Having the opportunity to study
overseas is a great way to experience another country
in a way that a tourist could never do. You’ll
get to spend time with the locals along with otherforeign
students giving yourself insights and contacts that
will last a lifetime. You’ll see your studies
through different eyes and assess how it measures up
to what you’re used to. If you’re studying
languages there’s no better place to do it than
where it’s spoken daily.
most popular way to study overseas is to go on an exchange
for one or two semesters rather than complete a degree
overseas, which is well nigh impossible unless you have
access to lots of dollars or a scholarship. Postgraduate
studies overseas are more likely to be supported by
a scholarship and your postgraduate office or equivalent
will have information on this option.
This section of gradlink tells
you how to get your job search happening – what
to do, who to speak to, where to go and who can help
you. It covers self-assessment techniques, the role
of university careers services, the importance of networking
and how to use the Internet and other “real world”
job-seeking resources to their full potential. “Getting
Started” also covers initiatives like the Higher
Education Workplace Skills Olympiad (HEWSO) and Willing
and Able Mentoring (WAM) which will help you develop
job-seeking skills and contacts.
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 world-wide application system. Each
college or university establishes its own unique policies.
The 6 basic steps for applying abroad
country, universities and the course of your interest.
*Request universities for
*Taking various required
*Arranging and preparing
Essays and recommendation letters.
*Completing and Sending
Application forms along with required documents.
*Reporting various test
scores to the universities.
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 :
1. Schools that seem to match
that are not suited to your needs.
3. 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 basis of fresh and more specific criteria like :
of the program and kind of methodology as well as approach
*Admission / Entrance requirements
*Availability of assistantships and funds
in the field of your choice
*Location Profile of students enrolled
*Narrow down your list to about 6-8 universities
to whom you intend to apply.
Once you have decided
on the universities to apply to, you have to start filling
up the application forms. The forms will ask for your
personal details, academic record, official transcripts,
various essays, personal achievements, extra curricular
activities and recommendation letters.
Universities usually inform students of their admission
decisions well in advance of the beginning term. If
you have received admission in 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 program, choice of courses
* Best funding offer or best program with
respect to costs
* Cost of living
* Strength of related departments/program
* Overall reputation
* Location-region, safety of neighborhood
* Social life
* Facilities available
* Accommodation & housing
Basically the decision factors
at this stage would be mainly three points :
* 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.
to do once you have been accepted :
Each college will tell
you exactly what steps to follow to confirm your acceptance
of their offer of admission and how to prepare for your
first term. This information will be included with the
letter of admission or in materials that will be sent
to you shortly thereafter. You must respond with a "yes"
or "No" for each offer of admission. You may
also be required to submit a financial deposit to the
institution that you plan to attend. This is to guarantee
your place in the class. Make sure you do not miss any
If you are in the waiting list :
You may receive a letter
that informs you that you are on a ‘waiting list’.
This generally means that the admission office determined
that you were qualified for admission but there was
not enough room to admit all qualified applicants. If
you are placed in the waiting list of a college you
wish to attend, you will be asked whether you are interested
or not. If you say yes, you may be offered admission
if space becomes available.
If you are placed in the
waiting list of your first choice college and confirmed
in the second choice college, you may do the following
steps to remain on the safer side :
Accept the offer of the second choice school and pay
* Accept the offer of remaining in the waiting
list of the first choice school
If you get admission later in your
first choice school, you can join that but you will
have to forfeit your deposit (usually around US $50-$500)
otherwise you can decide to study in the second choice
school. (Information compiled from infozee.com)