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5 Things to Consider Before Studying Abroad

If you've started research and planning to study abroad, this article will help you a lot. We have listed the issues you need to decide before going abroad…

Set the budget

Of course, it will be healthier for you or your family to determine the budget of your education abroad and make decisions according to this budget. If you think that you may have problems with the budget, here's what you can do:

  • Explore the scholarship opportunities of the country and university you will be going.
  • If you have completed your first year of undergraduate studies, apply for the Erasmus student exchange program.
  • Prefer countries with relatively affordable tuition fees.
  • Search working conditions and alternatives as a student.

Which country and which university?

What country do you dream of living in? Which country sounds warmer to you, which university more successful or more affordable? While choosing the country you want to study, let's list the topics you should consider: Living conditions, cultural differences, spoken language, distance to the country where you live, climatic conditions, accommodation and tuition fees. Please note that you can get support from IDP consultants at any time.

While the USA is the most preferred country among international students who want to study abroad it is followed by countries such as England, Canada, Australia and Germany. Today, most students want to live and pursue a career in the same country after graduation and make their decisions accordingly. You can make a more accurate decision on the choice of country, considering the section you will study and the popular professions in that country.

Generally international students who prefer computer science, mathematics and medicine in the USA, language and mechanical engineering in the UK, health and medicine in Canada, business in Australia, engineering in Germany can also choose Asian countries for different cultures, extraordinary tastes, exotic life and modern technology.

Choosing the right university and course is the most important part of the decision to study abroad. In the process of making this decision;you can get free help from IDP consultants and check out the university's official websites and social media accounts.

Preparation for exams

There are some requirements for admission to the school you choose to study abroad, and the details of this application vary according to each university. In order to apply to a university abroad; although your diplomas, GPAs, schools and references are accepted, countries with international programs require specialized or standardized tests as prerequisites for applications. Before you go abroad, according to the country you are going to study the exams you need to take:

  • Wherever you go in the world, you will be asked to achieve the desired scores in one of the IELTS or TOEFL tests at the universities that offer English education as a global common language. If you are studying German, you will need to take the TestDaf exam and if you are studying Italian, you must be at the language level required by the consulate.
  • International Medical Acceptance Test (IMAT) for medical education in Italy; In Canada, USA and Australia, MCAT is compulsory.
  • In Canada and the USA, LSAT is required for legal education.
  • In the UK, the GRE test is common for engineering, social sciences, and MBA subjects, while in the United States, GMAT testing is more common, especially for business, marketing and finance master's programs.
  • SAT is the most common test in the USA. The validity period of the test is 5 years for both senior citizens and international students. In America and Europe; the demand for SAT testing, which has been accepted by reputable universities such as Harvard, MIT, Oxford and Yale, has been increasing in recent years.

Working while studying

If you want to pay for your expenses or get in touch with the local community, you can work part-time in countries where there is a change in the number of working hours per week. Some countries allow students to work only on campus in the first year, while others offer off-campus work. Waitressing, working in the library, babysittering, clerkship etc. is one of the jobs you can easily find in a foreign country.

Your career after graduation 

Most foreign students want high-paying career opportunities outside of the country they are living and consider the possibility of staying in the countries they go for education. Social and professional networks, internship opportunities and joint projects with most universities in cooperation with employers can be great chances.

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