Applying to foreign universities
UK degrees are more intensive and shorter than in either Canada or the US
Yet, however stupid or uncalled for, you would realize about 10 years after
finishing high school that all that anxiety teaches you some very
important lessons differing from individual to individual.
Sep 09: Applying to colleges abroad may probably be one of the most
nerve-racking time in a student's life, yet, when one is finally
"there", it seems that all that anxiety was actually uncalled for.|
is an extremely important phase in anybody's life. You'll be hearing
this for at least the next couple of years till you actually get into
college. It is highly unlikely that you can avoid it. If you are about
to enter A-Levels or are already in the middle of your A-Levels, it is
best that you are fully prepared to begin the process.
me, the college counselors at your respective schools are going to get
very irritated if you are not even sure of what you want to do with
your life. Particularly if you want to apply to the UK, you should
already be sure (as sure as you can be sure about the fact that you are
alive and kicking!) about the course you will study at any UK
university. This is because the UK degrees are more intensive and
shorter than in either Canada or the US. The former have titles like BA
English Literature or Bachelors in Actuarial Sciences. You cannot
choose modules from another department until your university allows
this or you have applied for joint honours in, say, BA English
Literature and Film Studies or Bachelors in Business Studies and
In Canada and USA, you would be admitted to a
Bachelor of Arts, Science, or Commerce programme (however, the exact
course title varies widely from university to university) with a wide
choice of modules. You would also be expected to choose a subject in
which you would like to do a Major subject. Many students do a Minor
subject as well. Most of you would find that this matches to a certain
extent the current general system of teaching in the reputed Pakistani
On the other hand, those wanting to go for
postgraduate studies tend to be better off than us who are going for
their undergraduate studies. This is mainly because there are more
scholarships available for Masters, M.Phil, and PhDs. However, as I am
fresh out of high school, I am unable to say much about postgraduate
studies. Nonetheless, I hope this article helps all those who want to
go abroad for higher studies.
So to get to the point, there
are some very essential tips for applying to colleges and universities
abroad. Following are the usual important tips that your college
counselors will be drumming into your head.
Start as early as
you can. (I say this too! It REALLY helps!) This is a very important
tip because there are a million nitty-gritty things that need to be
taken care of as you go through the entire process. Therefore, you will
need all the time in the world to research and discuss your options
with your parents and other elders, narrowing down your list of
possible colleges, registering for any tests that you may have to give
and most importantly the finances.
Involve both of your
parents at each and every step. Discuss everything with then like for
instance what college you want to go to, what you want to study,
possible career choices, all financial matters. The most important
thing that you must discuss with your parents is the availability of
funds that they will have to show to the visa officers and also for the
consequent paying of all your education and living costs at a foreign
university. You should also be sure if your parents will let you go
abroad to study at a particular place because you have a relative or a
close family friend living there. Trust me, it is extremely helpful to
involve your parents in this. Plus, they will provide you with constant
moral and emotional support throughout the process, which you will need
greatly during this process.
Decide what exactly your
priorities are. You should know the university rankings, course content
and quality, availability of university financial aid, the area's
living costs, and location. And you should know much they matter for
you and your parents. Students who want to go to UK for their
undergraduate studies must also check if the A-Level grades required by
the universities are even achievable for you or not.
I also learned many things from my own experience which I would like to share with you here:
for the good; don't go gaga over the best. If you are applying for an
undergraduate degree, then it is safer to apply to universities that
are slightly lower in ranking. That is because those universities tend
to be cheaper, offer more/better scholarships, and in the UK, have
lower grade requirements so you can easily get into a good university.
I have seen people get depressed because they were rejected by Warwick,
Harvard, Waterloo, Toronto, Cambridge, Oxford and other such places.
So, I would recommend that you guys stick to the lesser known
universities for your undergraduate studies.
world is entirely yours. You can go to any top-ranking university in
the world for your postgraduate studies because more scholarships are
offered for postgraduate studies. However, it also depends on your
individual priorities as well so you must keep in mind all of these
things when filling in your Universities and Colleges Admissions
Service (UCAS), Ontario University's Application Centre (OUAC) or any
other university application forms.
Choose what appeals to
you. It is you who is going to university, not your parents or anybody
else. It is you who will be spending three-five years in a completely
new environs and new society.
Some people tend to follow what
their parents and other grownups have told them. Some even get
convinced by their peers to apply to a certain university, not checking
to see whether that university suits them or not. It is highly
important that one chooses the course, the university, and the area
according to one's taste and financial conditions. If you decide to
study and live in an expensive city like London, you must be sure that
your parents will have enough money to help you bear your living costs.
If you want to study in a small university town, that is also entirely
your own choice. Nonetheless, it may be your own choice, but you should
be one hundred per cent sure of your own priorities, tastes and
temperament and take them into account throughout this grueling
Educational institutions usually do not provide
counseling and guidance in student visa applications, as they are
mainly concerned with the admissions only. Therefore, you must contact
a certified, registered educational consultant who will help you with
your visa applications once you have received a conditional or
unconditional offer, depending on the location of your university.
will provide you all the visa forms and related applications and you
will have to provide proof of availability of funds, medical reports
(usually it is just a chest X-ray or vaccination reports), and proof of
travel and/or medical insurance.
Canadian and US universities
commonly ask international students who do not hold either Canadian or
US nationalities to pay for their medical insurance. Those who hold
that country's citizenship usually do not have to pay for their medical
insurance. More details can be requested from individual universities,
depending upon your circumstances. In the UK, it is slightly easier
because any international student entering the country to study a
course which is longer than six months at a registered UK university is
eligible to be treated under their National Health Service (NHS).
not get dejected if a university rejects your application. There is no
time to be lost in feeling low and depressed because of a rejection. It
is all a part of this process and you must be mentally prepared to
accept a rejection. Just tell yourself that the rejection was probably
because you were too good for the university. I did the same and it
really helped me.
You must always have a backup plan in case
you are unable to go abroad due to a variety of reasons, like you may
not have made your offers in the UK or have not got a visa. In such a
situation, you can decide to complete your graduation or Masters in a
reputed Pakistani university, or take a year off and get a job, do an
internship, tap into your hidden talents, engage in a new hobby or even
restart with an old one.
These are just a few examples; there
are loads of options available for those who are unable to go abroad
for college after finishing high school or graduation. It is, however,
very important that you do not lose hope and remain optimistic.
the end, keep researching all possible options and discuss them with
parents, elders, teachers and friends. All this discussion and research
would definitely come to good use sooner or later.
study hard, play hard and most of all, remain optimistic. It always
helps and one day, you will realise that all that hard work, anxiety
and like we, youngsters say, "khwaari", will be worth your time and
effort. Good luck to you all in your endeavours. - By Soonha Abro (Dawn)
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