[UPDATED: January 6, 2022] Applications for 2022 are now open! Please note that due to COVID-19, your desired study abroad options may be affected. ApplyESL recommends applying well ahead of your desired start date to ensure adequate time for processing. Contact your program, or ApplyESL, to check program status, and your local embassy or consulate to confirm visa services currently available. We look forward to receiving your application!
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5 Steps to Study Abroad Success

Step 1 Research

When to Start and How Long to Stay?

Ideal Program Length

Before deciding what program length is best, you need to determine your goals. Are you looking for an academic program that will help you to become a better student? Or do you want help with your communication and speaking skills?

Short-term Courses
There are excellent short-term courses in locations all over the world. Some are held during the summer and are for students who are on vacation; others try to give students practice in both academic and communication skills. On these programs students can enjoy life in a foreign country as well as greatly develop their English skills in a short period of time.

Long-term Courses
There are also programs that last more than four weeks and some as long as one semester (fourteen to sixteen weeks). These courses are designed for the student who wishes to attend to a university or accomplish specific academic goals. Long-term courses give students more time to refine their English skills.

Course Price
Of course, the price of the course is another factor that will effect your decision. Compare prices between the different programs and find the most affordable one for you. Also, take into account the surrounding area of the school. If it is a city then you will have a higher cost of living.