- Saturday, August 22, 2015
France is a great destination for studying abroad. With its advanced educational system and a whole lot of opportunities offered to students from different countries, this seems to work well. To add to this, you have the rich heritage and architecture, which can work out a good enough reason to study here. Before you think of this, you need to go through a step-by- step process to ensure you are in France at the right time. Your first step on time can ensure your admission at the right time.
1. March to April preparations
It is essential to start as early as March so that you can get a fair idea of the different universities and courses offered here, which can help you make a choice. You can then short-list the universities, which are suitable to you. You also need to go through the websites of these universities to find out the requirements and other details, besides the deadlines, which play an important role in applying. You should be able to get familiar with the scholarships, which are applicable to you and the bank loan options. Start off on the admission forms and find out about the options available for accommodation.
2. April to June is examination time
You need to know which exam is required for the university or the course you have applied to and crack the examination. This might be GRE, GMAT, IELTS or TCF. Three months prior to the test that you need, register yourself for GRE/GMAT. Registering for the language test needs to be done at least a month before the date of test. You need to appear for the required tests around June, planning for buffer time in case of a retest.
3. May to June is time for applying
You need to have shortlisted the colleges by now so you need to make your application making sure to include your strengths. As most of the universities and colleges require reference letters, now is the time to contact your professors or managers for this. You will require time for your essays and SOP’s, so it is advisable to start the drafting. You can look for the scholarships and apply for the same now. After all the preparations, make sure you apply before the deadline.
4. July to August is for other requirements
You need to reply to all the e-mails received and also appear for the required video-calls and interviews. Make sure to send the reply to your letters of acceptance well before the deadline. You need to notify the universities even if you are not accepting the offer. Confirm your admission by paying the fees, keeping in mind that this is non-refundable.
5. August to September requires a look into the finance
Once you receive your letter of acceptance, apply for a bank loan and checking the requirements for visa gather the essential paperwork. You need to know that visa processing does take some time, and keeping this in mind you should be able to apply for the student visa well on time.
6. September is time to fly
Think and book the airlines tickets, getting hold of Travellers Cheques. You need to make sure you get the photocopies of all the essential documents to carry along with you with the originals. The pre-departure check list will make sure you can fly without any hassles. Check this out and go in accordance to it.
With the above tips, you will have to face no problems and the whole idea if studying in France will be as smooth as a cake walk. The initial preparations make sure you fly to your destination well in time with everything in place.