Why study internationally?
Having done this ourselves, we can affirm that studying internationally has many upsides. But first, let's get the downsides out of the way and then we can focus on the good stuff.
Separation - living away from family is one of the biggest emotional challenges that international students face. While this issue can be draining for some students, most students get over this strain fairly quickly with the help of friends that they make in these new countries.
Culture Shock - having lived your entire life in a particular country, you might feel a little out of place in the new setting that you are moving into but adapting is one of the things that humans do best. What you might experience is that this new country is more well suited to your expectations than your home country. That's the beauty of this experience. You might find a home away from home.
Language Barriers - we believe that students today are well versed with the world language (English) and can work their way through in a new country. Now, if you were to decide to study in countries like Germany or Japan, you'd have to learn the country's language. (PS - don't believe people who say that all you need to know is English. Discussed later on this page).
This is our favorite part! Primarily because we have been able to come to a different country, have studied and worked and have been successful here.
Opportunities - it's an old saying that new lands provide new opportunities but we believe this adage still holds water. Moving to a new country would open you to a lot of opportunities that might not be available in your own country. For example, if you want to move into biomedical engineering, US perhaps has the best resources and education in the field and could provide you the launchpad for a successful career.
Stand Out - think about competition around you and then think about what do they have in common. If the common factor is getting education from your home country then getting a degree from a university abroad might add value to your resume. This might make you stand out of the crowd, if you plan to return to your own country and live there.
Experience - companies today value people with a diverse background. The diversity in background does not just come through your country of origin. Largely, this 'diversity' is the the diversity of thought and experience. And international education can get you that experience. Having studied and worked with people from other countries, you would have the proven skills of bridging the cultural gap to make things happen.
What country should I pick to study?
While this writeup alone might not be able to help you make up your mind but here are some pointers to see which country might suit you the best. Let's look at some of the options that are the most popular with students these days.
United States (America / US) -- US is still the top contender. Whatever said and done, US education still tops the list for students and employers. Besides, if you are even remotely associated with technology, this is the Mecca for finding the best opportunities in the field. So, you've heard horror stories about how hard it is to get to the US? How hard it is to get a student visa and then converting it into a work visa? While all these stories might have some pulse to them, they don't talk about the numerous success stories of international students in this country. The articles also fail to mention how much heavier the education from a US university weighs against universities around the world. If you are even remotely thinking of taking the plunge, we'd say 'go for it'. The chances of failure are always stacked against you no matter where you go. The only difference is how much tenacity you have to make things work in your own favor. With a US degree, you get one to three years of work rights as a student. That gives you a decent initial start to your career. If you are interested in the US, download our mobile app through the app store and use it to focus on the right goals. We can help you improve your chances of success.
Canada -- The country is becoming increasingly popular for its pro-immigration policies and an education that makes you competitive around the world. The downside that we see with Canada is that once you graduate, you wont't have as many job opportunities as you'd have in the US. The lack of jobs means that the salaries in Canada for similar positions are lower than what they are in the US. But if immigration is your primary motive then Canada might hit that sweet spot for you. If you are interested in studying in Canada, download our mobile app through the app store and find the resources that you need to be successful at every milestone through the journey.
Australia -- The country is similar to opportunities and expectations as Canada. With pro-immigration policies, Australia attracts a lot of students but you should be very careful about selecting your program and university because not all programs and schools cater equally to international students. We'd recommend picking up universities that are closer to the bigger cities. These would have more competition but would serve you well in the long run.
England (UK / United Kingdom) -- UK has just passed a law allowing international students to stay in the country for two years after graduation to look for jobs. But with the current political climate (Brexit), the country does not make for a good option since getting out of the European Union (EU) leads to lesser job opportunities and chances to move around in the continent. UK still makes it to the top of the list with the US in terms of offering world class education that holds value around the world.
Do I have to come back after my education?
Not necessarily. It depends on your host country and how hard is the progression from a student visa to a work visa. Some countries don't allow any work authorization after you graduate. So, you will have to return to your home country after finishing education. Most countries, however, have a program where a student can get work experience after graduation and convert his/her student visa into an immigration intent work visa.
Can I work during school to pay for my tuition?
Different countries have different rules about this but let's first get some terminology sorted out.
On-Campus Jobs - Jobs such as working at the registrar's office, at the library, lab or at the university cafeteria are considered "on-campus" jobs.
Off-Campus Jobs - Jobs such as working on a McDonald (unless the McDonald is in the university's cafeteria) is considered an "off-campus" job.
US laws allows you to work 20 hours per week while you are at school. This work, however, is limited to only "on-campus" jobs. This means that as an international student, you cannot take jobs that are not posted by the university or the businesses on the university campus.
Canada also allows you to work 20 hours per week, but this job can be on or off campus. Which means that you could pick up a job wherever you'd like, barring some jobs that the government does not deem fit for you as an international student.
With that said, these jobs are usually not enough to pay for your education. You would be able to manage your living expenses through this work but compensating for tuition is not usually possible.
If you are interested in finding out how to best fund your education internationally then download our mobile app and check out the "Funding my education" milestone in the "Guidance" section.
Do I need to know German if I want to study in Germany?
Yes. For countries like Japan and Germany (or any country where English is not the first language), learn the language of the country before you decide to study there. Just because the university's website says that the program is taught in English does not mean that everything else outside the class will have the same language medium. Prepare for success outside the class. Think about it this way, if you want to get a job after your degree completion, you should be able to talk to your coworkers. Students who learn the language of the country have proven to do better than the students to who don't.
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