Choosing where to study abroad is almost an existential decision. A critical point that will make or break your professional path – ok, maybe not as dramatic. But it is still one of the most important decisions you will make in your life, as it will shape the journey to the person you hope to become. So, with that in mind, let’s try and answer the question: How do you choose a study abroad program?
- Who do you want to be in 10 years? It seems almost impossible to answer right now, but really think about it. Where do you see yourself? Where do you work, or do you have your own company? This is the most important question, it’s both the first and last thing you should answer when trying to decide between the US and the UK. Where are the companies you want to work at based? What regions are they trying to grow in? Many companies usually work with local schools on research and hackathons, do your research so you make better and informed decisions.
- What are your hobbies? Even though you may think this isn’t relevant, it will be once you are living abroad. Hobbies play an important part of both your personal and professional life and create great opportunities for networking. So, if you are a rugby player, the UK is probably a better choice. If you are more sensitive to art, theater, and music, the US might be better suited.
- Local Socioeconomic Environment: you might not be a sociology or economics major, but socioeconomic characteristics will play a big role in your day to day life, so might as well consider them when making a decision: things like workers’ benefits, insurance, immigration policy changes, environmental regulations in place; these are a just a few to keep top of mind.
- How far away from home do you want to be? Let’s be honest, we all get homesick. So, depending on how often you plan on going back home, think about how many hours it’ll take you to get there – and how much does it cost.