Suppose you are planning to take admission in any international course. You are not sure about the steps to study abroad or about the entire process. In that case, you are at the right place. Here through this post, we have presented the comprehensive step-by-step guide to study abroad.
Leaving home and moving to an unknown country may look daunting, but studying abroad is an exciting challenge as well. It may, however, offer better opportunities and broader understanding as well.
It may be an exciting decision to choose the abroad career and make the right decision and choice, and you can opt for the counseling service. A trained and experienced counselor can advise you on the right university and finding the best one as per your choice if you know the exact requirements to study abroad.
Counselors have a proper understanding of all possible and suitable study destinations. Some counselors that have studied abroad can guide you for everything that you need for abroad study. With their help, you can find the right destination to study.
2. Course Selection
To start your study, the first step is to select the right course as it will not only decide your professional journey. Some of the students know what they want to become, while others have to discover the same answer.
The students can anytime choose a popular and suitable course or discipline. This can make sure that is going to instill the in-demand skill as per job market and later earn a good salary. However, if you will choose some course due to insufficient fund may not be the right decision.
3. University Shortlisting
Your favorite discipline and budget affect where you want to study abroad. There are multiple universities in a country. Even you may have top grades and motivational essays or letters. You should apply not only to a single university but also to two 2 or 3 universities.
Here, one considerable point is that the candidates can apply only to few universities in some countries. While applying for any university, go through all the rules and regulations correctly. There is a centralized system to apply to multiple universities in some countries if you plan to study abroad.
4. Application process
To apply for any program, firstly, you need to prove your English proficiency. For this, there are globally accepted language certifications that are:
- IELTS Academic
- TOEFL iBT
- PTE Academic
- C1 Advanced
You may need to clear one of these exams./tests to enroll in your dream university. Depending on your proficiency in the English language, you can clear the test either within a month or two. If your English is not polished, then you should devote some time to improve it. After clearing the exam, you may need to present some documents like academic mark sheets, passport or exam result, or CV. You may also have to pay some of the application fees as well.
5. Getting an Offer
Upon completing your application process successfully, you will receive the offer letter in which the university will state your place for the enrolled course. Many times the universities also give some deadline to accept the offer and confirm your choice and place. The university may also ask you to deposit some amount as your tuition fee.
Acceptance of the offer letter confirms your spot in the university and the program you applied to there. Some universities also send conditional offer letters. They specify certain conditions like a certain score in TOEFL or IELTS or submission of your certificates or documents or some other.
6. Meeting offer conditions
When the students receive the offer letters, they get a complete idea of the program, like its duration, fees per semester or total fees, health cover or accommodation information, etc. Moreover, the fee has to be paid in two installments. Suppose the student wants to take admission to that particular university. In that case, he may have to pay the first installment of the fees mentioned in the offer letter.
The universities usually test the English skills of the candidates in 4 aspects like speaking, listening, writing, and reading. Here, each English test involves several tests like listening to various speakers with different accents, answering several questions, and performing many other tasks. If you practice more then you can appear in any test and get a good score.
7. Financial Arrangements
Many universities also offer financial assistance to the candidates that cover living expenses and education costs like tuition fees. The Australian Government Research and Training Program (AGRTP) offers health insurance and tuition fees for three years to the candidates.
While applying for any university, you can also think to study abroad with a scholarship. For some universities, the scholarship can be applied at the time of application, while for others, you can confirm it later. There are the following types of financial programs offered by the universities:
- Military Aid
- Student Loans
Sometimes the scholarship grants may need to be get paid back, while for others, you may not. You need to meet the application criteria first before applying for the scholarship. Some universities award the scholarship as per academic achievements, while others evaluate the financial need of the candidate. So, before applying for a scholarship, you need to meet the criteria to get considered.
8. Visa Interview
All students who want to study abroad need not apply for the visa but firstly research properly before applying for it. Many documents may also require applying for a visa. It may take a week-long or a few months to apply for a visa to study abroad. You should try to apply for the visa as early as possible if you want to study overseas.
To study in Canada, USA, China, UK or Australia like countries you will need a visa. So, as per your required university’s country, apply for the visa as it takes some time to get a confirmed visa.
9. Pre-departure orientation
Once you confirm your university and course, then it’s time to find the perfect accommodation for yourself. You should first plan your travel for the study destination and check how much luggage you should carry? For all additional or extra baggage, you may have to pay some additional costs as well.
As per the traveling mean, you should decide how much luggage you should carry. Few necessary items include laptops, converters, power adaptors, ID, passport, regular backpack, headphones, and photo. As per weather conditions, you should choose the wardrobe or clothes you should carry.
So, when you have done all the steps, you should be excited as it’s time to start your journey. You will begin the most exciting journey of your career and life. In the end, you are going to have great memories. Designing a career through a dream university will surely be exciting and awesome.
Author Bio: I am Kongara Sridhar has an indisputable versatile & practical experience of running a globally reputable educational consultancy for almost 8 years. I have started my career as a counselor and now responsible for the vision and strategic development of the company, which knows global corporate standards to make students professional in their field. It is the International experience I have acquired during these 8 years that made me establish a successful service-based business in the area of “Overseas Admission” where exposure &immigration knowledge is a prerequisite to advising students realistically.