Reasons behind the Rejection of Your Study Abroad Application


Pushpinder Bhatia
Alumni Said Business School, University of Oxford, UK

Reasons behind the Rejection of Your Study Abroad Application

Before we get to where we are intended to be, life throws us many rejections. The rejection of your study abroad application by a university is part of this. However, it's nothing new, and it's not something we cannot handle well. It's not the ending but the begging of something new, which you'll achieve with flying colours, and we will help you through it. 

We have listed down some of the reasons that might have led to the rejection of your study abroad application:

Providing false information:

Some students forge documents and scores to get into their dream university, but the admission panel carefully reviews all documentation submitted to a department's admission office. So, it is vital to fill out the study abroad application form carefully because any error or discrepancy could result in the cancellation of the entire application procedure.

A not so convincing SOP 

An essential component of the study abroad application process is a Statement of Purpose (SOP). Additionally, a strong SOP boosts your chances of being shortlisted for admission to a university. But if your SOP is too general or too remarkable, your application can sometimes be rejected. The admissions panel typically rejects both extremes. When you rewrite your SOP, write what you want to accomplish, not what you dream of doing. Avoid overly flattering or dated language. Maintain a formal yet engaging tone.


It is essential to read the requirements carefully before submitting your university application. The university/ institution you are applying to provides a clear set of requirements. In addition, the institutions provide you with the required score in the English proficiency tests they accept. If you think giving an IELTS/TOEFL is enough, it’s not because they won’t matter unless you meet the given requirement and will lead to the rejection of your study abroad application.

Missed Deadlines or the last one to apply

Waiting until the last minute to submit your study abroad application will portray a bad image on the admission committee and can also reflect negatively on you as a candidate.  
Once you've narrowed down your list of potential institutions, look up the application deadlines for each programme and start applying early. Some universities and colleges keep track of when applicants submit their study abroad applications, and if your application is received by the deadline, it may influence the decision-making process.
In the worst-case scenario, if you miss the deadline and then submit the application, there are high chances of getting rejected for obvious reasons.

Emailed to the wrong address

Every year, hundreds of students miss out on the application submission because they either email their study abroad applications to the incorrect address or don't include the proper postage.
Make sure you're submitting your application to the correct location by carefully reading the submission instructions, and always double-check with the university to ensure they've received it.

Applying Late for Visa

The visa application process is one of the most crucial steps in studying abroad. There are substantial repercussions when students disregard it, which is often. The appropriate procedure begins with thorough research about what is necessary to obtain a student visa. Make sure you are applying on time and have the required documentation before the deadline, else your study abroad application may be rejected.

Unsuccessful Payment of study abroad application Fee 

Many students are unaware that they must pay a fee while submitting their study abroad applications to universities. This is an additional fee to the tuition fees as part of the application procedure. Most application fees are non-refundable, so you won't receive your money back even if your study abroad application is rejected. However, your application will probably be turned down if you don't pay it at all.

Applying for courses you are not eligible for

People dream of studying abroad, but that doesn’t mean applying for any course at any institution. Research plays an essential role when applying to study overseas. The course you shortlist should somewhere resonate with your background and meet the given requirements; else, your study abroad application will certainly get rejected.

Lack of expert guidance

It’s always good to have an expert opinion on your overseas application, as being a first-timer, you may miss some things, which may result in your rejection. 
But why fear when we are here? We at MapMyStudy ensure that your study abroad application is up to the mark and doesn’t get rejected. We will guide you through the process and make your study abroad dream come true; connect with our professional consultants today!

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