Planning to study abroad? Follow this step by step guide

That’s the right decision in today’s scenario if you want to make a mark in the globalized era.

Be it for bachelors, master’s or research, choosing the right country, university and program is of utmost importance for your academic as well as career aspirations. We understand how difficult this can be with umpteen options to choose from.

Here’s a step-wise plan to help you Streamline your Study Abroad Process and reach your Dream Destination of Overseas Education.

Let’s have a look at the 10 Steps to Study Abroad

Step 1: Identify and finalize your preferred Study Abroad Destination


The moment you start planning to study overseas there’s a question in your mind as to where should I study abroad? The answer to your question lies in your present academic profile and your future academic as well as career goals. Hence the first and the most significant step while planning for overseas education is the selection of the country, program and the universities. So firstly you need to identify and finalize your preferred Study Abroad Destination by shortlisting the options relevant to your profile and preferences.

Step 2: Take the essential Standardized Tests


Standardized Tests like GRE/GMAT/SAT/ACT and English Language Proficiency Tests like IELTS/TOEFL/PTE are essential pre-requisites for certain country and program applications. So, you need to check whether the country, program or the university you’re applying to has any such requirement and start preparing accordingly. The test scores play a key role in the admission and at times in availing a scholarship as well.

So, start preparing for the Standardized Tests, take coaching from industry experts and get the best scores as per the specific country and program requirements.

Step 3: Shortlist the Universities


Once you finalize the country and the program and take the essential standardized tests, you can start shortlisting the universities you wish to apply for on the basis of your expected or actual test scores. You need to keep the university requirements in mind so that you’re sure to receive the offer letter.

Step 4: Prepare your SoP, LoRs and other essential academic documents


The university gets an insight into your background through the Statement of Purpose (SOP), Letters of Recommendation(LOR), Motivation Letter, Resume, Essays and other essential documents which are deciding factors for your application to be shortlisted. Apart from your academic merits, your exceptional extracurricular achievements and exclusive community services are also considered by universities for scholarship. So, do the application process with utmost care highlighting each and every aspect with clarity. All the academic documents must be in place as per the university and program requirement.

Step 5: Start applying to the selected universities as per the deadlines


Your application to the University speaks volumes about you. It not only reflects your academic profile and subject interests but also mirrors your persona. Shortlist the Universities you wish to apply for on the basis of your academic merits and the expected or actual standardized test scores.

Step 6: Receive the admits and finalize the University


Once you receive the admits, you need to finalize the university which would be the best as per your profile and preferences. So take proper advice, consider all the options logically before you take the final decision.

Step 7: Plan your budget and check for educational loans


Once you receive the admit and finalize the university, you need to start planning your budget and check for educational loans, if required.

Step 8: Start arranging the Financial Documents


After you’re sure of your financials, the next important plan of action would be arranging the financial documents. Do seek advice from the right source to arrange all the documents to avoid any hassles.

Step 9: Start the Visa Process


Acquiring a visa is quite a difficult task as there is a lot of documentation and intricate formalities involved in the process. A slight glitch in this process would make all the other efforts futile. You also need to prepare well for the visa interview to ensure that you get through the visa process. So prepare well for visa interviews and get the visa approval.

Step 10: Attend the pre-departure meet


A pre-departure briefing helps you to have an idea of the nitty-gritties to be kept in mind before you fly to your study abroad dream destination. You can also attend seminars and events from time to time to know about the immigration process and get a pre-view of the student life in the country you’re going to.

Speaking in a nut shell, planning to study abroad is a crucial decision and the process is also intricate, so it’s better to do the processing through an established overseas educational consultant to streamline the process.