Organizing your studies in a foreign country like UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Singapore, Ireland and Switzerland require planning in advance. Ideally, the process of applying for your studies abroad should begin 12 to 18 months before the course date. If you are late getting started in this process, you can still consider applying, but you may need to work at a faster pace.
12 to 18 months before course start date
Decide if the selected country is the right destination for your career and educational goals. Investigate and begin researching and short listing the universities to which you will apply.
10-12 months prior to intake start date
Determine whether you are required to take a standardized test, such as the GRE or GMAT or IELTS or TOEFL. If so, register for the exam and begin studying.
8 to 10 months prior to intake start date
Start applying to the shortlisted universities. Universities application processing time can range from 2 weeks to 4 months.
4 to 6 months prior to intake start date
Accept your university offer letters and make a decision to choose one university amongst the offer letters you receive. Make deposit and offer acceptance fee payment to the university.
2 to 4 months prior to intake start date
Arrange all necessary funds as required for student visa application and make your student visa application. The visa embassies can take from 7 days to 1 month to give a decision on your student visa application.
1 month prior to intake start date
Make your travel arrangements to travel to your study destination and make sure to attend the university orientation. University orientation begins 1 to 2 weeks prior to the course start date.