Studying abroad is getting in trend nowadays. More and more students want to gain some international exposure to make a good career. But with an increasing ratio of students applying abroad, more and more are getting rejected. This is because they are not doing proper homework before applying. Here are the things that you should consider before applying for an international master’s. 

Prepare all of your documents

Applying abroad is not easy when it comes to documents. No matter how much you prepare in advance, there is always something missing in the end. So, it should be your priority to prepare all the documents well in advance. The most common ones include your verified degree certificates, passport, your birth document, transcripts, etc. There will be more documents that you will need that you can look for on the respective websites.  

Talk to the professors for reference letters

Almost every application requires reference letters. They matter a lot in determining whether you win an admission or not. Ask your professors for reference letters well before the deadline. Choose your referees very carefully. You do not want a person to write a letter for you whom you have not worked with at all. You must have scored really well in some subjects or have done some projects successfully. Asking the professors of those subjects to write a reference for you is the best option.   

Read about writing personal statements 

A personal statement is also one of the most important things in an application for international masters. Read about the requirements of a statement and go through some samples. You have to do all this homework before the deadline period of the application. And by deadline period, I mean at least a month before application. You will write the statement this month but prepare for it beforehand. 

Improve your writing skills

Along with reading about the personal statement, you have to improve your writing skills. You will need these skills not only to write a good personal statement but also to pass your English language test. So, start working on your writing from today.     

Get some work experience 

You have to build a good profile before applying for an international master’s. Get some work experience in your field. It can be any job or internship. In fact, you should do some internships during your degree so that you have a good profile by the end of it. It will add to your credentials and increase your chances of getting accepted.

Appear in the test with all the preparation 

Before sending in your application, you will have to appear in some tests. Sometimes, it is only IELTS or TOEFL and sometimes it is GRE or SAT with them. Do not take any of these tests easy. Appear in them with all the preparation.

Practice speaking English to be good at the interview

You do not only have to be good at writing, speaking is equally important. First, it is one of the modules of English language tests. Second, you will need these skills for university and visa interviews. You have to leave a good impression in order to increase your chances of getting accepted.  

Your bank statement should be prepared at the right time

A bank statement is usually required when you are applying for self-support or partially funded scholarships. But in the case of fully-funded scholarships too, showing a bank statement increases the chances of getting a visa. So, if it is possible try to have a bank statement before visa application.  

Consider more than one option in terms of countries and universities

There are a lot of stages when applying for international admissions. Sometimes, you do not get a call even for the interview and sometimes, you do get a call but are not accepted. Likewise, you are often rejected for a visa. So, you should be applying to more than one university and if possible, more than one country. 

Select subjects after doing complete homework on it

You are going to make a new career so take every step with all the future considerations in mind. Do complete homework on the subjects that you are going to choose. Read about their modules and see if you are interested or not. You will need this information at the interview stage too. thus, be prepared for all the terms mentioned above. If you take care of all these things, there is a ninety-nine percent chance of your acceptance.

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Ayesha Areej is a staff writer at The Academia Magazine

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