Studying abroad: a step-by-step guide

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Planning to study abroad is an exciting, inspiring time. Every year, students from around the world begin their journey to overseas education by exploring, comparing and deciding on a university that feels right to them. 

But how can you be sure you’re making the right choice? Follow our simple step-by-step guide, designed to help you from start to finish. Plus, discover the benefits of studying abroad awaiting you at your chosen destination.

How to prepare for study abroad

Do your research

Finding the perfect destination for studying abroad takes time, but it’s worth it. It’s important you find a programme that matches your ambitions and goals, so you’ll get the most out of travelling and studying overseas.

Connect with an advisor

We’re here to help, with dedicated overseas education consultants on hand to provide support and answer any questions you might have about studying abroad. 

Get in touch here.

Get to know the campus

It’s important to love everything your university has to offer, not just the programme itself. Your chosen destination should offer plenty of amenities and facilities to help further your overall study abroad experience, as well as your education.

Once you progress to your degree at the University of Leeds, you’ll have access to a range of modern, leading campus facilities including:

  • New research-led laboratories with advanced equipment and technologies
  • Four on-campus libraries, including one of the largest and most impressive in the UK
  • Over 1,800 computers, available for you to use and study whenever you need to

Create a payment plan

Studying abroad will come with its costs, so be sure to consider everything you need to know before you begin the application process. Research the tuition fee information linked to the programme you’re interested in. Then, think about the other personal costs involved — from travel, to accommodation and day-to-day living.

There are subject-related scholarships available to undergraduate students who meet the appropriate academic requirements. Scholarships are available in the following subjects:

  • Science and Engineering
  • Law
  • Biological Sciences
  • Psychology

Read more about study abroad scholarships here.

Speak to other students

A great way to get a better understanding of studying abroad is to speak to people who have done it themselves. You can get first-hand feedback on everything your chosen university has to offer — its programmes, facilities, campus and life more generally in the city you’ve chosen to study in.

Submit your application

Once you’ve decided on a university and programme, it’s time to write your application. Applying to the Leeds International Study Centre is simple ­— just fill in one of our online application forms

The form will ask you some basic questions like your personal details, chosen programme and education history, to help us understand your academic level. If you need support, you can always contact our Student Enrolment Advisors who can help you with the process.

Request your visa

Next is your Student visa, which you’ll need to study at the Leeds International Study Centre. You can only apply for a Student visa once you’ve been offered a place on your chosen programme, but applying is simple.

Follow the steps on our website here. If you need any support, our Student Enrolment Advisors are available for any visa-related enquiries.

Plan where you'll stay

Leeds has so much to offer when it comes to student accommodation. From friendships, to fun and finding your way in a new country and city — it’s the best way to experience student life abroad.

At Leeds International Study Centre we work with Study Inn, a student accommodation provider located in Leeds city centre offering convenient and modern premium student accommodation.

Find out more here.

Benefits of studying abroad

See the world differently

Studying abroad not only brings opportunity to travel, but also to see the world from a unique perspective. 

Leeds International Study Centre is located in a vibrant northern English city famed for its arts, sports and entertainment options. It’s only a short distance from the beautiful Yorkshire countryside, offering you both the buzz of the big city and calm of the rural countryside.

Immerse yourself in new cultures

Students who study overseas gain the ability to see life from another perspective. The UK is a multicultural place made up of many different nationalities and cultures. Meet people from other backgrounds, learn more about how other people live, and try delicious and exciting international food.

Boost your learning & language skills

There’s no better way to learn a new language than by immersing yourself in it completely. No matter which programme you choose, you’ll develop your language skills alongside your subject knowledge.

You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to improve your language skills socially, as you make new friends and explore everything that the city has to offer.

Socialise and make friends

An international education benefits you personally as well as academically. Moving to a different country to study helps you gain independence and grow your social network. It gives you the opportunity to make a wide circle of friends from many diverse backgrounds. This is personally rewarding and can also improve your career success. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

How can I find a study abroad programme? 

The easiest way to find the right study abroad programme for you is by researching online. Start by choosing a destination, then focus on the type of education and experience you’d like to receive. Speaking with an overseas education consultant or agent is also a great way to get support and advice.

What are the best study abroad programmes? 

There are a number of elements that make up a great study abroad programme. When researching, be sure to look into location, campus facilities, expert staff and opportunities to further your language skills.

Is studying abroad really worth it?

Studying overseas is a big step with a lot of changes. As well as the many career options available after graduating, studying in the UK is hugely rewarding. The skills, knowledge and friendships you create during your time in the UK will stay with you for the rest of your life. 

International study will broaden your horizons and open up many new opportunities.