Pursuing the dream of studying abroad is a very long process. What Do my homework for me writes down below can only be considered as a summary of the main path of that process.
Where to study abroad
Through Do my homework for me’s survey, we find that more than 50% of students choose the US, 20% choose the UK, and 13% choose Singapore. Common features of these countries are English speaking, developed economies, good education, and extremely expensive tuition fees.
Tuition fees at each school are different, but usually, the tuition for a US university will range from 30,000 – 60,000 USD / year, in the UK: 20,000 – 50,000 USD / year, and in Singapore: 20,000 – 30,000 USD / year. Besides the accommodation fees, the cost for a year of study in these countries could reach 50,000 USD, even nearly 100,000 USD a year.
Scholarship hunting in these countries is possible, but it is not easy. Instead of focusing on these countries with extremely expensive fees, you should expand your search to other countries with good education systems and cheap tuition fees. For example, Germany is one of the most powerful economies in the world with a quality education perhaps ranked after the UK and the US. Besides, international students do not have to worry about college tuition because it is free. Although they charge a fee for master’s degrees, they are much cheaper than the US UK. The Germans speak English very well and their university has many programs taught in English. Many other countries in Europe such as Sweden, Austria, and Norway all offer free undergraduate and master degree programs to international students. In addition to Europe, some other countries that I like Argentina, India have some good universities (UBA of Argentina, IIT of India are in the top 200 in the world) offer free or only one, two thousand dollars courses a year.
If you want to study abroad you can spend about one day on the internet to find that information. If you find any school, share it here to let everyone know!
Which level of studying abroad
Some of you choose to study abroad from high school on a cultural exchange program or self-sufficient studying. As I can see, these students are often more confident and easy to integrate than those who study abroad at the undergraduate or graduate level. But not everyone at the high school level can be willing to stay alone in a foreign country.
Studying at the university level is the most ideal because many developed national university programs not only teach majors but also focus on critical thinking, helping you discover yourself. Universities are also home to groups where you can find people who share your passions. I often hear some friends studying masters, doctoral, not only international students and also local students, complaining that their social life after graduating from university is much worse. When people learn higher they often focus on their work rather than waste time making friends.
I say that does not mean you should not study for a master or doctoral program. If you study abroad for a master or a doctoral degree, you can make friends normally but it’s just not as exciting as in a university environment. Master and doctoral programs are much more diverse than university programs, so it is difficult for me to describe them in general. For example, studying for a master’s degree in the US usually takes two years and tends to be a theory (students still have to study for enough credits and “do my homework”). While a master’s in the UK usually takes only one year and tends to do research. Postgraduate students in some disciplines and some schools in the US can be considered as cheap staff that professors hire to work in their labs. But students who are in some other disciplines or some other schools are paid a salary or financial support by the school. In general, it is very diverse, so you should spend time visiting the website of each school for efficient information.
Select the school
I see many students when choosing a school, they often focus on the list of top schools and check the price without knowing the culture or location of the school that suits them or not. For example, some of you like a vibrant environment but your school is suburban and you have to drive two hours to get to the nearest town. If you come to an overseas study counseling center you should note that many centers have links to some schools to earn commissions from them. Therefore they will try to push you into those affiliated schools.
There are a few things you should keep in mind when choosing a school based on that list of top schools. Just being a top school doesn’t mean every industry is good – some are very good at computer science but the social sciences are terrible, or some are just good at research but not good at theory. Second, if you choose a school like that, there are many other people who choose schools in that way. It leads to some schools that are considered the top overflowing with applications but very few students apply for other good schools. This is the problem that many American educators are also screaming at. They advise students applying for scholarships that they should find schools that are not in the top 20 or top 50. You can also consult a list of schools that change lives, the best value school, or read the biographies of friends who succeed in your favorite careers to see what school they studied.
When studying at a little-known school, you should pay attention to avoid virtual school. You have to find out why that school offers a diploma or not because many universities were built to cheat money from international students. When searching about a school, you should carefully read the information about it and ask your friends if possible.
I strongly support you to take the initiative and determination to find scholarships. Personally, I would not be able to study at Stanford without financial support from the school. However, Do my homework for me recommends you should understand the features of these scholarships as well as your chances of success.
The scholarships I get at Stanford are need-based (depending on the requirements). It means that once you are admitted to the school, you do a financial statement so the school knows how much money you can pay, and the school will pay the entire balance to you. This charge includes meals, accommodation, insurance, return home tickets every year. Some of the top private schools in the US with strong financial power have this policy to ensure they get the best students. However, need-based is different from need-blind. A need-blind is when the school decides to accept you without considering your financial status. Stanford is need-based but no need-blind for international students. That means the school may not accept you if they see you will need a lot of financial help.
I asked some students how they planned to pay the cost of studying abroad, some of them answered: “Stanford scholarship” or “Harvard scholarship”. Last year, Stanford’s admission rate was 4.7% and Harvard’s 5% – perhaps even lower for international students. The people who apply to these schools are usually excellent students with a great portfolio because few of the students with middle-class finance waste money to go to these schools.
I said that not to let you lose your motivation, but just to give you a more realistic view. You should have plan A and plan B, even plan C, D. For example, when I prepare a study abroad application, my option A is admitted to Stanford with financial support from the school. My option B is to apply for a good school but not at the top. I will try to get some school scholarships and participate in some writing contests or find scholarships from some company to pay for accommodation. My option C is to apply for a very cheap school or free tuition and then go to work to make money. My option D is to marry a rich husband and give birth to a child, teach him to study well, and then make him do option A.
The master’s degree course in my opinion is the most difficult to get a scholarship because the study time is too short for the professor or the school to benefit from that student. Besides, it is not considered necessary as a bachelor’s degree that they have funds to support you. There are still master’s scholarships from countries and NGOs, the most famous of which are probably Chevening and Fulbright. However, a scholarship is not the only way to cover the master’s fees. In some countries like the US (the UK does not allow you to do this), students studying master’s programs can work as a teaching assistant (TAship) or do research with a professor (RAship) to get free tuition and receive a comfortable salary. That is enough for you to pay for accommodation and occasional activities. A lot of my friends with my master’s degree at Stanford do this.
Above are some experiences and suggestions that I and Do my homework for me give you who want to study abroad. Let’s try them and choose for yourself a suitable school for your studying path.
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