Tips for selecting courses


IN this third edition to help applicants from Papua New Guinea apply for the United Kingdom’s (UK) Chevening scholarship, the course choices are covered.
Gideon Olanrewaju, a Chevening Alumnus, from Nigeria, said: “I have three (pieces of) clear and concise advice for you when you’re selecting your courses.
“The first one is you need to review the module and ensure it aligns with your current learning aspirations and how it connects with what you currently do and what you seek to do in the future.
“The second (piece of) advice would be for you to understand the elements of the course and how you think it can help the work that you currently do, and how you want to improve on the work that you do back at home either professionally or personally.
“The last one would be for you to understand what the course offers you beyond the conventional classroom settings.
“That is, what are the career opportunities that you can get from the course even after your seminars and your lectures, and what are the further study opportunities that course offers you.”
He said you could think about the professors that were in the department of your study.
How well do you think they can support your learning aspirations?
That is really key and important for you to be able to select the courses that you are about to select before you come to the UK, he said.
According to Chevening, applicants are required to select three course choices when applying for a Chevening award.
“This means that you will have alternative options if, for any reason, you are not offered a place on your first course option,” Chevening said in statement on its website.
“It also provides our assessors with a clearer picture of your career goals and they may suggest your second or third course choice as a more suitable option for a Chevening award.”
Chevening advised applicants to choose their three course carefully.
“You will not be able to change your course choices after submitting your application unless you are granted permission to do so at the interview stage,” Chevening said.
“You will need to apply separately to your selected courses directly via the university.
“Please apply as soon as possible to ensure you get a place.
“To be awarded a scholarship, you must get an unconditional offer for one of your course choices by the deadline in our application timeline for your application year.
“We recommend selecting three similar courses at three different universities to increase the likelihood that you will gain entry into one of them.
“Please note that the course titles do not have to match exactly, but all three courses should be similar in content. You should select courses that reflect your current or future career goals.”

  • Next week’s edition: Why study in the UK.

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