How To Not Get Lost In The Ocean Of University Possibilities

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You have figured out what you want to study? First step successfully completed! After choosing the subject you want to gain in-depth knowledge in, it is essential to figure out which university will give you the best education within that field. Choosing the right university for your degree is the cornerstone for your career and should be chosen very carefully. When choosing academic courses you are faced with a huge ocean of possibilities, and it is easy to get lost and overwhelmed. Check out our guide to help you make it through the complex process of finding the right uni:


First of all, the most important thing is to figure out what YOU want. Is an international approach essential to you? Do you feel more comfortable with working very theoretically or rather hands-on? Are you good at working for yourself or do you achieve better results when working in a team? Put together a list of factors that are important to you and that should be covered by the program you take. If you have put together your personal wish list, rank all factors into 3 categories: A for “mandatory”, B for “important” and C for “nice add on”.



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After finishing the list, start researching into the courses within the field you are approaching. Try to be not too precise and adopt a broad look, scanning all the offers. You don’t know where to start? A good first step is to look at rankings. You should definitely check QS, as well as Times higher education. If you are considering a degree in business, the Financial Times is also worth a look.


After scanning the portfolio of degrees on the market, rank them with the ABC model, based on the rankings you found at QS, Times and Financial Times.


Now compare your personal preferences with the courses offered by the universities you have found. Make your own combined ranking of the universities and make note of what they are especially good at. Compare this with what is important to you and make a short list of the TOP 3-5 Universities you could see yourself studying at.


After following this guide you have successfully taken not only step 1 (figuring out what to do) but also step 2 (finding the right university). Now get ready for the big application process!

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