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How to Research and Apply to an International University

How to Research and Apply to an International University

Applying to an international university as a foreign student does not have to be confusing.  In fact, if you give yourself a sufficient amount of time to research and apply to universities, it can  be a very seamless process. However, as an international student, there may be some additional steps that you may have to go through in order to process your application. The guide below should help to ensure that you are properly prepared:

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Step 1: Do Your Research

Your first step in choosing a destination and program, is to do your research. You must become well acquainted with your choice of destination as well as the international university system. You will find many resources online to help guide you in this endeavor. Once you have an idea of the basics, be sure to read up on the different universities and consider which type of institution and program will best serve your academic and professional goals.

Websites to research international universities, destinations and programs of study:

Times Higher Education – The Times Higher Education World University Rankings give the most reliable indication of the quality of teaching, research, innovation and the global outlook of universities around the world.

TopUniversties.com – Compare universities around the world with TopUniversities.com interactive university search tool. You can also search for universities by location, program type or study level.

Step 2: Familiarize Yourself with Student Visa Requirements

Issues often overlooked by students researching programs overseas are the student visa requirements.  More specifically, each destination country has a “proof of funds” requirement that must be met in order for a student to receive visa approval.  If you are single, this requirement can be easily met with student loans or a combination of scholarships, grants and student financing. However, if you are a graduate student and will be traveling with your family, you will need to have enough funds available to finance your education and to support your family during the duration of your studies.

If cost will be a factor or you will be depending on savings to fund your studies, it is important that you research the “Proof of Funds” needed to fulfill your student visa requirement for your chosen destination.  While you may have your heart set on a particular destination, depending on your finances, you may be better off finding a country with a lower PoF requirement.

If your chosen destination is listed in one of our Destination Guides, you can find “Proof of Funds” requirements listed under Visa Requirements: Austria,  Czech Republic,  France , Germany, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom

Step 3: Find a Program

There are numerous websites available to help you search for a program of study at an international university. Many websites can found just by searching for English speaking programs in a particular country. However, you can also find several private study abroad websites promoting various universities and programs all over the world.  If you already have an idea as to where you would like to study, you can also go directly to the university websites to find program information.

Some suggested websites for researching programs at international universities around the world:

The three websites provided below are websites that work with over 3,050 universities, business schools, law schools, and pathway providers who are eager to attract  students from all over the world.

Step 4: Keep Track of Application Deadlines – They Differ by Country

Applying to an international university is stressful enough without the worry of missing the application deadline.  Many students are often unaware that application deadlines differ by country. In fact, if you miss the application deadline you may have to wait an entire year to re-apply.  Therefore, it is very important that you keep track of all of the various deadlines when applying to more than one international university. You can find a general guide to application deadlines by country here.

Step 5: Prepare Your Documents – Before You Apply

Once you’ve chosen the programs that you wish to apply to, you will need to begin preparing your documents. It is very important that you review the application requirements and which documents you will need to include with your application.  If you plan to apply to programs in different countries, it’s important that you research the application requirements for each specific country. Both the application deadlines and the application requirements differ significantly among the various host countries.

  • If you are not from a predominantly English speaking country, it may be necessary for you to prove your English proficiency with a TOEFL or IELTS test.  If you haven’t already taken your test, you may want to book a time well in advance of the application deadline so that you can receive your results in time.   We have written an article with some test resources to help you prepare!
  • It may also be required of you to send certified and translated copies of your documents.  If you are not familiar with the Hague Convention and how it may apply to you, read our article on “How to Have Your Academic Credentials Certified, Notarized or Apostilled.”
  • While most foreign universities will not require SAT, GMAT or GRE exam scores like in the US, you will want to verify with the university and your program to determine if these test scores are required in order to apply.  Some foreign universities have started to require these exam scores in their application process.
  • Start working on your Statement of Purpose now!  Most foreign universities will want to know why you want to apply to their program.  If you are applying to multiple programs, you may want to verify the “State of Purpose” requirements as they may differ by program.
  • Do you have a passport?  This will be a required document of most foreign universities, since you will not be able to study abroad without one.   If you do not have a passport, you will need one before you apply! Make sure you apply for your passport in advance of applying so you do not miss the application deadline.

