READY RECKONER ON

HIGHER EDUCATION

Going to university, but are you still in doubt about your major? Even if you have filled your application form with your chosen major or written down 'undeclared', you would find these links useful to narrow your college choice. The highlights of some of the questions which may arise are listed hereunder the title "Ready Reckoner on Higher Education". You must read through these. Then you can click on the individual links suggested to either find answers from student experts presently in university listed under specific majors or you could directly go to the web sites suggested below.

Scroll down for additional 'General Links To Colleges' you must visit.


1) General Guidance - Overview

You have to reflect on these questions first.

a. Have you chosen your career path, something you're willing to spend several years in?

b. When exactly did you make this career decision, and how long did you deliberate and think about this?

c. What were the factors that really helped you in the career choice?

d. Who helped you make your decision?

e. Do you think your school has in any way helped you make your career decision?

f. What sort of additional help do you think would you have liked to receive?

g. Have you had any work experience, summer jobs, etc?



2) Testing - Interest Inventories

a. Had you taken any tests prior to getting into university? List them please.

b. Did the university require any specific tests or assessment?

c. Have you gone through any personality tests or character and temperament sorters?

d. Has the college advisor suggested any career interest or aptitude tests?



3) Career Planning

a. What do you intend to do with your higher education qualifications?

b. Have the university faculty helped you make decisions?

c. Has the resources at the university helped you make decisions?

d. What is your future plan?



4) Admission Requirements

a. What was the most daunting task you had to face before getting into University?

b. What does the application process involve?

c. When would you advise the prospective students begin the application process?



5) Campus Life

a. What are the advantages of on-campus and off-campus housing?

b. What was the most daunting task you had to face after entering into the University?

c. How are the social life, religious life, cultural life and other extracurricular activities at the university?



6) Academics

a. What are your initial experiences at University?

b. What is your opinion on the courses offered?

c. What is your opinion on the faculty?

d. What aspect of your current studies do you enjoy the most?



7) Costs

a. What are the tuition and fees at the university?

b. How would you advise managing monthly financial requirements (credit cards, charge cards, etc.)

c. How easy is it to travel, get driving licenses, cars, etc.?



8) Finances

a. What are the financial aid possibilities (scholarships, assistantships, etc) are available?

b. How easy is it to open a bank account?

c. What kind of job opportunities could you avail of during your study at university?



9) Skill Necessities

a. What is you view on what kind of predominant qualities you think would be beneficial for a student who wishes to study there?

b. What and how did you already know about the subject (s) or major(s) that you study at University?

c. What extent of readiness in the languages, mathematics, ICT, etc would be an advantage?



10) Legal, Travel & Visa Requirements

a. What is the visa requirement to enter the country of study?

You can read the TIPS FOR U.S. VISAS for Foreign Students published by the U.S. State Department's Visa Service by clicking on the URL below:

http://travel.state.gov/visa;foreignstuden.html

Alternately if you're interested in going to the UK then you can go to the link below:

http://www.fco.gov.uk/ukvisas/dynpage.asp?Page=473

b. What are the possible travel routes to get to the University and which is most convenient?

c. Are there any medical insurance and other insurance requirements mandated before traveling and how easy is it to get them done?

d. When do you recommend that the students get to apply for their Visa at their local embassy/consulate?


General Links to Colleges

1. University IB Diploma Recognition: To find out which universities, how many credits will you get for your IB Higher level course(s), whom to contact and so on, visit:

http://www.ibo.org/ibo/index.cfm/en/ibo/services/universities

2. One of the most useful links to compare colleges, study graduate rankings, take college personality quizes and so on would be the US News you can access on:

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/home.htm

3. For information on colleges and universities around the world you must access:

http://www.allaboutcollege.com

4. For a tour of the colleges and universities go to:

http://www.campustours.com

5. For some vital information about your higher education scour:

http://www.collegebound.net

5. Want to take a break and study from home for a while. Why not try this?