Studying abroad has enjoyed immense popularity in the recent years. Globalization is taking over the world and more and more students look for international exposure to succeed in the shrinking world. However, in the minds of many there is a barrier, thinking how much struggle is associated with the application and visa procedures. This is not necessarily true!
The competitive consultancy market has driven the services provided to students to a very high level and in many cases you are not even going to get charged! The notion of being ripped off by the consultants is wide spread especially with usually costly education abroad. However the profits of these companies are usually driven by commissions from tuition fees paid by the universities for delivering them students.
This raises an eyebrow about practices of some of the agencies with limited number of partners offering mediocre education for profits. It is important to look for the agencies with a good number of collaborations as well as universities ranked high in a reputable ladders. This will ensure the consultancy is able to provide you many options while remaining profitable – win-win situation. What is more you get help with visa process, scholarships, all from a bunch of professionals dealing with it every day.
For the most independent brave souls going abroad by themselves is recommended only when they are 100% sure about their study destination and possess a fair dose of patience for unavoidable formalities. The only thing we can suggest to those is to make sure that their university is exclusive to any available agents, the other way you might end up with no service while you would not even have to pay for it.