Five Things To Know When Applying To Study Abroad

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As a student who studies abroad, I must acknowledge that applying to college abroad is a big adventure that tests one’s persistence and character in general. When applying to schools about two years ago, I almost gave up so many times because of the many processes and requirements needed to ensure proper processing of my application information. Having scaled through this phase of life, I believe it will be great to drop some hints on how to begin your application to schools abroad. The thought of studying abroad could be exciting and could lead to wishful thinking but it requires hard work. So, first things first if you are not hard working you may like to reconsider your desire of studying abroad or you could put on your armor of hard work. There are a lot of things to know about application processes of school but here are five important things I believe anyone who intends to apply to a college abroad should know.


1.    Begin Your Application Process Early.

Many people will testify that the application process is a process that needs to be carried out wiith care and not in a rush. It may feel like you have many months before the application deadline but trust me the days will run by quickly before your very eyes and you’ll be in a state of rush. So like I said before begin early.

2.    Have a List of Potential Schools.

There is nothing like having a specific view of where you intend to study. It takes a great time to get a comprehensive list of schools that may be the right schools for you and this is why step one should be applied. When you begin early, it gives you the opportunity to select your schools rather than just applying to random schools abroad.

3.    Have a Checklist of all Your Requirements.

Each school has its unique requirement and if applying to different schools you will want to have a detailed checklist which will enable you to keep track of your progress.

4.    Know Your Deadlines.

This sounds like information that should always be remembered but I have heard of high-flying students who missed their opportunity to apply to a school just because they missed the deadline. Have these dates on your calendar and try to submit at least two days before the deadline. It is better to be safe than sorry and you will not want to miss a deadline after so much hard work too.

5.    Your Essays Represent You.

I understand not everyone loves to write a lot especially when there are a lot of questions to be answered. Personally, I struggled with my essays and had a very challenging time getting my essays to be on point. Despite the struggles I encountered with writing my essays, I learned that essays serve as a connection between the admission council and the applicant. This means even if you are a high-flyer academically, your inability to package yourself through your essays will most likely hinder you from being accepted to your dream school. Seeing that this is a major aspect of your application, you really want to begin early and work on those application essays not only by yourself but also with people who can help criticize the essays.

These tips are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to applying to schools. If you can get these five things right, then your journey in the application process will be made easy. Although it may seem easy, remember it takes hard work first before ease comes in. I wish you the best as you begin your study abroad application process.