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How to Use the Studyportals Programme Comparison Feature

Welcome to the guide for the Studyportals Comparison feature, an extension of your Wishlist.

We know that, when it comes to picking the right degree, there are a lot of factors that need to be taken into account. To make the best decision, we offer you a way to compare 2 or more study programmes, and easily analyse a variety of factors you are interested in. But what are the criteria you will be comparing?

First thing first: our Comparison Tool shows the title and the university names of the programmes you are comparing. Next, you will see the individual criteria used to compare the programmes. These are TIME (programme duration), MONEY (study costs), REQUIREMENTS (what you need in order to be admitted to the programme), LOCATION (where the programme is taught), and RATING (rankings and reviews by students). Here are more details about what each category will include:

TIME criteria

This section features everything time-related.

When you’re picking a programme, you always need to do so with a calendar at hand. When will you start? When do you need to submit your application? Do you have enough time to collect all your documents and put everything in order?

Well, by seeing them in a table, you will know exactly which option best fits your schedule.

  • Duration: 1 year? 2 years? 3? 5? You’ll find out by comparing them.
  • Application deadline: the last date you have to submit your documents. Take into account that the deadline may vary depending on your country of origin.
  • Start date: When does your degree start?

Time and Money criteria in the Studyportals Programme Comparison ToolMONEY criteria

Everything financial is important when picking your degree. And, if you want to know what to expect when you start doing the math, then look no further than these two:

  • Tuition fee – displayed either per credit or per year, you will find out how much your degree will cost, so you can start planning accordingly.
  • Living costs – find out how much living in a certain city will cost you per month. Although data may not be available for every single city, you can always check another city in that country, to get a general idea of how much money you will need for spending.

REQUIREMENTS criteria

There are no two programmes alike, so it comes as no surprise that requirements can also change and depend on a lot of factors. We make it easier for you to see the major documents and grades you will need:

Language requirements

This section will display the language test required by the programme as well as the minimum passing grade you need to be accepted. Be careful, as some programmes might only accept a certain type of language test. The tests you will see in this list are:

  • TOEFL IBT
  • IELTS
  • C1 Advanced
  • PTE

Language and Academic criteria in the Studyportal Programme Comparison ToolAcademic

The academic requirements can either be a simple grade for your GPA, or they will be a certain type of previous study or work experiences. Where nothing is mentioned, it may mean that this certain point is not a requirement. Some of the most common admission requirements are:

  • GPA
  • Previous study experience
  • Previous work experience

LOCATION criteria

Another straight-forward category, where the only things you will see are the countries and the cities the two programmes will take place in.

  • Country
  • City

Location criteria in the Studyportals Programme Comparison ToolRATING criteria

Last, but certainly not least, will be the Rating criteria. Not only will you be able to see the international ranking of the university, but also how students rated their study experience.

University Ranking

See the highest place the university occupies in one of the four main international rankings: Times Higher Education, Shanghai Rankings, Top Universities Rankings, and U.S. News Ranking.

University Reviews

On a scale from 1 to 5, students voted how satisfied they were with their education here, by taking into account multiple studies-related questions. What students were asked to rate were the Overall Satisfaction, Admission Process, Students Diversity, Career Development, Quality of Student Life, and Student-Teacher Interaction.

Now that you understand a bit better the degree Comparison feature, you’re ready to start your exciting journey to international education!

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