Postgraduate study is a major commitment which requires a huge investment of time, intellectual and financial resources, amongst other things. International students considering postgraduate study stand the chance of benefiting from advanced learning in different areas of specialization/discipline.
Before embarking on a postgraduate study, here are some of the basic things African students need to consider.
1. Choice of University
Different universities offer postgraduate courses but, international students need to know which institutions have the facilities for their discipline. They also need to know the university’s teaching methods, location and accessibility. To do this successfully, you can consult with some alumni or students of the institution. This is a step in the right direction.
2. Study Schedule
Time is the most important thing for postgraduate students. It is therefore advisable to choose the number of hours/days a week for your learning whether online or on campus. International students considering postgraduate study should note that it can be stressful. However, making inquiries will help you prepare adequately.
3. Purpose and Benefits
Whenever the purpose of a thing is not known, abuse is inevitable. So, determine the purpose for your enrollment; is it for more knowledge or mastery of your discipline? What benefits do you stand to enjoy after graduation? How does this study fit into your future plans careerwise?
4. Cost of Studies
The cost of a postgraduate study depends on the institution of choice. International students considering postgraduate study need to take this into consideration. Fortunately, you can apply for a scholarship or better still funding from an organization that focuses on academic study. On the other hand, some students prefer to work while undergoing part-time studies to support themselves financially. If you prefer this option, there are many jobs that render part-time opportunities to students.