By now, you have probably identified the countries to which you’d like to apply. If not, get on it! The next step is narrowing your list down to a handful of specific schools. You’ll want to consider your intended field of study, the size of the school, its location, and any other factors that may be important to you, like religious affiliation or sports. A good list will contain ‘reach’, ‘match’ and ‘safety’ schools; a range of institutions that include elite, competitive schools on one end, and schools certain to accept you based on your academic credentials on the other. Make sure to have a rough idea of your predicted grades, and then classify which universities are within your 'reach'.