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How to study abroad after class 12th?

If you are applying to foreign universities and wondering how to get admission, we have provided the basic relevant information required by any university. Take a look.

Edited By: Nidhi Mittal @nidhi_mittal09 New Delhi Updated on: June 17, 2024 19:41 IST
How to study abroad after class 12th
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Every year, thousands of Indian students dream of pursuing higher education abroad, drawn by the promise of quality education, cultural exposure, and global career opportunities. For those just finishing class 12, the journey to study in a foreign university can seem very daunting, yet entirely achievable with proper planning and information. Here, we have provided the basic information for individuals that would required in any foreign university when they move forward to achieve their dream.

Choose Destination

The first step in this journey is selecting the right country and university. Popular destinations among students include the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, and Germany. Each country offers unique advantages, for instance, the USA is renowned for its diverse programmes and top-ranked institutions while Germany is famous for its tuition-free education in public universities. Individuals who wish to study abroad are advised to research thoroughly, considering factors like the education system, living costs, climate, and post-study work opportunities.

What are the admission requirements in any foreign university?

Admission requirements vary significantly from country to country and institutes. Students generally have to complete their higher secondary education with good academic records. Many universities require standardized tests and language proficiency test scores.

Standardized tests include the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), American College Testing (ACT), Law School Admission Test (LSAT), Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), and Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Language proficiency tests include the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and so on.

Such tests play a critical component in the application process. Tests like SAT and ACT are common for undergraduate admissions in the USA and they assess students on their mathematical, reading, and writing skills. To prepare for these exams, students require a strategic approach which often involves multiple coaching classes, online resources, and rigorous hard work and practice. Tests like TOEFL and IELTS evaluate the student's ability to comprehend and use English in an academic setting. PTE is the most recommended test for Australia. Scoring high in these tests strengthens and enhances the chances of receiving various scholarships and securing a position in the respective institutes.

Documents Required for admission

Once students complete the the entrance exams, they need to gather the necessary documents which include the student's academic transcripts, letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose (SOP), and a resume. The statement of purpose (SOP) is essential because it provides the students with an opportunity to showcase their motivations, aspirations, and suitability for the chosen programme. The applications are usually submitted online through the portal of the respective institutes or centralized application services like the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) for the UK.

How can individuals manage education finance?

Studying abroad can be expensive but numerous scholarships, grants, and financial aid options are available for the students. Merit-based scholarships are awarded based on academic performance, while need-based scholarships consider the student's financial situation. Various institutes offer specific scholarships for international students. Also, taking loans from banks and financial institutions can bridge the funding gap, albeit with the obligation of repayment post-graduation.

Once accepted into a programme, the final hurdle is obtaining a student visa. The process of visa application varies by country and it requires proof of admission, financial stability, and medical insurance. It's immensely important to apply for the visa in advance to avoid any delays that might impact the start of the academic session.

Top global cities for students as per QS rankings

  1. London, United Kingdom
  2. Tokyo, Japan
  3. Seoul, South Korea
  4. Melbourne, Australia
  5. Munich, Germany
  6. Paris, France
  7. Sydney, Australia
  8. Berlin, Germany
  9. Zurich, Switzerland
  10. Boston, United States

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