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Top 5 Study Abroad Destinations and its Pros and Cons

As bland and cliché as it may be, studying abroad is an opportunity that everyone shouldn’t miss. From world-class education down to a serene and outstanding environment, going overseas to pursue education is definitely a must-do. You may be one brave soul who has what it takes to man-up and go abroad, but do you already know where most people go for their educational pursuits? Check this out!

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Australia

Ahoy Mate! Being one of the current popular destinations for studying abroad, Australia is known for having a wide range of study options for students to choose from. Be it undergrad, postgrad, Ph.D. or pathway education, Australia’s got you covered! Australian National University may be a good choice as they offer programs for bachelors, masters, and even tech-voc courses!

Pros

Most Australian universities can offer you excellent facilities along with academic staff consisting of top international and domestic scholars. Many Aussie universities also have partnership agreements with some of the best universities around the world (this means opportunities for research and study exchange) and close cooperation with a variety of firms all across the sectors.

Cons

Some would say that studying in Australia can be sad. Australia is an isolated island continent, so you might find yourself suddenly very far from your friends and family. Studying in Australia can also be very costly. Unless you receive a scholarship or born with a silver spoon, you will be facing hefty tuition fees approximately amounting to AU$20,000+ per year.

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Canada

If you’re looking for a much easier way to reach your study abroad goals, Canada may be just right for you as getting a student visa has been made easier. Due to Canada’s rising status as one of the premier destinations for international students, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has evaluated their student visa (better known as a study permit) system to provide greater overall responsibility. Niagara College Canada may be a good option as they offer hands-on training and learning opportunities.

Pros

Canada prides itself with a number of top universities and research institutions, recognized all around the world. This is because the educational system is based on cross-disciplinary studies, combined with teaching transferable skills and great facilities. If you decide to study in Canada, you can expect a truly global education.

Cons

It can get quite cold in the winter, so you probably have to be open to learning winter sports and activities. Some Canadian universities will require you to speak French especially if you plan to study in Quebec. Canada is also one of the largest countries in the world so traveling from one end of the country to the other can take several days by train or car. The larger cities are quite urban, but transportation systems are not as developed as Europe or Asia.

France

France

Bonjour mon amis! A country of glamour and beauty, France is considered by many as the place where dreams come true and the lights shine brighter than ever. As one enjoys France’s natural medieval beauty, one can also expect quality higher education that is adapted to every students’ needs! If you’re a business enthusiast, you may want to check out Audencia Business School in France!

Pros

As a student at one of these institutions, you can ensure that you’ll be receiving an amazing education while also enjoying other things that France is known for.  The universities in France offer students the chance to attend their institutions on a full- and part-time basis, with several class schedules and courses available.  These courses vary by college, as well as the times that you can attend.

Cons

For some study abroad students, it’s easy to get frustrated with Paris because of the language. Although most Parisians do speak English, they may come off as rude if you speak to them in English right off the bat. A simple “Bonjour, parlez-vous Anglais?” (Hello, do you speak English) will get you far as they see it as a form of respect, and that you’re trying to speak the language means a lot. It’s definitely highly encouraged that you must learn the basics of the language first before going there.

Korea

South Korea

A country with the perfect balance of traditional and modern, Korea may be the best place for you. Korean students are incredibly welcoming to their international student peers so it wouldn’t be very hard to adjust to the environment as they will be more than willing to teach you the basics. As they all say, it’s always better to learn from the experts. An example would be the University of Ulsan, that has 11 colleges and 5 graduate schools with various English-based programs. 

Pros

One unique thing about being a student in Korea is that the Student ID card can be used as a bank card, ATM card, debit card, and a metro card (they call it the T-card). Also, Korea specializes in a variety of fields that will lead to superb employment opportunities after graduating.

Cons

Registering for classes is way harder (and more stressful) than it should be. Mostly due to administrative rules like despite 40% of classes being taught in English, there are universities that limit the number of foreign students allowed in a class. The proportion of foreign students shouldn’t exceed that of Korean students. Hence, if a foreign student wants to join a class that’s already full, the professor would have to increase the number of seats in the class in general (instead of adding 1 seat, adding 3 instead).

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Japan

If you excel at multitasking, Japan would probably be the best option to take. With its high educational standards, you will be earning a degree while learning the native language at the same time! Not to mention their generosity when it comes to scholarships. Take a look at Japan’s Waseda University, that offers English-taught programs in various fields while learning the native language at the same time. Not to mention that they also offer scholarships!

Pros

Aside from residing in the safest, if not one of the safest countries in the world, you’ll be getting quality education especially if you want to pursue studies in the field of technology for a much cheaper price. Another deciding factor for students is the tuition fee exemption system and the scholarship system, which are comparatively better in Japan than many other countries. There are also partial and full tuition fee waivers that are granted to high-achieving students from different backgrounds.

Cons

If you are into research studies, the stress level is high as Japanese professors are very demanding of your scientific or research progress. Also, if you decide not to learn Japanese while you stay in Japan, everyday life will be difficult as no one would be speaking in English for your convenience the moment you step outside of the university. With a country that is deeply rooted in their nationalism like Japan, it’s kind of difficult to adapt if you have weak Japanese language skills as Japanese language ability is still the basic requirement for everyone who aspires to be there.

Have you finally decided on where to go? You’re all-set to move forward the next step! Read up on the dos and don’ts of studying abroad or begin your research for schools abroad with Edukasyon.ph.

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