If you think choosing a study abroad program is easy, then think again. A plethora of options from an unlimited number of universities all over the world has made it difficult for students to choose a study abroad program that is just right for them. Most of the International students still feel that by simply getting a degree from a foreign university, it will add great substance and value to his or her resume. It might be true in some cases, but if the degree does not teach you anything or if it doesn’t have any value in the Azerbaijan context, then it becomes just a useless piece of paper. You need to do a lot of research if you wish to study abroad and pursue your higher education. We have developed this roadmap which will help you select The Study Abroad Program:
Choosing a Country
The first step even before deciding upon the program is to choose the location for your study abroad program. Choosing the right country of study is very important as they will shape your personal and professional life for years to come. However, new study destinations like Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Canada, Japan, Germany, France and Italy are now attracting many Azerbaijani students. Keep the following points in mind while deciding upon the country:
Big city or small town
Distance from Azerbaijan
Political relationship with your country
Economic condition of the country
Safety of international students
Dominant religion of the country
It might seem that the language factor might not play an important role while choosing a study abroad program, then you are not entirely correct. If you are planning to choose a specialized program which is taught in a non-English speaking country, then you need to see if the program for which you are planning to enroll is offered in English or not. For example, if you want to study music, Germany is one of the finest countries that offer some excellent programs in art and music. So, it is advisable that you learn the language either in Azerbaijan or enroll in the university itself and also ensure that the program is taught in English.
Cost of the Program
Price is an important factor that you need to keep in mind for a career. Do your homework in a smart manner and make a list of the desire program in various universities of your chosen country and also of the other countries. If you find that the curriculum of the program is more or less similar in more than two universities, then choose the program that is more cost effective.
You should carefully go through the curriculum details before deciding upon the program.
Does it offer you technical / practical training
Is the program and the university recognized in your home country and elsewhere
Length of the program
Interactivity of the program
Types of Program
While choosing a study abroad program, you also need to decide on the type of program you want to do. It could be a master’s degree, a diploma program, certificate course or you can even pursue your research. Different terms are used for the types of programs in different cities.
Where to live
This is an important factor that you should consider once you decide to study in a particular country. Check for accommodation facilities within the campus or in the neighborhood. A university in a small place might not have too many accommodation options.
Faculty of a Program
Most universities give a background of the faculty of their programs. Go through the brochure and get a good idea of the kind of lecturers you can find in that university.