Taking up an overseas education can be a daunting task, and there are so many things to take care of, and you want to get it right first—however, no need to worry anymore, as we have all the tips for you here.
1. Start Early
The first tip is to start early. The earlier you start preparing for your overseas education, the more time you will have to complete all necessary paperwork and get everything in order.
It would help if you didn't wait until the last minute to begin planning, as this can lead to stress and anxiety, which can be detrimental to your study abroad program.
One way to ensure everything is ready is by applying early for your student visa. Using at least six months prior will allow you plenty of time if there are any problems with documentation or if any changes need to be made regarding the application (for example, if a new passport becomes required).
Another way is by researching potential universities and courses before applying – doing so gives you room for flexibility if anything changes along the way (for example: deciding late in life that a different approach would be better suited).
Knowing what each university offers helps narrow down which one might suit you best.
2. Arrange finances
Your education is essential, and you want to ensure you can enjoy it without worrying about money.
There are several ways of ensuring this happens with overseas study, but they all require some planning.
- Get a scholarship: The first step is applying for a scholarship your university offers. Even if you don't get it, the application process will help them see how motivated and committed you are. Make sure that there are no strings attached if they award a scholarship.
You want one that will cover most or all of your tuition fees so that money isn't an issue for the entire time abroad.
- Consider studying at a cheaper university: If the funds aren't quite as plentiful as expected, consider looking into more affordable universities within Europe or North America instead of expensive ones in Australia or New Zealand (and don't forget Europe has lots of cultures, too).
- Get part-time work: Find some work while studying abroad; this could be anything from being an au pair/housekeeper/nanny, etc., doing voluntary work on campus, or even working somewhere off-campus, such as waitressing.
3. Prepare yourself mentally
You will be a foreigner in a new country, and it won't be easy. You will probably not understand the language, and you may feel homesick.
Also, the local people may seem very different from what you are used to. But with time and effort, you will eventually get used to this new life and your new home.
It would help if you were prepared mentally for these changes before you go abroad so you can handle them better when they occur.
- This means staying optimistic about all the things that could happen while living in another country—even if something goes wrong!
It also means being ready for risks like getting sick or losing some of your stuff during travel or even just being sad sometimes because leaving friends behind is never easy, no matter how excited we are about our plans (even though it's OK if we do cry once in awhile).
4. Get the proper guidance
Choose the right course:
- Get a degree that will earn you more money. If your passion is teaching, it's OK to do so with a local university.
However, pursue an overseas education if you want to earn a higher income while working in the same field.
You can still teach in Australia, but this time as a qualified teacher with an Australian qualification. In addition to having a higher income, there will be more significant opportunities for career advancement and promotion in Australia than if you had stayed back home and taught here with your local qualifications alone.
Choose the right university:
- Look up universities that offer the course of interest and read reviews by former students before applying for admission or even accepting offers from these institutions later on after completion of online application forms via their official websites (so don’t apply blindly).
Some examples include the University of Queensland - Brisbane Campus; Monash University - Malaysia Campus; Griffith University - Gold Coast Campus; Deakin University's Warrnambool campus located on Victoria's southwest coast, approximately 200 kilometers from Melbourne city center.
5. Choose to study at the right place
Choosing the right place to study is essential. The best way to do this is by researching different areas, checking their facilities and reputation, and considering how affordable they are.
It would help if you also considered how far away they are from your home so that you can quickly go back when needed.
These tips will help you prepare well for your overseas education journey
These tips will help you prepare well for your overseas education journey.
- Start early: You should start early if you want to go abroad for your studies, as it takes time and effort to get everything done at the right time.
You can also choose a good university that offers flexible courses based on your needs and interest.
- Get good guidance: Many students who have gone abroad for their studies have told us that they would have done better if they had gotten advice from an expert before leaving.
It's best to get the right advice from someone who has been in your shoes before so that they can tell you what challenges may come up during this process.
- Prepare yourself mentally: It is essential not only to prepare physically but also mentally before going abroad because there will be many changes around you that might not be easy for everyone, especially those who are used to being homebodies all the time, like me.
But remember, if something unpleasant happens, it's OK because it won't last forever, so keep calm & carry on.
These tips will help you prepare well for overseas education. However, remember that the most important thing is to enjoy yourself.