Just when students are finishing up with their A-Levels or IB exams, they have a decision to make; to pursue education abroad or in Pakistan. This prospect though intriguing and enticing at first does strike fear in the hearts of most students. Fear of rejection, fear of failure, fear of stepping out of their comfort zone, and a fear of wasted resources; i.e., money.
These fears are enough to make any grown individual take a step back and think twice, so it is unfair to expect an 18-year-old student to take such a huge life decision all on their own, or at the very least have a plan and execute It exceedingly well. Fact is, in addition to making the most of the academic opportunities available, most of you are trying to figure life out, at least starting to, and it is going to take many years before you are able to have strong conviction that what you’re setting out to do is the right and best possible path for you. Even so, none of us can ever truly claim to be a 100% sure of our decisions.
So, what makes the prospect of studying abroad so exciting and why is it so important for you?
- Exploring a new and different culture
Humans by nature are an inquisitive species, if it were not for this trait a great number of scientific discoveries would never have happened. This innate desire to explore and find something new, something different is also one of the driving factors behind us wanting a new life, a better life. We want to experience new things and it is better to do that at a young age than to do it when you’re retired. The charm and allure of a foreign land is just too difficult to resist.
Simply put, we are able to expand our horizons, learn something unique and develop our worldview – giving us something to talk about.
- Prospect of meeting new people
Man is a social animal, or so it is said. Can anyone honestly remember a time where they didn’t feel excited and intrigued when meeting someone new?
We are by nature designed to socialise and engage with people, and add to that the chance of meeting new people, from different walks of life, who can resist?
You get to make friends from all over the world, share experiences, make memories and build a network that will help you throughout your careers.
- Different academic environment and access to higher quality education
A change of pace is what we all want, and look forward to all the time. When we are thrust into a completely new and challenging academic environment, the motivation level to perform at level best is very high and it’s nice to have a break away from the lifelong monotonous routine of standardised learning. Access to higher quality education, study materials and campus facilities help you reach your full academic potential. Students are more in control of what and when they study, hence the rewards of a different setting are not lost on us!
- Trying to make it on your own
One of the most exciting things about studying abroad is the idea of doing everything on your own and the way you want it to be. This aspect of living and studying abroad will give you important life skills that you will find to be of value throughout your entire life. Skills such as organisation, discipline, sustenance, maintaining your accommodation have been known to be instrumental in determining lifelong professional success, prosperity and personal happiness.
- Learning valuable skills and possibility of a career abroad
Another key aspect of studying abroad is the possibility that people have the chance to build key professional skills they may not be able to in countries like Pakistan. There are boundless opportunities available for all those who wish to seek them and the system is designed in such a way to help you as much as it can and not discourage you at all. This motivates students to build skills they otherwise would not be able to acquire.
This equips you with the right skill set and tools you need to pursue professional opportunities wherever you go.
How can you get a foreign education?
Many students come to us with questions like:
- I don’t meet the requirements of my target university
- I can’t fund my education abroad
- What opportunities will I have during and after my program?
To these we say, the opportunity is there for those who wish to make something of it.
Yes, at ABN we understand these concerns and have chalked out a plan for you.
Even if you don’t meet the requirements at first, we can most certainly help you get there. There are several pathways by which students can join their desired program, if they are not able to secure direct admission on the basis of their academic performance.
One of these is a foundation degree or a diploma that helps you meet the requirements of your institution of choice.
When it comes to funding, we understand that this can be a very delicate issue to navigate successfully and have a team of experts who are well-versed in finding financial solutions that will help you cover your tuition and living costs. These include but are not limited to:
- Scholarships, bursaries, and grants
- Part-time jobs and internships
ABN recognises the fact that many students are concerned about the opportunities that will be available to them in their host country. Our student journey is designed to allow you to make the most of your time abroad. We ensure that you not only leverage a high-quality academic program but also make the best of the extra-curricular and off-campus life as well as finding internships and jobs suited to your skills and degree program. This can help alleviate your financial worries and assist you in making the most of your time abroad! Our team of specialists at ABN ensures that you choose the best possible pathway, putting your concerns and desires above all else.