Are you looking for a different university life experience? Are you interested in immersing yourself in a different culture and surroundings? If so, I bet you have numerous questions about how you get about studying abroad.
Studying abroad can be an enriching experience for both your personal and student life. It allows you to interact and learn new traditions and cultures. It may give your progression to your future career an edge. It provides you with the opportunity to grow and gain new skills that will be vital for your student life.
Without further ado, here are the FAQ and the answers we have for you!
#1 Is It a Good Idea to Study Abroad?
As mentioned above, studying overseas can be a beneficial experience for you. By exposing yourself to new opportunities, people, and cultures, you’ll gain the chance of widening your general knowledge of life skills while also having the possibility of creating a new adventure for yourself!
#2 Is It Possible for Me to Study Abroad?
Of course! There is definitely a list of requirements you would need to fulfill in order to become an eligible candidate. These can vary from which country you choose, as well as which university you plan on entering.
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#3 Can I Study Abroad if I am Below 18 Years Old?
Definitely! For students below 18 years old, a parent or guardian is required to write a letter on your behalf providing their consent. In this letter, they would need to state that they are aware of your plans to study abroad, as well as that they are funding your education.
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#4 What are the Benefits I Have as an International Student?
International students can benefit from a foreign country through their medical care, exclusive international student scholarships, a bank account, and affordable student housing.
Moreover, as an international student, you get to benefit from learning further about new cultures and environments by expanding your exposure. Even more so, by having an independent lifestyle where you are forced to take care of yourself and learn to how to complete tasks and errands, you’ll be given an opportunity to become a well-rounded person. This mental growth is not only great for your emotional well-being, but it helps you develop skills of intercultural communication and adaptability.
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#5 Can I Work While Studying Abroad?
Yes! It is indeed possible for you to work a part-time job while studying abroad. In Australia and the UK, they offer several opportunities for international students to work. Not to mention that their flexible teaching styles give you a chance to ensure that your study-life balance is perfect. Do take note that there are some regulations (see below) in place for international students to work while studying overseas.
Working Hours – During Semester
Working Hours – During Holidays
20 hours a week
20 hours a week
For the UK and Australia, you may be able to work full time during your holidays, but only part-time work is allowed when your semester resumes.
The minimum wage you expect to earn during your part-time experience in Australia is A$18.93 (RM58.9) per hour. In the UK, the minimum wage for part-time workers is £9.18 (RM48.4) per hour.
Possible jobs you may choose to work as are as follows:
- Retail assistant
- Food & Beverage crew
- Sales & Telemarketing
For more information on the rules and regulations for working overseas, contact us now!
#6 What is the Process to Studying Abroad?
If you have decided to study abroad, congratulations! You’ve completed the first step!
The next decision from here on is to choose your choice of country and your preferred university (if you haven’t chosen the course you’re planning on pursuing). Australia has several universities offering great scholarships and university life. Their regional universities even have opportunities for you to continue to live and work there after you have graduated. In the UK, you may also find universities that fit your criteria with amazing programmes and affordable living costs.
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#7 Is it Safe to Study Abroad?
Studying abroad is relatively safe for international students. According to MacroTrends, as of 2020, crime rates in Australia are currently at 0.87%. This is a 2.91% decline from 2019. As for the UK, in 2018, it is reported that the crime rate is standing at 1.12%. Of course, this also depends on which city and district you choose to study in.
It can be scary to move to a different country but do remember that there are safety measures in place to ensure that you are protected. In countries such as Australia and the UK, there are several hotlines in place for security. Not to mention that the universities themselves have their set of guidelines for your security.
#8 Are There Any Challenges to Studying Abroad?
Certainly, there is. Being in a new environment can bring several challenges for international students. However, do take in mind that these challenges often get better in time. As you learn to adjust and proceed with your educational journey, the difficulties you’re facing will eventually fade away.
Some of the challenges may be:
- Culture shock
- Language barrier
But do not worry! While these difficulties can seem quite daunting, it will eventually fade away. Do focus on the follow pros of what you can gain from studying abroad:
- Exciting experiences
- Opportunity to learn a new language
- Immersing into a new culture
- Creating new friends
- Gaining personal growth
#9 What are the Documents You Need to Study Abroad?
As expected, there will be a number of documents you would need to provide in order for you to study overseas. Below is a list of documents you need to acquire:
- Birth certificate
- High school diploma (SPM/O-Levels/Equivalent)
- BSc Certificate or Statement of Results (for post-graduate students)
- Academic transcript
- Passport (valid means of identification)
- Reference letter
- Recommendation letter
- Offer letter
- Essay Write-Up (depending on your choice of university’s request)
- TOEFL/IELTS (depending on your choice of university’s request)
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#10 How Much Does it Cost to Study Abroad?
This depends on a number of factors. Your choice of country and university are the biggest factors in these. In Australia and the UK, their universities have great scholarships, awards, and grants available for you to peruse at your leisure for you to see which ones you may be eligible to. Considering the living costs, such as your housing, transportation, and food, these are aspects that you must consider and do further research on.
Being an international student would require you to contemplate your family’s financial situation as well as what your country can do to help you achieve your plans to study overseas. Whether it be study grants or awards you can obtain, the total cost of studying abroad may vary from person to person.
To find out more about the cost needed to study abroad, contact us now!
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