There are a trillion different questions that need to be answered before you decide on the right university for your studies abroad. Your million-dollar opportunity to get those questions answered is during the university interview.
The university interview provides you with an opportunity to get more information about their institute while answering any of your questions about the school and the application process.
As a part of your college application process, several colleges encourage you to appear for a university interview with an Admissions representative. Generally, the university interview is optional and evaluative; meant to gauge your interests, strengths, and weaknesses. However, in some rare cases, they are purely informational. We say that the opportunity to interview at the various universities you apply to is something to take advantage of!
If this is your first time applying, here are some questions to ask at the end of an internal interview. This not only shows your enthusiasm and seriousness but also helps you come across as a confident person.
Does the institute offer any accommodation? If yes, is it on or off-campus? What is the expense of this accommodation? What are the facilities and services provided? Are there any provisions for aid or assistance? Asking questions such as these reflect on your sense of responsibility towards your life post selection.
2) The International Community
How many international students are enrolled? What is the proportion of students from your own country? Which other countries do the students largely come from? Are there any specific communities, organizations or clubs which are established for students from your own country? While we suggest you ask this, this merely depends upon your genuine curiosity. Back up asking this question with a valid reason as to why you would like to know the same.
3) The Teaching method
Asking questions around the teaching method is rather important for students. If you haven’t already found out about the teaching style, you might want to ask the admissions representative about the same. It reflects majorly on your level of interest towards the academics management.
Are the courses taught via lectures, lab work or seminars? What would be the approximate strength of these classes? What is the structure of a standard lecture/seminar? How many hours of on-campus face-to-face time with the professors does the program contain?
4) The Curriculum
Ask if you can get some specific details on the material you’ll be studying i.e. specific authors or publications? Do you get to choose the specializations in your course? Or is there a core curriculum which is standard for all students?
5) The Alumni
Is the university an Alma mater to any notable alumni in your field? Which organizations or institutions are these alumni working for now? Could you intern at one of these companies or alongside one of these individuals as work experience? Have these graduates gone down on any unusual career paths which you might want to emulate?
You may want to use this question to reverse engineer towards a notable person from the college that you have been inspired by. Also, this will give you perspective about what kind of path you will be treading as an alumnus.
6) Higher studies
If you wish to study at the graduate or a higher level, what courses should you take before doing so? What do they consist of? Which courses does the university offer which would allow you to make this progression? Questions such as these show how proactive you are towards your career and the effort you are committed to investing if you do get the chance to pursue the course. After all, the decisions you make today must be in synergy with your long-term goal.
Do the deadlines differ for students from different countries? Are the TOEFL/IELTS scores supposed to be submitted along with the application or after? What are the deadlines for the scholarship applications for the programs? Which documents do you need to provide by this date?
Well in most cases you would have already gotten the chance to clarify these out, but if you did not, then this is a good opportunity.
Is the university linked to any local, national or international businesses or organizations? Are any of these industries in the field you’re studying in? Does the University have a Career development department? Is it possible to complete work experience or practical work as part of your course? Let’s be clear about one thing, No direct questions about job opportunities! This is not welcomed and therefore you must be graceful about how you explore options about your long-term goals and plans.
Does the University offer scholarships for your program? Which academic resources does the scholarship provide? Can you obtain the scholarship before the beginning of the program? Or do you obtain it after some duration and evaluation?
Concluding these University interview tips, we advise you to make the most of those 30-60 mins and clear all your doubts with the Admissions Officer. Remember to ask these questions at the end of the internal interview. Most admissions representatives set aside time in the end for this.
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A writer by day and a reader by night, Rashmi is a quirky cog, in the wheel that is iSchoolConnect. She spends her days writing intriguing and informative articles about all things Higher-Ed.