Universities abroad: FAQs for Indians

Here’s a list of questions that most students going from India to study at universities abroad seek answers to!

  1. What are the Benefits of studying abroad?

Studying abroad is becoming increasingly attractive for a variety of reasons. The reason is likely a combination of receiving a high-quality education, immersing themselves in a new culture (and, in many cases, a second language), developing a global attitude, and expanding future work opportunities.

For some, leaving home and venturing into the unknown is a frightening notion, yet studying abroad is an exhilarating challenge that typically leads to better employment prospects and a better grasp of how the world works. To maintain a healthy work/life balance, choose a study destination based on your interests and the country’s academic reputation.

  1. When Should you begin to apply for universities abroad?

Application deadlines will vary by institution, but for programs beginning in the fall (September/October), applications will be open from early in the year (January/February) through mid-year (June/July).

  1. What are the requirements for enrolling in a university abroad?

Although entry criteria differ between institutions and countries, double-check the information provided by your chosen university before sending in your application.

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree, you have to show your higher schooling grade in line with the required marks (e.g., your GPA, A-level grades, or equivalent) for the program.

If you have an overseas qualification and are unsure whether it is accepted, you should contact the university’s admissions department.

Non-native English speakers who wish to study in an English-speaking country might need to take an English-language test such as the TOEFL or IELTS to demonstrate their English-language competency. Those learning in other languages may take similar tests.

  1. What are the documents required to submit with the application?

As part of your application, you may need to submit some supporting documents. Criteria may vary for the country and university you are applying to. Overseas students are frequently expected to provide the following:

  1. Passport size photo for identification
  2. An objective statement
  3. CV/Resume
  4. Letters of recommendation/academic references
  5. High school certificates and transcripts 
  6. Proof of English language competency (for example, a TOEFL/IELTS certificate for schools in English-speaking nations) or another language test
  7. Results of admissions tests (e.g., GMAT/GRE scores for graduates)
  1. What’s the procedure behind attending an admissions interview?

Some universities hold worldwide interviews across the globe, and you may expect to attend one of them. The online video interview is also becoming increasingly popular. It takes place on Skype with a set time and date.

  1. After gaining a letter of acceptance, what to do?

When you receive an acceptance letter from a university, you should begin preparing for your studies by organizing your travel documents, applying for a student visa and a valid passport, researching your housing possibilities, and finance. Make sure you have enough time for your passport/visa issued to travel lawfully.

Alternatively, you can seek advice from your university. Admissions departments will frequently assist you in preparing for your travel, and in some cases, they may even apply for your student visa on your behalf. However, before making any assumptions, make sure to check with your university.

  1. How do I apply for a Student Visa Application?

As a general rule, if you are from an outside country other than your university’s geographical region/continent, you are most likely to apply for a student visa. It is only applicable for longer durations of overseas study.

If you’re participating in a shorter exchange of three months or less, a tourist or guest visa may suffice.

Check with your selected university or the official travel page of your country of study to be sure.

  1. Is there any Financial aid to study abroad?

Scholarships, fellowships, sponsorships, grants, and bursaries are among the other financing options available to make studying abroad more inexpensive.

Your selected institution may be the best source of financial information for you, so study the school’s website for guidance or contact them directly.

Many scholarships are awarded based on merit and are highly competitive. External scholarships, such as those granted by the government or the institution’s commercial partners, are occasionally listed by the university. If not, you should look into government programs in your home country and your country of study, as well as financing available from external organizations in your field of study (for example, an engineering firm might offer a scholarship for engineering students).

  1. What are the laws around working while studying abroad?

It depends on whether your student visa allows you to work or not. If you don’t need a student visa, you should be able to work as many hours as you want as long as it doesn’t interfere with your studies – but verify with the university and the official government website first. When applying for a visa, you may be required to demonstrate that you already have enough money to support yourself.

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