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The Benefits of Planning Ahead for Studying Abroad

Planning ahead is a pro move if you want to study abroad. You’re saving yourself from the anxiety and the messy hullabaloo of being unprepared. Not to mention, it gives you a headstart in processing entry requirements and other application necessities from your chosen university. You don’t want to stress out over uni entrance exams at the last minute! And, contrary to what others believe, you don’t have to wait until your senior year to start planning your college journey.

So, whether you already have a five-page vision board for your study abroad journey or you’re still on the fence about getting an education overseas, here’s a guide on how to plan ahead for your overseas education.

Consider your educational needs (and more)

Sure, an education abroad might broaden your horizons and expose you to a different culture, but there’s more to it than that. You need to first consider what you want to get out of your education overseas so you have a clear idea of what program you’ll take, where, and how much everything will cost. Factor in the location, the culture of the country you’ll be studying in, and the Filipino communities there.

For example, Singapore is a popular destination for international students like yourself who wants to reap the benefits of high educational standards while accessing global education opportunities. Institutions such as the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) collaborate with top-ranking universities to offer globally-recognised degrees at a fraction of the fees compared to getting the same qualifications in the US or UK (about 30-50% of the fees).

Sit down and ask yourself: Do you want a high-caliber degree from a well-known university or is an international diploma enough for your career goal? Is your chosen university offering scholarship options if ever you’re way out of budget but you really would like to study there? Is your chosen country safe for international students like you? Is there a Filipino community you can go to for support and guidance? Pondering upon these might take a while, but setting the basics down goes a long way in your preparedness.

The Singapore Institute for Management (SIM) has a culturally-diverse environment full of facilities and services to support international students in their transition and stay in Singapore. For more information on student life in Singapore, click here.

Dedicate time for research

Now that you’ve determined your goals and needs, it’s time to do the research. You’re probably already familiar with how it’s done but if you’re planning to study abroad, you might need a little bit more time on the research desk. Don’t grow impatient!

A huge chunk of your research process involves talking to counselors or recruitment teams who can support you in your goals and guide you to the right universities where you’ll truly get the most out of your tertiary education. They can answer your questions about what you can do career-wise with a global degree, entry requirements, and documentation needed. They can provide you application support, too! That’s half the research outta the way already.

Speak to seniors or students in the university

One of the best ways to research is to ask people on the ground. In your case, this means talking to seniors in your chosen university by reaching out to them through email or through the university website.

Prepare your questions beforehand and really get them to tell you what it’s like in the country on a day-to-day basis. Maybe ask them about their coursework and their daily study routine? Listen promptly, too, and imagine yourself being in their shoes for a while and if you’d like studying there based on their input.

Fortunately at SIM, you can easily chat with existing or senior students to know what it’s like to be an international student in Singapore!

Planning ahead for an overseas education makes such a huge difference. It doesn’t take a lot for you to be ready, mentally and physically – from all the crucial decision-making to the nitty-gritty requirements that an international study might need to accomplish. And did we mention that you’ll also increase your chances of getting into your dream university if you submit applications early? Go get ’em, globetrotter!

To become better prepared in your international education, watch out for an upcoming webinar this January 29th by the Singapore Institute of Management to learn about all the things you need to consider before studying abroad!

 

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