Study Abroad – Preparation and Requirements
Studying abroad can be very fun and exciting at the same time challenging, but just think of the reward that follows it at the end of the day. Just think of the degree you will end which will be recognized globally. In many countries today, applicants are denied employment because of their low quality degree and their inability to posses needed skills. This is the major reason why many make up their mind to study abroad.
Today, we will be looking at some of the preparations candidates must put in place to ensure a hitch-free study abroad. First we want to look at finances.
This is the first thing to consider before embarking on a study abroad project. The reason is that studying abroad can at times be expensive depending on the area or country one chooses to study. For example places like the US, UK, Australia and Canada have expensive schools with tuition fees ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 per year. So you will need to have plenty of money in your account for you to study in these places. But if you cannot afford these high fees, you may consider studying in countries where the tuition fees and cost of living are low and affordable. These countries include but are not limited to; Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Belarus, Cyprus to mention but a few. Tuition fees in these countries are not high and usually ranges from $1500 to $6000 per year, depending on your program.
Apply early to schools
After looking into your finances, and deciding on the country to study, the next thing you do is to start sending your admission application to schools as early as possible. All universities have admission deadlines and may not consider your admission application if it arrives after the stipulated deadline. Most schools stop accepting admission application around may or June, but you need to contact the school directly to find out the actual deadlines for admissions into their schools.
Make available all supporting documents
Your admission application is incomplete without supporting documents. The school will need to see your results, transcripts, and reference letters before giving you a study offer. So make sure these documents are available before you start your admission application. You can go to your school to rrequest for these documents to avoid delays and disappointments, if you’ve not done so already. If you are applying for an undergraduate program, the documents usually needed are a good high school/secondary school result with atleast five credit passes in relevant subjects, some schools may demand for SATs depending on the program. You will also need an international passport if you are going to travel with a visa.
And for postgraduate study, applicants will be expected to provide degree results and transcripts, two reference letters from lecturers or employers, GMAT(for some programs) and TOELF if English language is not your first language. Please never send original copies of your credentials to schools as they will never be returned. Only send notarized or photocopies.
These are some of the things you must put in place before embarking on your study abroad. Always start your preparation long in advance, you can give yourself 6months to 1 year of preparation to ensure a hitch- free study. If you have any question or comment regarding this post, kindly put it down in the comment box below. Thanks for reading my post.