Being an international student is an amazing experience especially at the tertiary level. A great number of students travel abroad (outside their country of origin) to acquire graduate degrees and post-graduate degrees. Nigerian students makeup a vast majority of international students in foreign countries. There are numerous benefits to studying abroad which include;
- It is an opportunity to experience a different style of education.
- When you study abroad you will find incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.
- You will find that you have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history and you will have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life.
- You get the opportunity of learning a new language.
- When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.
- One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While studying abroad, you will attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.
- After the study abroad program ends, make an effort stay in contact with your international friends. In addition to rewarding personal relationships, these friends can also be important networking tools later down the road.
With the benefits stated above, the next question to ask would be ‘Where should I study?’ The answer to that question depends on some factors: quality of education, tuition, and standard of living. The top countries to study in based on these factors include:
1. The United States of America
The USA has an impressive range of universities for international students to choose from. Every year, universities in the United States dominate the world university rankings. Foreigners are also less likely to feel homesick in the United States because a lot of Nigerians study there. As a matter of fact, Nigerian students make up 31% of the African population in American universities. The only drawback to studying there is the high tuition but that can be solved by applying for one of the many available scholarships.
Canada offers lots to explore for visiting students. In addition to several internationally ranked universities with quality and more affordable tuition, safe cities, employment options (both during and after the study period), and as a pathway to Canadian permanent residence, the decision to study in Canada can be one of the most important, and best, decisions made by young people from around the world.
3. United Kingdom
The United Kingdom consists of 4 countries (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). These countries have a wide variety of high quality internationally recognized universities. Students can work to support their studies, and flexible opportunities to fit around university schedules are not unusual. There are also a lot of scholarship options available for students.
Germany has grown to become one of the top destinations for international students and it’s not hard to see why- it offers reputable universities, relatively low costs and a high quality of life. There are no tuition fees charged at undergraduate and doctorate levels at all public universities as long as you speak the language. Head to Munich to attend an internationally rated university without breaking the bank. And there a range of English-taught courses particularly at graduate level.
Geographically and socially, France is the focal point of Western Europe. In a matter of a couple of hours, you can visit various European nations. Global students have rights to work in France if they have a student residence permit and are enlisted in a recognized organization. One of the most dominant advantage of study in France is they are accepting international students without any English Proficiency test requirement and tuition fee is the same for domestic and international students.
Norway is the cheapest study destination for international students as it remains free for everyone both within and outside the EU, at public universities with the exception of a few specialized programs. Another reason to study in Norway is the availability of English-taught programs at all study levels plus a high number of locals proficient in English.
Taiwan is another of the cheapest countries to study abroad. The country offers more than 120 courses taught in English at over 40 universities. With abundant financial, historical, cultural, culinary, technological, linguistic, and natural wealth Taiwan has something to offer every international student. An increasing number of international students in Taiwan stay after they’ve graduated—and they’re welcomed with open arms. Taiwan also offers good quality of life with relatively low living costs and it offers an excellent opportunity to learn Mandarin.
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.
India is a fantastic option for students who want to combine affordability with cultural diversity. While Hindi is the most prominent language spoken, English is often used as the language of instruction at Indian universities especially at post-graduate level.