In an increasingly global world, with students connected to friends, celebrities, news and opportunities all over the world at the click of a button - and Zoom allowing us to all keep in touch, today’s students have never been more globally connected, tied into a digital economy that knows no borders.
Yet, when it comes to university, so many focus
only on options in the UK. As a result, students
are missing out on a huge array of opportunities
to find their ‘best fit’ university around the world,
or study at the best university in the world for
their subject, not just the best in the UK.
Here, I will guide you through some of the key differences, so you can provide initial support to students considering study opportunities overseas.
Students are attracted to the fact that university
in other countries doesn’t work in the same way
as it does in the UK: on a global spectrum, the
typical single-subject, final assessment model
that most UK universities offer is quite unusual.
In the USA students will study a broader range of subjects and their ‘major’ will only be about a third of what they study while at university. In the Netherlands (which has over 300 degrees taught entirely in English), the Universities of Applied Science system offer a hands-on style education connected to employers.
Universities across Europe are now offering many international degrees, with options such as the world-class Bachelor of Business Administration at IE Madrid or Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at the Central European University in Vienna offering life- changing opportunities to students who don’t want to follow the crowd.
Application procedures vary widely from UCAS and from country-to-country. When applying to other countries students need to learn new processes, timelines and terminology. Students should start the process at least six months earlier than for UCAS (and, for the US, at least a year earlier due to the probable need to take either the SAT or the ACT).
The USA dominates, with universities from
the world-class names such as Harvard to
lesser-known institutions that compare with
the best of the UK. Even in these challenging
times, students are working hard preparing
university applications to hopefully study at
world-leading institutions in California, Florida
or New England.
Canada has risen in popularity, with the perception of a more European political and social system, and a favourable immigration regime for post-study work drawing applications to universities such as McGill and Toronto.
Europe is increasingly popular, from studying in English-speaking locations such as Ireland, to courses taught in English across the continent.
A particular trend is for students to look at well-regarded private universities in Europe, who offer modern education in a global context, drawing in international students from all over the world to study in cities such as Milan (for Bocconi University) or Dublin (for Trinity College).
With changes due to Brexit, students will
know that being internationally-connected
gives them a wealth of job opportunities after
Students we worked with last year gained offers from 140 universities in 14 countries, from Stanford in the USA to Leiden in the Netherlands, McGill in Canada to ESADE in Spain. These ambitious and global students will have job opportunities on graduation that their peers at provincial UK universities can only dream of. The time is now ripe for more students to seriously consider international universities: the world is out there!
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