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10 mistakes when applying to university abroad

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10 mistakes when applying to university abroad

After graduating from school and passing the entrance exams, prospective students begin to choose a university and program in the desired specialty and draw up documents. At first glance, it seems that this is not difficult. Applicants who want to go to university abroad often make a lot of mistakes. We suggest that you familiarize yourself with the common failures of international students in order to avoid them in the future.

Choosing a university without regard to location

A common mistake when applying to a foreign university is choosing an educational institution without taking into account its location. The learning process will take several years, so you should be sure that the region, its rhythm of life, customs and infrastructure will suit you.

Choosing a university, not a program

There are many prestigious universities abroad. Many of them are multidisciplinary, but not all are strong in specific areas. Check out subject ratings for your desired specialty and student reviews. The same program at universities in the same country may differ in quality, content and duration.

Lack of attention to admission requirements

When reading the entrance exam requirements, it is important to consider every detail. The list of documents in each educational institution may vary. Documents requiring translation must be certified by a notary. It is necessary to show an individual approach to each university: even the absence of a signature or an apostille can become a reason for refusal.

Last minute essay and cover letter submission

Foreign universities have high requirements for writing essays and motivation letters: they must be written not just well, but very well, reflect your ability to analyze and think critically. Think ahead to make the text really worthwhile!

Lie on admission

Upon admission, you must adhere to the principle of honesty and openness. Experienced members of the selection committee will immediately figure out if the letter of recommendation was written not by a teacher, but by a friend, and an essay not by you, but by your parents.

Submitting applications for several specialties in one university

Submitting applications to one university for different specialties will not create the best impression on the admissions committee, which can increase the likelihood of rejection.

Lack of time management

Each university sets its own requirements for deadlines. In order not to get confused when to take a language test, and when to submit documents, draw up a personal academic calendar.

Postponing mainstream studies

In the hustle and bustle of admission, one should not forget about the main occupations: to enroll in a foreign university, you need to have good grades.

Hope that you will learn the language after enrollment

A weak level of English will cause difficulties in overcoming the language barrier. Be sure to tighten your language before admission by completing specialized courses.

Forget about the registration fee

Most universities have an admission fee and this should not be forgotten. Lack of timely payment may result in refusal to enroll. To be sure, it is better to attach a payment receipt to the main package of documents. The contribution amount can be 15-150 dollars or euros.

Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Kuban State University, Russia (World Economics); Westminster University (Business & Management).
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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