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Essential Points to Keep in Mind When Applying for Study Overseas

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Essential Points to Keep in Mind When Applying for Study Overseas

Studying overseas is a life-changing experience with endless merits. Did you know, there are an estimated 5.53 lakh Indian students studying in 86 different countries? USA, Canada & Australia account for 2/3rd of this number.

Millions of aspirants from all over the world choose international education to get superlative education, top-notch job prospects, overall personality development, global mindset, etc. Studying overseas is a very rewardful decision in your life. International Academic exposure can help you thrive in your career and to become a valuable future employee. 

There are some prominent points to keep in mind before boarding on this new adventure. 

1. Choosing Your City

choosing city

Choosing your city of study is a really important task. Apart from your dream city, the practicalities such as your safety, cost of living, job opportunities, etc. should also be considered. Surf the internet and research well about the place. If you know someone personally who lives there, what else can be better?

The all-new adventures in a totally foreign city can be fascinating. Make sure your decision matches your preferences so that you can enjoy all those extravagant activities.

2. Selecting Course Wisely

selecting course wisely

Overseas education provides you with active learning through classroom dialogues, practicals, case studies, and field trips.

The courses offered in India are substantially different from the courses offered abroad. Thus, thorough research is profoundly recommended for the courses offered by your preferred university and the eligibility criteria for them.

The course should be goal-oriented and interest-driven for higher job prospects and cultural know-how. It is important to keep in mind that the career prospects you’ll get from the opted courses should be in demand in other countries as well.

3. Application Process and Statement of Purpose

application process

Consider applying a year before the session starts as you have to go through a lot of extensive admission procedures. You don’t want to disappoint yourself. The sooner you get the letter of acceptance, the sooner you can arrange everything. Also, this will give you enough time for the preparation of your entry-level or scholarship exams.

Stay updated regarding the deadlines of the admission applications of your preferred college. Normally, for the programs starting in the fall (Sept-Oct), the applications are available from January/February to the months of June/July. 

Also, write a profound and structured motivational letter to the university you have applied to, as it will show your dedication to perform well and language efficiency.

4. Admission Requirements

exams for abroad

The most significant point is to remember whether your qualifications are meeting their admission requirements or not. Check the university websites for detailed information.

Entry requirements vary substantially between universities and countries, but some entry-level exams and requirements are general throughout all the universities. If you are going for graduation, then your completion of secondary education along with your GPA, A-level grades, extra-curricular activities, internships, etc., matters a ton.

If you are a non-native English speaker, you have to pass the English Language tests such as TOEFL and IELTS as proof of your English proficiency. TOEFL scores are accepted by more than 9000 colleges in 130 different countries, including the top 100 in the US.

Other exams such as GMAT, GRE, and LSAT are also conducted. These exams generally entail analytical writing assessment, integrated reasoning, quantitative verbal assessment, etc.

You must have all the required documents prescribed generally by universities including visa application, financial certificate, health insurance, resume, 12th standard documents, etc.

5. Unwanted Expenditure

unwanted expenditure

Living in a foreign country drains your pockets very much. Expenses like travel and accommodation fare, translation of documents, visa applications, entrance exams, university fees, etc. can create an enormous financial burden. As per RBI, spending on tuition and hostel fees by Indians studying overseas has gone up by 44% from $1.9 billion in 2013-14 to $2.8 billion in 2017-18.

You can apply for scholarships in the universities to save up your tuition fee including general scholarship and specialized funding scheme.

Explore in advance all the flats available for rent at reasonable prices, nearby cheap grocery shops and cafes. Travel in public transports with a pass to mitigate the expenditure. Develop the habit of budgeting in advance.

According to a statement by the USIEF earlier this year, more than 186,000 Indians studying in the US make up 17% of all the overseas students in the country. The other top preferred destinations for international students are Australia, Germany, Canada, and the UK.

International education is attracting millions of youth into these highly developed countries and benefitting millions of lives beyond expectation and imagination. Prepare yourself with all those tips perfectly and get ready for a newfangled exposure.