Thinking of Studying Abroad?
Deciding whether to study abroad or to attend university at home can be an incredibly difficult decision. Studying in another country is very different from the United Kingdom, there are a lot of key points to consider before making this life-changing choice.
Are you considering studying abroad?
You should weigh up the advantages and disadvantages and how dependent you are as an individual. If you feel homesick very easily or haven’t had much responsibility yet as an adult then this may be a difficult transition for you. Talk your ideas through with your family, friends and advisors at college before applying. A study abroad back up plan is essential, so be sure to do your research!
What are the benefits of studying abroad?
One of the most popular reasons students study abroad is because the tuition fees are significantly lower than the United Kingdom, for example students could save thousands of pounds per annum if they studied in Canada. It also helps your student CV to stand out amongst others. Employers would love to know how attending university in another country changed you as a person, it shows initiative and a passion for your chosen area of study.
How to secure a university place overseas?
There are two different ways to study abroad:
The first option is to undertake your degree at a university in the United Kingdom and take part in an exchange programme for up to a year. This option means you will still be eligible for UK student loans and you can also request extra help when you are due to move abroad.
The other option is to save for the tuition fees and then to apply independently paying your costs upfront – do tuition fees actually matter? This can be more difficult to do, but if determined it can be achieved.
Studying in Europe
Even though with the reduced course fees and savings of at least £20,000 there are no student loan companies to aid UK students. This means that you would need the funds up front or to get a normal bank loan which may have more serious financial implications. However, financial worries aside the main reason students choose a European university is for a sense of adventure, excitement and opportunity. The international graduate prospects after your studies will give your career an amazing head start.
Studying in New Zealand
New Zealand is made up of 8 institutions that are state-owned as well as hundreds of privately owned universities. The qualifications from these institutions are recognised internationally, giving you peace of mind of your future after university. In the majority of cases, you will have to fill out an application form and send any relevant documents with the application. New Zealand’s first term (or semester) starts in February so you should send off the application in October, ideally before November 1st.
Studying in America
Higher education in America can take 4-6 years to complete as there isn’t a specific timescale for students to complete their degree. The American Bachelor degree programme consists of core courses, a major, a minor and electives. The core courses are taken in mathematics, english, humanities and philosophy although not all colleges have them. A major is the main academic area you will study, most students study one major but some colleges offer a double major with the opportunity to study two or a combined area. A minor gives students the choice to study something with less concentration than their major and electives are other areas of study that students find interesting. The application process can take an extremely long time as there is not a national body, like UCAS, to apply through, you would have to check each individual university and apply to each one. The American finances is a difficult topic and requires research before any applications are made.
Studying in Canada
Canada is known for having one of the world’s best education system, and international students can work in Canada for at least one year after completing their degree. You should apply at least one year before the start of term to allow enough time during the application process, and can contact the university’s Office of Admissions and/or Office of Graduate Admissions to get the relevant forms and information. The majority of Canadian institutions require three A-Level qualifications to get on an undergraduate course. However, do check each university you are interested in attending to guarantee you have what is needed.