In current time, everyone wants to try a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) approach in all house-hold as well as education related activities. When it comes to studying abroad, a student can save on a lot of money that the students have to pay to a Study Abroad Consultant. This is because all the required information is available online and a lot of Universities and Colleges provide Online Admissions to international students and similarly most Countries’ Visa Authorities accept online visa applications. It does look kind of easy to apply yourself online without any consultation. But, is there a catch??
Just like we get all required information online for building a house – we get all designing ideas, material details, we can buy material by ourselves, but can we do everything by our self?? The answer is an obvious “NO”. We can’t! Or even if we can, still we will not prefer to do so as it may be very challenging and not possible for everyone exceptions are always there.
Same way a student may try to do study abroad process, but it can do a lot more harm than good as the visa success rate is quite low for the students who apply by themselves as they lack adequate visa process knowledge. Due to multitasking, they can’t focus on every detail of the visa file which makes their profile look weak in front of visa officers and it will result in a visa rejection.
TOP 5 Reasons to have an Experienced Study Abroad Consultant:
Students are usually confused about which country to select and what courses to choose from. There are so many options makings it hard and selecting the right option. That’s where the consultant role becomes important as they will evaluate students’ profiles and assist in choosing the best countries and courses based on their academics as well as their future goals. They present a clearer picture of the country and courses giving career clarity to students. Consultants are constantly updated with the latest industry trends, countries that have eased or tightened their visa requirements, which countries are providing better industrial exposure, etc. Students who apply on their own can’t keep up with the latest trends so it’s always better to hire a study abroad consultant.
Zeroing on Universities and Colleges and applying for a visa is not an easy task. They need to know the intentions of the students applying to understand if the student is serious about studies or if he/she is using the study visa as a path to go abroad and settle. So in order to prove their study intentions students have to use supporting documents such as Admission Essays, LORs, SOPs, CVs. These are very crucial documents and if written incorrectly they will become the reason for visa refusal. Hence, it’s always better to take the help of Study visa consultants as they have many years of experience in helping students write these documents in a correct format which improves the visa chances of Students.
Many students who apply by themselves face an issue with the preparation for the English Language Requirement and the Qualifying Entry Tests. They may take help from the internet but they don’t get one-to-one guidance. This is required in order to get the desired scores in tests. Study abroad consultants provide coaching & full preparation for IELTS / TOEFL / PTE/GRE/GMAT/SAT which would make students comfortable with the test format and they can perform better in the test.
Visa File & Mock Visa Interviews:
It is very crucial that all information has to be filled in the application form with 100% accuracy, as that can be a reason for study visa refusal. No student wants their visa to be refused at this stage so they can take assistance from study abroad consultants who will fill the application form in a legitimate manner and enhance students’ chances of getting a student visa. There are some countries like the USA, Germany, and other European countries that require students to go through visa interviews to receive their study visas. Visa Interviews can be overwhelming and students can get extremely nervous while answering the questions which can create a doubt in the Visa officer’s mind and becomes a reason for a refusal. Hence it is always a good decision to take the help of Study Abroad Consultants. The education consultant will provide proper assistance in making students comfortable with the interview process in advance and will help them practice similar questions which the visa officers will ask. This will not only make the students confident but also improves their chances of getting a study visa.
- Pre-Departure & Post Landing Services:
Study Abroad Consultants job doesn’t get over after successfully getting the visa as they also help students throughout their study abroad journey. They assist in getting Travel tickets, money exchange, transfer their currencies and lastly they provide pickup and accommodation facilities.
We advise that “the student can use a strategic approach and get better guidance to increase his/her opportunity to get a study visa”. Some of the students may have got a visa by using DIY method for study abroad but the ratio is very less. The visa success rate in that scenario is on a lower side.
All in all, it is advisable to do the wise thing and take assistance from a professional & experienced study abroad consultant to increase your chances of getting a visa.