in 2019-20. The Open Doors report is published annually by the New York-based Institute of International Education (IIE). Many of the students have a dream to study abroad. The good thing is that there are many universities across Asia, Europe, North America, Australia, especially the US which are providing the great platform for the education and personal development. But at the same time, these universities are highly competitive and expensive to attend and require a lot of effort to get admitted into but are quite worthy for every minute and every dollar of your investment. There are some questions which you must consider before looking to study in abroad. Such as- 1) Why do you want to study abroad programs? 2) How much can you afford to spend for abroad education? 3) What are the right universities and the right programs to attend? 4) How do you prepare for the admission and get an aid? 5) How can you get a good outcome and achieve your goals? Studying abroad has always been about taking risks and widening the horizons by venturing into a new academic, cultural and social environment. However, supposing that the act of studying abroad alone is a ticket to an outstanding career has become a thing of the past. Get FREE legal advice now Identify why the country is in news In times of geopolitical changes like today, it is also important to keep an eye on the abroad country where you will be studying and review its political events such as elections, economic state, university budget cuts and hiring trends across the business. It is very significant to have a decent clarity around as to why you want to study abroad. Financial matters Once it is finalized that you are going to study in abroad or giving a shot at the opportunity, it is always suggested that to have an idea as to how much are you willing to spend on the education. From past 10-15 years, the education cost in many countries has increased. However, money should not be the only criteria in deciding where to apply. Student scholarship Many universities have a number of policies such as in-state tuition, aid and loans to help academically bright students. Also, some of the universities offer scholarships to support talented minds. Look at all these factors and opportunities when you decide on your study location, study program and country choice. Prepare a list The next necessary thing is to shortlist some of the colleges based on your personal interests, profile, test scores, grades etc. One needs to be careful during the shortlist process, as there are so many colleges and options, and not all colleges and programs are the same and good. The key is to get a list of good colleges where you have a strong chance to get in and a few backup colleges. You must also keep a check on which colleges match your study program and may even offer you the scholarship. College location, status, environment and placement play a crucial role. Early Planning You need to ensure that you start preparing early for your abroad education process and work hard towards achieving the goal. Many students do not pay much attention to the process and give their best shot. Education is an important foothold for your future career so it is always better to start early and take it seriously. This is the only way how you can achieve your goals. If you keep these things in your mind and work hard to achieve your goal of studying in abroad is a cakewalk. Happy Studying!