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Do you want to study abroad? You will find these 60 most frequently asked questions by students who want to study abroad especially useful.
If you are planning to study abroad, you should do it, because it opens you up to new opportunities, new people, and lets you experience other cultures. Studying abroad also makes it easy for you to travel internationally without many problems from immigration.
Yes, you can. However, there are certain requirements and eligibility criteria stipulated by several universities and scholarship bodies before you can study abroad.
Yes, you can. If you are below 18 your parent or guardian will have to write a letter indicating that they are aware you are going abroad for studies and are the ones funding your studies.
There are so many great reasons to go abroad, and it comes with numerous benefits.
The most important reason to study abroad is the access to a world class education that comes with the first-world nations, popularly called western countries.
No matter how we try to paint it, the curriculum of our third-world nations is outdated and cannot match the sophistications and novelty that the westerns bring.
You will also return home as a global citizen who is more independent, mature, and tolerant of cultural differences.
The list is numerous. Several first-world countries allow expatriates from less developed nations to study in their schools. Example of these countries are;
As an international student in another country, you can enjoy medical care, and scholarships for international students, rent good houses at affordable prices, open a bank account, and even own a vehicle if you want.
Yes, very possible. They have a flexible style of teaching that ensures student have a perfect study-life balance and get to work part-time if they want.
Countries like Canada, the UK, and the USA allow international students to combine work with studies.
However, students can only work for a directed number of hours so that it does not affect their studies. Before you apply to any country, check that international students can work there.
The factors to consider before studying in a country are, affordable school fees, the possibility of international students working there, the low cost of living, the availability of good accommodation for students, what percent of African students visit that country for studies, and how safe the place is.
Once you have made up your mind to study abroad, the first thing you should do is to find the best countries for international students can comfortably study.
Once you have found such countries, depending on your budget, look for affordable universities in those countries that offer the course or courses you want to study, find their stated requirements, and start applying if you meet them.
Studying abroad can be quite safe for international students if they adhere to the prescribed safety measures. Before you apply for studies in a country, you can also check the crime rate.
Some of these are:
Eligibility requirements vary from one institution to another. Typically, however, students must be at least in their second year at the time of departure.
The minimum cumulative GPA usually varies between 2.50 to 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, while more competitive programs have a higher GPA requirement. Other qualifications may include a personal statement or letter of recommendation.
The requirements can be cumbersome. They also differ for different programs. Some of the generic ones are however found below;
While having an IELTS or TOEFL result is a necessity for Studying Abroad in some countries, must countries could waive these things if you studied in a country where you were solely taught in English language.
Yes, you can. There is no limit to the number of times you can study abroad as an international student. If you have the required documents, you can keep studying abroad.
Universities have standard safety measures in place to protect both international and domestic students. Just adhere to them and you will be fine.
If you want to do an undergraduate study, you can start applying immediately after SSCE. If it is a post graduate course, you need to start applying immediately after you get your statement of results.
Find out that the university is international students-friendly, is located at a good area, has housing for students within their vicinity, offers scholarship opportunities, is affordable, has courses with prominent career opportunities, has work placement programs, and offers students visa to study at their school.
Schools usually look for students who show a personal or professional interest in a course and are passionate about it, students who have a solid reason for wanting to study in the university. Your reason could be because of the university’s ranking or facilities provided to students.
Yes, you can. Every sensible school has measures in place to cater to the disabled international students applying to study with them.
Just indicate that you have a disability when filling out your application form and when you are applying for your visa, and the rest will be taken care of by the school.
On the school website, visit their courses or programs section, once you see their list of courses, click on the course you want, there you want will find the admission requirements.
Yes. Although most universities have a required grade for international students, students with low grades can still study in them. However, you may be required by the university to do a Top up or pre master's course.
When writing your SOP, be sure to include why you want to study in that university, why you want to study your chosen course, what personal or professional experiences piqued your interest in that course, why you believe are a good fit for the course.
Some schools give specifications for writing a letter of interest, you can use the points they gave.
Studying abroad is a massive investment for students and their families. It is advisable to seek expert help from professional education advisers and counselors. Agents can guide students through the application process and into the institution that will best suit their specific needs.
Yes, the school can provide you with someone else that can handle the entire admission process for you. These people are called agents, and they can help you process your admission with the university you are applying for.
Keep in mind that every school has a list of approved agents in your country, avoid scammers.
In most cases, if an international student does not meet the requirements to study an undergraduate program abroad, they will have to complete a foundation program at the university to which they are applying.
This foundation program usually lasts one year and after that, they will be directly admitted to an undergraduate degree.
An offer letter or letter of acceptance or admission letter is a confirmation that the university sends you. if you have been successfully accepted to study in their school.
International students who do meet the requirements for a postgraduate degree but managed to convince the faculty that they can do their chosen course may be admitted to undergoing a Postgraduate Certificate program or pre masters course.
This program lasts 3 or 6 months and usually comprises the first semester of a master’s degree.
After this program, the student will be admitted to a proper postgraduate / master's degree if they performed well during the PG certificate programme or pre masters course.
A conditional offer letter is the letter a university sends to you when you have been accepted to study at their school, but you still need to submit some documents.
This can be for you to submit your English language test or international passport if it was missing in your initial application.
A Rejection Letter is what the university sends to you when you haven’t been accepted to study in their school.
Once you have been accepted to study at a university, you should pay your school fees and then start processing your visa for you to be able to travel abroad.
Average school fees and living expenses including visa application will come to about 14 million Naira for UK, USA, and Canada. It is lesser for European and Asia countries.
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.
As long the agent is approved as someone who can help students apply for visas, they can handle the entire visa process for you.
Due to the seriousness of acquiring a visa, most visa processes are more exhaustive than others. However as long as you have all your documents and adhere to the instructions religiously, you should get a visa to study abroad.
No. You will be asked questions about your study plans, background, and financial status and then asked to submit your documents. No need to panic.
Yes, you can. Most schools provide their students with the overseas experience by allowing them to travel to other countries for studies during the course of their program.
When this happens, promptly inform the university and make arrangements to join the next batch of students.
However, if you were barred from entering the country, then you must start looking for another country or contact an expert in those matters for advice.
Yes. As long you have your work permit, you can decide to get a job in the country. Find out how certain permit works, should you want to extend your stay after your studies.