7 Things To Remember Before Making Your Applications To Study Abroad

You have decided to head to college abroad, and it is arguably one of the most exciting decisions you have made in your life.

But the journey has just begun.

The road ahead is all about backing yourself with many more choices and options that will influence the outcome of your decision to study abroad. A good call at every stage will help you have a pleasant experience throughout your application process.

Here is a checklist that every student should tick off before they submit their applications to universities or colleges abroad:

1. Start Researching Early

Be it shortlisting country or schools, START EARLY! The more exposure you get, the better you will understand the international education market and education providers. Talk to friends, family and acquaintances who have studied abroad to learn from their experiences and take any tips they might have to offer.

2. Be Aware Of Your Goals

Before you make a big time and money investment in studying abroad, think about what you want to achieve through your studies or experiences. If you are very early in your decision process, think of the courses you want to pick up now in your source country that will contribute to your goals for studying abroad later on. Take your goals, interests and the global economy into consideration for the studies and activities you want to engage with.

3. Know Your Recommenders

Make sure you identify the recommenders who know you well and at the same time who will be happy to write you a good recommendation. Get in touch with them every now and then to keep them updated about what has been keeping you productively busy. Whenever the time comes to take their recommendations, do send them an email request and follow up with them regularly.

(To learn more about recommendation letters and what steps to follow to get the best recommendations, click here)

4. Keep your Documentation Ready

Get your marksheet copies attested by the schools and colleges you have attended. Check the date of your passport expiry — your passport should be valid for the course duration. If it expires in lesser than a year, get it renewed in your home country itself. Understand the visa procedures and ensure you meet all requirements for your destination countries and institutions.

5. Know the Test Requirements

Most institutions who accept international students need some kind of test credential to be eligible for their programs. Register for the tests like SAT, GMAT, GRE, IELTS, TOEFL and so on early to be able to book your seat.

Leave sufficient time for a re-test if that might be needed. Make arrangements to send the test scores directly from the testing institution.

(Not sure what these tests mean? Check this post to know more about standardised tests.)

6. Proofread. Review. Proofread

Before submitting your application to any institution, don’t forget to proofread and check closely for any errors or inconsistencies. Get a trusted friend, relative or teacher to review the application for you and take their feedback to make changes to your application. Get it proof-read by another person as well so that you are covered from all angles.

7. Apply Early if Possible

If you are really early for the admission cycle that you have been targeting, consider applying early to your target institutions. Institutions often give extra benefits to students who opt for an early admission. Once you submit your application, make sure you receive a confirmation email from the institution.