If you are a student who wishes to continue your university studies abroad, the recent postponement of the Class 12 exams of the Central Council for Secondary Education (CBSE) due to the second wave of the Covid-19 epidemic in India might have disrupted your plans.
Don’t let stress overwhelm you. Here are some of the tips you can follow to prepare for graduate study at foreign universities after your Class 12 Council exams this year.
1. Do your research on different universities, courses
To improve your chances of entering the university of your dreams and making the most of your time there, it is important that you familiarize yourself with the vision of the institution as well as the courses offered.
Like HKUST, the websites of most institutions contain such information, as well as electronic brochures and videos that would give prospective students an idea of the university’s culture, extracurricular activities, and the teaching and learning style. ‘learning.
With many universities now offering specialized programs, you might find courses with similar names, but very different programs and job prospects. So take your time to digest and determine which program is right for you.
You can also go the extra step to talk to admissions counselors at the universities you want to apply to to get a better idea of what it would be like to study there.
2. Connect with students or alumni
Who better to seek advice on the study experience at the university of your choice than their current students and alumni? Their insider’s perspective will likely help you understand what school life is like.
You can easily find student testimonials or connect with student ambassadors through the websites of many universities or social media platforms. For example, at HKUST, our student ambassadors come from diverse backgrounds, international and local, and are happy to share their experiences.
If you would like to know more about what it’s like for international or Indian students to study in Hong Kong, we also have an international student association at HKUST where members are happy to talk.
This year the president of the association is from India and you can contact him, or other members through our webpage for the Association of International Students.
3. Check the visa application, financial aid and accommodation requirements
With the postponement of the CBSE, you will have less time to prepare for admissions to foreign universities, so what you can do now is check the requirements and prepare the documents for visa applications, financial aid. and hosting, as the process can. take time.
You can visit the websites of the immigration services of different countries or territories for visa matters. Most college admissions officers are also able to help you with this matter. The websites of most establishments will also provide you with information on accommodation and scholarship options.
If there are few residential rooms for a university, research off-campus residences early, as they could be rented out quickly. When it comes to scholarships, you can also sign up for university e-newsletters and follow their social media pages so you don’t miss any announcements.
With different Covid-19 travel restrictions in place in different countries or territories, monitor immigration service websites and keep up with local news. You can also contact universities for their latest travel policies.
As there are many documents and procedures, it is advisable to keep a file with all your important documents – such as school certificates and transcripts, academic references and personal statements, and identity documents – and to create a checklist to help you track your progress.
4. Learn a new skill or language
With more free time now, you can also learn a new skill or language while staying at home. Many universities offer free online courses through massive open online course (MOOC) platforms such as Coursera and edX.
You can even get a certificate for some of these courses. For example, HKUST offers MOOCs on FinTech, Java Programming, and Business English, which you can find on our website.
There are also other educational institutions that currently offer online courses, including one in languages. Having relevant skills and knowing a bit of the local language can help you adjust to studying at a university abroad and living abroad.
5. Find out more about the country and territory in which you want to study
If you are planning to study in a new city, you will be there for three to four years, so it would be good to understand the local culture and practices earlier. Most university websites contain a description of the city in which they are based.
You can also find out more about the city through the university student ambassadors as well as other travel guides. With many attractions, such as museums, and locals offering tours online now, you can get a taste of what different cities look like before deciding which universities to apply to.
Article by Zorian Wong – Manager, Undergraduate Recruitment and Admission Office, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
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