How to Apply for Study in Abroad
1. Choose your program
Decide on where you want to study abroad and in which level and area of study you’re interested and have the academic background to qualify. Consider your career prospects and then decide on a specialization. Choose a program that is aligned with your goals and try to choose a university that is highly ranked, has a great reputation for your desired subject, or meets other criteria that are important to you.
2. Read the requirements and deadlines carefully
The first step for applying abroad is checking the requirements. If the information on the website is confusing to you or is insufficient, request more information from the institution. If you are unsure if your nationality is accepted for student visas in the country, you can also try visiting official government websites and study councils. It is important to pay attention to the deadlines to make sure that you don’t miss the admission or entrance exam deadlines.
3. Write a Statement of Purpose (SOP)
Applying for certain fields of study requires a SOP letter. The SOP or cover letter should show your ability to perform well at the institution, and should include an evaluation of your skills, as well as your accomplishments. So express your interest in studying at the university in a clean and structured SOP.
4. Ask for a recommendation letter
University or program admission sometimes require one or several recommendation letters from a teacher job place. Don’t be shy to ask for the recommendation letter from your teachers and your job place that you had a good relationship with. Remember that recommendation letters take time for instructors to write and they may be asked for letters from multiple students. Ask them as early as possible to ensure that they have the time to write a detailed and compelling recommendation.
5. Get prepared for the English language test
If your first language is not English and you’d like to study abroad, you will probably need to take an English language IELTS or TOEFL test. Depending on your English language proficiency and your ability to use the English language, as well as the score that the university requires, you’ll need time to study and get prepared for the test. To get scholarship you will need to go through SAT for undergraduate and GRE for Graduate program.
6. Translate and authenticate your documents
If you’re applying to study a program taught in English abroad, you will need to translate your documents (including your diploma and grades) to English. Be aware that the translations should be authenticated by a competent authority. If you aren’t sure what authorities are accepted by your prospective university, check their website or inquire about it with an admissions official.
7. Use the online application platforms
Now a days more Institutions tend to use an online application platform to make it easier for students to apply for the programs. Sending the documents electronically instead of by post is preferred by most College, Universities and students as it is faster and usually less expensive or free.
8. Be confident for the interview
The last stage of the application process might be an admission interview. Some University and certain elite programs conduct interviews to find which candidates are more qualified to get into the University. The interview usually starts with why you want to study in this University or program, your background and plans for the future over Skype or University portal. Remain calm and don’t speak too quickly or slowly.
9. Schedule your visa appointment
To be eligible for a student visa, your Institution and program should be accredited by the government of the country they are located. In most cases, after you receive a letter of acceptance and get admitted at the Institution, it’s time to apply for the student visa. Depending on the country’s regulations and number of applicants, applying for the student visa can be a long and complicated process. Therefore, it’s better to apply for your student visa and schedule your appointment or interview as soon as possible.
10. Plan for the costs
You’ll need to consider that studying abroad will have costs relating to the Institutions application fee, the English language test, tuition fees, accommodation, others and visa application fees. Don’t let this discourage you as many students study internationally on a budget, but do make a plan for your likely costs so that you can budget appropriately.