The decision to study abroad is an exciting one, but it can be stressful. Talk carefully with your family to determine what is right for you.
1. Know your aim
Identify your goals and work backwards. Think about your career, personal goals and the education you've already received: 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, research programs. Some schools offer international students extra classes and can be great alternatives to larger, more expensive universities. Ask friends about their experiences and what has worked for them. Not every profession requires a Ph.D. or Master's degree; you can earn a fine salary with a Bachelor's.
2. Find money
Every program has a different policy concerning financial aid for international students. Research your selected school and the scholarship opportunities they offer. Remember, not only will you have to pay tuition fees, you'll also need to think about housing, food and living costs. Some countries allow you to work part-time job as a student; other immigrations policies are strict about international student employment.
Before you worry about visa applications or Embassy interviews, you first need to be admitted to a foreign institution. Most admissions requirements include standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, and personal essays. Requirements vary from program to program, but you will most likely need to send your school transcripts and test scores to send as part of your application. Visit websites of the schools you're interested in to learn more about their application process.
Congratulations! You've been accepted and have your student visa! Before you get on the plane, research the place you are traveling to. Having an idea of the area and its culture can make your transition easier. No question is a "bad question" so don't be afraid to ask.
We offer individual and group advising if you're interested in studying abroad. Our team helps students with admissions procedures, paperwork, interview preparation, and pre-departure planning.