How do I choose a college or university?

May 29, 2020

May 29, 2020

by Imran Yousaf

Now that you know what your passion is for learning the next big challenge is the find the right university or college where to complete your higher education. As with all things there is also a step-wise process for choosing the right institution, it may not be straight forward but following an organized approach would help. There may well be hundreds of institutions to choose from.. In this article we will share the best approach for finding the right college or university to attend overseas or at home.

The process starts and depends on the major (subject area) you have chosen, select a country where you would like to complete your education. For example, if you wish to complete Mechanical Engineering in UK at a degree level, conduct a basic search on Google and list down around 20–25 universities offering this course. There are specialists’ universities and colleges offering the course of your choice, they will be world renowned, high ranked, with lots of research activities or modern facilities. You can highlight them from the list and try to see which ones suits your career aspirations and goals. Contact us in you need some guidance with this process.

“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows” — Sydney J. Harris

Bachelor’s degree — UG

1- Search for universities offering the subject you wish to study, for UK universities look out for British Council Study UKStudy in USA websites and shortlist 10–15 universities.

2- Check out the ranking of these universities on various ranking tables like THEQS World universities and shortlist to around 8–10 institutions.

3- You will notice that most of the high ranked universities will be extremely competitive with tougher entry requirements so it’s advisable to have a couple of universities with a little flexible requirement too.

4- Tuition fee — select universities that are within your budget, in case you will be sponsored by the government, you should be OK.

5- For students who are looking for some scholarships or financial aid, visit the finance section of the university website to see what scholarships are on offer — we are also able to secure scholarships at various level, to know how much please contact us

6- Employability is another factor which must be considered for the selected universities. It’s always useful to find out the percentage of graduates enter employment and further study. Most universities have this info on their websites but you can also access them on ranking websites above.

7- Location of the university is particularly important as some of you would prefer to live in a busy city and others may not, if its university-based campus or its spread across the city?

8- What are the teaching standards, teachers to student ratio? UK has introduced Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)which is a system that assesses the quality of teaching in universities in England. It also includes some universities from Scotland and Wales. You could also check out the TEF ranking of selected universities.

9- Are there extra-curricular opportunities such as student unions, societies, and sports teams?

10- Accommodation options, fee, standards are all important factors to be considered.

11- If the university is accredited with relevant government bodies and is accredited around the world.

12- It is always important to check if the university is recognized by your country’s ministry of education and that you do not have any issues once you return.

Filtering through the above process, you should be left with around 4–6 universities of your choice. You can visit their website and get familiarize with their facilities & services for international students. After doing this, you want to start applying. To make an application you will normally need your documents (academic certificates, transcripts, English Language test, etc.). If you need personalized support with the application process, please contact us and find out how we can help you start your education journey to study abroad from start to finish.

Master (PG)

There are usually two options for Master’s qualifications.

1- Taught

2- Research

You will need to decide which type of qualifications you prefer, and it all depends on your final goal — career aspirations. The decision to complete a Masters, means to get specialized in a subject, as most employers will give more attention to it during your career hunting.

Most of step-wise process defined above will be the same in addition to looking at the research ranking of selected universities in the subject you are considering to specialized.

Research of PhD degrees

For PhD, some additional areas need to addressed, after selecting a subject of research, what problem you are going to solve and then write a detail Research Proposal (How to write one — coming soon). The process of application is different to that of UG & PG taught degrees. Here one should look for a university which has a research department of the same subject and can provide a supervisor support for the entire research period. Once the supervisor agrees to go ahead with the topic of research, a formal application is made to the university along with other requirements mentioned above. This process can be difficult, and you may contact us to take you through the journey with offering support of proofreading the research proposal.

To find out more on how we can offer support in your journey to attain education abroad, please contact us and we will be delighted to help.

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