7 Easy tips to Prepare Yourself for Studying Abroad
Academic Education explains here 7 Easy tips to Prepare Yourself before Studying Abroad. Study in the UK is the greatest decision any students could ever make because the UK is worldly empowered by their quality higher education, facilities, and global connection.
The decision to move from one country to another for higher education is undoubtedly a big decision. We think that such a decision should be made only after enormous analysis, that’s why we will try to simplify the steps explaining answers to your every query regarding studying in the UK.
Step 1: Get a Passport
Having a valid passport is the first requirement even before dreaming of studying abroad. If you are a passport holder already, do ensure the validity to be more than 6 months of your expected return to the UK. If you have travelled before, make sure you have enough blank pages in your passport.
For the first time appliers, would recommend to visit the closest passport offices in your country to know the procedure. Every country has similar requirements. You can make the processing fast by paying a little more fee but it’s always to apply with some time in hand.
While applying don’t forget to bring:
- Your birth certificate
- 2 recent passport-sized photos (lab printed)
- Certified identification (like a driver’s license or NID card if you have)
- Your passport application which you can get from online as well
- The required payment for the processing
- If you are renewing your passport to increase the validity, you don’t need to bring a birth certificate or identification document. Your previous passport will be enough.
Step 2: Explore universities
If you are applying in the UK first make your mind about why you are choosing UK over other countries. To help here is a few strong suits for studying in UK.
- The UK is not like other countries in terms of educational history. The UK carries a long history of excellence in education. You know history is created only with remarkable stories.
- London and other cities around are known as student cities so students get the most of the privileges everywhere around the city.
- The UK is a hub of different cultures as there are many international students. SO it is easy to cope up there.
- British culture is something to get fascinated about. You get to experience British culture while in the UK.
- You get so many university choices while applying for the UK.
- Hundreds of courses make your UK study more relatable to your interest.
- Almost everywhere you get a chance of scholarship with an average to excellent result.
- From 2020 and onwards, students will get 2 years of work permit after their master’s course.
- The Master’s program in the UK is only a year-long unlike any other country of the world.
LISTING IS THE KEY
Make a pros and cons list depending on these options. Now check if you Meet the requirements for the specific course you are opting for. Also check the application dates before filing your documents.
Step 3: Take an IELTS in necessary
As we said before that the IELTS is separated into four distinct sections. Reading, writing, listening and speaking. Each section has about 40 marks that are converted into band scores. Then all the band scores are averaged to finalize the result.
The one who gets 9 is considered as an expert user and it is assumed that he has complete command over the English language and has a full understanding of English with fluency and accuracy.
The one who gets a band score of 8 is considered as very good user of English having complete command in English with rare errors or inappropriate words.
He has the ability to deal with complex situations but uses some inappropriate words in complex situations but also have the ability to deal with some detailed arguments.
Having band score 7 proves that the test taker is a good user who has had good command in English but has some occasional inaccuracies.
Read our detail blog on IELTS scoring
Step 4: Start Documentation
ORGANIZING IS THE KEY
Once you check know the entry requirements and you also have an IELTS score which meets the university requirement, start documenting right away. Make a submission file with no unnecessary documents. Each should be scanned properly if you are applying online.
Step 4: Figure out Financing
Before you do anything else, make sure you have enough money to pay for the education including your living cost. The real costs are always a little higher than expectation. You can consult with a UK based consultant for a better experience if you don’t want any hidden cost surprising you on the way.
Do consult your bank about when you will be reaching UK. In that case you can just take your card and swipe in the ATM to get some foreign money instantly.
Step 5: Apply to the university for an offer letter
You can apply through UCAS application services directly or you can also take an admission service center. We would suggest to choose someone operation inside UK and are solely working for the UK education. In that way you can also get some scholarship offers if you are eligible.
They will help you to double check the documents and can give you a guaranteed offer letter sometimes. Usually the service standard is 15 working days but you should be applying 3 months prior to course starting dates.
Step 6: Get a VISA
VISA Documentation is the next thing asking for your organizing skill. All foreign students who wish to study in the United Kingdom must obtain a (Tier 4) student visa in the UK. This type of visa is applicable only to students who apply for a full-time course in the UK. This visa is not available for any short time course or language course.
The right to enter the UK territory, whether permanently or temporarily, is hereby granted through a visa. Student visa in the UK is a permitted document given by the UK embassy or consulate.
If you intend to come to study in the UK though a new standard guidance of Student Visa in the UK and want to stay longer then you will find the visa complexity and its solution through this guideline. You will be facing a credibility interview in this stage.
When applying for your Tier 4 visa, you may generally need:
- A current passport or other valid travel documentation
- Evidence of funds for your living expenses for the duration of your course
- Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) reference number and related documents: Your education provider will send you a reference number called a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) once they’ve offered you a place on a course.
- Passport-sized colour photograph
- Tuberculosis screening result (if required)
Step 7: Get an Air ticket and FLY towards your dream
Don’ book your flight before your visa
Getting a UK visa can be tricky sometime depending on your case. Each case is handled individually and there is no guarantee that your visa will surely be approved just because your friend had it approved.
You can always keep patience and wait for the approval. Get an immediate flight and fly to catch your course on time. Take assistance of your consulting agency if you have any.
After reaching in UK, your life will be a hitting a new phase. Coping up with the new environment, arranging a Part time job, continuing your study needs a lot more dedication and enthusiasm. Know how you can easily get used to it. Read our blogs to find your focus.
BEST OF LUCK for the JOURNEY AHEAD!! about Studying Abroad
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