Once you have answered the “what” and “where” of your plans to study abroad, it is time to ask the next important question: “How.” Before you jump into action, it is best to work with an outline.
If the admissions process unnerves you, use these questions as a checklist to help you manage all processes smoothly:
1. Am I early/late to start the application process?
Typically, colleges open the application roundabout a year before the term. For instance, if you are planning to join a school in the Fall term of 2018, you could start the application process as early as August 2017. However, we would strongly recommend that students begin the application process a couple of years in advance so that you cannot only stay ahead of the deadlines but also build a compelling profile. Starting early gives you ample time to take the recommended standardised tests, organise finances, research colleges, evaluate your choices, etc. Having said that, you can still make it to the finish line in about a month from the application deadline.
2. What documents do I need to apply for higher studies?
We find students overwhelmed by the huge task of documentation. Universities abroad ask for a variety of documents, including the completed application form. In general, most colleges ask for the following: 1) Statement of purpose/essays, 2) Recommendation letters, 3) Transcripts, 4) Standardized test results 5) English proficiency exam scores, 4) Financial documents including proof of assets and investments, and 6) Visa forms. In addition to these, based on your course, you may be required to submit additional documents like a portfolio.
3. What tests do I need to take for my choice of university?
Most universities require applicants to take standardised international tests. Most colleges will ask that you take the GRE for an MS program in fields other than business, law, and medicine.The GMAT exam, for a graduate program in business management, is accepted by most top-level institutes. All international students also have to take the TOEFL or IELTS, that test your English language proficiency. Students applying for an undergraduate program are required to take the SAT and ACT tests. Make sure to review your course website to find out about exams that are a prerequisite for your program, the typical score range and, if applicable, the waiver eligibility requirements.