5 steps on how to research for university

STEP 1: Start with your dream

Studying abroad is always a great dream. It’s great since it will give you opportunities to grow and focus on self-development. At the same time, there would be, of course, many challenges, but one of the major ones is related to finances. The first step in how research for university abroad is to decide on a country that you desire to do it. It’s not like you can not research many countries, but you have to expect that every country’s educational systems are different, which makes it hard for you to focus on your goal. Then, the question is, what do you want to study? It won’t be a tough question if you already figured it out during your earlier year in high school. Though, I know it’s not the same for many students. I suggest you do some career tests to understand some options that might fit your personality, characteristics, and values.

STEP 2: Ranking Websites

After deciding on where and what to study, an easy following step is to look for a university ranking. It provides you with a list of universities in a city, a state, a country, or like me, around the EU. Well, the basic keyword I used to look for on Google is “Top business schools in the EU”. Sometimes, I would want some more analytical results, which could change into “Business Schools Ranking France”.

STEP 3: Pick some of your favorites

University is competitive. No one could be 100% confident that they will get accepted. However, the Application fee is also not little. I recommend each student apply to around seven universities. It could be different compared to the US, perhaps not enough, but normally seven is a decent number.

STEP 4: Put them into a list

Now, it’s time to practice your MS skills. Please create a list of your university options, including:

  • The tuition fees of your degree
  • Advantages and Disadvantages
  • The Major available
  • Some notes and feedback

This will help you to easily look back on your research and follow the process of each application. I believe it would be beneficial to your parents too, as it shows them how independent you are with your future and give them enough information to trust you with your choice.