It is the dream of many intermediate students to study abroad for university, after the completion of their final exams. While it is a worthwhile dream to pursue, it can be a confusing and tricky process. Especially if you don’t know where to start, or where to apply.
So, if you want to find the most suitable international university for you to study abroad after the completion of your intermediate final exams, then you must consider the following factors during your research and university application process:
The most important factor to consider before you start the university application process is which program you would like to study. This requires a great deal of research into programs related to your interests, the job opportunities they provide, and the typical duration of the program. It is always a good idea to consider the job opportunities that will be available to you by pursuing a program. At the same time, you should make sure that it is a program that you will enjoy studying so that you do not have to suffer throughout the duration of the program. Keep in mind that most undergraduate university programs are 4 years.
Next, ask yourself whether there is a specific country or university that you would like to apply to. If you have a clear idea of the country or countries, you would like to apply to, then you can research different universities in that country that offer your program of choice. For example, search “best universities in Europe for computer engineering”
If you do not have a clear idea of where you would like to study abroad, then research international universities for your program. For example, if you are interested in pursuing computer engineering, then research “best international universities for computer engineering”. When you find some universities that interest you, then read their website to get more information about the campus, city, program, facilities, etc…
This is a critical step that will determine whether you are eligible to continue on with the university application process. Read the exact program requirements for the university’s program. This will include the minimum high school grades, pre-requisite subjects, any standardized test score (such as SAT), and English proficiency test score (IELTS or TOEFL).
Be sure that your matric and intermediate exams meet the minimum eligibility requirement before applying. For example, if the university program requires you to have a minimum 80% in physics, then be sure that you meet that requirement. If you have not appeared for your 12th class exams yet, then you can probably apply with expected grades certificate (issued by your school), and be sure that you undergo effective exam preparation in order to meet the requirement.
Moreover, bear in mind that most international universities will require an English proficiency test score, for which you will need to study and appear for either IELTS, TOEFL, or any other English proficiency test that they require. Most countries will accept either IELTS or TOEFL, but if you are applying to the UK, then you will need to take IELTS. On the other hand, if you are applying to the USA, most universities will accept either an English proficiency test but will prefer TOEFL scores. Again, check each university-specific requirement in order to avoid any difficulties.
Furthermore, if you are applying to the USA, then you will also need to appear for the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test). Many other universities may also require an SAT score. This is a high difficulty test, which will require intensive preparation in order to study and perform well. Some international universities may have their own entry test, or may require an interview as part of the application process. Either way, you will have to find out the exact requirements of the university you are applying for.
This is an extremely important factor to consider. You must honestly assess whether you can afford to study abroad. It is essential to understand that international universities can be expensive to attend, due to the high application fee, tuition fees, book costs, housing expenses, etc… and you must seriously consider how you will finance your education if you study abroad.
Research the total cost of each university, including the tuition fee per semester, book costs, etc… this information will be available on their official website. After this, you must rationally and honestly calculate whether you and your family can afford the cost of the university for the duration of the entire 4 year program.
Also, look into financial aid that universities provide. There are also some international universities that offer subsidized tuition fees or financial grants for international students, so be sure to look into such opportunities.
After considering your budget and cost to study abroad, you should look into scholarship opportunities. Particularly if you have good marks in your intermediate final exams, then you may be eligible for receiving a merit scholarship. Moreover, the HEC offers many international scholarship opportunities for Pakistani students, which you can apply for.
Furthermore, you can also research other third party educational bodies that provide scholarships for international students. Many universities also offer scholarships and financial grants to international students, so be sure to look for all possibilities.
Finally, you must consider the living conditions if you choose to study abroad. If you are applying to an international university, chances are you will be living on your own, either on-campus or off-campus. Either way, you must ask yourself whether you will be able to manage to live on your own, as it is a great responsibility. It will also require you to live on a limited budget, cook for yourself, do your own laundry, etc…
You must also consider the cost of different housing options where you want to study abroad. For example, the cost of living in a dormitory on campus, or the cost of renting an apartment off-campus.
After taking all these factors into consideration, then you should be ready to proceed with the university application process! Make sure you submit your university application form and all the supporting documents before the deadline and stay updated.
As intermediate students, you will need to also study for your intermediate final exams and score the best marks, while also meeting the additional university requirements. This may seem like a lot of work, but with effective time management and dedication, you can balance it all.