- System of secondary education abroad: structure and advantages
- School abroad: choice of institution, preparation and receipt
Any caring parent will not be against his child's secondary education not in the domestic school, but in the foreign one. This is the case, because educational institutions abroad have established themselves as places to get a really high-quality education. The educational process in these institutions differs from the usual format, and besides, it gives the student not only academic education, which in the long term will open new opportunities for him, but also develops him as a person.
By the time the school-leaving certificate comes out, confident young people with excellent knowledge of a foreign language (usually English) come out of the school, who know what they want to achieve in life and have already begun to take some steps for this. In this article SMAPSE experts will tell you how to apply for a foreign school and enroll, what documents are needed for students from other countries.
System of secondary education abroad: structure and advantages
Getting a secondary education abroad has a lot of advantages and positive aspects for the student, which differ slightly depending on the type of educational institution. For example, in a private school such an advantage will be the classical methods of teaching and age-old traditions combined with modern technologies, confident preparation for education in the world's leading universities, as well as individual educational programs and the formation of useful links and acquaintances. Specialized institutions give their students all the opportunities for comprehensive development. In addition, in such schools you can get a good discount for education in one of the universities. Finally, the advantage of public schools abroad is that education here will be quite budgetary compared to previous options, and the student will learn independence, responsibility and will be able to broaden his horizons by communicating with foreign peers.
The very structure of secondary school education in foreign institutions consists of several levels: primary, secondary and senior. In first two students undergo a program to study all general subjects. At the same time, one more feature is that already during the school years the students can choose subjects for study. There is a list of compulsory disciplines (mathematics, English, biology, chemistry, physics, geography, history), but there are elective subjects, including several arts, technology, foreign languages and not only.
Senior classes are more focused on preparing for admission to higher education. In the final of middle classes, the guys take final exams, after which they can already begin the work path, or enter the pre-university educational program - this can be A-level or International Baccalaureate.
School abroad: choice of institution, preparation and receipt
The process of choosing a school and preparing to study abroad is long enough, but if you follow a certain scheme, then parents will be able to solve all the necessary questions in time and in the most successful way.
So, it is better to start preparing a student for transfer to study abroad earlier - for a year and a half before this moment. When choosing an educational institution, it is better to consider such issues as the main goal of studying abroad at school (getting only secondary education, the prospect of studying at a higher educational institution or career path). Then, based on the goal, it becomes clear what the duration of the educational program and the country of instruction should be. In addition, the choice of location will also be affected by such factors as the financial capabilities of parents. Of course, this indicator largely depends on the place of study and the size of the settlement, since in large cities, in principle, more expensive than living in a province. On average, in order to send your child to study abroad, parents may need an amount starting from 10,000 $ per semester.
SMAPSE specialists recommend selecting several schools at once and getting acquainted with each of them in detail. In foreign educational institutions, it is normal practice to personally attend a campus of the school, since such a visit helps a potential student and his parents to make sure that the choice made is correct. Also a good option for testing institutions - language courses for students of different ages on vacation. After you have decided on the choice of schools, it is worthwhile to think about which option to prepare the student to choose, because the child will need to have a certain level of language for comfortable learning, and sometimes there are certain requirements for academic subjects.
At least 8-9 months before the beginning of the academic year in a foreign institution, it is necessary to start preparing documents in order to apply for admission. A foreign student is required to enroll the following documents:
- academic certificate with student's grades for the last 2-3 years of study
- letters of recommendation from teachers (usually from teachers of English and mathematics)
- certificate with test results for knowledge of English (or any other)
- certificates and diplomas of the student associated with extracurricular activities
- medical card with vaccinations
- a motivation letter on behalf of the student, where he will tell why he wants to study at a school abroad.
Depending on the institution, this list can be supplemented or changed (for example, some private schools also conduct personal interviews with potential students).
In addition, it is worth noting that to learn English it is not necessary to choose an institution in an English-speaking country, because now this language is offered in any other place, where it is not state, as the second.