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Studying Abroad

By: Daisy Ruano

Clicking Here Study abroad “is the term given to a program, usually run through a university, which allows a student to live in a foreign country and attend a foreign university,” says wikipedia reference Andrew Diamond. As fun as studying abroad sounds, the application process is not as fun.

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There are 5 basic steps of application:

  1. Find the country, university, and course that most interests you;
  2. Request the chosen university for application forms;
  3. Arrange and prepare essays and letters of recommendation;
  4. Completing and sending application along with any required forms;
  5. Notifying the universities of the scores of the various tests taken.


Finding the country, university, and course that most interests you

When applying for a university, keep in mind that applying for universities can be expensive, so you should limit yourself to about six to eight universities. When you are searching for the right university, think about what criteria is important to you. Don’t go for the first university you think is right for you, because there are a myriad of universities that vary in criteria.

Request the chosen university for the application forms

There are two ways to get ahold of the application forms: 1) request the forms via email: you can request or access the application forms from the website, and 2) download the application from the website: numerous universities have a downloadable and ready version of the applications that are ready to print.

Arrange and prepare the essays and letters of recommendations

A recommendation letter plays a very important role in your admission, especially for master’s degree and doctoral courses. Having your essays and letters of recommendation in order is very important. A recommendation letter is a signed paper from a person who knows you professionally or has taught you in a subject that is related to the course for which you are applying. It is best to have three letters, one from your christian books dating 21 year old author guidance counselor and at least one from a teacher. The letter should list your strengths and weaknesses, positive and negative qualities, your character and other information of the sort.

References are usually asked to rank applicants in their letters of recommendation, which helps admission officers to interpret the academic credentials of foreign students. Students should obtain letters of recommendation from teachers who know them as a person, as well as a student. You may like to request that your reference give concrete examples that may show your qualities and help your case.

Many universities have their own format and questions that must be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize an applicant’s chances of being selected.

The personal essays, and/or statement of purpose, also play a very important role in the process of assessing your application for both admission as well as financial aid, because it gives the faculty evaluating your application their most significant impression of you as an individual. When you write your personal statement, it will typically be a prompt exactly like or very similar to “Why do you want to study abroad?” Often the personal statements will be limited to 250-1000 words (usually around 500 words). This is a very short space to express your opinion and show your personality and your motivation for studying abroad.

In the statement of purpose, the student must define his or her academic goals and research plans. It should include justification for choosing the academic program and specialization, and for selecting that particular college, as well as the advantages and benefits of studying the particular course you chose.

Completing and sending application along with any required forms

Filling out applications can take some time, so as soon as you are ready, get started on those. Like applying for a college or university, your study abroad application consists of several parts: general information, CV or résumé, health forms, and letters of recommendation.