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12 Steps to studying abroad

June 20, 2008
Text: Anagh Pal
Illustrations: Outlook Money

Part I: Where foreign courses score

While foreign undergraduation opens up a wide range of career opportunities, the process of applying, getting admission and, finally, going abroad is long and needs meticulous planning. Here is a step-wise guide to making it work.

We have restricted our study to six countries -- the US, Canada [Images], the UK, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand -- which are emerging as the preferred destinations.

STEP I: Choose your field

By the time you are through with school you should have an idea of the area that you want to build your career in and/or what you are good at. The choice of the exact course and specialisation can then follow.

Delhi student Mujtaba Hakak, 18, for instance, explains his choice of BBA. "I am from a commerce background. My family also has a business. I want to do an MBA after this from a reputed university," he says. Ideally, you should start the process around the time you complete your Class XI as it takes about a year to complete

STEP II: Do your research

Victor Rao, general manager, Global Reach, says: "Even before starting off, a student should go through the information that is available on various websites." It may be time-consuming and confusing, but there is no substitute to being well informed.

Hakak, 18, who had applied to five UK universities, says, "I did a lot of homework on the Net. I checked out universities, their location and their reputation." When he finally landed up at the office of education consultancy The Chopras in Delhi, he had a fairly good idea of his options.

Another effective way of doing due-diligence is visiting educational fairs of different countries. "At such fairs, many colleges come in and tell you what exactly they have to offer; even the faculty of the colleges is present," says Steve.

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