If you have decided that you want to be an audio engineer, your journey will start by studying towards audio engineering itself. What you will quickly find, however, is that there is a huge array of choices available to you. Choosing the right school is a very important decision that will impact your entire future, so you have to choose wisely. Because you now also have the option of studying abroad, the choices can become even more overwhelming!

Only you can decide which school you want to go to, but there is some advice out there that can help you make the right decision. You need to think about what matters most to you, literally writing a list of things in order of importance. On top of that, there are some things that matter to everybody, such as the quality of the school and the program itself.

So what are some of the essentials you should focus on? As stated, the quality of the program (check accreditation), the quality of their equipment (go to some open days), and the faculty (review the school’s website), are key things that matter to everybody. But there are also some things that are likely to matter to you personally. Let’s take a look.

Where the School Is

First of all, you need to think about geographical location. It can be tempting to simply pick the school that is the closest to you, but that is not necessarily the best location. Yet, if you do have to go elsewhere, you have to ask yourself how you will manage that. You may have to move house, decide to live in a dorm, or find a shared accommodation. And you also have to consider that, if you do move away, you will find yourself without your support network.

The Cost

Another very important factor is the cost of the school. Unfortunately, studying costs money – a lot of money in fact. This cost goes beyond your tuition fees, as you also have to think about the cost of your accommodation, your materials, travel expenses, lost earnings because you can’t work (as much), and so on. Luckily, there is a lot of financial aid available, including federal aid but also scholarships and grants. Furthermore, you have to remember that you are investing in yourself, and you should be able to see a return on investment through that.

The School’s Reputation

Last but not least, there is the reputation of the school. As previously stated, accreditation will tell you a lot about the quality of the school and the program. However, there are other factors that influence reputation, and only you can decide which opinions you choose to respect. Perhaps you want to speak to current students, or to alumni. You may also want to speak to people who live in or near the school of your choice, as they can tell you about things such as the behavior of the students once they leave the premises.