No matter how good your excuse is, a study abroad program isn’t going to grant you any extensions to get your application in on time. If you procrastinated and you think there’s no time to get the translations you need, think again.
All may not be lost.
Rush translation services can help ensure your application is completed on time.
Staying on Top of Application Deadlines
Whether you’re studying abroad as part of a program through your home institution or you’re moving abroad to volunteer or work, there are various deadlines you must meet for visas, recommendation letters, and applications.
College application deadlines are very strict and exceptions are rarely granted. You’ll want to make sure you’re on top of everything so that you’re not left behind. Just picture yourself sadly scrolling through your friends’ awesome travel photos while you’re stuck at home, all because you didn’t get your application together.
One important element of your study abroad or college application will be certified translations of your transcripts and diplomas. These can take a bit of time since you first need to get copies of your official transcripts before sending them to a translator. Order your copies as soon as you decide to study abroad,\ in order to avoid unnecessary panic.
In addition to institution deadlines, you’ll also have to make sure you’re aware of all of the other deadlines, including visa application deadlines. Visa processing times also vary by country, so make sure you have all your paperwork in order.
If you’re studying abroad through your college, you’ll have a support system to help you through every step of the process. But the process will be more complex if you’re not using a school-sponsored program, if you’re moving abroad and seeking residency, or if you’re enrolling directly in a foreign university.
We know, you get it — you should have thought about all this sooner and not procrastinated. But you procrastinated and now the deadline is impossibly close and you still don’t have the translations you need. That’s where rush translations come in.
How a Rush Translation Can Save You
When there’s a looming deadline, a rush translation will come in handy. Rush translations are routinely performed by certified translators and professional translation services (such as University Language) who are used to meeting deadlines in a very short period of time.
Rush translations are typically performed when a document submitted for translation is subject to a strict deadline or needed on very short notice. Academic documents, including transcripts and diplomas, will often fall into this category.
By definition, a rush translation requires a faster turnaround than most other translation jobs. A core team of translators, editors, and proofreaders work together to ensure that a project is completed very quickly, sometimes even within the same day.
But that doesn’t mean we’re not giving your documents the same careful attention just because they’re being handled on a rush basis — you’ll still receive a professional, accurate translations of your academic documents.
Academic Translation Requirements
Requirements for translation of academic documents can be extensive. Each country differs, but it is likely that you will need a certified translation of all of your documents if English is not an official language in your home country. Certified translations will also ensure that your translated documents visually resemble the original for easy comparison, which will expedite the accrediting process and make it easier on you.
Documents that may require translation include:
- Official transcripts
- High school & college dilplomas
- Birth certificates
- Medical records
- Letters of recommendation
- Other college application materials
Make sure you stay ahead of the game and have everything prepared well in advance in case any obstacles come up along the way.
The process of preparing to study abroad can be a very stressful one. Having all of your documents in order well in advance will help ease the stress, but you can also rest assured that a rush translation is very much a viable option if you’re pressed for time. Remember, once your translations are taken care of, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying your experience abroad!
How ULS Can Help
If you’re applying to schools overseas, ULS can help with all your translation needs. From diplomas and transcripts to letters of recommendation and student resumes and beyond, we provide professional, certified translation services in more than 200 languages.