University overseas: Why you should consider studying abroad

A recent study found that 33% of students studying overseas were inspired through an appetite for adventure. A further 26% cited their motivation as the desire to build an international career.

Patrick Evans is an international study expert from Good Education Group, publishers of Studies in Australia. He takes us through the process for those planning a trip Down Under.

1. Choose a course and a campus

There is plenty to consider when deciding what and where to study. If you have a specific sector of industry in mind, identify an institution that offers a specialisation that will help you navigate this career path. Depending on your personality, you might want to study at a massive, urban university, or alternatively, enjoy a different type of experience at a more intimate campus in a rural setting. The size and location of the campus are important factors, as are the type of facilities and level of support offered to internationals students.

2. Apply and wait for your application to be processed

Before you submit an application, check the academic and English language requirements. If you don’t meet them, you might consider bridging study to improve your chances, or opting for a different course entirely. You can either download application forms from providers’ websites, request they be posted to you or hire an education agent to look after this process on your behalf. Most application forms will require personal details and certified proof of your level of English.

3. Accept the offer and prepare for departure

A successful application will result in a letter of offer and an acceptance form, which you should read thoroughly before signing. You will then receive Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE), which may include a request to pay a portion of your tuition up front. Now it’s time to apply for a student visa, which you will require you to present your CoE and organise plane tickets, Overseas Student Health Cover and accommodation. Most providers distribute an admissions package with additional information.

A successful application will result in a letter of offer and an acceptance form, which you should read thoroughly before signing. You will then receive Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE), which may include a request to pay a portion of your tuition up front. Now it’s time to apply for a student visa, which you will require you to present your CoE and organise plane tickets, Overseas Student Health Cover and accommodation. Most providers distribute an admissions package with additional information.

4. Continue to seek adventure

Know that it’s okay to be indecisive – don’t get caught in the habit of thinking you need to know your entire life plan at this stage. If you choose to study abroad and realise it’s not for you – that’s okay! You can learn from the experience and know what to look for next. Life is just a big learning curve after all.

 

This article originally appeared in A Complete University Application Guide – University Overseas: Why to Consider Studying Abroad

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