Students who are interested in International study will receive support with their application from Tring School.
However, it is important that students begin their research 12-18 months before they actually travel. Applying overseas is much more complicated compared to applying to UK Universities, and there is a lot more to think about and do. Students should therefore leave plenty of time to sort out applications, funding, visas and accommodation.
Things to think about:
- Choosing your course: Once you've decided where you'd like to study, research all of your shortlisted programmes fully. You could begin by discovering how your potential institutions rank globally in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, before visiting university websites and talking to lecturers, tutors and careers advisers. You also need to check that the qualification you will receive will be recognised in the UK. Students should avoid programmes that don't transfer academic credit towards your award.
- Funding: Overseas tuition fees vary widely. Some countries, including Australia and the USA, set very high fees for international students while other countries, such as China, are much more affordable. However, you must also bear in mind the overall cost of living, not just the tuition fee. It is important to discuss funding options with your chosen university. There are many scholarships and bursaries available to help with the cost, including those from external bodies. To secure your visa and eligibility for a place on the course, it's likely that you'll need to prove you have enough money to meet living costs. You should check with institutions directly to find out what their requirements are.
- Applying for a course: The best way to ensure that you get onto a course is to speak directly to the University you are interested in. Many universities will help you through the process. Some countries require students to pass entrance exams before they're accepted, so it is important to research the entry requirements.
- Obtaining your visa: You must get the appropriate visa as part of your application. Give yourself plenty of time to sort this, and also consider whether you'll have to renew it at any point during your stay. Immigration legislation changes frequently, so refer to the relevant national websites.
- Budgeting for your course: Saving money ahead of international study is often overlooked, so create an action plan and begin saving well in advance. Some university websites provide estimates of your outgoings. The cost of living abroad can be huge, so don't forget to factor living costs into your planning. Many universities offer campus accommodation, but there are often cheaper options available.
- Obtaining insurance and getting health checks: There are numerous student insurance options available. Insurance is essential, so be prepared to pay extra for comprehensive cover. Some countries require you to have vaccinations before you enter. Others, such as New Zealand, have very specific healthcare obligations that must be met. Regardless of where you're heading to, you should visit your doctor for a full medical check-up before you leave. You can sort out ongoing prescriptions or specific medical requirements with your GP too - just leave enough time to arrange this before your departure.
- The University Guys is an organisation that specialises in helping students who want to study abroad. Whilst they charge for individual support, they also offer free access to lots of useful articles, blogs, guides, webinars and podcasts in relation to studying overseas.
Other Useful Resources
Fulbright Commission: The starting point for information about study in the USA
QSA Top Universities: Information about overseas study worldwide.
The Complete Guide to Studying Abroad: This is a very comprehensive guide for students interested in studying overseas.
Studee: Useful site for University research, application guidance, and visa and travel advice.