Step 6: Apply to a Program

Once you’ve chosen a few programs, now it’s time to start preparing your applications. Make sure that you set aside a sufficient amount of time to prepare your applications. If you are not sure where to begin, read our article on “How to Apply to an International University” . The article will walk you through the process.

Step 7: Get Your Finances in Order

Your first step to getting your finances in order is to determine how much you can afford and then, how much you will need to study abroad.  Understanding how much a study abroad program will cost is an important part of the process. To get an estimate of the overall cost of your desired program, you can add up the application and administrative fees, tuition, housing and living costs and any additional expenses (such as books, airfare, local transportation, food, excursions, etc.).  Once you have an idea of how much everything will cost, you can start working through all of your options. In order to finance their study abroad experience, many students use a combination of savings, student loans, scholarships and grants, and income from part-time employment while studying.

Step 8: Research and Apply to Scholarships

Many organizations offer scholarships to international students, as do most international universities. If you’re looking for a way to fund your studies, it’s a good idea to start researching scholarship and grant options before you submit your applications. This is because it can take months before being notified of an offer. It is also important to ensure that you do not miss any scholarship deadlines. You may also find that some scholarships are only offered for specific programs – another reason to do your research before applying to universities.

A list of full Study Abroad scholarships that cover both tuition and living expenses.

Step 9: Research Your Housing Options

If you are an international student pursuing a full degree overseas, you may not be guaranteed university housing. It often depends upon your level of studies. Since housing can be one of the most challenging aspects of studying abroad, it is important that you start researching your options early.  Often times the most valuable source of housing information is your university. Depending on where you plan to study, you can also use our destination guides to start researching housing information by country.

Step 10: Apply for Health Insurance

As an international student studying abroad,  you will be required to have international health insurance.  You will not be able to get your visa approved without it. However, depending on your destination, you may have the option of enrolling in a school-sponsored health plan through your university. Alternatively,  you may be able to enroll in a government subsidized plan for international students. Otherwise, you will be required to enroll in private health insurance.

A good place to begin your health insurance research is through your university. Your school will most likely have a section on their website already dedicated to this topic. If not, the school can direct you to where you can find the information. Depending on where you plan to study, you can also use our destination guides to start researching your health insurance options by country.

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Music Therapy and Dance Movement Therapy are modern forms of treatment for people with a wide variety of life challenges across the lifespan. Commonly grouped under “creative arts therapies” or “expressive therapies,” they are increasingly popular in the fields of mental health, developmental disabilities, medical care, dementia care, rehabilitation, and many others. Music Therapists and Dance Movement Therapists work with individuals and groups to promote, improve, and restore health, by engaging clients/patients in music and movement experiences.

Study in Heidelberg

Heidelberg is a classical German university town. For centuries it has been a place of learning and research in a wide variety of fields. Heidelberg has a vibrant cultural life outside of academia, of course, and people from all over the world come here for its beauty and culture. The two main institutes of higher learning located here are the University of Heidelberg and SRH University Heidelberg.

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SRH Heidelberg University

At SRH University Heidelberg, the creative arts therapies are located in the School of Therapeutic Sciences, one of six schools. Degrees in music therapy have been offered here since 1979 and in dance movement therapy since 2013. Beginning in 2018, we are excited to offer our master’s degrees (M.A.) in Music Therapy or Dance Movement Therapy in English!

Music and Dance Therapy Programs in English

At SRH Heidelberg University, we pride ourselves on our collaborative spirit. Much of the curriculum in the music therapy and dance movement therapy degrees is shared, which promotes active collaboration on projects and research. Additional collaboration is also possible with students of physical therapy (physiotherapy) and occupational therapy, which are also housed in the same school. Students can earn their M.A. in two years, including clinical training and the final thesis. While SRH University Heidelberg is a private university, our tuition fees are still more affordable than comparable universities in many English-speaking countries. In addition to affordability, SRH University Heidelberg offers an international student body, international exchange opportunities, and the chance to continue your studies on the PhD level at affiliated universities worldwide. For more information on our programs, please visit the homepage of SRH University Heidelberg’s English-language programs:

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Application Deadlines of Popular Study Abroad Destinations

Application Deadlines of Popular Study Abroad Destinations

 Applying to an international university is stressful enough without the worry of missing the application deadline.  For many programs, depending on their popularity, if you miss the deadline you may have to wait an entire year to reapply.  Therefore, It is very important that you keep track of all of the various deadlines between countries when applying to more than one international university.

