Why Preparing for College Abroad Is Essential
Heading off to college is an exciting time in a person’s life and exploring options abroad can be equally exciting. It’s an opportunity to broaden your horizons, use a second language and experience different cultures. However, studying abroad requires a lot of preparation, planning and research. It is essential to give yourself the best chance of success and avoid missing out on the opportunity to get into the university of your dreams. This is what we do here at Minerva Academic Consultants and, to help you even more, we will discuss the steps you should take before applying to a university abroad.
The first and most crucial step is to research potential universities. If you don’t know where to start and would like some recommendations, your education agent should be able to prepare a list for you based on your academic interests, geographic preference and culture. A good starting point to narrow down the possibilities is to contact alumni or current students to learn more about their experience at the institution. This can help guide you in making your decision about where to apply. Each country has different study systems and different costs. Be sure to check with your education agent to see which countries fit your budget.
If your goal is to study abroad where education is not provided in your native language, you should be proficient in the language beforehand. Language tests such as TOEFL, IELTS and Duolingo are often required by universities to assess your reading, writing and speaking skills. The sooner you familiarize yourself with the test format, the better. Don’t wait until the last minute to take the test. Get comprehensive preparation materials, sign up for study classes or work with tutors to ensure you do well.
Standardized admissions tests, such as the SAT, ACT, GRE or GMAT, are also critical when applying to colleges abroad. Check what standardized tests are required by your chosen colleges and prepare well in advance. Remember that there are ways to avoid standardized tests by taking prep programs or attending schools that no longer require them (a growing number since the pandemic). You can improve your chances of success by taking advantage of preparation courses, tutors, and personalized study guides. Understanding the test format will also help you get the best score possible.
Applying to universities abroad can be overwhelming, especially with the added pressure of meeting application deadlines. It is crucial to know the deadline for each university you are applying to and submit your application well in advance. Avoid the stress of the last-minute rush by giving yourself plenty of time to complete the application review, proofreading, and editing.