The Easiest Way to Research Student Visa Requirements
Studying abroad is a great experience. It broadens your horizons, increases your career opportunities and expands your professional network.
Moreover, in today’s global economy employers are particularly interested in employees who experienced living and studying abroad; employees who gained multi-lingual and cross-cultural experience and skills.
However, the process of applying for study overseas programs and the student visa requirements can be daunting. It might even discourage you from proceeding with your plans of studying overseas.
If this is one of the things that are stopping you from pursuing your dream of studies abroad, then keep reading and we will guide you through the maze of student visa requirements.
Just a small note before we start – The process of searching for student visa requirements is applicable for all future expats, no matter where, or what you are planning to study.
O.K. now we are ready to go…
First you should decide what do you want to study. Ideally you would choose a program that meets your individual and academic goals.
Then think where you would like to study, and make a list of 3-4 countries that interest you.
Now browse your list and answer the following:
Did include in the list a country where the local language is different from your native language (like Japan for example)? Do you know how to speak, read and write in the local language?
Then make a note to yourself, to check the language requirements for studying in that country, and also if there are any study programs available in your native language.
When we arrived to Belgium we researched university programs for our son. We were pleased to find that the higher education in Belgium is available in at least 4 languages (French, Flemish, English, and German).
We also learned that if our son chooses to study in French (a language he did not know), he will need to pass a French language exam only at the end of his first academic year. This gives him enough time to study the French language while studying in the university.
O.K. by now you have made a great progress. You know what you want to study, listed 3-4 optional countries, and noted to yourself to check the language requirements.
Before you start searching for educational institutions in your target countries, there is one more thing you need to find out.
Are there any special requirements for a student visa at your target countries?
After all, you wouldn’t want to waste your time searching for an education institute, and proceeding with the admission process, only to realize that you can’t meet the student visa requirements.
So, where do you find information about your target countries’ student visa requirements?
You can choose one or all of the following resources:
- The websites of your target countries embassies in your home country. Look for visa and immigration information, and then search for student visa requirements.Most embassies will publish this information in your native language, and will also direct you to additional resources about the student visa application process.
- The official government websites of your destination countries. These can be citizenship and immigration, ministry of Interior, Bureau of Consular affairs, etc’.Here are a just few examples:
For the U.K you will have to search the website of the UK border agency.
For Japan go to the ministry of foreign affairs and to the immigration Bureau of Japan websites.
And for Belgium look at the Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation website, and also at the portal Belgium – Official information and services website.
In many cases the student visa information will be written also in English, and even better, you will be advised where to find information about universities in your target countries.
- The website of the university where you would like to study. Search the website for information about admission to the university, continue to international students admissions, and then look for the student visa requirements.Sometimes you will find there all the details you need, but most of the times you will be directed to the most reliable resources for student visa requirements to your target country.
Gather all the information into different files according to your destination country. By now, you probably have a good knowledge about the visa application process and requirements. You can also tell to which country it will be easier for you to get a student visa.
Go ahead and apply for admission to a university in your target country.
To maximize your acceptance chances, it is better to apply for at least 2-3 universities in each of your target countries.
After you are accepted as a student at a university in your target country you can apply for a student visa.
This is where your previous efforts and efficiency are finally paid off; because you have researched the student visa requirements in advance, the process of applying for your student visa becomes smoother and less daunting.