In this article you can find application deadlines for most public universities in some of the most popular study abroad destinations in Europe. Most of the dates listed are for the 2018/2019 Fall semester schedule.  However, we have listed some deadlines for schools with Summer semester schedule deadlines as well.

Generally, universities set their own rules and deadlines for Master’s programs.  The deadline will most often depend on the type of education, institution, study program, an applicant’s country of origin and a few other factors. However, this information varies depending on the country and school.

If you have decided to apply to a certain Master’s program, contact the program director or admissions office to make sure that the information you have found is up to date and no changes are expected.

Country Application Period
Austria From June to September 2018 (varies by university)
Belgium (varies by university)

Non-EU/EEA by April 1st 2018
EU/EEA by June 1st 2018

Czech Republic EU/EEA
Winter Semester: from February to end of September 2018
Summer Semester: from June to end of February 2018
Non-EU/EEA
Winter Semester: from February to end of April 2018
Summer Semester: from June to end of September 2018
Denmark Bachelor’s due by March 15th 2018

Master’s (varies by university)

Estonia EU/EEA: from March to end of June 2018

Non-EU/EEA: from April 15th 2018 (varies by university)

Finland From November 15th 2017 to January 17th 2018
France Winter semester:  from October to end of January 2018
Summer semester: from February to end of September 2018
Germany Winter Semester: from May to July 15th 2018
Summer Semester: from December to January 15th 2018
Hungary Winter Semester: from June to November 15th 2018
Summer Semester: from November to February 15th 2018
Ireland From February 2018 to end of May 2018
Netherlands (Holland) From October 1st 2017 to May 1st 2018
Norway From December 1st to March 15th for most international students
Poland Winter Semester: from November to end of January 2018
Summer Semester: from April to end of July 2018
Romania From February to end of September 2018
Sweden Winter Semester: from October 17th to January 17th 2018
Summer Semester: from March 15th to April 18th
United Kingdom From September 6th to January 15th (Confirm with school actual deadline)

If you have missed some of the deadlines above, contact the university directly to find out if they have a ‘late applications’ option. If you have missed the deadline entirely, we recommend you contact the university or program director in case they may have some openings.  However, keep in mind, depending on your country of origin you may not be able to apply late in the process due your inability to get visa approval in time.

Moreover, some universities accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. If you’re concerned that you may have missed the boat, you may be able to find a university with a rolling admission policy still accepting applications. For more information on how to apply to an international university, read our article providing tips and tricks to help you through the process.


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Study Overseas in Germany

Study Overseas in Germany

A study abroad opportunity in Germany will provide students with a fantastic educational opportunity. Students will be exposed to so much more than they could possibly learn from a textbook or traditional course of study. Historically, Germany holds a major role in the politics and financial aspects of Europe, making the country a huge draw for those who are interested in international business programs. In addition, the strong focus on engineering, science and technology means that the rich education that you receive will be second to none around the world.

Universities

The German educational system is internationally recognized and is also much more affordable than its American competitors. German universities rank among the best in the world, with over 40 universities listed in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.  There are also 29 public universities offering students FREE tuition to international students.  You can find a list of these universities here.

Tuition Range for Universities in Germany

 

Public University Tuition Costs

 

EU/EEA 

Tuition is FREE to all EU/EEA students. However, students are responsible to pay their admission and registration fees, including accommodation and living expenses.

NON-EU/EEA

Most public universities offer free tuition to international students. However, students are responsible to pay their admission and registration fees, including accommodation and living expenses.

*You can find a list of Public universities in Germany offering FREE tuition here.

