4 Countries that are a Bargain for International Students

Studying abroad can be an incredibly rewarding experience for college students looking for a different university experience. From experiencing a new country and culture to a wider and more diverse selection of post-graduation career prospects, the benefits of studying in a different country have been well documented.

There are, however, factors that every student should think long and hard about before committing to study in any given country. Educational opportunity is only one of the considerations that should play into choosing where to study abroad. Another important aspect to consider is the cost of living. A high cost of living can have a very real impact on your university experience by requiring that you work off campus to make additional money, which can cut into time for study and create unnecessary stress.

These four countries (most of which are in Europe) offer a bargain for international students by combining reasonable tuitions with an affordable cost of living that can make college life less complicated and more productive. And while tourism in some European cities have slowed due to concerns over safety, Europe is still incredibly safe overall, which has created some incredible bargains for international students wanting to study there.

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1. Germany

Germany is a very popular country for international students to study abroad, and for good reason. Many of the approximately 300 universities offer affordable tuition, and private universities do not charge tuition costs for undergrad and grad students. Along with that, Germany is quite open to diversity. They’ve led the way in helping refugees from Syria relocate and integrate into German society and cities like Munich and Berlin are known for their affordable cost of living and diverse culture.

2. Spain

Spain’s economy has been rough for the past few years, but as it finds its way into a more stable economic situation, it’s still a bargain for international students. Tuition costs in Spain are some of the lowest in the EU at an average of around 1,000 euros per semester at public schools. And while costs of living in cities like Barcelona and Madrid may be a little higher, the cost of living is still quite favorable compared to other countries.

3. Canada

While Canada might not be the first low-cost option for international students, their tuition is, on average, far more affordable than tuition at many US institutions. The cost of living has increased in cities like Toronto and Vancouver, but there are still deals to be had, and attending a university in Canada can still be a pretty good deal for an international student – especially if you look at schools that are outside the major metropolitan areas. You can find some great university programs in Canada here.

4. Hungary

When you think about studying abroad, one place that probably doesn’t immediately pop into your mind is studying in Hungary. But, Hungary is a great country for international students as they play host to a few globally ranked universities; have a very low cost of living (especially compared to other countries in Europe); and is much less competitive than top-tier schools in highly competitive countries. Students also get the benefit of living in a beautiful European city that offers many cultural landmarks, museums, and activities that can contribute to a high quality of life.

When you’re looking to study abroad, the possibilities can seem almost endless. Looking at key factors, like the local cost of living; tuition cost and financial assistance; and available job opportunities can help you figure out what country can provide the best situation for you. Just remember – studying abroad can be a hugely rewarding experience if you choose the right location and the right school carefully. Start your search early and find out what your best options are.

Abroad101’s Cool Program of the Week – The Intern Group

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This week’s cool program comes from The Intern Group and Their Hong Kong Internship program.  As one of the world’s leading commercial centers, Hong Kong is a powerhouse in Asia and as the student reviews tell, students gain invaluable work experience in the sector of their choice, making important global connections and boosting their resume and careers. 

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The Hong Kong internship program provides you with all the stability and support necessary to ensure that your experience is fruitful and rewarding. Quality accommodation, all your travel in Hong Kong, cultural & social events, mentoring and 24/7 full-time local support are all included along with your Hong Kong internship.

To learn more or apply to this program please visit:

https://www.studyabroad101.com/programs/the-intern-group-hong-kong-internship-placement-program

Abroad101.com Cool Program of the Week – Round River Conservation Studies

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Round River Conservation Studies is a non-profit organization that offers students unique, field-based study abroad programs in North America, South America, and Africa. These programs vary from 6 week summer programs to full semester programs.

The following aspects characterize a Round River program:

Small group size (5-10 students)
Field-based (students are camping for much or all of the semester)
Hands-on, interactive learning
Research (students conduct fieldwork and gain valuable research skills)
Cultural exchange (students often work alongside local people, and/or have opportunities to interact with the local community)

Round River is dedicated to conservation strategies that preserve and restore wild places; they strive to develop and support traditions that sustain wildness. These efforts are anchored in the principles of conservation biology, supported by field research and community planning. The name, Round River, is taken from Aldo Leopold’s essay Round River, along with the idea that ecological study enriches one’s personal land ethic.

Our programs bring students to remote places to conduct real research and contribute to real, local conservation efforts. These experiences enhance a student’s sense of place, and allow students to work alongside Round River’s conservation staff as well as our local community partners. This often involves a good dose of adventure, cultural exchange, and personal growth.

