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What are some things you considered when choosing a college What are some things to consider if you want to study abroad??

What are some things you considered when choosing a college? What are some things to consider if you want to study abroad?

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Doc’s Answer

When you’re away from home for three months, you’re bound to miss home. So honestly just go into the experience knowing that. Even if you’re not someone who’s really dependent on family, and you feel like you can go a long time without seeing friends, those little things will hit you. Especially in the age of social media, where you can see all the local events happening in your hometown, or see friends hanging out without you, that can be pretty rough.

TRANSFERABLE CLASSES
Worst case scenario: an international university or study abroad program extends an invitation for you to study abroad. You happily accept and acquire numerous credits throughout your studies, but return home to find that your international credits do not transfer to your home college or university. Not only will you have spent large sums of hard-earned money on international classes that don't count toward your degree, but this potential setback could throw you off track to graduating on time.

EXPENSIVE
Travel expenses, tuition, room and board, books and supplies, utilities, local transportation, and the overall cost of living can add up quickly when studying abroad. Depending on your chosen destination, university, and study abroad organization (and whether you have a part-time job, scholarships, or financial aid), your expenses can vary greatly in cost. Start planning early and secure a scholarship iie.org can aid you in searching hundreds of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, grants, and paid internships.

HEALTH INSURANCE
Don't assume that your domestic health insurance will continue to cover you as you travel outside of your home country. Some domestic health plans provide coverage for unexpected injury or illness incurred abroad, but coverage levels can vary. Other home country health plans provide no international coverage at all, meaning you could be solely responsible for expenses resulting from unanticipated medical treatment. Most schools and study abroad programs require participants to have health insurance for this exact reason.

BE PREPARED
The best countries to study abroad for you may differ from the next person. And the experience can even vary greatly from college to college and city to city! It’s important to ask yourself a few questions before deciding on a location so you can have the best experience.
• Do I speak the language.
• Am I interested in the culture.
• Do I want to travel.
• Does the college support my major.
• What's weather and climate like.
• Is the country safe to visit
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Rebecca’s Answer

Thank you for your question. In fact, different college have strength in different subjects. First of all, you need to find out what careers you have interest. You can then explore the good college on the relevant subjects.
Below are my suggestions:
1. Think about what you have interest, eg your hobbies, favourite subjects, etc and identify the related careers
Eg if you like music, would you like to be a musician, singer, musical artist, music composer, music producer, etc
If you have interest in maths, would you like to be an accountant, engineer, banker, financial, analyst, maths teacher, etc
2. Find out more on these careers and determine what you have interest
3. Speak to someone who are working in these careers. Seek guidance from your mentor, school career counselor, your parents, etc
4. Shortlist 1-2 careers you would like to pursue.
5. You can explore the college review of the relevant subjects of these careers and find out the entry criteria
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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Shelia’s Answer

Choosing a college can be a big decision, and there are many factors to consider. Here are some friendly suggestions to help guide your choice:

1. If you're worried about the cost of college, consider in-state colleges as they often have lower tuition fees.
2. Make sure the college you're interested in offers the major you want to study. This way, you can pursue the degree you desire.
3. If you're thinking about living on campus, look for colleges that offer affordable housing and meal plans.
4. If commuting is more your style, local community colleges are a great option for your first year. They're usually closer to home, so you won't have to travel too far. Plus, you can always transfer to a larger college later on, as long as they accept your credits.
5. If you're a football fan, look for colleges with a football program that ticks most of your boxes.
6. If making new friends is important to you, consider the recreational activities offered by the college. They can be a great way to meet new people and expand your social circle.
7. If you want to study abroad, it is important to review the costs of studying abroad with the college you are interested in. The average semester abroad costs can range between $7,000 and $15,000 in total. You will find one-month summer program can be as high as $6,000. The cost of your study abroad program could be higher or lower than that, depending on factors like location, length and program type.
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Jerome’s Answer

For me, I liked the idea of doing a community college and transferring to a four year. Gave me a little more flexibility and the cost was much less.

From there, I did a little research on the Psychology programs a few schools offered and made sure I found a school close to the beach (priorities).
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Rian’s Answer

Hi Riley,
When you choose to travel abroad, you should look into the university programs that are offered. A lot of times, traveling abroad can have the same tuition cost as a normal semester/quarter. Researching these programs and reaching out to students who did those programs is a great way to learn more and see if it fits your interests.
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