So you have decided that you want to study a course abroad but you’re not sure where to start? Get organised and make applying for your course a much easier process.
Information is there to help
You may have noticed that Universities often have large sprawling websites with large amounts of information. If you know what to look for then your tasks can be made much easier. Often a University web page will have a section devoted to ‘How to apply’, ‘Applying’ or, even more useful if you are planning to study abroad, ‘International students’.
Say you want to apply to the University of Derby in the UK but you are not sure of the process? Start by visiting their homepage; http://www.derby.ac.uk/, next on the left hand column click ‘International Students’, next on the top menu click ‘How to apply’. Now you are greeted with a page full of useful information such as entry requirements, English language skills, open day events in your country and how to apply. Clicking how to apply will take you through the process of applying for an undergraduate or postgraduate course.
Most university websites contain such sections to make your life easier. If you still need further assistance look for contact information on the university website. This may be in the form of an admissions email address, a web contact form or even a phone or fax number. The main decision you need to make is which universities to apply to!
Make sure you are ready
I have covered this in many of my previous articles, but there is much to prepare in order to ensure that you are ready to study overseas.
You may need a student visa depending on your chosen study destination. See the following directory for the latest information on student visas.
You need to be able to fund your studies in order to be accepted on to a course. You can read further about funding your studies in this funding section.
You may also need to prepare a personal statement to accompany your application. This is your chance to make a case for yourself and highlight what makes you a suitable candidate. Read the following article for information about writing your personal statement.
You also need to be wary of other issues you may face such as culture shock, finding employment whilst you study, topping up your language skills and even the effect your departure will have on your family and friends. Make sure to read through as many of my previous articles as you can to prepare yourself.
Think you’re ready to apply? Then good luck with your studies!
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