When to study abroad Find the right moment!

This is one of the first questions we have to ask ourselves as part of our project. When to go abroad? When can I leave with enthusiasm, despite all that I leave behind? And when do I have the right to leave, given my school career?

These questions are recurrent among students, and sometimes remain unanswered. We will see when going abroad seems wise, both professionally and personally.

After which degree to leave?


(For a description of the academic system of each country, go to the corresponding article “Country >> The University System”)

Whatever degree you are preparing, you must start the process of going abroad in November / December in order to meet deadlines.


Bac : Integrating a foreign school after the bac is quite possible. Registrations are made from November of the year of passing the ferry for most countries. For countries in the European zone, most countries have their own registration system similar to our “post-bac admission” site.

Thus for the United Kingdom, you will have to go through “UCAS” and Ireland the “CAO”. The steps are similar and the difficulty only depends on the comprehension of the language. You can enter programs in 3 years or 4 years depending on the country, similar to our licenses, which are for the vast majority accepted without problem in France today (Bachelor of Arts, of honor …)

A BTS / DUT: It is possible to integrate directly in 3rd year many programs in 3 or 4 years abroad. These diplomas like the Bachelor or the Bachelor of Honor, are recognized in France as equivalent of the license or master 1. They allow you then to integrate the grandes écoles or to continue your studies in university.

Once again, you will have to go through the registration system specific to each country (eg “UCAS” in the United Kingdom, by file for each university in Canada or the United States). It is also possible to go through the IUT to prepare a DUETI in partnership with a foreign university.

A license: It is possible to integrate many training leading to a master level , you will first of all have to accept the equivalence of your degree in the country concerned. In the vast majority of countries, enrollments in universities from this cycle (ex: Postgraduate in the United States) are only on file and sometimes with maintenance. Universities are quite selective from this level, and often demand good results.

A master’s degree: Master’s students are welcome in most foreign countries , provided they have a good or very good record, once the diploma equivalence is accepted. Recruitments are therefore on file. At this level, a lot of help from the state is available.

When to go to study abroad?

It is accepted that it is better to leave at least a semester , but the ideal is to stay at least a year or more.

It’s mostly at the personal level that you have to make a decision. Indeed, the brakes in the context of this project are numerous, a thorough reflection is necessary to avoid regrets. Going abroad means giving up at least for a while your family, your friends, your living environment and a lot of our habits. So you have to feel ready to leave , and do not do it too soon. Conversely, we must not wait too long before it is too late, and this departure puts too much question into question.

In the end, everyone has their “good time” to leave , whether alone, with a friend, his or her boyfriend, at 18 years old as at 24, we must not forget that this must not be a constraint but a pleasure for the experience to be really beneficial.

Further information is available on the article ” Prepare your studies abroad ” from our partner E-Orientations .

Why does a student have to study abroad today?

Dream for some, constrained for others, it does not prevent that today to go abroad became a minimum requirement on the CV more than a benefit, for which wishes to occupy an important place within a business.

What are the reasons that can make you leave ? What will be the benefits of this period spent in unknown territory? We will see the different advantages of studying in a country other than his own. They are many, some are less obvious than others, but one thing is sure, going abroad is a rewarding experience!

Learning a new language:

First, and most obvious, learning the language on the spot . To hope to become bilingual, you have to practice, and what better than to be in the country of origin to speak and to listen to this language? But do not be deceived, even on the spot,  it will take you well over 3 months before being bilingual . Most people agree that one year on the spot practicing regularly whether during class or out of class (which is more difficult, especially if you find yourself in a group of French) achieves a good level in the chosen language. A degree in one year is therefore a very good choice.

What are the benefits of learning a new language? On a professional level, this facilitates insertion and ascension within the hierarchy , since the more you are in a position of responsibility, the more likely you are to need a language other than your mother tongue. , communications with foreigners becoming more common. On a personal level, besides the fact that it is always good to speak several languages, it can facilitate your travels and meetings with people from other countries. And in the best case, you can always go and live in the country that has always attracted you, once the language has been learned.

A new culture to discover:

Then comes the learning of another culture , if today globalization has made most cultures look the same, especially in Europe, each still keeps its specificities.

It may be interesting to see other lifestyles, other organizations. This gives you a greater openness, and a more critical mind on what is done in France, because you quickly realize that many things are better abroad, but France also has many strengths.

You can give more strength to your arguments on all events in France, whether political or cultural, because you will have points of comparison and examples from other countries!

An indicator of your school level:

And yes ! Going abroad can also show that you have a good academic level and a good motivation. Indeed, foreign schools select on file, and according to your motivation displayed, bad records will systematically fall to the trap given the demand on the market. But that does not mean that the average files do not have a chance far from it! Especially since some countries prefer professional experiences more than diplomas, even when selecting for a university. But for some schools an excellent academic level is essential!

In the end, we quickly realize that studying abroad brings out significant benefits compared to someone who does not have this experience on the CV So it’s a Joker who will systematically go without the top ranking, whether for companies or colleges if you want to continue studies thereafter.

This experience must be seen as a way to differentiate oneself from others and to distinguish oneself from the mass of students arriving each year on the job market.



Writing your file online for university, what to do and what not to do:

With the democratization of the internet, more and more universities are offering online registrations , when it is not the whole of the higher education of the country which adopts a system of candidacy (Admission post-bac, UCAS, CAD). But beware, if it has many advantages, students do not have the same way to react to this type of support and tend to make mistakes they would not have made during a classic registration.

Here’s what to do and what not to do when registering online at a university!

Things to do when registering online at the university:

1. You need to create usernames, passwords, and IDs that you’ll easily remember, but still be complex enough to avoid hacking. Do not forget to keep them in writing so you do not forget them.

2. Print and save a complete copy of your registration file to avoid any inconvenience.

3. Ask someone to correct your file before sending it to avoid a maximum of errors and misspellings especially as an international student, not always very comfortable with English or French. language of the country.


4. Print several times the confirmation page that appears after sending your files. It often contains all the information essential to follow the evolution of your application in the different universities to which you have applied.

5. Call universities that have not sent you confirmation of receipt of your file by email within 48 hours. IT is not always perfect, sometimes some files go astray, which can be problematic.

Things to not do when registering online at universities:

1. Fill out the application form lightly. Support may have changed, but the importance remains the same, with students tending to take online approaches less seriously.

2. Send your application online and then in print at the same university. This will make things confusing for them, and you risk vertical rankings, which can be considered a cheat attempt.

3. Apply online the week before the application deadline. Because of the large number of students with this bad habit, the website will tend to be slower or no longer available in view of the large volume of requests.

4. Too fast to click. Take your time to read each page, follow the directions, and complete each step carefully. You must be sure you do not miss any information, especially as an international student, whose knowledge of the language and the foreign country can be penalizing.


5. Forget regularly not to save your work. You may be disconnected from the internet, or from the site after a certain amount of time, and chances are that all your work will be lost. So save every 15 minutes in one way or another to avoid this kind of inconvenience.


6. Write your cover letter in the allotted time (often 45-50 minutes). Prepare your cover letter next to it, and put it online when finished. Do not hesitate to have it corrected by someone competent.