You may be one of those students who aspire to study abroad, and the idea of it entices you to try your best to be studying out there. You feel so ecstatic about going overseas and look forward to being able to venture out to the big world, either to achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself or to help your family. But do you know where exactly to start, what to do and where to go?
A lot of people tend to think that it’s all too well just being able to study anywhere abroad with whatever course as long as it’s outside the country. But you don’t really want to be unprepared and misinformed about studying abroad. Here are 5 steps to remember when starting your study abroad journey:
Step 1: Know your reason why you want to study abroad
This is the most basic thing you have to know when studying abroad. Do you want to learn something? Do you want to study and then work afterwards, or just simply go there for #Wanderlust? Being out there in a foreign country is not like a fairytale at all. There are lots of challenges to face (e.g. homesickness, separation anxiety and more) and knowing your purpose would help you cling on to the decision of actually going out of the country.
Step 2: Determine your program and country of choice
Of course, before getting there, you must at least know what you’ll be studying. Although a lot of people say that it’s alright to go there without any plans and that you can just wing it when you get there, it just doesn’t sound right to add fuel to the fire. Mañana Habit does not work in other countries, so it’s better for you to plan things accordingly by starting off with your program of choice.
After deciding on which program you wish to pursue, it’s now time to look for the school that will help you achieve your goals. Maybe an Asian school will suit you? Or perhaps a Western school will be a better fit? If you’re still undecided, you can check out Edukasyon.ph’s foreign school listings that offer a vast number of programs that you could choose from.
Step 3: Take the necessary examinations
Studying abroad is for everyone, but you would need to prove that you are worthy of the opportunity. Taking the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) for senior high schools and Graduate Records Examination (GRE)/Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) for young professionals will test your knowledge if you really have what it takes to study abroad. If you passed the necessary exams, then you’re just a step away from making your dreams happen.
Step 4: Identify the kind of support you need and look for resources
Not everyone is born with a silver spoon so if you are one of those people who would need extra funding to study abroad, knowing what kind of support you need would help you plan out things accordingly.
Step 5: Talk to an Academic Adviser/ Education Abroad Consultant
Set aside time to discuss your study abroad plans with someone who specializes in giving out tips about studying abroad. An Education Abroad Adviser can assist you in creating an academic plan that will tailor fit your study abroad with your academic timeline. Being able to feed your mind with the right information in studying abroad and having an adviser at the same time will be the best way to cap off your preparations in jumpstarting your study abroad journey.
Voila! You’re now ready to take on the journey! It may not be as easy as it may seem, but it’s definitely possible and the opportunity is just there waiting for you. After all, good things come to those who hustle, isn’t it? Check out Edukasyon.ph for more blogs that will help you gear up for your study abroad journey or start looking for schools abroad through Edukasyon.ph’s listings!