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Preparing to Study Abroad: What You Need to Know | Gradway

October 21, 2021BY Admin ( 0 ) Comment

It’s again the time when many secondary students are planning to study abroad. It seems to be the deciding time which if lost would cost them the dream of overseas education. But are they on time? What are the prerequisites to a full-proof preparation? And whom to consult? Or rather whom to trust for the right advice? Let’s know the professional way to crack it.

Best time to start preparing to study abroad

Since it’s one decision that will eventually build your future, it’s best to start the preparation well in advance. Ideally, at least a year of planning and execution is required to make this dream a reality. To keep a reserved time for any unforeseen situation, it’s best to start a year and a half before the submissions.

Factors to be considered before starting your preparation

You have dived into a vast ocean way ahead to reach your destination. But how to swim through successfully? Here’s a checklist in chronological order of where to start it all from:

College selection

The first step for preparing for overseas education is deciding which college you want to get enrolled into. To decide, think of your most favored subjects and the colleges that teach them. There could be a few finalists on your list. Time to trim the list to just one.

Country selection

Many students ignore the fact that the foreign destination plays an important role in shaping their future. To zero in on the country, consider the safety conditions, the law and order situation of the country, the university support to the international students, the local environment to the outsiders, and general affordability of the course and living expenses.

Financial Planning

This simply involves knowing your options of attaining scholarships or grants by the university offered to international students. If you happen to miss out on the merit list, it’s time to look for financial aid offered by the destined country or probably arrange student loans.

Semester Selection

All foreign universities offer fall sessions (September to December) and spring sessions (January to May). While deciding the session selection consider, preferred course availability, the acceptance rate, internships, career prospects, and visa availability.


This step involves knowing all the entrance tests that are meant to be cleared. This may include the university scholarship tests, language tests of the destination country, or other such tests mandatory for your course. Research them all. Also, research the best way to prepare for them.


This step would include researching all other prerequisites of getting enrolled in your selected course. Apart from the tests, there could be other must-haves of the university. The most common admission necessity in a foreign college is a recommendation letter. Know your necessities to secure your position.


Living in a foreign land would want you to search for accommodation that is near to your campus, safe, and affordable. Another option is hostel accommodation. Compare the cost and other pros/cons for final selection.

Visa processing

It’s time to plan for your dream flight. Sort every minute detail so that your visa comes through. Get professional help here as many visa applications are rejected for wrong or incomplete filing.

Seek the best consultation for studying abroad

Consult and Consult. The more you know beforehand, the better it is. Numerous consultancies offer great assistance. And then there are social media to connect to the ex or current alumni of your shortlisted college. What’s better than understanding the process from someone who has already trodden the path successfully.

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