To learn more or apply to this program please visit:

https://www.studyabroad101.com/programs/aifs-cannes-college-international-de-cannes

The 3 Most Affordable European Countries For Studying Abroad Where You Get Bang For Your Buck

 

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Summer 2016 has come to a close, which means summer 2017 is just around the corner. It’s time to start investigating summer study abroad programs. If you’ve had your eye on Europe but just cannot decide on which country to go to, we’ve narrowed it down so that you don’t have to. Here are the three best and most affordable European countries to study abroad in where you’ll get bang for your buck.

Germany

germanyGermany is special, above all, for the fact that students can now study for free at public universities. It’s an encouraging step forward for Europe as a whole, especially when compared with the ongoing student debt crisis in the United States.

Thanks to the German government’s efforts to empower its students, you can now study and live in one of the most advanced and innovative nations in the world. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy some of the world’s finest beer while chatting with locals. You’ll see the world from a new perspective, all while receiving a stellar education.

Private universities will typically cost around €1,000 (approximately $1,100 USD) per term, and the education tends to be of a higher quality. That said, the highest ranked university in the country, LMU Munich, is a public institution. International university ranking company Times Higher Education ranked LMU Munich in the top 40 in the world. And just to add to the appeal, Munich, along with Berlin, is among the most cosmopolitan cities in the country.

The only setback is the cost of living. But if you plan to live on a budget, you have plenty more options in less touristy cities. There are a total of 109 public universities throughout the country of Germany, and they’re all free and waiting for you to apply.

Bear in mind, however, that this new free tuition policy is not without its flaws. The Guardian reported that many public universities are finding ways to tack on hidden fees to compensate for the lack of tuition income. So keep an eye out for administration costs and other such charges.

France

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The French take their higher education very seriously, which means that if you choose France as your destination, you can rest assured that you’ll be in good hands. You’ll have upwards of forty different cities to choose from, all of which have higher education institutions with study abroad programs.

And as far as costs go, France rivals Germany. Forget a summer term. A bachelor’s degree in France will cost you no more than €200 EUR (about $225 USD) per year! A master’s will only cost about €260 a year. Specialized degrees like medicine can be a bit higher, but are still not even comparable to what a medical student must go through in the US. Of course, that is assuming that you are accepted. Particularly in the case of specialized schooling, admissions are extremely competitive. Let that act as incentive for you to get down to studying.

If you do manage to get in, you will see some of the most historic regions, art and architecture in the world. And, by default, you quite possibly will pick up a bit of French. Especially if you are living in Paris, you may notice that the French don’t always mix so nicely with Americans. But as is the case with the German elders, the more French you speak, the easier time you’ll have breaking that cultural barrier.

Italy

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In January of this year, U.S. News voted Italy the best country for studying abroad. It’s dripping with history and culture. And it embraces a far more relaxed, party lifestyle to a much further extent than the other two countries on this list. And while on the topic of history, Italy is home to the single oldest still operating university in the world.

Tuition is unlikely to exceed €1,000 EUR per year, although it varies by institution. Regardless of which university you choose, a summer program will be more than reasonable.

Additionally, of the three countries in this list, Italy is the most affordable in terms of cost of living. Everything from food and drinks to rent in cities like Florence or Rome will run you less than what you would be paying in Paris or Munich.

If you’re careful with your money, you shouldn’t have to spend any more than €1,000 per month for everything, including entertainment and the obligatory living expenses, even in cities like Rome. For less known cities you can cut it down to even less.

Perhaps the greatest strength and simultaneously the greatest weakness of Italy is the language barrier. Some students in the past have expressed frustration over the fact that professors are sometimes less than fluent in English. This can limit communication, which is especially frustrating in cases where students are seeking extra help.

The education itself is solid. But without a basic to intermediate level of Italian, you may encounter some undesirable obstacles in your academic experience. In any case, language skills are as sought after of a professional skill as ever, so you would ultimately benefit from the challenge if you were to embrace it as such.

Studying abroad is your first opportunity to truly escape from the bubble you were raised in. It’s an opportunity to see the world through a new set of eyes. Take this opportunity in stride. From Abroad101, we sincerely hope you found this helpful. Did you agree with our list? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

Matt Dancis writes for Language Trainers, a language tutoring company that teaches any language, anytime, anywhere. It has native speaking instructors throughout the world who give customizable private or small group classes either in person or on Skype. Take one of their free language level tests. Matt is from Philadelphia and has spent the past several years living in Argentina and Colombia, splitting his time between writing and teaching English. To contact Matt with any questions, email him at matt@languagetrainers.com.

