Semester Abroad, Bachelor, Master or even a PhD- What best suits you?
When considering studying abroad, the first question you should always ask yourself is which study program is the right one for me? Should I aim for a semester abroad, an entire undergraduate or postgraduate degree or even a PhD? Which study options do I have?
Your Individual Choice:
Depending on your goals and where you currently are in your studies or career, deciding on a program is always a tough choice.
However, when making the decision it is important that you ask yourself the following questions: What do I personally expect from studying abroad? Why do I want to study abroad? What plans do have after my studies? What are my long-term career goals? In asking yourself these questions, you should also take into account what can realistically be achieved.
For your desired future career, it could be best for you to complete an overseas undergraduate or postgraduate degree or perhaps to only study for one or two semesters abroad. If your goal is to focus on improving your English language skills or enhancing your academic profile, spending one or two semesters abroad might be the better choice for you.
However, maybe your intention is to work in another country sometime in the future. If so, studying abroad will give you the chance to combine your plan with an internship to increase your chances and and networking opportunities while overseas.
The IEC advisory team looks forward to being at your side to help you make the right choices to best fit your needs.
Timing is Everything- It is Never too Early to Start
Planning your study abroad well in advance means saving money and sparing yourself a headache or two down the road. The best time to start planning details such as costs and financing is one year prior to departure. Many scholarships must be organized far in advance and it is of the utmost importance to always keep an eye on deadlines. Your application for a higher education institution should be submitted to IEC approximately 6 months prior to the semester start.
Important: Most study programs have application deadlines. Applying last minute, in other words two to three months before the beginning of the semester, might be possibile if you can provide evidence of the expected language skills and have already made arrangements concerning the financial aspects of your program.
Contact the IEC advisory team for further information on IEC partner universities and colleges.