5 Factors to Consider Before Choosing Your Dream Study Destination

By Eric Eng

By Eric Eng

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Okay, so you’ve chosen a study destination that can shape your future academic and career goals, great going! With countless opportunities waiting for you on the horizon, it is also important to keep an eye on the possible challenges that you might encounter in your new destination. So, today in this blog, we will be talking about five factors that should make achieving your academic and career goals easier.

1. Quality of Education and Accreditation

So, the first one is going to be the most important of all – education itself. As we all are well aware of the fact that the primary objective of moving somewhere else to study is to have an upgrade on your current standard of education.

Hence, the academic reputation and accreditation of universities should be your top priority always. We’d suggest that you use online and offline resources to find a comparison between the different universities so that you can make a thoroughly informed decision.

However, we must also point out that if your university is not ranked among the top ones but is still providing you with quality education and a future-proof syllabus of your desired subject, then you should go for it.

And the simple reason is that even if your university is not the best but is serving the purpose for you, then there should be no second thought. But remember the scrutiny should be made with an objective mind that’s free from any desire except education.

2. Cost of Living and Tuition Fees

Secondly, we can safely say that the cost you are going to incur while living in your new destination should be accounted for; here you need to take care of the fact that you are not overestimating or underestimating your expenses.

And the two main expenses that you are going to have to deal with are the tuition fees and your living expenses. We’d suggest you to not be too frugal but also not be too extravagant, find the perfect balance.

Additionally, if you are keen on making the best out of your budget while staying in your new destination then there are plenty of student accommodation providers that you can choose to opt for. They are reliable apart from them hosting a wide variety of properties.

Also, we’d suggest that you make a list of amenities that are dear to you, in-campus and inside your accommodation. This way you’ll spend on only those things that are important to your mind, body and soul. And if finances still pose a challenge, scholarships are going to help you out.

3. Language and Cultural Environment

Next up, let’s talk about a factor that has perhaps one of the most subtle effects – your ability to adapt to the new environment’s culture and language. Yes, learning a new language is fun and exhilarating but the difficulty level is what you must pay attention to.

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If it’s already a language that you know or if it’s one that asks for only a few months to master the basics, then go for it. However, if the culture is way too hostile for foreigners then your idea should be dropped because you never know when the hostility might push you into a direction that didn’t intend to head to.

And if the culture is one that you always wanted to explore more of then that destination is ideal for you. In that case, every moment that you spend at your study destination and student housing in Chicago is going to be a celebration for you.

Also, the amount of time you spend exploring the new destination’s culture should also have some correlation with your field of study. For we believe that you live only once, and if that’s the case you should learn about things you love and explore things that add up to your education.

4. Safety and Student Support Services

Now, let’s talk about a factor that has increased in relevance over the past few years. Your safety is paramount when it comes to shifting to a new location for study or even anything else for that matter.

And honestly, you cannot trust what’s on the surface level of the internet; you need to scout sources like Reddit, Quora, etc. Also, you can call your country’s embassy in that destination and ask them about your concerns.

The things you need to ask about are crime rates, political stability, and general safety conditions of the country and city you’re considering. Be lavish with your concerns here cause it’s better to be safe than to be sorry.

You can also be friends with locals of your desired destination on social media platforms and ask them about the real deal. Here you must learn to read between the lines and figure out the actual truth.

5. Career Opportunities and Work Regulations

Lastly, the most important of all is the future outcome of your education – being employable. Now, here must also have an idea about the kind of part-time student internship,  job or business you want to get into. This can be anything unless it’s future-proof.

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So, in this case, you need to conduct thorough research on the options that are present in the marketplace and ask yourself, “Which one aligns with my material needs and childhood aspirations the most?”

The reason this is important is that you will never be good at doing something if you don’t enjoy doing it. You might push yourself to do that thing for some time and then face burnout. And this is a waste of your skill and time both.

Additionally, if the work regulations too are tough then that too means that there is very little scope for you to advance quickly in the professional ladder. So, be careful.


So, to sum it all up we must say that scrutinising the crucial factors that might affect your study destination is a tough decision to make but it is necessary nevertheless. By practising rationality and enquiring yourself about your aspirations in an honest way, you make this task easier for yourself. With that, all the best for your academic and professional goals!

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Author’s Bio

Ayush is a daydreamer with a knack for rationalising his abstract thoughts into reality. You will find him gazing at the flowers, longing for the raindrops to play music on their soft petals. He likes to enjoy an unhealthy amount of cinema, for he believes that is the healthiest way to live a thousand different lives.



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