You’ve made the final decision of studying abroad and becoming an international student. Now you just need to do your research and apply for a university. 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 the application process for a university degree, the higher the chances you will be accepted by one or more international 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, 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.
1. Keep your options open
Even if you have set a clear goal that you want to be a student at a certain university, it is always best and wise to apply to at least three universities, even if they are in different locations abroad.
Remember what the Dalai Lama said: sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck. So don’t be disappointed if you get rejected once or things don’t go exactly as you want. Try to see the bigger picture and don’t allow any obstacle to discourage you.
2. Be realistic and informed
Check and read the academic requirements carefully to figure out the probability of being accepted by 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.
Most of the time, these details will be available on the programmes web page, you just have to look them up and check if they are up-to-date.
3. Discover how you can apply
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.
4. Pay attention to details
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 in the order of your preferences.
If you’re not careful, you might end up missing on your favourite study destination so make sure you pay proper attention during the application process.
5. Be careful with the paperwork
All documents have to be translated into the official language of the respective country and legally authenticated by a competent authority. This means an official stamp could stand between you and your degree.
Make sure you read carefully the documents that are required and prepare them as soon as possible. Doing this early offers you a great advantage. If you send the documents and something is wrong, you still have enough time to make the necessary changes.
What you need to know before applying to an international university
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 US, UK, China and some of the countries in the EU.