Higher Education Abroad - FAQ

Recent trends in education abroad

A prestigious diploma from one of the world-famous foreign universities (well, or at least just a foreign one) is the dream of many parents. For those of them who are ready to cope with spending from 10,000 USD per year and more for the sake of a bright future for their children, it may well become a reality.

Where to go?

In this matter, the choice can be limited only by imagination and, of course, by the financial capabilities of the future student: nowadays, higher education can be obtained in almost any country in the world. The most popular are Great Britain, Germany and Switzerland. If you go beyond the borders of Europe, then you should definitely mention the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The diplomas of the universities of these countries are also recognized all over the world, and at the same time they will cost significantly less than in England. In countries of non-English-speaking Europe (Germany, France, Italy, Spain and others), it is possible to study at state universities in the language of the country, and education in this case will be practically free - or it will be very inexpensive. In addition, there are private universities in these countries that offer educational programs both in the language of the country and in English.

If we talk about the "specialization" of countries, the UK is deservedly considered one of the leaders in the humanities, art and design, social sciences and medicine. Italy is famous for the training of designers, but it is better to go to Switzerland for those students who dream of connecting their lives with the hotel industry and restaurant business. “Non-European” countries (USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand) are usually attracted by the opportunity to stay there after graduation and work with the prospect of permanent residence.

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What to do?

Unfortunately, the possibilities of entering the first year of a foreign university immediately after graduating from a Russian school are limited. In fact, with our certificate, first-year colleges are accepted only in Canada and the United States - in other countries, preliminary training in a special program or one or two years of study at a Russian university is required. Of course, a mandatory requirement for all applicants is knowledge of a foreign language in which the student is going to study.

Preparation for study in the UK is a one-year Foundation program or a two-year A-Level preparation, in Germany - the Abitur program, in Spain - Selectividad, Australia and New Zealand also have their own Foundation programs. In addition, there is a universal two-year International Baccalaureate (IB) training program, the certificate of which is recognized by almost all universities around the world. Almost everywhere (including in Moscow) there are private schools that train according to this program.

Already in the preparatory programs, students choose their future specialty and the corresponding profile subjects. Usually these are 4-5 subjects per year, which are directly related to the future specialty. For example, if a student plans to enter the Faculty of Economics, he will study mathematics, the basics of economics, the basics of business, and one or two other elective subjects. Plus special classes in preparation for learning: how to write an essay, how to prepare presentations, how to submit yourself when entering a university, and so on, which is also very useful and helps to adapt to the foreign education system, which is very different from ours.

Public or private university?

Admission to a private university is generally somewhat easier, mainly due to the lower competition. This is due to the fact that for citizens of the European Union, education in state universities costs much less than for foreign students. Accordingly, the overwhelming majority of Europeans strive to get into a state university. In a private university, the cost of education for them and for us is the same - hence the smaller competition. At the same time, many state universities, for example, Great Britain, allocate a certain quota of places for foreigners, so that our applicants in this case compete not with Europeans, but with other foreign applicants. By and large, the difficulty of admission to a particular university depends not even on whether it is private or public, but on its rating and prestige. True, most of the ranking places are still occupied by large state universities.

Education costs

Hungary can be attributed to the most "budgetary" directions - there, tuition at a private university will cost from 5000 USD per year. This is followed by Malta and the Czech Republic, for a diploma in these countries, students will have to pay from 5000 EUR per year. The next group is Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA, the cost of education from these countries is from 10,000-13,000 USD per year of study. Well, an annual study at a European university (England, Germany, Greece, Spain, Italy, France, Switzerland) will result in an amount of 8,000-10,000 EUR.

We decided to devote this material on educational tours to the changes that have taken place in the market of educational programs. Let's "ventilate" the next question: which directions will become more popular in the upcoming season, and which, on the contrary, have every chance to cease to exist.

For children

There are a lot of “children's options”. For kids from 5 to 7 years old, you can choose language programs in England or Malta - however, such young schoolchildren, as a rule, are accepted only in a set with their parents. And for children 7-12 years old, there are children's international camps that accept children both individually and in groups.

Malta remains the undisputed leader among the countries offering educational programs for children. In addition, Switzerland and the UK can be distinguished, where wealthy parents prefer to send their children to programs with accommodation in residences with their own closed territory.

Language Plus Sports programs have continued to be popular in the UK, Canada and the United States. The only difference compared to previous seasons is the decrease in demand for expensive programs (for example, such exclusive options as training at the David Beckham Football Academy). In return, parents choose more affordable options for their children. Ireland lost its position as an "economical" destination: due to a noticeable increase in the cost of the program, the flow of student tourists to this country has decreased.

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Student Programs

Popular "student destinations" such as the UK, France, the US and Germany continue to hold their ground. Canada continues to hold one of the leading positions, both in terms of the quality of education and the organization of training for foreign students.

Short programs in these countries, as a rule, represent a fairly rich foreign language course. Long-term courses are a "pre-university course", a series of Master English, Pre-MBA and Pre-Masters for university graduates and second-third-year students. In addition, the A-Levels program is also popular for ambitious people who want to enter the top five UK higher education institutions.

When it comes to higher education abroad, the leaders in this segment are obviously changing. Several years ago, New Zealand and Australia and the United Kingdom were popular and in demand; recently, more and more students are sent for diplomas to the countries of Southeast Asia - for example, to Malaysia and Singapore. Tuition fees in these countries are much lower, and the programs are identical.

A special type of educational programs for students and graduates of universities is professional internships. In different countries, internships are organized according to different schemes. For example, in the USA and Australia, you can immediately start working, but in the UK you will first have to go through the theoretical part of the training, improve your English and get acquainted with the country's labor legislation at a desk. And only then proceed to the practical side of the on-site training, which will be selected during the first part of the course. Some internships are paid for by the employer, some are not. Upon completion of the internship, the student receives a certificate confirming his work experience in a Western company, as well as a letter of recommendation. It is believed that with these documents, he will be much more interesting to potential employers.

An increasing number of students are choosing a Master's degree in Germany, Switzerland, France, as there is usually a large selection of programs in English. In fairness, more and more European universities offer education in different languages, and not only in the state language of their country.

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