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Mahesh Ramani

Mahesh Ramani is a senior content editor for the Hotcourses India- an IDP company.


30 May 2016 1.1K Book icon 2 mins Share

6 Steps to Get Started on your Study Abroad Journey

The USA, the UK and Australia are the most preferred destinations for Indian students looking to study abroad.

30 May 2016 1.1K Book icon 2 mins Share
Mahesh Ramani

Mahesh Ramani is a senior content editor for the Hotcourses India- an IDP company.


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6 Steps to Get Started on your Study Abroad Journey

There is a famous line that goes – “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

Studying abroad is a very important decision that can completely change the course of your life. It is not an overnight decision, were one decides to go study in the USA today, fills forms tomorrow, and flies out within a week. It is a long process, involving many steps and dependent on numerous factors like academic score, budget, meeting entry requirements and visa grant. In this article, we examine some key steps that students should take if they aspire to study abroad.

Attend ‘Study Abroad’ Fairs

‘Study Abroad’ fairs are conducted regularly in all leading cities. These are usually held in big luxury hotels or at convention centers and are well publicized in newspaper advertisements. Students usually accompanied by their parents visit the fairs in which leading universities book stalls and share information about the programmes that they offer. It is a good thing to visit these fairs to get a clear idea of what the various universities offer. Spot academic evaluation and initiation of admissions can also be done during some of these fairs.

Hotcourses India participated in “The Hindu Education Plus International  Education Fair” held in Chennai on May 21 and 22 at the Taj Coromandel. Read more about the event..

Read and Research

The amount of information listed on the Internet is phenomenal. In addition to visiting various websites and the immigration websites of countries, would it not be nice if you found comprehensive articles all listed by category in one place? Well start from here; pick a topic and start reading. You can also post queries and get answers or chat with study abroad experts online in real-time for answers.

Connect with Current and Past Students

Facebook is a powerful tool. Leading universities are using Facebook to connect with prospective students. They have set up student groups where current and past students share insights into life at their University. You should check for such groups, join them and connect with these students for more information.

IELTS and TOEFL Preparation

Whichever programme you choose to study; undergraduate, postgraduate or doctoral; you are required to submit relevant proof of English language proficiency. The IELTS and the TOEFL are the most commonly accepted tests of English. We now offer customised English language training programmes both in-person and online. The programmes are taught by certified English language experts and designed to help you ace the tests with ease.

Ultimate Search

The ‘ultimate search’ function is a ground-breaking new function that has been implemented on our website. It allows you to search for courses and universities and compare them with ease. Based on parameters that you select, you will be shown programmes and universities that best match your budget and academic score. A treasure trove of information at your fingertips that helps decide your future.

Money Matters

This is a crucial factor. You need to show that you can afford to stay abroad for the course of your programme by submitting details of your bank account. The account should show sufficient funds; this is  a key factor that comes into play during visa interviews. Ensure that you have the means to raise funds to support your education. It could be a bank loan or a loan from relatives, but you should have sufficient funds. Similarly, check for scholarships that you may be eligible to apply for and secure funding.

At Hotcourses India, we believe in helping students to achieve their study abroad dreams. Get in touch with us for expert study abroad advice that works!

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