studying Abroad

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So, you are looking to pursue your education abroad. It is fantastic that you are doing your homework by reading blogs and articles. The process of studying abroad can be a little intimidating for most because not everyone is aware of the preparation and procedure that goes into starting their education overseas. In this article, you will see a set of prerequisites and guidelines for applying and getting into your favorite university.

Let’s start with your budget.

Set a specific budget

Life overseas can be very empowering as well as challenging. However, it is by no means a cheap affair. You will have to set a specific budget for at least three years from the start of your first year of academics. In your first-year budget, you must include the cost of living in the international student accommodation, your tuition fees, the Visa fees, and the expenses of food and travel, etc. Your budget will differ depending on the country you have decided to go. The higher the rank of the university you choose for yourself, the higher will be the tuition fees and the cost of living. Therefore, start with deciding your budget.

Determine the university and country of your choice

Once you have your budget set, it is time to check which country and which university you would like to go. The tuition fees and your budget will play a massive role in the options available to you. Therefore, you will have to think over the following things:

  • Will you be doing a part-time job along with your studies? Check the pay per hour and the maximum number of hours you can work per week.
  • Check out the demographics, history, and the social life of the country, especially towards international students.
  • Check the visa procedure, and job opportunities post-graduation.

Determine the course you will take

The next step in studying abroad is identifying the course you will choose for yourself. This plays a vital role in your professional journey and would act as a stepping stone. Some students are very focused and clear about the study stream or course they would like to choose. However, most of the students are pretty confused or I not well aware of the streams and courses available at different universities. Therefore, do not pick a course at random. Go through the brochures of the university and determine a course that satisfies and aligns with your future ambition.

Once you have narrowed down the course, you intend to take, go through different universities and compare the curriculum. Choose the university which offers you the most activities, Academy goals, and growth opportunities. When deciding the university, you will also have to consider your budget, the availability of university dorms or private student accommodation, meal options, etc.

This is possibly the most challenging part of the procedure. You will at least have hundreds if not thousands of potential universities to decide. Keep a handful of options that you will use to narrow down your university of choice and discuss the same with your peers, parents or your teachers.

Prepare for admission tests.

Once you have decided on the country and university, you need to get started on qualifying for their admission test. Most universities except students to get good grades in tests like IELTS, TOEFL, GMAT, GRE, etc. The primary aim of these tests is to make sure that you are proficient in English.

These tests focus on assessing four language-related skills:

  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Writing
  • Reading

The format might be different in these tests, but the crux is essentially the same.

Start preparing your application.

The three things which are most important when you apply to the university are your grades, your language test, and an impressive statement of purpose. Once you have these things ready, you can apply to the universities you have shortlisted for yourself. You should apply to at least a couple of universities. Every university will have its procedure and documents, that you must submit along with your statement of purpose

Apply for financial aid 

If you are struggling with the budget but have excellent academic scores and grades, the chances of getting a scholarship is high. There are over a dozen criteria for any student to be eligible for the application of the scholarship. These criteria often vary from one university to the other.

If you fulfill the criteria mentioned in the university of your choice, you should apply for the scholarship. You can also opt for financial aid. If financial assistance is available, you can pay back the university eventually. 

Wait for the acceptance letter from the university of your choice

Once you have determined the course, passed the prerequisite tests and applied to the university, now is the time you relax and wait for the response from universities. There is a high chance that more than one university will send a positive response to your application. 

Decide your international student accommodation.

When looking for your accommodation, you will have two options:

  • Student dorms
  • Off-campus accommodation

If the student dorm option is not available for international students, you will have to go with the off-campus accommodation option. When deciding on your off-campus accommodation, remember to check the location, the commute options from the area, how far the house is from the university, whether you will be sharing the accommodation with other students or not, etc.

Once you have finished all the above-mentioned steps, you are ready to go on the unforgettable journey of your life. You will be making some fantastic memories and ensure a very bright future for yourself once your university course is over. Good luck

By saif