Some public universities have started charging international students tuition. Since 95% of the universities in Germany are Public,  tuition is still very affordable compared to other countries like the United States and the United Kingdom. 

Private University Tuition Range

Bachelor Degree

$7,500 to $25,500 annually

Master’s Degree

$9,500 to $25,500 annually

Tuition estimates based on 2017/2018 calendar year.

Application Deadlines in Germany

The following dates are general deadlines at most universities in Germany.  However, it is important for students to inquire with the university before applying.

Winter Semester:

  • Application period: from around the end of May to 15 July
  • Acceptance letters are sent out in August / September.
  • Rejection letters are sent out in September / October.

Summer Semester:

  • Application period: from the beginning of December to 15 January
  • Acceptance letters are sent out in February / March.
  • Rejection letters are sent out in March / April.

Deadlines vary between universities. Some degree programs only commence in the winter semester, which means that the application period may end earlier than indicated above. Inquire at the university of your choice about application deadlines and when your desired degree program will begin.

Admission Requirements in Germany

Students applying to a Bachelor’s program will need a high school diploma and need to have met the following academic requirements:

  • 4 units English with a minimum grade C: English IV or Honors or AP English,
  • 2 units Second Language,
  • 3 units Social Studies,
  • 5 units in total Mathematics and Science:
  • 2 or 3 units Mathematics with a minimum grade C: Algebra II or Trigonometry and Precalculus,
  • 2 or 3 units Science with a minimum grade C: Biology, Chemistry or Physics,
  • 2 academic units free to choose.

*GED – high school equivalency exams are not accepted.

Student’s Applying to a Master’s Program

Anyone with a degree from a university or a higher education qualification is eligible to apply to study in Germany.


How to Apply to a Program in Germany

There are different ways to apply to a university in Germany.  How you apply will depend on the school, the program and degree level.  It is also important that students are aware of the varying deadlines between universities.

There are three places where international students can apply to a university in Germany:

The Trust for Admission to Higher Education

Allocates a certain number of places in subjects that have a restricted admission policy.

Uni-assist

A student is able to prepare one application that can be used to apply to several universities in one centralized location.  The final admission decision is made by the university not Uni-Assist.

Apply Directly to University

Students can submit their application and apply directly to the university.


Financing Your Studies in Germany

Student’s have the following options for financing their study abroad experience in Germany:

Financial Aid

The U.S. Department of Education makes Direct Un-subsidized Loans and Graduate Plus Loans available to eligible student borrowers at participating institutions in Germany. Students may apply for a Direct Un-subsidized Loan up to $20,500 per academic year or a Graduate Plus loan (amounts vary).


Scholarships

The DAAD German Academic Exchange website  offers a comprehensive list of scholarships available to international students from around the world.  You will find the tool to be very intuitive and easy to use. Select your country and start searching for scholarships today.


Local grants and loans for foreign students

Non-EU/EEA students may be eligible for the BAföG grant (use Chrome or Google Translate – website is in German)However, 50% must be paid back by the student. Students will need to apply for it through their university’s Student Union or Financial Aid office. International students must be legal residents and under 35 years of age to apply.

Non-EU/EEA students may also be eligible for the Deutschlandstipendium grant.  It is awarded by the university, it is merit-based and there is no residency requirement.  The grant consists of a monthly payment of 300 €, provided on a 50/50 basis by the state and private businesses.

Loans are also available to foreign students, but a co-signer will usually be required and the applicant may have to show that they intend to remain in Germany to work after graduation.


Student Jobs in Germany

There are many jobs to be found for international students in the tourist industry, such as at hotels, cafes, clubs and restaurants.

Non-EU/EEA students are allowed to 120 full or 240 half days a year, without authorization, to help support themselves during their studies in Germany.  Non-EU/EEA students must also have a valid residency permit. To work more than the required hours stated above, a student will need to get permission from the Employment Agency and the Aliens Department.  However, there are exceptions for research and PHD students working at a university.

 EU/EEA students have free access to the job market in Germany.

HEALTH INSURANCE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN GERMANY

To study in Germany you will need to have health insurance.  If you do not have health insurance you may not be able to enroll in a German university.  Either before you enter the country or quickly upon arrival, you must enroll in some type of health insurance.

