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12th Nov 2022
Afia Azmi

What to do when Overseas University Rejects Your Application

Life hands us a lot of rejections before we make it to the place where we are meant to be. And that includes when an Overseas University Rejects Your Application. It is not something new and it is not something unmanageable that we cannot conquer.

Do you realise that you are braver than you think? Because when you see the rejection you automatically put on a brave face to see through this setback. And that is exactly the kind of commitment that studying abroad demands from you. It is also one of the challenges of wanting to study abroad. Do NOT think that your dream ends here. This is just an obstacle that needs careful consideration and analysis before you make it with flying colours.

So, what can you do to overcome this rejection?

Maintain Your Composure

Vent your emotions to someone at once. Then, refocus your energy and time on maintaining practical and logical thinking. Understand the nature of rejection you are dealing with. Ask for familial or expert support, if required. Deal with this stress a little bit at a time.

Reassess Your Application
  • What went wrong with your university application?
  • Did you receive an email that describes the cause of this rejection?
  • What kind of a rejection happened – technical or administrative?

You can deal with the two in separate ways -

If the rejection is on technical grounds, either the response must have mentioned the solution to your rejection, or you must have been provided with contact support. You can get in touch with them by mail or call. Ask them about everything and politely request particular answers. If some document(s) did not make it through, they must have notified you. Resend those missing files and ask for confirmation.

If the rejection is administrative with the loads of applications a university receives, it is difficult for the admission panel to accompany each rejection with feedback specific to the applicants. You can try mailing them to see if they respond to your particular queries. If not, it means that you have to introspect your application.

Hiking Up Your Scores

This might seem repetitive, but more often than not, applications get rejected due to high competition, which means other applicants score more than you. Or they have better prospects to offer the university. Scores here can be applied for IELTS, GRE, GMAT, etc.

Revamp your SOP

Sometimes your application can get rejected because either your SOP was too generic or too extraordinary. The admission panel usually discards both kinds of extremes. Rewrite your SOP and make sure you write what you want to do, not what you dream of doing. There is a specific difference, and that’s where the recruiters will also focus. Do not use extra flattery words or archaic words. Keep the tone formal but exciting. Hook the recruiter from the first few lines.

Read More - How to Write an Amazing SOP and Gain Admission to Top Schools

Consult Professionals

If you haven’t been in touch with any overseas educational consultant, perhaps now would be a good time as any. They will guide you throughout the entire process and perhaps may also make you see where your application, or the university, went wrong and why the rejection occurred. Their strong networking, as well as their experience, will boost your application for a second time.

If it helps, you can get in touch with our counsellors for a free counselling session today!

Rethink Your Interests/Choices

One thing you may have overlooked is if you didn’t have any real passion while sending that previous application. Or you did so based on the hype of others, or under peer pressure. The reason your SOP doesn’t look good is maybe that you aren’t interested enough in the field that you have chosen. Get in touch with the experts in this field and do some research work again. Find your interest, the one that is only yours.

Studying abroad sure looks fun when we see it through rose-coloured glasses. And it is! But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have its challenges or setbacks. We only see crowd posts from students living and studying abroad. And some of them have gone through this rejection process and came out victorious. You are not alone in this.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q.1) What do I do if my application is rejected?

Reassess your application. Figure out what went missing and fill in the gaps. Often at times, the rejection can be based on technical or administrative reasons.

Q.2) Can I apply again to a university after being rejected?

Yes! There is no such rule that you cannot apply again to the same university that rejected you.

Q.3) How do you get over university rejection?

When you see the rejection you automatically put on a brave face to see through this setback. And that is exactly the kind of commitment that studying abroad demands from you. It is also one of the challenges of wanting to study abroad. Do NOT think that your dream ends here. This is just an obstacle that needs careful consideration and analysis before you make it with flying colours.

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