5 Signs of Great Study Abroad Program
If you are looking for an easy way to study abroad program, there is none, because going to Study in a different country has never been.
But the Process of Studying Abroad can be made easier to help the student reduce the stress that comes with it.
First, let’s Look at the Common Procedure to Study abroad program:
Why study abroad? –
No two applicants have the same reason(s) for studying abroad. For one it could be as simple as not getting into the right college/university in India and for the other, it can be because there are not very many job opportunities in his/her field of study and for many, an easy way of a secured future.
Whatever your reason for deciding to study abroad you will find that higher education abroad adds considerable value to your professional development. A good degree is a stamp of excellence that marks you for life. It can enhance your career and prepare you for leadership in your country or anywhere in the world. It can broaden your horizons and expose you to a variety of perspectives, the latest technology, and state-of-the-art research and training. You can make contacts with colleagues abroad which may lead to collaborations with leading international researchers after you return to your home country. With the large number and variety of colleges and universities outside India, you are certain to find one that matches your needs and interests, no matter what your criteria.
2. Application Process:
The application process for studying abroad is time-consuming and requires applicants to start preparing well in advance of their anticipated start date. It is very important to begin the admission process early because in many cases application deadlines are far in advance of the start of the semester (sometimes as many as ten months). You also need to allow time for scheduling any standardized tests needed for admission and then having the results of these tests sent to schools. There is no uniform worldwide application system. Each college or university establishes its own unique policies.
The 6 basic steps for applying for the study abroad program are:
- Identifying country, universities and the course of your interest
- Request universities for Application forms
- Taking various required tests
- Arranging and preparing Essays and recommendation letters
- Completing and Sending Application forms along with required documents
- Reporting various test scores to the universities
3. Selecting Universities for the study abroad program for :
Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive by Indian standards. Hence it has to be restricted to around 6 or 8 universities which are best matched for your requirements.
The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you. The range of academic options as well as available universities for the study abroad program is so wide that it is not possible to select the best in one go and it may take some time.
4. Requesting application forms:
This is the first stage of your application process. At this stage, you can write to the selected 25-30 universities. You can directly request application materials from the universities.
There are two ways to get application forms:
- Requesting Application Forms via email: You can request application forms from the university website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.
- Downloading from the university website: Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.
5. Application Requirements:
Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through the material in detail and check the application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.
Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your objectives and group the universities under three categories :
- Schools that seem to match your requirements
- Schools that are not suited to your needs
- Schools that do not completely fit in any of the above two categories
Eliminate schools in Group 2 and check out in detail again the universities in Group 3. You can try and focus on departments that you would most like to attend and the school rankings in that field. And any special facilities that the school may offer you in that field. Try and make a list of schools on the basis of fresh and more specific criteria like :
- Objectives of the program and kind of methodology as well as approach
- Admission / Entrance requirements
- Availability of assistant ships and funds in the field of your choice
- Research facilities
- Location Profile of students enrolled
Narrow down your list to about 6-8 universities to whom you intend to apply.
A letter of reference or recommendation letter plays a very important role in the admission process, especially for Masters and Doctoral courses. A recommendation letter is a signed statement from a person who knows you well professionally or has taught you in a subject that is related to the course you are applying to. It should list your positive and negative qualities, strengths and weaknesses, your character and integrity and other such information.
The author or teacher must indicate his position, how long he/she has known the applicant and in what capacity. He/she should briefly discuss the need, importance and usefulness of the study the applicant propose to undertake. Authors are usually asked to rank applicants in their letters of recommendation, which helps admission officers to interpret the academic credentials of foreign students. Students should obtain letters of recommendation (often on the prescribed forms sent by the institutions) from teachers who know them as a person as well as a student. You may like to request your author to give concrete examples that may show your qualities and help your case.
7. School Records/Academic Transcripts
The transcripts of your academic record are absolutely essential to the evaluation of your academic abilities. Your official transcript or academic record is the objective part of your application. Academic records greatly vary from one education system to the other. Systems of evaluation or grading and the formats used to present this information also differ widely.
Undergraduate: Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or any other undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. The report form should be filled out by a school official like the principal, counselor or headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your whole school experience in relation to the other students in your class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. The school report should talk about your accomplishments and provide a statement of your chances for success in university-level studies.
Since there is a variation between the styles of scoring used abroad and the ones used in India, ask your school to include a guide to the grading standards used in your educational system and your school. If your school ranks students by their level of academic achievement, make certain that the ranking is included with the other details. Also, send the school / junior college leaving certificate as and when it is available.
Graduate: Students applying for Graduate courses (MBA, MS, etc) are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas, etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcripts but most require only one.
8. Essays/Statement of purpose:
The personal essays, and/or statement of purpose, also play a very important role in the process of evaluating your application for both admissions as well as financial aid because it gives the faculty assessing your application their most significant impression of you as an individual.
9. Admission Stage:
Universities usually inform students of their admission decisions well in advance of the beginning term. If you have received admission to more than one university, you will have to decide which one you want to attend. At this stage, you should compare a few objective and mostly more subjective criteria. The points you should focus on :
- Best program curriculum, length of the program, choice of courses
- Best funding offer or best program with respect to costs
- Cost of living
- Strength of related departments/program
- Overall reputation of university/department/program
- Location-region, the safety of the neighborhood
- Social life
- Facilities available
- Accommodation & housing
Basically the decision factors at this stage would be mainly three points :
- Best program
- Best funding offer
- Best for your personal goals and needs
It is essential to do a lot of research on the universities and their offerings. Colleges and universities offer varied educational packages. You will have to find out which of these are likely to meet your goals by spending time in the reference library. The more time and effort you put in and the better you utilize your researching skills, the greater are your chances of achieving your goals.
With the Help of Life License Overseas Education Consultants, you can Connect to Students already studying abroad which really helps in the procedure. You can even download their Application to boost the process.
You can make an account with them and apply to universities through their Website.
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I hope it helps.