The Student guide on How to Study Abroad

How Can You Study Abroad?

There are a lot of students who aspire to study abroad especially after their undergraduate studies.  But only a few of them know the correct way of doing it. The process is difficult, but if you follow the correct path and complete each step in time, then you will get through the selection procedure.  There are a quite a few people who get this far, but then many of them have to back out because they cannot afford to study abroad. This is really not a great issue as many think it to be because there are numerous ways of funding your studies. All you have to do is tackle everything when the timing is correct.

The programs offered at different universities vary to a certain extent but the basics are pretty much similar everywhere. Degrees are offered in all disciplines at both Undergraduate and Graduate levels. You can choose to study in any of these programs but people generally prefer to attain a Bachelors degree from a local university and then study abroad at a Masters level. You can select any field as your majors and chose any subject as your specialization area. The time period for a program can be anything between a year and four years.

This article serves as a guide for those who wish to study abroad at a reputed international university.

The Student guide on How to Study Abroad

Why should you study abroad?

The standard of education is much higher in advanced countries like America, England and Australia when compared to nations still undergoing development. This is why many people are relocating to a foreign land for the purpose of acquiring education. And you should try to do this because it’s a very rewarding experience which changes life completely.

1.      Academics and Technical Skills

When you study abroad, you get tremendous exposure which you cannot get in your country. The standard of education is superior, and the faculty is of high caliber. The senior students are also remarkably intelligent. Everyone welcomes international students and is willing to help you throughout your years of study. Living among individuals who possess a high intellectual and are keen to gain further knowledge enhances your skills greatly, making you an expert in your specialization field.

2.       Job Prospects

The chances of you landing into a prestigious multinational organization are greatly improved if you study abroad. Your superb qualifications make you outshine in the large pool of candidates. Every company tests a large number of applicants before they hire someone but you can beat all those by a great margin because employers prefer an overseas experience.

3.       Personality Development

When you study abroad, you are miles away from home. This helps you in learning to adapt to any situation and leading an independent life.  You face new experiences, and develop the abilities to bear pressure, throw off stress and remain calm in every scenario.  You see life in a new perspective and your outlook of the world is broadened. All this molds your character and makes you a worthy individual in any family, society and organization.

What benefits you get if you study abroad?

Studying abroad has many distinct advantages, which is why this trend is increasing in all regions of the world and among all classes of people.  A few benefits are listed below.

  1. Your foreign language and cultural skills are improved if you study abroad. When you live in an entire different culture, you learn a lot of things, which help you in later life. Your perspective increases because you are exposed to an entire different living style. Customs, economics, cuisines and other cultural factors vary with each region. This broadens your mind, rubs off your corners and makes you rough and tough.
  2. When you live in a mixed culture and are surrounded by people who speak all types of languages, you may find it a bit difficult to communicate. This is because you are not familiar with their dialects. But you still have to mingle with them because you cannot spend your life like a hermit. Gradually, you become acquainted with them and with the passage of time, you call these same people your best friends.  This builds up a socialite in you, which is extremely necessary in today’s world.
  3. The age of university students is the prime age to enjoy life. Living independently in a hostel has a charm of its own, which should not be missed by anyone. You can also indulge in a lot of travelling with friends. All these thrilling experiences create wonderful memories.
  4. Unlike local universities, foreign institutes focus a lot on research – based methodologies and giving a professional outlook. This makes your more skilled in you practical area, and you gain a practical insight into the workplace from the confines of a classroom. These are great tools to be utilized on your career path.

What process should you follow to study abroad?

The application process in international universities is characterized by a strict deadline. Applications which are not completed in time are rejected without any consideration whatsoever. If you want to study abroad, then you must follow the process and timeline given below. This will make you avoid the hassles, which people normally have to face when they showcase a wasted time period on their resume.

1.        Country of Study

Collect all possible information about the country where you are planning to study abroad. Choose a country where plenty of international students go every year. Take advice from someone who has already been to that region.

2.       Degree Programs

Every university offers programs which comprises of different core courses and electives. Select a program which offers all courses relevant to your field of study. The universities’ websites give detailed information on the programs being offered so deciding one should not be a problem.  When you have chosen a program and university, search the internet for its overall ranking. Make sure it has a good reputation and is recognized around the globe.

3.       Application Process

Complete your application process within the deadline. Make sure you fulfill all the admission requirements. If the deadline is gone or you miss any of the requirements, you will automatically be rejected.

4.       Immigration

International students often face immigration issues. Many a times, a candidate is admitted into a university of his choice but fails in acquiring a visa.  Study the immigration policy thoroughly, and apply for a visa as soon as possible. If your visa is rejected, you cannot study abroad even if you have cleared the selection process.

5.       Flight

Book your ticket and prepare for your journey only when your application and visa have been confirmed.

Timeline to study aboard

  • May to September
    • o   Give standardized tests such as GMAT, GRE and LCAT.
    • o   Select three to four universities and programs to which you can apply.
  • September and October
    • o   Apply for scholarship programs and financial assistance schemes.
    • o   Request faculty members to write letter of recommendations.
  • November to January
    • o   Fill out necessary form so that your transcript can be sent to the chosen universities.
    • o   Complete and submit your application forms
  • February
    • Some international universities also require applicants to qualify an interview so start preparing for it.
  • March and April
    • You will be notified if you have been accepted or rejected.
  • April and July
    • o   Prepare for your long journey.
  • August to September
    • o   Semester starts.
    • o   Make sure you make the most of your time.

How much does it cost to study abroad?  

If you want to study abroad, you will have to encounter a lot of expenses. Total costs vary with the degree and university chosen. The rates for science and technology programs are usually higher than business and art programs. Studying in Europe is more expensive than studying in other regions.

There are other expenditures as well which have to be covered. These include tickets, visa, books, accommodation, food and other general items. A comparison of the expenditures associated with education and living in America, England, Canada and Australia is given below.


Tuition fee


US (US Dollars)$12000 – $19000$4800
UK (Pounds)£8000 – £15000£7000
Canada (Canadian Dollars)$4000 to $17000$7200
Australia (Australian Dollars)$10000 – $25000$10000


  • Rates are given in local currency and on a yearly basis
  • Values are only averages and quoted here for reference only
  • Other expenses such as food, medical and travel vary considerably and have not been mentioned


Please note that there are many scholarships and need – based programs which you can avail if you cannot afford to study abroad but these programs fund generally fund your tuition fees. You will have to cover all other expenses on your own. Some universities offer positions for TAs and RAs, so you can apply to these if you clear the eligibility criteria. You can also opt for doing side jobs and other volunteer work if you can manage these with your studies. The pay is not much but enough for a modest and comfortable lifestyle.


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