How to Start Studying Abroad After SPM? 10 Questions to Begin Your Trip

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Have you considered studying abroad after SPM?

Many students say the opportunity to study abroad after SPM was one of the best life-changing experiences. You will see the world and experience different cultures while diving into world-class education taught by industry experts! While the process of studying abroad can be tricky but will be worth it!

At Uni Enrol, we help students who want to study abroad and locally choose the right course, get matched to the best university and apply for scholarships.

Got a question about where to go and what to study?

Here are the 10 most common questions that students ask about how to study abroad after SPM.

10 Common Questions Students Ask About Studying Abroad After SPM

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Q1: Which Country is Best to Study Abroad?

Some of the most popular destinations among international students are

  • Australia, 
  • Canada, 
  • Germany, 
  • the UK, and 
  • the US. 

Before choosing a country to study after SPM, you should consider the cost of living, future career prospects and safety. 

Next, start thinking about the lifestyle you wish to experience when studying abroad. 

  • Do you want to live in a big city or a smaller suburb? 
  • Do you prefer outdoor or indoor entertainment? 
  • Are you into the culture or a food lover? 

Q2: How to Find Out the Cost of Studying Abroad After SPM?

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The cost of further education abroad heavily depends on the 

  • chosen country, 
  • cost of living and 
  • tuition fees.

The best way to gauge the cost of studying abroad is to contact an experienced education consultant. They are equipped with the latest information to help you explore the cost of studying abroad before deciding to take the leap of faith.

Contact Uni Enrol now to find out how you can learn more about the cost of going abroad and the key things you need to know.

Q3: How Much Does it Cost to Study Abroad?

How Much Does it Cost to Study Abroad

Generally, the average tuition fee for international students studying in Australia starts at AUD20,000 (RM61,736.62), while the cost of living begins at AUD14,000 (RM43,215.64) per year. Hence, choosing universities in smaller cities, such as 

  • Perth, 
  • Adelaide, and 
  • Canberra,

Will cost you significantly less compared with big cities such as Melbourne and Sydney. 

On the other hand, the average tuition fee for international students studying in the UK starts at £10,000 (RM 52,874.31), while the cost of living per year starts at £12,180 (RM 64,400.90). Do keep in mind that living in London will cost more than if you choose to live in other cities in the UK. 

Though significantly farther away, Canada is also a viable choice for students. The average tuition fee for international students starts at C$20,000 (RM68,962.60), while the cost of living starts at C$15,000 (RM51,721.95).

Q4: Where Can I Apply to Overseas Universities?

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After researching options for the best courses, universities, and their locations, it’s finally time to apply!
But how?

Due to the global pandemic, many universities had to rely on online platforms to recruit students. This fact also includes allowing students to apply for courses online.

Through our university enrollment platform and education consultants at Uni Enrol, we have helped thousands of students study abroad and locally with the right course, get matched to the best university, and apply for scholarships.

Apply with us to top universities to study at.

  • Malaysia,
  • Australia,
  • the UK,
  • New Zealand,
  • the US and more with step-by-step assistance.

Q5: How to Know if I Qualify to Study Abroad After SPM?

For your further education abroad, you need to fulfil the academic requirements. These requirements vary between universities and countries, so you must check for adequate information. 

Generally, you will be asked to show your academic transcript and provide proof of your English language proficiency that is globally recognised in English tests, such as TOEFL or IELTS. 

Besides that, you must also submit additional supporting documents, such as 

  • a passport photo, 
  • proof of funds, 
  • resume, 
  • letters of recommendation, and 
  • certificate of good conduct. 

Q6: What Should I Study After SPM?

According to the Subject Strengths by Country by QS World University Rankings, here are the popular fields of study of popular study destinations:


  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Communication or Media
  • Law

The UK

  • Politics & International Studies 
  • Geography
  • History 
  • Education


  • Geography
  • English Literature & Language 
  • History
  • Philosophy

Q7: What Are the Visa Requirements for Further Education Abroad?

Visa requirements to study abroad vary depending on your country of choice. 

These are the general requirements to prepare before applying for your student visa:

  • A valid passport 
  • A clean criminal record 
  • Successful pass for a health screening 
  • 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccination
  • Proof of funds to be able to financially support yourself when abroad
  • Valid health insurance that is accessible when abroad 
  • Proof of enrollment from the university

Q8: When is the Best Time to Study Abroad?

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There is no such thing as the best time to study abroad. 

Like many unis, there are multiple intakes throughout the year, so choose the one that best fits your schedule.

Before you determine your pathway after SPM, you would need to consider several factors such 

  • as cost, 
  • the programme of choice, 
  • intake, and more. 

However, we recommend that you study abroad after your pre-university programme. This way, you will get the best of both worlds: experiencing college locally and studying abroad!

Q9: How Long Will It Take to Study Abroad After SPM?

The length of your study abroad programme depends on the degree you decide to take.

If you begin your tertiary education pathway after SPM, it will generally take 4-6 years. However, if you choose to study overseas after your pre-university programme, it will take 3–4 years of full-time study. Then, a Master’s degree or equivalent will take 1-2 years, while a PhD programme will take 3–4 years.

In many universities abroad, you can join student exchange programmes that allow you to study abroad for as short as a semester.

Q10: Can I Work in That Country After I’ve Graduated?

Yes, you can. 

One of the most significant benefits of studying abroad is the post-study work visa granted by countries that allow you to stay and work in the country for a period of time. 

In Australia, you may apply for the:

Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) – Post-Study Work Stream

Target: For those who have recently graduated from an Australian educational institution within 6 months, no matter the field of study. 

Duration: 2 to 4 years.

Temporary Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) – Graduate Work Stream

Target: For those who recently graduated with skills and qualifications to occupations specified in the skilled occupation list.

Duration: 18 months.

In the UK, you may apply for the Graduate Route. It welcomes international students to apply to stay in the UK and work, or look for work, upon graduation.


2 years (Undergraduate and Master’s Degree graduates)

3 years (PhD graduate)

In Canada, you may apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit if you have attended post-secondary institutions for at least 8 months. 

Duration: 3 years

Thousands of students have used our free services to apply to top universities to study in Malaysia, Australia, the UK, New Zealand, the US, and more.

Contact Uni Enrol now for more information on your study abroad options!

Further reading:

8 Best Universities in the UK for International Students

In Conclusion?

It is alright to be afraid to take the first step. In fact, asking questions is a good start to your journey. If you have any more questions before you embark on your pathway after SPM, connect with a Uni Enrol counsellor for a better understanding today.