How to Apply for Schools Abroad
The process of application for university admission varies from depending on the country and there is no perfect formula for getting admission into the university of your choice. Nonetheless, there are some general rules you must follow and tips that can guide you in gaining admission.
Tips on how to apply for schools abroad
- Choose your program
First, make a decision on where(desired country) you wish to study abroad and in which level and area of study you’re interested and have the all the academic backings neccessary to enable you qualify. Consider your career prospects and then decide on an area of specialization. Choose a program that is in line with your goals and try to choose a highly ranked university and one that has a great reputation for your desired subject, or one that meets other criteria that are relevant to you.
- Read the requirements and deadlines carefully
The next step for applying to an institution abroad is checking the requirements. If the you don’t understand the information on the website or you are not convinced enough, seek for more information from the institution. If you are doubtful about the acceptance of your nationality 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 ensure you don’t miss the admission or entrance exam deadlines.
- Write a motivation letter
A motivation letter is required for Applying for certain fields of study or schools. The motivation letter or cover letter should highlight your ability to perform excellently at the proposed school, the evaluation of your skills should also be included, as well as your accomplishments. So your interest in studying at the university should be expressed in a clean and well structured motivation letter, and remember to use clear English when writing the letter.
- Ask for a recommendation letter
One or several recommendation letters are sometimes required from a teacher for university or program admission. Feel free to ask for the recommendation letter from your teachers that you had a good relationship with. Bear in mind that recommendation letters may take time for instructors to write and multiple students may have asked them for letters before you. Ask them as early as possible to make sure that they have the time to write a detailed and compelling recommendation.
- Get prepared for the TOEFL or IELTS test
If your official language is not English and you’d like to school abroad, you will likely take an English language test. When planning your study abroad timeline and booking your test, take into account the preparation time for the test also. Depending on your English language proficiency and your ability to use the English language, as well as the score required by thr university, you’ll need enough time to study and get prepared for the test.
In addition, remember to book the test at least one month in advance because each test centre offers tests a maximum of four times a month depending on local demand. If you apply late, it might be full.
- Translate and authenticate your documents
If you’re applying to study a program taught in English abroad, there will be a need for you to translate your documents (including your diploma and grades) to English. Plesae note that the translations should be authenticated by a competent authority. If you are not sure what authorities are accepted by your prospective university, check their website or make inquiries from an admission official.
- Use the online application platforms
Presently, more schools have employed the use of online application platform to make programs easier for students to apply. Most schools prefer sending the documents electronically instead of by post as it is faster and usually less expensive or in some cases free.
- Register for the entrance exam
Some countries like India and certain schools, such as medical schools, have entrance exams. This helps to test the students knowledge of natural science and skills relating to subjects like language or mathematics. Confirm the date and place of the exam as the test usually takes place one or two months before the school’s resumption day. You’ll have to register for the test in advance and if required, make a plan for your travel abroad. Also make sure that you know what to expect on test day. Prepare by taking a look at a sample test if possible.
- Be confident for the interview
The final stage of the application process might be an admission interview. Some schools like the University of Oxford for example and certain elite programs conduct interviews to know which candidates are more eligible to get into the institution. The interview usually starts with questions like, why you want to study in this school or program, your background, your goals and future plans. Prepare for the interview, have confidence and don’t let the formal setting stress you out. Maintain your calmness and don’t speak too quickly or slowly.
- Schedule your visa appointment
To be qualified for a student visa, your school and program should be accredited by the government of the country where they are located. In most cases, after recieving an acceptance letter and get admitted at the school, the next thing is to apply for the student visa. Applying for the student visa may be a lenghty and complicated process depending on the country’s regulations and number of applicants. Therefore, it’s better to apply for your student visa and schedule your appointment for interview as soon as possible. The documents needed for the student visa application are usually a bank statement, the application form, the payment receipt for your application and university tuition fee, your international passport, medical and background information.
- Plan for the costs
You’ll need to consider that applying to institutions abroad will attract costs that will cover the school’s entrance exam, translating documents, booking the English language test, tuition fees, and visa application fees. Don’t let be discouraged by this as many students study internationally on a budget, but it is necessary to make a plan for your likely costs so that you can budget appropriately.
I hope these few tips on how to Apply for Schools Abroad helps you in achieving your dreams of studying in a foreign land