Where do students go ?
The usual destinations still hold the lead
The United States is still streets ahead in terms of global mobility with more than 1,000,000 students coming to the country in 2017. They attract students from all around the globe but especially from China and India.
In second place we have the United Kingdom with more than 500,000 students. Australia and its beaches come third, followed by France.
Recently, students have been exploring new horizons such as Saudi Arabia, which had a 260% growth over the last five years in terms of welcoming international students. The Netherlands has also tripled their foreign student intake, Turkey has doubled theirs.
What about France ?
Europe remains the main destination for French students, 60% of them choose the continent for their studies abroad. UK holds the lead with 20%, then comes Germany (14%) and Spain (8%). Outside Europe, French students mainly favour the United States (19%).
How to choose your course abroad?
Don’t underestimate the town
The most enlightening experiences sometimes come from the most unexpected places.
Great cities such as Berlin, San Francisco, London or Shanghai have many advantages for students, however, they are also cities with a lot of tourism and international students (maybe a lot from the same country as you). In a smaller city, you might have more chance to meet and bond with local students.
Don’t forget the financial dimension
If you have always dreamed of studying in New York, you should know that this dream has its cost. Even if you manage to find a scholarship to fund your studies, life in New York or San Francisco is not cheap (especially rent) so keep that in mind. For smaller budgets, countries such as India or Brazil are worth considering.
How to evaluate the quality of the School / University ?
International rankings can help you get an idea of the education quality for certain institutions. However, it should not be the only factor to consider since there are limits to their methodology: these rankings are almost solely based on how many English articles were published by researchers; leaving out smaller universities or non English-speaking Universities which could have excellent teaching.
To make the right choice, you must start by looking for Institutions that offer the degree you want; then you must ask yourself the right questions. How many students from your country are at this University? Is this University located downtown, in the suburbs or in the countryside? How are classes organised (name of the professors, number of students by class…) ?
Once you have evaluated the University’s reputation and these other parameters, you can ask for advice from your teachers and from students in the country you have chosen. Their opinion will help you make sure that you have made the right choice and that your expectations are realistic.
Last but not least: Do not forget to bring with you your GLOBCOIN multi-currency card to facilitate money saving, spending and transfers on the go at the cheapest rate!