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ELIGIBILITY GUIDE

Meeting the eligibility criteria is the first step to your overseas education journey.

FOR A BACHELOR'S COURSE OVERSEAs

APPLICATION PREREQUISITES

While each country has a slightly different requirement, broadly speaking, here’s a list of application requirements that you need to fulfil:

  • Universities and colleges base their decision on your academic record (10th and 12th grade exam results) and applicable standardised test scores such as the SAT. But, if you’re applying to a German college, you have to have completed your secondary examinations as well as 1 year of your bachelor degree in India.
  • If your native language is not English, you are required to write another test, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS), depending on where you apply. Certain countries may also require you to have a basic understanding of their native language, such as in Germany.
  • You will need to fill in your application form with a Statement of Purpose and other supplementary essays as well as a résumé.
  • You will also have to submit 2–3 Letters of Recommendation.
Who can apply?
  • You can apply for an undergraduate course as a freshman or a transfer student. A freshman is a student in the first year of college or university.
  • You can apply as a freshman if you have never been enrolled as a full-time university student and have completed your secondary education. In India, this means you have passed the 12th grade or junior college.
  • A transfer student refers to someone who has attended another university after completing secondary education. The application requirements for a transfer student differ from university to university. Check your eligibility and apply accordingly.

FOR A MASTER'S COURSE OVERSEAS

Application prerequisites

Once you have a bachelor’s degree, the prerequisites are usually the same, across the globe.

  • Proof of at least 16 years of formal education, including your bachelor’s degree certificate.
  • Academic transcripts or report cards of your final exams of your bachelor’s degree.
  • A Statement of Purpose or Personal Statement explaining why you’re interested in the university.
  • Letters of Recommendation from your college professors that exhibit your strengths and skills.
  • Most colleges require you to submit results of standardised tests like GRE and GMAT, sometimes along with English proficiency tests such as IELTS or TOEFL.
  • Your work experience plays a huge role when applying for a post-graduate course. Relevancy to your chosen course and achievements in the field should be listed clearly in your CV.
  • Additionally, a few of the application requirements are unique to each country:
    • USA: SAT, ACT exams or GMAT results.
    • UK: You can either submit all documents through the university’s website, or through the UKPASS system.
    • Germany: You can either submit all documents directly to the university, or via Uni Assist, an online portal.
    • Australia: You can access master’s degree application processes and requirements through the University Admissions Centre (UAC) website and the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
Who can apply?
  • You can apply for a master’s course as a freshman or a transfer student. A freshman is a student in the first year of a master’s course.
  • You can apply as a freshman if you have never been enrolled as a full-time university student and have an undergraduate degree. In India, this means you have a bachelor’s degree.
  • A transfer student refers to someone who has attended another university after completing their bachelor’s degree. The application requirements for a transfer student differ from university to university. Check your eligibility and apply accordingly.
  • It is important to note that some universities accept a student directly for a master’s course even if they do not have a bachelor’s degree.

For a PhD or doctorate course overseas

Application prerequisites

The prerequisites for a doctorate programme (usually a 5-year course) are the most stringently checked.

  • For doctorate programmes, most universities require a master’s degree in the subject you want to pursue.
  • Foreign students are also required to submit results of applicable standardised test scores such as the GRE.
  • If you are applying for a PhD scholarship, it is vital to have an excellent academic record. Collect official academic records and transcripts from all your previous universities.
  • A Statement of Purpose (or Personal Statement) is crucial to getting admitted. Submit an SOP that conveys your passion and skill to your chosen university.
  • If your native language is not English, then you are required to take tests such as TOEFL.
  • You will also need to be submit 2–3 Letters of Recommendation.
  • Your work or teaching experience is very important. Relevancy to your chosen course and achievements in the field should be listed in clearly in your CV.
  • A research proposal that demonstrates your knowledge, methodology and a proposed research plan is necessary.
  • Some universities also make it mandatory for potential students to appear for a PhD entrance examination.
Who can apply?
  • Usually a student with a relevant master’s degree and work, teaching or publishing experience can apply for a PhD.
  • Some universities allow students with a bachelor’s degree to apply for a doctoral programme as well.
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