The Top 12 Questions To Ask Your Study Abroad Advisor (And The Answers!)
When studying abroad, preparing and getting ready is key. You need to talk with your study abroad advisor and ask them about everything. It is a great way to get the most out of your experience. Advisors (or educational counsellors) are there to help you plan and prepare for your time abroad, and they can offer valuable insights and advice.
Questions about academics, housing, finances, and cultural adjustment can all be helpful in making your study abroad experience successful. So don't be afraid to ask your advisor anything that's on your mind. They are there to help. That’s why Educatly is here to guide you and share with you the top questions to ask your study abroad advisor before studying abroad.
Here Are The Top 12 Questions To Ask Your Study Abroad Advisor Beforehand:
1. I don’t know another language. Will this be a problem?
This is almost never a problem as long as you are fluent in English. All over the world, people speak English. Additionally, most study abroad programs (and all of Educatly’s programs) are delivered in English.
2. Is studying abroad expensive?
Not necessarily. There are a lot of affordable programs all over the world, as well as paid scholarships, and funding.
3. Does studying abroad take more time to graduate?
Absolutely not. Sometimes, you can even finish earlier as some degrees abroad take a shorter time. For example, the bachelor’s degree in the UK is for 3 years, as opposed to the 4-year duration that’s famous all over the world.
4. What types of programs are available to me?
This is a very important question to understand what kind of programs match your grades, preferences, interests, budget and capabilities, to make a perfect choice.
5. When should I start planning?
As soon as possible, of course. Starting early, you will have time to research and know more about studying abroad and your program to get the most out of your experience.
6. What are the eligibility requirements for the program?
This is to know if the program of your choice is suitable for you in light of your grades, and whether or not you need to take specific tests and papers to prepare.
7. What are the costs associated with the program?
This one is a no-brainer. This is something you should know from the get-go.
8. What courses will I be able to take while abroad?
Always be prepared and do your research. Especially when it comes to your higher education.
9. Is there funding available?
Sometimes there are funding programs or even instalments and special payment options, so it’s important to know your options.
10. What are the deadlines for application materials?
11. Is there housing available through the program?
Sometimes there are dorm rooms and on-campus housing. In case there isn’t, you need to look for accommodation and make arrangements to find a place to live while studying abroad.
12. What is the culture like in the country where I'll be studying and how can I manage culture shock or homesickness?
Your study abroad advisor can give you some insights into what you’ll be facing. Educatly advisors could even connect you to international students in that country to share their experience with you.
Asking these questions to your study abroad advisor will help you better understand the study abroad program and whether or not it's right for you to get ready fully.
What are you waiting for? Your favourite study abroad programs will be waiting for you right here, and our study abroad advisors (educational counsellors) will help you with everything.
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