There are many reasons why study abroad programs are becoming so popular. For most international students, the appeal is likely to be a combination of gaining a high-quality education, experiencing immersion in a new culture (and often a second language), gaining a global mindset and expanding future employment prospects.
For some, the prospect of leaving home and heading off into the unknown is daunting but studying abroad is also an exciting challenge that often leads to improved career opportunities and a broader understanding of the way the world works.
The type of experience you have during your time abroad will vary hugely depending on where you go, so make sure to pick a study destination based on your own personal interests as well as the country’s academic reputation, in order to keep a healthy work/play balance.
Choosing where in the world you wish to study is not always an easy task. As well as your own personal interests, you should think about practicalities such as the costs of studying in that country (both tuition costs and living costs), your graduate career prospects (is there a good job market?) and your overall safety and welfare.
You should also think about what sort of lifestyle you wish to have during your studies. Do you want to live in a big city or a small university town? Do you want arts and culture on your doorstep or world-class sporting facilities? Whatever your interests, be sure to match them up with your study destination so that you really give yourself the best chance of loving your international experience.
If you need help making up your mind, contact our team and we will help you explore some of the most popular destinations – USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Considering your application as early as possible is the best way to go. After all, the sooner you gain acceptance into a university, the sooner you can arrange your travels. To avoid disappointment, contact us and we can help you note down all the relevant application deadlines set out by your chosen university.
Application deadlines will be different depending on the institute, but, for programs starting July/August, applications will generally be open from early in the year January/February until the first quarter of the year (March/April).
Entry requirements vary widely between universities and between countries, so be sure to check the information with us or provided by your prospective university before submitting anything.
Speaking generally, however, if you are applying for an undergraduate degree you will be asked to show that you have completed your secondary education to a standard that is in line with the required grades (e.g. your GPA, A-level grades or equivalent) for the program you’re applying to. If you have an international qualification and are unsure whether this is accepted, do let us know and we will contact the admissions department of the university.
For non-native English speakers wanting to study in English-speaking countries, it is also highly likely that you’ll need to provide proof of your English-language proficiency by taking an English-language test such as IELTS, PTE or TOEFL. For some countries, you might get an English test waiver depending upon your English grades. Visa Connection helps in preparing for these tests wherein a certified trainer delivers one on one classes. For more details on this contact our team.
You may be asked to provide some supporting documentation as part of your application. Once again, requirements vary depending on the country and university, but international students are often asked to provide the following:
- Passport photos for identification
- A statement of purpose
- Academic references/ letters of recommendation
- Certificate and transcripts of your education
- Proof of English-language proficiency (e.g. a IELTS/PTE/TOEFL certificate), or English proficiency documents
- Admissions test results (e.g. GMAT/GRE results, for graduate programs)
Contact us at the Visa Connection office nearest to you or submit an inquiry online.