Here’s when you need to take crucial decisions for entry into the undergraduate course, college and country of your choice.
36-48 months before (Class 9,10, 11)
- Work hard to improve your grades as these are considered by foreign universities.
- Participate in extracurricular activities and Olympiads.
- Start identifying your subjects of interest and the stream you would like to choose based on your skills.
20-24 months before (Class 11)
- Start researching the countries, universities and courses you might be interested in.
- Start preparing for your SAT, IELTS and other English proficiency tests.
- Take the tests, so that if you don’t get a good score, you have enough time to take it again.
12-18 months before (Class 12)
June to August
- After getting your score, shortlist 8-10 courses, colleges and universities in the country of your choice. Go through their curriculum, admission and document requirements, and visa rules.
- Also check the funds needed, scholarships available and approach banks or NBFCs to find out about loan eligibility, if you need it.
August to October
- Colleges and universities start bringing out applications from August to October of the previous year, so keep an eye out for your shortlisted institutes.
- Submit the application at the earliest as most deadlines are around October/November, with some extending till January.
8-10 months before
- Start writing your statement or purpose and essay, which plays a big role in deciding your admission.
- Contact your references and provide them with the required reference forms to fill up at least a month before the submission deadline.
- Ask your school to provide all records and transcripts you may need.
5-7 months before
- Once you start getting acceptance letters and interview slots, finalise them quickly and pay the minimum non-refundable deposit to confirm your admission.
- Apply for scholarships and other funding sources.
- Get in place all documents for visa and travel arrangements.
- Apply for visa and book tickets. Sometimes visa processing may take time, so do it well in time, though some universities have a fixed time before which you cannot apply.
- Find out about health insurance requirements in the country of your choice. Buy health insurance.
- Make accommodation arrangements in the country of your choice, whether it is on campus or off campus.
- Get all the documents and things in place and get set 1-2 months to go abroad for your undergraduate studies!