As one of the most popular study destinations in the world there are more international students in Germany than in any other country in the European Union (EU) besides the UK, and when you start looking at the facts it’s not hard to see why.
Most universities are public and free to attend for international students. While Bachelors degrees are usually free of charge, some Masters courses may incur a fee; however this will be considerably less than in the UK.
A common destination for gap year backpackers, the country also has a strong reputation for higher education.
Unlike their German counterparts, Australia is officially one of the most expensive countries in the world for international students, with average fees and living costs combined reaching $42,093 (£27,600) according to research by HSBC.
Australia is one of the world’s most popular places for international students – and with sandy beaches, year round sunshine and a relaxed outdoors lifestyle, it is no surprise. Australian universities welcome international students and are well prepared to support newcomers. Considering its relatively small population, Australia has an unusually high number of institutions making the top hundred for university academic rankings, making it the perfect destination for sun, sand and academic success.
Most famous for its natural beauty (and its maple syrup) Canada is fast becoming the go-to destination for international students seeking a study adventure.
With a global reputation for educational excellence, Canadian qualifications are recognised throughout the world.
Toronto ranked recently as the most desirable city for students, among an impressive three Canadian cities in total to make the top 15. With cities this attractive it is no wonder that 6.5% of students in post secondary education in Canada come from abroad. With a vibrant culture, stunning natural environment and massive regional variations, Canada offers lots to explore for visiting students, in addition to several internationally ranked universities.
Just a hop, skip and a jump away by plane, train or ferry France’s close proximity to our shores certainly factors in the country’s popularity with students looking to study abroad.
However, the short distance from home isn’t the only reason. French higher education particularly that provided in Paris is held in high regard all over the world. École Normale Supérieure, École Polytechnique and Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) are the top ranked institutions in the country according to the QS World Rankings.
Romantic Paris consistently tops lists of the best cities for students. Although the vibrant night life, thriving cultural scene, and the prospect of long walks along the left bank of the Seine are surely partly the reason, the almost non-existent tuition fees also help. Whilst much undergraduate teaching is carried out in French, graduate education is often available in English
When it comes to finding a study abroad experience to suit you, you can’t fail in the USA. Spanning different time zones, climates and cultures the country has more than 4,000 higher education institutions to choose from, and if you decide that you don’t love the university you’re studying at? Just switch, moving between institutions isn’t uncommon in America.
The choice of Universities in the US is quite mind-boggling. From internationally renowned ivy league institutions to hubs of innovation and cutting edge thought, whatever you study here you will have opportunities to add to your life experience. Over 750000 international students attend university in the US every year, and despite the high costs of fees, students love living in both Boston and San Fransisco enough for both cities to rank among top student cities. But if you sign up to study and decide that you would like a change of scenery, switching between universities in the US is not unusual.