Our 14 steps below give you a good overview of which steps to go through when planning your studies abroad, how far your are in your planning and what still needs to be done before you can depart on the adventure of your life. The guidelines apply to you who plan to study your Bachelor, your Ph.d., a freemover semester or maybe your Master's Degree. Or maybe to study in College abroad?
If you have any questions, please get in touch with our study advisors. They've also studied abroad and they love helping others get amazing experiences.
Step 1: Where do you want to study?
Trin 9: You're going to study abroad
Trin 10: Applying for private scholarships
Trin 12: Applying for a student visa
Trin 13: Finding student accommodation abroad
Trin 14: Get excited!
It is great to have an idea about what part of the World you wish to study, say 5-6 months in advance. However, your initial plans might turn out completely different for the better. Maybe you always dreamt about studying in New Zealand but maybe your study field has better options in Canada or in Australia. We make sure that we tailor your wishes to the perfect option for you.
Our study advisors will tell you about deadlines at our many universities and they can tell you about the differences between studying in one country versus another. Please get inspired by checking out our many universities abroad.
At our accredited partner universities you can study practically anything. Here's a few examples:
Maybe you are already aware about what courses you wish to study e.g. if you wish to study a semester abroad, you will need to take certain courses to get a credit transfer. Our study advisors will guide you and tell you about the courses and degrees offered.
For students from some countries, e.g. Norway, Sweden and Denmark, it is possible to have your entire education, or a part of it, paid for by your local government. Our study advisors will be happy to tell you more about how much of your education abroad can be covered by the government funding offices, and how much you need to pay for yourself sending you an estimated budget of your studies abroad.
Once you have done a bit of research and looked into the different study options, we will help you with your application to the university abroad. Also, we will make sure that you have all the relevant documents that are required by the university you're applying for. Moreover, we will tell you everything you need to know about:
We make sure you're fully informed and answer all of the questions you might have.
It's time to write the application to the university you wish to study at. With our great guidelines you will know how to fill out the application form to the university.
If you wish to study one semester abroad as a Study Abroad student, also known as a Freemover student, you will need to have the courses you wish to study approved by your home university. This has to be done if you wish to make a credit transfer. We always recommend that you have a few extra courses approved in case not all of them will be offered e.g. if too few students apply for a course. A good rule of thumb is to have 10 courses approved before departure.
You're almost there! Forward the application you've worked on to us and the required documents such as a copy of your passport. We will read your application through for you, and tell you if anything is missing, before sending it to the university you wish to study at.
Usually, you can expect to hear back from the university 6-8 weeks after your application has been forwarded, however, this differs from university to university. We will handle all of the communication with the university for you and we will update you regularly. In case, there is a document missing, we will make sure to inform you. 98% of all of our applicants are approved to a university abroad.
You're going to study abroad - congratulations. You're about to experience the time of your life. Next up, is applying for private scholarships, finding student accommodation (this is very rarely an issue for our students), applying for a student visa and finding the cheapest and best flight tickets. We will guide you all the way, and inform you about scholarships for international students.
It's time to apply for scholarships. Most scholarships require your letter of acceptance from the university before you can apply. We have great advice about how to apply for private scholarships right here.
Please note that applying for private scholarships is very time consuming. Take your time and make sure you do it well, rather than rushing through the applications. Read it through many times, and ensure that you have enclosed all of the required documents. Also, be realistic and do only apply for the scholarships that you're eligible to apply for. All in all, chances of getting a scholarship is good if you live up to the requirements and make a good application.
Once you've been accepted to your university abroad, we will be happy to help you finding the cheapest flight tickets and a travel insurance. We have special deals with airlines and we always have cheap flights for students. The offer is free and you decide if you wish to proceed with the flight tickets that we offer you.
Some countries require a student visa. We will inform you if this is the case and we will assist you in the application process so that the student visa is ready before departure.
Most students going abroad are worried whether they will be able to find accommodation abroad. Our experience is that this is never an issue. Most universities will be happy to help international students finding student accommodation which can be either on-campus or they will give you guidelines how to find accommodation off-campus for example in an apartment or a house with other students. We recommend the pages gumtree and craigslist to get you started. Just don't pay for anything before you've seen the place. A good idea is to book yourself into a hostel two weeks prior to semester start, and you'll have plenty of time to find the perfect place to stay.
It's time to get excited and your questions before departure are still more than welcome. We love to get excited with you. Studying abroad really is a great opportunity that you should not miss.