How To Study Abroad 20 Most Frequently Asked Questions

Studying abroad is one of the topmost interests in the heart of many young individuals who are looking at studying for an undergraduate degree or even masters or other postgraduate courses.

In trying to achieve these, many questions usually abound. Below are 20 most frequently asked questions by students who want to study abroad!

  1. Can I study abroad?
Yes, you can. However, there are certain requirements and eligibility criteria stipulated by a number of universities and scholarship bodies before you can study abroad.

  1. What abroad counties can I study in?
The list is numerous. A number of first-world countries allow expatriates from less developed nations to study in their schools. Example of these countries are;

  • UK
  • Albania
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • New Zealand

  1. How do I apply for scholarship abroad?
There is a guide, with some stipulated steps that give you all the details on how to apply to study in foreign universities.

  1. How many years does it take to study abroad?
It depends on the course of study, type of program and other university specific-factors. Generally, however, the undergraduate study takes 3 to 5 years while post-graduates studies take 1 to 2 years.

  1. At what point can I start applying for the universities?
You need to keep a tab on the University of your choice, keep a track on them through their email subscription list and push notifications. This helps you get a usual update of all information that pertains to students looking at studying there. If you want to do an undergraduate study, you can start applying immediately after SSCE. If it’s a post-graduate course, you need to start applying immediately after you get your statement of results.

  1. What are the requirements to study abroad?
Good things don’t usually come on a platter of gold. The requirements can be cumbersome. They also differ for different programs. Some of the generic ones are however found below;

  • Be enrolled at a designated learning institution
  • Show proof of funds to cover your tuition fees, living costs, return travel
  • Have no criminal record
  • Be in good health (you might need to complete a medical exam)
  • Prove that you will be leaving the country after your studies (for some countries)

  1. What are the documents needed to study abroad?
  • Birth Certificates
  • SSCE Results (Certificate and Statement of Results)
  • BSc Certificate or Statement of Results (For Post Graduates)
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Valid Means of Identification
  • Reference Letter (Personal and Academic)
  • Recommendation Letter
  • Essay Write-ups
  • Personal Copy of your Essays (Differs from Schools)
  • GRE/GMAT or TOEFL/IELTs (Differs from Schools) and etc.

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  1. Is it a must I need to be able to speak the language of the country?
Language proficiency is not compulsory in many countries. However, you need to make efforts to understand the basic words of that country if it’s not an English speaking nation.

  1. Do they carry out interviews before giving admission abroad?
For most of the schools, yes. This could be in different forms – usually via phone or a virtual session. See an interview guide for international students.

  1. Do I need a student visa to study abroad?
Yes. A visa application is necessary. You can start this process as soon as you get your admission letter showing the proof of your resumption at a later date.

  1. How much does it cost to study abroad?
It depends. If it’s not on scholarship, it might cost a fortune. However, this still depends on the school, course of studies and other factors. However, some research have it that international students can pay as high as USD$20,600 in a year.

  1. Is it possible to get financial support to study abroad?
Yes. There are numerous options as stipulated in this article on how to study abroad. Generally, however, you can do any of these;

  • Apply for a scholarship
  • Apply for a student loan
  • Use a crowdfunding platform or
  • Go for low-budget programs

  1. Which website can I find a scholarship to study abroad?
Numerous of these platforms abound. However, in order to be able to get legit information on the scholarship application and its processes, is the most reliable platform for this. There are undergraduate and master’s scholarships and also scholarships in UK, US, Canada and many other countries and different scholarship bodies.

  1. Where will I live during my study abroad program?
A variety of options abound. School hostels paid for or sponsored or even with family members living around the vicinity of the school.

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