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The importance of looking beyond rankings when selecting a university for study abroad

How Should Students Shortlist Colleges & Look Beyond Rankings

Most students who plan to study abroad start of their Study Abroad Process with dreams of studying at the best colleges in the world. Not just students, many parents to are eager to see their children get into high ranked colleges when they go to study abroad.

Many Indian parents want what is best for their kids and believe that the best brand name college will help their children achieve high career success after college. These plans and ideas though laudable are not without flaws.

To start with most of the top colleges in the world are saturated with applicants and the competition to get in is quite tough. Most of the top colleges have very low acceptance rates.

Moreover many colleges in the 50-100 range of rankings in countries like USA, UK and Canada also have faculties and research facilities that are excellent when compared to the best in India.

Here are some reasons why you should be looking beyond the rankings when it comes to selecting a college

Is The University For Study Abroad The Right Fit?

Before you apply to a college for study abroad, it is important to determine whether you can adjust easily in the socio-cultural framework of the college. Many colleges have campus tours for prospective students.

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Taking advantage of them can help you get an idea of what the college culture is like and whether you will be a right fit for them. For students who cannot travel abroad to take campus tours before joining, many universities offer virtual tours as well as seminars at various locations where students who intend to study abroad can meet with University Delegates and learn more about the universities and their culture.

Does The College Offer Extracurricular & Athletic Activities That Interest You?

Another criterion to look at when determining the right college to study abroad at is whether the extra-curricular activities, clubs and athletic programs offered at the college are in line with your interests.

Some colleges are strong on athletics so if you are sports enthusiasts and are good at a sport, you would prefer to go to a college that has a sports team and takes part in inter-university matches.

If you are socially active and an extrovert, then other things being equal, a college with a Strong Greek Presence will make your study abroad stint more enjoyable for you.

Look At Graduate Employability For Your Subject Of Interest

Many of the top ranked colleges especially in the top 10 have a hundred percent rate of success overall when it comes to graduate employability. However, as you go down the list you may find that some colleges have a better employability rate for certain subjects as compared to other universities? A university with a higher overall ranking may have a lower graduate employment record for your subject.

A case in point, Stanford University is ranked at no 4, while Harvard is ranked at no 1 for overall rankings, however, for the subject of production design, Stanford is ranked no 1. It is therefore important to determine the graduate employability of the college where you intend to study abroad.

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To know more about how to select the right college for Studying Abroad and for free counseling on university applications and Student Visa Process, contact Global Tree at Begumpet Hyderabad, the most Trusted Overseas Education Consultant In India.

Frequently Asked Questions

The common notion is that foreign universities are expensive, although with scholarships this is an exaggerated issue. What many fail to consider are time and effort. Studying in an Indian college leads to a lower average salary than earned by our western counterparts. This salary sets the tone for all future promotions since companies often look at your previous salaries during compensation appraisals. Additionally, most senior positions tend to be scooped up by individuals who have an international outlook through global exposure.  Finally, studying in a foreign country is an incredible learning experience helping students get a better academic as well as soft skill development.

Canada has been one of the market leaders in education for decades. However, what currently sets Maple Country apart is immigration. Canada is wholeheartedly inviting students to study in their universities to fill job vacancies that are always growing in the country. Students who study in Canada (especially a Master’s Degree) are practically assured of a Permanent Residency Visa.

A good score doesn’t automatically qualify a candidate for a scholarship, however, it is one of the primary factors that the admissions department looks for in a scholarship application. There are other attributes such as a candidate’s academics, extra-curricular, financial background, and application essays (SOPs).

We get this question a lot. Many candidates know which career path they want to take, but are at a loss for how to take that journey. Understanding the job role and the industry that you want to get into is the first step to picking the right university.

Carefully consider the immigration options of the country that the university that you are considering is in. This is more important when you intend to stay back in the country after the completion of your course.

Also, review the placement history of the university as well.

The first step is to list your preferences. By listing your preferences and strengths, describe your course of preference. Extensive research on the modules, software and its length for your preferred subject is necessary.


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