Traveling as a student is a vital experience that does not compare to doing it as a tourist or on a business trip. Student status is a privilege that exempts you from the quantitatively greater expense that you would make going on your own, while allowing you to take advantage of the stay to fully know the city or country of exchange, a situation unthinkable on a business trip.
The opportunities for intellectual, academic and professional development grow exponentially simply by relating to people around the world interested in the same as you, even a curriculum with international experience puts you above any other candidate. Scholarships to study abroad are not a dream, with consistency and following these tips, you will successfully apply for an academic stay outside your country of origin:
Speaking English is not enough: most students in Latin America learn English as a second language and apply for scholarships in the United States or another English-speaking country, saturated by high demand. Open your mind, forget the American way of life and study some other language equally rich in complexity, expression and literature. Mastering a language other than Shakespeare makes you a serious candidate for a scholarship abroad, because the demand is lower and people who meet the requirement to learn that language and apply (Italian or Russian, for example) are much less.
Despite the irrelevance of the average as an indicator of intelligence or knowledge of a student on a particular subject, having high marks is the main requirement to achieve an exchange to another country. The vast majority of educational institutions discriminate against a number: the higher your average, the closer you are to being able to choose the program and the place where you want to continue your studies. Undergraduate scholarships are based entirely on a high average as a criterion of choice, while postgraduate courses also focus on the line of research you do.
Neither the broader domain of any science or language will serve you to obtain a scholarship if you do not have a document that guarantees it. Make the necessary procedures to obtain certificates, certificates or records of all your skills, courses, seminars and projects of which you participated. Find out about the requirements to study in the country of your interest (language certificates, exams, medical records).
In addition to going to the academic extension department of your university, look for options online, especially in the foreign relations websites of the destinations of your interest, where there is usually a list of programs to apply that include different curricula, graduate and Universities.
Keep in mind the date you finish your studies or the school year to plan your registration to the calls that are of interest to you. While you are not sure, sign up for different options. If you participate in the process and you are not selected, do not give up, you may be accepted in the next call. Focus on raising your average and improving your skills for the next cycle.
If you studied Economics, the possibility of entering a postgraduate in Astronomy, however much you wish and you are aware of the subject, will be very small. Conversely, if you have a degree in Physics you are a real aspirant to be accepted into that postgraduate. Specialize in a particular field of study (at least academically), your knowledge will be more solid.
From the last quarter of your career you can orientate your area of study to a specific objective (a philosopher may be interested in politics and know more than the average about it, but no more than the specialist in Epistemology or Aesthetics knows in those Areas) through work, essays and practices focused on the subject, or take optional subjects according to the line of research you intend to carry. If you graduate with a thesis related to the subject, your knowledge will be deep and your work highly valued by the institutions that offer postgraduate courses abroad.
Developing yourself in the labor market, attending courses, symposiums, congresses or participating in research projects increases your experience and with it the possibilities of completing a scholarship abroad. Include in your academic history the different successful situations you have had in any of these activities.
Studying abroad is not only a great opportunity to learn about other latitudes. It is a radical experience that transforms your way of seeing life, increases your culture and stimulates your academic and professional development. Do not hesitate and apply for a semester, a master’s or postgraduate in a country that you have always wanted to know.