Each year hundreds of thousands of students take their 10+2 (or National Education Board) or Bachelor degree final year examination and start the test preparation followed by university and visa application process for studying abroad in the country of choice.
It is normal to have some confusion as a student applying abroad, given the huge number of programs in different destination country in addition to the fact that each university or college has it’s own application process as well as each country has its own visa application process in addition to different post study work possibilities.
Some students really get good scholarships at good universities. A majority of students often end up enrolling for the programs which they were not really interested. This is either due to the lack of better option, or the influence by family, friends and the limitation of consultants resulting in loss of interest in study upon arrival in the destination country leading to mediocre careers upon completion of their studies.
Many students do not get the right guidance and are often counselled for programs which has very little or no career outcome at all. Most students are often desperate to go abroad rather than prepare well and apply even if it takes some time. Due to these students make decisions which are detrimental in most of the cases and regret about it after having reached at the higher education institution in their destination country.
Here are 10 essential tips to help you with successful study abroad application.
1. Choosing the right degree program in the destination country
Before choosing the right degree program, you must figure out on your own what you are really interested to study. You will need to ask yourself the following questions in order to know what you want to study.
a) What do I want to become?
b) Where do I want to see myself in the next 5-10 years?
c) What subject or program will lead me to be the person I want to be?
Once you have asked these questions yourself honestly, you will have a tentative idea and it will be easier for you to figure out the program you want to study and where these programs are available.
Choose the program you are interested to study and you will enjoy the program and your job upon completion of your studies!
2. Choosing the country you wish to study in
Based on the interest of programs, you can look for the course offers in different countries and narrow down your option in choosing your destination country. You can use the following points:
a) Affordability in terms of tuition fees and living cost
It is important that you choose a course which as moderate tuition and choose a city which is affordable for you in terms of living cost. Choosing a course beyond your affordability cannot be financed part time which will lead you to change universities or courses or come back to Nepal.
b) Opportunities for part time jobs during your studies
Having an opportunity to work part time during your studies not only helps you to earn some pocket money but also helps you in gaining an experience of work place and becoming more confident in handling situation which may arrive in your career.
c) Post study work or long term settlement opportunities
When applying for studying abroad, it is very likely that you consider post study work or long term settlement opportunities upon the completion of your studies abroad. If you are looking for long term settlement, you have to look for countries which offer post study work leading to permanent residency.
d) Recognition of qualification upon return to your home country
In some cases, the qualifications gained abroad may not be recognized in Nepal or there may be bureaucratic hurdles in getting your qualifications recognized in Nepal. If you plan on returning to Nepal upon the completion of your studies and post study work, you should take time to check the recognition of your qualifications before applying for the program or before paying the tuition fees.
3. Assess your finances carefully
At Edupark Asia, we strongly advise you to do a proper assessment of your finances and provide you each and every cost details which may incur during the study abroad process from the day you start your preparation to the day you land in the country of choice. In addition to assessing your finances, you should have a good knowledge of possible types of financial documents or bank loan that may be required during your application process.
It is very essential that you take all the possible expenses in account when assessing your finances and make a budget before embarking on your study abroad journey.
4. Time plan
Once you have decided on your study program, university and destination country and assessed your finances it is time to take the next step i.e. planning your timeline which is very crucial as it will give you an overview of what to do when. You should stick to your timeline as this will help you save a lot of time wondering here and there and you will be able to start your studies without wasting time.
5. Take the required English proficiency test
Almost all universities and colleges will ask you for an English proficiency test report form as part of your application for offer. It is mandatory that you prepare very well for the required test. If you believe that your English proficiency is not that great, we recommend you that you take some additional lessons before starting your IELTS or PTE preparation. During the preparation, you should assess yourself properly and plan your test in advance.
6. Write the motivation letter or Statement of purpose in your own words
You will be required to write your motivation letter or statement of purpose for your admission and visa process. It is important that you write the motivation letter in your own language and words so that it reflects your level language and level of English. At many instances students copy motivation letter from the internet or from someone who had previously applied for studying abroad or often ask their consultants to write it for them. This is one of the major reasons of admission or visa refusal.
- Do not copy and paste it from the internet
- Do not ask someone to write it for you.
- Do not copy from someone else’s motivation letter.
You will get all the required guidance at Edupark Asia for your motivation/ statement of purpose required during the course of application process.
7. Preparing the financial documents
It is very important to show proof of financial capacity when you are applying for studying abroad. You should prepare a checklist and plan properly to get your documents from relevant bank and public authorities such as bank statements, loan, property evaluation report, income sources.
8. Visa application
The next step is visa application process. During the course of the visa application, you will need to disclose all the relevant information genuinely to the consulates, embassies or high commission wherever your visa application is lodged. Upon the positive decision of the visa application, you will need to pay the remaining tuition fees if any and make travel plans for travelling to your destination countries in addition to communicating your university/college regarding it for accommodation or other things such as air port pick up.
9. Pre-departure briefing and Orientation
You should carefully read all the pre-departure information and upon arriving at the university/college attend the orientation week to know about the university, surrounding, the delivery of the programs, International office of your HEI and check the support available so that you already know what support to get from where in case needed.
10. Enrolment at the university
At times, it is possible to enrol online and show up in person later on upon arrival at the university. You should also send an email and seek the details about the enrolment at the university, nevertheless all the required information and support to help you enrol at the university is provided at Edupark Asia.
We wish you good luck for your successful study abroad journey !