Should you pursue an Undergraduate (Bachelor’s) degree abroad?
In India even a single percentage point makes the difference between your dreams of becoming an engineer or not. But you can significantly increase your chances of pursuing the same by choosing from thousands of universities overseas - the most sought after country being America. And it’s not only your percentage that counts. You can present a number of other factors in your quest for admission, your whole resume!
As soon as your Grade 7 exams are over, begin exploring the options of pursuing the Undergrad degree overseas. This head start will enable you to build a superb resume and plan the application process well in advance, assist your parents in their financial planning and ensure that you do not lose focus in the final months of the run up to your 12th grade board examinations.
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In selecting the Universities you would like to apply to here are some factors to consider:
Length of the program - UK, Europe and Australia like India, mostly follow the three year Bachelors Degree program. In the United States, Canada and Hong Kong, all Bachelor’s degrees are four year programs. Programs in medicine, pharmacy, law, nursing, architecture involve state licensure and hence extend beyond four years.
Major - The best part of studying overseas is the sheer choice of subjects and majors available to choose from. In the US and Hong Kong, an added benefit is the flexibility of their curriculum. You could be a business major with a minor in computer science or an engineering student with electives in music or a psychology student with electives in astrophysics. As an engineering student, you can enter into the undergraduate program as an ‘Engineering – Undeclared’ major if the program allows it. When selecting your Universities, check if all of the options that interest you are available.
Rankings - Review the rankings to see how well the program is placed for your major. However Rankings are not the only criteria to consider when choosing your college.
Deadline - If you are looking at Top Universities, some Universities such as the University of California may have a November 30 application deadline. While other Universities may have deadlines as late as May 1. Others may have special scholarship and financial deadlines between the months of November – December - January. Make note of these and turn your application in early.
Regular or Early Decision - You may apply to only one university as an early decision candidate. If accepted, you are bound to accept the offer and withdraw all other applications. We recommend you opt for an Early Decision only if you are sure you will be able to afford and accept the Universities offer.
Test Requirements - Most of the US universities and some universities in Singapore would require you to submit the results of the SAT (Standardized Aptitude Test) that measures your verbal and mathematical skills. A few programs may also require the SAT II subject tests. You may need to take at least 2 SAT II ‘s though there are a couple of Universities which ask for 3 SAT-II tests.
Accredited - Ensure that the university you are applying to is accredited.
Costs - The cost of a four-year program can be pretty prohibitive. Hence, plan the extent to which your family can finance your education for the next four years. With this in mind, you can then choose which programs you will apply to. Also check for information on scholarships and financial aid awards for international students.
Location - If there is a preference in location, make a note of colleges in that specific area. However, it would not be advisable to restrict your university selections based on location.
Academic Grades - When you apply, you will need to send in your mark sheets from the 9th Grade through to the 12th Grade Term 1. So, EVERY GRADE counts ! Keep your grades climbing an upward trajectory, and you will earn successful admissions.
Other factors would be class size, research facilities, international student population, co-curricular activities, and graduation rate and placement services.