Studying abroad has become significantly popular among students. The British Council revealed that the number of students who go abroad as part of their study programme has increased by as much as 39 percent. Worldwide, there are a growing number of opportunities for students to go abroad for the studies. Further, there is an increasing number of universities who are offering degrees in English and include degrees that are in countries where English is not the local language.
For example, in the Netherlands, there are more than 1,500 courses are taught entirely in English, ranging from short training seminars to Bachelors and Masters degree programs. But universities usually have to define strict academic and language requirements to ensure that students are fully prepared for their educational degree. However, sometimes international students can be rejected to study at a particular university due to lower academic or language skills. For this, it is important for universities to encourage students to take additional academic and language courses to bridge the gap some students might have.
The following 4 points can be very valuable in helping your students be fully prepared before starting their educational degrees.
1. Offer additional language support
Incoming international students usually have to show proof that their language level is proficient enough to succeed in their studies. For students, it is essential that their language skills are good enough for them to undertake an intensive and challenging academic degree that is taught and examined in another language. Therefore, universities can help students by providing additional language courses or resources that can help them improve their language proficiency. It is beneficial for students to take a language course in advance before travelling or starting their degree. A valuable tool to help them find the right language course is LanguageLearningPortal. This portal bringing transparency in international language learning opportunities. On the website, students can find and, compare language courses worldwide. It also provides students with several search tools to customize their search to find the perfect language course that meets their personal requirements.
2. Encourage them to take additional academic courses
Moving abroad to study includes a diverse range of situations and experiences that most of the times students - no matter how well informed - are unable to imagine. Encouraging students to enroll in additional academic courses of a complete foundation programme can help new students acquire excellent academic skills, and also provide all the necessary information in order for them to adapt in an international, multi-cultural environment. These courses expose students to the basics skills and competencies required to succeed in their future study degree. Students have time to acquire the knowledge that will allow them to enter their studies being well prepared while simultaneously having the chance to reconsider their study preferences and choices. A valuable tool to help them find preparation courses is PreparationCoursesPortal.This portal helps students to find, compare and select the right course and education that matches their needs. They can find a comprehensive list of courses worldwide.
3. Have clear entry requirements
Universities usually have different entry requirements, a basic minimum set of qualifications that all students have to have before starting a degree. These, also vary from country to country and therefore, it might be challenging for incoming students to know and understand all the different elements involved. Most local students will meet the entry requirements as the education system is aligned, but for international students, it might be confusing and unclear. It is important for universities to have entry requirement clearly stated on their websites. This helps incoming students with their application process. In addition, student guidance can also be very valuable especially for foreigner students who need to consider more things. Universities can provide students with additional links and resources that can aid students with the application process. Useful articles that can help students with their application process include: What to Choose - IELTS or Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE),4 Steps when applying to any university or How to choose the right university.
4. Introduce your programmes and admission process in person
While traditional campus tours are not really feasible for international students due to the complexity of travel arrangements, you can still make use of technology to connect to prospective international students and showcase your programmes and answer admission related questions. Some universities offer videos and testimonials that students can use to get an idea about life at the university, the admission process while others go a step further and organize interactive webinars. Webinars have the benefits of engaging students and admission officers and answering detailed questions to a larger audience that would otherwise take up a lot of resources. It is also a great way for students to learn more about the admission steps, requirements and important deadlines, while introducing campus life at the university and what is unique about your programmes.