How to study abroad? step-by-step guide
Dernière mise à jour : 23 août 2022
There are many advantages to studying abroad, you get to see the world, learn about new cultures and perspectives, make new friends and acquire an international experience that will greatly help you in your career.
Still, we must be honest, studying abroad involves a lot of procedures and paperwork, which can be a little tricky.
So, we’re going to break down studying abroad into six main steps.
Let's get started!
First, define your budget
Determining how much you are willing to pay for your education will make choosing your destination and university much easier.
There are many programs and courses you can study abroad, and they all vary in price, defining a budget will make your decision easier. Some destinations and courses are more affordable than others, there’s something for everyone's budget.
Second, choose your course and university
If you’re already set on a career path and what you want to study, then that’s good, if not, don’t worry, you can research popular courses with high employability and income and try finding something that inspires you.
Research the program you want to study and the universities that offer it. Be thorough in your research, and compare programs, modules, and universities. Shortlist your choices to at least five courses.
There’s no shortage of study choices abroad. To make your search easier, we designed a search platform where you can search for the best university and course, according to your preferences and aspirations. A platform where you can search for your course, but also get the help of our team of expert study abroad advisers.
Note: use the SAG Platform to search a select your ideal course
Third, Apply to universities
To put all the odds on your side, it's better to have a plan b, applying to at least three different universities is a must.
While university applications differ depending on the destination, the university, the degree, etc.
There are documents you will always need when applying to universities, such as copies of diplomas and academic transcripts from your previous studies, proof of language proficiency (IELTS or equivalent), a cover letter and reference letters, and a Curriculum Vitae.
Because we know how difficult it can be, we’ve designed our platform to make university applications as easy as possible. You can apply to the university directly from our platform all while getting the support of our experienced admission coordinators.
Note: use the SAG Platform to track and manage your applications
Fourth, Confirm your place
You’ve received your acceptance letter from your chosen university, congrats!
If you’ve been accepted to more than one university, don’t rush your decision, take two to three days to go over your options and choose the university that best suits you.
Now you have to accept the offer and confirm your place at the university, for that you will need to proceed with the payment of your studies costs (in halves or integrality) you may also need to send other documents.
Fifth, apply for a student visa
Depending on your study destination and your country of origin, you may need a study visa, do your research thoroughly and see if you may have to apply for a study visa.
Do extensive research, there are many documents necessary, and the issuance of the visa can take from a few weeks to a few months! Applying early is the way to go!
Visa procedures are often complicated and sometimes confusing, that’s why we were persistent in including visa procedures on our platform, so that you can the help of our team of admission coordinators, be it through document organization, scheduling and booking visa appointment, or form completion, our coordinators have years of experience at your disposal.
Sixth, choose your accommodation
This is a very important step, the part where you choose where you’re going to spend most of your time abroad. Fortunately, you have quite a few options to choose from,
sometimes referred to as "student halls" or "university residence halls."Student housing is by far the least expensive choice, but you may have to share a room with other students.
There are private student residences too, which universities do not own, but those are sometimes more expensive than residences for students at universities.
Living with a local family
This is for students who wish to get a close-up look at the local way of life and culture. It's less popular than student housing, but it’s cheaper.
Of the three options, renting is the most expensive, but you can reduce the cost by sharing your flat with friends or fellow students. Be very thorough in your apartment search, and ask if your university can help. Some universities offer assistance to students looking for private apartments, to help them avoid scams or overpaying.
Book your plane ticket and pack your bags!
Your study abroad journey has started!
If you're struggling with any of these steps, you can use our study abroad platform and get the help of our team of study abroad experts with all of these steps!
If you are interested in studying abroad, you can start your applications now.
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