Apply to Universities Worldwide
Apply to Universities Worldwide

How to Apply to International Universities in Europe, Hong kong or the U.S. with an OSSD

Toronto eSchool students who have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) can apply to Universities in Canada and all over the world as an Ontario high school graduate.

The requirements for applying to an Ontario College or University as following:

. Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
. Six 4U (Grade 12 University Preparation) or 4M (Grade 12 University/College) courses.
. ENG4U is required for all university academic programs. Most also have course specific requirements which may require one or two Grade 12 math courses as well.
. English Language Proficiency Level IELTS score of 6.0 for College and 6.5 for University. Students with a score 5.0-6.0 may be eligible for admission into a combined ESL and degree programs.
. The admission average for College/University programs can be as low as 60-70%. But most highly competitive programs have admission averages ranging from 80% to 95%.
. Some programs require students to submit personal profiles, essays or videos as part of the application process.

Useful tips during the application process

1. Keep your options open
Even if you have set a clear goal that you want to be a student at a certain university, it is always best and wise to apply to at least three universities, even if they are in different locations abroad.

2. Be realistic and informed
Check and read the academic requirements carefully to figure out the probability of being accepted by the university. Most of the time, these details of admission requirements will be available on the programmes web page, you just have to look them up and check if they are up-to-date.

3. Discover how you can apply
Usually, you can apply through the website of the university directly and submit all the required documents or send them by post.

4. Pay attention to details
When you apply to more universities simultaneously through various online systems, make sure you follow the exact steps and place the names of the universities in the order of your preferences.

5. Write a great motivation letter
Some universities will require a motivation letter. You will find many examples on the internet on how a motivation letter should look like.

You should try to be as honest as possible and share all your experiences that are connected to the academic requirements and your future study programme. Make sure you explain why studying at that university means so much to you and what you can gain and offer while being one of their students.

6. Be careful with the paperwork
All documents have to be translated into the official language of the respective country and legally authenticated by a competent authority. This means an official stamp could stand between you and your degree.

The following information will guide you how to apply to top university in USA, UK, or Hong kong.

Step 1: Do University Research

. Check put university websites.
. Select 5-10 programs of interest and review their admissions on the websites.
. Consulting with TES teachers and guidance counsellors about your selections.

Step 2: Be Prepared

. High school transcripts from grades 9-12.
. List of any extra curricular activities and awards if any.
. IELTS/TOFEL Test Scores.
. Personal statements and portfolio work.
. Additional documents (such as passport, criminal records and reference letter).

Step 3: Submit Your Application

. Apply directly on the university website with the required documents and payment.

Step 4: After Submission

. Check if you have received an email acknowledgment within 48 hours after submitting your application for admission.

Step 5: Accept an Offer

. Check the last date for accepting and declining offers.
. Check for next steps with your university after you have accepted an offer (applying for a student residence, applying for a student visa and tuition payments, etc.).

According to the 2019 edition of the QS World University Rankings, here's a list of some top universities worldwide.

Rank University Location
11 National University of Singapore (NUS) Singapore
12 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU) Singapore
13 Princeton University United States
14 Cornell University United States
15 Yale University United States
16 Columbia University United States
19 University of Pennsylvania United States
20 University of Michigan United States
21 Johns Hopkins University United States
22 EPFL - Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne Switzerland
23 University of Tokyo Japan
24 Australian National University Australia
25 University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
35 Kyoto University Japan
37 Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong
39 University of Melbourne Australia
45 University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) Australia
49 Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Hong Kong
55 City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong

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