There are two types of health insurance for students:

  • Public/Compulsory health insurance
  • Private health insurance

EU/EEA Students

If you have statutory health insurance from your home country, you can register this insurance to have coverage in Germany. You will need to contact your home country health insurance agency to convert.

Non-EU/EEA Students

There are two types of possible health insurance plans for students, Public/Compulsory or Private health insurance. Most students are required to hold at least Public/Compulsory health insurance. However, there are exceptions for post-graduate students, participants in language courses, students 30 years and older, etc.

Private Medical Insurance

 If you are a post-graduate student, visiting scientist, participant in a language course, student 30 years and older, or a student studying for 14 semesters or longer, then you are required to have private health insurance.


List of Private Health Insurance Providers in Germany

There are many health insurance companies in Germany to choose from.  Some health insurance companies provide special offers for students from abroad. Please contact the particular insurance companies for advice and compare different offers yourself.

If you have any questions regarding plans or services offered, please contact the insurance provider directly.


STUDENT VISA REQUIREMENTS GERMANY

EU/EEA Students

Students from within the EU or from Norway, Switzerland, Iceland or Liechtenstein, do not need a visa to study in Germany.

Non-EU/EEA Students

If you are a Non-EU/EEA student from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, North Korea, Japan, or Israel you do not need a student visa to enter the country.  However, if your studies require you to stay in the country for longer than 90 days, you will need to apply for a resident permit for purpose of study within your first two weeks in Germany.

Non-EU/EEA Students from other Countries

A student visa is required to enter the country.  You will need to apply for your visa from the nearest German embassy or consulate in your home country.

How to Apply for a Resident Permit for Purpose of Study

Several documents are necessary when applying for a resident permit:

  • Permit fee
  • Birth certificate/marriage certificate
  • Acceptance letter from university stating length of program
  • Proof of registration at university
  • Proof of private or public health insurance
  • Proof of Funds ($9,390 dollars )
  • Valid passport (must be valid for entire length of stay)
  • Proof of residence (Rental agreement, contract)
  • Two passport photos

How to Apply for a Student Visa

It can take up to three months to process a student visa application. Therefore, it is important that you start the process as soon as you receive your letter of acceptance from the university.  You will need to contact the German embassy or consulate in your country to start your application.

A list of the documents you will need to apply for a student visa in Germany:

  • Proof of sufficient funds in the amount of at least $9,390
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Letter of acceptance to a university
  • Official transcripts from previous study
  • Valid passport with two passport photos

How to find Student Housing in Germany

If you want to study in Germany you will have to make your own housing arrangements. German universities do not offer accommodation to international students upon enrollment. Therefore, students are encouraged to begin their housing search as soon as they receive their acceptance letter from a university.

Student Housing Options Vary in Germany

There are many housing options in Germany ranging from dormitories to flat-share arrangements. The different types of accommodation that can be found include the following:

Room in Residence Hall

Students do not need to be in the country to apply for a room at a student residence.  Students can expect to pay from around $325 to $600 a month, depending on the size and living arrangement.  Another advantage is that the rooms are furnished.

Flatshare/Single Room

Students have their own room in an apartment they share with other students.  Everyone shares the bathroom and kitchen.  The benefits of this arrangement are that it can be very economical for students.  Students can expect to pay anywhere from $333 to $450 a month.  However, the apartments are generally not furnished and will require the student to buy furniture.

Single or Double Apartment/Flat

Renting an apartment is the most expensive and difficult option for international students. You will not be able to rent an apartment before moving to the country.  You will need to have some type of temporary housing lined up before entering the country.  It could also take some time finding this type of accommodation.

Student Hostels

Students can find affordable temporary accommodation with local student hostels throughout Germany.  However, this type of accommodation is only temporary and will eventually require a student to find a more permanent housing situation.

