As the 2020-2021 school year comes to an end, many students are applying for study abroad programs for 2022 and 2023 entrance. Depending on the type of study abroad program, applicants may need several official documents translated during the process. It’s essential to plan for all aspects of living abroad, including housing and banking needs in a foreign country.
Where Do Students Choose to Study Abroad?
According to Statista, the most popular destinations for U.S. students studying abroad during the 2018-2019 academic year were:
- United Kingdom (39,358)
- Italy (39,043)
- Spain (33,849)
- France (18,465)
- Germany (12,029)
- Ireland (11,777)
- China (11,639)
- Australia (10,665)
- Japan (8,928)
- Costa Rica (8,333)
- Mexico (6,340)
- Greece (5,834)
What Documents Need Translation for Study Abroad Programs?
Study abroad programs include high school student exchange programs, undergraduate studies, and higher education programs for Master and Ph.D. students. Families preparing for these types of programs have a number of considerations, such as securing housing, setting up financial services, and fulfilling day-to-day needs in a country where English speakers may be limited or non-existent. And of course, they will need many documents translated into the native language for both academic and government purposes.
- School applications alone typically require academic transcripts, financial records, resumes and CVs, diplomas, reference letters, travel authorizations for those under 18, admission essays, and medical forms.
- Foreign banks each have their own sets of required forms. Still, some of the most common are passports, valid student visas, proof of residence in the foreign country within the U.S., and sometimes even a letter from the student’s financial institution in the U.S.
- Housing may be arranged by the academic institution or independently. Documents required for rental properties will vary greatly and should be identified before leaving the U.S. Once in negotiations, students should have a trusted, legal translator convert the lease agreement into English so the student can completely understand all rules, procedures, and limitations of the property.
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