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Are you currently a student at Junior College, Polytechnic or University looking to further your studies overseas? Or even a graduate or parent wanting to pursue a masters degree abroad? You’re going to want to read this ultimate guide for all the tips and tricks you need to know to successfully apply for overseas studies!

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Before applying to overseas schools, you’ll first need to figure out your objective. Why do you wish to study abroad? A couple of possible reasons might be to further your academic studies, experience new environments and lifestyles, or explore other career opportunities. Once you’ve figured out the main reason for wanting to study overseas, make sure to keep that in mind as you proceed to choose your course, university and destination. To decide these 3 key things, you’ll need to: 

1. Know what are the interests you wish to pursue

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Before setting your mind on the specific university you want, take some time to examine your interests. Knowing where your interests lie will aid in deciding the kind of course/major you wish to undertake, which will lead you to the university best suited for your needs, and ultimately shape your future career path.

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Understand that once you pick a university course, you’ll essentially be “stuck” with it for the next 3-4 years, so it’s absolutely essential that you choose a course that you’re passionate about. If you’re unsure about where to start, not to worry—think about the big picture first, then narrow down your options. For example; if your interest is in Business or Commerce, you might be interested in courses like logistics/supply chain or business analytics. If you’re interested in all things Technology, think about if you’re more keen on areas like Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Robotics; so on and so forth. For more potential course ideas, you must attend this event here


2. Decide on your study destination

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Once you know your desired career path and the courses you want to take, you can think about your ideal study destination. The country you’re studying in plays a big part in moulding your overall overseas study experience, so choose wisely!

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In terms of career, research about the most common/sought after careers in that particular country. Is there a demand for the job you wish to pursue and are there opportunities there to help you realise your dream? Most importantly, envision yourself actually living in that country: if you’re actually able to live (and love) the lifestyle, sights, weather and people there! 


3. Select your university

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Finally, it’s time to choose your desired university: probably one of the toughest decisions when it comes to further education. Choosing a university involves a couple of factors that you’ll want to consider: 

  • Overall & subject rankings; you’ll want to take note of the university’s standing in comparison to other universities in the area, as well as the courses that they’re most known for
  • Recognition; is the university well-known and does it have a good reputation professionally? 
  • Programme structure; how is the curriculum carried out, how are classes conducted (coursework/project-based etc.), what kind of research opportunities or practical experiences will you gain? 

Entry requirements; if the university checks all your boxes, you’ll then need to examine if you meet their requirements as a potential student

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It’s good to note that various universities/colleges have different specialisations or are more geared towards certain areas of study. For example, Monash University in Melbourne, Australia is well-known for their Art, Design and Architecture, Business and Engineering disciplines; while Cranfield University in the UK is known for their master’s and research programmes, as well as Science and Technology courses.

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All these might seem like a lot of information to process, but the good news is that there are plenty of resources online to aid in your decision-making. Speak to a counsellor or agent who’s well-versed in overseas studies to guide you and provide advice in your journey. You can get a free consultation with an expert here.  


Get in-person consultations at this mega education fair

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Preparing for a move to another country is no easy feat, so you’ll need all the help you can get—the upcoming Study Abroad Education Fair by AECC is one such resource. The fair offers guidance and information that you’ll need to kickstart your overseas study journey: connecting you with various universities overseas, providing assistance on university admissions and more. You’ll get to:


  1. Meet universities & schools from all over the world

Connect with over 100 universities, colleges, schools and pathways from Australia, USA, UK, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland and more. Some institutions you’ll be able to engage with at the fair include The University of Sydney (Australia), The University of Adelaide (UK), University of the Pacific (USA) and many more. 

     2. Speak to certified & experienced education counsellors

Get in-depth, step-by-step advice and guidance regarding all aspects of overseas study. From applying to your dream institutions, lifestyle goals, tuition fees, scholarship opportunities, sourcing for student accommodation, visa application and more; AECC’s education counsellor(s) will help you through every step of the way.

     3. Enjoy complimentary university admission services & support

Get enrolled into your dream school with free consultation and guidance throughout the whole application process, including information and services on: entry requirements, credit exceptions, course updates, admission process, student visas, insurance and more. You’ll also be able to enjoy free university application fee waivers (for selected destinations) at the fair.


Where & when is the Overseas University Education Fair?

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Catch the one-day only education fair in Singapore on 23rd September 2023, from 1pm to 5pm at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre. Entry to the fair is free, and all you have to do is register here. For more details on the fair and what to expect, see here


Study Abroad Education Fair

Date: 23rd September 2023

Address: Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre, Level 3, Cassia, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956

Opening Hours: 1pm to 5pm