The Five Ws and H of Studying Abroad- Glory is a young professional working in the banking industry in Nigeria, her friend Esther currently studies Master of International Business in an American University. Tunde, a former neighbour of hers also studies in Australia.
These people left in search of global opportunities and seem to be on their way up the ladder. Glory wants this global opportunity as well, despite her stable monthly salary, she desires “bigger opportunities” and has resolved to advance her studies abroad, acquire relevant industry skills, international experience and network and preferably, a post-study work permit to reside in a developed country and advance her career.
Caught in the excitement of travelling abroad and the possibilities of “bigger opportunities”, Glory wants to resign from her banking job to focus on her study abroad dreams. She’s not fully financially capable, so she intends borrowing money from family and friends to make up the money needed to achieve this. Besides, she was told students are allowed to work while studying, she’s confident she’ll pay back a few months after she gets a part-time job.
Is Glory wise?
Like Glory, we all know one or more persons studying abroad.
Whether you work with the banking industry or not, an entrepreneur, fresh graduate or corporate professional who is impressed by the stories you hear about life abroad and wish to experience that too, you need to be sure of what it takes to achieve this dream.
Using the five Ws and H, here are what you should know/do:
The first question you should ask and answer sincerely is “why do I want to study abroad?” Your answer to this question will determine if it is worth pursuing or not. Is it because more persons are travelling by the year? Or because of personal and professional growth? Whatever the answer, own your truth.
Now, if your reason for wanting international education is worth the commitment, the next step is to determine what. What does it take to study abroad? Bear in mind that money plays its role, even in a free tuition country, you need to cater for your living expenses and the government would need proof of that before a visa grant. What documents are needed? Find out as much information as you can to help you understand what studying abroad involves.
There are highly ranked countries recognised for their standard of education, among these countries, which do you want? What are the financial implications of studying in that country? Can you afford it? Find out about the language, cost of living, immigration policies, International students experiences, career opportunities and other vital concerns. Also, check out the universities to know which is best for you.
Who is your sponsor? Is it you, your parents, a sibling or a spouse? Are you or is your sponsor financially capable to handle the cost of studying and living abroad?
No two people are the same, also, no two countries are the same. Countries have their different admission application dates; knowing what country you want to study in, find out the duration for admission application. For instance, Norway opens portals for application once in a year, from August-December for the next year’s academic intake. Find out when, this will help you plan ahead.
Finally, how. With the information you have readily available, how do you begin? Do you have the required documents? Do you have the funds?
Unless you or your sponsor have available funds and a reliable source of income, then finance is a challenge. You need to PLAN.
Breakdown the cost, have a realistic goal and work towards that. You could decide to get your documents one step at a time. Be intentional about this. Have a savings target and place a timeline.
Don’t be like Glory. The first step should not be resigning from your job or borrowing. What happens when you don’t get a job as soon as expected?
Research. Seek professional guide. Plan. Be wise.
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