Studying abroad is important if students want their perfect-fit degree
Although there are many factors at play when it comes to deciding on a university, the academic side is always going to be a biggie.
And the fact is, most students don’t have the good fortune to live a stone’s throw away from a university that has:
- High-quality teaching
- Cutting-edge research
- Excellence in the student’s chosen subject
- An approach to learning that fits with the student’s aptitudes and preferences
To maximise their chances of finding all of these criteria (and more!) in one single university, most students need to broaden their horizons.
Different regions are right for different students
For example, students who want to specialise right away and are also quite independent learners might look into studying in the UK.
On the other hand, students who prefer a broader degree programme and more teacher-led learning could research options in the USA.
You might also encourage students to look into countries that provide a middle-ground, like Australia or Singapore.
Or if students are after cheaper, but equally prestigious, degrees, the EU is a good bet. It’s also perfect for students with the travel bug (as student visas tend to unlock EU-wide travel).
Alternatively, students could refine their searches by thinking about the subject they hope to study or the career path they’re pursuing.
For example, those who shine in STEM should seriously consider universities in Asia, a continent that has world-leading institutions in those fields and is home to trailblazing tech and engineering companies.
It’s also important to remember that each country has its own areas of expertise and teaching styles. Even what is ostensibly the same subject can be taught drastically differently between different countries and even universities. For the best possible match and most enjoyable, beneficial experience, students need to cast a wide net.
That’s why students really shouldn’t limit themselves by only considering options in their country of residence. If it’s academic excellence they’re after, a quick glance at the top 100 universities in the world will show them just how geographically widespread it is!