Studying Abroad FAQs

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Your being on this page means you are tossing up your options to study abroad. That’s great! We understand this is a big step and you would want to satisfy all your queries before you take the plunge. So, don’t worry, our international education specialists have collated a list of questions that students like you raise when considering moving abroad for further studies. Hope these help!

Preparing to Study Abroad (6)

Am I eligible to study abroad?
To begin studying as an international student, there are a range of entry requirements you may have to meet.

The academic requirements (including evidence of English language skills) you need to study abroad will vary depending on the level of education you want to pursue. For instance, some courses will require you to have done a foundation course before applying for a degree. All universities and schools can have different entry requirements, so it is important to read the course information very carefully.

Your OpToStudy advisor will help you assess your eligibility for different programs and guide you on the courses and locations that best meet your preferences.

How much will it cost to study abroad?
The costs associated with studying at a university or school abroad vary greatly. It depends on the nature of your chosen program, the length of your stay, the distance you travel and the kind of lifestyle you want when you get there.

Be aware that some student visas require you to have a certain amount of funds available in your bank account when you arrive in your chosen country. It is best to review the immigration websites for the country you wish to study in or speak to one of our counsellors.

Many students choose to carry out some part-time work alongside their studies to support their living or socializing costs. However, there are restrictions on the hours you are allowed to work to ensure you don’t lose your academic focus.
When should I start planning my study abroad procedure?
We recommend you to start as early as possible. This will give you enough time to ponder upon your interests and research according to your personal and academic goals and aspirations. Location, course duration, costs, accommodation, and living conditions are some of the other aspects that you need to figure out along with your program. Start planning at least one year or intake in advance. Of course, we are here to help you throughout the entire process.

How long does the application process take?
We recommend you begin your application process at least a year in advance to give enough time for your applications to be processed and to prepare for your time overseas. Remember, the academic year begins at different times of the year in different countries.
What if my parents don’t want me to go overseas?
It’s natural for your family to be nervous about letting their child travel alone to a new country. Millions of students have done so and thrived, but this doesn’t make it less difficult for parents to accept.

We encourage you to involve your parents in any discussions or appointments you have with OpToStudy. With the reassurance of an international education specialist like OpToStudy, your parents would feel more confident seeing you being assisted by a professional and responsible organization in your applications and preparations.

Refer to our guide for parents to help put your family’s concerns at rest.
What if I can’t afford to study overseas?
There are various scholarships and bursaries available for international students to help them fund their studies. The amount and availability vary by the level of study and institution. Since scholarships are competitive in nature, you will have to demonstrate exceptional academic achievements to earn them. Governments and other organizations also provide scholarships and awards to help international students fund their studies. Speak with your OpToStudy Advisor for details of various scholarships available for your chosen course and university.


Study and Work FAQs (3)

Can I work and study at the same time?
Working while you study can complement your educational and living experience when studying abroad. If you pursue a course at a degree level or above you may be permitted to work while on an international student visa. But before you undertake any paid work, make sure that your visa permits it. The opportunity for students to work part-time during their studies varies from country to country.

Many universities have a dedicated job center on campus for students that advertises job opportunities and internships to help students develop various skills. The university careers service is also a useful source of information.
Will my overseas qualification be accepted in my home country?
The skills and qualifications employers and professional registration bodies require will vary from country to country. If, for example, you are working towards a career with strict entry requirements such as medicine, engineering, accounting or teaching, conduct some research with the relevant registration bodies in your country for advice.
Will studying abroad help me find a good job?
Your career prospects will benefit hugely from your experience of studying, living and socializing abroad. It’s your opportunity to develop a wealth of new skills, perspectives and stronger English language skills and seek work experience from the kind of employers you’d like to work for.

A recent study conducted with more than 4,500 ex-international students explored the exact skills employers in the US value when it comes to recruiting people that have studied overseas.

Application Process (2)

How do I apply?
If you have a good idea of where you'd like to study and which programme you'd like to take, the next chapter of your life could only be a few clicks away.

You may submit an Online Application for free. Completing this application should take only a few minutes and you are encouraged to answer All questions in the form.

Learn more about the application process here.
What Happens After I Apply?
  • Apply using our online application form. Make sure you answer all of the required questions and provide a phone number and email address for us to contact you. Read through the Terms and Conditions and then accept them to confirm you understand.
  • You'll get an email from us. This email will contain your unique Application ID/Reference Number and provide you with a link to send us your documents. You will be able to manage your application online.
  • Submit your documents. You'll need to provide translated (if not in English) copies of your academic and identification documents. The sooner you send your documents to us, the better we can advise you about your application.
  • Our Admission Advisory Team will contact you. Once you've sent us your documents, one of our friendly admission advisors will contact you within two working days and guide you through every step of the way.

Using an Agent to Study Abroad (3)

Do I need an education agent
While you can apply to study directly to an institution, you may choose to use the expertise of an international education specialist (also known as a student counsellor/advisor) to guide you through the process of choosing the right university or college and enrolling thereafter. Using an accredited and trusted agent, like OpToStudy, can help reduce the stress of choosing an institution in another country, applying and preparing to leave.

Our student advisors are knowledgeable and up-to-date on curriculum changes, and have your best interests at heart. Most of them have been international students themselves and can thus offer first hand advice every step of the way.
Does it cost money to see an advisor at OpToStudy?
Our services are free for students wishing to study in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. We charge a fee of 300 USD to 550 USD for study in Russia services depending on the chosen institution and location. You do not have to pay anything to book an appointment with OpToStudy. However, there may be some small fees for courier services or document verification. For more information, get in touch with us.

What ongoing support does OpToStudy give?
Our services extend beyond study advice and applications. We organize pre-departure orientations that cover topics such as student life in your new country, advice on adapting to new culture and how to deal with homesickness besides managing money and developing soft skills.

We also host welcome activities when you arrive in your new city where you’ll meet fellow and former international students from around the world.

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