Why a DIY Approach to Study Abroad is about more than Saving Money
When looking for saving money on your English language studies abroad, you will find that the more information you have as to how to save money, the better equipped you are to know where to cut costs or reduce them. Our previous blogs about What Can You Afford, The Difference in English Language ESL Tuition Costs, and How to Select Your English School tell you how you can find an English school that suits your budget.
DIY your study abroad journey to save big
In our E-Guide, we have also provided you with a step-by-step guide as to how you can select your school and enroll directly instead of going through a middleman. Some study abroad programs require you to book and enroll for their program through an agent. However, when you book directly with a school, you can save a lot. You do not pay expensive fees (up to $5000) that placement agencies usually charge for this service.
The benefits of not going through an agent are not only financial. Doing your own research into English Schools, tuition standards, destinations, cost of living comparisons, equips you to make your choice with confidence and having a comprehensive understanding of all the components of studying English as a Second Language abroad.
Knowing the difference in tuition costs in private English language institutions, why an Intensive rather than a General English course might suit you better, going the ‘cultural immersion’ route because this accelerates your language acquisition are things you would now necessarily learn when using an Agent to recommend your English school. An agency might choose your school based on their interests as much as yours. For example, they may receive a higher commission from one English school than another, or, they may add on offerings which are expensive but which, for your purposes, are not necessary. Lastly, the DIY approach means that you gain a great life skill: how to make important or life-changing decisions as an adult!
Remember, a school with higher tuition costs doesn’t mean that it provides a higher quality education, and a school with lower tuition costs may not mean a lower quality of education. The most important factor in your decision is that you are choosing the program that meets your personal needs and you are aware of the cost savings that will help you meet your budget.
Our e-Guide, “How to Study English in the USA” is a perfect A to Z blueprint to creating your own Study Abroad adventure yourself. Download our e-Guides series and learn more!