Want to study abroad, but don't know where to start? Are you stuck and stressed with all the preparation you need to do? Don't know where to start?
Here is my Simple 5-Step Mantra of milestones you should prepare for when you want to Study Abroad!
1. Make your wish-list!
It is important that you make a wish list of courses or colleges you want to apply to. So do your research well and find out about the courses/ subject you want to pursue and the colleges that offer them. Organise this list into a Plan A, Plan B and Plan C, with not more than 15 colleges in total.
Why you might ask? Getting over-excited or under-confident and applying to every college under the sun will NOT help your case. You want to stand apart from the crowd, right? So tailor make your applications with ease and care for the courses/colleges you really want.
2. Build your Profile
Based on the norms of the country you are going to, build a customised profile for yourself. This includes your Resume, LinkedIn profile and (yes, get ready to be surprised) Facebook. Almost all colleges ask you for your Resume in some form or the other. For some countries (like most European countries), they require you to make a Resume in their format. So get cracking on this as Priority 1.
In today's age of social media, your LinkedIn and Facebook profiles say as much (if not more) about you as your Resume does. Many colleges have been known to add social media platforms as parameters in their selection process. So buckle up and run a cleaner on your social media profile pages.
3. Get your documents ready
The two most important documents you will need are your Letters of Recommendation (LoRs) and your Statements of Purpose (SoPs). These help in convincing colleges to offer you an admit and are precious tools that you can use to represent you. So, ensure these are well-written, creative and meaningful.
4. Take stock of your funds
This will play a crucial role in all your preparation. Find out about how to fund your education by researching student loans and which banks offer the most friendly form of this liability. Also remember to do a financial planning keeping in mind your realistic travel, accommodation and other living expenses. This is a good time to research alternate options like scholarships, government aid and financial aid through different grants.
5. Prepare for travel and life abroad
Get your travel documents ready (passport, visa etc.) Research any specific documents you will need from country to country and get the wheels in motion to acquire those. Keep 1 copy of all your documents (including transcripts, ID Proof and Passport and Visa copy) with you to avoid any nasty surprises.
And that's it! Follow these guidelines and you are set to well 'oriented' to studying abroad. As always, you can follow us on our Facebook Page for more updates! https:www.facebook.com/peacareereducation/