Planning studies abroad - This is very good to know

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Studying abroad is simply amazing. Not only the study part, but living, experiencing, feeling, tasting and exploring another country adds to the total package. However, planning your studies abroad can seem overwhelming but with our help, you can be sure to receive the best guidance. We make studying abroad easy for you. And our guidance is free of charge.

With our 14 steps, we give you a good overview of which steps to go through when planning your studies abroad. And we help you through every step of the way.
The guidelines below apply to you who plan to study your Bachelor, your Ph.d., a freemover semester, a Certificate or maybe your Master's Degree abroad. Or maybe to go for the true College experience 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 the amazing experiences.

Step 1: Where do you want to study?

Step 2: Which subjects and courses do you wish to study abroad?

Trin 3: Is your education abroad approved for funding?

Trin 4: Application to the university

Trin 5: Useful information for your studies abroad

Trin 6: I wish to study one semester aborad (freemover)

Trin 7: We forward your application to the university

Trin 8: While you're waiting for approval

Trin 9: Congratulations! You're going to study abroad

Trin 10: Applying for private scholarships

Trin 11: Finding the cheapest and best flight tickets

Trin 12: Applying for a student visa

Trin 13: Finding student accommodation abroad

Trin 14: Get excited!

Step1: Where do you want to study?

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It is great to have an idea about what part of the world you wish to study in, 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, together, tailor your wishes to the perfect option for you. 

Also, our study advisors will give you all the important information about how to fund your education abroad, where to live, and they are happy to tell you about the differences between studying in one country versus another. Please get inspired by checking out our many universities abroad. 

Step 2: Which courses and subjects do you wish to study?

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At our accredited partner universities, you can study practically anything. Here's a few examples:

  • Architecture
  • Business 
  • Dancing
  • Criminology
  • Law
  • Physiotherapist
  • Teacher
  • Marketing
  • Arts
  • Sports & Outdoor Teaching
  • Marine Biology
  • Nursing
  • Consulting
  • Acting
  • Music Business
  • Graphic Design
  • And much, much more. Anything is possible.

Maybe you are already aware of which courses you wish to study e.g. if you wish to study a semester abroad, you will need to take certain courses in order to get credit transfer. Our study advisors will guide you and tell you about the courses and degrees offered.

Step 3: Is your education abroad approved for funding?

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For students from some countries, e.g. Norway, Sweden and Denmark, it is possible to have your entire education, or parts of it, paid for by the 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 by sending you an estimated budget of your income and expenses while studying abroad.

Step 4: Application to the university

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Once you have decided which university, degree and courses to study abroad, it is time to work on the application to the university and you will receive our useful guidelines about how to fill out the application form to the university, and we will give you our input and assistance. Also, we will make sure that you have all the relevant documents that are required by the university you're applying for e.g. a copy of your passport and so on.

Step 5: Useful information about your education abroad

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It is time for us to tell you everything you need to know about:

  • Financing - expected income and expenses
  • Scholarships from the university
  • Private scholarships you can apply for
  • Student jobs abroad
  • Visa
  • Cheap flight tickets
  • Finding student accommodation abroad

We make sure you're fully informed and answer all of the questions you might have.

Step 6: I wish to study one semester abroad (freemover)

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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 must 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.

Step 7: We handle your application to the university

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You're almost there! Together, we prepare your application and when you have all the required documents such as transcripts and a copy of your passport, we will go through everything together and when it is ready, we will handle it together with the university you wish to study at.

Step 8: While you're waiting for approval

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Usually, you can expect to hear back from the university 6-8 weeks after your application has been received, 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 our applicants are approved to a university abroad.

Step 9: You're going to study abroad

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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 (which 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. 

Step 10: Private scholarships

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.

Step 11: Finding the cheapest and best flight tickets

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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.

Step 12: Applying for a student visa

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.

Step 13: Finding student accommodation abroad
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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 about how to find accommodation off-campus for example in an apartment or in a house with other students. We recommend the webpages 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.

Step 14: Get excited!

It's time to get excited! Any questions before departure are always more than welcome. We love to get excited with you. Studying abroad really is a great opportunity that you should not miss.

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