How to move abroad with IELTS

Essentially, there are two reasons for moving abroad: one to work and another to study abroad. And if you might want to do that with IELTS you must make sure that for the working purposes you are taking the general IELTS exam and good news here it is much easier than the second one, and for the study purposes you're taking the academic IELTS, which is again more difficult. In that article I will tell you the whole process of applying to universities  and colleges abroad.  A question always comes to mind: can I give ielts in other country? 

How to move abroad with IELTS

First you are choosing your dream University and for that thankfully you have the Internet. You might want to start from looking up countries that you might like to live in or fields of science you might want to study and once you have identified which university you really want to go to, you might want to start to look for scholarships because again no one wants to pay for the education right thankfully in Russia all education is free for people who study well and for me it's a little bit difficult to get used to the idea that abroad people pay for their education. 


Of course there are exceptions - for instance in Germany the high education is free, so if you know German this might be a very nice opportunity for you but if you want to study in other countries probably you will need to pay a lot. So once you are all established with the Uni and the scholarship you will have to look at the eligibility condition and this plays a very important role in deciding whether or not you will be the perfect fit and whether or not you want getting into that University. 


So if you want to get your bachelor's degree abroad, one of the eligibility criteria will be some kind of an average grade that you must have or if this is a master's degree you're applying for, then you might have to have a certain bachelor's degree previously so check that. 

Also, in the eligibility criteria might be a portfolio where you're basically providing to the university proofs of your very high academic performance and of the fact that you have won some state grants, some scholarships, I don't know, business case championships, anything that might be applicable for your field of study and again there might be some international tests involved such as obviously IELTS or GMAT or TOEFL, or you might provide them certain publications of yours or an interview or a motivational letter and essay, a CV, a lot of things.


So check that out and prepare a big application package. Then fill in the application form that they are providing and wait. Try not to check your watch every five minutes because this will be a long process of waiting. And once you have received the dream confirmation of the fact that you are matriculated or you're enrolled or you're just a perfect fit and they're waiting for the next steps - you must check those next steps: they will be in the letter. 


Typically it is applying for a visa, it is paying your tuition fee and buying the tickets. Well once you are 100% sure you're going, once you already have the visa and here you might want to ask University for help because sometimes it is really not easy to get a visa and thankfully my University was very helpful in that and they took me through the whole process but do not hesitate to ask them about that. 


So when you are 100% sure you're going, you must start looking for apartments or for dormitories. Sometimes universities do not provide that and it might be a big problem for you when you arrive, so try to hedge yourself and try to secure yourself for such problems and look for that beforehand. 


This is basically how you change your country and go abroad! It looks easy however this process might be very long. It took me half a year or even more to get from point A to the last point of moving here in St. Gallen. 


Now if we are talking about job purposes the process is essentially the same and the only difference is that you are looking for an employer, not University. Basically, that's it. And once you have already found the perfect employer and you are really interested to work in that kind of area or in the country or in the business field that you've chosen, again you start your application process and it will be all described on the website of your employer. 


In the eligibility criteria for your job you might find certain CV requirements, certain experience requirements, or certain KPIs that you have fulfilled in your previous workplace, so make sure to provide those. And once you have your certificate of approval or just a letter that says: "Yeah we're happy to have you, come join our team!" 


Again, you start with your application for your visa and here the visa will be different: it will be with a work permit. We don't need anything else apart from the work permit. And you're good to go! So how basically I did it, what was my experience? First of all I took IELTS to apply to my home University in Russia, in St. Petersburg and this is because all the study process is conducted in English there, so we needed to prove that we are able to speak English. 


Therefore I took my IELTS and GMAT tests and then I was just sitting and waiting, and I got my confirmation thankfully. I got in. After one semester of my studies there was an opportunity to enroll to a double degree program called CEMS and this is an alliance of global schools of management education so to get there I also needed to go through a selection process which involves taking interviews and writing motivational letters, essays, providing my CV, my average grade, etc. You must know about which country needs ielts?


Once I had gone through that I could choose a dream school of my destination which happened to be St. Gallen, because this is the best university in Switzerland in terms of business education, finance and management. So I chose that and again I provided all the documents I applied, I waited, and I got the positive result. I got my 10th certificate, which clears the fact that I am in the program and the university is waiting for me. I went to the embassyI with that and applied for my work visa and basically it was it! I started to look for the apartment, I bought the tickets, I was very nervous because this is honestly my first time abroad and I just got here one week ago.

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