Once in a lifetime, everyone looks beyond one’s local options especially when it comes to higher studies. There are some countries which can be truly considered the student’s mecca as every year thousands of students flock to these modern education hubs. Not just because one wants to be a part of the diaspora but also to experience things that the homeland lacks to offer. While many strive for that one degree overseas others are in for the adventure and experiences that are part and parcel of foreign education. Here we review 10 countries that students prefer and why.
If you thought that the foreign exchange in India started with IIMs and IITs think again. A few centuries back students from as far as Greece traveled all the way to be a part of Nalanda University. While modern day India promises foreign students a chance to be immersed in an awe-inspiring varied culture, it also happens to be the largest democracy and seventh largest country in the world that ensure a close quarter approach to diverse sub-cultures, religions, traditions and foods. Students will incessantly be exploring and experiencing something new.
Cost of living is yet another significant reason for student to mark India as one of their choices, with a current dollar rate of 60 a comfortable stay comes in quite cheap. For students interested in studying non-western art, architecture and music, India is the best choice.
Want to pursue graduation while partying on a beach every weekend and if you are a football fan then Brazil is one of the few places on earth where the game settles in the very societal veins. Write your papers whilst basking on sun-kissed shores learn Portuguese and probably go para-sailing to celebrate your graduation. Brazil is the place to be hands down. Not to forget the largest carnival on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. It is the fifth largest country in the world and the domestic flights are quite cheap (How does that sound for the nifty explorer that you are?). As 11% of the foreign students mark Brazil as their destination you are sure to find an assortment of nationalities.
German universities have tie ups with universities all over the world. Every year thousands of students have the opportunity to come here for studying and living. No country perhaps, absorbs the student influx as well as Germany does. German universities and technical colleges try their level best to provide enough university places for international students and they also strive to support them in many other questions concerning the time abroad. Even though it’s quite smaller as compared to its Latin American and Asian counterparts, but the historical enormity of this country is incomparable.
There are different scholarships options and even though if you fail to get a grant, working and interning options for students are plenty. How good German Universities are for higher education is clear from the fact that each year 12% (2, 30,000) of the foreign students, settle down in the heart of Europe.
China is the world’s most populous country. How is that for never feeling alone? Facts apart, studying in China could be an excellent opportunity for you. As many of the universities cite for their respective degree, non-degree and exchange program that their main emphasis is on academics and punctuality. Studying in China could prove to be an excellent opportunity, not only you get to experience one of the best educational systems but also be a part of China’s unique civilization with its unmatchable oriental charm. The bio-diversity and bustling nightlife are some things that China could boast about along with the salient educational lineaments.
Feel like Indiana Jones? Known for its glorious beaches and a heaven for surfers, it’s not a surprise that those who are always on a lookout for an overall adventure and do not really put everything on back-burner whilst prioritizing academics, tend to opt for Australia. Sydney, Australia’s capital thus, is an especially popular choice on the exchange forms. A home boasting more than 70 beaches and harbors on the waters of Pacific, spotted with azure hills come as a blessing for hikers and surfers.
You could even go exploring New-Zealand (in search for Gollum’s cave) or witness the magnificence of the Great Barrier Reef. There are numerous Employment Assistance program designed on the ‘earn while you learn’ concept. With almost 22,000 courses across 1,100 institutions it is ranked eighth in the U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems.
If you have been searching furtively for foreign universities to study in, with your hands curled around a cup of double espresso then you know the answer. Italy serves it all; an explorer’s heaven and an academician’s dream come true, with world’s oldest and prestigious universities not to disregard the bequest of the grand Roman civilization.
If you are interested in art, architecture and sculpture, then all your meticulous quests end here. Florence especially is the most sought after destination by international students for its rich history and art. The ‘Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore’, will stimulate your artistic pursuit while you could also try your hand at the art of wine making in the sprawling vineyards of Tuscany.
Canada is an often preferred choice for most of the international students looking for a college or university only because the standard of living and quality of the education provided is inversely proportional to cost of living and tuition fee as compared to other educational hubs. With almost 15% of the international students pouring in from every corner of the world, Canada is proud of its multicultural identity. Since English is the main language, students generally don’t face lingual problem. It is also popular for its extensive academic environment, which provides ample opportunities for research as well as skill based knowledge. Though, the really alluring facet of a Canadian education is the possibility of immigration.
France is the third country accounting for a staggering 29% of student inflow particularly for an excellent higher education system. The engineering and management institutes in France conduct exchange programs with the world’s best institutes. Scholarships and grants helps to a certain extent. Though, you might want to pick up ‘French for dummies’ notebook a good three months prior to your visit. Oh and along with the academic you add the relishing French cuisines. Bon appétit … étude bien
2) United Kingdom
The UK’s cultural mix is clearly a significant asset. The main universities students opt for are located in in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. The much coveted University of Cambridge is currently the second best university in the world and of course not to mention the arch rivals University of Oxford.
But then those not chasing typecasts, academic opportunities are ample. There are total 4 U.K universities that are in the top 10 and 30 institutions in the top 200 ensuring that the foreign students don’t run short of choices. There is a lot to explore in an entity boasting the likes of Shakespeare also the cities are well connected you could just bget on a train or in a car. Though do not forget that the traffic come from right.
1) United States of America
Some of the world’s top-most universities are established in United States of America. There are 30 out of 50 top internationally ranked schools that are located in the US. Even if you have no grades to make it to the top notch colleges, you will find yourself in an incessantly evolving milieu, thus making U.S an optimal choice for higher education. Moreover, there is an unexplainable instant connection between studying in U.S and your societal ranking. American universities are widely known for the quality of their teaching and research. Today about 30 percent of all current international students in the world are studying in the United States. The sheer volume and variety of educational establishments also means that you can be pretty confident of finding a suitable institution in your preferred surroundings.