How to Study Abroad
7 easy steps to turn your dreams into action
Firstly, let's get yourself ready to study in another country with these practical steps:
Do a little research before you speak to us. Find out about: the overview of the subject areas that interest you the most, the course descriptions, to university reviews and their locations. Even better, you can make a study plan that you can consult with us.
2. Speak to one of our IDP counsellors
When you’re ready, make an appointment with an IDP counsellor. Our counsellors are professionally certified and many have been international students themselves. Your counsellor will work through all the big and small details to ensure the best possible fit between you, your future university and your area of study.
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3. Make your application
After you’ve chosen your course and university or school, it’s time to apply. Your counsellor will personally contact your chosen university or school to make sure they support your application to improve your chances of acceptance.
4. Accepting your offer
Once the university or school receives your application it will be assessed and you will be notified of the result. It can take a few weeks (or longer for postgraduate courses) for your application to be processed. If your application is successful, you’ll receive a letter of offer and an acceptance form. Before accepting your offer, your counsellor will read it carefully through with you and check any conditions that may apply. If you are accepted for more than one course or school, we'll help you decide which option is best for you.
5. Practice your English skills
It’s always a good idea to brush up your English skills to ensure you can keep up with what your lecturers are saying, especially if English is not your first language. Surround yourself with the language, and it will eventually become natural to you.
6. Student visa
Now that you have been accepted, it’s time to apply for your student visa. IDP can provide you with some information to help make sure you are well positioned to navigate this process with the authorized migration departments.
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7. Ready, steady, go
Congratulations! You’re off on a huge adventure. There are lots of things to think about during this time and your IDP counsellor will help out along the way with advice on matters such as exchanging money, insurance, SIM cards and opening a bank account.
Also, check our list when you’re packing!
Secondly, check out the general information you should know as an international student: