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 .