how to apply to European universities

how to apply to European universities

Figure out which school you want to go to in Europe.

  • When it comes to studying abroad in Europe, one of the most important things you’ll need to consider is your college or university of choice. As you start researching schools, keep an open mind. You might be surprised by what options are available in a country you never considered before!
  • It’s important that you do your research on each school and make sure it can offer what you’re looking for in terms of location, course content and cost. Additionally, don’t forget to consider the difference between a degree from a private university versus one from a public university as well as the differences between receiving a Bachelor’s degree versus Master’s degree or Ph.D.
  • (Tie) Make sure to do your research on each school–not just whether they have the courses that interest you but also how their qualifications will help shape your future career path after graduation!

Gather your documents.

  • This first step is about gathering all the materials you’ll need for your application, so go back to your paper list and make sure you gather everything on there.
  • Once you’ve gathered everything, take a moment to look over it all. If it’s not been more than two years since you’ve looked at this stuff, pat yourself on the back-you’re golden! If it has been awhile, take some time now to refresh yourself on what’s here.
  • Look over your transcripts and GPA: Do the numbers match up with what’s in your brain? Look over those essays and TOEFL scores: Are you still proud of them? If not, grab a notebook or laptop and get started brainstorming ways that you can improve these things!
  • You’ll want to keep an eye out for any documents that will expire soon – like a passport or proof of health insurance. If they’re set to expire within the next six months, make a note in your calendar and renew them before it’s too late!

Fill out the application forms.

  • First and foremost, be sure that you are filling out the correct form. There are usually different forms to apply as an undergraduate or a graduate student as well as for transfer students, international students and exchange students.
  • The application process is not just a one-step process. You will likely have to submit multiple forms depending on your program of choice and your personal academic history. For example, most European universities require that you fill out their form as well as a separate form with the admissions office of the country in which they are located. Other programs may also require you to submit additional application forms such as TOEFL or IELTS scores (if English is not your native language) and letters of recommendation.
  • As this is all online, it’s important to make sure that you have a good enough internet connection to fill out all of the forms completely before submitting them by their deadlines.

Take the needed tests, such as the TOEFL or IELTS.

Taking the necessary tests is crucial for making sure all of your application materials are in order, especially if you are an international student. The TOEFL, or Test of English as a Foreign Language, is required for most universities (with the exception of UK schools). The IELTS, or International English Language Testing System, is generally needed for UK universities.

The following information will help you with the test-taking process:

  • Both tests have sections that evaluate reading, writing and listening comprehension. The TOEFL has a speaking section; the IELTS does not.
  • Depending on your native language and how well you speak English — as well as where you plan to study abroad — one test might be more appropriate than another. For instance, students whose first language is not English usually take the TOEFL if they wish to study in U.S., Canada or Australia; they take the IELTS if they plan to attend school in England or an English-speaking country in Europe.

Have your references write letters of recommendation.

One of the most important things to do when applying for a university program is to make sure you have letters of recommendation. It’s always wise to ask people who know you, like your professor or an employer, to write these letters. Make sure they have a positive impression of you so that their letter will be favorable.

Make sure that you give them enough time to write the letter. At least one month before the application deadline is best. Give them all the information they need about yourself, such as your achievements and other related information about yourself and your goals. Don’t forget to thank them for doing this!

Send in your application by the deadline and any supporting documents.

Send in your application by the deadline and any supporting documents.

Depending on the university, you may be able to submit your application online or you may have to use snail mail. Check with the specific university for their procedures. Either way, make sure that your application reaches its destination by the deadline. It goes without saying that meeting deadlines is important in life; however, it’s arguably even more important when you are applying for graduate school because if you miss a deadline or turn in an incomplete application, you’re out of luck. Set a reminder on your phone and/or computer so there is no excuse to mess up this step.

Double check that all of your supporting documents are included (e.g., academic transcripts) and have been packaged properly (e.g., secure envelope). If you have questions about what documents should be included or how they should be packaged and sent, contact the university directly before submitting anything just to make sure that everything goes smoothly!

You should make sure not to miss any requirements or deadlines when applying to schools in Europe

The first thing you should do is visit the websites of the universities to which you are applying. They will have information about required documents and deadlines. Don’t miss any requirements or deadlines!

Also, be sure to check that you have:

  • a valid passport;
  • a visa (if applicable);
  • enough money for your trip;
  • all electronic devices and chargers that you need; and
  • a valid ticket.

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