How to Study Abroad

How to Study Abroad: The Ultimate Guide for International Students

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How to Study Abroad, globally, the number of international student recruitments is soaring, and it comes as no surprise: studying abroad provides broad exposure to new cultures, opportunities to explore new places around the world, distinct learning possibilities, and development of in-demand skills for the current and future global markets. Graduates with a foreign degree also have better chances to acquiring a job, as several employers prefer them. Another advantage of studying abroad is the grad’s advancement towards flexibility and new ideas that make them more acclimate to change. 

Studying overseas is indeed a transformative process but somewhat confusing as well. To clear the fog, we have compiled an easy-to-follow and thorough guide on how to study abroad and for a prospective student, what you should keep in mind while applying to your dream educational institution.

Do Your Preparations Earlier

Acquiring education overseas is an exciting and empowering opportunity, but it’s not a piece of cake! You require lots of planning before selecting any country, institution, and degree courses. So, before starting research directly about your dream country or university, do proper analysis on your desired countries, their cultures, policies, affordability, offered degree courses, and field you want to pursue. It is essential to be aware of your career goals and choose the best programs accordingly.

Pick Your Subjects Wisely

When it comes to overseas education, the most crucial step is the selection of degree subjects and courses. There is no mantra to choose the best programs, but you can pick a few from the most in-demand disciplines. 

The list of popular degree disciplines is easily accessible online that assures success in the job market. Before hopping on a searching spree, be thoughtful about your financial status and never opt for something that you do not like to study. Such decisions will impact your future badly. Some of the most marketable disciplines are:

  • Management Sciences
  • Business   
  • IT and Computer Science
  • Law
  • Engineering  
  • Digital Marketing
  • Medicine, etc.

Various other ways are also open to determine what discipline is suitable for you. For instance,

  • You can register on various digital educational portals that will provide perfectly matched courses as per your profile. 
  • Consider what you like doing without external rewards.
  • For better insights into various curriculums, watch or read successful student reviews on your considered universities. It will help you to measure the requisite efforts and the future results.
  • Go through various career paths, job descriptions, and available opportunities. It will help you to know about current job market trends, popular skills, and requirements. 
  • To learn more about yourself, do some entry-level job or volunteer for a year.

Get Connected with IDP Counsellors for Primary Advice

After the desired courses and educational institution selection, it is time to follow those who have walked this path before! Gain insider information from IDP counselors. These people are authorized by International Education Organization and assist prospective international students in application procedures, available accommodation options in a specific budget, and support aspiring students into the entire international recruitment process.

Organize All Your Prerequisite Certifications & Tests

If you have selected universities or colleges in countries such as Australia and UK, you will likely need to attain the required score in the IELTS test. Many international high educational institutions have a pre-set IELTS score that is mandatory to accomplish for successful applications. So, be proactive, book the IELTS test earlier to get accustomed to the test format. And to avoid any delay, scan all the certifications, test scores, and organize them in document format.

Never Lose Hope! Apply to as Many Universities/Colleges as Possible

When applying to international educational institutions, the success mantra is to apply to as many institutions as possible. Every year international colleges and universities get flooded with loads of recruitment applications, and to get successfully selected among them, one must be an early and consistent applicant. Therefore, never stop at one college or university and apply to at least three or four universities.

Prospective students can apply to more than three international institutions, but it requires a more vigilant approach as some countries have restricted policies for international student recruitments. It will be better for you to select multiple higher educational institutions in a similar country and read their application instructions carefully. Here are two points that will help you while applying to foreign educational institutions.

  • A few countries practice a centralized application system by which aspirants can apply to multiple universities. 
  • Many countries practice decentralized application processes; aspirants need to apply separately to various universities.

Wrapping up

For many aspiring students, procuring overseas education is indeed once in a lifetime opportunity. To boost your chances to study abroad, do apply for international scholarships frequently. Every international educational institution offers annual scholarships and financial aid programs. These grants not only support the prospective students financially but improve their chances of selection. Therefore, be mindful at every step of your recruitment application.

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Maliha Safiullah

Maliha Safiullah is a Former Correspondent for 60 Minutes, Channel Nine Australia and is a published writer having worked as a Feature Writer for Dawn News, Pakistan.

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