Nepali students aim to study abroad every year and enrol in classes to prepare for English proficiency tests like IELTS, PTE, TOEFL, SAT, Duolingo, etc. However, not all students achieve their dream, as some fail to progress in their study abroad plan. This article highlights common mistakes made by students while selecting a learning centre and consulting agency, which could hinder their chances of realizing their overseas study aspirations. We will also discuss other common mistakes Nepalese students make while planning for abroad study.
1. Lack of research
Many Nepali students make the mistake of not researching enough about the universities, programs, and countries of interest. It is important to do thorough research to make informed decisions about where to study, what to study, and what the post-study prospects are.
2. Not considering the cost
Studying abroad can be expensive, and many Nepali students do not consider the cost of tuition, living expenses, and other related expenses. It is essential to have a clear understanding of the total cost and to plan for financing accordingly.
3. Ignoring visa requirements
Nepali students should be aware of the visa requirements of the country they plan to study in and should apply for the visa on time. Ignoring the visa requirements can cause delays and result in missed opportunities.
4. Underestimating language proficiency and standardized tests
English language proficiency is often a requirement for admission to universities abroad. Nepali students should not underestimate the importance of language proficiency and should prepare adequately for language proficiency tests like TOEFL or IELTS. Nepali students should prepare adequately for standardized tests like the GRE, or GMAT, SAT etc as these tests are typically required for admission to universities abroad and scholarships. Not preparing adequately can negatively impact admission and scholarship chances.
5. Not seeking help from experts
Nepali students should seek help from education consultants or other professionals who can guide them through the process of studying abroad. These experts can provide valuable advice on admission requirements, visa procedures, and other important aspects of the process.
6. Joining relative’s consultancy without proper research
Joining a preparation class or seeking counseling at a relative’s agency is a common choice for some students due to psychological factors such as intimacy, shared surnames, language, and community. However, just because you trust the owner, it doesn’t guarantee that their staff, including counselors or instructors, are qualified or experienced. Poor documentation and guidance can lead to low test scores or admission/visa rejections. When considering an agency, it’s critical to also assess the competency of the staff, not just the owner.
7. Ignoring cultural differences in destination country
Nepali students should consider cultural differences and prepare for them before studying abroad. This can include researching the culture of the country, learning the language, and being familiar with the customs and traditions.
8. Not thinking about career prospects
Nepali students should research job prospects and career opportunities after graduation, as this will help them to make informed decisions about their education and future career.
9. Falling into a free or cheap preparation classes
After final exams, students seeking overseas study flock to consultancies, education fairs, and learning centers for counseling and preparation classes. They often end up enrolling in free or cheap classes offered by some institutes, sacrificing quality for cost. This is due to the fact that consultancies offering low-priced classes often cannot hire the best teachers. Thus, students in these classes receive inadequate supervision and are likely to get low scores, wasting time, effort, resources, and hope. To avoid this, it’s advisable to prioritize quality over cost and not fall for the trap of cheap classes.
10. Not applying to multiple universities
Nepali students should apply to multiple universities and not put all their eggs in one basket. This will increase the chances of getting admitted to a university and also provide options for comparison and decision-making.
11. Fancy Offices, Poor Counselling
As student enrolment season approaches, consultancies renovate, upgrade, or relocate their offices to attract students. They hire new staff, but students typically choose offices based on appearance rather than quality of services offered. Core services necessary for a successful overseas study plan include genuine counselling, proper documentation, effective supervision and training. These services impact test scores, career options, and visa success. Students should prioritize quality of services over superficial office appearance.
12. Friend’s Influence and pressure
Friends often influence students’ decisions, including their choice of overseas study. Students who lack confidence may blindly follow their friends’ advice, ignoring their own unique circumstances, interests, finances, and family situation. While seeking advice is good, it’s important to weigh all factors and make an informed decision on your own.