Common mistakes in student's applications

Pragya Sharma ✅

Pragya Sharma ✅

Co-Founder @ Ace My Prep & Study Abroad Expert


The thought of applying to universities abroad gives anxiety to most students. That is because using abroad is seen as a complicated and lengthy process. But one needs to know a simple fact, a considerable percentage of foreign universities want more international students. They enjoy cultural diversity in their classrooms because they don’t want the learning process limited only to academics. One also learns a lot from interacting with students from different backgrounds.

 A few general mistakes that you may avoid –

1. Lack of research – Research is one of the most horrifying stages for international students. The most prominent signs of insufficient research are if you know only a few universities, have not researched course options, financial aid, and scholarships, or did not think of having the on-campus facilities, location, weather, or cost of living.

 2. Right people, Right answers – Every foreign university has an admissions committee who has this one job of advising international students. However, most of the students have no idea about the committee. That is why it’s always advised to write a mail to the university in case of any questions or confusion rather than googling it. 

3. Not planning enough and well in time – Unlike our admissions, the admission process abroad is not streamlined. Every university and college has a different schedule and method. Many universities accept applications on a rolling basis. Some have only one intake, fall, and then some universities have a fall, summer, and winter intake. You need to be mentally strong to accommodate all the different processes for the upcoming year. So the preparation for the visa process needs to be done separately.

4. Not bragging enough about yourself – The most crucial part of any university application is the SOP or the Statement of Purpose, or an Essay. These lists your story, motivation, accomplishments, and goals. These documents help the admission officers decide whether your profile belongs to the university. They need to see what you bring to the table and how you can contribute to the college community.

Don’t be modest about yourself in these papers. If you have done well on specific exams, mention it. If you have played sports, say it. If you have been involved in theatre or music, mention it. Sharing your accomplishments will enhance your application immensely and may also make you eligible for scholarship opportunities. However, don’t exaggerate your achievements or lie about them. Be truthful, and don’t underplay your accomplishments.

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