You have decided to take the plunge and study abroad, but what next? There is much more to think about once you have decided where and what you want to learn. Applying to the university, searching for scholarships, calculating the cost of living, dealing with documents… The list goes on. Your first port of call should be the many organizations that provide free, unbiased information to help you find the answers you need. We have created a two-part guide on the resources available to you for some of the most desired study destinations worldwide. Check the first chapter with the USA, Canada, the UK, the Netherlands, and Spain!
The USA hosts the most international students worldwide due to its high academic standards, rigorous practices to maintain quality, and is well supported to provide students with an excellent education. EducationUSA, a network dependent on the Department of State, arose to keep all of these students informed. It has over 430 international student advising centers in more than 175 countries, located in US embassies and consulates, Fulbright Commissions, and non-profit organizations. Its goal is to promote US higher education to students worldwide by providing current information about opportunities to study at accredited postsecondary institutions. EducationUSA offers in-person and virtual services to undergraduate students and their parents, focusing on the admissions process and testing requirements, financing, and the visa process.
You can learn more about EducationUSA by watching our Webinar Study in the USA!
Canada is also a top destination among recent graduate students, especially those seeking STEM programs. The country offers a world-class education and research experience in a safe and diverse environment. In its commitment to market the quality and value of a Canadian education around the world, the Government of Canada created the organization EduCanada, directed at international students looking to study in the country. On the EduCanada website, you can search for study programs, get cost estimates, apply for scholarships, find work opportunities, and plan your life in Canada.
The UK is a multicultural country and is also immensely popular with international students. In fact, it is the second most popular destination for overseas students in the world, after the US. The UK is home to more than 395 renowned universities and colleges, offering over 50,000 undergraduate-level higher education courses. Applications to them can be made through UCAS – an independent charity providing information, advice, and admissions services about studying in the UK. They help undergraduate students to figure out what the next step in their education might be and accompany them along the way. UCAS is governed by a Board of Trustees, made up of a balance of representatives from higher and further education backgrounds.
Thousands of students from all over the world study in Australia each year, making it the top three most popular study destinations alongside the US and the UK. Australia has an outstanding higher education system and some of the best universities in the world, thanks to its high-quality teaching. Study in Australia is the Australian Government’s official resource for international students.
In recent years, the Netherlands has been gaining popularity from the destinations mentioned above to the point where some institutions are considering limiting international students’ access. That is why it is so important to have organizations that can guide future students, like Study in Holland, an initiative of Nuffic to inform students about Dutch higher education worldwide. The Dutch government funds Nuffic. As an independent, non-profit organization based in The Hague in the Netherlands, Nuffic supports internationalization in higher education, research, and professional education in the Netherlands and abroad and helps improve access to higher education worldwide.
Applications to Dutch universities, known to be among the best in the world, are usually made via Studielink. The site also allows future students to apply for government scholarships.
Spain is another attractive destination to move to for study because of its universal language, friendly environment, and wide variety of prestigious universities. The university access system there is very specific, so the service UNEDasiss facilitates the process for students from foreign educational systems, by issuing accreditations and conducting specific competency tests. Learn more about it in our Webinar Estudia en España with Spain Counselor, official partner of UNEDassis!
Now you know where you can get practical, unbiased information and guidance as you begin your journey as an international student. We at SRT are also here for you, providing you with the best resources to make the right choice. Stay tuned for our next blog posts for trends in education, advice, and first-hand information from university representatives and counselors!
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Event Coordinator for Spain at SRT Fairs. She studied Journalism and Communication in Tenerife, Spain, and is now based in Sofia, Bulgaria.