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Things to Include in Your Checklist to Study Abroad

Article lists out the documents required to study abroad, that include - score cards of preparatory exams (GRE, SAT, GMAT, IELTS, TOEFL), SOP or statement of purpose, recommendation letters.

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Going abroad to study is not an easy task at all. There will be a lot of things to do and things to include in your checklist. The most essential of all are your documents. There are many documents that you need to be prepared with, when you go for a visa interview. 
 
It is very important to know what are the documents required for students to study abroad. This is not similar to how we get admissions in Indian institutions, where just your 12th grade or your graduate marks are sufficient. These are of course mandatory when you apply to pursue your undergrads or master’s abroad. But apart from these you require your GRE, SAT or GMAT exam scores and many institutions also insist on English exam results like IELTS or TOEFL. These are very standard documents that need to be presented when you plan to study abroad. Other than these, you require a Statement of Purpose (SOP) which shows your expertise, where you are required to tell your motivational level, your reason to choose that institution and country, your future area of interest, your employment goals and why they should accept you as a student. This should be about 1 to 11/2 pages. 
 
The next document is the recommendation letter. Indian institutions do not have this practice, but it is mandatory for overseas universities. This can either be from your previous school, from teachers who taught you or also from your seniors in your office if you are already working. These letters should talk about the capabilities, your attitude and your positives and negatives, which makes this letter very important for a student to get through the admissions. Few other overseas institutions also require transcripts which are nothing but your 10th grade, 12th grade, undergraduate certificates attested by relevant authorities. So in general these are the documents required, but it could vary from country to country and also based on institutions.  
 
 
Some US universities also ask for financial documents to show that you are capable of taking care of the expenses and few others might also ask for your research papers, presentations or sports or extracurricular activity documents. Saying this, there is no specific or fixed list of documents as it may vary from universities. But in general your statement of purpose, GRE/ GMAT scores, recommendation letters and your extracurricular activity documents will be required. The student should look into the institutions’ websites or talk to a consultant to get a specific list for a particular institution. 
 
Being financially strong is the primary factor to be considered when you plan to study abroad. To know the funds needed to study in the US, watch the next video. 
 
Also, find List of Universities that provide scholarships to study.
 

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