What To Do
1- Ask yourself the below questions:
What are your reasons for pursuing higher education abroad?
Are you motivated by career goals, job prospects, academic interest, or personal satisfaction?
What particular specialization are you interested in?
It is important to match your objectives with what the universities offer. If your aim is to pursue a particular field, you should apply to universities with specialized departments in that field. If you are interested in practical experience, you should apply to universities located close to the commercial centers and important cities.
2- Realistically assess your academic and professional background:
Are you a competitive student? Are you dedicated and hardworking? How good is your academic record? Do you have any work experience or research work related to your field of study? Do you have any credentials in extracurricular activities?
Only if you have a good academic background, you should apply to highly ranked universities. If you feel you are moderately placed, you should apply to mid ranked universities.
3- Get an academic focus:
Do you have a relatively clear idea of your field of study? Have you spoken to your professors if you are a research student? Have you read journals to know more about your field and other new fields?
Most universities abroad have a very flexible system where you can select your courses and focus more on your field of interest. There are also many specialized courses which may suit your needs.
4- Realistically assess your financial abilities:
Will you get a financial assistance from the university? Can you or your family finance your education and stay? Do you have an overseas sponsor? Are you eligible for funds from educational trusts?
Please take into account the process, examination, postage & university application fees etc. Tuition and living expenses depend on the course and the duration. For a visa, you must be able to demonstrate your ability to fund your education and stay abroad.
5- Choosing the University/College/Institution:
It is better to narrow down your choice by looking at the following:
Program Offerings (BA, BSc, BE, MA, MSc, MBA, DA, DBA, MPhil and PhD)
Specialization, faculty, thrust of the programs
Cost (Tuition, living expenses, etc.)
Availability of Financial Assistance to International Students
Entrance Requirements (Bachelor’s degree in same field, work experience, etc.)
Tests ( TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, GMAT, etc. and minimum scores)
Accreditation status (Professional accreditation for some programs)
Student Profile (Percentage of international students,average work experience levels, etc.)
Enrollment (Total available seats and the size of the school)
Facilities (Library, housing, student associations, etc.)
Type of Institution (Public or Private)
These are the usual criteria. You could prioritize your criteria out of this list and shortlist the number of universities on that basis.
If you are a full-time international student studying in UK, you will normally have a Tier 4 Visa.To apply for a Tier 4 Visa, the University (your sponsor) will generate a CAS (Certificate of Acceptance for Studies) number for you. Although CAS Numbers are issued up to six months in advance, the earliest you can apply for your visa is three months prior to the start of the course. You have to satisfy academic and immigration rules criteria before a university can give you a CAS number. There are also a number of limitations and requirements set by the UKBA; which you have to bear in mind as a Tier 4 student. Our Visa Department helps students throughout the whole Visa application process; including filling the applications, booking appointments, and checking all the required documents to make sure everything is perfect. We help also with the other types of Visa: General Visitor Family Visitor Special Visitor Child Visitor and others.