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Study abroad Interview preparation for students from India

Study abroad consultants at IEC Abroad, India will conduct mock interviews with you
to make you confident of acing the university interview.

Interview Preparation

College interviews by universities abroad are not meant to intimidate prospective students.
The purpose of the interview questions for international students is to understand why you have
chosen their university. They want to know how you will benefit from the course as well as to adapt to the university environment.

The key, therefore, is to remain calm and to maintain a conversational flow. This is often difficult for Indian students as they are used to a more formal question and answer session. Another important tip does not pretend to be what you are not. Be yourself yet be polite and respectful and you will create a good impression. The open-ended questions that the university employee will ask you are to allow you to open up about your academic and other experiences. One line replies will not do.

At the same time, you need to keep to the point without going off on a tangent. Our IEC Abroad, India counsellors have trained thousands of students through mock interviews. Years of experience have helped us identify the study abroad interview questions and guide you on the best way to reply.

Interview questions for international students

Icebreaker questions

The interviewer will want to make you feel comfortable and get to know you

  • Tell me more about yourself/your family?
  • If you were to choose one word to describe yourself what would it be?
  • Have you ever travelled to a foreign country before?

Understanding your goals

These questions are to get a better insight about your choices

  • Tell us about your achievements/best student memories
  • What are your career goals?
  • Why have you chosen to study abroad rather than in India?

Questions based on university and course

  • Why did you choose our university?
  • Have you applied accepted to any other grad schools?
  • Why have you chosen this particular course/major?

Questions to assess your personality

  • What do you do outside of academics?
  • How do you respond to challenges, tell us one in your past?
  • What are the areas that you feel you can improve yourself on?

Questions based on your application

  • You wrote in your SOP that you like rock climbing (or anything else), where did you go last?
  • Tell us about recent advancement in your field of study
  • One of your recommendation letters was from X? Tell us about…

Scholarship based questions

  • Why do you deserve this scholarship?
  • What will you do if you don’t receive it?
  • Do you know about the founder of the scholarship? How do you fit its values?

Come prepared with your own questions

The university representative will usually ask you if there is anything you want to ask. Be prepared.

  • What is the day-to-day like in the course I want to take?
  • What are the next steps and is there a deadline when I will know my admission status?

The study abroad interview questions and answers to it are designed to show the university how responsible you can be for yourself when you come so far to study. They want to know that you have a well-developed sense of self-sufficiency.

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