Planning on going to study abroad? Probably should apply for a study visa after you get your university offer then. A student visa is a government-issued visa that allows international students to study in a foreign country. It’s fundamental to your studies and provides the necessities you may need to live in a foreign country.

You apply for a student visa after you’ve received a university offer; without one, you can’t apply for this visa. Your visa is determined by a number of things: your country of citizenship, your chosen country for your education, the program that you will be studying, the university you will be studying at and most importantly, how you will be funding your education. For a student visa, you need to show proof of financial stability, by showing a bank statement that meets a certain set amount of money required for your tuition fees and your living costs.

Different countries have different visa systems and requirements.

For the UK, you need to have received a university offer, and have proof of proficiency in the English Language, usually shown by your IELTS or TOEFL score.

For the US, you need to prove permanent residency in your country of citizenship, funds to support your education and intent to return home once your education is complete.

For Australia, you need sufficient funds for your education and living costs.

To apply for a student visa, you’d reach out to the country’s visa application centers and follow the process as told by them. Most countries require proof of proficiency in the English Language for you to be eligible for a student visa. On a student visa, you’re allowed to stay in the country for the duration of the course of your studies. 

Some of the necessary documents you need while applying for a student visa include, financial documentation, your university admission letter(s), and scholarship letters. You also need a valid visa and sometimes, a student visa essay.