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How to Go to College in Another Country

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Find out what you need to do to attend college in another country with this article. Learn about what you should consider before you make an educational decision and discover the steps you need to take to prepare.

Do Your Research

Choosing a college always requires research, and deciding on an educational institution in another country will take extra time. You should consider carefully researching the school you're interested in attending, as well as the nation where it's located. Making sure you understand the culture and language of the country you'll be living in is a good first step as you prepare for this kind of schooling.

You should also consider the cost of studying abroad. While many countries offer lower tuition than the U.S., you also have to think about travel costs, as well as how you'll pay for room and board. Some schools offer financial aid opportunities, so make sure you find out if any of the options can work for you as you complete your research.

Additionally, grading systems sometimes work a little differently outside of the U.S. Check out the regulations for your school and don't be surprised to find that you're unlikely to get all As in classes you take abroad.

You can check out this lesson to learn more about some of the benefits of studying abroad. This lesson on how to study abroad can also provide you with additional tips for taking on this type of endeavor. These resources let you increase what you know about how long you should stay abroad, when to go and other factors you should consider before you come to a decision about completing college coursework in another country.

Check Out Admissions Requirements

The admissions requirements you will face can vary depending on the exact school you'd like to attend. You can usually find regulations for international students on university websites. In general, most schools will require your scores from standardized tests, such as the SAT and ACT. You can prepare for these exams with our ACT and SAT Prep Courses. You may also need to provide your high school diploma and records of your GPA.

Some schools require transcripts of your classwork, especially if you're interested in attending a graduate program. There are also schools that require copies of your birth certificate before you can be accepted. You may even need to provide letters of recommendation before you are considered. Make sure you read the instructions for admissions carefully so you can make a good first impression and provide the college with everything they ask for the first time.

Prepare for International Travel

Getting accepted to the college of your choice isn't the only thing you have to prepare for to study abroad. You also need to make sure you obtain a visa or other form of permit. Different countries have different requirements for this process, so make sure you look into the regulations for your area.

You will most likely need to fill out some kind of application, regardless of the country you're considering. The odds are good you'll need a passport and proof that you've been accepted into the university you want to attend. You may also need to provide forms related to where you'll be staying while in the country and proof of traveler's insurance. Some countries require proof that you will be able to support yourself while studying.

Once you have all your forms in order, you'll be ready to go.

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