“If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet, he said.”
If you love to travel, learning a new culture and living in different places – living abroad is something that you should experience. Study abroad is the best option if you want to have an experience of living in another country. However, some people find it hard to get information on how to study abroad, because they don’t know where to start. Based on my experience, here are my five steps on how to study abroad. (If you have decided which country and university you want to apply – click What to do Next – to get more information about what to do next).
Go to the International Student Expo
Find information as many as you can. One of the best options for this is to go to the International Student Expo. In this event, normally there will be several representatives from different countries that you could ask information about. Usually, this kind of event gets sponsored by different agencies, as well as the universities. It’s free and you have lots of options. Definitely very good opportunity for you to get information as many as you can.
Find the right agency
Finding the right agency might be difficult at first because there are some that can’t be trusted. You have to be very careful on this. However, there are lots of agency that’s trustworthy, you just have to find the right one. The right agency normally won’t ask you for any fees – until you are about to apply to the university – and the amount of money they ask is normally very low, only between 25-50 pound-sterling for one institution/school. If the agency asks you money before you even decide to apply, that agency might not be right. Normally you just need to pay the school tuition fees (which is depends on the university), pay for the visa application and other stuff you need – and if you have to pay to the agency, it won’t be over 100 pound-sterling.
Go to the Embassy
This is another option for you to get an accurate information. You could go to the International Student Expo as well as the Embassy of which country you are about to apply. It’s a very good opportunity for you to make sure that the information you get is accurate. However, the embassy normally don’t really know the detail of which school you’re about to apply or what kind of document you need, and stuff like that – but the embassy will give you a brief summary on how to study in that country and how it feels like to live there (the situation of the country). They will also give you some information about any scholarship if it’s available and if you intend to apply. They’re normally very busy, but they will make time for you, even if only for a short time.
Choose a country where do you want to study
After finding the right information and the right agency, then it’s time for you to decide which country you want to study. If you have decided this even before you search for an information then it’s a good thing. However, sometimes your first plan is not what about to happens. For me, my plan was to study college in the United States of America – it turns out, I’m studying in the United Kingdom. There might be several changes to your first plan – because of so many different reasons. However, if you could stick to your first option then it’s a good thing. Remember that making a decision on which country you want to study abroad is very important, so make sure that you have thought about it clearly before making a decision.
Choose the University
Choosing the university is normally related to when you choose which country you want to study abroad. Some people tend to choose a country because of the university they want to study. If this is your situation then you are on your way. But, if you haven’t decided it either, it’s your time to decide. You could apply for more than one universities, but it’s normally cost you more (depending on which country you choose). Don’t just choose one option at first, open your options as many as you can, consider so many different things. Try to eliminate the options one by one until you find the right university for you.
(If you have decided which country and university you want to apply – click What to do Next - to get more information about what to do next).
“And so … the adventure begins”