- What do you want to study abroad?
- Which university fits your field of study?
- Which languages do you speak? Do you need a language certificate?
- Inform yourself about the application modalities!
- Which deadlines do you have to respect?
- Is your graduation certificate acknowledged?
- Get missing documents!
- Get your documents translated if necessary!
More often than not the question of where to study accompanies the question of what to study. I mean, where and what you study go hand in hand. If you want to attend a very well renowned university then the country is quite obvious. In some cases, these questions answer themselves immediately. You want to study law at the world’s best university? Then Harvard University in the USA it is!
Another organisation that offers worldwide studying abroad is AIFS Austria. AIFS Austria offers semesters abroad. You study at a renowned university in a foreign country, attend lectures and can take advantage of an extensive offer of sports and leisure activities. All these universities have superb locations and great lectures. The program is meant for students as well as graduates. In addition, AIFS offers more opportunities to go abroad for students.
Application process: preparation
Studying abroad requires a lot of preparation. Each country and each university has a different application process. It’s best to inform yourself in advance on the website of your dream university about the application process, deadlines and necessary documents. Get everything done in time and plan some time to get missing documents.
It’s essential to pay attention to application deadlines! This is one of the first things to do: Find out all the deadlines for your application. Some countries have centralised application centres, like Great Britain. The USA, however, requires application documents 12 months in advance! That’s a lot of work! So, check out our timetable down below!
CV, letter of motivation & recommendation
Your CV lists the most important facts about your education, past jobs, certificates and language skills. Your letter of motivation is a must have for any application. It should present clearly why you are perfect for this university and why this university is perfect for you. The letter of recommendation should be written by a neutral person like a professor or employer.
Certificate of language skills
English is essential for studying abroad. Nowadays it’s not necessary to speak the language of the country perfectly because many lectures are in English. However, it is a big advantage to be fluent in the country’s language to get by in everyday life. Most universities, especially in Canada and the USA, demand a certificate of your English skills (TOEFL or IELTS). Another obstacle can be an assessment test. The USA always requires the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), which is a multiple-choice test about linguistic, mathematical and literary skills.
Time management and Planning
Here are some tips for timely planning your study abroad. Of course, you will have to adapt the time plan to your own needs. We will cover organisational aspects like visa, accommodation, living expenses and insurance in our next article.