The University application process differs from country to country and there is no perfect way to obtain admission to your desired university. There are certain general rules that must be followed to gain admission to your desired university.
Choose your program: The first thing you must do is to decide where you want to study abroad and determine your area of interest and check whether you have the academic background to qualify. Decide your specialization after considering your career prospects and choose a program that is aligned with your goals. Choose a university that is highly ranked and has a great reputation for your desired subject and meets the other criteria that you feel are important.
Read the requirements and deadlines carefully: Check the requirements and if the information is confusing or insufficient, request more information from the schools. If you are not sure whether your nationality is accepted for student visas in the country, you can check the official websites of the government. Also, make sure that you pay attention to the deadlines.
Write a motivation letter: A motivation letter is required if you wish to apply for certain fields of study which show your ability to perform well at the institution, your accomplishments along with an evaluation of your skills. Your interest in studying at the university must be expressed in a clean and structured motivation letter and clear English must be used.
Request a recommendation letter: A university requires one or several recommendation letters from a teacher and you can request one from a teacher that you had a good relationship. Ask them for the letter as early as possible to ensure that they have the time to write a compelling and detailed recommendation.
Prepare for IELTS or TOEFL: You will need to take an English test and it is necessary to take the preparation time for the test into account. Depending on your language proficiency as well as the score that the university requires, you will need time to prepare for the test. You must also book the test at least one month in advance as each test centre offers tests a maximum of four times a month depending on the demand.
Translate and authenticate your documents: You will have to translate your documents if you are applying to a study program taught in English abroad. The translations must be authenticated by a competent authority and if you are unsure about what the authorities are accepted by your prospective university, you have to check for it on their website or inquire with the admissions officers.
Use the online application platforms: More schools tend to use an online application platform to make it easier for the students to apply and sending electronic documents is preferred by most schools and students as it is less expensive and faster.
Register for the entrance exam: Some countries mandate an entrance exam to test your knowledge of natural science and skills relating to subjects like mathematics or language. Check the date and place of the exam and register in advance and if required, make a plan for your travel abroad. Prepare by taking a look at the sample tests so that you know what to expect on the test day.
Be confident for the interview: The interview is the last stage of the admission process and some universities conduct interviews to find which candidates are more qualified to get into the school. Practice well enough for the interview and be confident so that you remain calm and don’t speak too quickly or slowly.
Schedule your visa appointment: Your school and program must be accredited by the government of the country they are located in, in order to be eligible for a student visa. After you receive a letter of acceptance and get admitted to the school, you have to apply for a student visa as early as possible as it can be a long and complicated process.
Plan for the costs: You will have to plan the costs relating to the school’s entrance exam, translating documents, tuition fees and visa application fees. You have to budget your costs appropriately so that you can avail of the necessary scholarships and loans.