7 Mistakes to Avoid During Your Study Abroad Application Process

By Neha Kumari Updated On - Oct 17, 2021 05:22 PM

Our study abroad experts have listed some of the common mistakes that you should avoid while applying to universities abroad. Know why is your application being rejected by your desired universities!

Wondering why your study abroad application is getting rejected? Well, we have the answer to your question!

We know you're very excited to apply to universities abroad but the long process of filling out the college application and gathering the necessary documents can take a toll on you. While the entire process can be overwhelming, lack of correct information and guidance can make it even more complicated. It is, therefore, inevitable for you to end up making mistakes, which can lead to rejection of your application form.

If things don't go as per the plan, it can even delay your admission and you may end up waiting for months or even a year to apply again.

Our study abroad experts have listed some of the common mistakes that you should avoid while applying to universities abroad. 

Also Read: What is an Academic Transcript? Why is it Needed and How to Get it?

Common Study Abroad Applications Mistakes to Avoid

Be mindful of these common mistakes that study abroad aspirants make during their university admission process. 

Lack of Research

Do not randomly select universities and apply for any random course you see on the list. List down your requirements and expectations such as the degree and course you wish to pursue, cost of study, location, program output and other important parameters before finalising a university. This will help you prioritise universities where you can send out your applications to increase your chances of selection for admission.

Missing Out on Deadlines

Creating a study abroad plan comes with various responsibilities like adhering to timelines, applying for visas, making plans for travel, etc. If you miss out on a deadline for a specific term, you may have to wait for few more months or even a year to apply to your desired universities again. All universities abroad specify a unique application deadline and it usually varies course-wise and intake-wise. Once you shortlist colleges to study abroad, check the application dates for specific courses. Applications that are submitted after the deadline are usually not processed, with few exceptions. 

Want to Know the Exact Deadlines to Apply for Your Course Abroad?

Also Read: Application Deadlines 2022-2023 for Popular US Universities

Not Taking Expert Guidance 

Having an expert onboard is probably the smartest and fastest way to ensure success in your study abroad journey. Overseas education experts have years of experience in sending students abroad and they know exactly what universities want to see in international students' applications. If you are not confident about your application process or even if there is a slightest doubt, we recommend you to ask for help. Students who have passed 12th can Click Here to Pursue Bachelors Abroad while students who have done their Bachelors can Click Here to Apply for Masters Abroad.

Not Estimating the Budget

While planning to study abroad, make sure you estimate the overall budget to study in a specific country and university. Apart from the tuition fees, several other costs will need to be covered by the student while studying abroad. Some of the additional costs include the cost of accommodation, travel expenses, visa application costs, health insurance and miscellaneous expenses. Studying abroad can be an expensive ordeal, therefore building an estimated cost of studying in any country abroad will help you immensely in choosing the right country and university. Additionally, many countries, for visa purposes, require international students to provide proof of financial stability in the form of a minimum amount in their bank account. 

Also Read: Financial Requirements for a US Student Visa

Filling Incorrect Information 

All documents received at an admission office of a department will be scrutinised thoroughly by the admission panel. You must be very careful while filling the application form as any mistake or discrepancy in the application form can lead to the cancellation of the entire application process. For this, read through the application form first, which includes the instructions that come with the form. Additionally, all universities abroad will specify their admission requirements and instructions on the official website as well. Read through all the admission-related information you can find about any university that you wish to study in. 

Not Creating an Effective SOP

A Statement of Purpose (SOP) is an important part of the application process to study in any foreign university. Moreover, an effective SOP increases your chances of getting shortlisted for admissions at universities. Thus, make sure you give enough time to prepare, structure and format your Statement of Purpose. We recommend doing a bit of research on what a good SOP is, keeping it short but detailed.

Also Read: Statement of Purpose: Format, Writing Tips and Requirements

Not Submitting All Documents

Your application to study abroad is incomplete until all the required documents have been submitted. The University may reach out to you through your registered email ID, in case you miss out on  submitting some documents along with the application form. We, therefore, advise all the international students to stay alert for the emails they receive from the universities they may have applied to, in a bid to avoid any hassles during the admission process.

Want to Ensure Your Application Doesn't Get Rejected?

Hope the above information will help make your study abroad application process simple and easy. For any queries, write to us at abroad@collegedekho.com. 

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