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Shun Dubious Travel Agents, Here is a Step-by-Step Process On How To Process Foreign/International Admissions

Valentine Chinyem

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With so many parents wanting to give their children the best when it comes to education, there is a travel agent thinking of ways to con them. This alone, does not only discourage the parents, but most times leaves them regretting they even started the processing at all.

However, all hopes is not lost, as this article is here to give a little insight on how prospective students can shun dubious travel agents and process their admissions themselves.

STEPS TO PROCESSING FOREIGN ADMISSIONS

PICK THE COUNTRY: The first step when seeking admission to a foreign university, is to make a decision on the country where you would like to run your programme.

DECIDE ON YOUR FIELD OF STUDY OR COURSE: Picking a course is as important as picking a university. It is not just about picking a course, but selecting a course that would be relevant in your home country (Nigeria) or even host country (where you decide to school).
Choice of courses most times aids a student in getting a visa. A course in Business, Medicine, Nursing, an Engineering course or even a course under ICT for example, have a higher rate of return across the world; meaning that, no matter where you find yourself after school, you would always remain relevant, as a job seeker or prospective business owner.

PICKING A UNIVERSITY: Often times you are preferred to apply for a four-year course in a college or universal that offers such. Another thing to consider, is the location of the university and university type e.g is it a private or public university, is life cheap in the state where it is located, how much does it cost to live on or off campus, is the university recognized back home or abroad and most of all, tuition.
A lot of parents would prefer a cheap university that allows tuition to be paid in instalments, that offers financial aid or scholarship to international students et al. This is also where Google search engine comes into play; by typing keywords like, ‘cheap universities in Canada’, ‘cheap universities in America’, or to be more specific, ‘cheap universities in Michigan’, ‘Best Universities in Scotland’ etc you are bound to be thrilled with the options it gives you.

REQUIREMENTS/ APPLYING: After deciding on your course of study and picking a university that offers your course, the next thing is to check out the requirements for that particular course, on the universities official website. Things to look out for includes, application deadlines, test requirements e.g SAT, TOEFL, IELTS, GMAT, GRE etc, application fees, tuition deposits, financial forms/ bank statements and so on.

The next step would be to look for ‘Admissions’ or ‘International Students’, depending on the layout of the website. Under that, you will find ‘undergraduate Admissions’ and ‘Graduate Admissions’, here you pick which one applies to you and fill the application forms. Once you are done, the next step is to click on the ‘Submit Application’ button. You will receive an email immediately after doing this, confirming receipt of your application for admission and also a list of what is required for that particular course, as mentioned above. More so, an official from the school would email you, this is either the person in charge of foreign admissions, international students recruitment officer or an official from your selected department. This person will serve as your guide, telling you what you have to submit, the address where it should be sent, what documents to submit eg transcripts from High School or University Graduated from and confirm when they receive any document’s from you.

PACKAGING: This is the stage where you photocopy every single document that would aid you in getting the admission, for example, professional qualifications, BSc certificate, transcripts, Test Scores, financial statements from your bank and the biodata page of your international passport for Graduates; while undergraduates are required to submit photocopies of their international passport biodata page, test scores, financial statement from sponsors bank, and transcript including High School Leaving Certificate or Result. (note that, the Test Score e.g ACT, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS, SAT scores are automatically sent by the exam body directly to the school). Package all these in small envelopes before putting themin a medium sized envelope and send to the university of your choice via post, either by courier, registered or regular mail at a post office, to save cost. This is the norm, unless the schools specifically asks you to send your documents by scanning and email.

Note: You have to register for the required examination online, paying with your VISA or MasterCard. For SAT, go to www.collegeboard.org, for TOEIC, TOEFL,  GRE, go to www.ets.org. more so, for IELTS, visit the British Council website on, www.britishcouncil.org… Google up more on your preferred or required examination.

WAITING PERIOD: This is the period when you have to wait for the university to make a decision on your application and it usually takes about 7-10 working for them to receive your document and another 7-14 days to make a decision and get back to you. You should also use this period to Google up the requirements for a student visa of the country the university you are applying to is located.

VISA APPLICATION: Once you receive your admission letter, proceed to get your financial or bank statement from your sponsor or bank (if you are self-sponsored), tax clearance and pay slips if applicable, visa fee receipt, international passport, SEVIS Fee( if applying to an American University, make sure you pay this fee once the school sends you your admission letter, also known as the I-20), your test scores and credentials. More so, make your you Google up likely visa interview questions and practice on your confidence before the ‘D-day’.

Best of Lucks!!

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