Hello everyone. I’m @olivertomolife and I’ve studied abroad in Sydney!
What’s the first thing you think about when you study in Australia?
That’s right! Which agent should you consult?
If you do everything on your own, it can be a time-consuming and stressful process…
So, I will explain the points and things to keep in mind when choosing an agent.
I studied abroad in Sydney for a year starting in 2018. I am currently writing a blog about my experience.
By reading this post, you’ll know what to look out for when studying in Australia!
If you are wondering which country to go to for language study, I recommend the following article.
- 3 points on choosing an agent, recommended by someone who has studied in Sydney!
- What are the five points to keep in mind when choosing an agent?
3 points on choosing an agent, recommended by someone who has studied in Sydney!
1 Agent Pricing
First, let’s compare the prices of each agent!
When I was studying abroad, I would compare multiple companies to keep my costs as low as possible.
Famous agents are expensive, but there are companies with good service.
However, there are also companies that specialize in a particular country, even if they are not famous, and their service may be good.
So let’s start by comparing agents!
I will now introduce a recommended method that you should try.
The method is to simply order brochures from several agents.
Then, check the number of language schools they offer.
Agents with more options are recommended.
This is because an agent who handles a large number of schools allows you to compare a variety of schools.
Agents that specialize in one country may have more schools to choose from!
3 Location of the agent’s office in your study abroad destination
Each agent has an office in your study abroad destination.
The purpose of this is to provide support to students in the host country, but some agents do not have a good location for their office.
As a precaution, check the brochure to see if the office is conveniently located in your study abroad destination.
If it is not written, we recommend that you check with the agent.
What are the five points to keep in mind when choosing an agent?
１ Do they have testimonials from students?
The opinions of students who have studied abroad are very valuable and can be used as a reference.
At each agent, you can learn about the experiences of those who studied abroad, so it’s a good idea to read them!
It will definitely help you avoid problems in the area.
2 Is the information provided up-to-date?
Information about your study abroad destination should always be up-to-date.
Therefore, it is very important to check if the information is outdated or not.
Some brochures will tell you when the information is current, so be sure to read through it.
3 Are the detailed fees clearly stated?
When you apply to an agent, be sure to check the fee structure.
This is because there are some fees that are included and some that are not.
In my experience, if I hadn’t checked, I would have ended up paying unnecessary fees, so be sure to read through the information carefully.
For example, if you can book your own flight, you can save money.
You can also save money if you don’t include a pick-up service.
However, if you are unsure, relying on an agent may be a good idea.
4 Attitude towards customers
I know this goes without saying, but if the staff has a bad attitude, the quality of service will inevitably be poor.
An agent with good customer suggestion skills can expect a quality study abroad experience.
My agent’s staff was kind and courteous, which helped me have a fulfilling study abroad experience!
So, you should also look at the service of the staff.
5 Do the staff have a lot of knowledge?
Personally, I think the key is how knowledgeable the staff is and how well they can solve the concerns of prospective students.
If they don’t have much knowledge, customers will wonder if they should really study abroad.
Therefore, it is important to determine if the staff is well informed.
There are opportunities to consult with each agent, so please be proactive and take advantage of them.
3 points to consider when choosing an agent
- Pricing of the agent
- Content of services
- Location of the agent’s office in your destination country
5 points to keep in mind when choosing an agent
- Do they have testimonials from students?
- Is the information provided up-to-date?
- Are the detailed fees clearly stated?
- How they treat their customers.
- Is the staff knowledgeable?
Now that we’ve covered the points to consider when choosing an agent, let’s talk about what to look out for!
First, try requesting information from agents.
You may be able to get information from sources other than the Internet.
In addition, I recommend that you actively use e-mail and telephone consultations.
There’s something to be gained from an actual conversation!
Please stay tuned for more information about Australia in the future.
Thank you for reading to the end!