5 steps to choosing the right university for you!

With thousands of universities across the world offering a number of different undergraduate courses, selecting the right university for your future is an important decision to make.

It’s important to find a good “fit” between you and your university, this doesn’t just mean choosing the right course but you will also want to consider the faculty, cost, funding opportnities and accommodation, amongst other factors.

We understand that narrowing down your options can be challenging, so we’ve created five steps to help you with the selection process of finding the right university for you. 

Choosing from the hundreds or thousands of universities out there can be extremely daunting, the first thing to do is get organised by making a list of university attributes that are important to you.

Things to consider:

  • What do you want to get out of university?
  • Where in the world do you want to be?
  • Do you want to go to a large or small university?
  • Is money an issue?
  • Are extracurricular activities important to you? 

After you have identified what is important to you, begin researching universities that fit your criteria. As a starting point, speak to your school counsellor to go through your list of criteria, they will probably have an idea of whether your dream university exists or not!

Another form of research can be attending a university fair - search the internet to find out if there’s one happening near you – go through their exhibitor list and identify which universities you could see yourself attending. 

Researching options online is a great way to start off but to get information on a number of universities all under one roof is even better! 

Visit a fair to get face time with a number of universities, find out exactly what admissions officers are looking for and get answers to all your burning questions on the spot! Most fairs also hold workshops and talks in their seminar areas, attend these to gain a better understanding on a course of interest. 

NAJAH - a higher education fair with over 160+ exhibitors is taking place from 25-27 October 2017 in Abu Dhabi. Click here to register your visit.

After visiting a university fair, you should have a list of potential universities you are interested in, visiting their campuses is a great way to get a better feel of the university. A campus tour gives you an insight into student life, the facilities on offer and any extra-curricular activities. 

Things to consider:

  • Talk to current students – they’ll give you a 360 degree feel of the university
  • Ask if you can have a tour of the department you are interested in
  • Sit in on a couple of lectures for the course you're applying for
  • Try experience as much as you can and write down the pros and cons
  • Visit areas surrounding the university 

If you have several options to consider, listing the pros and cons will help in creating your shortlist of universities. Try contacting departments for the courses you are interested in to see how they differ and what you like about them. Some might have funding opportunities while others might provide better research prospects. Taking the time to dig deeper will help you list the advantages and disadvantages of each university – if the negatives start adding up for a particular university, remove it from your shortlist.