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What are the main factors to consider when looking for the best places to study abroad?

I’m about to complete my high school studies in the GCSE system, and I’m looking to go to an international university instead of a local one. What are the best places to study abroad and what are the main factors one would consider before settling for a college or a university abroad? Are there reliable online guides on how to study abroad? I’m really interested in the prospect of a British university. What are the top universities in UK?

Samantha Stevenson

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Donald Ward on April 10, 2018

The choice of where to study is influenced by some factors. Some students look at the proximity to their areas of living. Others consider the type of course that they are going to do and universities that offer the most conducive environment to study the same. Still, some students may look at scholarships and other such factors such as research opportunities, the alumni networks and the possibilities of securing employment once they attend a certain institution. Thus I don’t believe there is a definitive answer to your question on the best places for studying abroad. Students look at different things, and academic excellence is always on the top of the list for most students. That’s why an Ivy League class of only 1,100 students will have as many as 70,000 applicants in a single year.

You would have to ask yourself the same question. What is most important to you in school? What kind of experience do you want to have in college?

Remember, there are tons of other factors that might seem unimportant but at the end of the day really matter. As someone who has done undergraduate in a foreign country, I’ll attest to this. Language is important. I was from an English speaking country, but I took my course in Madrid, partly because I wanted to learn Spanish. I figured this would be an amazing way to study since I’d also get to interact with local folks. I’d also been dreaming of going to Spain for the longest time, so the decision to try it out came quite naturally to me.

There’s no fixed formula as you can see on how-to-study-abroad, but I’ll advise that you don’t overlook the cost and distance aspects. Some of the best universities in the world are also, not surprisingly, some of the most expensive. Some cost upwards of 55,000$ in total costs yearly to attend, not counting transport costs. The beauty of such institutions is that they also offer scholarships which may be need-based or merit-based. Therefore, when you are sending your applications, make sure you are sensitive to cost and the financial position of your parents or guardians. Some of the top universities in the UK include Oxford, Cambridge, Sheffield and the Imperial College London. Again, it depends on what you want to study, and also the location.

Noel Byrda year ago

A country is always one major influencer of where students choose to go for their higher education. There are a number of reasons why the US is one of the best places to study abroad for most international students. Most students want college time to be the time of making new networks and meeting new people. The US hosts one of the largest cosmopolitan student populations in the world, and from my own personal experience, you’ll have a great time meeting people from Africa, Asia, Europe and anywhere else you can possibly think of. As a student at the University of Colorado, Boulder, I was lucky enough to get a full scholarship covering tuition, living expenses and a small amount for my pocket money. The US is always a great choice, and the best part is the fact that it is a sizeable area, so there’s always variety.


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