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Applying to study in another country needs careful preparation and planning.

Use our checklist to record your progress, and remember that it's important to start the application process well in advance, so you’re able  to ensure a smooth transition to your preferred country for studying.

Up to three years before enrolment

Find the college or university of your choice, and check the version of IELTS you need to take, and the IELTS score required. Find out how to  register for IELTS.

  • Maintain a good academic record at your current institution.
  • Find your nearest IELTS test centre, check for a convenient date and book your test. You should plan to take the test around 12 – 14 months before enrolment on your course. 
  • Start preparing for IELTS, even if you are a native English speaker. Make sure to familiarise yourself with the format and timing of the test.
  • Find out if the institutions you are interested in require an admission test. Start planning to take the test(s) required by your chosen institutions.

15-18 months before enrolment

Check the information about studying in your preferred country:

Country Website
UK Study UK, UCAS
USA Education USA
Australia Study in Australia
Canada EduCanada
New Zealand Study with New Zealand
Europe Study in Europe

12-14 months before enrolment

Take your IELTS test and get your IELTS score in 3-8 days when you take the test on a computer or online, or receive results after 13 days for IELTS on paper.

If you didn't achieve the required score, visit our preparation section for improvement tips.

Plan and organise your university applications:

  • Prepare a folder for each institution you want to apply to. This will help you organise all forms, correspondence, and receipts.
  • Carefully read all application materials and fulfill all requirements by their due dates.
  • Create an application calendar to stay on track.

10-12 months before enrolment

  • Complete the admission application for the institution(s) you have chosen.
  • Complete your financial aid and scholarship applications.
  • Check the visa requirements.

6-9 months before enrolment

At this stage, you should know which institutions have accepted you as a student.

3 months before enrolment

Ensure your visa application is progressing as required. 

Good luck with your study abroad journey!