If you are applying for school in Canada from a different country, the process might be a bit overwhelming. However, we at Loretta Murphy Translations, have put together 10 tips to help make the process a bit smoother!
- Research the school and study program
Make sure that you have thoroughly researched both the study programs and the schools that you are applying to so that you are a hundred percent positive that they meet your expectations and that you have the right qualifications to meet all entry requirements.
- Talk to the school
If you are applying as an international student, speak to international admissions staff and alumni (previous students) of the study programs that you are interested in so that you can build up a picture of what is expected of you as an applicant and as a student.
- Have a backup plan
You should be applying to a number of universities or colleges of differing standards, all at which you would be happy to study, but who offer different entry requirements. Having first, second and third options guarantees you will have a fair possibility of being acknowledged at one of the schools you applied to.
- Apply online
Apply online if possible. Institutions prefer applications online as it is much more efficient for them to process.
- Be honest
International admissions staff see thousands of applications every year and are very experienced in spotting an ‘exaggerated’ application. Be honest and try to express your strengths and passions without directly saying “I am passionate about…”
- Letters of recommendation
Choose the people who write your letters of recommendation very carefully. They should know you and be able to talk about your strengths in detail, giving concrete examples if possible, and providing evidence that you have skills and knowledge relevant to your application.
- Preparation for examinations
Ensure that you are aware and have prepared well for any examinations that you are required to take as part of your application. Should it be necessary, enroll in a preparatory program that will guarantee you will be prepared.
- Additional information
Send additional information if you think it will reflect well on your application. Additional letters of recommendation from employers or evidence of your extracurricular activities can help prove you are an eligible candidate.
- Be organized and meet deadlines
Make sure you are aware of all deadlines and that you are prepared well ahead of time to ensure that all aspects of your application are complete. An incomplete application can delay a decision and may reduce your chances of being accepted.
- Stay positive
Always remember to stay positive! Sometimes things do not go as planned, but that’s okay! Keep your head up and never surrender – even if that means reapplying a couple of times or looking into other options. Patience and positivity are key when applying to school.
Do you have any of your own tips to share with us, or have any further questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org