Don't just let that dream die. The easy way to study abroad

To study abroad is something most people thought it was too costly or very difficult to achieve than studying in locals. Most people's dream to get to foreign land for education had died since they do not know how to go about it.

Studying abroad can sometimes be even cheaper than studying in one's home country. Some institutions abroad do not even collect tuition fees from international students; for example most schools in Germany are tuition free. The only thing you need to pay for is studying materials, feeding and accommodation. Meanwhile, some people studying abroad usually do part-time job to get enough money to support themselves and also to send to family members back in their home countries.


Why you should study abroad:
There are several reasons why studying in foreign countries has become so popular among the students. For most people, the reason is likely be a combination of gaining a extreme high quality education, exposure to new culture or language, global mindset and expanding career and employment prospects.
Studying abroad is also an exciting challenge that often leads to improved job opportunities. The type of experience one could have during some time abroad varies, depending on the country you choose to go. Therefore, your study destination should be based majorly on what you want and the country’s academic reputation.

How to get started:
Once you have made up your mind about where you want to study, you should start to think about choosing a program or course and a university; if you haven’t already. You can make use of Google to search for some of these things. You need to carry out research on tuition free universities if that is what you want.
Once you have firmly decided on your program and institution, you should start to think about your application. Application processes differ depending on the university and the country, but generally each institution will provide full details of how to submit your application on their official website.

In some cases there is a “two-step application process” for international students. This means you must submit two applications: one for a place at the university and one for a place on the course itself. This should be clearly stated on the university’s website. If you still have questions about the process, you should contact your chosen university directly, either by phone call or e-mail which be displayed on their website.
If you think you might need a student visa, remember that in most cases you won’t be able to apply for one until you have received a letter of acceptance from your chosen university. Each stage can take several months, so allow as much time as possible.

How long studying abroad can takes:
The length of time you spend studying abroad varies depending on the program and level of degree you’re undertaking. Generally, an undergraduate degree will take three or four years of full-time study, while graduate degree program such as a master’s degree or its equivalent takes one or two years. A doctoral (PhD) program will usually take three to four years.
At many universities across the world, there is also the option of studying abroad for a shorter period of time. Student exchange programs allow you to study abroad for a year, a semester or even just a few weeks. Information about these shorter programs should be available on the website of the main university you plan to enroll at, as well as the university you’d like to be hosted by.

When to start applying for study abroad programs:
Your application should be sent as early as possible. After all, the sooner you gain acceptance into a university, the sooner you can arrange your travels. To avoid disappointment, note down all the relevant application deadlines on your calendar.
Application deadlines will be different depending on the school, but generally speaking, for programs starting in the full (September/October), applications will be open from early in the year (January/February) until the middle of the year (June/July).


What are the entry requirements for study abroad:
Entry requirement varies from one country to country and from university to university. But generally, however, if you are applying for an undergraduate degree you will be asked to show that you have completed your secondary education to a standard that is in line with the required grades i.e. A-level grades and O-level or its equivalents. If you have any qualification you're not sure would be accepted, contact the admissions department of the university. However, students from countries that do not have English as their Mother tongue language would be required to prove their speaking English skill by undergoing English test such as TOEFL or IELTS. Similar tests may be required for those studying in other languages.


After getting acceptance letter, what next?
Now all that’s left to do is to prepare for your studies, pack up your life into a suitcase, get your travel documents in order, apply for your student visa, research your accommodation options, and look for funding.

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