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Study abroad : Applying to University

University applications: Online or through an agent?

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Applying online by yourself or through an agency? Difficult choice! Each option has several pros and cons to take into account. However, the vast amount of information available online about universities abroad is sufficient enough to give you a head start on your search, so you don’t have to depend on either way to make your dream of studying abroad possible!


In any case, it is good to understand the main differences between these two options:


Applying through an agent

  • Face to face approach: you will be able to talk to another person about your questions and fears regarding studying abroad.
  • Someone with experience will take you through the whole application process.
  • They will have all the information you need concerning the application process in one place: their office.
  • You can get guidance in your own language.
  • Sometimes they have insider knowledge of offers or grants awarded by specific institutions.
  • They will also assist you on your student visa application as part of their service.
  • Make sure you know the legality of the agency before you pay any fees. Are they certified by a higher authority? You can look that up online. One company to trust is IDP Education.
  • Large organisations tend to have a better coverage, so you can get the most comprehensive study plan for you.
  • Keep in mind that applying through an agent does not guarantee your admission to the university, as you will have to suffice the academic entry requirements regardless of how you apply.


Want to find out more about applying to study abroad with a counsellor? Have a look at our top 5 reasons to use a study abroad counsellor in this article.


Applying online by yourself

  • It’s FREE: you won’t have to worry about hidden or additional costs as you will be going through the process yourself. Overall your whole application works out cheaper.
  • You will have a better grasp of your application process and what you need to do next.
  • It will help you to grow up and get experience on similar processes you will have to face once you have left your home country. Careful research is key to successful applications.
  • Leave your options open and thoroughly research what different universities and courses offer, so you can be confident you have chosen what’s BEST for you.
  • Visa applications aren’t as scary as they seem. As with the university application, you just need to carefully follow the instructions given.


If you have specific questions, you can contact your prospective university or the consular official for more info.


Additionally, if you have decided to apply to university abroad by yourself, don’t worry, we are here to help you! The first thing to consider is how to choose the country you want to study in and your university.


More information

Our  list of things to consider will help you make a start.


Additionally, if you want to find out more about what universities have to offer, why don’t you try downloading their university prospectus? It’s free and just a click away!


Why you should download a university prospectus


Are you ready to apply? Check our university application service i-apply


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