November 25, 2011
Studying abroad for international students is seen as a dream come true. Yet taking that leap of faith and taking up education in a foreign land can often be a daunting task. Getting your finances arranged to be able to study abroad can be a confusing and difficult process. We aim to take the stress out of financing education with our easy to follow advice and guidance on financing studies abroad.
When studying abroad in countries such as the UK, Canada, Australia and USA, it is essential that you have your finances in order before you arrive to start your education. Many countries will not let you start studying without proof of your financial status. Gaining a qualification or degree from these countries is recognisable around the world and seen as a mark of quality with institutions such as Oxford and Harvard setting the standard. It is therefore worth getting finance right in order to make the most of your education abroad.
When decided on finance to study abroad, factor your destination into your budget. Costs and time frames vary between countries to complete education and therefore will require larger or smaller budgets. For example, some degree courses can take four years as appose to three years which would cost more to finance.
Different regions within different countries also vary in living expenses and should be factored into your budget. Draw up a list of your accommodation fees, food bills, telephone calls back home and materials for study to enable you to correctly budget the amount needed.
Unless you are being completely funded through parents or relatives, there are plenty of options to be able to finance your education abroad. As many countries will not allow you to enter until you have sufficient finances in place to study during your time there, organising your finance is essential before you leave home.
Check first with your own government office to see if funding is available to study abroad or write to companies for sponsorship in order to carry out your studies. Next contact the institution where you wish to study as there may be financial aid available to help with tuition fees. Some institutions may even offer scholarships to cover your education.
If these options are not available or only cover a portion of the fees required, apply for international or soft term loans to help independently cover costs. These loans are approved for study in many international countries such as the UK and USA. Loans are available to all international students and offer flexible repayment terms up to 20 years.
When it comes to covering living expenses during your stay, there are still plenty of options available. To help cover short term debt whilst studying such as food bills and other living expenses, look at credit cards in order to manage and stretch your money each term.
There are plenty of credit card options including cards for those that are new to credit and have a low credit score. Compare and find the right credit card to match your needs to ensure that your finances are in place during your studies or in case you need extra funds at short notice.
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