The 5 registration formalities for universities abroad in 2023

We will see together all the steps, formalities, procedures and dates of pre- registration and registration at universities abroad for European and international foreign students.

To go and study abroad , European (French, Belgian, etc.) and international foreign (African, Asian, Canadian, etc.) baccalaureate holders and foreign students must follow formalities and dates to register in a university at the foreign.

As you will see, there are several formalities to follow to study at a university abroad.

Indeed, each country has its specificities and parameters (dates, calendar, way to apply) in university registrations.

Generally, we can find 3 situations for the parameters:

  • To register for a bachelor’s degree in a public university.
  • To register for a bachelor’s degree in a private university.
  • And, to register for a master’s degree in a public or private university.

In general, all registration formalities for foreign universities are online via the university platform or an external platform.

In addition, the registration procedures in public universities are stricter.

However, the registration procedures of private universities are more flexible.

That’s why you always have to come back to the university for more concise information.

In what follows, we will see the general or standard procedures for enrolling in a university abroad.

However, you can see details for each country like:

We begin.

The 5 registration formalities for universities abroad in 2023

To apply to universities abroad, foreign students must follow the following general steps:

  1. Explore available universities.
  2. Make registration requests (pre-registration or pre-admission)
  3. Obtain admission .
  4. Confirm admission .
  5. Enroll in the university.

Indeed, whatever the country, the level and the university, you will go through the 5 stages.

However, each country and each university has its specificities.

There are countries and universities that are very similar and other months.

Let’s go.

1. Explore available universities.

This is an essential and essential step.

Depending on your study needs (specialty), you should look for universities and study programs that suit you.

For this, we suggest you see:

2. Make registration requests (pre-registration or pre-admission)

The common point between all the countries and all the universities is the means used to send a request for registration (pre-registration or pre-admission).

Indeed, all applications for admission to universities abroad and all registration processes are online.

Another point is shared by most universities in the world, foreign students must pay a small amount as a registration fee (between 15 and 300 Euros/dollars) to send the registration requests.

NB: there is a difference between registration fees and tuition fees.

However, there are three differences.

  • The platform.
  • The start date for registration requests.
  • The number of university admissions.

For the platform:

For example, for undergraduate registrations in public universities, France, England and Sweden use a national platform to do university admissions and registrations.

In the other 9 countries in our study and in the other cases, foreign students must contact universities directly via their own registration platforms to apply.

Therefore, all foreign students must create online accounts in the platforms to register for universities abroad.

For the start date:

For example, for undergraduate university registrations in public universities and some private universities, the start date for sending registration applications begins before a year (between November and January).

In the other levels, registrations at universities abroad start from March until the start of the academic year.

So, you must check the university enrollment calendar of the university you will choose.

For the number of university entries:

First, there are countries that have a single main start of the academic year in September, such as France.

Secondly, there are countries that have two academic re-entries in September and February like Canada.

And, thirdly, there are countries that have several university starts (in September, January, February, March, July).

3. Get admission.

This is also an essential step.

All foreign students must gain admission to a university abroad in order to progress to the university registration stage.

For this, almost all foreign students must take and pass one or more of the following tests:

  • Tests with universities.
  • Interviews with universities.
  • International proficiency tests.(*)
  • International language tests. (**)
  • Written exams.
  • Competitions.

(*) SAT , ACT , GMAC , GRE or others.

(**) French tests, English tests.

So, you must check the admission requirements of the university you will choose.

4. Validate admission.

Validate your admission, this is another crucial step for university registrations abroad

Indeed, after having obtained your admission to the university, you must validate your admission to reserve your place.

In general, the student must validate this admission via the platform.

Also, you may be required to pay a guarantee fee or an advance of the amount of tuition fees.

5. Enroll in the university.

Make your registration is the last step of university registrations abroad.

Indeed, via the platform he used, the student must complete the documents requested by the university.

Then, foreign students must pay:

  • Public university prices.
  • Private university prices.
  • And, the other costs of university studies.

Generally, universities give foreign students the possibility of paying in several instalments (monthly, quarterly, semester or yearly).

However, foreign students can study at university for free through scholarships.

So you can see:

The conclusion

We have seen throughout this article the steps, formalities, procedures and dates of pre- registration and registration at universities abroad for foreign students.

However, you should always return to the university you have chosen to have the correct and latest information on university registrations:

  • Programs available.
  • The registration calendar.
  • Admissions calendar .
  • Admission requirements.

Good luck.

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