How to Get into Grad School Abroad

Hello everyone! I’m happy to announce that I’ve been accepted into a graduate school abroad! 😀

time to study 🐹 📚

Yes, after traveling for the past year, I will now move to Barcelona, Spain, to begin a graduate program in advanced English. 🇪🇸 ❤️

Why Study in Spain?

Now, not only is Barcelona a gorgeous city with an ideal location, where I understand the language, the cost of studying in Europe is much cheaper than in the States, plus this program is perfect for my career as an ESL teacher, since it focuses on how non-native speakers learn English. It’s the winning combination! Simply flan-tastico! 😛

flan-tastico: combining fantastico, which is Spanish for fantastic, and flan, which is a popular Spanish dessert 😀

Now I created this post as a guide, to highlight the steps I took to get accepted into a university abroad. I also delve into how I obtained my foreign student visa, a process which will vary greatly depending on your nationality and the country where you plan to study. Anyway, without further ado, let’s begin!

Step 1: Find a Program

To find a master’s program abroad, I used the search engine, Masters Portal. The site allows you to search for programs by subject and location.

In my case, I searched for English programs in Spain.

From there, you can narrow your search even further, by filtering items like preferred tuition fee and program duration, which is how I found my course. 😀

the left-hand side lists various filters (i.e. location, tuition, duration, attendance, delivery more, and degree type)

Then, once you click on a specific program, you’ll find out more important details, like the course outline and admission requirements. You can also find out information about the university, including its international ranking and reputation.

additional information, including course outline, admission requirements, and fees

Step 2: Apply!

Now once I found a program, I needed to apply. To do this, I waited until the application period opened, then I submitted all the necessary documents digitally to the university. For my university in particular, I needed to submit an application form, academic transcripts, resume, reference letters, and a motivation letter about why I wanted to study this course. There was also a small fee to apply. Within one month, I had heard back from the university with my acceptance. 😀36149044292_2d3e72764d_z

Step 3: Secure a Student Visa

At this point I had to apply for a student visa, so I could legally live and study in Spain.

student visa for Spain

In my case in particular, as an American studying in Spain, I had to apply for a student visa at my nearest Spanish consulate, which is in Chicago. The application requirements were lengthy, and included an application form, medical certificate, proof of health insurance, proof of sufficient funds, and a legalized criminal background check with fingerprints. The process for obtaining these documents took around three weeks. Once I had submitted these documents at the Spanish consulate, I had to wait an additional four weeks for it to process. At least it gave me the chance to visit Chicago twice, to drop off my paperwork and pick up my visa.

enjoying the beautiful city of Chicago ❤

Step 4: Prepare to Move Abroad

Now that I have my student visa, I am in the process of preparing to move to Spain. I am at home in the beautiful Midwest, where I am spending a few weeks of quality time with my family.

mother/daughter bonding in Wisconsin ❤

I’m also organizing everything I will need for the big move, plus I am beginning a new part-time online teaching job, to earn money to pay for my studies. At a later date, I plan to discuss in further detail about my experience with online teaching. Anyway, stay tuned for what’s to come, including my experience moving to Spain and studying at a foreign university. Until then! 😀

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