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Top tips to pick the right university

Farhana Chowdhury
Filed on June 24, 2020
Meet faculty and alumni and find out what you could gain from enrolling in that university.

So, you've just passed out of high school or are halfway through your academic year, and may be looking for options to pursue further education. There are a number of things to look for in an institute best suited to you

Ignore university rankings: It's the norm to strive for universities that have established a name for themselves, but does the brand cater to your needs and expectations? Try not to get caught up in the ranking hype, and instead explore the potential experiences for yourself. Meet faculty and alumni and find out what you could gain from enrolling in that university.  

Sync your needs: Depending on the career you aim to pursue, some universities specialise in industry-specific courses that may be beneficial to you. Look at options that promise maximum exposure and experience that can kick-start your future endeavours right after graduation.

Optimise finances: Factor in the cost of tuition per annum, along with the living expenses in case you're staying on your own. To help you get by, look into the types of scholarships offered by universities and see if you qualify. Look for paid internship opportunities as well, which could in turn complement your academic performance.

Understand programme duration: At times, understanding the length of time spent to achieve a degree and indulge in its prospects in the long-run can truly help students decide what they want to accomplish by the end of the academic year. Find out how long it takes for a typical student to graduate, identify the challenges and decide if you're up for the commitment.

Attend education fairs: The UAE hosts a number of international education fairs that bring in the best platforms for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. If you're still confused about what to do or where to start, visit one of these events and directly consult with universities.

Plan in advance: It's never too early to look at university options and the programmes they offer. An advanced review can help you better understand what kind of subjects you'd like to specialise in and prepare accordingly. Stay up to date with new course introductions and careers of the future to broaden your prospects.

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