When (or if) you go to college, a whirlwind of opportunities become suddenly available. Such opportunities are to be taken, for they are not something which you will easily find once the glory days of college are over. One of the greatest opportunities which may pass by unnoticed is the opportunity to study abroad. It may not seem that apparent while you’re at college, it may never even pass your mind, but it should truly be popularized due to the amazing life experiences (as well as educational experiences) that it can offer. More than likely, you are enjoying your college experiences right where you are. There’s nothing wrong with that. However, it might be time to think outside the box that is your local vicinity and to look towards foreign pastures.
To study abroad is much like an educational holiday. It cast last from anywhere from a few months to a year or more, meaning you will return to your original college. Studying abroad is temporary, so don’t worry about ditching your current college. As an added incentive, picture yourself working on your essay on an Australian beach whilst your friends are stuck in a lecture room. This is not an exaggeration, for such things are very possible. If this dreamlike scenario strikes you with wanderlust, allow us to tell you more about on why you should study abroad in this article.
Study Abroad & A List of Countries Where College Is Free
In addition to studying abroad, we have included a list of countries where college is free. Please note, this does not mean that your time studying abroad will, therefore, be free in these countries. As a student studying abroad, you are still technically part of your original college. Therefore, the fees are determined by your home college. Then again, college rules from country to country will differ, so it wouldn’t hurt to inquire.
The list of countries where college is free is to give you a heads up about maybe pursuing further education in these countries. Lots of people earn their degree in their home country and then pursue higher education in another. It’s a brave and smart step, but also not uncommon.
The Steps You Need To Take To Study Abroad
Most colleges will hold a talk or conference on studying abroad. If not, try your university’s official website. Whether it’s online or in person, you should find a head of a study abroad program. Some colleges will offer different opportunities of course – you won’t be able to pick and choose from the entire globe. Therefore, make sure you find out what (or rather where) is on offer.
In most cases, to be accepted to a study abroad program you will need to apply, show genuine interest and have good grades. This seems obvious, but just in case you think you can walk into a program without any effort, there is some paperwork to get through first. Once you’re accepted to a program, you will then need to do some more paperwork. Acquiring your visa is the most important thing to secure. In some cases, a school will offer a lot of help with your visa process. In rarer cases, they might even pay for it. All of this you need to find out by discussing it with your college. Different countries offer different fees for a visa. Furthermore, the fees will depend on how long you are studying in the country.
Information on Fees and Paperwork When Choosing To Study Abroad
Studying abroad might be a bit expensive for some. First of all, you must apply for your visa, plus your flights to and from the country, and there are usually additional certificates to gather before you go. In some instances, you may be asked to apply for a criminal background check. A lot of the time, you will be called upon to provide several identification papers. For example, a birth certificate, a license, and a utility bill. Some of these things you will luckily find at home. Other things such as the criminal background check you will have to apply for online through your government.
Time Spent When Studying Abroad
As mentioned, studying abroad can last a few months, a term, a full year, or more. Most often, it’s either a term or a full year. A lot of the time, the decision is yours. On the other hand, depending on your university, you may be restricted on how long you can study abroad. Discuss it with the head of the program and make a smart choice.
The Qualifications Earned Through Studying Abroad
In most cases, the qualification will ultimately be a recognition of a completed term or year. It will most likely be worth the same amount of credits as your home college, but a certificate from a foreign university is a great thing to have. In the future, you become immediately more interesting by providing a qualification from a foreign university. Most of the time, such a certificate will put you ahead of others due to the cultural value.
The List of Countries Where College Is Free
Germany: The Free University of Berlin (The Freie Universität Berlin) for example is a popular choice. Furthermore, many Germans have a good level of English, so the language barrier isn’t really a problem.
Norway: Scandinavian countries all offer free education. In Norway, you have the choice of universities in great cities such as Oslo and Bergen. However, although university will cost you nothing, the price of living in Norway is quite high.
Finland: Helsinki is a great student city. But just like Norway, the cost of living is very high.
Sweden: Many courses are taught in English in Sweden. It is also home to some of the best universities in the world. Just like it’s Scandinavian neighbors, the cost of living is very high.
Slovenia: Highly underrated and overlooked, Slovenia offers many free and great universities. It’s also inexpensive to live here (and quite beautiful too).
France: Universities in Paris offer American students many great opportunities. There is an annual fee of around 200 euros, but other than that, France offers great, free education.
Your higher education shouldn’t be totally within your chosen university. To truly learn, it’s wise to move around and to see as much of the world as possible. Study abroad and then seek free, further education, and the world shall be your oyster!