The adage, ‘slow and steady wins the race’ doesn’t hold true when it comes to applying for admissions abroad. The process of sending applications to universities and colleges abroad is a bit complex process and thus to avoid any last minute hassles, you must start the process early. Once you have decided to pursue your higher education abroad, the first step is to zero in a country which attracts you the most. The reasons you choose a particular country could range from education standards, proximity, budget, personal preferences to the climate. No matter what, the decision should be an informed and logical one.
Once you are through with this selection, you must gain a broad idea about the test requirements of the universities in the country for international students. While most of the countries abroad would require you to acquire a minimum score in an English Language Proficiency test like IELTS/TOEFL/PTE, the requirements may vary as per the program chosen. If you are planning to pursue your higher education in the US, then you have to begin your preparation for highly competitive examinations such as the SAT (for undergraduate studies) and GMAT/GRE (for graduate studies). Keeping in view the high standards of these exams, it is necessary to start your preparation early. The higher you are able to score in these standardized tests for admissions abroad, the better your chances become to make it to your dream university abroad. With an excellent score in your repertoire, you can even eye an Ivy League.
The documentation process for admissions abroad is also very different from that followed in India. Many of the universities/colleges abroad would require you to officially submit your scores through online portals. Only if you start early, you would have enough time to get your transcripts evaluated and scores reported well on time.
The writing requirements of universities abroad especially those in the US is usually high. Each of them require you to write many essays. By starting early, you are able to retrieve the essay topics early, and then utilize the time to brainstorm for strong ideas for them. The more time you are able to devote to writing, editing and polishing of these essays, the more engaging they are likely to become. The better they would be able to narrate your story to the admissions committee, thereby strengthening your candidature.
Time is of the essence in case of admissions abroad. The earlier you make up your mind to follow your dreams by adopting a totally organized approach, the better it is. Your goals may seem distant, but with adequate devotion and starting early you can surely be a success story!