The study abroad application is not too much from a regular college application. It is just that you need to put the same amount of effort into your study abroad application. Unlike the college selection process, there’s no back up or safety net… you should want to do it right in the first time itself.
Usually, it consists of the following
Personal Statement - Statement of Purpose
This is a critical step of the study abroad application. It is one which that some people dread, and some people love. The key is not to worry. You already are aware of the reasons you want to go abroad, now you just have to jot them down and try convince your school why it really matters.
Letters of Recommendation for Study Abroad Applicants
The number may vary from Universities to universities. Depending on how many are required, request your favorite professors and mentors if they would be willing to write you a letter of recommendation. If you don’t have a close relationship with any professors, AD ok to choose a few that may have liked you, or in whose class you did particularly well. If they don’t really know you, don’t worry. Professors are used to writing recommendation letters, and will probably have a generic letter that they can use. In this case, if your personal statement is already done, give them a copy along with anything else you think might help them get a better picture of who you are and why you want to go abroad.
Possible Study Abroad Course Selections
This may be called either a home approval form, or course approval form. Make sure you’ve looked at your progress toward graduation. A candidate is advised to compare classes from your host school’s course catalogue with classes you’ll need to complete your major/ minor and fulfill general requirements. Also identify classes that you may just generally find interesting.
Study Abroad Health Clearance Forms
The candidate needs to get a complete physical checkup conducted, and the doctor will need to confirm that you’re ft enough to go abroad and regular on all vaccinations. Understandably, no country wants a foreigner bringing in diseases. Your doctor will have to fill-out the forms after your tests and send them to wherever instructed. Get going on finalizing the doctor and making appointment early as the test results may take time to arrive.
General Information Forms
This is just a generic form requiring the basic information like personal details, emergency contacts, degree information, etc. This is a fairly uncomplicated form.