You've taken our cool questionnaire (link here) and decide that studying abroad is right for you. Great! Now that the beginning is done with, you can start to have a bit of fun. Where do you want to go and what do you want to study?
These two are the most important questions to ask yourself before you can go further into the process. Since they are really important questions, you need to think very thoroughly about making that choice. Remember, after all, these decisions are going to have a huge effect on your experience.
Not sure where to start? Check out some cool statistics.
Most Popular Study Abroad Destinations
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Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics (http://stats.uis.unesco.org)
So, what does that mean for you?
Well, you have to think about where you've always wanted to go.
Are you into the hustle and bustle of the big city, or do you want to go skiing? Do you prefer hiking and looking after animals, or always having something to do at night?
You shouldn't even start to look at programs before you know where you want to go. However, if the most important thing for you is a great university program, that can also be another starting point. This is about deciding what your priorities are. Consider the following questions:
- Which is more important to you – history and culture, or a fast paced lifestyle?
- Do you need to work abroad? Do you need to get an internship?
- Do you want to study in your native language or in English?
- Do you prefer small quaint towns or huge cities?
- What do care about more - how prestigious your university is or where you are going to study?
- What extracurricular activities matter most to you? Do you enjoy outdoor activities, such as hiking and sports, or do you want to enjoy the local nightlife?
- How much can you afford to spend? The cost of studying abroad will vary depending on where you are.
Choosing where to study is a really personal decision. Make sure to look at all aspects of life abroad before you decide on a particular country. If you are still not sure, check out our study Abroad Guides for such countries as the United Kingdom, Australia, The United States, and Spain for more information.
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