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How to choose a language course abroad

Learn to speak other languages ​​is an almost absolute requirement. Choosing a language course is not an easy task, you have to set priorities, gather information and know the end choose what suits you more for your final goal.

Nowadays, the learning and knowledge of a foreign language is almost an essential requirement:the exchange of information both from a personal and institutional point of view between Members States of the European Union is based on the English language, though, every day young people want to improve and learn other languages.

 

First Step – Establish priorities

 

Second Step – Gather information

 

Third Step  – A good search of information

 

What is the most important for you

 

  • What am I going to study?
  • My grades, my academic record.
  • The languages that I am studying at my school/university.
  • The languages that I want to learn.
  • The country or city where I would like to study.
  • How much it will cost.
  • The personal and professional opportunities that it will provide me in the end.
  • Make a priority list

 

Gather information

How can I find the appropiate information?

  • Educational counselors- these specialists can help you to clarify your educational additional needs by individual contacts.
  • Internet- most universities and institutions own their websites with information about different courses and faculties. Other websites also provide information which is not related to the courses (e.g. about the living conditions or student life).
  • Course brochure – don’t forget to apply for the course brochure at the college office of admissions. Normally, they are free. Also, the brochures can often be downloaded from the website of the university.
  • By word of mouth – ask your friends if they have studied at any institution or if they know someone who did it. It is a very good way of obtaining a more personal information regarding a course, university or country.
  • Accommodation. With a family or in residence, it is very important to obtain the information before leaving and to be clear about the type of accommodation you prefer.
  • I want to work while I am studying. Information about the possibilities that I have in the country about temporary employment during my free time. Can I combine it?

Start to gather information in advance. If you wait too long, it may be too late.

Search

Specify your future options in six or eight courses/universities approximately. You can prepare your final list now. Here are some helpful guidelines:

  • If you have not done it yet, get in contact directly with the university/institution/academy and talk to the college admissions officers and the director or teacher in charge of the course.
  • Don’t take for granted all you read in the brochure. Use the contacts that you have to contrast information.
  • Compare the courses carefully; they may have the same name, but the content could substantially change.
  • Check the academic support facilities that the center can offer you: wifi, library, kitchen student leisure area…
  • Consider the extracurricular facts: expenses, ubication…
  • Consider the value of the course in the enlargement of your professional career.
  • All these factors will help you to elaborate a final list of the courses in which you are intered. Apply for more than one course: you shouldn’t take for granted that you have a guaranteed place, and it is always preferable to have three or four offers to choose from.

     

Written by Quelified Multiplier  EuroDesk de Palma de Mallorca