Advice and Tips for 12th grade students who want to study abroad.
While they wait to appear for their Class 12 exams, students who plan to study abroad can follow these tips.
1. Research different universities and courses
The best way for you to increase your chances of getting into your dream university and making the most of your time there is to familiarize yourself with the institution’s vision and the courses it offers.
Many universities offer specialized programmes now, so you might come across courses with similar names, but vastly different curricula and job prospects. Take your time to digest and figure out which program is right for you.
You can also take the extra step to speak to admission counsellors.
2. Get in touch with students or alumni
There is no one better to ask about the study experience at the university of your choice than its current students and alumni? Their insider’s perspective will likely help you gain a better understanding of school life.
Students’ testimonies are readily available on university websites and on social media platforms.
3. Find out what is required for Admission, housing, financial assistance, and visa applications
Review the application requirements and prepare documents for visa, financial aid, and housing applications, as the process can be lengthy.
Do some research on off-campus residences early on if a university has limited residential hall spaces since they might be rented out quickly.
If you are interested in scholarships, you can also subscribe to a university’s e-newsletter and follow their social media pages to ensure you do not miss announcements.
Keep an eye out for the websites of the immigration departments as well as follow local news as there are different Covid-19 travel restrictions in place in different countries. Additionally, you can contact universities to find out their latest travel policies.
Since there are many documents and procedures involved, you should keep a folder with all the important documents, such as school certificates and transcripts, academic references, and so on personal statements, and identity documents,and create a checklist to help you keep track of your progress.
4. Learn a new skill or language
As you now have more time on your hands, you can also learn a new skill or language. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) platforms such as Thinkific, Coursera and edX provide free online courses from many universities.
You can even earn a certificate for some of these courses.
Several educational institutions are now offering online courses, including those for languages. Having relevant skills and knowing a little bit of the local language can help you adapt to studying in an overseas university and living abroad.
5. Learn more about the country and territory you want to study in
When planning to study in a new city, you will be there for three to four years, so it is a good idea to get to know the local culture and practices ahead of time.
Also, you can learn more about the city from the universities’ student ambassadors and other travel guides. You can get a feel for what different cities are like in advance of choosing which schools to apply to, with many attractions, including museums, offering guided tours through online channels.