Timely planning – Your key to studying abroad!


Want to study abroad? Well, then keep everything aside and plan much in advance. Applying for a scholarship, appearing for tests, seeking admission, etc. comes in later when you start putting your plan to execution. But, without efficient planning there would be no results at all. Overseas education is deadline critical and thus, advance planning leads you to great universities and courses.

Confusing? Let’s make it easy. Conducting a research on all the universities and courses you are interested in is the first step forward. This is where planning comes in. When you have finalized a course and university you wish to study from, you need to research on the application duration. There is a certain period within which you have to apply in a particular college or university and if this time is exceeded, an entire year will be wasted. Overseas universities are a little strict like that.

What follows timely planning? Your passport and visa, of course. You can’t wait for the last moment to apply for a passport or visa. If you already have a passport and it is not going to expire any soon, then applying for a visa should be the next immediate step.

With multiple scholarship options being available, students willing to study abroad don’t need to worry. They can easily apply for a scholarship and continue to pursue their dream career.

Scholarships Application

Basically, a study abroad scholarship is a monetary award won by students to look after their overseas expenses related to the program. You can apply for a variety of scholarships like:

  • Merit-based
  • Student-specific
  • Destination-specific
  • Program-specific
  • Subject-specific

Scholarship Tests

Universities take special scholarship tests. However, that is not the only factor they will take into consideration. An overall profile of the student is considered at the time of awarding scholarships.


Some important tests like IELTS, TOEFL and GRE are necessary for getting admission in foreign colleges, especially in UK and USA. Based on the scores of these entrance exams, some of the best universities in the world provide admission to students for various programs.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) taken by non-native English language speakers is an essential test for English language aptitude, especially for students willing to study in the US. However, it is accepted by many other English speaking professional universities.

Graduate Records Examinations (GRE) is a significant test to be cleared if you are willing to study in the US. Also, it is valid for graduate courses offered in other English speaking countries worldwide.

Appearing for International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam is the part of a standard procedure for seeking admission in 6000 institutes in 135 countries. Every year, approximately 1.4 million applicants take this test. IELTS is internationally accepted by all the countries as English Language test.

If you are planning to study abroad post 12th, you can save a lot of time by appearing for the tests in your 11th grade. So, already done with the tests?




Once you have everything ready with you, you can start applying for admission in different colleges and universities of your choice, again well in advance. Because waiting for their response might take some time and you don’t want to waste another year, right? After any particular college or university has accepted your application and is willing to give admission, you can go ahead and fill the form provided by them. Other formalities and procedure might follow, timely planned!




About Shahina Khan

Shahina Khan has more than 16 years of experience in higher education consultancy. She is recipient of multiple awards and renowned expert for international education, visa and culture. Ms. Khan continually explores new study destinations for Indian & South Asian students, and works on promotional strategies with a number of trusted institutions of higher education in various countries.