Studying abroad can offer incredible opportunities for anyone who wants to make new friends, learn about different cultures, and experience the world. There is a lot that you should put into consideration before getting on your study abroad adventure. This should be useful especially if it’s your first time as a student abroad. If you already have destinations you wat to study in mind, the following factors can help you narrow down your list and decide which one to settle on.

1. Budget

One of the most important things to consider before choosing your study abroad destination is the budget. You need to consider how much you are willing and able to spend.

Remember that tuition fees is not the only expense that you have to consider. You will also need to factor in living expenses such as accommodation costs, transport and travel costs, textbooks and other particulars. Remember budget does not only vary from country to country but also different cities. Living expenses especially in Capital cities and urban areas are going to cost you more than smaller towns tucked away in the countryside.

It is always advisable that you do your research well. Our counselors at Linkpro Consult are always happy to help. Book a FREE consultation session and get all the info you need to ensure the choice of your school and destination matches your budget.

2. Living Conditions

Studying abroad will expand your worldview, as you interact with people form different cultures. However, some countries’ social, cultural, and political values may be completely different from your own but you learn to appreciate the differences. Some things are worth considering before you decide to travel.

Climate conditions vary from country to country. Your preference for warm or cold weather can help you narrow down your options. Capital and large cities are popular places to study because of their impressive universities, vibrant night lives, and unlimited recreational opportunities. However, the hustle and bustle of city life could be overwhelming for some students. If you’d prefer a slower pace of life, you might be happier in a more rural location. You’ll become part of a close-knit community and will have more chances to explore the great outdoors during your free time.

Language is another factor. Your willingness to learn a new language can help you narrow down your options. Improving your skill in a new language could also expand chances of employment after completion of your course. As long as you feel safe and comfortable, no destination is off-limits. Nonetheless, it’s still worth doing some background research but you can always seek expert advice from Linkpro counselors so you can make an informed decision and know what to expect when you arrive. 

3. Entry and Visa requirements

Every country has specific Visa requirements. Different destinations have different timelines for the visas. Some countries take shorter periods and others take longer to process a visa and issue a verdict. You might want to go to a country whose Visa process is a little bit straight forward depending on how fast you wish to begin your studies. Key to note is the success rate of Visa’s of specific countries. You don’t want to waste your time and resources only to get a Visa rejection. Instead you can consider other countries that can give you the same quality of education and has a higher Visa success rate. If you need assistance with your VISA we have VISA experts who will advise you on requirements and preparation.

4. Career opportunities

It is important to research on the career opportunities available in the country whether part time and even those that resonate with your career. Some countries are known for specific programmes. A good example is Ireland which you might want to consider especially if you want to study a tech based programme. Ireland is  home to many leading global MNCs and International students can easily find jobs in various well-known companies such as Ebay, Skype, Microsoft, Google, Slack and more.

Also consider countries that have the option to work while you study which can come come a long way especially for that extra cash to chip in for your living expenses. Most countries allow students to work 20 hours per week and 40 hours during holidays and give a 1 or 2 years stay back option.

5. Other students' experiences

Getting first hand information from students who are already in the destination is important. This will give you a view of how it is like to live and study in that particular country. Their experience can really help you narrow down your options. Link up with students who already have experienced the lifestyle abroad in different countries so they can share their experiences and even help you settle down.

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