5 Shockingly Affordable Countries to Study Abroad
If the idea of hitting the books and enduring yet another Canadian winter sounds like all too much to bear, it might be time to bust out of the mold and look at options outside Canada.
The Study and Go Abroad Fair is right around the corner and is the perfect place to fuel your wanderlust and check out available options for completing courses overseas. Fairs take place in Calgary, Vancouver, Halifax, Ottawa and Toronto, with the first one starting September 23, 2017. Pre-register for the fair to secure your spot and be entered to win the grand prize—an international flight with Air Canada. Talk about a no-brainer.
While the idea of studying abroad doesn’t always seem like a budget-friendly alternative to sticking to the daily grind in your home city, there are some countries that just might save you some cash when you start crunching the numbers.
The United Kingdom
If studying in the land Jane Austen wrote about, having a pint at Tolkien’s old watering hole, or attending Hogwarts sound like a dream come true, studying in the UK might be the right move for you. Okay, we can’t make any promises about Hogwarts, but you can at least check out Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station.
While the idea of studying in the UK brings a number of things to mind, affordable might not be among them. The good news is, getting your undergrad in the UK is more affordable than you think. This is because three year undergraduate degrees are widely available in the UK, as well as one year Master’s programs (including MBAs).
Consider how much you’d save by skipping out on a year of tuition, books, and living expenses while in school. British Degrees allow you to specialize in your area of study from the get-go, so you won’t waste time taking a range of general courses like in most Canadian degree programs. A number of UK schools will be at the Study and Go Abroad Fair including: University of Westminster, University of Manchester, and Plymouth University.
If driving down the Autobahn or rocking a lederhosen at Oktoberfest aren’t good enough reasons to get you dreaming about studying in Germany, free tuition might be. Since 2014, all public universities in Germany abolished tuition fees and offer free higher education to native and international students alike. Are you worried your lack of German language skills will be a problem? Don’t be. Many courses at German universities are offered in English, and international students don’t have to meet any German language requirements to enrol.
At the Study and Go Abroad Fair, the Study in Germany booth will have representatives from two German universities: Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg and the University of Cologne. Be sure to check it out, and explore how to pursue a free, world-class education in the “Land of Ideas.”
Caribbean – St. Kitts
We’ve all dreamt of going on vacation and never coming home. Studying in St. Kitts might be your chance to get a taste of a vacation that doesn’t end, while getting an accredited degree at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences. Located in the lush Caribbean, this state-of-the-art medical school focuses on catering to the needs of students, small class sizes, and very affordable tuition. Stop by their booth, or check out other Caribbean Medical Schools at the Study and Go Abroad Fair to learn more about ditching winter without sacrificing your schooling. Remember to pre-register for the fair here.
If you want to study among the best and brightest, South Korea’s highly competitive education might be for you. The Korean Government will be attending the Study and Go Abroad Fair to promote their numerous scholarships for international students. The amount of support you receive depends on the grant, with support ranging from tuition to airfare. Be sure to visit their booth to learn more!
In some cases, receiving grants for studying in Korea requires you to take Korean language courses, so you don’t need to worry that you’ll come home from studying in Korea and still not know how to order at your local Korean BBQ restaurant. Living costs and tuition are also quite affordable, so you can study in this technological hub without going broke.
Studying in the US is the perfect way to get an abroad experience, while cutting down on those flight costs. Depending on where you study, you might be able to come home for long weekends and holidays, while still getting the out-of-country experience you’re craving. Living expenses between the US and Canada are comparable in most areas, so you won’t need to worry about your rent tripling if you decide to study south of the border.
While we’ve all heard horror stories about students who have studied in the US with six figures of student debt, that doesn’t have to be the case. Many US universities will offer domestic pricing or other discounts to Canadian students. Some states, including Minnesota, Maine, and North Dakota, have agreements in place with neighbouring provinces to offer discounts to Canadian students. Be sure and check out the range of US schools at the Study and Go Abroad Fair including: Seattle Pacific University, University of Michigan-Flint, and University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Where Will You Go?
Before you rush off and buy yourself a plane ticket to one of these awesome study spots, go ahead and pre-register for the Study and Go Abroad Fair. The fair will allow you to get all the details from expert representatives, plus by pre-registering you’ll be entered into the Grand Prize Draw for your chance to win an international flight with Air Canada…which just might come in handy!