How to choose the right university

How to choose the right university
Make sure you go through all your priorities before choosing the right university.

Explore study options from around the globe at UniExpo Dubai for a fulfilling future

By Caspar Bhurgri

Published: Sun 8 Sep 2019, 10:07 AM

Last updated: Sun 8 Sep 2019, 12:15 PM

From deciding the right career path to choosing the appropriate higher-education institute to help you achieve your dreams; the whole experience can feel very intimidating. Here is my two-step summary that may help.
Step 1: What to study?
It is natural to feel hesitant when you take the first step. That being said, once you decide the career path you wish to follow, the rest is not as tough as it seems. One regret a lot of people have is not choosing what they enjoy.
This does not mean that you simply go all out and don't think practically. It is always important to find a balance, in this case, the balance has to be between our passion and the tools we have at our disposal to realise our dreams. Once you choose what you want to do, try going to big companies established in that industry and see the type of jobs they are posting.
Check out their eligibility criteria and see if it is something that you can pursue once you go to university. Explore the course outlines to see whether the subjects are aligned with your personal goals and are relevant to your industry.
Universities do offer certain courses, which allow you to have a major and a minor degree as part of your degree. You should still speak to the university representative to find out more before diving headfirst. 
Step 2: Where to study?
With universities from countries like France, Germany, Ireland, Malaysia, Turkey, UAE, UK, US, etc. having representation at the KT UniExpo Dubai 2019, you can get confused quite easily.
That being said, the first filter to apply is to look for those universities that meet your chosen career path. Remember that every university has a different style of teaching. Never be afraid to talk about this with the university representatives at the fair.
Try and also ask yourself where you want to study. Do you have a certain lifestyle that you are not willing to compromise on? Do you prefer being closer to a rural area or an urban one? How close to home do you want to stay? One of the biggest questions is the weather; what is the weather in the country in which you are planning to study?
Let's be honest, sometimes we choose to study abroad even though the same course is available in our home country simply because we want to enrich our experience by learning about the new culture, while getting access to better quality of education.
At times we even have to consider our pockets. There is no shame in that, especially when you have certain countries that provide excellent quality education at a cost which amount to close to nothing - just remember to do your homework thoroughly before diving headfirst when you hear the word free!
Important things to remember
It is good practice to thoroughly research  all the universities you have shortlisted. If you're feeling confused, come to the KT UniExpo and see the universities present there, pick up your phone and run a search on Google really quick. It's that simple.
Check out the accommodation. Never assume that the university that you want to study in has accommodation that meets all your needs. It never hurts to drop them an e-mail and get in touch with the accommodation team to get more information on this.
Always find out what other opportunities and facilities your future university offers. There are different societies/clubs that help you do more than just kill time; you can network and make new friends.
If you're planning on studying abroad, make sure you read up on the country's student visa policy and check whether there are any additional or special requirements which might apply to you.
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