Studying abroad: Everything you need to know

04 Nov 2023
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If you are planning to study abroad, this post will help you understand everything you need to know before deciding to embark on this new adventure.

Is it good to study abroad?

Every year, thousands of students choose to study abroad for a variety of reasons. Students come to Elisava from all over the world and studying abroad is an opportunity to broaden their academic education and, in some cases, even an attractive way to learn a new language. It also offers the opportunity to immerse oneself in a new culture, learning its customs and traditions, which is also an important growth on a personal level… In short, there is no doubt that study abroad is a life-changing experience, and Elisava’s Study Abroad programme is a good example of this.

How to study abroad?

Often, when you start to plan to study abroad, it is easy to get carried away by the excitement, but it is important not to rush things and plan your stay very well. These are the steps to follow to study abroad:

  • Think about what you want to study abroad: Many people decide to go abroad because they want to study a specific subject, while others are sure about wanting to spend time abroad but don’t know what to study yet. As we said, there are many options: there are programmes, degrees, bachelor’s degrees, doctorates, certificates, diplomas…
  • Choose the country in which to study: As in the previous point, the possibilities are endless and you should choose a country according to your interests. There are many aspects to take into account, such as climate, quality of life and the attractions of the place. The type of speciality you want to train in will probably also determine the location, as each country is known for different things.
  • Analyse the requirements of each country and your chosen studies: Once you are clear about all of the above, the next step is to review and initiate all the requirements and procedures for studying abroad. You’ll also need to analyse the entry requirements for the studies you intend to take. For example, if you’re going to travel to a foreign country where a language other than your own is spoken, you’ll probably need to provide proof of your language proficiency.
  • Find a place to live: If you’ve made it this far, you’re almost ready to start your adventure abroad! One of the last steps will be to find a place to stay during your stay. Again, there are different options: Look for a student residence, a flat or a family home.
  • Pack your bags and start the adventure: Shortly before you leave, it’s time to pack your bags and, especially if you’re staying for a long period, you’re probably planning to take a lot of luggage with you. However, we recommend that you prioritise only what is strictly necessary to avoid unnecessary excess weight. Often, we tend to think that we need much more stuff than we are actually going to use on a daily basis. And wherever you go, you’ll always be able to buy what you need in an emergency.

What do you need to study abroad?

As we mentioned before, it is important to check the requirements and demands that each country has when receiving foreigner students. Moreover, the academic institution can request the needed certification to access the studies wanted.

In general, the country can ask the student for:

  • Student visa
  • Health insurance
  • Residence permit
  • Work permit

Among the academic institution’s requirements, you can find:

  • Academic qualifications or degree
  • Language certifications
  • Admission test
  • Academic curriculum
  • Cover letter
  • Recommendation letter

Each country is different and can request some or other admission requirements. This is why, the best recommendation is to deeply investigate which ones they may ask and do the necessary processes in advance.

Studying in a university abroad

Exploring the option of studying at university abroad is presented as an attractive alternative to many students. Often, this choice turns into an excellent way to deal with the specific needs of each student, considering the limited availability of local academic options. The lack of opportunities in academic training leads the students to search for more attractive proposals that match their interests in the international field.

If you are interested in studying university abroad, Elisava is a European university with one of the best offers in academic training related to design and engineering in Barcelona. Whether if you want to study an undergraduate degree, or a master or postgraduate course, we have the perfect academic programmes for you. Our programmes count with relevant subjects for each discipline and a teaching team formed by professionals and guides of the field.

Our academic offer for foreigners is not narrowed down to university degrees and postgraduate trainings, we also offer a broad variety of specialized courses and trainings to complement your studies and explore other areas in design and engineering.

For instance, in Elisava, we also count with a 15-week programme, called Study Abroad, that offers an integral vision on design and the new opportunities that are presented because of it. This programme, exclusively taught in English, is destined to both students trained in design and students who want to be introduced to the wonderful world of design.

Scholarships to study abroad

Another important aspect to consider when deciding to study abroad is your budget. Of course, this will depend on different factors such as the tuition fees, transport, accommodation, the living standard in the country where you’ll be living, etc. In short, there’s no doubt that studying abroad requires a planned budget. However, it is worth considering the possibility of applying for a scholarship to balance out the cost.

There are different platforms through which you can apply for a scholarship to study abroad and the awarding of subventions can vary completely. Some scholarships cover almost all the costs of a stay abroad, while others only cover all or part of the tuition fees. To find out about all the possible options, we recommend that you consult the scholarship section of your school or university, the scholarships offered by the government, as well as those offered by other entities or foundations in the area.

Can I work and study abroad?

One of the most common doubts among students that want to study in another country is if they can work and study abroad. Generally, it is possible in most countries, but the legally permitted hours depend on the visa or the residence permit given. For instance, in Spain, the student visa allows you to work a maximum of 30 hours per week or the equivalent to a part-time contract, because the student must achieve their 20 minimum weekly hours of academic training. On the other hand, if you access the country with a work permit and you want to train yourself professionally, the working hours allowed will depend on the ones declared on the employment contract.

In addition to this, studying and working is not an easy task, but it is an excellent alternative if you want to get a monetary remuneration while your stay abroad and it presents as an attractive way to accelerate the process of learning a new language and to immerse yourself in the country’s society.

Studying in Spain

Now that you know all the steps you need to follow to study abroad, what are you waiting for? If you’re thinking about studying in Spain, and specifically in Barcelona, don’t hesitate contacting us to know all the formative options that we can offer you from Elisava.