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How to Choose the Right Country to Study Abroad Without Burning a Hole In Your Pocket

Studying in a different country is a dream for many students. Often it is not only the quality of education they are looking at, it is also the overall experience. When you live in a different country, you acquire new life skills and explore different culture. However, for many foreign dreams seldom take flight as cost is a big barrier. So, we asked Gurinder Bhatti, Chairman & Managing Director, ESS Global, to share few smart ways to choose your study destination that doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket. (All Images: Thinkstock)

Enquire about ‘pay later’ options

Enquire about ‘pay later’ options
Enquire about ‘pay later’ options

Tuition fees is one of the major cost for anybody who is looking to study abroad. Prices vary per country, course and institution. There are schemes such as loans and “pay later” options that you can count on in order to save yourself from paying such exorbitant amount upfront.

Look for scholarships

Look for scholarships
Look for scholarships

Be on a constant lookout for scholarships that can reduce your expenses of studying abroad. Not all scholarship has the same terms and conditions. Some cover tuition fees and living costs whereas others- student visa and air fair or both. When planning and budgeting it is wise to send multiple applications to all scholarship-granting institutions. Start with your admissions office and the university you have chosen to study in. There are several Government scholarships too.

Keep a budget aside for miscellaneous expenses

Keep a budget aside for miscellaneous expenses
Keep a budget aside for miscellaneous expenses

Expenses such as books and extra-curricular activities are often kept out of the tuition fees. Calculate how much expenses you require depending on the course you opted for.

Calculate the cost of living

Calculate the cost of living
Calculate the cost of living

Calculate the cost of living in the country of your choice. Refer to sources such as the program coordinator and available statistics and country comparisons. Europe has several top notch schools and excellent programs but it also has cities where the cost of living is very high. On the other hand, Asian countries have relatively affordable cost of living and premier educational institutions. Keep in mind that cost of living fluctuates so keep a track on your budget.

Choose a roomie

Choose a roomie
Choose a roomie

Most students will have the option of living in a dormitory or a student’s apartment somewhere near to one’s school. A dormitory will give you the option of staying with a roomie. Having your own apartment can often turn out to be overtly expensive.

Get a part time job

Get a part time job
Get a part time job

All the international students are allowed to do part time jobs which can prove to be a good source for earning their pocket money. It also adds on to the exposure and experience which helps them at later stages. However, the number of hours students can work in a month vary from country to country.

Be true to yourself

Be true to yourself
Be true to yourself

Finally, be true to yourself – Go for a degree and a college you want to and not something you think you need to do or have to. If you decide to go for your passion, it will be much easier to go through tough times. Also read: Walk Before Every Exam To Improve Your Memory Recall And Score Better

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