Even for those attending or planning to attend a university within their native country, choosing which one to go to can be a difficult and stressful situation. There are many different universities, each with their own specialty in certain areas of education, and each with their respective advantages and disadvantages. This already difficult choice increases exponentially if you’re planning on attending a university that is outside of your country. This is because, as an international student, you are less familiar with the education system of your potential host country, as well as with the governmental workings and immigration processes that you’ll have to go through to get there.
There are a few key things to keep in mind when selecting a university to attend –
First, how much is the tuition cost for international students? Sadly, the cost is the primary factor between which universities you can and cannot attend. For an international student, the cost to study at an American University is often the number one consideration. Universities in larger cities tend to cost more, meaning that choosing one in a smaller town could save you thousands of dollars. Though large cities may be appealing, don’t be fooled – the education offered there is rarely, if ever, superior to an education at a smaller university or in a smaller city.
Second, you need to be sure that the one has adequate services available for incoming international students. Moving to an entirely new country and culture takes a lot of adjusting, and you’ll want to be one hundred percent sure that you’ll have someone there for you to answer any and all questions you may have. You’ll also want to ensure that the people who work for the international student services at these universities are well versed in matters such as immigration policies and cultural differences. This will ensure that your stay goes as smoothly as possible and that you’ll feel at home wherever you go.
Finally, it’s always best to find a university that has a decent number of international students. Not only would be one of few international students make you feel isolated, but it’s important to attend a university that is experienced in dealing with students from other countries. Attending a university that has a number of other international students guarantees that you’ll have someone there who will understand your problems completely and will know how to best address them.