When students consider studying for Architecture Master and higher degree abroad, their main focus is usually on the cost. This tends to be followed by whether or not they will get into the school of their choice after graduating from an international program. Studying abroad can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. Here, we will talk about how to study architecture abroad.
How to study architecture abroad?
Step 1: Find an architecture program abroad
This will actually be much easier than you might think. There are many architecture programs offered in countries all over the World, with Europe being one of the most popular destinations. You could also look into the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, China and India as other possible destinations.
Step 2: Get your documents together
In order to pursue any international studies, you will need a passport. You will also need to get your transcripts from previous schools along with any references from past professors. Some schools may ask for a copy of your diploma and other supplemental materials.
Step 3: Prepare for the TOEFL or Other English Test
Depending on where you are going to study, you may need to take a test to prove your competency in the English language. This is usually one of two tests, the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or The IELTS (International English Language Testing System). You will need to sign up for one of these tests ahead of time and pay the fee.
Step 4: Take the TOEFL if necessary
For schools in Europe (or other English-speaking countries), you may not need to take the test; however, many universities all over the World will require it. If this is the case, make sure you are ready to take the test about 3-6 months before you leave for your studies abroad. The tests can be expensive and take a long time to prepare for, so start studying as soon as you know you need the TOEFL.
Step 5: Look into Scholarships and Grants you may qualify for
There are many scholarships and grants available for international students.
Step 6: Get your documents ready for school
This is not something you probably want to do as early as step 3 or 4 because it involves a lot of work. The first thing you will need to get is your transcripts from any previous universities you have attended. You will also need to determine your GPA and check the school’s grading scale you are going to apply for. If you don’t have all of these things, start getting them now because it can take a long time!
Step 7: Go abroad and experience what the world has to offer
Now that you have all of your paperwork ready and you have passed the test, it is time to go abroad! Make sure you have a back up plan in case something goes wrong with your documents or visa. In many countries, international students are taken very seriously and if anything goes awry with your documentation, your school could expel you as well as cancel your visa.