So, you’re considering studying abroad, now you’re stuck on how to start, the whole process? Well, this is for you.
Study abroad programs are becoming so popular and for most intending students, the thrill is the combination of obtaining a high-quality education, immersing in a new culture (and often a second language), having a global mindset and expanding future employment prospects. While for some, the prospect of leaving home and heading off into the unknown is daunting but studying abroad is an exciting challenge that often leads to improved career opportunities and a broader understanding of the way the world works. However, the type of experience you have during your time abroad will vary hugely depending on where you go, so make sure to pick a study destination based on your own personal interests as well as the country’s academic reputation, to have a healthy work/play balance. To get an idea of life abroad and other students views on it, check here
Choosing where in the world you wish to study is the next daunting task. As well as your own personal interests, you should think about practicalities such as the costs of studying in that country (both tuition costs and living costs), your graduate career prospects (employability?) and your security and welfare.
You should also consider the lifestyle you wish to have during your studies. A big city or a small university town? Do you want arts and culture on your doorstep or world-class sporting facilities? Whatever, be sure to match them up with your study destination so that you really give yourself the best chance of loving your international experience. If you need help making up your mind, talk to our counsellors
Once you’ve made up your mind about where you want to study, you should start to think about choosing a program and a university, if you haven’t already. You can research leading universities with the QS World University Rankings, use the subject rankings to discover universities which are best for your subject, after you’ve firmly decided on your program and institution, you should start to think about your application(s). Application processes differ depending on the university and the country, but generally each institution will provide full details of how to submit your application on the official website. However, it is much easier to go through us, set a date for a free consultation
As a prospective international student, it is highly unlikely for schools to expect you to attend an admissions interview in person, although this is not unheard of – especially for the most competitive programs. The growing trend is using video interviewing. This is like any other interview, with a prearranged time and date, but will take place online, via an application such as Skype.
After gaining a letter of acceptance, what do I do next?
Congratulations, you’re in! Now all that’s left to do is to prepare for your studies, pack up your life into a large suitcase, get your travel documents in order, apply for your student visa, research your accommodation options, in fact, as soon as you gain acceptance from a university, the first thing you should start to consider is your travel documentation. Ensure you have a valid passport and travel insurance, as well as a student visa. Make sure you have sufficient time to get your visa approved so that you’ll be able to travel legally. don’t panic………. it’ll all be worth it! At UKEAS, you get assigned a dedicated counsellor who will be with you through the rigors of all these.