Statistics reveal that a big percentage of students go abroad to study in destinations other than U.S. Countries like UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are quite popular. But not many begin their efforts by choosing destinations other than U.S as their first choice. The main reason being lack of awareness about education in these countries. U.S is popular because everyone knows about someone who studied there. U.S has been one of the more popular destinations for quite some time now. But this trend is changing. Students are becoming aware of the opportunities offered by other destinations.
Most universities only require you to take the English language tests like TOEFL or IELTS. You do not need the GRE for most courses if you are applying to UK, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. There are some universities that may require you to take the GRE for some courses. Computer related courses in Canada for instance require you to take the GRE.
UK is a destination that has some very renowned institutions with years of tradition and reputation. Besides the very familiar Oxford and Cambridge, the other universities are also known for their teaching standards and innovation in research. UK offers one year Masters degrees that you have to spend less on. UK is also a gateway for the rest of Europe. It allows you to work for up to two years after completion of your course, provided you get a job. The present laws allow you to work part time during study up to a limit of 20 hours a week. UK universities also accept the Indian three-year Bachelor’s degree, for admission into their Masters Programmes.
Australia offers high quality education that stays current with the latest developments across the world, offers excellent faculty and teaching facilities. It offers a dynamic and energetic study environment. Australia is a politically and economically stable country, and offers a safe and friendly environment to international students. Australia offers excellent living standards at lower costs compared to other countries across the world. International students in Australia can work up to 20 hours a week. Australia is a very ethnically diverse country. It is very welcoming, and friendly, which can make you feel at home. There is one issue which you may want to consider, Its not easy to get a work permit after course completion. The work permit is granted on the basis of certain factors that you need to fulfill, which includes a job offer from a company in Australia. This means that a lot of students have to return home after completing their course and then return to Australia for work only after they get a permission to do so.
Canadian Degrees are acknowledged as being similar to U.S Degrees. Canada spends more per capita on its education system than any other country in the G-7 and is among the top three countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). A degree from a Canadian university is recognized world-wide and promises a good career for its graduates. It offers the regular benefits for international students like 20 hour per week part time work during study. It also has a very liberal immigration policy, which makes it easy for students to take up work and reside in Canada after completion of their study.
New Zealand may not be an ideal destination for postgraduate engineering study. They have about eight universities that offer postgraduate study and have limited seats available for International students. It however offers liberal immigration laws that allow you to obtain work permits after completion of your study and permanent residency status after a few years of work.
To sum it up, the above countries offer similar opportunities with a few advantages and disadvantages. You have to realize that your prospects, be it after education in any country, depend almost entirely on how much you have learned and the skills you possess. Degrees qualify you for a job, but what gets you a job after completing your studies is the set of abilities that you possess which can be identified as useful by your prospective employers.