What now I’m accepted? (Study Abroad)
After my last blog post of choosing whether or not to study abroad, I have some updates about my time next year! Whilst the previous one was more focused on the thoughts of going abroad, this covers the more practical side and some of the steps I’ve taken since submitting my application. I’ll be heading to Queen’s University, in Canada, next year – and although this process is specific to the one university, there will be aspects that give you an idea of what to expect for all universities!
In order to apply for my year abroad, I applied through Queen’s University’s online system, SOLUS. This required me to fill out a short form, nothing that had a lot of information, and then submit my Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR) through the Study Abroad team here at Warwick. Once this was done, it was very much a waiting game, checking the online portal (SOLUS), although I was unlikely to hear anything until mid-March.
I found my acceptance on the online portal a few days before the email with my acceptance letter was sent to me. This was approximately 2 weeks after Warwick had sent my transcript to Queen’s, although it felt like a lot longer! The acceptance allowed me to register for my Queen’s email address and begin searching for accommodation, as well as beginning to apply for my Visa.
This will definitely be covered in a follow-up post over summer, as accommodation is one of the most important parts of a year abroad, but I can briefly touch on it here. I found my accommodation on the Queen’s website, where students could list rooms available in their houses. After I got in touch with someone, I was able to skype and ask questions as well as see photos of the room and the house in general. It really helped to know that I could ask any questions, as it was difficult to decide as I would be unable to see the place until I moved in!
Likewise, with accommodation, this should be its’ own blog since it is such an important part of moving abroad. I’m still in the process of applying for my Visa – I have to wait for my student finance confirmation in order to be able to show that I will be able to support myself for my 8 months in Canada. Once I have applied, the next steps will be looking at flights and choosing courses.
I can’t wait to give you more updates into what’s happening as I go through this process until I finally land in Canada, and really hope that those of you who are thinking of a year abroad will get some insight into what the lead up will be like if you choose to go on one!