In today’s time, studying abroad has become the upcoming trend
amongst many students. A number of students choose to pursue their higher
studies at a foreign destination. Countries all over the globe are blessed with
well-known universities and colleges. Studying abroad is an expensive
affair as well as an exciting prospect for many students. It provides students
an experience of a lifetime in addition to helping them gain invaluable
experience. The following things need to be done before submitting the
application to study abroad.
Selection of country, university, and course of interest:
The first step before starting your study abroad venture
involves selecting the right country to study in. There are a number of top-notch
study abroad destinations for international students including the UK, USA,
Canada, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand. Students should select their
preferred study abroad destination. A lot of research is required to be done by
the student in selecting their country of choice as they are going to be
spending a considerable amount of their time living and studying in that
A number of factors such as the language spoken in that country,
climatic conditions, cultural differences, distance to the country where you
reside, living conditions, tuition fees, accommodation arrangements, and the
availability of post-study work opportunities play a key role in selecting the
country of choice.
After country selection, the next step of your study abroad
decision involves selecting the right university and course. UK, USA, Canada,
Australia, New Zealand, etc. have well-acclaimed universities for international
students to pursue their higher studies. Popular universities in Canada
include the University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, McGill
University, University of Waterloo, among others. The well-known Australian
universities include the University of Melbourne, Monash University, The
University of Sydney, UNSW, etc. for international students to study at.
Similarly, there are many sought-after universities in other countries as well.
Course selection also plays an important role when one wishes to pursue higher
studies overseas. One is expected to select his/her course of interest. A
number of courses are offered at universities abroad. The trending courses in the UK include Computer Science, Law, Medicine, Accounting and Finance,
Architecture, etc. Similarly, Engineering, Art and Design, Hospitality
Management, Animation, etc. are among the popular courses opted for by students
desiring to study in New Zealand.
One should plan well in advance in order to avoid regretting their
decision later on.
Arranging Letters of Recommendation, Preparing SOPs, and Compilation
The student, once he/she starts filling the university application is
required to select a topic to write on. Most universities overseas require the
student to submit one or two essays. This is vital for the admission process as
it helps the admission committee assess the student’s application. A Statement
of Purpose(SOP) throws light on the student’s background, academic credentials,
the reason for the student to pursue the said course at the said university,
future prospects, etc. The student should invest a lot of time in writing a
personal essay that portrays clear and eloquent thoughts within the prescribed
word count. This will enable the student’s application to stand out amongst the
A LOR is a document written either by professors or managers recommending
and supporting the student’s decision to study abroad. A Letter of
Recommendation is a crucial part of the admission process. The author should
talk about his/her acquaintance with the person, the student’s experience,
performance, skills, achievements, and his/her contribution either to the
college/ company he/she is studying in or working at. Through the LOR, the
admission council gets an insight into the student’s life. They can accordingly
decide on the student’s admission.
The student is also required to compile his/her mark sheets, scan the
transcripts and submit the same to the university of application. The scores
obtained by the student are converted to credits or GPA. This, however, depends
on the educational system of the preferred country. The following documents
need to be scanned and submitted:
All academic mark sheets or diplomas
Secondary school and college reports recorded by
Report of character
Academic transcripts are the student’s academic record and are
similar to the consolidated mark sheet that we have in India. This is available
from the student’s respective university and includes all the courses/subjects
opted for, grades obtained, credits, and degree earned.
Appearing for tests and submission of test
In order to seek admission to universities and colleges abroad for
the pursuance of higher studies, students are required to appear for
standardized entrance exams. The most popular and crucial international
entrance tests to study overseas include IELTS, TOEFL, SAT, GMAT, PTE,
GRE, among others. The marks scored by the student in these tests have to be
submitted to the university along with the application. The English language
proficiency tests viz. the IELTS test scores are required by most countries and
institutions to ensure that the student can write, speak and read in English
apart from being able to converse.
These test scores largely determine the student’s chances to seek
admittance to his/her desired college or university.
Filling out the Application Form:
Upon selecting the country, university, and perfect program for the
pursuit of your higher education abroad, the final step is to fill out the
application form to study abroad. The application form contains the
student’s personal and professional details. In order to avoid any problem,
students’ should very carefully fill in all the required details (mandatory
fields) correctly in the application form as any discrepancy or mistake can
result in the cancellation of the entire application process. Always double-check the application form before submitting it.
Students should await the Admission Offer from the university/college
he/she has applied to.
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