The United States of America is one of the most preferred destinations for pursuing higher education. People from all over the world put in their best efforts to study in the USA. Honestly, the thought of studying abroad is extremely exciting, not just because of the amazing opportunities but also because your dream turns into reality. On the other hand, the plethora of available opportunities can also confuse students.
You need to keep a few factors in mind while planning to study abroad, whether in the USA or any other country. However, in this blog, we will focus on the top 5 factors to consider while planning to study in the USA. Keep reading to find out!
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- Choose your university.
One of the most important and foremost things to consider in choosing your university. Yes, the options are many but keeping the list ready is a smart work you should undertake. Devote some time to researching more about the universities. Check for the eligibility requirements of the universities; if you meet the criteria, shortlist it and, if not, move on to the next university. But, make sure to have your top 10 universities shortlisted.
- Keep a tab on the budget.
As a matter of fact, budget is a factor that you cannot avoid at any cost. While planning to study abroad in the USA, you have to keep your budget ready. Check for the tuition fees of the universities, the cost of living, and other miscellaneous finances. It will help keep everything handy way in advance. Waiting till the last minute is not a good idea as it can delay your chances of making your dream come true.
- Prepare yourself for the weather in the USA!
The United States of America embraces pleasant summer and chilly winters, which are way different than what you experience in India. That said, even in India, some places have no signs of winter. So while planning your study abroad life in the USA, check the weather chart. Buy your winter/warm clothes, mittens, and so on beforehand. Check if the university has any particular code of conduct for the summers and pack your summer clothes accordingly.
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- Keep your phone plan ready.
One of the absolutely essential factors to keep in mind while planning to study abroad in the USA is your phone plan. Don’t wait till the last minute to reach the USA and then get a phone plan accordingly. Upgrade your plan way before that while you are in India. Check with your mobile phone provider if they have any international packs and opt for the best-suited one. If not, check for other operators who provide international plans.
- Emergency numbers
And by emergency numbers, we don’t mean the helpline numbers. Of course, those are quintessential but have emergency numbers of your universities handy. In addition to this, if you have any friend who is already studying in the USA or a relative, list their numbers as emergency contacts. In case you are unable to locate your university or so, the emergency contacts can help you out!
Studying abroad in the USA, living all by yourself in a new country, is a challenging yet interesting experience. With these tips in mind, you can at least prepare yourself a bit. If you need more assistance with studying abroad, there are many study abroad consultants like iSchoolConnect Technologies and so on that can help you out