Guide of Studying Abroad
Carry out thorough research of the programs, colleges, and locations you are interested in. Before you make a final decision, examine the teaching techniques, project and real-life training opportunities, campus life, and job prospects. For a broader viewpoint, speak with the alumni of the school you are considering or ask your friends and family for recommendations. Use LinkedIn or Facebook to connect with them more successfully. Don’t forget to research the scholarship opportunities.
Choose what you want to study
You might already know what you want to pursue, or you may be confused among a few popular courses. Whatever it may be, this might be high time to figure out what course you want to go ahead with. You can research the subject, its future job prospects, and the salary it can help you land. It must also be something you are passionate about and what drives you. Some of the popular programs to study abroad are:
Tips & tricks to choosing what you want to study
- Focus on what you enjoy doing the most
- Research online for different career paths
- Look through the curriculum of fields you are interested in
- Start eliminating the programs you don’t wish to pursue
Decide the location of your choice
Your travel budget and preferred field greatly influence your choice of study location. But before selecting a specific country, you also need to consider other things. Take the following into account before finally making the decision.
- Are you open to attending school in a place where English is not commonly spoken?
- Do you intend to work while you are a student? If so, look for a place that offers unique part-time opportunities to students.
- Do you prefer living in a bustling city or a small and peaceful city?
- How comfortable are you traveling daily to your university?
- Do you want to further your education in a region that is fairly close to yours?
- Are you an avid traveler?
In the end, pick no more than two or three ideal locations and start weighing each option’s advantages and disadvantages.
Apply to multiple schools
Don’t just apply to one university and wait to hear back from them. Chances are that even if you have stellar scores and an excellent letter, recommendation, or essay, you might still not hear from them. You should therefore submit applications to at least two or three schools.
You may apply to more than that, but be aware that there is a restriction on how many times international students can apply to universities in some countries.
But to be on the safer side, apply to more than 1 school, and you can also apply in multiple countries to increase your chances of getting selected.
Take the English Proficiency Test
You must first show proof of your English language ability in order to enroll in a university overseas that offers English-taught programs. The popular ones that most universities accept are:
- Advanced C1
You must get a decent score in any one of these exams to be eligible to apply abroad. You will be tested on the following key competencies:
Every test will have a specific structure, but it generally entails hearing individuals with varied accents, selecting the correct answers to multiple-choice questions, writing a letter or essay, selecting the correct answers to questions from various passages, and performing a variety of other tasks.
The finest piece of advice we can offer you is not to take these tests lightly. They will assess your grammar, vocabulary, comprehension, and a variety of other skills.
Apply for scholarships
Check out if you need to apply for the scholarship when filling out your admission form or after receiving a confirmation from the university. Whatever the case may be, start your research about what scholarships are available for your choice of university.
Some of them require repayment, whereas others, like grants or scholarships, don’t. However, you must fulfill the prerequisites for applying for the scholarships. There are also many different needs.
Some eligibility criteria would include educational qualifications, financial requirements, research needs, and other factors. Do not rush to apply if you do not match the requirements.
Accept the offer
The university will carefully review your application and let you know the results after receiving it. The processing of your application could take a couple of weeks (or more for postgraduate degrees).
You will be sent an acceptance form and an offer letter if your application is accepted. Go through the letter carefully and understand everything that’s mentioned. If you have received confirmation from multiple universities, thoroughly consider your possibilities before making a choice. Spend at least 2 or 3 days clearing your mind before deciding which course of action is best for you.
After that, make sure to send a confirmation message back to the university. You may be requested to send more documentation or official copies both during and after this process.
Apply for a Student Visa
After accepting the offer letter, the most crucial action is to apply for your student visa. Not everyone will be required to apply for a visa, but you must have a few documents ready if you do. You will need a visa if you wish to study in countries like Canada, the US, Australia, China, UK & more.
Following are the documents required for the visa in India
- Proof of admission
- Evidence of language certification (if needed)
- Evidence of financial means
- Passport size photographs
- Previous education record
- Vaccination results (if required, it varies by the country)
Start hunting for accommodations
If you haven’t been given an on-campus residence, you’ll need to find a place to live while you’re studying abroad. You can browse for rental accommodations, homestays, student dormitories, or a local host. Different countries and regions will charge differently. If you decide to live in an apartment, you will also need to pay for tenant’s insurance as well as additional utility costs like power, internet, and water use.
Book the flight tickets
Make sure to reserve your airline tickets much in advance. To track price changes and buy at the cheapest prices, consider looking at the alternatives with plenty of time to spare. Do the basics like additional baggage costs, web check-ins, etc.
Pack your essentials
Your mode of transportation will have the biggest impact on how much luggage you bring. Here are some necessities, however, regardless of your mode of transportation:
- Laptop, USB, headphones, and power adapters
- ID, passport, and other essential documents
- Medication or prescribed drugs (if required)
- A typical daypack for usage on the go
- Books and photographs you want to bring
- Toiletries, cosmetics, and makeup products
Clothing for various weather conditions, towels, and any other goods you use frequently should also be packed. However, don’t bother traveling with your entire wardrobe. In actuality, there are many stores where you may want to find new ones, especially if you are planning to stay in this new location for more than 2 years.
That’s all, then! You’re all set to travel & study abroad! Excited? You ought to be. One of the most intriguing, enjoyable, motivating, and challenging chapters of your life is about to begin. Ride this wave, and we can guarantee that you will be a whole lot of different people once you come out of it.