Students Should Start Searching for Housing through their University

Many universities offer a Student Union or International Office that can offer advice and provide suggestions for housing.  They may also have a housing bulletin board or newsletter advertising available accommodation. Many universities in Germany also work with different student housing providers to help students find accommodation. Some common housing providers include:

Studentenwerk

There are 58 Studentenwerke throughout Germany providing support to international students and 180,000 students with accommodation.  They also run over 700 refectories and cafeterias.  Some Studentenwerke also manage several colleges and universities in smaller German towns.

Studentendorf-Schlachtensee

The Studentendorf-Schlachtensee  and Studentendorf-Aldershof provide high quality student flatshares and furnished apartments, including all utilities,  in Berlin, Potsdam and Wildau.  Both student villages offer accommodation with easy access to universities in all three areas and a fast and reliable internet connection.   Students also benefit from many social opportunities.

Studierendenwerke Berlin

Studierendenwerke-Berlin is part of the Studentenwerk throughout Germany and provides subsidized housing and support to international students studying in the Berlin area.

Apartment Rentals in Germany

There are many housing portals online which a student can use to find long term and short term apartment rentals.

Immoblien Scout24

ImmoblientScout24.com is one of many housing portals available for students online. Use Chrome or Google translate to translate into English. 

Interim Housing Options

If you do not have accommodation when you arrive, there are several interim options available to students:

Student Sublet – Many students traveling or studying abroad may offer their apartments to sublet. You can often find listings in the Student Union or International Office for Students.

Hostels – There are hostels located all over Germany.  A quick search online will offer many options available in your area.

Bed and Breakfast – B&B’s are known for being very affordable temporary accommodation.  You can also find this type of accommodation by doing a quick search online in your area.

Student Hotels/Hostels/Guest HousesSingle or Double Apartments to Share


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Study Abroad in France

Study Abroad in France

France is a very popular tourist destination. Over 30 million people visit the country’s beautiful beaches, snow covered mountains, rolling countryside and great cities like Paris, Marseilles, and Lyon every year. Therefore, it is not surprising that it also happens to be one of the most popular study abroad destinations of students. While the country is mostly known for it’s vibrancy of culture, museums and cuisine; France also has one of the best higher education systems in the world.

A student can expect to have a very enriching and multicultural experience while studying in the country as it draws students from many countries.

International Students Studying in France Will Benefit from Very Low Tuition Rates

One of the biggest benefits of International students is that the French government bears the cost of education. As a result, international students can expect to pay up under $1,000 USD or less annually in tuition at most public universities and institutions in France. While students are expected to cover their own living expenses, depending on where you study, France can be a very affordable study destination.

Annual Tuition Rates Public Universities

The rates for the 2017-18 academic year are listed by degree program:

  • $220 USD for Bachelor’s programs
  • $356 USD for Master’s programs
  • $464 USD for Doctoral/PHD programs

Additional fees may be assessed depending on the type of service.

Tuition Rates at Private Institutions in France

Tuition rates at private institutions and schools of Business and Management tend to range from $3593 to $12,000 annually or higher annually.

Application Requirements and Deadlines in France

Applying to a university in France students need to ensure they are applying in the correct location.

EU/EEA students can apply directly through the university of their choice.
Non-EU/EEA students need to apply through CampusFrance.org the French national agency promoting higher education and international students and mobility.

Semester System in France

Winter semester in France generally begins in October and ends in January.

Summer semester begins in February and ends in September.

Students Can Apply to a University Two Times a Year

The application period begins in February and generally ends sometime in May for International Students and June for EU/EEA students. (Verify official deadlines for each university on CampusFrance.org)

Application Period

The application period generally begins in September and ends in January. (Verify official deadlines for each university on CampusFrance.org.) All applications for undergraduate programs should be submitted through CampusFrance.org. Postgraduate applications can be submitted directly through the university website.

Financing Your Studies in France

Student’s have the following options for financing their study abroad experience in France:

Financial Aid

The U.S. Department of Education makes Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Graduate Plus Loans available to eligible student borrowers at participating institutions in France. Students may apply for a Direct Unsubsidized Loan up to $20,500 per academic year or a Graduate Plus loan (amounts vary).

