How to successfully apply for a year abroad

Natalia Wilkowskaon 30 January 2022
Various travel and study equipment scattered on a wooden table

A year abroad presents a great opportunity to gain work experience, meet new friends, and explore the world. Sounds appealing, doesn’t it?

Preparation is key

If you’re thinking about applying for a year abroad, start preparing today. There’s no time to lose and you can never do too much research. Get to know the application process; it’s very important to find out key info like deadlines, choices and requirements. Unless your university has a specific process for applying, you’ll need to know when, where, and how to apply. Go online and look through your university’s partner institutions. Don’t forget to check their modules, accommodation options, and the cost of living in the area.

When you find the perfect match, double-check what’s on offer. Make sure it’s right for you. There are many resources to help you make your choice. Go through blog posts, Q&A sessions on social media, or find some time to pop into the study abroad office at your uni.

Plan ahead

If you think you’ve done enough research, you can start planning. Don’t be afraid to change your mind, these are still your first steps. Try not to wait too long before looking. Don’t miss the opportunity to make this the year abroad of your dreams. Be proactive, it will pay off. This will prevent a situation where your chosen university has no places left before you even apply. 

Keep in mind that you may have to wait for the paperwork to be resolved. At this time, you can prepare other aspects, like checking your passport. There is a lot of planning involved, so avoid stress by getting things sorted ahead of time. Make sure your documents are up to date and your passport is valid. Think about how you’ll save money. By planning ahead, you can avoid any disappointment.

Be optimistic

Deciding to spend a year abroad is a bold move. The process can be hard and competitive, so don’t add unnecessary stress. There is no pressure to apply. It should be a decision you make enthusiastically. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket; make a list of institutions you’d like to study at and work through them. Be excited about the time you’ll be spending abroad instead of getting upset about unsuccessful applications. Be open-minded and enthusiastic. The attitude you take into this will shape your overall experience.  

It’s all about you

The key to a successful year abroad is to put yourself at the centre of your decision making. Are there any societies or clubs where you can pursue your hobbies and interests? Do you mind sharing your living space with others or would you prefer to live on your own? It’s all up to you. While advice from others is useful, this is your decision. 

A year abroad is your adventure. Make decisions based on your happiness and be honest with yourself. It’s important to choose a destination you’ll feel comfortable in. A year abroad is a great opportunity to make more friends, visit new places, and explore fresh opportunities. Try to get as much out of it as you possibly can!

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Natalia Wilkowskaon 30 January 2022