[UPDATED: August 12, 2021] Please note that due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) related travel restrictions and vaccine requirements, study abroad options may be affected. Many programs are open for in-person instruction, however, ApplyESL recommends contacting schools of interest to check status, and local embassies or consulates, to obtain information regarding visa services currently available.
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5 Steps to Study Abroad Success

Step 1 Research

When to Start and How Long to Stay?

A Good Time to Start

When deciding on an appropriate time to start an ESL course, you should think about what proficiency level you need to obtain in order to achieve your long-term academic and personal goals.

Prepare for University Studies
If your goal is to study in a university program upon completion of your ESL training, you should have a basic understanding of your current TOEFL score and the score necessary for admission. Many ESL schools will be able to give you the estimated lengths of training needed to achieve a higher score. The final results however will depend on your effort and dedication.

Plan in Advance for Peak Seasons
Students planning to study abroad during the peak seasons should prepare well in advance to ensure enrollment space. Courses held during the peak seasons fill up quickly and are closed months before classes actually begin. For example, the peak season of July and August is a very popular time to study abroad. Although enrollment closes quickly, those students who plan in advance and study during the peak season will be exposed to classmates from a wide variety of countries and will have an opportunity to participate in many attractive seasonal activities.