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How to prepare for the application for studying abroad? This timetable tells you!

The national line for postgraduate entrance examinations for 2022 has been announced and has quickly entered the hot search. Who would have thought that the scores would look like this? Although there is still a long way to go before the postgraduate entrance examination, many sophomores and juniors have already begun to prepare for their future education. If you feel that the domestic competition is too fierce and want to improve your education by studying abroad, how should you prepare for the application process? Let us examine the timeline for preparing for studying abroad.

The First Semester of Junior Year

When preparing for studying abroad, you need to first select the country, institution, and major you want to apply for. In this semester of your junior year, you should focus on preparing for standardized tests, such as IELTS, TOEFL, GMAT, and GRE. Maintaining your GPA is also a fundamental component to keep in mind.

The Second Semester of Junior Year

There are a few things that must be done during this time.

1. Take the standardized tests

Try to get these standardized scores as early as possible. Due to the pandemic, many exams will be canceled repeatedly. For this reason, students should try to get satisfactory scores at one time.

2. Maintain a good GPA

Even if you ultimately choose not to study abroad, the school’s undergraduate courses can help students lay a solid academic foundation and greatly prepare for the postgraduate entrance examination.

3. Use the summer vacation of junior year to participate in research or an internship 

Students who have not participated in any research or internships before must seize the opportunity during the summer following their junior year. Students should actively contact professors and participate in research projects in the laboratory to gain work experience.

4. Reach out to professors for letters of recommendation

The person writing the recommendation letter can be a college professor or an internship supervisor. The most important thing is that they have a good reputation in the professional field and a good relationship with you.

The First Semester of Senior Year

The first semester of senior year is an intense time for study abroad preparation.

Generally, colleges and universities will successively release the graduate admissions regulations for the year starting in August. The application deadline for studying abroad is generally at this stage, so students must be careful not to miss the deadline for applications.

The Last Semester of Senior Year

The most stressful phase is over. March through April is the period of time when the results of the application for studying abroad are issued. At this stage, you will receive an admission notice or rejection letter from the foreign school. Then, you must pay the fees and apply for a visa.

Study Abroad Orientation and Selection

Would you like to see what universities you can apply to abroad with your current  grades? You can use the Study Abroad Volunteer Reference System to locate your status with one click.


To use this system, enter your GPA, TOEFL/IELTS score, major of interest, college background, and other information into the Study Abroad Volunteer Reference System. The system will automatically match your situation from the database. Compare the cases of previous students with your own to accurately depict what might be best for you.

Songzi Li/Managing Editor


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