Frequently Asked Questions
- Why study abroad?
- Where in the world should I study?
- How do I get started?
- How long do study abroad programs take?
- What are the entry requirements for study abroad programs?
- What documentation should I submit with my application?
- Do I have to speak a second language to study abroad?
- Will I need to attend an admissions interview?
- Do I need to apply for a student visa?
- How much does it cost to study abroad?
- Can I apply for Scholarship/financial aid to study abroad?
- Where will I live during my study abroad program?
- Can I work while studying abroad?
1. Why study abroad?
A better question to ask is, “Why not?” There are SO many great reasons to go abroad. You know the old saying, “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer”? That’s exactly why you should do it. When you study abroad, you have the opportunity to learn about another culture firsthand, form global friendships, and practice a foreign language.
There are many reasons why study abroad programs are becoming so popular. For most international students, the appeal is likely to be a combination of gaining a high-quality education, experiencing immersion in a new culture (and often a second language), gaining a global mindset and expanding future employment prospects.
The unique challenges you face will help you grow personally, gain a better understanding of the world, and improve your job prospects after graduation. You’ll return home as a global citizen who is more independent, mature, and tolerant of cultural differences.
2. Where in the world should I study?
The choice of where in the world you want to study is not always an easy task. In addition to their own personal interests that you should think about practical issues such as costs of studying in that country (both tuition and living costs), your graduate career (is there a good job market?) and their safety and general welfare.
You should also think about what kind of lifestyle you want to have during their studies. You want to live in a big city or a small college town? Would you like arts and culture at the door or the world-class sports facilities? Whatever your interests, be sure to match your study destination to really give you the best chance to love his international experience. We at GECC will help you to select the right country for you.
3. When should I get started?
The sooner, the better! When you start early, you’ll have more time to research in depth and find a program that suits your personal and academic needs. You’ll also have more time to decide what type of experience you’re looking for in terms of location, immersion, duration, and cost. It is best to start planning at least one year and no later than one semester before you actually want to depart. Pay attention to application deadlines and apply once you’ve decided on your program (they can fill up quickly!).
Our expert counsellors will able to assist you for selecting the right institution.
4. How long do study abroad programs take?
The length of time you spend studying abroad will depend on the program and level of degree you’re undertaking. It varies from 1 year until 4 years. There are many choices that can fit your time frame and budget. Programs are typically for the summer, semester, or academic year. If you aren’t able to spend many months away, short term travel study is also available, lasting only a few weeks.
Another option that is often overlooked is the ability to study abroad multiple times. Students who choose to pursue more than one program abroad will often do a combination of semester and summer programs. Some students, however, will choose to spend back to back semesters abroad.
5. What are the entry requirements for study abroad programs?
Entry requirements vary widely between institutions and between countries, so be sure to check the information provided by your prospective university before submitting anything.
If you are applying for an undergraduate degree, you will be asked to show that you have completed secondary education to a standard that is in line with the required qualifications (for example, your GPA, degree level A, SSC or equivalent) for the program that is requesting. If you have an international title and is not sure if this is accepted, to check whether your qualification match the requirement please contact us. For studying master’s degree you will be asked your graduation document (under graduate) and any English language test you may have.
6. What documentation should I submit with my application?
- Degree certificates
- Degree transcripts
- UK progression: previous CAS, previous UK visas, all certificates + transcripts obtained during studies in UK
- Personal Statement
- English language test (IELTS/TOEFL/GRE/PTE/Internal test)
- Reference Letters
7. Do I have to speak a second language to study abroad?
Not at all. You can study abroad if you only know English, knowing second language is advantage for your career progression.
8. Will I need to attend an admissions interview?
Some universities will take Skype interviews but it depends on your academics and English test score. However, GECC provides guidance to all prospective international students. We will prepare you for the interviews so there is no need to panic.
9. Do I need to apply for a student visa?
Student visas are a big question for those who want to know how to study abroad, although not all international students will need. If you are an EU citizen planning to study in another EU country, for instance, you do not need a visa. For other students we recommend to contact local visa office for particular country. For instance GECC UK recommends UK Student Visa application should be made at the nearest VFS Application center. To check more on UK visa process please see the link.
10. How much does it cost to study abroad?
Studying abroad can be quite affordable and comparable to your regular university tuition. The overall cost will ultimately depend on a variety of factors including: your destination of choice (cost of living), program duration, currency exchange rates, personal expenses, type of exchange, and the fees charged by your program/university.
As a point of reference, the average tuition fees for international students studying in the UK are UK£12,000 (US$18,200) a year, with an additional UK£7,000 (US$10,600) per year needed to cover living costs. In the US, the average yearly cost is US$28,500 with an additional recommended budget of US$15,000 to cover your living costs. These figures may vary, by country and institution. To know exact tuition fee please contact our team.
11. Can I get scholarship/financial aid to study abroad?
While many international students may have difficulty obtaining a student loan to finance their studies, there are a numerous of other funding opportunities available for studying abroad, including scholarships, fellowships, grants, sponsorships, grants and scholarships.
If you are studying through an independent program, scholarships are usually available for eligible students. Some institutions offer scholarships, our consultants will advise you how you can apply for one.
12. Where will I live during my study abroad program?
GECC provides support to student for finding the accommodation. If your chosen institution has readily available campus accommodation, it is likely that you will be able to apply for a place in these student halls.
13. Can I work while studying abroad?
This will depend on whether or not your student visa allows you to work. In some countries there are restrictions on the amount of paid work you can undertake during your studies; often there’s a limit of 20 hours’ paid work per week during term time, with full-time work permitted during holidays. In the UK student may work 10-20 hours during university studies.
If you have any other questions please get in touch with our consultant.