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What considerations should I make on how to study abroad?

There are numerous study abroad opportunities for aspiring students in developing countries and for this reason, I am planning to apply for my undergraduate studies in Europe, more specifically in England or Scotland. I want to know how to study abroad successfully. This is to mean how I can avoid common problems associated with studying and living in a foreign country. I want to know what precautions I should take prior or during my application. Furthermore, I would like some suggestions on the best scholarships to study abroad for undergraduates.

Frank Nichols

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Blair Lewis on February 9, 2018

Just like any other country, the UK has its own regulations for international students that will determine how your study period will be. If you are well prepared and take all the necessary precautions, you will not have to worry about all some of the common problems that people go through. Here are some pointers to help you:

Declare everything truthfully during application: it will cost you the study abroad opportunity if you are untruthfully in the information you give in your application. If you are dishonest or have concealed important personal or academic details, your application

Make sure you attend all your classes: To ensure you have no problems with your student visa to study abroad i.e. in the United Kingdom, make sure you are present in all lectures and course events. Inform your campus administration of any class hours that plan to miss because of unavoidable circumstances.

Work part-time to earn extra cash but don’t overdo it: you will find that you might need to work for some hours a day to supplement your living costs. This is because studying in the UK will be very expensive. However, if you dedicate too many hours to working, you will definitely pull down your academic performance. Furthermore, you might get deported if you violated the stipulated hours you are allowed to work. Find a balance.

Improve your English language skills: you can take up an English language course you improve both your written and spoken English skills. This will be important both in class and socially if English is not country’s native language.

Ask for help when you need it: do not assume stuff that you do not know. The university you enroll to will have a support system that is ready to assist you whenever you ask for it. Always seek clarification on issues that you do not understand well.

Some undergraduate scholarships to study abroad, and most specifically in the UK, that you may want to look up are:

  1. Commonwealth scholarships: this is for Commonwealth developing countries.
  2. Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme: this caters for international students from Commonwealth countries and is a joint initiative by Government and UK universities.
  3. Chevening Scholarships: funded by the UK Government for international students.
  4. Aga Khan Foundation Scholarship Programme: this is a scholarship opportunity specifically for economically disadvantaged students from Africa who qualify to study at a university in the UK.

Jessie Thompsona year ago

I totally agree with the advice on how to study abroad successfully. I would like to add a few more points:

  1. Research well on the program you intend to study: it would be frustrating to realize you are in the wrong course too late and you are in a foreign country.
  2. Make sure all the important aspects are settled before you leave: this includes your program registration and accommodation details.
  3. Create a good relationship with your professor: this will help you get all the help you need. Moreover, it will be unlikely that they will fail you.
  4. Adhere to all the health requirements: this means that you need to take the vaccinations that you may require and fill all the health documents.
  5. Make sure people close to you know how to contact you in case of emergency: this refers to your home government and family.


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