International students often underrate the amount of time required for admission processing to a college or university in the United States. You can pass over this mistake by making a schedule for yourself that begins well before the time that you plan to begin your studies.
When setting your timetable, always have in mind that starting the process early is an advantage for you. You will need to give yourself enough time to research about the institution and/or program that will meet your academic and professional goals. Then you must meet the application deadlines of the universities to which you apply, which may be up to ten months before the beginning of the school term.
Especially for schools with lots of admissions intake, the application process takes a significant amount of time and effort. You will need to develop a personal statement and request recommendations from teachers or others who know you well. Even by applying online by the Common Application, you will want to start as soon as possible. University websites and other academic Internet sites may provide quick and convenient access to the required application forms, but you still need time to have more knowledge about your options, contact teachers and institutions to provide recommendations and transcripts, and sign up for required entrance exams in time to meet application deadlines.
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HOW TO PROCESS YOUR ADMISSION TO FOREIGN UNIVERSITIES
1) Pick your program
Make up your mind on where you want to study abroad, start your admission processing and in which level and area of study you have more interest in and have the academic background to qualify. Consider your career prospects and then decide on a specialization. Choose a program that goes in line with your goals and try to pick a university that is highly ranked, has a great reputation for your subject of choice, or meets other criteria that are important to you.
2) Read the requirements and deadlines carefully
The first step for applying to a school abroad is to check the requirements. If the information on the website is confusing to you or is lacking good information, request more information from the schools. If you are unsure if your nationality is accepted for student visas in the country, you can also try browsing through official government websites and study councils. It is important to pay attention to the deadlines to make sure that you don’t miss the admission or entrance exam deadlines.
3) Get prepared for the TOEFL or IELTS test
If your first language is not English and you’d like to study abroad, you will probably need to take an English language test. When planning your study abroad timeline and booking your test, take the preparation time for the test into account. Depending on your English language proficiency and your ability to use the English language, as well as the score that the university requires, you’ll need time to study and get prepared for the test.
3) Translate and authenticate your documents
If you’re applying to study a program taught in English abroad, you will need to translate your documents (including your diploma and grades) to English. Be aware that the translations should be authenticated by a competent authority. If you aren’t sure what authorities are accepted by your prospective university, check their website or inquire about it with an admissions official.
4) Register for the entrance exam
Most countries like India and certain schools, for example as medical schools, have entrance exams that will assess your knowledge of natural science and skills relating to subjects like language or mathematics. Research on the date and place of the exam as the test usually takes place one or two months before the school’s opening day. You’ll need to register for the test in advance and if required, make a plan for your travel abroad. Also make sure that you know what to expect on test day. If possible, prepare by taking a look at a sample test.
5) Be confident for the interview
The final stage of the application processing stage might be an admission interview. Some universities like the University of Oxford and certain elite programs set up interview to find which candidates are more qualified to get into the school. The interview usually begin with why you want to study in this school or program, your background and plans for the future. Prepare well for the interview, be confident and don’t let the formal setting wear you out. Remain calm and don’t speak too quickly or slowly.
6) Schedule your visa appointment
To be eligible for a student visa, your school and program should be accredited by the government of the country they are located. In most cases, after you receive a letter of acceptance and get admitted to the school, it’s time to apply for the student visa. Depending on the country’s regulations and number of applicants, applying for the student visa can be a long and complicated process. The documents needed for the student visa application are usually a bank statement, the application form, the receipt of payment for your application and university tuition fee, your passport, medical and background information.
7) Plan for the costs
You’ll need to consider that applying to schools abroad will have costs relating to the school’s entrance exam, translating documents, booking the English language test, tuition fees, and visa application fees. Don’t let this discourage you as many students study internationally on a budget, but do make a plan for your likely costs so that you can budget appropriately for the admission processing stage.
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