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6 Things to do while waiting to study abroad

How to use the time to realise your study abroad dreams 

Right opportunities arise in the deepest of the crises. Said that, let’s keep working on your study abroad dream and not let the COVID-19 fever dampen your spirits. Here’s a result-oriented to-do-list for you!  

1. Find your fit – destination, course, institution

Use this time to find which country you want to study in. Research on the scope of your course, education system, employment opportunities, living costs and even health support services offered. It is a good idea to look at the global rankings, faculty, health and support services, placement services, infrastructure, scholarships programs, etc. when finalising your institution. 

It’s a good idea to attend one of IDP’s virtual fairs to interact with your desired university to discuss your study abroad plans and career options. 

2. Start with your application process

Understanding the global COVID-19 scenario, most universities have extended their application submission timelines and you can still apply! Many universities have also deferred their intakes for the year. For instance, Australian universities will have three intakes for the period starting from July 2020 till Feb 2021, instead of two. Use this time to make your application so when the governments relax travel and other norms, you are ahead in the queue. In fact, you can also apply on-the-spot in IDP’s virtual education fair if eligible.  

3. Connect with our counsellors digitally

Connect with our international education specialists! They are available virtually to guide you through your study abroad plans and help you in finding your perfect course, institution and destination to study. You can schedule a free counselling session anytime during the business hours.

4. Prepare for your IELTS

This is just the right time to work on those English language skills. Use the time to brush up your Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking skills to land a higher score in your IELTS. We have free practice papers, familiarisation tests and learning material available, use them – time yourself, understand the pattern of the test and ace it! 

5. Work on that Statement of Purpose (SOP)

The most important aspect of your application as it helps an institution evaluate your candidature and suitability for admission! Since a good SOP takes times and effort, this is just the right time to work on it. List out the aspects of your life like long-term and short-term goals, interests, hobbies, knowledge, skills, and professional experience before you start writing it.  

6. Take care of your finances

Figure out the source of your funding – savings, loans or scholarships. If you want to apply for scholarships, do it now! If you land a good one, it may help you lower your education costs considerably.  Our international education specialists can help find the right scholarships for you. Remember, it’s not just the tuition fee you have to be concerned about, study abroad expenses also include living costs such as accommodation, stationery, travel, and other allied expenses.  

All universities are still working and so are we. So don’t sit back but keep working on your study abroad dream just as before. We are with you in this and available to help you at all steps of the way. 

Updated on October 15, 2020

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What are the IELTS requirements for universities in Ireland?
by Amit
A 6.5 to 7.0 band overall is required, however, it is completely depends on the university and the course you choose to study.
What's the minimum funds required to study in Australia?
by chitra
For a student visa you need to show 1 year tuition fee, 1 yr living cost and return air fare. See an IDP counsellor for exact amounts.
Is it possible to get post-study work in the UK?
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Post-study work is possible. Approximately 30,000 Sponsors are registered with UKVI for Tier 2 Visa.

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