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Study Abroad Application Strategies

Posted on May 24, 2019
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With schools accepting less than 10% of students in a particular cohort, the competition to secure an admit to study abroad at a top university has become even more fierce. For the class of 2020, Harvard University admitted 5.4% of applicants; Princeton admitted 6.5% and the University of Pennsylvania admitted a generous 9.4% of its applicants. However, it is important to not let the statistics distract you from your goal.
If you are a college applicant, looking to study abroad, here are few practices which successful ReachIvy applicants have adopted in the past to convert their study abroad dreams into reality.

These are the top ten successful study abroad application strategies:

1) Start early. Getting a head start is the best advantage to have. Be mindful of the time and energy required. You need to stay ahead of the competition, so keep your head in the game! Start today itself.
2) Crack the GMAT/GRE. GMAT or GRE scores form an important part of your application. So, make sure you get them out of the way. Keep adequate time while planning your study abroad application for a second attempt in case your scores are not as expected.
3) Research your schools. It is imperative that you find the right fit. Go through university websites, contact alumni, basically do everything you can to know your dream university. Research well on your courses and programs.
4) Adhere to deadlines. There is no recourse once you miss an application date. Stay organized and make sure you get all your transcripts, LORs and other documents well in advance.
5) Consolidate your finances. Consider all your funding options. Look out for scholarships and fellowship programs. Make sure you have your finances sorted out before deciding to study abroad.
6) Find your most productive time of day to ideate.
7) Falling and getting up is going to be a part of this journey- Failure is a part and parcel of college life. Take it in your stride and move on.
8) Don’t fabricate your story. Schools want to know the real you. Remain honest about your profile. Admission officers have their own way of knowing if you have lied or not. So, do not fabricate any facts.
9) Get help. It is always helpful even for the most proficient writers to get another perspective. Do not hesitate to reach out and ask for help
10) Edit, edit, edit and edit some more.

Dream big. Plan well. Hustle hard. Success will be yours!


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