Step 1: Do the Research Extensively
You will have to dig deep when it comes to researching about various Universities and the programmes that they offer. Check out the course curriculum and their selection procedures. Some Universities rely on tests like SAT, GRE, GMAT while others consider IELTS/ TOEFL etc. for admission in their respective courses. Moreover, check what else is required by the University to be an eligible candidate. This research will help you to figure out what is required to be a student in your dream International University.
Step 2: Take help from Counsellors
It is always better to take information from the horse’s mouth. Career Counsellors can assist you to narrow down your choices. Anshul Vashisht, a Certified Career Counsellor from UCLA, shares, “You ought to discuss your queries with a counsellor. Keep in mind that the counsellor must be unbiased while suggesting career options to you. Nowadays, some counsellors try to lure students to those foreign universities that are not well-established, only because of their vested interests. Thus, be an aware student and do the research yourself also. Moreover, keep in mind that only academics won’t help you. Most of the good Foreign Universities ask for LORs (Letter of Recommendation), SOP (Statement of Purpose), overall student’s profile listing extra-curricular activities etc. Thus, do your preparations extensively.”
Step 3: Skill Development
Are you a prolific speaker? Are you an avid reader? Have you won gold medals in swimming/ football? Do you have certificates to add credentials to your skills? It is important to note that renowned universities will look for students who have some exceptional skills as well. Thus, students must strive to hone their co-curricular skills as well. Try to gain certificates that can support your application.
Step 4: Does your dream college have the required credentials?
Many times, students get carried away by the attractive advertisements and exaggerated figures presented by certain colleges. Anna Gupta, an alumnus of a Foreign University, shares, “Don’t just believe what the advertisements talk about. Try to get in touch with the alumni of the college through social media websites. You’ll get insights about the internal working of the college. Check their placement records as shared by the alumni. Also, check the credentials of the professors who teach in that particular college. Will you be provided on-campus housing facility? Are there any notable personalities who have studied from the same college? Students must cross-check all these things while finalizing a college”.
It is important to note that students must not decide to study in a foreign nation just for the sake of it. The college education should add some extensive value to your knowledge and experience.
Step 5: Work Hard
Remember that there are only limited number of seats reserved for international students in top-notch universities. Thus, it will be a tough nut to crack to secure a position in these colleges. Plan your schedules, take extra guidance, put in more hours, develop a holistic personality and strive to give your best shot in the selection procedures of these universities. Only then, you will stand a chance to study in your dream college.