Gone are the days when people had a total of two degrees and ten universities to choose from. Literacy rates have gone up compared to previous decades. There are now gazillions of universities all across the world. The progress education sector is not only confined to an improved number of degrees and universities. We now have education consultancy firms to help us out with all the required procedure for applying to the universities abroad. There are numerous education consultants in Pakistan alone. Therefore, it is important to check their credibility before you choose them to decide a course, university, and country for you. Always ask the following questions from your potential education consultant.
Prior Experience with Your University
It is extremely important that your agent has prior experience with the university you are applying for. Well-established consultants have a lot of experience with most universities. Make sure your consultant has a good experience with your chosen institute. Only then they can get you through the entire application process with ease and without any mishaps.
Visa Success Rate
Determining your consultant’s visa success rate is mandatory. We all know you cannot enter a country with a denied visa let alone the university. Be straightforward and ask them clearly how many visa applications are successful? Sometimes visas are denied because of missing documents. It’s the consultant’s responsibility to give you accurate information. Sometimes it’s not the consultant’s fault but the other countries do not accept visas very easily. Know-how about visa success will help you decide whether you should apply for that particular country or not. More than that, it will also help you choose the right consultant.
Contact Their Previous Clients
When buying something expensive, you always ask for reviews from the product’s current and past users. Same goes for education consultants. Ask your consultant if you can contact their previous clients. Some might not give you the information because of privacy concerns but there are some who give out their client’s contact details. It’s better if you get the details to get information from people who had the first-hand experience with your potential consultant.
List of Services Offered by the Consultant
Never make the mistake of choosing an agent without asking for a list of their services. Choose a consultant who offers maximum services from managing documents to travel arrangements. You wouldn’t want to pay Rs. 100,000 for a total of two services. Make sure that your experience with your consultant is worth every penny.
Arrangements in Case of Rejected Applications
Not each and every visa or university application is accepted by the authorities. There are always chances of your applications being denied. Therefore, it’s important to ask your consultant what happens if the visa application is rejected. Your agent should have reasonable arrangements in case of rejections. Otherwise, they should refund your hard-earned money.
Don’t worry about your agent getting agitated because of your countless questions. Always remember that as a client or a customer you have all the rights to gain as much information about the products and services as possible. You wouldn’t want your money to go down the drain just because your agent failed to deliver their promises. Also, it’s a matter of education. Studying abroad is not a piece of cake.
It requires huge sums of money and effort. More than that, your future depends on this decision. A small mishap by an agent can waste your money, efforts and also time. You will have to end up elsewhere if your chosen institute’s deadline passes because of the consultant’s negligence. Therefore, go for a consultant who is fully trained and has maximum knowledge about your field of study, university, and the country. Not only this, but they should also have flexible policies and should not be a rip-off in any case. Hence, promise yourselves to choose the perfect agent to study abroad.