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Education abroad: specifics

What to study abroad? Then, first of all, you need to pick up the country, where you want to go and spend 3 to 4 years of you life. You have a huge choice depending on your personal taste. Try to consider everything – language, climate, culture and many other things. If you don’t have any specific preferences, you can consult with the rankings of the most popular study destinations. The first country on the list is the United States, followed by Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Why these countries?

The United States is a leader for higher education, 75 % of the world’s best universities are located in the US. International students bring $13bln annually to the US economy. Great Britain has a reputation of a country with the best traditional system of education. In Ireland the higher education is one of the highest values. Australia and New Zealand provide with good immigration perspectives, plus the prices for education and accommodation are lower than in Europe or the US, while the quality of education is high. We add to this list Italy (the indisputable leader in the sphere of design education) and Switzerland (best studies in hotel management).

Education abroad. What is special?

In different countries education systems have its specifics (for example, in Australia reexaminations are not allowed). Despite all national specifics, we can name a number of basic principles.

Anglo-Saxon model (founded in GB and borrowed by other English-speaking countries) provides for three levels of higher education: Bachelor (3 to 4 years), Master (1 year) and PhD (3 to 4years). However, some of the Bachelor programmes require internships, which makes the study programme longer. Future designers, for instance, will have to complete the foundation course, and only afterwards, the 3 years course. To obtain a degree in Medicine, Dental Medicine and Architecture will take 7 years. Master programmes and MBA last for 1-2 years. Normally, you have to be 18 years old to apply to a foreign university. 

To apply for Bachelor programmes you will have to pass British A-level exams and successfully complete the International Baccalaureate programme. For international students there is a Foundation programme. Foreign universities pay attention students’ interests and offer a wide range of applied sciences and internship possibilities. Education abroad is oriented on individual work and discussions. Exams are usually written. Mentoring is typical for Anglo-Saxon model: every student gets a tutor who helps with the studies. 

Application procedure

There are different requirements for the applicants, sometimes pretty high. You have to pass language proficiency exams (TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, GRE, GMAT etc.), competitive examination of documents, sometimes an interview. You are an eligible applicant starting from age of 18. Secondary school graduates have follow Foundation programme at universities, or at special colleges and large language schools that have partnership agreements with universities. It includes academic disciplines studies for the future study programme, language courses (including academic vocabulary) and study skills (for instance, research and essays).

Tuition fees

Tuition fees include the fees for the study programme (as a rule, theoretical ones are cheaper than those requiring laboratory practice) and cost of living. Additional expenses are administration fees, transportation, study materials, laundry expenses, phone call etc.

5 leaders as to the number of international students (UNESCO rankings)

32% - USA

12% - UK

11% - Germany

10% - France

7% - Australia

5 top specializations among international students (according to The Times)






Top 10 reasons people love their job

Control over your future

Using your skills/knowledge


Contribution to society

Nice corporate environment/colleagues

High salary

Career growth possibility

Respect and recognition

Balance between work and personal life

10 least important features for loving your job



Fancy job description


Prestigious corporate car

Size of the working desk

Prestigious office

Available parking

Quality food in cafeterias

Highly paid business trips


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