Congratulations! Gone are the days when you were in preschool learning your ABCs because now you’re about to enter the final stage of your education.
So to help you out a bit, here are several factors to consider in choosing the right college for you:
Forte of the college
Different educational institutions are usually known for a particular branch of academics, be it in medicine, engineering, business, and so on.
In other words, you can try narrowing your search to the colleges whose forte aligns with the course you’d like to take.
Plans for a master’s degree
Most students fresh out of high school wouldn’t be really thinking yet about furthering their education by taking up a master’s degree.
But let’s say you’ve already decided early on that you’d like to study further after tertiary level and would like to do so in one institution.
There are a couple of factors you’ll need to consider as regards location. If your college of choice is located in a different county, you’ll most probably need to avail of accommodations within or outside that college.
However, that would usually entail more expenses.
On the other hand, opting for an institution near you means you can either drive or commute to it every day. But that would probably limit your choices of colleges.
Speaking of accommodations, make sure the one you’re availing of, be it within or outside of school, are comfortable. Otherwise, this could affect your academic performance.
What about boarder-to-room ratio, visiting hours, food, and so on?
Free Fees Initiative eligibility
Thankfully, because of the Free Fees Initiative, many students can study without having to pay tuition fees. However, note that if you qualify for this Initiative, you will still have to pay a student contribution charge.
That being said, not all students are eligible to benefit from the Free Fees Initiative. There are criteria you will need to meet, one of which pertains to residence.
Thus, for non-Irish students—for instance, those who are not citizens of an EEA (European Economic Member) member state—you may or may not be eligible.
Sure, academics just got tougher at the tertiary level, but that doesn’t mean there’s no room for other fun things to do.
Check out the campus environment on your college list. How much importance do they give to sporting events? If so, what sports facilities are provided?
What clubs and organisations are popular?
Accessibility and Facilities
Not all students are the same. Some may have special needs because of a disability either physical or mental. Some may come from a different country and culture.
For a better learning experience, take note of the college’s services or resources for your special needs.
Is the campus disability-friendly? What services do they offer concerning mental health? How can they help students who have language barriers?
Opportunities to be an exchange student
For most people, travelling abroad is on top of their bucket list. Why not do it while studying?
To do that, look for institutions that provide plenty of opportunities to be exchange students. Inquire about what colleges abroad do they partner with as well as what degree programmes are given this chance.
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