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Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive by Indian standards. Hence, the number of universities applied to has to be restricted to around 3 or 4 that best match your requirements.

The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you. The range of academic options as well as available universities are so wide that it is not possible to select the best in one go and it may take some time.

The basic steps involved in the Process of selecting Universities are :

Self Evaluation (Level-I)

The first step is identifying your goals and needs which can be done by self evaluation.

A - Identify your reasons for pursuing higher education abroad
  • Are you motivated by career goals, job prospects, academic interest, personal satisfaction?
  • What particular specialization are you interested in?
It is important to match your objectives with what the universities offer. If your aim is research in some particular field, you should apply to universities with specialized departments in that field. If you are interested in practical experience, you should apply to universities located close to the commercial centers and important cities.

B - Realistically assess your academic and professional background
  • Are you a competitive student?
  • Are you dedicated and hardworking?
  • How good is your academic record?
  • Do you have any work experience or research work related to your field of study?
  • Do you have any credentials in extracurricular activities?
Only if you have a good academic background, you should apply to highly ranked universities. If you feel you are moderately placed, you should apply to mid ranked universities.

C - Get an academic focus
  • Do you have a relatively clear idea of your field of study?
  • Have you spoken to your professors, read journals to know more about your field and other new fields?
Education abroad is very different from education in India. Most universities abroad have a very flexible system where you can select your courses and focus more on your field of interest. There are also many specialized courses which may suit your needs.

D - Realistically assess your financial abilities
  • Will you get a financial assistance from the university?
  • Can you or your family finance your education and stay?
  • Do you have an overseas sponsor?
  • Are you eligible for funds from educational trusts?
Even though the application procedure comes completely FREE from Meridian Consultancy, you have to take into consideration the tuition fees and living expenses which are high and depend on the place you wish to study in. For a visa, you must be able to demonstrate your ability to fund your education and stay abroad.

Level-II

Once you have completed a self evaluation you have to narrow down your choice to 3-4 institutions and apply accordingly.
 
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