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Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


24 Jan 2017 308 Book icon 3 mins Share

Last-Minute Tips on University Application for Your Abroad Studies!

Are you aware of the last-minute tips to strengthen your university application? Never thought about them?

24 Jan 2017 308 Book icon 3 mins Share
Doodle Nandi

Doodle Nandi is a content editor for Hotcourses India- an IDP company, and helps write articles that help students with their study abroad journey.


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last minute tips for university application abroad

Before you hit the ‘send’ button and forward your application to universities abroad, just scrutinise again if you have included everything in the application. There are some last-minute tips, which we would like to give you to help you cross-check your university application. All these months you have worked really hard, so now just a little bit of more homework before taking this step of your crucial study abroad journey will do no harm.

The last-minute assistance that we give you here on your university application for your abroad studies is to brainstorm your mind with the following questions:

Do I have all the required information about my course?

By the word ‘required information’, I mean – accreditation of the university, course structure, length of time for each module (both core and optional one), weight of the modules compared to the same at some other universities (who will be teaching them or what's the approach of the university), value of each student to the faculty, award given on successful completion of the course, etc.

A university usually provides almost all the above information in its prospectus. Make sure you read it carefully. You can always compare the course information of universities abroad on our site or speak to our advisors for any assistance.

Is the course right for me?

Choosing a course to study abroad is not enough. You need to see if the modules are good, and how they will benefit you in the long term. Is your course purely theoretical? Does the same course at some other university involve both theory and hands-on experience?

Who will be reading my personal statement?

You may know how to write a personal statement, but the crux is if you know who will be reading it?

Admissions tutors are experts in sorting out the best candidates, and they usually look for candidates who can stand out on their university application for which the key is an excellent essay. Remember that admissions tutors will be able to figure out whether you are a novice or an expert in dealing with your essay.

What are the qualifications/experience of my lecturers?

Are you aware of the number of research publications your professor/ lecturer has and in which journals? Are those journals really credible enough to help you rely on him/her for your academic nurture? Does your lecturer have any industry-related experience? Will he/she be able to recommend you to some company or laboratory (considering if you are a hard-working and honest student) once you complete your degree?

Majority of students skip the above questions. If you are getting enrolled at a high-profile university, say amongst the top ten, you may skip the above questions. But if the university falls under the top 100, then you may want to cross-verify for your own benefit.

How many students will be in my class?

This may not matter much to you, but the class size does really matter sometimes. Check whether you are comfortable in a class size specified by your university. If possible, and if you feel, that the class size is too big for you (say 120 in a classroom), try having a word with the admissions officer and know why it is so.

How much time will I devote to each lecture?

Evaluate how much time you will be spending in each lecture. Is it worth spending the time for your chosen course? Are the lectures going to be purely board and chalk, possibly power-point presentations, or are they going to give some practical experiences?

How will I be assessed?

This is important! Why? Because some students may not be good in excelling at examinations, and may find it easy with projects or theses, which involve a lot of team work. This means you need to do a lot of groundwork to find out which is more comfortable for you, and how you would like to be assessed. This is a crucial decision because it will determine everything about your future.

If you haven’t had a chance to know about the assessment method, please speak to the university to know more or speak to our advisors.

Are my fundamentals strong?

Check again! Carefully scrutinise your essay for any misspelt words and grammatical errors. You should be aware of your English language basics before you start writing your essay (same for SOP). Any kind of small errors may proof to be a huge blunder on your part.

Do you follow the American or British spellings? It is advisable to follow any one spelling consistently, not hybrid ones. If possible, try and ask someone, who knows the subject, to proofread your draft.

What is the approach of the university towards any complaints?

Will the university where you are planning to apply take a holistic approach towards your career goals? Will it address all the issues that may arise and deliver solutions? You need to know all of that.

Should I know all other terms & conditions?

Know what terms and conditions you should be signing, because when you sign a contract with a university, you enter into an agreement with them. Know all the rules and regulations and if possible ask them for questions.

Also, ask if there are any hidden costs involved in your tuition fee. Is the tuition fee liable to increase? If so, by how much and how often?

When in doubt – just speak!

The best way to do that – you know! Speak to our study abroad experts and see how you can aggregate all pertinent details about the university of your choice.

So don’t bother about the deadlines now. Be patient and focus on knowing more and understanding your choices. There should not be any room for regrets later!

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