 

Peace and Conflict Studies – Abroad101 Cool Study Abroad Program of the Week!

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“True Learning” is how one student refers to this week’s cool program, SIT’s summer Peace and Conflict Studies in Uganda and Rwanda.  See first-hand the scars of war and genocide, examine the root causes of conflict and analyze measures to foster resettlement and reconciliation in the Lake Victoria region.

This program explores the social, political, and psy­chosocial processes that have shaped the emergence of conflict in the area. You will also exam­ine the measures that have been taken toward conflict mitigation, reconciliation, resettlement, and preven­tion in the region. The 1994 genocide against Tutsis in Rwanda and the conflict driven by Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army in northern Uganda serve as primary case studies.

Major topics of study include:

– The history, contemporary politics, and role of the state in each conflict
– A theoretical framework and historical context in which to situate the 1994 Rwandan genocide and the emergence of the Lord’s Resis­tance Army (LRA) in the Acholi region of Uganda
– Measures that prevent and miti­gate conflict

To learn more or apply to this program please visit:

https://www.studyabroad101.com/programs/sit-study-abroad-uganda-rwanda-peace-and-conflict-studies-in-the-lake-victoria-basin-summer

Cool Program is drawn from recent student reviews – The Voyage Europe program gets noticed.

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Each week the Cool Program is drawn from recent student reviews.  The Voyage Europe program gets are notice with reviews like: “Amazing Program With An Amazing Staff. Just Do It and One of the greatest experiences of my life, would highly recommend it.”

Where do Voyager Europe students study?
In summer 2017, students will study in Spain, Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy and many important European cities including Madrid, Berlin, Geneva, Paris, Milan, Florence and Barcelona.

They provide a unique experiential learning experience that includes curriculum enhancing cultural-immersion activities and amazing classes taught by world-renowned
professors on the campus of the College of International Studies (CIS) in Madrid.

Voyager Europe includes day trips, professional visits and cultural activities. We have an unrivaled itinerary, stay in first-class accommodations and travel between cities by trains and planes.

To learn more or apply to this program please visit:

https://www.studyabroad101.com/programs/voyager-europe-traveling-summer-program

 

The Importance of Cultural Training when Studying Abroad

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Cultural sensitivities are a crucial part of the any individual travel experience. This is especially important when studying abroad for long-periods as a student will become more involved in the local community, therefore customs and values must be adhered in order to maintain good cultural standing whilst experiencing the phenomenal reality of cultural immersion that comes from overseas study.

When undertaking a study course in a foreign country it is important to learn about the social and cultural values that are important in that country or province. Those living in Western democracies with strong health and safety, moral and ethical principles – from democracy, gender and sexuality anti-discrimination and more – can find it difficult living for extended periods in places where such “constitutional rights” may not exist or are interpreted differently. Therefore, undertaking cultural training when considering a study break abroad is a critical next step.

What can you learn?

Did you know that nearly 14,382 under 25’s are involved in arrests or detainments due to cultural sensitivity issues across the world (1)? The great many of these issues are resolved amicably; however, five per cent will result in a penal conviction due to a misunderstanding over drugs, cultural issues or country-specific law breaking. Having to rely solely on a legal translation/interpretation service is just not worth it, getting cultural training can help focus would-be students’ minds on the skill of valuing and understanding cultural differences. Restated: Don’t count on a language translation app to get local police to give you a break.

Such training courses can evaluate and analyze the role awareness plays in creating in-depth perception of cultural sensitivities and cultural differences. By understanding the role of perception and the power of sensitivity, one can help to build the right foundation for cultural sensitivity competence. This awareness can help inform people of the importance of multi-culturalism, gender issues, sexuality and local customs and how to enhance enjoyment opportunities without breaking customs or values which lead to sensitivity-based issues relating to culture.

Understanding perception, as stated above, is also part of the wider issue of illegality. What US citizens deem to be legal and appropriate does not equate to what a foreign student in a foreign country would equate to being legal and appropriate. It is crucial that any cultural sensitivity training helps students understand particular laws and customs that are important – understanding taboos in foreign countries – which, if broken, can lead to legal or moral dilemmas for students experiencing overseas educational experiences.

