Studying abroad is an incredible life-changing experience, but before you jump in, you need to do your research and plan accordingly. IES will be there to support you along the way. Here are some frequently asked questions about our study abroad packages. Good luck!
There is an old saying; “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer”. When you study abroad, you have the opportunity to learn about another culture firsthand, form global friendships, and practice a foreign language. 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. So a better question to ask is, “Why not?”!
Eligibility requirements vary by university and program. Speaking generally, however, if you are applying for an undergraduate degree you will be asked to show that you have completed your secondary education to a standard that is in line with the required grades (e.g. your GPA, A-level grades or equivalent) for the program you’re applying to. If you have an international qualification and are unsure whether this is accepted, you should contact the admissions department of the university. It is also highly likely that you’ll need to provide proof of your English-language proficiency by taking an English-language test such as TOEFL or IELTS. We at IES will help identify your needs, according to choice of school and course.
Considering your application as early as possible is the best way to go. After all, the sooner you gain acceptance into a university, the sooner you can arrange your travels. 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. If you feel overwhelmed by your options and need help deciding where to go, do not hesitate to write us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or call us. Our dedicated operatives will help make the process easier.
Not at all. You can study abroad if you only know English, and you won’t be limited to English-speaking countries like England or Australia, either. There are study abroad programs available in English all over the world. English-taught courses will be advertised on the university’s website and can sometimes be searched for using a centralized database run by a national agency. If you do end up in a non-English speaking county, you will most likely pick up parts of the language (another advantage!).
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. IES also offers various scholarships in conjunction with our partner universities. Many scholarships are granted based on academic merit, and are highly competitive. There are also lots of funding schemes targeting specific groups of students
To work out the cost of studying abroad, you need to consider the average tuition fees for international students in your chosen country, as well as the cost of living. Prices also vary with relation to course of study. Medical courses are usually the most expensive. Please contact an IES representative for price quotes, as fees change, and you may be entitled to a scholarship.
Increasingly, research supports the view that students who have had international study experience are better equipped to compete in a global job market because of specific skills and attitudes they acquired while abroad: better foreign language skills, deeper cross-cultural insights, and in general a higher level of maturity.
You may be asked to provide some supporting documentation as part of your application. Once again, requirements vary depending on the country and university, but international students are often asked to provide the following:
-Passport photos for identification
-A statement of purpose
-Academic references/ letters of recommendation
-Certificate (WASSCE, GCE or NECO) and transcripts of your secondary education
-Proof of English-language proficiency (e.g. a TOEFL/IELTS certificate, for schools in English-speaking countries), or other language test
-Admissions test results (e.g. GMAT/GRE results, for graduate programs)
Congratulations, you’re in! Now all that’s left to do is to prepare for your studies, pack up your life into a single (large) suitcase, get your travel documents in order, apply for your student visa, research your accommodation options, and look for funding… don’t panic, it’ll all be worth it!
In fact, as soon as you gain acceptance from a university, the first thing you should start to consider is your travel documentation. Make sure you have sufficient time to get your passport/visa approved so that you’ll be able to travel legally! We at IES will put you through all the processes involved in getting your travel documents sorted as seamlessly as possible.
Options vary and usually include student apartments, residential halls (dorms), and homestays with local families. If your chosen university has readily available campus accommodation, it is likely that you will be able to apply for a place in these student halls. If this is not the case, you will need to find your own accommodation. If money is no object, you can consider renting your own flat, while those on a smaller budget can find shared accommodation with other students or use spare room listings found online. In all cases, you should make sure you do your research before signing anything or handing over any money. Your university’s student support team and student union should also offer advice on how to find accommodation locally.