Things to consider when deciding where to study abroad
Updated: Feb 17
Studying abroad provides students numerous opportunities to build up their educational background, enhance employability, develop new language skills, provides an insight to foreign life and offers them the chance to travel. Nevertheless, choosing where to study abroad is not an easy choice to make. With endless choices available, it can be hard for an individual to choose. If you are considering studying abroad, here are 5 points that you need to keep in mind when deciding the right place for you to achieve your higher education ambitions.
The number one issue for students is the finance needed to fund their education abroad. When making the decision to study abroad, education expenses are not the only costs to think about. In addition to educational expenses, you should also consider accommodation, food and travel. Since living costs fluctuate between countries, make sure to select a potential study location that you can afford.
2. Safety and culture
When you are deciding on a study location, you need to think about whether the country’s culture will suit you or not. It is always a good idea to research the country’s culture and history to see if it’s the right fit for you. Also keep in mind that you will be most likely living alone, therefore, check and see how safe the country is.
When relocating to another country, language is another important element to look at. If you are multilingual, then you have a great opportunity to consider a country that speaks the languages you know. Some students may feel it’s best to migrate, and then learn the country’s native language. However, if you are in a country where you have no native language skills, it is important to remember that learning a new language is not easy. In such situations you may find it difficult to survive in that country and it may also reflect on your academic performance. So, make sure to check a country’s native language(s) before moving.
Many students opt to study abroad with the anticipation of traveling to other places as well. If you are one of them, make sure to select a country that is not just visitor friendly but is also surrounded by other countries as well. This will provide you easy travelling options to neighboring countries. For example, selecting a European country to study in, will give you the opportunity to easily travel among the European countries with your student visa.
5. Application requirements
When deciding to study abroad always make sure to look at the application entry requirements. Many English-speaking academies or institutions abroad require IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Such entry requirements don’t only apply to Western Countries. If you are thinking about migrating to China for your studies, you will require you to take the HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test) as an entry requirement. It is always best to check language aptitude exam requirements before applying to study abroad.
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What makes Malta Special?
The average cost of living in Malta per month is estimated at GBP 700 including accommodation, food, transport, and communication which is cheaper compared to other European countries. So, you don’t have to worry about draining your finances!
2. UK education system
Malta has an education system similar to the UK’s, which holds the position as the second-best country for education (2020 Best countries for education). Since Malta was a former British Colony, its education system was significantly influenced by them.
3. No need to worry about the Language
Malta is a bilingual country with English and Maltese being the official languages. What’s great about Malta is that 88% of the locals speak English. If you are able to speak and communicate in English, then you can easily survive in Malta.
4. A safe destination for all
Malta is ranked as the world’s second safest country (2019 Global Wealth Migration Review). In terms of safety for women, it is also ranked second (2019 Global Wealth Migration Review). According to ILGA-Europe’s 2020 ranking, Malta is considered the safest European country for LGBT community. There is no doubt that Malta can be considered one of the safest countries in Europe.
5. Haven for travel lovers
Malta’s residence permit offers visa-free travel to 28 European union states. This means easier travelling for students who want to explore while studying abroad.
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