Applying to overseas universities
The overseas university application process can be a nerve wrecking experience for students. There are many deadlines to meet and to make things worse, applications differ from school to school.
We have highlighted 7 tips to help you make your application process a lot easier.
As the saying goes, the early bird catches the worm! There are many deadlines to adhere to in each stage of the overseas university application. Furthermore, different colleges do not have the same deadlines. For example, for students planning for their overseas study in the US, all US universities offer admissions to the fall semester. The fall semester starts in August. students may have to start applications as early as November of the previous year.
On the other hand, most UK undergraduate programs begin in September. Most students applying to UK universities are required to submit their undergraduate applications by January of the same year.
It can be really stressful for students to coordinate the different deadlines for different schools. Start early to avoid missing any of the deadlines.
Maintain consistently good grades
Very often, students have not taken the A levels or International Baccalaureate Exam before the submission deadline. Students submit their application using predicted grades. As the entry requirements for top colleges and universities can be rather competitive. Maintaining consistently good grades will help in getting high predicted grades. This will definitely increase your chances to getting into your dream college.
Students may consider taking A levels tuition or IB tuition to help them obtain their desired predicted grades.
Take Admission Test
GCE ‘A’ Levels and International Baccalaureate credits are widely accepted overseas. However, a number of universities, particularly those in the US will require students to take admission tests such as SAT (Scholastic Assessment Programs) tests or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
Students need to prepare for the test by practising past papers. To ensure a high score, students may have to retake the tests. Students have to factor in the time for retaking the tests and the obtaining the results. Most US universities will need the test scores ready during the application. Not having the test scores ready will slow down the application process.
Be familiar with the overseas university application process
Applications vary from institution to institution. Students applying to US universities will need to apply directly to each college. The application form for each US university is different but most colleges will require the applicant’s academic records, academic awards or a list of other achievements.
On the other hand, students who intend to study in UK universities submit their applications through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). UCAS serves as a centralised system for students to submit their university application, however each university sets its own admissions standards.
Get all details ready
As mentioned earlier, most colleges may require students’ academic records and a list of achievements (both academic and non – academic). It will be good to get them sorted out so that you can fill up the university application forms quickly.
Some colleges may require academic referees. Make sure you approach your teachers well in advance so that they will have sufficient time to write your testimonials.
Send application early
Well, we have reached the last stage, sending the university applications. It is always good to send your application early. That will increase your chances to being selected. Being early gives you time to submit additional information if required.
We hope you find these tips useful. Good luck to your application process. Hope you will get into the University of your choice. Good Luck!