The Most Loved Study Abroad Destinations
Thousands of students decide every year to leave their home country behind (at least for some time) to go abroad and continue their higher education. There are many countries with various top notch universities and everything else you might need or want. However, some countries attract more students than others.
The USA is right at the top of the most loved study abroad destinations. So it is no wonder, that the USA has the world's largest international student population. More than 1 million students choose to broaden their horizon, gain in depth knowledge and be a part of a different culture in the USA. Almost 5% of all students enrolled in higher-level education in the USA are international students, and it seems like the number won't decrease anytime soon.
America, in general, is known as the land of opportunity, where one can achieve anything they put their mind to, no matter who they are, no matter where they come from. This is the American Dream. America is one big melting pot of citizens from different backgrounds. With many individuals of your own kind you will feel right at home, despite being far away from home.
Also, the country is home to many of the world's top colleges and universities, like the California Institute of Technology, Harvard, and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Moreover, depending on the state you live in, America offers you a wide range of scenery, cuisine and tourist attractions. The living expenses for a student in the USA come around $1000 per month. This, however, is just an approximate number. This number may vary depending on your living style, accommodation and studies.
Over 700,000 international students were 2017 enrolled in education programs in Australia. Half of them were enrolled in the higher education sector. Other students are studying in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector, the English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) sector or the general school sector.
New South Wales and Victoria attract the largest numbers of international students.
China, India and Brazil are the countries where the most students come from.
Australia promotes innovation, creativity, and independent thinking throughout its universities. Education in Australia is challenging, fun and rewarding. As a student, you can expect to live, grow and learn in a young and friendly country full of opportunities.
Indian students shouldn't have too much trouble adjusting to the climate in Australia, since the summers in India can be even hotter. However, the climate in Australia varies widely depending on the area, as Australia consists of a variety of environments; from beaches to deserts to gazing lands to coral reefs.
Like in most countries, international students can decide in their own where they want to lie during their stay in Australia. Most of the Australian students live off-campus through home stay programs, in hostels or rental properties. Some Australian universities provide housing options. This allows international students to socialize with local students.
When you think of Canada you probably think about its natural beauty, maple syrup and national parks. But there are also several other thinks which Canada is known for, including friendly people. Ice hockey, wildlife, road trips, beautiful landscapes, Northern lights, winter and the diversity of people. Canada is definitely one of the most sought after study destination for international/Indian students. In recent years the amount of students going to Canada to pursue their higher education has drastically increased. Students prefer this country for various courses such as Biotechnology, Animation, Hospitality, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Mass Media and many more. The Canadian Education System offers a wide range of degrees and diploma for various courses. For students, who do not have a strong financial background this may be a good place to consider studying because the cost of education is comparatively cheaper. On top of that, scholarships are available for international students and they also have the opportunity to work off-campus on part-time basis.
Besides being famous for major attractions like the Eiffel tower, the Louvre museum and the Cathedral of Notre Dame, France is also known for its fine food. And let's be honest, who doesn't love a good croissant, crêpe or baguette? French cooking is thought to be the best in the world.
The country is home of 3500+ educational institute, which include public funded universities and Grand Écoles. Students can choose between various degree courses in different subjects like architecture, political science, law, journalism, design, management studies and so much more. Compared to other countries the fee in France's public universities for higher education is affordable. Also, the government provides financial assistance for students with a good academic performance. Moreover, students can apply for scholarships.
Germany lied amidst a terrain of vast forests, mountains and rivers. The country has a rich historic background and culture that makes it a famous tourist and study destination. Once landed in Germany you will see beer, bread and sausages everywhere.
Not only foodies will feel at home in Germany but also car lovers. Germany is home to some of the most popular car manufacturing units in the world. Audi, Volkswagen, BMW and Merzedes-Benz, all have their origins in Germany. With car museums, car factories (they also offer factory tours) and scenic beauty, it is definitely the right place for car enthusiasts. Therefore, most students go to Germany to study car related courses like mechanical engineering. If you are into castles then you have also come to the right place. Germany has numerous castles, for instance the castle of Neuschwanstein in Bavaria.
But not only car lovers can benefit from Germany. Germany also has the third largest music market in the world, and the largest in Europe (e.g.: Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven) Not only for classical but also for modern music Germany is a trend setter.
The most attractive thing about Germany is probably the low to nonexistent tuition fee. Yes, you heard right. Free Education in Germany. In 2014, Germany's 16 states abolished tuition fees for undergraduate students at all public German universities. This means that currently both domestic and international undergraduates at public universities in Germany can study for free, with just a small fee to cover administration and other costs per semester. Some states (like Baden-Württemberg) started charging low tuition fees from 2017 onwards from non-EU/EEA students but that amount is set at like 1,500 Euros per semester, which is still much more affordable than in many other countries in Europe.
Apart from that there is only a small "semester fee" or "administrative fee" to be paid for every semester which is usually around 300 – 400 Euro. This includes a transport ticket so you can get across the city via bus or train without paying anything extra. Very convenient. Your living expenses depend on where you live; big cities like Berlin and Cologne are usually more expensive than for instance Saarland. As a student, 800 Euros should be enough for rent, clothes and groceries.
After your studies you are also allowed to stay in Germany. If you are from outside the EU, you can apply for an 18-month residence permit for after graduation. With such a “job seeker visa”, you can search for a job that fits your qualifications; and you are allowed to take any job during those 18 months.
Now, having read about the most loved study abroad destinations, which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments.