11 Mistakes to Avoid When Applying to a University, According to an Application Expert (Abroad Students)

1. Applying to a Master’s with the wrong Bachelor’s degree

We all live on hopes and dreams, and, some of us, whenever we get a new idea, we tend to stick with it and change course randomly. That’s easier said than done, however.

2. Considering only the tuition fees when budgeting for your degree

When you’re considering how much money you would need for your international experience, it’s easy to go and search for the cheapest tuition fee, thinking this is the way to go and save money, but that’s not always the case.

3. Thinking your program tuition is less than it actually is

Let’s stay on this ‘tuition fee’ issue for a bit. Tuition fees have to be researched and you have to understand how they work. Usually, universities show the lowest price you can pay for a degree, but that isn’t usually the one that applies to you.

4. Ignoring potential scholarships

Seriously, read all the literature you’re offered! When you go study abroad, you have a lot of options in terms of scholarships.

5. Taking your Visa for granted

Don’t think it will be easy. And we don’t want to scare you with this, but a lot of future students think the visa is a given, not a very important issue.

6. Sending the wrong application documents

This is a problem of nuance, honestly, but some students, especially those who are dealing with this, for the first time, are not sure of the differences.

7. Not checking if you can work while studying in the country

While we’re discussing documents and funding options, let’s mention this ‘work permit’, that a lot of students take into consideration.

8. Thinking that you are all by yourself in this

I know it can get very overwhelming, especially when you see all of these as a list, but let’s try and put things into perspective: you won’t ever be alone in this.

9. Not having a plan B prepared

Listen, we know you might imagine a certain path for your future, but, usually, things change.

10. Giving up after a rejection

Speaking of always having an alternative… Never give up! This is probably one of the most heart-breaking things counsellors have to deal with: the moment a student just gives up.

11. Applying without being sure you really want to study abroad

Think about it a bit: if you want to go all the way, there are not many things that would stop you.

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