Saturday, May 2

Studying abroad? My story! | BEFORE YOU GO


The one who said the university life was easy is completely wrong. Getting up early, group projects, presentations, really difficult exams that make you super anxious, a long list of subjects, summaries of almost 60 pages each, a lot of competitive people, etc. It is a lot of things at once and we really have to know it all. But, when the Bachelor ends, we think: do I continue or not? 
Well, I'm gonna tell you about my story. I am currently finishing my Bachelor in Psychology and, therefore, to be a psychologist, I need the Master in my CV. However, and because I realised there is a lot more important things in life like being there for the ones we love, I decided that I wasn't going to study in Portugal anymore after my Bachelor if I have the entire world to see. It didn't make any sense to stay in a country that doesn't really excites me professionally, and knowing the master usually introduces us to a new job, I liked the idea of going abroad more than staying here. 
And now you ask: how? Well, it is a long process, that's the first thing you should know. When I was in the 2nd year of my Bachelor, I started looking for masters in Holland, because it became the country who I loved the most and made of happy and uncomplicated people. Till I found a master that excited me it took me a little bit. I contacted different Universities (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Maastricht...) and until today I have more than 100 e-mails sent to my dear Tessa of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. It was this one I chose and I have been keeping the contact ever since. I chose it because of the great master plan and because of the amazing location. So then, all I had to do was sit and wait till I could apply. 
The admission requirements are always something you have to consider. The major masters abroad always require an English proof exam, like TOEFL or IELTS, which was the one I did and the one I recommend. It is an easy exam for people who can have a basic conversation in English so don't be afraid! You can always go to the courses that the British Council offers so you feel more confident and get ready for it the better way. Other requirements they usually ask for is your CV, recommendation letters (which you can ask to your teacher) and motivation letters, your experience in the current University relatively to a specific training, some even ask for interviews. But don't get scared! If you really want, I'm sure you'll be admitted to the program. 
After you have everything you need to apply, you just have to do it and wait for the results to come back like I did! Do not be afraid. I always did it with two voices on each side: one telling me I would be able to study abroad and other thinking it would be just a dream. It wasn't! It's the reality. By the way, you can also apply for a scholarship to help you paying the costs. Studying abroad doesn't always have to be as expensive as you may think. 
One of the tips I can give you is always consider the University you're applying for, the country you choose, the available rooms if you don't have anyone living in that country, the weather, the language, the people... Everything! And never be afraid of contacting the University you want, because they're the best help you can get. 
I leave you with some websites that might be helpful if you're thinking about studying abroad and... Good luck! 
Admission Requirements (Example)