Posted on April 30, 2021
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At least one year before the planned admission (or preferably 2):

Step 1 - Explore Opportunities

First of all, you need to understand what the possibilities are. To do this, it is best to create a table and write out all the results of your research there.

Exploring opportunities

  1. Think about which countries you generally want to study in.

a. Think about which countries you like and where you would like to live.

b. Find out which countries are considered promising in terms of education. Where are the most top universities, where science and universities are developing? The leader s here are the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Australia and Western European countries such as Germany, France, and the Netherlands.

c. Look at the cost of education in different countries, correlate it with your capabilities. If education is too expensive, it is not the end; you will need to look at the available scholarships. For example, it is very difficult to get a full scholarship for a bachelor's degree in the Netherlands, but it is possible for a master's degree. There are many scholarships in the United States for both bachelor's and master's degrees. In the UK, undergraduate scholarships are mostly partial, in Canada too. In Germany, education is free for everyone, and in France, it is pretty cheap.

d. Pay attention to the cost of living in the country. For example, in Switzerland, education is cheap, but the cost of living is very high, just like in Norway. Western European countries such as the Czech Republic, Slovenia or Hungary are considered relatively cheap.

e. Look for opportunities to stay in the country after graduation. In many countries, university graduates receive additional time after graduation. However, somewhere it is 3 months, somewhere 6, and somewhere all 18.

f. See how to enter the country. Consider where it is easier to enrol and what you generally need.

When applying for a master's degree, usually there are no problems in any country, but with a bachelor's degree, it is more difficult. In some countries, it is required to complete 12 years of school before going to university. If the training lasted less, you could take a preparatory year (there are such programs in many universities) or study one year at a university in your homeland and then re-enrol.

Bottom line: based on your capabilities and desires, select several countries where you want to apply. The list should include countries where you can be objectively accepted and where you want to go, but it will not work without a scholarship.

Think about what you would like to study.

Perhaps it will be several spheres, and if you are applying after school, you want to change your speciality after a bachelor's degree or get a second degree. In any case, you need to decide on the course, for this, pay attention to the following points:

-Think about what you like;

-Find out what courses are promising in those countries that you have chosen;

-Find out what specialists are generally in demand in the market;

-Determine what you do best.

Bottom line: choose several subjects that you would like to study.

How to choose your university?

1. See which universities offer courses in areas you are interested in.

2. Look at the QS ranking of the best universities in the world in your chosen areas (especially pay attention to universities in those countries that you have chosen earlier);

3. Use the StudyQA database: filter the search engine for programs around the world by selected areas and see what programs are available;

4. Save the programs you like in favourites or enter them into the table;

5. Check the university where the program you like is taught: it must be a recognised university with a good reputation!

Bottom line: choose the programs you like. At this stage, there can be a lot of them; they will be eliminated further. All of them should be entered into a table or written down in a list.

Step 2 - Selecting programs.

Now you need to select the countries and courses where you will ultimately apply to.

selecting a program

1. Check the requirements for each of the programs you like on the university website.

Here you need to correlate your capabilities and the requirements of the university. Think about whether you are ready to take additional tests or complete a year at a university in your home country.

Explore a detailed description of each of the programs

List of subjects, additional opportunities (for example, some programs have a compulsory semester abroad or an internship opportunity), decide if you like this format of study.

Find out the cost of applying.

In almost all countries, it is impossible to submit documents for free, and applicants are charged an application fee. The cost varies, but sometimes it goes up to almost $100 per application.

Pay attention to tuition fees and scholarships.

In many countries, education is not very expensive, and in some places, it is even free. For example, in Germany, all students of public universities pay only the semester fee, which ranges from 60 to 350 euros. Countries with cheap education include France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Austria and Switzerland. However, one cannot ignore the cost of living, which differs from country to country. If education is too expensive or there is no way to cover the cost of living while studying, you will need to look for a scholarship.

Bottom line: you have a list of programs and universities you will definitely apply to.

Step 3 - Dealing with Scholarships

For those programs that cannot be paid independently, scholarships are needed. Where and how to find them?

dealing with scholarships

1. When should you look for scholarships?

The short answer is the sooner, the better because you have more time to prepare. However, it is usually necessary to apply for funding 6-12 months before the planned studies start.

2. Explore your options

Typically, scholarships can be:

  • public - funded by the country’s government where you are going to study or from where you are from, such scholarships are not tied to a specific university and often cover all expenses up to the flight and visa.

  • Private - scholarships funded directly by the university, they can be found on the university’s website. As a rule, the competition for such scholarships is higher than for state ones, and funding is mostly partial, but there are also full scholarships.

3. How do I find my scholarship?

  • On the university's website.

In the Scholarships or Financial Aid section, you can find all the information you need to fund your studies.

  • On government scholarship sites such as DAAD, CampusFrance, Fullbright, etc.

However, looking for scholarships in this way is very long and difficult; there is a high probability of missing something or spending a lot of valuable time studying the issue.

  • If you want to explore all the available options quickly, take a look at our website. StudyQA has a huge database of various scholarships worldwide, which can be easily filtered by funding size, country of study and other parameters.

  • We post opportunities abroad on a daily basis, including scholarships, internships, volunteering and even online courses on our social networks: Instagram, Facebook, Telegram.

4. Requirements

At this stage, you need to understand which scholarships are right for you. What are the most common expectations of fellows?

  • Academic progress. Fellows are generally expected to have good or excellent grades, so the higher your GPA on your certificate or diploma, the better.

  • Nationality. Often scholarships are issued specifically for students from certain countries; for example, there are many scholarships for third world countries where citizens of other, more developed countries cannot apply.

  • Other achievements. It will be a bonus on any scholarship, even if not stated in the conditions. This can be volunteering, creating your own project at a school or university, internship or research.

  • A motivation letter is required for almost all scholarships. It is worth paying special attention to writing a motivation letter since, in many cases, the decision to give funding will depend on what you have registered and what impression you made.

Bottom line: you have a list of scholarships in the countries of interest that are suitable in terms of funding and requirements.

-How do I apply for a scholarship?

  • For private scholarships - on the university website. As a rule, you just need to upload scans of all required documents to the site and send an application. Sometimes you will need to send documents by regular mail.

  • For government scholarships - on the official scholarship website. Often, documents for state programs are submitted personally through the country’s embassy where you are going to study.

A word of advice

  1. Explore the possibilities ahead of time. The more time you have, the higher your chances of getting good funding and going to the dream university

  2. Make a list or table of opportunities, so it will be easier to navigate the vast variety of universities, scholarships and requirements.

  3. Engage in extracurricular activities. This is a plus for any scholarship and program!

  4. Learn languages. There are many countries where education is very cheap, but you need to study in the local language (Czech Republic, Germany, Norway, etc.). Languages ​​will open up new possibilities for you.

We hope that our material was helpful for you, and now the first steps in entering abroad do not seem so complicated and confusing. The StudyQA team wishes you the best of luck, and if you need help with admission, join our community of international students and ask our experts any admission-related questions!

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