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Mistakes To Avoid Applying To An International University
Studying overseas is once in a lifetime experience, because what we all talk now is word-of-mouth, and you can’t necessarily work out whether it’s going to be at the university or whether it’s going to be.
While our consultants exactly know what the most common errors students are make when applying to foreign universities, and what are the issues they should remember before packing the big backpack and going to an international university.
Applying Masters with the wrong Bachelor’s Degree:
We just exist on hopes and desires, and, some of us, if we have a new idea, we prefer to stick with it and change direction at will. That’s better said than done, however.
If you qualify for a Master’s degree, you cannot qualify to a program entirely different to your Bachelor’s degree. Even, worse, you can submit, but there is nothing to guarantee that you will be admitted.
When you’ve completed your entire Bachelor’s degree to become a psychologist, and then you immediately decide that you want to be an architect, you can’t simply apply for a Master’s degree in Engineering and wish for the best.
Sorry! Sorry! You need the right foundation to set up your career.
You should develop this foundation, don’t worry: take some online courses, take part in several of the pre-Masters that your future university may deliver, go to School or 2, just don’t throw yourself in the water without learning how to swim!
Considering only the tuition fees when budgeting for your degree
When you imagine how much money you’d like for your foreign trip, it’s tempting to try to check for the cheapest school fee, assuming that’s the way to go to save money, but that’s not always the case.
For example, Scandinavian countries (Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Iceland) can also give free school tuition to EU students, but they do have some of the highest housing costs in Europe, if not in the world!
And it’s not just food that you can consider; bear in mind lodging, travel expenses, provisions for you, clothes, transportation, and so on.
Thinking your programme tuition is less than it is
Let’s focus on this topic of the ‘Tuition Charge’ for a while. Tuition payments need to be investigated and you need to understand how they work. Usually, colleges have the lowest price you can pay for a degree, but it’s not necessarily the one that refers to you.
You can pay extra if you’re a non-EU / EEA student going to study in the EU, or you can pay more in US if you’re from a region such as where the university is situated.
Often, except in exceptional situations, such as the Netherlands and Finland, there are two forms of tuition, based on whether you have previously worked at the institution, whether you have a Bachelor’s degree, or if you have already been paid by the state.
Those are only a few reasons, but the point remains: be very vigilant about how much you’re going to have to pay and why!
Ignoring potential scholarships
You know, really, read all the literature you’re given! If you study overseas, you have a lot of opportunities for scholarships.
A lot of people don’t really attempt to apply for a scholarship, assuming they’re not going to meet the criteria, but that’s not necessarily the case. This will be dependent on the country you chose, the nationality, the subject, the overall income you have, even an essay; you can get a scholarship if you show that you merit one, and if you’re a good choice in the future. Study, study, research!
Taking your Visa for granted
Don’t think it’s going to be easy. And we don’t want to scare you with this, but a lot of potential students think a visa is a given question, not a significant one.
After you have received your letter of approval, you will continue applying for a full visa and be in regular touch with the Embassy of the country you applied for.
Besides students traveling from the EU to other EU nations, both nations need visas; some will have more stringent criteria, others will have more paperwork, but you will also need to get your things together and apply as soon as possible.
Sending the wrong application documents
This is a problem of nuance, honestly, but some students, especially those who are dealing with this, for the first time, are not sure of the differences.
Countries and governments work differently, and this applies to education, as well. When your future university or the visa office will ask for documents, it won’t just be a problem of sending them via post. You will need to check EVERYTHING: did you translate your documents in English? Was it notarized by someone your future university considers legal and legitimate? Did you convert the grades properly?
These are a lot of things to consider, and, if you ever have any questions, you should contact the international affairs office of your university, because they will help you with the most useful answers.
Only trying to see if you should work while studying in the country
When we’re debating paperwork and financing opportunities, let’s notice this ‘work visa’ that a lot of students consider.
If you really want to work through your studies, you will only be permitted to work part-time, so you will certainly need a work permit!
And there are a number of things that you can investigate: you will only be able to work on site, with a university as your boss, or you will need to apply for a post-study job visa when you are already in your country of birth, or you may not be allowed to work at all if those conditions are not fulfilled.
Once, we don’t want to scare you, but we just want to learn what’s going to happen and plan for you.
Thinking about you and yourself
I know it can be daunting, particularly when you see all of these as a list, but let’s try to keep it in perspective: you’re never going to be alone in that.
I don’t know whether you’ve heard, but we’ve listed a number of individuals and a number of organisations that you might refer to for assistance: psychologists, embassies and consulates, diplomatic departments, your potential university or your present one: everybody is willing to assist you because they’ve seen cases like yours.
Never be afraid to call for assistance! The first foreign student got the worst of it all, but now, millions like you, it is paved and organized so that you can ask for help or even get by quickly.
Without having a plan B planned
Hey, we know that you might envision a course for your future, but circumstances typically change.
You always need to be alert for whatever happens and still have a safety net: apply to several Master’s degrees, find out what you’re going to do or where you’re going to study in case anything happens, or always wonder if it’s worth taking a year off, if your plans don’t go like … well, expected!
The alphabet has 26 letters, and there is 1 program, but there are 25 back-ups.
Throwing away after a rejection
Talks about still finding an option … never give up! That is undoubtedly one of the most heart-breaking issues that psychologists must contend with: the time a student just gives up.
No! No! We don’t let you do this! And everybody is going through this, one way or the other, and it’s never the end of the universe. Yeah, maybe the proposal was not approved by the university, but maybe the second one was. Perhaps the budget you’ve planned is too small to meet all your needs, so it’s shrugged off: apply for a scholarship, or just take a few years off, so you can collect money, and then follow your ambitions.
The Master’s degree has no expiry date: you should prepare anytime you’re finished, and that doesn’t necessarily mean anytime you complete your Bachelor’s degree. My point is, the moment you give up, the moment you fail.
Applying without being confident whether you want to study abroad
Think about it a little: if you want to travel all the way, there aren’t many obstacles that will deter you.
Yeah, some of the logistics will have to be refined: you’re going to miss home, you’re going to have to choose a venue, you’re going to have to handle on your own, and so on, but if you really want to do that for your future, go for it!
Don’t think about short-term issues when you study abroad; this whole trip is a full-on commitment for your long-term ambitions and expectations!
Now that, ideally, we’ve managed to give you a starting point and consider some of the stuff you weren’t positive about, why don’t you take a chance and go for it?
Arrange your free virtual consultation with IEC Abroad with our overseas educational consultants today to know more about study abroad opportunities.