If you want to go to college and would also like to see the world, getting an undergraduate degree abroad could be the perfect option for you. This is a great way to combine your love of travel with your desire to get a good education.
But where do you even begin? Here is what to do before you apply to the schools you’re considering attending.
Decide Where to Apply
The first thing you’ll need to do is select the countries and universities you want to apply to. Think about why you want to get your undergraduate degree abroad. Is there a specific school you desire to get a degree from?
Once you start to narrow your search down, make sure the schools you’re looking at offer the type of program you desire. Find out the expected length of time to earn your degree as well as what you would need to meet up the requirement for that specific program.
If you’re still indecisive when it comes to your Major, make sure you find programs that offer more flexibility and a wide range of studies.
Find Out About Travel Requirements
Get your passport ready. Then, find out how to get a visa to the countries where the schools you’re applying to are located.
Calculate Your Expenses
Many students are nervous about the decision to get an undergraduate degree abroad because they assume it will be expensive. But this isn’t always the case. If you’re worried about paying for college, you can always focus on choosing a school with a low tuition fee. In fact, some countries are working hard to appeal to students from the US and other areas, so they now offer financial incentives. For example, some schools in Germany don’t charge tuition at all, and others make sure to offer scholarships and grants to attract new students.
Once you figure out how to pay tuition, make sure you factor in travel and living expenses. Be aware that many universities abroad, especially those in Europe, don’t always offer on campus living, so you may have to find an apartment. You could decide to get work and study. But before deciding on that find out if you will be allowed to work as you complete your undergraduate degree abroad, since student visas often come with restrictions.
Familiarize Yourself with the Application Process
Once you’ve decided on the countries and universities that you are interested in, start looking at their application process.
Even if you’re not applying until next year, you should familiarize yourself with the application of each overseas school you’re considering.
Find out which classes and tests you have to take, what type of grades and test scores are expected, and whether you have to submit an essay and personal references.
If you know ahead of time what you’re expected to submit, you can relax knowing you’ve taken the necessary classes and tests before you even start filling out the application itself.
Learn the Language
While many universities abroad offer courses in English as an incentive to prospective international students, it’s still a good idea to get a grasp on the country’s native language. After all, you want to explore the country you’ll be living in for the next 3-5 years and you might have a limited experience if you can’t communicate. Start learning at least the basics of the language now so you feel comfortable when you move there.