The following institutions participate in the U.S. Government Federal William D. Ford Direct Loan Program:

Scholarships for International Students

The Campus Bourses website operated through CampusFrance.org offers a comprehensive list of scholarships available to international students from around the world.  You will find the tool to be very intuitive and easy to use. Select your country and start searching for scholarships today.

Loans

EU/EEA students: Some schools have partnered with the Banque Populaire Rives de Paris to offer loans to students of all nationalities up to a maximum amount of 21,500 Euros.

Student Jobs

Non-EU/EEA students and EU students are able to work up to 964 hours a year to help support themselves during their studies in France.  The students university must be enrolled in the national student health plan. Non-EU/EEA students must also have a valid residency permit.

There are many jobs to be found for international students in the tourist industry, such as at hotels, cafes, clubs and restaurants.

France Offers International Students Health Insurance

International students are required to have health insurance when attending a university in another country.  Some countries require students to enroll in an international health insurance plan to get visa approval.  France is different in that it offers students health insurance through its national student health care plan.

France has one of the most recognized health systems in the world.  Students benefit by not having to purchase expensive international health insurance.  Through France’s health plan, students receive preventative and wellness services for a nominal fee of around $242 a year. Thereby, students save a considerable amount of money in health insurance costs when studying in France.

Non-EU/EEA students are required to enroll in the plan.

EU/EEA students are exempted from participating in the plan if they have a European health insurance card (valid for one year) or can prove that they have private health insurance.

Visa Requirements

Students applying for Visa will have the following options depending on the duration of their program:

Short Stay Visa ((visa de court séjour)): Students studying in the country for 90 days or less, from the following countries, will not need to apply for a visa before entering the country:

Albania Andorra Antigua & Barbuda Argentina Australia Austria Bahamas Belgium Bosnia Brazil Bulgaria Canada Chile Costa Rica Croatia Denmark El Salvador Honduras Iceland Ireland Israel Italy Japan Lithuania Mexico Moldova  New Zealand Norway Poland Singapore Slovenia South Korea Spain Sweden Switzerland Taiwan United Kingdom United States Vatican City Venezuela

Temporary Long-Stay Visa (Visa long séjour temporaire de six mois):  This visa is valid for stays up to 6 months.

Long Stay Visa (visa de long séjour): If you are planning on staying for longer than 3 months, you will need a Long Stay Visa.  This visa is valid for stays from 3 to 12 months.  You need to apply for this visa in your home country before landing in France. Once you arrive in France, you will need to apply for a temporary stay permit.

How Students Can Find Accommodation in France

Student Housing

French universities offer student accommodation known as “Cités-U” and are run by CROUS the national student service agency.  There is a large demand for student housing, especially in Paris.  Therefore, housing is usually reserved for financial aid and scholarship recipients and exchange students.   You can find information regarding these housing agencies at the following websites:

Private Rentals

Private apartment rentals are also available for students at the following websites:

ADELE the Association for Economic Development provides a website with student housing around France.

Estudines  offers apartments in thirty different cities around France from $481 to $963.

CLEF the Center for Student Accommodation in France offers student housing located in several cities (Grenoble, Rouen, and Evreux)  in France with rents ranging from $240 to $361.


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How to Apply to an International University

How to Apply to an International University

 International Application Process

Applying to an international university is really no different from applying to one in your home country.  International schools want to see that you proactively made the most of your time in high school or in your undergraduate program.  International schools are also looking for strength in the curriculum of courses you took as well as the grades you received. While you may be sending the information differently or sending information in a different format, international universities will be looking at the same information as at home.  Therefore, it is important that you dedicate the same amount of time as you would to any college applications you prepare in your home country.

If you are still worrying about the application process, no worries.  We have prepared a detailed guide to help you fill out your study abroad application.

Student Definitions

 

International Student

If you are not a permanent resident, dual citizen, or citizen of the country of the school where you are applying, you are considered an international student. However, if you have dual citizenship of the country to which you are applying, then you may be able to apply as a resident.

EU/EEA and Non-EU/EEA Definitions

You may have noticed references on various university websites to EU/EEA and Non-EU/EEA students. It is important that when you apply to an international university that you know how to identify yourself on the application.  Moreover, different application deadlines may also apply depending on status.

