5 Major Steps Before Applying for Overseas Education

Are you looking for an overseas education ? Do you want to clear your doubts? Here we go, a complete guide with some major steps to check before applying for overseas education viz course selection tips, requirements, visa applying, language test etc

Education is an important part of all our lives. And the idea of college education thrills us all. Be it because of the idea of having fun we instilled in ourselves growing up watching movies or be it because of the real added values that we know higher education brings home with it. With the help of one of the leading immigration consultant, Here, we're going to tell you about 5 major steps before applying for overseas education.

1. What do you want to study and where?

As diligent students, the first thing that you must want to narrow down on is what you want to study and where. For instance, you may be aware of some of the top universities in the world that everyone wants to go to. Since one of these universities is such an awesome place to be at, you figure out that is where you want to go. But what you are not aware is the areas in which this particular university excels. This means that depending on 'what' you want to study, you might have to figure out the best universities that are going to cater to your educational needs better. For instance, Harvard might be a great place to go study law, but it may or may not have a program on Hotel Management or Fashion studies. Only when you do your bit of research, you find out that Parsons School of Design might be a much better candidate than any other 'famous' school you figured out. This implies that in short, 'what' you want to study has a direct bearing on where you should study.

2. Requirements

Once you've narrowed down on what you want to study and where you might also have to look into in great detail the eligibility and other requirements. Some of these requirements might need you to start preparing for a few things immediately if you did not find them out well in advance. For instance, while most UK law schools would just require you to upload a scanned copy of your transcripts, which is very simple and easy, most law schools in the US would want you to use LSAC's services to put in your documents for the use of the university. In turn, LSAC requires you to ensure that you first register your institution on their online portal, a post which a PDF will be generated. This PDF is the transcript request form you must submit to your law school Registrar. Once that's over, there must be 'no' intervention whatsoever from your side and the Registrar of your law school must see to it that she or he issues original transcripts and sends them along with the transcript request form given by you, in a sealed envelope bearing his signature on the back leaf. Also, for instance, you might have to ensure that you are in the good books of the people you are going to request to write recommendation letters to you for the place you're applying. This is because most of the top universities in the world require you to send at least one recommendation from a work supervisor or a teacher. Is all of this confusing? You must bear this in mind that most of these procedures are so time to take and taxing that at times, you might start questioning the very idea to study abroad.

3. Visa

Again, where you want to study has a direct impact on the process you will have to take in order to get there. The visa requirements for each country is different and depending on which country you're applying for, you might have to take one route or the other. For instance, there are different kinds of Visas that you might be eligible for. While the eligibility requirements for one kind might be less taxing, for the other kinds it might not be the same. You may need a student visa or a work visa or some other kind of visa. Once you've figured out what you need, the next step is to understand the procedure, for instance, where to apply, what is the time limit within which you must apply, the important documents that you must keep together and so on.

4. Language Test

This is a very important consideration if you are going to study abroad in the US or a UK school. The top universities in such countries have strict language ability requirements. Depending on where you're applying, you might have to take at least one language test. Popular tests include IELTS and TOEFL. It is possible that your university may also grant you a waiver if you're eligible for one. But even in that case, you'll have to figure out the eligibility for a waiver. If not, then you might have to mandatorily take either of these two tests or some other language test depending on which university you're applying for. And it must be borne in mind that these tests are costly and can be taken only on certain dates depending on availability. Also, they require a lot of preparation otherwise you may not be able to secure the required score to be eligible for admissions at your university.

5. Funding

Finance for overseas education is one major thing you need to consider while you think of study abroad. What is the amount that you'll need to have in order to be able to afford your tuition fees and accommodation? Do you need to apply for a scholarship? If yes, which scholarships are you eligible for and when are their application deadlines? These things require a lot of time and attention and it is for a fact that sometimes you might have to gather separate recommendations for some of these scholarships and maybe even write an essay. The most important thing to be taken into consideration is whether you believe that you'll be able to extract the benefit of your educational investments. Here we are talking strictly in terms of ROI i.e. return on investments. Does this university you've chosen guarantees placement?

These are the 5 major steps before applying for overseas education and All of these questions require a heavy amount of research to be done. Now, there are foreign education consultants which claim to be giving study abroad counseling, before jump into any we need to do a little research on them as well. Whether they are credible and what services you get? As a study abroad consultants, some of them provide you with both pre-landing and post-landing services. These services include helping you get through immigration successfully and helping you to find affordable accommodation, among other things.

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