Studying Overseas? These Are The Documents You Might Need

Taking a step to study abroad is one of the best decisions anyone can make. The exposure to a new environment and entirely new cultures are amongst some of the reasons that make it a good decision.

When you make the decision, you must prepare yourself ahead. 

First, you should know that securing admission for foreign students isn't as hard as it used to be. 

However, it requires lengthy documentation papers. To avoid unnecessary stress and hassle, you should intimate yourself with documents required ahead of time. This will give you ample time to obtain all the required documents. 

Four important documents required to study abroad

The following is a list of documents you will need to study abroad. In most cases, the documents required are usually very similar. 

1. Birth certificate

Some schools might require that you submit a copy of your birth certificate along with your application.

Although it is not usually the case for most schools as the information on your birth certificate is already on your passport. Either way, you might be required to present it at the embassy before you are given a student visa. As you would agree, it is best you have it handy. 

In a case where you can't find your US birth certificate, you can easily obtain another one via the internet. The process is easy as you get the certificate mailed and delivered to your doorstep.  

To obtain birth certificates in the US, all one has to do is fill a form online. After filling such forms, the forms will go through a vetting process.

The vetting process is usually to make the application error-free. The applicant then receives some set of personalised instructions after which their birth certificate is delivered to them by mail.

2. Statement of purpose

You will be required to submit a statement of purpose by most schools abroad.

A statement of purpose is an essay written to your school of choice stating your reason for choosing the school and your course of interest.

Usually, the school might decide to use the essay as a criterion in deciding to grant admission. 

This is done by checking each applicant's analytical thinking, critical thinking, achievements, and goals. Therefore, you should take it very seriously.

The guidelines might defer from school to school, but most times, it is about 2 pages in length.    

3. Letter of recommendation 

Your school is most likely going to request a letter of recommendation, also called a letter of reference.

The letter is expected to be written by someone else on your behalf. In the letter, the writer is expected to assess your abilities and capabilities as regards studying in the school. 

4. Certificates and transcripts 

You would also be required to submit proof that you have completed the previous level of education.

For some schools, only the last academic qualification is required, while others will request a full profile. 


The aforementioned are only but a few documents required generally by most schools.

In addition to the above, some schools will require some additional documents. Some countries also might require some additional documents.

You will do well to check the requirements by your school of choice to be sure of what is required ahead of time.