1.Course and the University
The course that you choose will play an important role in your choice of university in the future as most institutes now have specialized courses in certain fields.
There are renowned institutes that students go to for medical courses. There are famous universities that students go for business courses and people know which college offers the best management course. Thus, it is important to know what you want to study. Do thorough research on it and ask yourself if the course is really what you want.
Another aspect of choosing your university is the location. It is more straightforward to choose your university if you want to live at home. However, if you want to live away from home, the distance or travel time is something that you should look into, be it locally or abroad.
With anything, there is a cost that you need to consider. Living in some areas might be more expensive compared to others. For example, living in Kigali is considerably more expensive than living in other smaller cities (Huye, Musanze, etc).
Besides food, accommodation and travelling expenses, students also spend quite a bit on entertainment. Thus, you can always do your research and check if the university offers student accommodation. There is also financial support available for students that you can make full use of.
The tuition fee has also always been a factor that influences the decision of students. So, Sort out your budget and how much you are able to spend on your studies.
You should also find out the other range of costs, such as the photocopier and many more
4. Type and Size of University
Every university offers different student experiences and it all depends on your preference.
Older universities generally do more research and recruit a higher proportion of school-leavers and offer more traditional academic courses. On the other hand, newer universities are more locally and vocationally oriented and recruit more mature and part-time students.
Universities also vary in size. A smaller university gives a more personal and cozy feel but with fewer facilities and non-academic activities, while bigger universities offer more activities at the expense of more impersonal teachings as lectures can be delivered to hundreds of students at a time.
5. Quality and Reputation
Every university has its own reputation and its quality varies from one university to another. Therefore, do your research and check reviews to see if that particular university you are interested in has a good reputation and quality. But keep in mind that higher quality and reputation will cost you more.
Facilities in each university are fairly the same, with a library, sports centre, health service, career service, and others. If there are specific facilities that you are looking for, it is always worth it to check the university out. Another factor to consider is the accommodation if you are staying away from home. Is there accommodation for the students? If so, where is it located? If no, are there any private accommodations nearby that you can live in? Is it in a good location a few minutes walk away? A positive answer for all these will put you at ease.