Going to university is an adventure for every student, but it’s an even bigger adventure if you decide to study abroad. Here’s our guide to what you need to know if you’re thinking about studying in the US, Europe, Australia, or Asia.
Studying in America has always been popular with Brits and the rise in UK university admissions prices has only made more students head to the US for their higher education.
Just like the UK the admissions deadlines in January, although you can submit early applications in October or November for some universities. You’ll need to take an SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) exam before you apply and US universities like to see good A Level grades, although students from any educational background can apply.
You can apply to most US universities via their websites and get application help and tutoring from Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions.
As an EU citizen you have the right to live and study in any EU country and you’ll pay the same fees as local students. You’ll need to apply to your chosen university directly and check with them early on for any application deadlines.
You may be eligible for financial help from the Erasmus programme if you’ll be studying for more than 24 weeks. Be prepared to have to pass a native language test even if the course is taught in English.
For students wanting to study in Australia an education agent could save you time and money, guiding you through the application, enrolment, and visa processes. You won’t need to take any entrance exams and interviews for specialist subjects, such as Medicine, are conducted by Skype or phone.
The academic year runs from February to November, with holidays throughout December and January.
You’ll need to approach Asian institutions directly to apply and application deadlines vary across the country so do your homework. There are a small number of scholarships, such as the Commonwealth Scholarship, available. However, prospective UK students should be prepared to be self-funded.