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Tips for Applying for a Visa to Study Abroad

No matter where you’re planning to study, you’ll probably need a visa to get there. The process for getting a visa depends on the country, but below are some helpful general tips. For information on the process in popular study-abroad countries, view Where to Study

Keep on schedule

Plan ahead so you don’t miss any appointments, such as face-to-face interviews or deadlines.

Complete all forms

Student visa applications can be rejected or delayed if you don’t complete all required portions of the form, so be sure to read and follow all instructions.

Be honest

Make sure you’re totally honest in every stage of your student visa application. Visa agencies have comprehensive databases and will often be able to identify information that isn’t accurate.

Assess your health

You may be required to have a medical examination or get vaccinations before being issued a student visa.

Plan your finances

Make sure you can demonstrate that you have the financial resources to pay for your tuition and living expenses while studying abroad. This will require a detailed financial plan, including any financial aid or scholarships, along with any financial documentation the country requires.

Establish ties to home

You may need to prove that you have ties to home, such as family or property, and that you’ll be returning to your native country after your studies are complete. You may be asked to prove how your education abroad will help you get a job in your native country.