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It is also important to learn about culture in a way that moves the view of “fun” away from high-energy alcohol-infused clubbing into a more focused enjoyment of cultural experiences within host countries. This is not advocating less fun but looking at enjoyment through the perspective of local people and communities. If alcohol is allowed, and remember many nations ban the consumption of alcohol especially in the Middle East, you can taste the local wonders but responsibility is key in projecting cultural sensitivities. In the Far East, drinking too much is seen as decadent and wrong. Yet, they have bars and restaurants and serve local alcoholic beverages. It is about knowing not just your own health limits but cultural differences. Follow your local family or friends leads, they are your cultural anchors in understanding the role of sensitivity and awareness in your actions as an educational tourist abroad.

What can training offer young people?

It can help create a more rounded individual. Undertaking cultural sensitivity training, a young adult, can learn about themselves by developing an awareness of social norms in both the US or western country they inhabit and placing them alongside the host country they will be experiencing. This lived experience is about developing character. However, character is also based on self-development. Undertaking a training course focused on cultural sensitivities can help to inform decision-making based on educating young people about the role of culture in local environs and how decisions can result in negative local sentiment and possibly illegal actions.

Conclusions

If you are a parent or a student looking at cultural sensitivity training, why not look at what such training can offer. Understanding local customs, values and beliefs can help young people experience overseas education in a safe and responsible way. This is about teaching prospective students about their actions and the consequences therein. By teaching individuals about consequences, trainers can also imbue students with a wider understanding of global cultural experiences. These two inter-connected issues are part of the training process and a core reason for why cultural sensitivity training is so popular for US and Western educated students whom undertake foreign educational breaks. Why not get in touch with a cultural sensitivity coach today who can help you understand more about culture, consequence and responsibility leading to a greater enjoyment of foreign educational experiences.

 

Author Bio: Mike Parsons works for Kwintessential.co.uk a company that specialise in professional translation, transcreation and interpretation

 

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Life in Spain vs. Life in the U.S.

Parents, thinking of visiting your college student abroad? While your world-traveler is learning about a new culture and building memories, it’s also the perfect opportunity for a vacation for you! 

While you likely did a fair share of research before he or she left, actually experiencing the culture with them is a totally different feeling. Moreover, seeing a familiar face can be comforting for many students experiencing a bit of culture shock or homesickness. No matter how many Spanish classes you’ve taken, for example, navigating the world in your non-native language is nervewracking for many.

Even for a short jaunt to Spain, it’s smart to understand the lifestyle differences before you board the plane. TakeLessons.com recently shared a helpful article and infographic about life in Spain that provides a great introduction; check out the graphic below, and read more on their blog

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This is not your typical gap year. – Abroad101.com Cool Program of the Week

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Still unsure about college?  Uncertain about what to do in the fall?  Consider a Gap year with Winterline and their Global Skills Program.  You will develop skills in negotiation, critical thinking and problem-solving, and in team-building and leadership. You will learn how to build a house, cook a meal, manage your finances, sail a boat, speak in public, care for the young and the elderly, start a business, serve a customer, negotiate a deal, and drive a car safely, how to operate power tools and heavy machinery such as forklifts and tractors.  It will be the busiest, most challenging, constructive, fun and exhilarating time of your life.

This is not your typical gap year.

In 9-month, 4-month or 2-month programs, you’ll travel the world, learning real skills for the real world.

To learn more or apply to this program please visit:

https://www.studyabroad101.com/programs/winterline-global-skills-program-gap-year

CAPA – Full-on London!

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The courses, internships, service learning, and cultural activities you’ll experience will be unlike anything you’ve known before.  Brilliant courses will challenge and inspire you to come up with new ideas and help change the world – Ace life with CAPA in London!

CAPA reviewTake a hop across the pond and you’ll see that CAPA’s London program will always remind you you’re somewhere new. Yes, you will be in an English-speaking country, but from afternoon tea breaks to the various cultures London is home to, you will be surrounded by a set of new experiences. Try your hand at learning some new vocabulary (“trousers” are “pants”, a “flat” is an “apartment”, and let’s not get started on “chips” and “fries”…) as you take the tube (subway) to class. London has always been a center for the arts, from everything to beloved bands like The Beatles to the writings of Virginia Woolf. Enjoy the inspiration that will surround you, and create some of your best work while you create some of your best memories.

To learn more or apply to this program please visit:

https://www.studyabroad101.com/programs/capa-the-global-education-network-london-study-or-intern-abroad