11 Frequently Questions Asked About How to Study Abroad   

Preps on how to study abroad

Many international students have a strong desire to study abroad. From acquainting with the global network to preparing for an exciting academic experience, studying abroad can provide you with a great deal of life-enriching experience. Given this, it’s no wonder that there is a dramatic rise in the number of students obtaining higher studies a long way from home. However, the transition period and acclimating to a new environment and culture can be overwhelming.  

For this reason, we’ve gathered some of the frequently asked questions to assist you with everything there is to know when studying abroad:  

#1. Why should I study abroad?

Studying abroad gives you new insights into various courses, adding an international dimension to your education. Furthermore, most college students who embark on a study abroad program consider it one of the most memorable experiences of their college careers. They discover that they grow intellectually and socially.   

#2. Where should I study?

It’s not always easy to decide where in the world you should study. You should consider practicalities such as the cost of studying in a country (both tuition and living costs), your career possibilities (is there a good job market?), and your overall safety and welfare, in addition to your interests. 

#3. Which English language tests are accepted globally? 

TOEFL, a widely accepted english proficiency test

Almost all institutions and universities worldwide recognize the International English Language Testing System or IELTS (academic). Other English proficiency examinations, such as the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE), Cambridge English: Advanced, and Occupational English Test, are also accepted (OET).  

#4. What will it cost to study abroad?

Many international students are concerned about the cost of their education. What to do if you’re anxious about how you’re going to pay for those hefty one-time charges like tuition, flights, and insurance? This is a common inquiry, and it’s a fair point. It can be counterproductive to place an average price tag on studying abroad because it obscures the wide variation of expenses between countries and programs. In addition, there is no consensus on what the typical expense of studying abroad actually is; estimates vary greatly.   

#5. How safe is studying abroad?

Thousands of students worldwide have had their international study, or internship plans disrupted as the world grapples with the impact of COVID-19. But what if you want to travel internationally in the future? Is it still safe to study abroad? It should go without saying that risk exists everywhere.  COVID-19, unfortunately, is an example of this.  

There will be some study abroad destinations that are riskier than others, just as there are likely to be some parts of your city that are safer than others. So, what are your options? Investigate the local situation in the country where you intend to study.   

#6. What happens if I become sick while abroad?

As an international student, you must obtain overseas student health coverage (OSHC) for the duration of your studies abroad. It would be best if you also considered private health insurance and vehicle insurance in addition to OSHC. Consider carrying pre-translated important medical phrases relating to your health history with you. You’ll not only find it easier to fill out health forms, but you’ll also have a mental barrier of preparedness in the event of an emergency.

#7. What should I do if I have problems adjusting abroad?  

While studying abroad, all students experience some level of culture shock, though many do not recognize it as such. Homesickness, stress, frustration, and loneliness are all common. These kinds of emotions are common, and they usually pass with time. Although adjusting to entirely different norms, academics, and other factors can sound daunting, this type of adaptation process makes studying abroad such a rewarding educational and self-developing endeavor.  

#8. What if I have to drop out of the program? 

If a student needs to withdraw from their program, they should contact the Office of International Education as soon as possible. The cancellation policy is applicable, and the College and foreign institution may retain tuition and fees.  

#9. How is banking handled abroad?

Ensure you carry some currencies respective to the destination 

In most cases, credit and ATM cards will be the most convenient option. These cards will allow you to withdraw money from your home account and make purchases abroad. The most widely accepted credit cards are MasterCard and Visa. Before students leave, they should check with their bank or about fees for international withdrawals and purchases. It is recommended that students arrive in the country with respective currency if they have difficulty accessing funds during the first few days. 

#10. Can I work during my studies abroad?

Part time jobs abroad

This will be determined by whether your student visa allows you to work. Some countries limit the amount of paid work you can do while studying; typically, there is a limit of 20 hours of paid work per week while studying, with full-time work permitted during holidays. 

#11. Is there financial aid for studying abroad? 

Scholarships for nationals and international students are found in many universities! Your first stop is the universities website, where you can learn about available scholarships. External scholarships, such as those offered by the government or the university’s business partners, are occasionally listed. If not, you should look into government programs in your home country and your country of study, as well as funding available from external organizations in your field of study. 

Conclusion 

These are some common questions posed by prospective students looking to study abroad. If you have any additional questions about how to study abroad that have not yet been addressed, please leave them in the comments section below. Visit Global Reach for more content like this. 

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