10 steps that you need to go, before entering a foreign University.
We in the Education Index was the guide who will help to Orient everyone to begin the path to University admission abroad. This guide you can follow, even if you want to enter such famous universities as Oxford or Cambridge.
How to enter a foreign University
STEP 1: Choose University
Rankings of world universities can be the starting point when choosing a University. The higher ranking position of the University, the harder it is to do and learn, the higher the cost of tuition, salary after graduation will also be much higher. Learn more about choosing University to study abroad, read our guide how to choose a University abroad.
STEP 2: Choose a program
Foreign universities will offer you a huge variety of programs. Among others there are programs of:
- Working with a guaranteed internship
- Involve mostly independent work
- In which the student chooses what to study, etc.
To understand which program suits you best, will help our guide on choosing programs at foreign universities, where we produced videos and articles that shed light on this dataset.
STEP 3: Register on the website of the University
Requirements a motivation letter and details about the criteria for admission to foreign universities do not always publish on their websites and in the program description. So it makes sense to register in the personal Cabinet of the University and in the system of sending the application before you start working on documents as part of the application for admission. Keep in mind this nuance.
STEP 4: Prepare documents for application for admission
The letter is an essay which should show your interest in getting this place at this University. Explain why you want it, what is your ultimate goal. However, not all foreign universities such motivational letters work the same way. So there are differences between the motivational letters for the European universities and universities in the United States. In the case of the latter you can give a choice of 7 questions that are poorly will be associated with your motivation. For example, "Tell me about your favourite book and its writer." One of the possible plans we have described for you in this video How to write a cover letter.
Depending on the educational institution to motivational letter are different thrill plus each University has its own nuances of design, so to be sure to obtain at this stage, the plus sign, we recommend you to seek help in preparing a cover letter to our editors — they studied at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial and MIT.
A letter of recommendation
This is a document written by the head from the last place of work at home or a teacher describing a student. Also a document called the characteristics of the student spelled it wrong, as do we. We often ask the student to write about something and give the signature of the Recommender.
In foreign universities often requires 1-2 academic recommendations. They're usually the class teacher, the relevant teacher or the school Director. When applying for graduate school — research supervisor or the relevant teachers. Sometimes, to get a recommendation is problematic in connection with the prescription of the graduation, so it is allowed to obtain recommendations for the Department.
The main thing that should be reflected in the recommendations, examples and evidence of the qualities of the student. He is an activist — how he organized clubs and leisure activities for classmates. Sociable — tell us how often he made presentations. The volume should not exceed half a sheet; it is better if you will see one.
We have prepared for you a special section, which will help in writing letters of recommendation, but in order to be sure of the correctness of his writing it is better to contact our specialists. How to choose a Recommender, we are also told in the next video.
Admission to the master's and in some institutions abroad may require a resume or CV (lat. Curriculum Vitae, lit. "course of life"). This paper is usually A4, which briefly sets out the information not contained in other related documents.
CV is important because when you send a package of documents to the Commission is the first document which the Commission is examining. Therefore, it is important concisely but fully reflect their achievements. CV generally require a masters, but sometimes, for example, in the Netherlands, and is required for a bachelor degree.
The format of the CV changes over time: earlier, the amount required not more than a page, now it can be two and even three pages. And we still believe that the less text, the better. However, if life happens to you a lot, it is better to list only relevant experience, even though he is much less irrelevant. All kinds of Olympics for the courses and written articles will also be counted. Of course, drafting a CV can trust us.
A document, proving previous education
Also, universities may require a foreign applicant translated and notarized certificate/General certificate of secondary education last year (in rare cases - the last 2-3-4 years).
All documents should be thoroughly checked for errors. Will be very sad because of the ridiculous typos to refusal to accept documents. To avoid this happening, we recommend you to contact us for advice.
STEP 5: take a test confirming the knowledge of a foreign language
Test is required to confirm your language level. Basically we are talking about English tests like TOEFL and IELTS. First adopted in the United States, and the second in the US, almost all English-speaking countries who teach English. Of course few countries have their own native languages, there are separate tests for studying in Germany pass FSP, DSH and TestDaF, for Spanish DELE, in France, DELF, DALF and TCF, to study at universities in England will only accept IELTS, and in Japan — Nihongo proficiency test.
All these tests shall be in specialist centres in a limited number of cities, they all require pre-registration. Some tests are conducted 6-7 times per year (e.g. SAT), and some once a year, so it is important to chose the timing of the visa and start training. Some of the information about how to pass the TOEFL and the IELTS already collected in the special section on the website.
In General, preparation for TOEFL and IELTS is a separate story, so just leave us a request for a free consultation — we'll tell it like it is.
STEP 6: Clarify the issues with a representative of the University
Find out whether the requirements for a financial cushion in your account — in most universities abroad, such requirements have. You will need to provide Bank statement from which it is clear that you have a certain amount for each month and you will not have to catch all immigration. Our site has a directory of universities, then you can write to representatives about admission.
STEP 7: Prepare a portfolio, to pass the other tests
Of course you need to register your work in a portfolio: this can be a website, presentation or pdf documents. Read here about how to compile a portfolio for an architectural program. In addition, we can tell you how to prepare a creative portfolio for a specific University, just email us, initial consultation is free.
Other tests can be anything for your specialty, more information can be found on the page of your school. For example, anyone who wants to get an MBA, you need to take the GMAT, interested in receiving a medical education abroad will need to take BMAT. And for admission to the masters in the USA will need to pass the GRE.
STEP 8: Send request and wait for a response
You can send a request only when you are completely sure that everything is done correctly. All because in case of an error, you will learn about unapplied and all exams that have a specific Statute of limitations, can be put to waste.
Try to make a request with a temporary supply in a couple of days, to be able to peruse and check. In some universities the competition for the place is really big, so admissions committees will examine your documents with a special predilection, paying attention to literally every word. Order your individual consultationto know what to expect when sending a document, and how not to fall into despair after rejection.
Well, if you did everything correctly, then it remains only to wait for a response. The deadlines range from one week to two months, so you may have to remind yourself through the feedback form of the University, do not forget to include your student ID.
We hope our article about how to go to University abroad will help you with this complex case. No fluff, no pen!