Five things you must know before applying abroad

Published On: January 16, 2017 11:20 PM NPT By: Prasansha Rimal

Are you wondering if abroad study is the right decision? Most of the students in Nepal prefer to go abroad after completion of high school. Some attend university aboard on financial-aid and others go abroad in loan.

Aboard study can be both good and bad choice. It can open doors to unlimited opportunities and sometimes it can  also stress you as you will be alone in a new country dealing with various kinds of situations while trying to maintain your GPA. 

Here are a few steps you can follow to decide if abroad study is the right choice.

Be honest with yourself 
Ask yourself this question: ‘Will you be able to handle all kinds of situation yourself without the support of your family?’ If the thought of this question just gives you anxiety then it might be possible that studying abroad is not your cup of tea. Think hard about whether you will be able to manage to get good GPA while working and dealing with other situation because the chances are that you might lose your scholarship if you don’t perform well in school.

This is one of the important steps in your decision to study abroad. Research well and if you need some help, don’t hesitate to talk to someone who knows the issue. You can talk to seniors studying abroad or seek for professional help. Don’t forget to research on the scope of the field of your preferred studies. It is necessary to make sure that the subject of your choice also has scope in your country because you might want to return to your homeland after completion of your studies. Make sure to research about the rules, regulations and policies for international student so you don’t get into any legal problems later. This can help you decide whether you will be happy studying abroad or in your own country.

Don’t only focus on one university while applying abroad. Go through the curriculum of the subject of your choice offered by different.  Different universities might offer different curriculum even for the same subject. Be careful and choose wisely.

Be aware of the economic condition
Make sure to check the tuition fees of the course and living abroad, will your family be able to afford the expenses? Will you be allowed to work? If yes, how many hours? Will the money you earn be enough to support your basic needs and the cost of your education? Think hard about the financial condition and how you can deal with it.

Don't trust easily
Many students can fall into the traps of crooks who tell them that they can arrange for visa. Be careful while choosing your consultancy if you are going abroad. Don’t just give them money, ask them about the procedure and get the information by yourself for first.

Chances are you might not even need consultancy’s help and could go through the process all by yourself.

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