Study Abroad is attractive for many reasons including it increases your ability at self-reliance, allows you make new friends, learn a new culture, learn a new language, appreciate people despite the cultural differences and presents you with more opportunities for financial independence and (with some tenacity) – a shot at becoming wealthy.
There are however a few steps you must take to arrive at obtaining a student visa – the document that would enable you study abroad – in ANY country of your choice.
First you must decide on the course you want to study, find an institution that offers that course, meet the eligibility requirements to study that course, submit an application to get admission into that institution and the finally get an admission letter or kit.
Once your admission is all sorted out (either BSc, MBA, PhD, PgD, Vocational or Short Courses) you now proceed to the visa application stage. This is the stage that causes sleepless nights for many applicants.
As a Work, Live, Study, Visit and Vacation Abroad consulting firm, with over 15 years of combined experience, it won’t be an understatement to say we’ve seen and heard it all – in terms of the kind of questions we receive every day.
Our StudyAndWork Abroad Program is managed under our website StudyAbroadConsult.com; and what we do is we match your existing educational background with the relevant institutions of learning to deliver of either of the following pathways to study abroad – Scholarship admission, Tuition Free or Low Tuition admission with genuine study visa to partner institutions in almost ANY institution worldwide with some sort of focus on either USA, Canada, Sweden, Cyprus, Poland, Singapore, Germany and Schengen countries. Our consultants have over 15 years of experience combined in managing study abroad ambitions and we have a track record of successful visa applications.
One type of question we receive daily by email, phone calls, social media and even during face to face consultations is the question of providing financial proof towards a visa application. In fact, here is a very typical question we received by email, just last week:
How can I get full scholarship (i.e. free tuition plus monthly maintenance allowance) + visa processing to study abroad through your StudyAbroadConsult package, in any country without providing proof of financial support?
Although it’s a very valid question, honestly, I thought I had seen it all in this business of helping others fulfil travel ambitions until I read the question above.
Now let’s answer the question.
To be eligible for FULL SCHOLARSHIP you’ve got to meet the criteria of the institution or body that is offering that scholarship. In most cases, you have to be an exceptional student, you need to show some sort of record that proves you are a star student worthy of being sponsored. Such scholarships include the Chevening Scholarship ; Foreign Fulbright Student Program , Hubert Humphrey Fellowships in USA for International Students and Commonwealth Scholarship.
So what happens if you are like most people out there – just an average “C” student whose parents depended on esusu, corporative savings and village contributions to send us to school? ….Ok. May be not….. You’re just an average student who graduated with a grade just good enough for the economy and you really want the opportunity to study abroad but can’t afford it.
What happens when you need to provide proof of financial support? Here’s the answer we provided the client who sent us that email:
If you don’t meet the requirements for a full scholarship where the institution takes care of your tuition, living expenses, flight ticket and even give you monthly stipends (income), you can opt for tuition free only or low tuition institutions. (see, in the pursuit of your study abroad dreams you need to be flexible and open to as many legal and straightforward options as possible).
It is possible that your chosen institution will grant you your tuition free or low tuition admission. However, the thing with tuition free or low tuition admission is that visa will be granted on the condition that you show proof of financial capability or support towards your living expenses. They are taking care of your tuition fees, great!; and in this case, for some countries, all you need do is meet the minimum requirements, 5 credits for BSc or a BSc to study for an MSc.
In the case where you secure admission with tuition free only or low tuition institutions, it means you need to fund your living expenses, and all countries including those that offer scholarships (without living expenses) and tuition free require that you provide proof of ability to cater for your living expenses before you can be granted a student visa.
Where we at ServiceForts operate from, that proof cannot be faked or manufactured. So it's best you consult with your network of friends, colleagues and family members to enhance your ability to provide such proof.
The point is, if you don’t have the exceptional qualifications to get you a FULL all round scholarship plus monthly stipend (or income); the other forms of waivers you are most likely to get (if you’re not financially capable) are tuition free or low tuition options. And these options require that you provide proof of ability to cater for your living expenses before you can be granted a student visa; therefore prepare for it.
This brings us to the next question – what can you do to raise money towards your travel abroad ambitions? – That question is answered at our Sister company – ServiceForts Business Academy
In conclusion, How Can You Apply For a Student Visa Without Providing Proof of Financial Support in ANY Country? – Unless you have a full all-round scholarship plus monthly stipend (or income) attached to it, you are more likely than not required to provide evidence that you’ll not be a burden to your host country before you get the study visa.