Date :27 Jul, 2018

Posted By:Team Jitin Chawla's Centre for Career Development



Aiming to study abroad, but do not know where to start? To make things simpler, we are here with the best solutions. We understand that students and their parents often find it difficult to work out the global education system and the idea of shifting to a foreign country seems an alien concept altogether.

Hence, we are providing some pointers to turn your dream of higher education abroad into a reality.

1.      Understanding Yourself: First of all, you have to understand your career goals and aspirations, along with the expectations that you have from studying abroad. Enlist your priorities and career goals to draw a clearer picture of what you would like to do for higher education. Most importantly, understand your inner wisdom and find the most suitable career options for you.

2.      Find the Right Country: Knowing the right country to study abroad is extremely important. For instance, the United Kingdom is suitable for students who want to make career in Fashion Management and Law. Similarly, the United States is best to pursue Engineering and Management. However, both the countries have a high cost of living and tuition fees. But, there are some affordable options as well. For instance, Germany, Canada, Switzerland and Australia are a comparatively more cost-effective and equally good to get degree in Engineering, Pharmaceutical, Hotel Management etc. However, language can be a barrier, but it should not stop you from achieving success.

To put it simply, note-down associated or say possible pros and cons of all the countries you have listed in terms of their popular courses, tuition fees, scholarships, global ranking and the cost of living.

3.      Shortlist the Courses and Colleges: The next step is to find the colleges/universities that offer the courses of your choice. Again, make a list of on the parameters of the degree that they are offering, global ranking, tuition fees, eligibility requirements, admission procedure, scholarships that are being offered and the accommodation facility. On the basis of these parameters, choose the appropriate colleges/universities and look at the application procedure.

4.      Profile Building: To strengthen your application, impressive profile building is important. Enroll for internships, short-term courses, volunteering, research programmes or simply innovate in your domain to build a strong profile for yourself. Moreover, you also need to start taking coaching (if required) for the required examinations.

5.      Formation of an Application Timeline: Remember, you need to apply almost a year in advance from the time you want to begin your further education. Therefore, you need to set up an application timeline to track the year-long procedure and to not miss out on any deadline. Include the right time for you to take the requisite examinations too!

6.      Take the Required Examinations: Depending upon the country, college and course, you might have to take additional examinations such as SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE, BAT, MCAT, etc. In majority of cases, you will also require clear one of the ‘English Proficiency’ tests such as TOEFL or IELTS to obtain admission in a foreign university.

7.      Essay Editing and Applications: Almost every university requires you to submit an essay, a Statement of Purpose (SOP), a Letter of Recommendation (LOR) and resume. You can also consult an expert to make it perfect.

8.      Submit Your Application with the Required Documents: Once you are done with the essay editing, application, etc., it is the time to submit all your required documents. Once your application is accepted, you will receive a ‘letter of acceptance’ from the concerned university. If not, then no worries! You can still apply at other colleges/universities.

9.      Application for Scholarship and Financial Aid: After receiving the ‘Letter of Acceptance’, you need to apply for ‘Scholarship’ or ‘Financial Aid’, as per your requirement and as per the financial schemes that the university or the government of the country has to offer. Along with this, you will have to pay the required fees and cost of accommodation, as and however it may apply.

10.  Apply for Visa: Once you have your ‘Admission Letter’ in hand, you can apply for a Student Visa. Some visas also offer part-time work permit, so look out for such opportunities as well.

11.  Prepare for Pre-Departure: Make a list of the things that you want to take with you. In addition to this, make a draft for financial management and for your course of action in the foreign country.

12.  Say Hello to Your Dreams!

Pursuing higher education from abroad is full of hurdles and pit-holes. However, you can depend upon us! There might be plenty of study abroad consultants, but we, at JitinChawla’s Centre for Career Development, are your one-stop solution for making global higher education a hassle-free and stress-free process for you.

With an established brand name in the field of career counselling, JitinChawla’s Centre for Career Development is also the leading global education consultant in Delhi NCR. From course and college selection and financial management to profile building, writing SOPs and LORs, we assure that your aspiration of studying abroad would be easy and stress-free with us around.