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Top 4 Countries You Cannot Ignore As Study Abroad Destinations

Updated on June 25, 2015

While choosing a country for studying abroad always confuses a student. It becomes a mixed bag of emotions and feelings which are filled with both excitement and apprehensions. Each country you look at from a study destination point of view is different and unique in its own way. Each country has its own plus and minuses and its own cultural values.

In this article I am going to focus firstly on how to decide the ideal study abroad location and later shift the focus on the 4 most preferred countries by students, who wish to study abroad.

Here are 3 questions which you must seek answers to in order to decide upon the perfect study abroad location for yourself.

Question 1: Which course you want to pursue?

This is the basic rule for choosing your study destination. Some countries offer certain courses better in comparison to others. For instance, if you are considering a course in French then France or Canada should be your ideal location.

If a student is interested in attaining a MS degree then USA would be the ideal location, but on the other hand Australia and Germany also offer MS courses at a fraction of the cost. So choose wisely and keep in mind your budgets.

Question 2: What are the job opportunities and future prospects?

Always choose a destination which offers job opportunities for you, after you finish your course. Some careers require internships before you take up a full time job and if your chosen industry does not exist near your study location then you must alter your choice. University ranking are important, but not more important than your future prospects.

By ignoring this fact, you will also lose the chance of bagging an on campus recruitment for yourself. Industrial training is required for every curriculum, so choose your study location based on future job opportunities.

Question 3: What will be your return of investments?

Studying abroad is expensive. It’s not only about the college tuition fee alone, but the cost of living too. Take a look at statistics and find out what you shall be able to earn after you finish with your course. An MBA course is expensive, but the job opportunities are plenty and pays are also good. Choose a cheaper location to recover your costs quickly.

Now coming on to the next part of this article to highlight the top 4 preferred abroad study locations.


1. Canada

Canada is a highly preferred study location for students from almost every country. It is a peaceful country with low crime rates and religious tolerance. Canada is a country with a multicultural environment, where people from all ethnic backgrounds co-exist peacefully. It is also a country which is blessed with natural beauty. It has a vast coastline running into miles and snow covered rocky mountain slopes. Not to forget its forests, lakes and rich wildlife.

The main provinces of Canada namely British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario are home to most of the top universities in Canada. The QS World University Rankings 2014-15 lists out 26 Canadian universities, of which 3 are listed in the world top 50. The two most highly rated Canadian universities are University of Toronto and the McGill University, located in Toronto and Montreal respectively.

The top 200 university list also features other Canadian universities like University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, University of Waterloo and the McMaster University. It takes 3 to 4 years to get undergraduate degrees in Canada, while postgraduate programs take 1 to 3 years to complete.


2. UK

UK is the second most popular study abroad locations, lagging only behind USA in terms of popularity. The QS World University Rankings 2014-15 lists out 70 UK universities, of which 4 feature in the world top 6. These are pretty impressive stats by any standards and highlight the popularity of UK as a study destination. The University of Cambridge and the Imperial College London are jointly ranked at the second spot in the world’s top universities, whereas the University of Oxford (UCL) University College London jointly occupies the fifth spot.

UK comprises of 4 states (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland). Undergraduate degree courses in UK take 3 years to complete with the exception of Scotland (it takes 4 years). Fast-track courses are also available which take just two years to complete. You could also pursue the “Foundation degree” which takes one to two years to complete and is somewhat similar to the “Associate degree”, available in the US.


3. USA

USA is the destination no.1 for abroad studying students. One out of every five universities featured on the list of QS World University Rankings 2014-15 is an American university. In 2011-12 alone more the 750 thousand students arrived in the US for attaining higher education. California, Texas and New York are the most popular states which attract maximum students. The most sought after subjects in USA by students are Business management, Engineering, Mathematics and Computer science.

It is not just the high standards which attract students towards the United States, but big dreams and aspirations too. USA is a diverse country with the pace of big cities along with scenic beauty and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Undergraduate courses in US take four years to complete.

The initial part of the degree programs involves studying a number of subjects, which a student can choose according to his interests. A few subjects are necessary and a few are elective. Later on students can chose the subjects which they want to focus on and these subjects are known as major(s). A minor degree can also be pursued by a student in his chosen subject along with his major.


4. Australia

Vast blue oceans and sandy beaches are a welcoming site for students who come to Australia to study, and that makes it a highly preferred study location in the world. Australia is a sparsely populated country with never ending expanses of wilderness and unique wildlife. With more than 10,000 beaches to choose from, students like to spend their weekend by enjoying water sports with their peers. The warm weather of the south and the cold climate of the north are welcome changes for students who wish to travel during holidays.

As per the QS World University Rankings 2014-15 only USA and UK are ahead of Australia in the top most universities list. Australian universities encourage more international students than any other country in the world as it is a major source of revenue for the country, falling just behind tourism, coal and ore exports. As per 2010 figures more than 6% international students chose Australia as their study destination making it the third most popular after USA and UK.


Most certainly these 4 abroad study destinations cannot be ignored by any student who wishes to travel abroad for attaining higher education. But a student must also consider his financial limitations while choosing the right destination.

The above 4 countries covered in the article are relatively peaceful and have a well developed and advanced infrastructure. The quality of life offered in the cities of these countries is high and comforting. A student will feel tranquillity and peace while studying at these destinations.

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