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The decision to study abroad is an exciting one, but it can be difficult and stressful. Talk carefully with your family to determine what is best for you. Use this 4-step guide to get started:

1. Know your aim

Figure out your goals and work backwards. Think about your career, personal goals and the education you've already received. Not every profession requires a Ph.D. or Master's degree; you can earn a good salary with a Bachelor's.

What subjects do you enjoy? Where do you want to study? What kind of job do you want? Once you have an idea of the program you'd like to enter, start to research different programs. Some schools offer international students extra classes and can be great alternatives to larger, more expensive universities. Ask friends to learn about their experiences and what has worked for them. 

2. Find money to study

Not only will you have to pay tuition fees, you'll also need to think about housing, food and living expenses. Every program has a different policy concerning financial aid for international students. Ask your selected school about the scholarship opportunities they offer. Some countries will allow you to hold a part-time job as a student, others have strict rules. Consider what you can reasonably afford and which country would be best for you to live in. 

3. Apply to school

Before you worry about visa applications and Embassy interviews, you need to first gain admission to a foreign institution. Requirements vary from program to program, and most admissions applications will require a standardized test score, letters of recommendation or personal essays. You'll want to have your school transcripts and test scores ready to send as part of your application.

Visit the websites of the schools you're interested in to learn more about admissions requirements and minimum test scores. 

4. Know what to expect

Congratulations! You've applied, been accepted and now have your student visa! Before you get on the plane, do some research about the place you'll be living in. Having an idea of the area and its culture can make your transition easier. Remember, no question is a "bad question" so don't be afraid to ask!

We offer individual and group advising sessions if you're interested in studying abroad. Our staff assists students with admissions procedures and paperwork using online and paper documentation.