7 Steps Process to Study Abroad
Here is a 9 step process to study abroad. This page details most aspects of study abroad applications and decisions that you will need to take and it serves as a comprehensive guide to starting a study abroad journey. We also call it a “study abroad roadmap”.
Step 1 – Consider the possibility of studying abroad
The first moment when you consider the choice of studying abroad for yourself or your child is a big achievement in itself. Since you are here on this page, I am sure you have already experienced that big moment of considering studying abroad as a choice, so many congratulations for that.
It could be your parents who initiated the idea, or your family or friends – they deserve a big thank you because when they discussed the choice of studying abroad for you. While doing so, they showed a big confidence in you and your ability to succeed in life. So remember to say a Thank You to them when you meet them next.
I believe it’s a first step towards your study abroad road map or study abroad journey. But remember, considering a choice is not equivalent to making a decision to go abroad to study. Studying abroad is an exciting opportunity, and everyone on this planet deserves this opportunity of opening one’s mind to the possibilities beyond geographical boundaries. So, studying abroad is definitely one of the steps to become a global citizen – a citizen who can see the opportunities around the globe to make a career. A career here does not restrict to a job but to committing to a cause which can possibly benefit the world world. So, you could be in a job or an entrepreneur – studying abroad can help you.
But, here is a word of caution.
Studying abroad is an opportunity for everyone, but the timing of your life when you should study abroad could be different to that of your friend or family. So, please do not just follow the herd, but earn the right to use this opportunity by preparing yourself in advance for it. By preparation, I mean – you should be prepared to lead your life independently and wisely. You should be prepared to have a mindset to challenge yourself and become a better version of yourself every single day during your study abroad journey. You must use your time well during studying abroad and last but not the least. You must feel that the money spent on your study abroad experience is wise in your own eyes.
So, if you go for high school abroad, or a summer school, or a bachelor degree or a masters degree or a PhD – you are a rockstar! So, time your study abroad journey well.
Step 2 – Reason out your decision to study abroad
Once you have decided when do you want to study abroad, then you need to decide the ultimate goals do you have from your study abroad experience or journey. Your goal could be gaining more exposure, or travelling to a new country or continent, or learning a new language alongside your degree, or working in another country for sometime or looking for an opportunity to study and then reside in another country.
Once you have your goals clear, you can then better decide on which country you wish to study. This is because every country visa norms are different. One country might allow you to stay back after degree for some time, another country might give you a longer stay back period followed by an option to reside permanently, while some other country could request you to just study and go back to your country. It is important to understand the visa norms before hand to avoid any disappointments later.
It is advisable that the student and the parents are on the same page as the rationale or reason to study abroad. This helps them in forming a decision which is agreeable by all. You can consider multiple countries while doing the applications to study abroad, but majority of students and parents are able to zero down on one country at this stage as it allows them to better focus on the universities and courses available in that country.
Step 3 – Educate Yourself
Once you have decided on which country (or countries) to go for, then you can explore the universities and the courses in the selected country. This step is more educational in nature as you are looking through all the options available. The university websites are excellent sources of information on what admission criteria they have for any course that they offer. It is important to note those minimum eligibility criteria to make a realistic judgement of what universities or courses are suitable for you.
Students and parents often find themselves asking questions about courses and universities from people they know who have studied abroad or who know of people who have studied abroad. Welcome all inputs coming along your way, but put a rational filter to process the information. Rational filter is easy to apply by vetting the information provided through the university or course website, about which information is gathered.
Another critical and important step to educate is to find information on credible sources, where the information is already filtered for your use. For example, we at ACE Overseas Education Consultants attempt to provide you educational information through our web resources. Make use of the free online educational information that we provide and be ready with your questions to ask our expert counsellors. We will help you define the exact courses and universities that you can apply to and also help you through the process of applications.
Step 4 – Make your study abroad application
Once you have selected which universities you wish to apply to, you need to start preparing for the application. The application requires you to prepare some supporting material which includes, your CV/Resume, Personal Statement or Statement of Purpose or Essays, Letter of Recommendations, Writing Sample, Art or Experience Portfolio or any other additional requirement of the university. We at ACE Overseas Education Consultants can help you and guide you in collating and preparing your documents and then help you in finally making your study abroad application.
Depending on the country and the university you choose, the application method could be different. For example, some universities may require application on servers like UCAS (for UK) or Common Application (for USA); while others might request an application on their university website itself. Even the document submission requirement could vary from university to university. For example, some universities might ask to submit documents through a third party like WES (in the case of some USA universities), or some universities might ask you to courier official transcripts to the university or others might request you to just upload a scanned copy. We will make the process as seamless as possible for you – so you can focus on preparing yourself for your exciting study abroad journey.
Step 5 – Review offers and accept
After the application submissions, we wait for offers. Once the offers arrive, then we review the available offers, their last date of acceptance and then send acceptance to the most preferred university.
In some cases, universities might ask for an acceptance deposit (which is usually non refundable), while in other cases, the universities might just require an an online acceptance confirming your interest in the seat that they have offered you.
You might get a conditional offer from the universities in case you are still pursuing your education, or if any document is remaining to be furnished. A Conditional offer means that the university has offered you a seat but in order to get a confirmation from them, you need to submit the documents as mentioned in the conditions of the offer. Some universities can ask for you deposit of a certain percentage of the first year fee as one of the conditions. Once you submit the documents, the university gives you an unconditional offer.
Step 6 – Apply for visa to study abroad
Once you have received an unconditional offer, made the requisite payment to the university to confirm a seat, then you need to apply for a visa to study. Every country has its own study visa rules and you must abide by the rules of the country you are applying to. For example, a country’s visa norms can suggest how much money to show as living expenses, or what documents to submit to get the visa.
It is your duty to ensure that all the information that is submitted to the visa high commission are true in all form.
Step 7 – Prepare for departure
Once you get the visa, you must prepare for a smooth departure. It includes arranging your accommodation, tickets, telecom services and insurance.
Please contact us to help you with any of the steps above or the entire journey altogether.