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Scams that African students had to face

posted on: September 20, 2022

As an African student who plans to study abroad, it is very important to have proper knowledge of everything concerned with the same. There are many people who would like to take advantage of your situation and scam you for their own benefit. This is why it is very important to be alert and aware of all the scammers in the market. Here are some scams that African students have to encounter while applying for studying at international universities.

Visa and immigration frauds

African students have to face high visa rejection rates because of unreasonable discriminatory treatment towards them. They also have to go through a tedious paperwork process which can be very consuming. Because of this many ill practices have originated where fake agencies lure students into believing that they will get a student visa in return for money. To save yourself from such scams-

  • Only applying for student visas in the embassy is directly and not through any agents.
  • Try to avoid any third-party involvement.
  • If you were contacted for an inquiry regarding your visa, always recheck from the embassy.
  • Even if you are taking the help of any agency, make sure that they are authorized.

University admission scams

Students from African countries like India had been victims of paying fees to fake universities and losing out on a lot of money. Due to a lack of information these students end up applying to fake universities that don't really exist. It is very important to check that the university that you have been accepted into is accredited by the government of the respective country. For example, Canada has a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) list of schools approved by the government. Make sure that whatever university you end up selecting is authorized by the government.

Housing and rental scam alerts

Getting suitable accommodation in a foreign land is a very common problem that is faced by all international students irrespective of the continent they come from. Popular study abroad destinations like Canada and the UK have now witnessed a rise in these accommodation scams because of the shortage of housing. To avoid becoming a victim of this, make sure that you search for accommodation through reliable sources only like your college website.

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