You’ve reached the final decision of becoming an international student and just have to get started on applying for a university abroad. Are you too afraid to begin the process and keep postponing it? Well, no need to stress out! The sooner you start searching for information and begin with the application process for a university degree, the higher the chances you will be accepted to one or more of the universities that you dream about.
Applying to a university, whether it is in European countries like the UK, France, Germany or Sweden, in the U.S., China or anywhere else, it is not as complicated as you may think. You just have to pay attention to a few details and prepare all the necessary documents as soon as possible.
Here are some useful tips and observations to consider before starting to apply for a university abroad:
1. Widen your horizon
Even if you have set a clear goal that you want to be a student of a certain university, it is always best and wise to apply to at least three universities, even if they are in different locations abroad.
2. Be realistic and informed
Check and read the academic requirements carefully to figure out the probability of being accepted to the university. If you don’t have a clear idea about the requirements, you can contact the department of international students or an adviser from the university.
3. Easier application process
Usually, you can apply through the website of the university directly and submit all the required documents or send them by post. In some countries, you can apply through a specific online platform that is easier to use and also gives you the possibility to apply to more universities at once. Some of these websites even include additional features that can help you choose your degree, especially if you’re not 100% sure of your future field of study.
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4. Don’t mix them up
When you apply to more universities simultaneously, through various online systems, make sure you follow the exact steps and place the names of the universities that you want to apply to in the order of your preferences.
5. Write your own motivation letter
Some universities will require a motivation letter. You will find many examples on the internet on how a motivation letter should look like. However, it would be better for you to stand out a bit. So you should try to be as honest as possible, and share all your experiences that are connected to the academic requirements and your future study programme.
6. Be careful with the paperwork
All documents have to be officially translated into the official language of the respective country and legally authenticated by a competent authority.
How to apply to international universities in Europe, China or the U.S.
Some countries have specific requirements or rules for international students; if you are from the EU and apply to a university from an EU country as well, the application process is more likely to be easier and receive a reply faster than if you were a non-EU student.
Check out below some specific particularities and requirements in U.S., UK, China and some of the countries in the EU.
How to apply in countries in the EU:
In the UK, most universities will only accept your application through the UCAS system for a Bachelor degree and if you apply for a postgraduate programme, you can either submit all documents through the university’s own website, or through UKPASS system.
In Italy, Spain, Portugal and Germany, you have to go through a pre-application procedure and check the criteria of eligibility of your prior studies. Mainly, you have to get a response either from the embassy/consulate in your area or the international office of the university about the probability of being admitted. Most EEA countries require an entrance examination which may be a written test, and depending on your study choice, you may have to additionally pass auditions or present a portfolio.
How to apply in countries outside the EU
In Switzerland, distance education certificates, night school certificates or part-time high schools are not recognised by Swiss universities. This means that you will have to pass the Swiss equivalent for international baccalaureate called maturity examination.North America
If your dream is to study in the U.S., the general recommendation is to start searching for a programme two years before you intend to apply. Furthermore, it is best to contact the university advisors/officers one year before you submit all the documents.Asia
China has set an age limit when it comes to applying for a degree as follows: universities don’t accept students over 30 for a Bachelor’s degree and over 40 for a Master’s degree and a PhD.Australia
Australia has set a helpful system to attract and help international students better understand the application procedure. Through UAC website, Australia provides education advisors/agents in all countries that will offer complete details and information about applying to a university to future international students. Moreover, through Qualifications Framework (AQF) for higher education in Australia, you can also have a clearer picture of the degree names and levels.
Applying to an online degree anywhere in the world
If you decide to go for an online Masters you won't have to worry about as many application requirements. You'll find great options from international universities all across the globe. Here are a few examples: