Getting education abroad is not just about getting the tag of a foreign country attached to your name. When you step out of the country, it expands your horizons in more than one ways, chiefly due to exposure to different cultures through people of various countries and continents. However, due to lack of information and awareness, students lose the chance of getting admission, despite being a suitable candidate. To make the most of this time, you need to keep certain things in mind and here are some of them.
Choose course over college
This stands true for any college, in India or abroad. Always, always go for the course and not for the university or college because it is the course you have to stick with all your life. It's true that an Ivy League college will look absolutely stunning on the resume but compromising on the aptitude and inclination for a badge is just not going to help you. Your primary motive behind going to a foreign country is to get good education and everything other than that is secondary. It is for this reason that you should know what you want to study and stick to the choice.
Not doing enough research
Not researching well for the course and the university can lead to confusion and possible rejection of application. With all the information available on the internet, it should really not be that difficult to get to know about things. Before you start filling out the form, make sure you have all the necessary information after having a clarity about all the aspects and your questions answered. You can also talk to people who have studies there or simply been in the country to get to know things better.
Presenting wrong credentials
Giving wrong information about your qualifications can lead to rejection and even barring from admission in any foreign country. The countries do not give admission to a student without verifying all the details so it does not make sense to lie about basic things because the truth will be revealed later and you will have to face dire consequences. What is worse is that you might be barred from getting education in any foreign country and not just the one where you have applied for admission. Many a times, people give wrong references and when the authorities go on to check with those references, they find out the fraud. Save yourself the embarrassment and give genuine references. It might look like a lot of work at the moment, but it will only do you good in the long run.
This is a very important aspect when you are going to study abroad. You have to think about everything from tuition fee to cost of living. If you are applying for a scholarship you might be relieved to an extent but other expenses will still be there so keep in mind how will you manage them. A lot of students take bank loans so and that also requires a lot of paperwork so make sure you have everything in place before you apply for a foreign university.
Not knowing about the visa process
Visa process for each country is different from another. At some places it is quite easy while at others it is quite difficult to get a visa. The rules differ and it is your responsibility to make sure you know about the visa procedure so that you are not surprised later on. Countries like Canada are very student friendly but others like USA and UK might not be. Especially in US after the recent political upheaval.
When and if you get the admission, apply for a credit card which works across the world so that you do not have problem in withdrawing money. It would also help to do a little research about things that you can do there. From clubs to organizations and accommodations, make sure you have everything sorted out so that there are no issues when you reach there. This is also a good way to make friends abroad because you will already be acquainted with the kind of inclinations people in that country have.
There is a lot of hype around studying abroad and for all the correct reasons. Make sure you do not go wrong due to carelessness and follow the above mentioned steps to realize that dream of yours.