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Studying overseas FAQs
To begin studying as an international student, there are a range of entry requirements you may have to meet.
The academic requirements (including evidence of English language skills) you need to study overseas will vary depending on the level of education you want to pursue. For instance, some courses will require you to have done a foundation course before applying for a degree. All universities and schools can have different entry requirements, so read the course information on their websites carefully.
Your IDP counsellor will help you assess your eligibility for different programs and guide you on the courses and locations that best meet your preferences.
Be aware that some student visas require you to have a certain amount of funds available in your bank account when you arrive in your chosen country. It is best to review the immigration websites for the country you wish to study in or speak to one of our counsellors.
Many students choose to carry out some part-time work alongside their studies to support their living or socialising costs. However, there are restrictions on the hours you are allowed to work to ensure you don’t lose your academic focus.
- When deciding what and where to study, start by thinking about your academic interests and career goals
- Take some time to research specific courses, subjects and options for internships or work placements
- Look at the campus location, rankings, the amount of time you would like to spend away from home and the total cost of studying and living overseas. Also consider a country’s economic, political and social stability when planning to study away from home
- Think about what kind of lifestyle you prefer – do you want to be in a cosmopolitan city, or a quiet country town? Would you prefer to choose a city where there are other students from your nationality? Do you want to be close to the beach, forest or desert? Do you want to live on/off campus?
- If you would like to explore the option of staying in the country to work after your studies you will need to find out about its migration policies and visa conditions. Also be aware that government policies can change at any time during the course of your study
Many universities have a dedicated job centre on campus for students that advertises job opportunities to help students develop various skills. The university careers service is also a useful source of information.
We recommend you begin your application process at least a year in advance to give enough time for your applications to be processed and to prepare for your time overseas.
Bear in mind that the academic year begins at different times of year in different countries. Semester dates tend to run as follows:
Semester 1: starts late February/early March to late May/early June
Semester 2: starts late July/early August through to November.
Semester 1: from February to June
Semester 2: from July to November
Term 1: from September to December
Term 2: from January to April
Term 3: from April to June
Term 1: from September to late January or mid February
Term 2: begins some two weeks after the end of the first and ends in late May or mid June
Fall Intake: primary intake starts in August/September
Spring Intake: smaller intake in January/February
Summer Intake: limited programs intake in May/June
The above dates are a guide only. You should always check exact dates with the university or college you are applying to.
While you can apply to study directly to an institution, you may choose to use the expertise of an international education specialist (also known as a student counsellor) to guide you through the process of choosing the right university or college and enrolling thereafter. Using an accredited and trusted agent, like Wdoouh Ala’amal, can help reduce the stress of choosing an institution in another country, applying and preparing to leave.
Our student counsellors are knowledgeable and up to date on curriculum changes, and have your best interests at heart. Most of them have studied overseas themselves hence can offer first hand advice every step of the way.
It’s natural for your family to be nervous about letting their child travel alone to a new country. Millions of students have done so and thrived, but this doesn’t make it less difficult for parents to accept.
We encourage you to involve your parents in any discussions or appointments you have with Wdoouh Ala’amal. With the reassurance of an international education specialist like IDP, your parents would feel more confident seeing you being assisted by a professional and responsible organisation in your applications and preparations.
Wdoouh Ala’amal is a global leader in international education services. We help students study overseas in English speaking countries. We’ve been operating for close to 21 years, creating a huge network of opportunity in more than 650 school and university worldwide.
Our experienced education counsellors work with you to turn your study plan into a launch pad for professional success and personal growth.
Our service extends beyond study advice and applications. We organise pre-departure orientations that cover topics such as student life in your new country, advice on adapting to new culture and how to deal with homesickness besides managing money and developing soft skills.
We also host welcome activities when you arrive in your new city where you’ll meet fellow and former international students from around the world.
If you are moving to USA for example, we can help you get all the essential services you’ll need while living abroad — health insurance, foreign exchange, accommodation, setting up a bank account and obtaining a SIM card.
Our services are free for students. You do not have to pay anything to book an appointment with Wdoouh Ala’amal.
Yes, we partner with more than 650 leading universities and institutions around the world. As a world leader in international student services, and close to 21 years of experience, Wdoouh Ala’amal only works with the universities, colleges and schools we know to be of a high standard. This is based on official, academic reviews of those institutions as well as our experience of working with them and the experiences of our students.