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How to choose the best foreign university?Top 10 Universities in the World

Updated on March 10, 2016

Are you planning to study abroad? How to choose the best foreign university?

Career goals: Before deciding to pursue your higher study abroad, define your career goals first. For example, if you are from India and wish to purse MS (Master of Science) in the US, then you must find a top-notch university offering a quality programme with Research facilities that are commonly not available in India. Else, it would make no difference between choosing a science stream course in India and opting for a MS degree in the US. If you pass examinations like CSIR-NET, you will get opportunity to do world class research in India itself. As such, it’s the quality of education that matters most. Remember that you are spending your hard earned money while choosing to study abroad, hence make sure that you set your career goals right.

University Rankings: Universities are ranked worldwide based on parameters such as Research quality, quality of Teaching, infrastructure, Employability, internationalization etc. QS University Ranking, QS Rating etc provide rating for the best universities in the world. From the University Rankings, you can also find out which university offers financial grants to foreign universities

Go for unconventional Geographical locations: Generally students prefer locations like US, UK, Australia, Canada etc to pursue higher education abroad. If the course you look for is offered by a country located in a not-so-popular part of the world, there is a no reason to hesitate going for it. Today, there are many universities in Latin America offering course in niche areas. Universidade de São Paulo(Brazil), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile(Chile) are some of the popular universities in South America

Similarly, cost of living is comparatively low in Mexico when compared to other North American countries like USA and Canada

Recognition in home country: Ensure that the course/degree is recognized in your home country. For example, Russia is a preferred destination for Medicine. However, the M D degree obtained from Russia is not recognized in some countries. In India, it is treated as MBBS only. Similarly, many MBA programmes do not fetch jobs in other countries. Doing MBA from an Indian institute of Management (IIM) in India would fetch you a job with handsome package in India as well as abroad rather than doing an MBA in an unknown university in the UK

Have a Strong Resume: Before selecting the university, have good scores in your kitty in GMAT/GRE/IELTS/TOEFL etc. This will ensure that you get access to the best universities in the world. Have a crisp resume as well.

Go for Scholarship: Instead of spending everything from your purse, find out the universities that offer you scholarships. For example, University of Adelaide offers Ashok Khurana scholarship for Indian Students. Similarly, we have Aichi Scholarship Program for Asian students in Japan. The Oxford and Cambridge Society of India (OCSI) offers scholarships for students from India.

Employment opportunities: Once you finish your course, you should be able to get good job opportunities in the country where you studied. For example, there are industries in the USA linked with universities and these hire engineers directly from the campus

Attend University Fairs: Attend foreign university fairs that are conducted in your country. Here you can interact with correspondents of the concerned university directly. They will provide details like nature of Course, scholarship, fees etc. You could consult educational consultants as well

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