These guidelines are mainly focused on helping students to get admission in medical universities. The students are advised to gather all information about different medical universities in last year of their pre-medical studies.
First of all, Congratulations on your success in pre-medical phase. The life from here on is a bit different, in sense that every step you take and every decision you make relies mostly on your shoulders. So, being a responsible person, you should make decisions after careful analysis of different options available to you.
The BIG step for you at this moment is to look for different universities and choose which one is appropriate for you. Many things have to be considered in choosing your final destination, but most of students don’t know about importance of searching about different universities, and gathering as much info as possible, before getting admission into Chinese Universities. Those who don’t have much information about where they are going, sometimes they regret on their decision, but not all.
Some brief steps are given here in order to help in making your decision.
But be well ahead of time, because this stuff takes time.
First of all, see your budget, how much you can spend per year on you studies? Select country according to your budget.
If you have time, check the policies of that country or universities for international students.
Search for the universities top in list of the respective country, or at least having good reputation. You might have heard some of the names before.
Almost all universities in a country offer same degree but slightly variable course outline and schedule, which isn’t a big deal.
After sorting out the universities from the whole list, check the fees of the universities on your favorite list.
Make a final list of your most favorite universities. Request their prospectus, if this service is available for free.
Well, if their prospectus is not available, as of universities in Asia and some European countries, then try to contact them directly or with their authorized agents in your country.
Remember ! Only visit the authorized agents of the university, and not the other ones, because other agents only do this for their business and they have eye on your money and don’t care about your future. They could charge you extra money.
The authorized agents contact information is available on their respective universities sites.
Get information about Visa policy and the country (culture, language, people, route to your university, distance from airport etc) from the agent or by their official site.
Ask your agent about any hidden (other than already mentioned) or extra expenses involved in the whole process of getting admission and visa, or by contacting directly the university official by e-mail or phone.
Apply for admission with the required documents.
When you have got admission letter from the university, ask the agent, or e-mail the university official, to give you the university’s list of subjects and their schedule, so that you can buy the books for the first year. Usually it is given to the students along with admission letter.
The agent will do apply for your visa. If the agent is not involved, you have to apply for visa directly to the embassy according to the university instructions. This could be a little hassle for you but don’t worry, it won’t take take much of your energy if you are doing it right.
You will get visa after the time specified by the embassy. Get your ticket and you are READY FOR TAKEOFF.
If you know any current students or graduates from foreign universities, get information by them about their universities, as it will be a bit more accurate information for you. Tell them about your plans, and they could help you decide your goals.
Talk to the university official on phone, and know about the current status of university, if they still have seats available for the current season. Always make points about what you want to ask, before you call.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please post in relevant forum.
Author: Dr. Muddasser Khurshid