Statistics reveal that a
big percentage of students go abroad to study in
destinations other than U.S. Countries like UK, Canada, Australia and
New Zealand are quite popular. But not many begin their efforts by
choosing destinations other than U.S as their first choice. The main
reason being lack of awareness about education in these countries. U.S
is popular because every one knows about someone who studied there. U.S
has been one of the more popular destinations for quite some time now.
But this trend is changing. Students are becoming aware of the
opportunities offered by other destinations.
Most universities only
require you to take the English language tests like TOEFL or IELTS. You
do not need the GRE for most courses if you are applying to UK, Canada,
Australia or New Zealand. There are some universities that may require
you to take the GRE for some courses. Computer related courses in Canada
for instance require you to take the GRE.
UK is a destination that
has some very renowned institutions with years of tradition and
reputation. Besides the very familiar Oxford and Cambridge, the other
universities are also known for their teaching standards and innovation
in research. UK offers one year Masters degrees that you have to spend
less on. UK is also a gateway for the rest of Europe. It allows you to
work for up to two years after completion of your course, provided you
get a job. The present laws allow you to work part time during study up
to a limit of 20 hours a week. UK universities also accept the Indian
three-year Bachelors degree, for admission into their Masters Programmes.
Australia offers high
quality education that stays current with the latest developments across
the world, offers excellent faculty and teaching facilities. It offers a
dynamic and energetic study environment. Australia is a politically and
economically stable country, and offers a safe and friendly environment
to international students. Australia offers excellent living standards
at lower costs compared to other countries across the world.
International students in Australia can work up to 20 hours a week.
Australia is a very ethnically diverse country. It is very welcoming,
and friendly, which can make you feel at home. There is one issue which
you may want to consider, Its not easy to get a work permit after course
completion. The work permit is granted on the basis of certain factors
that you need to fulfill, which includes a job offer from a company in
Australia. This means that a lot of students have to return home after
completing their course and then return to Australia for work only after
they get a permission to do so.
Canadian Degrees are
acknowledged as being similar to U.S Degrees. Canada spends more per
capita on its education system than any other country in the G-7 and is
among the top three countries in the Organization for Economic
Cooperation and Development (OECD). A degree from a Canadian university
is recognized world-wide and promises a good career for its graduates.
It offers the regular benefits for international students like 20 hour
per week part time work during study. It also has a very liberal
immigration policy, which makes it easy for students to take up work and
reside in Canada after completion of their study.
New Zealand may not be an
ideal destination for postgraduate engineering study. They have about
eight universities that offer postgraduate study and have limited seats
available for International students. It however offers liberal
immigration laws that allow you to obtain work permits after completion
of your study and permanent residency status after a few years of work.
To sum it up, the above
countries offer similar opportunities with a few advantages and
disadvantages. You have to realize that your prospects, be it after
education in any country, depend almost entirely on how much you have
learned and the skills you possess. Degrees qualify you for a job, but
what gets you a job after completing your studies is the set of
abilities that you possess which can be identified as useful by your