Start early and by November, shortlist 8-12 universities that you will apply to. Visit university websites and note application requirements, deadlines etc.
Begin by downloading admissions brochures from the university websites. Most brochures are out more than a year earlier.
By December, be familiar with bank loan options and scholarships to fund your studies.
Do some initial research on various accommodation options.
Crack the Exams: January 2021 to April 2021
Prepare for required standardized tests like GMAT, TOEFL or IELTS - depending on the course and university.
By January or two months before the test date, register for GMAT
Register for TOEFL/IELTS at least a month before the test date.
Take the required tests around March or April. Plan for buffer time in case you need to retake the test.
It’s Application Time: April 2021 to May 2021
Shortlist the colleges and prepare for your application. Think hard about what makes you unique as an applicant and sketch out your strengths and self-assessment.
Contact your professors and direct managers for the required 2-3 reference letters. At least a month before your application deadline.
Begin drafting your SOP and essays. Give a month’s time to structure these documents properly.
Apply before the deadline!
What Next: June 2021
Don’t delay replying to college e-mails. And there will be quite a few!
You will receive your acceptance letter called COE (Confirmation of Enrolment). You may receive CoE in either May or June, depending on the institute. You can apply for a student visa only after receiving CoE.
Depending on the deadline, notify the universities of your decision.
You will need to pay a non-refundable deposit to confirm your admission.
Visa and Money Matters: Mid June 2021 to Early July 2021
Search for and begin applying for external scholarships (if applicable).
Apply for a student loan, after you get your acceptance letter.
Gather paperwork for your student visa. Check visa requirements.
Apply for a student visa in time. Keep in mind the time taken for visa processing!
Arrange for Overseas Student Health Cover.
Get Ready to Fly: Late June 2021 to July 2021
Book airline tickets.
Arrange for an Internation Debit/Credit card.
Collect all the documents and their photocopies, to take along.
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