EU/EEA Student 

If you are from the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, or if you have dual citizenship of an EU/EEA country.

You may also be categorized as an EU/EEA student if you have resided for a certain period of time, have permanent residence or are a refugee of an EU/EEA country.

The EU countries are:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

The EEA countries are:

Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. It allows them to be part of the EU’s single market. Switzerland is neither an EU nor EEA member but is part of the single market and citizens have the same rights to live and work in the EU/EEA as other nationals.

Non-EU/EEA Students

You are a Non-EU (International) student if you are from a country that is not part of the EU or EEA list of countries above.  You can find a list of Non-EU countries here.

Preparing Your Application

 

Most international applicants will be required to go through a different application process than permanent residents or citizens of the country of the school.

Students may also have to go through a different application process if you are applying to an Undergraduate, Master’s or Doctoral/PHD program. Make sure you follow the instructions for the program to which you are applying.

Application Checklist

 

Choose a Course or Program to Study

The first step to applying to an international university is to choose a subject to study.

Verify the entry requirements

You will need to make sure that you meet the entry requirements of your chosen program. When doing your research the program information will most likely have the entry requirements listed somewhere on the website.

An example of common entry requirements for undergraduates:

4 units English with a minimum grade C: English IV or Honors or AP English,
2 units Second Language,
3 units Social Studies,
5 units in total Mathematics and Science:
2 or 3 units Mathematics with a minimum grade C: Algebra II or Trigonometry and Precalculus,
2 or 3 units Science with a minimum grade C: Biology, Chemistry or Physics,
2 academic units free to choose.
*GED – high school equivalency exams may not be accepted. Check with the university first before submitting your application.

 

Check Important Dates

 

The university to which you are applying will have different application deadlines listed for EU/EEA students and Non-EU/EEA students.  It is important that you mark down the deadlines so that you do not submit your application beyond the deadline.  You can find application deadlines for many countries in Europe here.

 

Mail or Submit Your Application Online

 

Different countries have different procedures for submitting your application.  Some countries may require you to mail your application along with all of the required documentation.  While other countries have you apply online and then mail your required documentation afterwards.  Moreover, some countries may have all undergraduate applications go through an online application service, while some allow you to apply directly through the university.  It is important that you determine where exactly you should submit your application, whether it be submitted online or mailed directly to the university.  

Countries with online application portals: 

 
United Kingdom

All students applying to a Bachelor’s program in the United Kingdom are required to go through UCAS.  You can find the school and program to which you are interested in applying and submit the application directly through the UCAS website.

France

France requires that all international Bachelor’s and some Master’s applications go through the CampusFrance.org website.  We recommend that if you are a student from the US and your French is limited, that you use the usa.campusfrance.org website.

Germany

Most Bachelor’s and Master’s applications must be submitted through the Uni-Assist website.  Uni-Assist verifies the required documents submitted by applicants and sends this information to the universities once all of the information has been assessed and cleared.

Ireland

The Central Application Office (CAO) processes Bachelor’s applications for Irish Higher Education Institutions.

 

Required Documentation

 

It is important that you verify with the university what documents are required as an international student during the application process.  Depending on how you submit your application, you may have to attach electronic copies of your documentation.  Or you may have to mail them after you submit your application electronically. Certain countries may also require that you send in certified copies of your education credentials.

Example of required documentation for undergraduate and postgraduate students:

  • Letter of motivation
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Portfolio (program depending)
  • English proficiency test
  • Education Documentation (proof of graduation from high school or undergraduate program, or postgraduate program)
  • Photocopy of Passport
 

Track Your Application

 

Depending on how you submit your application, you will want to track your application.  If you applied through an online application service, a tracking number will most likely be sent to your email account or provided to you after you submit your application.  However you receive this number, write it down somewhere it will not be misplaced.

*If you mailed your application, check with the university to determine how you can track your application and stay abreast of its progress.

It is also important that once you know how to track the progress of your study abroad application, that you regularly check for any updates or requests from the university.  You do not want to miss a request for more documentation or any questions regarding your application, this will only delay the processing of your application or have it cancelled.


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