5 Myths about Education Abroad
Despite the variety of information about studying abroad , this topic is still shrouded in myths. Making a decision about entering a foreign university is not easy, a lot of financial and academic nuances are connected with this. Therefore, today we will try to debunk some of the most famous myths . We will be happy if graduate students complete our list. We invite you to a discussion.
Education abroad is expensive
If you do not aspire to Oxford, Cambridge or Harvard, then studying abroad is quite affordable and not so expensive. The cost of education in the USA and in Europe is different. You do not have to go to school to study in countries where tuition and living are expensive. In countries such as Germany and Norway, higher education in public universities is free. In addition, students can finance their studies with scholarships and grants, which are now abundant.
For example, the Russian program "Global Education" - financing students who have independently entered the leading universities in the world. The program covers not only training, but all additional costs (accommodation, training materials, travel).
Or Fulbright- A program of grants for study at the US magistracy for 1-2 years. Fully funded by the US State. Department and aims to strengthen international relations with the Russian Federation. The competition takes place in three rounds: application submission, interview and delivery of TOEFL and GRE in the format of computer testing. Successful candidates receive a grant.
More about scholarships and grants in our previous article .
You must be fluent in a foreign language
It is necessary to know a foreign language, of course, but not necessarily at the level of a native speaker. Although the high level is undoubtedly a huge plus for you. The level is slightly higher than average, for a start it is enough. Almost all universities have courses for those students who need to tighten a foreign language. And then you simply will have no other choice but to learn the language perfectly.
However, in many universities, foreigners are still required to know the language well. The package of documents for admission must contain a certificate confirming knowledge of the language. For example, certificates IELTS , TOEFL , DALF , TestDaF , etc. Some universities allow "internal" language testing.
Foreign universities do not accept Russian diplomas
The Russian diploma of higher education, rather, confirms that there is some kind of education. Due to the difference in the curriculum, it will be necessary to work out according to the program that is adopted in the country of the planned training. The duration of the Pre-Masters program can take about a year. In this course, students study the subjects necessary for studying in a magistracy and tighten the level of English. However, this is far from always the case, many Russian universities are known abroad and their graduates are enrolled in the university without additional courses.
You can’t learn and work at the same time
Can. It all depends on the visa that you get at the entrance. If the visa allows you to work, then feel free to look for work. In some countries, a student visa does not allow work. In the United States, a student visa does not entitle you to employment, and in Australia, a student can work several hours a week. In addition, you can try to find work at the university. Do not forget about the remote work - you can get a job in Russia and work remotely abroad.
Universities accept documents until the end of spring
Deadlines for submission of documents depend on the chosen university and program. For example, in Germany, documents are accepted twice a year: from June to July 15 - for the winter semester, from December to January 15 - for the summer semester. Universities and colleges in the UK accept applications by January 15th. Universities in Norway accept documents for the fall semester from international students until March 1. In France, documents are accepted from December to March 31.
Most importantly, you need to decide on the university and the magistracy as early as possible in order to manage to pass the necessary tests and correctly prepare all the documents for the deadline.
Thus, if the university of dreams is chosen, then be sure to submit to an interesting program for you. Be sure to study the educational system of the country where you plan to enter, possible grants and scholarships, the university curriculum and everything you need for admission, visa and labor laws, as well as norms regarding education.
Good luck and good luck!
In our next article we will talk about graduate studies in England.
The author of the article is Vyacheslav Davidenko, founder of MBA Consult