Deciding to further your studies abroad exposes you to new and awesome opportunities. It’s a great way to blend with various cultures and learning styles while making a few friends in the process. However, as you may as well know, the success of every choice you make usually depends on the number of preparations & planning done to support your decision.
Hence, in order to make your study abroad journey to be as fruitful & enjoyable as possible, adequate planning in advance is necessary.
This is because, you need time to research on the best programs, universities and study destinations for you. You also need time to determine your capability to cater to the financial demands that may arise in the process. As well as your ability to present the documentation the universities request.
To adequately prepare yourself for your study abroad journey, you need to:
Know Your Budget
Decide What You Want to Study
Explore and Select Your Preferred Universities
Understand the Admission Process of Your Selections
Prepare the Application and Visa Documents
Make Your Application
Know Your Budget – What Can You Afford?
Studying in universities at your home country is not cheap, especially with particular programs. With that in mind, you should be aware that study abroad is not cheap (even if you are granted scholarship and financial aid). You will be required to spend on travel & other expenses even with a 100% scholarship.
There are universities and countries that are way cheaper than others (even though they might have similar academic standard and ranking as them). Remembering this will keep you alert and help you make the right decision and calculations as you prepare to study abroad.
STEP 1: Create Your Tuition Budget
What range of tuition fees can you afford to pay if you are not given any scholarships, grants or financial aid per semester? Be honest with yourself.
After you have done this, find out how much you can pay with the assistance of various percentages of scholarships and financial aids.
This is a very important step. Too many students have unfortunately overlooked this step in the past.
STEP 2: Plan Your Living Expense Budget
It’s time to estimate how much you can afford in terms of accommodation and living expenses (get figures for with and without the aid of scholarships and financial aids). Remember to consider the figures you already got from step 1.
The sum of the amount you estimated in step 1 and 2 represents the main total you can afford to spend to study abroad (with and without scholarship) – your budget. When you have honestly gotten a final amount, you are ready to move on to the next stage.
Decide Your Choice of Study Program
So now, you aware of your budget, the next step would be to decide what course/program you want to pursue. What are you passionate about? What career are you hoping to undertake in the future? All these are some questions that should run through your mind as you make your choice.
But remember, it is important to choose programs that are somehow related to what you have studied in your academic history. This increases your chances of being accepted for the program you choose.
If you studied Accounting in the past, don’t go selecting Law as what you want to study. There’s a high probability that it won’t work out.
Explore and Select Your Preferred Universities
With the figures you got for tuition and accommodation (and the program of your choice), search our list of universities & countries to find the ones that fit your budgets the most. Review their fee structure (per year/semester) as well as deadlines for payments.
Once you find the universities you are comfortable with, take a look through their admission requirements & procedures.
You Need to Understand the Admission Process
Now that you have selected the universities that are the best for your educational expectations and budget, you need to start fulfilling the admission requirements. This is especially so in terms of the required documents needed to make your application complete.
Different universities have different document requirements and admission procedures. All these have been simplified for you and provided at the various university pages on UniOneApp.com.
Review their requirements and deadlines, then prepare (at the next stage) to start your application to the ones of your choice.
You Need to Gather the Application and Visa Documents
In the admission period, you will definitely need to gather a number of documents both to complete your application to your preferred universities and your visa application once accepted.
General Admission Requirements
The following documents are generally what is required to study abroad:
International Travel Passport – how can you travel without a passport? It’s called “studying abroad” for a reason.
Academic Record Sheets / Transcript
Academic Diploma in relation to record sheets/transcript
Photograph of Applicant – usually the size of a passport photo
Ensure that you have the documents above at least. Because even if you prepare the other extra documents that the universities may request, without the ones listed above, you cannot proceed to study abroad.
Most embassies ask for specific documents as well as proof to show how you plan to financially support yourself in order for them to grant you a visa. You won’t be burdened by these things if you plan ahead.
Research about what is needed to be eligible for a visa to any of your study destinations. Find out about deadlines, the locations (in your country) of the Embassies of those countries and if you may be required to pay some required fees.
Even though you can’t apply for the visa until you are actually accepted by a university you’ve applied to, it’s still in your best interests to be informed and well-prepared as early as possible, to avoid any unnecessary panicking.
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