Dreaming about studying abroad? Well, it’s not so far-fetched anymore and, thanks to the Internet, the process has become a whole lot easier.
The entire process, though long, is quite straightforward. You consult your chosen education agency, select the program you want to study, and then send your application and visa for processing.
While doing so, make sure you keep these seven points in mind:
Patience and time
The entire process can take quite a while so it’s best to begin proceedings at least six months before your program begins. Any less than that, and you simply won’t have enough time.
The higher your academic scores, the better your chances of getting into a good university.
Also commonly required are recommendation letters from your previous educational institution. This is often made up of 2 or 3 letters from your teachers, which will have to be emailed to your chosen university.
You may have a great command of English, but you will still have to sit for English testing exams such as IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE. Give yourself at least two months to prepare for these exams. How much you’ll have to score depends upon your chosen program. You can either talk to your counselor or visit the university website to know more about the entry requirements.
This is the most crucial step since having an offer of admission does not guarantee a visa to travel to study in the country of your choice.
You should also understand that a visa refusal from one country can have an adverse effect on subsequent applications to other countries and, hence, this step should be taken carefully. This is where the knowledge of an expert counselor comes into effect, so as to increase your chances of success.
Scholarship and Financial proof
When you’re applying to study abroad, you will be asked to confirm that you have the finances to cover your study and living expenses. This could be in the form of a bank statement, a bank loan, etc.
Many universities also offer scholarships to international students.
Once again patience
After you’re done with all the preparations, wait with bated breath until the results of your visa come in (hopefully, successfully!).